Wednesday daily Mass of Holy Week available on Zoom app

For Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week at 4 pm Fr. Jim and the staff at Blessed Sacrament are celebrating the Mass virtually . You are invited to join Fr. Jim for daily Mass by joining a as participant in Zoom app conference call at 4:00 pm today. You can join  by clicking the link below, or copy and pasting it into your web browser, and it should open on your computer or smartphone. Depending on what kind of browser you’re using (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc) it may advise you to download the program or the app.
Topic: Wednesday Daily Mass of Holy Week
Time: Apr 8, 2020 04:00 PM Saskatchewan
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God Bless, and please email if you have any further questions.

For Parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Parish from Fr. Jim

Dear Parishioners,

This is a difficult time. Being cut off from family and friends and also being separated from our Eucharistic community here at Blessed Sacrament puts an added emotional and spiritual burden upon all of us. I remain in solidarity with you and pray for all of you frequently throughout my own daily prayer and liturgy. To help you remain in contact with the parish, I am sending out this regular email message to you.


Given that we will not be able to receive palms in the normal way at Palm Sunday Masses, you may receive blessed palms on Sunday, and if there are palms remaining they will be placed in the church entry way during the week until exhausted. 

For safety concerns, we will have this procedure:

  1. Palms may be received on Sunday between 10:30 am and 3:00 pm by the north side entrance to the Church.
  2. The blessed palms will be placed and spaced individually apart on a table immediately outside the door.
  3. Please approach the table/area and take only the FIRST palm you touch.
  4. Keep social distancing at all times (at least 2 meters apart) approaching and leaving from the area.

While the church will be open, no more than 10 individuals may enter and every individual would need to follow the health procedures posted at the door.

Concerns have been raised that palms (or any object) could carry the virus if touched by someone who has the virus (while studies are not yet precise, it’s understood that the virus wouldn’t remain alive on an object for more than 3 days). In any case, the palms have been in storage for two weeks and in preparing them and placing them on the tables for distribution, volunteers will only use disposable gloves when handling palms as little as possible.

But please know that there is no obligation to pick up or bring home a palm. A long tradition in the Church has been to use branches that are native to the region on this day. For example, in Rome, olive branches are most often used in churches on this day. So, if you are watching the streaming Mass on Sunday at 9 am with the Archbishop, maybe go out in your yard, get branches and join in this celebration of the Lord’s entry into Jerusalem. This is especially important for any young children who might be watching.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

The sacrament of Reconciliation is  generally available between 12 noon and 1:00 PM for individual penitents each day (except Sunday) in a special reconciliation room at Blessed Sacrament Church. This allows the penitent to have at least 2 meters distant from the priest. Father sanitizes the room with spray and wipes before and after each penitent. You are able to kneel or sit behind a screen for added protection.

If you are not able to avail yourself of the sacrament at this time (e.g. it is recommended that the elderly and the vulnerable stay at home), Pope Francis addressed this issue in his homily on March 20, 2020:

“But many people today would tell me, ‘Father, where can I find a priest, a confessor, because I can’t leave the house? And I want to make peace with the Lord, I want him to embrace me, I want the Father’s embrace.’” The Holy Father  said his response would be, “Do what the Catechism (of the Catholic Church) says. It is very clear: If you cannot find a priest to confess to, speak directly with God, your father, and tell him the truth. Say, ‘Lord, I did this, this, this. Forgive me,’ and ask for pardon with all your heart.” Make an act of contrition, the Holy Father said, and promise God, “‘I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now.’ And immediately you will return to a state of grace with God.”

Church open for Visits

At the present time, our Church of the Blessed Sacrament is open each day from 10:30 AM until 3:00 PM for private prayer. Health precautions are posted at the inside entrance of the church and of course there is a limit on the number of persons allowed inside (no more than 10). This could change.

Community Care

The Archdiocese is organizing a comprehensive “Good Samaritan” care program to coordinate outreach efforts to those who may lack the necessary social supports to effectively meet their spiritual and material needs at this time. If you are interested in volunteering for this important initiative, please contact


This may be a difficult time for you financially as it is for our parish. If you are able, we invite you to continue your support of Blessed Sacrament by sending in your donation envelope, or dropping it off at the Church (on Palm Sunday or any day) or by visiting our website where there is a link to other ways of giving your support to your parish including by electronic transfers or credit cards.

Prayer in time of Pandemic

Thi is the opening prayer from the special Mass approved recently by the Vatican for celebration in time of pandemic. Please join in praying this prayer at home during these difficult times.

Almighty and eternal God, our refuge in every danger
to whom we turn in our distress
in faith we pray look with compassion on the afflicted,
grant eternal rest to the dead,
comfort to mourners,
healing to the sick,
peace to the dying,
strength to healthcare workers, 
wisdom to our leaders and the courage to reach out to all in love,
so that together we may give glory to your holy name.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you 
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, 
for ever and ever. 

Regular Updates on the Website

We will post regular, often a number of times each day, information important to you as a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament. This message is being sent out by email but I realize that our list is limited and that not everyone has email. So, we also hope to sent out by (snail) mail, some regular updates to parishioners.

You remain in my prayer as I hope that I remain in yours.

Fr. Jim

If you wish to make changes to this list, please reply to this email message with your corrections or additions. Send those to email:

Shelter Me • a prayer-song during the pandemic

A good friend, Fr. Michael Joncas, has composed a prayer-song for this moment of the COVID-19 pandemic. He used the shepherding psalm, PS 23, with a first verse looking to past intimacy with God, a third verse anticipating a restoration of that intimacy, and a central verse acknowledging that we are “walking in the valley of the shadow of death”. I found it comforting as well as beautiful. I hope you do too.

On YouTube:


Collection for the Holy Land 2020

From the Congregation for the Eastern Churches (Vatican):

The current COVID-19 pandemic concerns many countries and in many of them preventive measures preclude the normal community celebration of Holy Week. The Christian communities in the Holy Land, also exposed to the risk of contagion and living in contexts already full of serious sufferings, benefit every year from the generosity of the faith fully from all over the world. This solidarity enables them to continue their evangelical presence, in addition to maintaining schools and social structures that assist all citizens with healthcare, education and peaceful coexistence, attending above all to the weakest and poorest.

For this reason, Pope Francis has approved the proposal that the Collection for the Holy Land, for the year 2020, take place on Sunday, September 13th, near the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The celebration that commemorates the discovery of the Relics of the Cross by Saint Helen also marks a new beginning of public worship in Jerusalem, with the construction of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. May it be a sign of hope and salvation after the Passion to which many peoples are now associated, as well as solidarity with those who continue to live the Gospel of Jesus on the Land where “it all began”.

Giving–How to Donate to Blessed Sacrament

Giving–How to Donate to Blessed Sacrament

On the right side of our website, the following information is available for helping you support your parish! 

During this difficult time, your parish needs you! Even though public health directives do not allow communities to gather for Masses, parishes still need funds to survive. Here are some ways to continue to support your parish through this crisis.
  • Pre-authorized Direct Debit: click HERE to complete and submit form.

               *Note: In message field please include parish nametownyour address and phone number so we can send you a tax receipt.

  • Off-Line: mail your cheque to Archdiocese of Regina, 445 Broad St. N., Regina, SK  S4R 2X8, ATTN: Parish Donation
  • By Phone: contact Financial Officer Deacon Barry Wood at 306-519-8997.
  • Credit Card Donations via CanadaHelps: Click HERE   CanadaHelps Logo

             *Note: In the message box, please indicate your parish name and town.

Processing of payments made possible through the Archbishop’s Appeal

Private Prayer in Church during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Questions & Answers

Can I go to Blessed Sacrament Church to pray privately?

  • At the current time and under certain conditions, yes. This may change at any time depending on local public health information and directives.

Personal conditions: You can go to church to pray if you:

  1. have not traveled out of country or out of Saskatchewan in the last 2 weeks;
  2. are not elderly, do not have underlying medical conditions, and are not a healthcare worker; and
  3. have no signs of illness, either yourself or in your household.

*Important Note: It takes time for symptoms to appear after COVID-19 exposure. Also, some of those who are infected show no symptoms at all. It is safest to assume you are infected, and to work to avoid transmitting the illness to others.

Church conditions: You can go to church to pray if:

  1. Blessed Sacrament Church is open from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM daily (7 days).
  2. you use hand sanitizer upon entry and ensure that your area of the pew is sanitized before and after prayer;
  3. you avoid touching surfaces with your hands or passing items from person to person; and
  4. you leave at least 2 metres of space between you and others.

What if personal or church conditions do not allow you to pray in church?

  • You are not alone. Our entire faith community is sharing this suffering. Our Lord, who dwells in our hearts, is always with us.
  • While we wait for our beloved churches to welcome us back once this trying time is over, we can meditate on the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:6:
  • But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Evening prayer live/streamed from Taizé

Faced with the measures of isolation that are now the rule in many different countries, Taizé would like to express their spiritual solidarity with all those who find themselves alone. Happening now, at 8:30 pm (Central European Time) or approximately 1:30 PM in SK, a prayer with a small group of brothers will be broadcast live from the Community on Facebook live. Previously recorded prayers are also available there.

See the Taizé website for more information and for song sheets:

Taizé Facebook:

Pope to offer special blessing & calls for worldwide prayer

Sunday that he will offer his “Urbi et Orbi” special blessing Friday, March 27th as the coronavirus pandemic continues worldwide. The pope said he plans to offer the blessing traditionally only given at Christmas and Easter this Friday as the COVID-19 outbreak has infected hundreds of thousands and disrupted societies around the globe. Friday’s blessing will be delivered in an empty St. Peter’s Square. Catholics can receive a special indulgence in person or online, which is a remission of punishment for sins. 

The Pope requested Christians around the world say the “Our Father” prayer at noon Italian time. “We want to respond to the pandemic of the virus with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness.  Let’s remain united”.

Pastoral Offices Closed

The Pastoral office of the Archdiocese of Regina is now closed to the public until further notice, if you need to reach a staff member, the best way to contact them is by email. A full list of their contact information is available on the COVID-19 Updates page. https://

Pope Francis is asking the world to join in praying the rosary today at 2:00 SK Time (9:00 PM Rome time).

Pope Francis is asking the world to join in praying the rosary today at 2:00 SK Time (9:00 PM Rome time).

We will use the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary

1. The Baptism of the Lord in the River Jordan

2. The Wedding Feast of Cana

3. the Proclamation of the Kingdom of God

4. The Transfiguration

5. The Institution of the Eucharist.

May Christ continue to reveal himself to us in these times of fear.
St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for us.

Covid-19 Update 1 Masses and other liturgies suspended

Masses and other liturgies suspended beginning Friday, March 20th

Because of the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, we join with the Archbishop who has asked us, and all parishes, to enact certain measures:

  • Sunday and Weekday Masses are hereby suspended until further notice.
  • Blessed Sacrament Church will be open from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM for personal visits and private prayer.
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available only in the individual form on a regular basis in our church at 12:30-1:00 PM, Monday through Saturday.
  • Information regarding ministry to the sick and scheduling other sacraments will be forthcoming.
  • Recorded and live-streaming celebrations of the Eucharist will be available through this website.
  • Other services are suspended: Wednesday rosary group, Taizé Prayer (Thursday) and Stations of the Cross (Fridays). 
The full letter of the Archbishop Bolen can be found here, and for all ongoing news regarding COVID-19 pandemic in the Archdiocese of Regina, click here.

Community Care

The Archdiocese is organizing a comprehensive “Good Samaritan” care program to coordinate outreach efforts to those who may lack the necessary social supports to effectively meet their spiritual and material needs at this time. If you are interested in volunteering for this important initiative, please contact

Regular Updates

Please check here each day as we try to explain the impact of this pandemic on our church community and how we will continue our spiritual journey together.