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ARCHBISHOP’S REQUEST FOR YOUR INPUT IN PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

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All members of the Catholic Community of the Archdiocese of St. John’s are being invited to participate in a survey that will be used in developing a plan for the ongoing provision of ministries, programs and services in the Archdiocese.  Paper copies of the survey are included in your bulletin and are available at the doors of the church. The survey can also be done online by going to the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5CNK9KJ

This link will also be posted to the St. Patrick’s Parish Website.  Completed paper copies may be dropped off at the Parish Office or at the registration desk at the front door of our Churches at all weekend Masses.

The Archbishop asks that all completed surveys be submitted prior to June 30, 2021.

Holy Spirit Homily Series

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Over the past three weeks, Father Fleming has given a homily series on the Holy Spirit.

The first installment of the homily series can be viewed by clicking on this link:

https://youtu.be/b76v1EtBMf8?t=1084

The second installment of the homily series can be viewed by clicking on this link:

https://youtu.be/PwaNsqiFIpw?t=1188

The third installment of the homily series can be viewed by clicking on this link:

https://youtu.be/8W688JIhDhg?t=1220

Updates from Development and Peace

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Development and Peace,  On Saturday, May 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm ET, there will be a National Zoom Webinar to provide you with all the national content for the Regional Assemblies. Register at  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkcOqgrzgiGdTspW6Y2-15EKEyrdbtwroe   Simultaneous translation will be provided for the National Webinar and content will be presented in an equitable balance of both official languages. A link to the draft agenda will be provided in the confirmation email you will receive after you register. This will be a first for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada to proceed in this way, i.e. to be united across the country for a national gathering, and we appreciate your collaboration in making this webinar happen.   A recording will be made available to participants to the Regional Assemblies who were not able to attend the May 15 National Webinar. If you have any technical questions about the National Webinar, please direct them to Luke Stocking, Acting Director of Public Engagement, lstocking@devp.org.

Following the National Webinar, we will hold our Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Assembly on Thursday, May 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm NT virtually via ZOOM.  Please register at zoom, https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvf-6oqzIiGtY9FSuM35YF9zJhru2ELmUK

For technical questions regarding the registration information for our Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Assembly, please direct them to Patricia Walsh Warren, Animator for Newfoundland and Labrador,
pwalsh@devp.org. 

St. John’s Diocesan Council Meeting – Thursday, May 13, 6:00 – 7:00 pm.  Amongst other topics will be the nomination of delegates for the Regional Assembly.  Please register at  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYuc-mppzMsE9z6MHiHjYyUEjz9WjTSfQ3X

We thank you for your continued support during this transition year and we look forward to providing you with good information and opportunities for good dialogue with our membership during this 2021 Regional Assembly season.

The 2021 Archdiocese of St. John’s Chrism Mass

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The Mass of Chrism is one of the most solemn and important diocesan celebrations of the liturgical year.  The Mass is a celebration of the institution of the ministerial priesthood and is a sign of the unity and communion of the Priests with their Bishop.  The Mass takes its name from the blessing of the Holy Oils used in the sacraments throughout the year, which are then given to the priests to take back to their parishes.

Usually, the Chrism Mass is celebrated near the end of Lent, just before the celebration of the Sacred Triduum, and people from all the parishes of the Archdiocese are invited to attend.  This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Chrism Mass was postponed.

In consultation with the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council, the 2021 Chrism Mass is now scheduled to be celebrated at the Basilica-Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on Wednesday, May 19th at 11:00 a.m.

People wishing to attend the celebration are asked to please register by phone at 709-754-2170 or by email at basilica@rcsj.org.  People may also participate virtually and spiritually either via live stream on the Basilica Heritage Foundation website (www.thebasilica.net) or the Basilica Parish website (www.thebasilica.church) or by viewing the celebration when it is posted on the Archdiocese’s website (www.rcsj.org).

Registration for Weekend Masses

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Registration for weekend Masses, Saturday at 4:00 PM, Sunday 10:15 AM and Sunday 7:00 PM will commence on Wednesday, April 7th & Thursday, April 8th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. In an effort to include all parishioners we will continue to take registration weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays until our maximum capacity increases.
The church will continue to be open from 11 am until 1:00 pm daily for private prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Tuesday, March 30, the church will open for weekday Mass. No registration will be required for week-day masses, contact tracing and all covid protocols will be in place. Face masks must be worn at all times when in the church building. We can no longer remove them while seated in our pew.

Easter Triduum

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Today, Holy Thursday is the start of the Easter Triduum.

Pre-registration has taken place for our Masses and Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. All are filled to capacity with the exception of Holy Thursday Mass at 7:00 this evening and the Stations of the Cross tomorrow at 12:00 noon. If you would like to participate in either of these please call the parish office at 754-1195.

This evening, following Holy Thursday Mass, the church building will be open for private prayer until Midnight.

Tomorrow, Good Friday, the church building will be open for private prayer. The hours of opening will be 8:00 am – 11:45 am. The church will open again at 4:30 pm until 8:00 pm.

Message from the Archbishop re. Return to Alert Level 2

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Dear Monsignors and Fathers:

Yesterday, the Chief Medical Officer of Health announced that as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday March 27th all of the province would move to Alert Level 2.  Please find attached with this Memo in pdf format a copy of the Public Advisory of March 24, 2021.

According to this Advisory, “formal gatherings” are limited to no more than 50 people.  In addition, the Chief Medical Officer requested that masks be worn by congregants through out public worship services (except when receiving Communion, and lectors, cantors and the celebrant when ministering).  Further information is found in the June 25, 2020 Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John’s Covid-19 Parish Church and Pastoral Ministry Guidelines while operating under Alert Level 2.

With the above in mind and having consulted and received the advice of the COVID-19 Sub-committee of the Presbyteral Council, I ask that as 12:01 a.m. Saturday March 27th and until further notice, the parishes of the Archdiocese please adhere to the following instructions:

Diocesan and Parish Adminstrative Offices:

  1. Diocesan and parish staff that can work from home are encouraged to do so.
  2. As much as possible, parish meetings should be held online.
  3. All in person meetings must comply with present COVID-19 safety protocols.

Archdiocesan Churches:

  1. Churches may be opened for private devotion and/or public worship provided that:
  2. No more than 50 people are present including the officiant;
  3. All present COVID-19 safety protocols are followed including social distancing, facemask wearing, COVID self-assessment and contact tracing registration.

 

2021 Chrism Mass

Given our present situation and that in Canada the CCCB has left it to Ordinaries to decide whether to transfer the date of the Chrism Mass, we are presently planning to celebrate the 2021 Mass of Chrism at the Basilica on Monday May 17th at 7:00 p.m.  Further details on this celebration and other social and spiritual events that may take place in conjunction with the Chrism Mass will be provided at a later date.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+Peter Hundt

Return to Alert Level 2 Update

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With the movement to alert level 2 by our public health officials, in person gatherings for faith organizations are now allowed to have 50 people in attendance. Our Liturgy Committee is busy making plans for our safe return and enable us to celebrate Holy Week and the Easter Triduum in the most meaningful and inclusive way possible.
While we make arrangements, our church building will remain closed for mass until Tuesday, March 30. Weekday masses and Palm Sunday mass will be live-streamed. The church will continue to be open from 11 am until 1:00 pm daily for private prayer and adoration of the blessed sacrament. During the open period on Palm Sunday, Blessed Palm will be available to those who wish to have some to bring home.
Tuesday, March 30, the church will open for weekday mass. No registration will be required for week-day masses, contact tracing and all covid protocols will be in place. Face masks must be worn at all times when in the church building. We can no longer remove them while seated in our pew.
Registration will be required for Thursday of the Lords Supper at 7:00 pm, Good Friday Stations of the Cross at Noon, Friday of the Passion of the Lord at 3:00, Easter Vigil at 9:00pm, and Easter Sunday Resurrection of the Lord Masses at 9:00 am and 11:00 am. As we are permitted to have just 50 people in the church, we are asking parishioners to choose one celebration in Holy Week to attend in person. This will give an opportunity for as many as possible to participate in the Easter Triduum and receive Holy Communion. All gatherings of the Triduum will also be livestreamed.
Registration will take place by calling the parish office at 754-1195. Registration will be held 9am -12 noon on Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30.
It has been hard for everyone to be away from the church over the last few weeks. We have all worked so hard to follow the public health orders and to keep everyone safe and are so very happy to be able to open our doors to our parishioners once again and celebrate together the most holy season of Easter.

Message from the Archbishop re. the Mount Cashel Judgement

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Dear People of the Archdiocese of St. John’s:

 

Recently, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed our Archdiocese’s application for Leave to Appeal. This makes final the judgement of the Appeal Court of Newfoundland and Labrador that the Archdiocese of St. John’s is vicariously liable for the abuse at the Mount Cashel Orphanage in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. We must now move to address these claims to the best of our ability, and in justice to the victims.

 

The resolution of these claims will have significant implications for the parishes and parishioners of our Archdiocese. Therefore, we are presently working with financial and other advisers to discern how best to move forward in addressing them. Further communications will be sent to the parishes as more information becomes available.

 

There will be changes and sacrifices required of all of us as we move through this process. I cannot promise that the road ahead will be an easy one, but certainly, the practice and celebration of our Catholic faith will continue.  I hope that this resolution process will bring with it healing for the victims, their loved ones, and the entire community of faith, and closure to a dark chapter in the history of our Archdiocese.

 

As we move forward with this process, I ask that you please join with me in praying for God’s guidance, healing for the victims, and understanding, compassion and patience for us all.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

 

+Peter Hundt

Archbishop of St. John’s.

Church Open for Private Prayer

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Beginning tomorrow, March 17th, St. Patrick’s Church will be open for private prayer during Adoration from 11 am to 1:00 pm each day Tuesday–Sunday.
 
Mass will continue to be live-streamed at 10 AM but Adoration will not be live-streamed.
 
The Church is limited to a maximum of 10 people at a time. COVID 19 protocols will be in effect, including the wearing of a mask at all times while in the church and recording of names for contact tracing.
Fr. Fleming will be available for confessions in the Nano Nagle room of the Church on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12–1pm (confessions in the parking lot will no longer take place).

Thank you

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Thank you for the kind words and prayers offered for Ronnie and his family.  They are most gratefully and appreciatively received by his family and the members of his parish community.

Ronnie Doyle

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Dear Parishioners,
We are sorry to share that our beloved parish maintenance man and groundskeeper, Ronnie Doyle, passed away unexpectedly on Friday. Ronnie was a beloved member of the St. Patrick’s Parish community and he will be dearly missed. Please pray for Ronnie and his family.
Father James Fleming