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Current Status & Updates
The Church Building is Closed
On March 23, the Ontario Government declared a State of Emergency in the Province of Ontario, and announced the mandatory closure of certain businesses and services to slow the spread of COVID-19. These measures came into effect on Tuesday, March 24.
In order to comply with this order, the church is closed until further notice.
For the duration of the church closure, Bishop Colli grants the faithful a dispensation from their Sunday obligation. The faithful are encouraged to participate in the Mass by viewing it on television or online.
During this time, the Parish Office is closed to the public, however we will be available by phone (807 345-6541) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to assist you as best we are able.
Sacraments & Preparation
First Communion Update
The date for the First Communion Mass is quickly approaching. Given the current situation with COVID-19 and the closure of churches throughout the province, we are rescheduling the celebration of First Communion to Sunday, 14 June 2020 at 2:00 pm. The rehearsal is also rescheduled, and will now be on Sunday, 7 June 2020 immediately following the 11:00 am Mass. Parents/ Guardians will be receiving a letter via Google Classroom with more details.
The Confirmation Mass originally scheduled for Sunday, 3 May 2020 is postponed until further notice. A new date will be scheduled based upon the Bishop’s availability and when the government lifts the ban on gatherings. Confirmation candidates and their parents/ guardians will be receiving a letter from their Confirmation teachers with more details.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
At this time, Reconciliation is being celebrated by appointment only. No house calls. Call the Parish Office at 345-6541 to schedule a time.
Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
At this time, the Anointing of the Sick is reserved for those at end-of-life. This does not mean you should wait to call for a priest. If you have a loved one who may need to receive the Anointing of the Sick, call or email the Parish Office in advance so that we are aware of the situation. House calls are not permitted at this time, and some long-term care facilities are restricting visitors, which include clergy visits.
In an emergency, do NOT call the Parish Office, ask the nursing station to page the “Roman Catholic Priest-on-Call.”
At this time, due to the closure of churches, funeral services will consist of a simple burial service at the cemetery. Social distancing norms must be respected and attendance is limited to immediate family only. A Funeral Mass, if desired by the family, may be celebrated at a later date when public Masses are once again permitted.
First Friday & First Saturday Devotions
Parishioners and friends who practice the devotions associated with First Friday and First Saturday can still do so from home. In place of Reconciliation, you are encouraged to make a “perfect act of contrition” by making an examination of conscience and praying an Act of Contrition; and, in place of attending Mass and receiving Communion, to participate in a televised Mass and say an Act of Spiritual Communion. This will allow you then to continue with the devotion for the required nine consecutive months.
Employment Opportunity Update
At the beginning of March, we began the search for a new Administrative Assistant to the Pastor. Applications were due on 17 March 2020. At this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have suspended the selection process until further notice. We thank everyone who has applied, and we will hold all applications until we resume the selection process.
At this time, we are not accepting new Mass Intentions until public Masses resume. Thank you for your understanding.