Jul 15, 2024

Father Justin Huang of St. Anthony of Padua parish in Vancouver celebrates mass via livestream. Photo by Emmy Buccat.

Almost all of the Catholic churches in Canada’s dioceses are closed, and Eucharistic mass celebrations are cancelled since the Public Health Agency of Canada recommended the cancellation of in-person gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Although these measures present a challenge to most Canadian Filipinos who adhere to Catholic faith, many have found solace and spiritual nourishment at their home through the mass celebration presented via livestream. 

Many dioceses have risen up to the challenge, encouraging their own community to take care of their physical health without forgetting their faith.

Since everyone will be unable to receive the Holy Communion sacramentally, everyone is encouraged to receive the graces and blessings by expressing their desire to do so in what is called a “spiritual Communion.”  

Here are few links and sources that may be useful for Catholics during this unprecedented times.


Live Stream of Mass (Canada)

Archdiocese of Vancouver: https://rcav.org/coronavirus/#streaming

St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica in Toronto: https://www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live/

St. Joseph Basilica in Edmonton:@archedmonton | https://youtu.be/uBHqRn22zbo

Sainte-Madeleine Church in Montreal: https://sainte-madeleine.org/

Diocese of Saskatoon: https://saskatoonmass.com/

St Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Calgary: https://st-peters.ca/live-event/

Diocese of Victoria in BC: https://www.rcdvictoria.org/diocese-of-victoria-live-stream

Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth: https://livestream.com/halifaxyarmouth

National Catholic Broadcasting Council https://dailytvmass.com/


Live Stream of Mass (Philippines)

National Shrine of our Mother of Perpetual Help – Baclaran: https://www.facebook.com/omphbaclaran

The Manila Cathedral: https://www.facebook.com/themanilacathedral

Various parishes across the Philippines: https://cbcpnews.net/cbcpnews/list-of-online-masses/?fbclid=IwAR166ekv9pWOA1TFrJ60pIy6vdMdmncZwwTVHs9aAzTOS7Y2aRBywk_uxMo

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