O Mary

Health of the sick, pray for us

Updated: May 25, 2020

Our response to COVID-19

To help protect the health and safety of all who live, work, and visit the Abbey during the COVID-19 pandemic, and after carefully monitoring the news, listening to the recommendations of health authorities and following the directives of the Vancouver Archdiocese, Westminster Abbey has implemented the following measures:

GATE CLOSED @ 5:00 p.m.
  • At this time, all buildings are closed to the public except for the abbey church, which will have scheduled access during the day. (Please see “Abbey Church” below.)
  • NO ACCESS TO PUBLIC WASHROOMS.
  • We are requiring visitors to wash their hands at the sink inside the entrance to the abbey church.
  • We are asking visitors to postpone coming to the abbey church or to enjoy the grounds if they are ill or know they have had contact with someone who is ill with the coronavirus.
  • We encourage everyone to practice a safe social distance of two meters to help protect each other from this virus.
  • The guesthouse is closed indefinitely (See “Guesthouse” below).
Abbey Church

MASS OPEN TO A CONGREGATION

As of May 24, the abbey church is again open to the public for Mass on a trial basis.

MASS INFORMATION

Sunday

  • The Sunday Mass will be at 8:30 a.m. (Please arrive early)
  • It will not be a sung Mass.
  • A priest will be on call for confessions from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. – please contact an usher

Weekday

  • The Weekday Mass will be at 6:30 a.m.
  • It will be a sung Mass.

RESTRICTIONS

Sunday

  • A maximum of 50 people in attendance (the monastic community will NOT be present)
  • Hand washing upon entry at the sinks provided
  • Social distancing (follow the usher’s directions for seating)
  • No washroom facilities will be available.

Weekday

  • A maximum of 15 people in attendance (the monastic community will be present)
  • Hand washing upon entry at the sinks provided
  • Social distancing
  • No washroom facilities will be available.

PLEASE PRE-REGISTER

Tel: 604 826 8975

Email: info@westminsterabbey.ca

  • In keeping with the common effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will keep a list of those who attend, in case contact tracing needs to be done.
  • If you intend to come here regularly for the Sunday Mass at 8:30 a.m. or the Weekday Mass at 6:30 a.m., please sign up and contact the abbey by phone or by email.

At other times of the day, the Abbey Church will be open for public prayer with the monks (see prayer times) and private prayer in keeping with the following schedule:

Sundays
Weekdays
5:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
5:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Guesthouse
  • If you have current reservations for the Abbey Guesthouse and have any questions or concerns, please contact the Guestmaster, Father Mark at info@westminsterabbey.ca or call 604.826.8975.
Seminary of Christ the King
  • Major seminarians have completed their school year.
  • Nazareth House seminarians have completed their school year.
  • Minor seminarians have resumed classes through online learning until the end of the school year.
Praying without Ceasing

Above all, we want our guests, visitors and the general public to know that we will not cease to raise our voices to God, our Merciful Father, on your behalf. As we journey together through the hardships of this difficult time, let us pray that the Lord transform our fear or anxiety into a firm faith and steadfast hope. Let us reach out to the lonely and the needy and to those who can be easily forgotten during these days.

In Christ,

Abbot John Braganza, osb
and the Monastic Community

For the Vancouver archdiocesan response to Covid-19, go to: https://rcav.org/coronavirus/