Categories: General Date: Mar 18, 2020 Title: Bishop's Letter re COVID-19
In part the Bishop's letter says:
"After listening to the recommendations by both our Provincial and Federal Governments to practice “social distancing” and to avoid any unnecessary gatherings of people, and in consultation with College of Consultors of the Diocese and the Bishops of Atlantic Canada, I hereby dispense the people of the diocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until such time as the present precautions are lifted and ask that all Masses (both weekend and weekdays), socials, meetings, catechetical activities and hall-based fundraisers (i.e. Bingos, Teas and Suppers) be cancelled until further notice. Outreach programs to the poor should follow tight pre-arranged delivery or pick-up protocol and should minimize or eliminate close contact between people."
"Please be attentive to the needs of those who may need extra time and attention during this difficult and stressful time... Though it is important to keep our protocols current and in keeping with what is being asked of us, it is equally important that we do everything to lighten the load that others may be carrying. Pray for those who are on the front lines of our health care systems and for all those who are most vulnerable or suffering from illness. Lent is a time of fasting, prayer and acts of charity. Keeping these age-old practices in mind, let us not fail to practice them with utmost care."
To learn of other precuautionary steps in detail and for information on ways to participate in Sunday liturgies, please read the Bishop's letter in its entirety.