Archdiocese of Vancouver ARCHBISHOP'S OFFICE .

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

November 13, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

       On Monday, October 27, Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer for
British Columbia, made the following statement: "It is now the expectation that
people will wear a non-medical mask in public spaces." In light of this statement and
in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our Province, I am urging that all
parishioners wear masks during Holy Mass, except for the reception of Holy
Communion. Exceptions are made, of course, for those who cannot wear a mask
because of a disability or medical condition.

      I wish also to take this occasion to remind everyone that, as a result of direct
consultation with the Public Health Officer and for the safety of all, the faithful are
strongly recommended to receive Holy Communion only on the hand, for the
duration of the pandemic.

     With cordial greetings and the assurance of my prayers for you and your
families, I remain.

                                                                                                Sincerely yours in Christ,

                                                                                                + J. Michael Miller, CSB
                                                                                                Archbishop of Vancouver 

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