Updated: January 7, 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 @ 6:30 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 as well as wear a mask.
  • We are asking visitors to postpone coming to the abbey church or enjoying 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 IS CLOSED TO A CONGREGATION

Due to the public health order of November 19, the abbey church is closed to the public for Mass.

The order is in effect from November 19, 2020 at midnight to February 5, 2021 at midnight, although it may be extended beyond that point.

At other times of the day, the abbey church is open for private prayer in keeping with the following schedule:

Sundays

Weekdays

6:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

7:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

2:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

CONFESSION (Sacrament of Reconciliation)

A priest is available for confessions on Sundays from 9:30 to 9:50 a.m. Access from the Guesthouse parking lot.

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 are engaged in the school year.
  • Nazareth House seminarians are engaged in the school year.
  • Minor seminarians are engaged in 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 may 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/