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Regina Slaney

TROUTER’S SPECIAL

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FUNDRAISING: Our fundraising ability has been seriously diminished over the past number of months due to Covid 19 restrictions. We have had to put the Trouter’s Special ON HOLD for now. There are still over 300 tickets left to sell to meet our goal from last years draw. I realize that many of you have already purchased and sold tickets. However, if you are able to take another ticket or more tickets to sell, please call Regina at the parish office or email at home@stpatrickschurch.ca Arrangements will be made to collect the monies either by dropping it in the mailbox or by returning stubs and money once the restrictions have been lifted. We will notify everyone once the draws are permitted to proceed.

Where is God in the Middle of this Pandemic?

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WHERE IS GOD IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS PANDEMIC?

 

If you have been asking questions about how to make meaning in these uncharted waters that we are in, you are not alone. If you’ve asked where God is, or how you might hear God’s voice, others are asking the same questions.

If you would like to take part in an online discussion about your own experiences and how it all relates to God and faith, the Redemptorist Adult Faith Formation Team (Fr. Tony Bidgood, CSsR, Fr. David Louch, CSsR and Anne Walsh) would like invite you to a virtual Zoom gathering of people who want to share their thoughts, questions and faith.

 

Simply email us at the following address:

 

rafftcssr@gmail.com

 

and the Redemptorist Adult Faith Formation Team will contact you about how to connect to the virtual discussion.  We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Peace!

 

Message from the Archbishop

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Message from the Archbishop

May 7, 2020

RE: Precautions during the time of Alert Level 4

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

At the April 30th Newfoundland Covid-19 briefing it was tentatively announced that the province will move to Alert Level 4 on Monday May 11th.

 

At Alert Level 4, it will still be everyone’s responsibility to follow the Public Health Guidance for All Alert Levels and to stay home as much as possible, except to get essentials like groceries and medications.  However, gatherings at funerals, burials, and weddings will be expanded to 10 people as long as physical distancing can be maintained.  Visitations and wakes will remain prohibited.

 

In consultation with the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council and ensuring that we adhere to the Special Measures Orders of the Department of Public Health, the following decisions regarding pastoral ministry and public worship have been made for the time period that this province is at Alert Level 4:

  1. All people of the Archdiocese are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
  2. All churches are to remain closed to the public.
  3. Access to diocesan and parish administrative buildings will be limited to staff and those individuals conducting essential repairs (social distancing protocols to be followed in their dealings with staff).
  4. Diocesan and parish meetings involving non-staff members are to be hosted virtually or postponed.
  5. “Private” celebrations of funerals, weddings and baptisms may take place in the church within the context of a Liturgy of the Word service (i.e. no Mass) provided that:
  6. No more than 10 people are present including the celebrant.
  7. Safe distancing protocols are adhered to.
  8. Before the celebration begins, a list of the names of those present is obtained (in case needed for contact tracing).
  9. In the case of a baptism, the celebrant wears a facemask for those parts of the celebration where physical distancing cannot be maintained and wears a glove when performing the anointings.

At the May 5th meeting of the Presbyteral Council a subcommittee was formed to review all the Alert Levels and to prepare recommendations regarding pastoral ministry and public worship at each level.

We are being told that it may still be a long while until this pandemic is behind us and things are back to “normal”.  In the mean time, I ask that you please join with me in praying for serenity in dealing with our present situation, for courage in facing the challenges that confront us, for charity in reaching out to those in need and for steadfast faith in God’s goodness and love.

Sincerely yours in the Risen Lord,

+Peter Hundt

Archbishop of St. John’s, NL

Thank you from Father Ray

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To all family, friends and parishioners, I extend heartfelt gratitude for your many well wishes and prayerful support as I celebrated 34 years of Priesthood yesterday. I was overwhelmed by your many expressions of love and encouragement. I would like to thank you each individually but there are just too many of you!!!!! I will remember you in my prayers. Thanks again! Fr. Ray

NOTICE OF TENDER

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“The Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of St. John’s is inviting all interested parties to bid on the tender for: ‘Burial Plot Opening/Closing and Ground Maintenance in Cemeteries’. All interest parties can obtain copies of the tender documents by sending an Email to ‘cemetery@rcsj,org’ or by contacting the cemetery operations office at 730 8752 or 691 6620. Tenders close on Friday May 29, 2020. All details and requirements for bidding are contained with the tender documents. “

 

Archbishop’s Message for National Volunteer Week 2020

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Archbishop’s Message for National Volunteer Week 2020

Dear Volunteers of the Archdiocese of St. John’s and its Parishes,

As we celebrate Volunteer Week, I am pleased to have this opportunity to offer my sincere gratitude and thanks to all of you.  Your kindness and generosity of spirit are a wonderful blessing to Archdiocese, its parishes and the innumerable people who benefit from your enthusiastic and self-sacrificing volunteer service.

Today, I offered the live streamed Mass that I celebrated at the Basilica in gratitude for your ministry, praying for God’s blessings upon you and all your loved ones, especially during these challenging and uncertain times.

With gratitude and best wishes for God’s blessings upon you always, I remain,

Yours in the Risen Lord,

 

+Peter Hundt

Archbishop of St. John’s, NL

NTV – Mass

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Join us on Sunday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m. as Father Wayne Dohey celebrates Mass at St. Peter’s Parish in Mount Pearl.  At a time when we are not able to physically come together to partake in the Eucharist, we have the good fortune of being able to celebrate the Mass through our local television station, NTV.  We welcome and invite everyone to join with us as we virtually journey together to encounter Christ, the Risen Lord, this holy Easter season.

 

How Can I Donate?

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We have received many calls asking, “How can we get our offertory collection to the Parish each
week”?

To date we have three ways that you can donate:
1. You can drop your collection in the drop box of the parish office
2. You can register for direct debit by completing this attached form (Click Here) and returning it by email or by
dropping it in our drop box at the parish office. If you have any questions on this option, please
call the parish office at 754-1195.
3. You can mail your donation to: St. Patrick’s Parish, 6 Patrick Street, St. John’s, NL A1E 2S7

New Daily Mass Link!

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We have moved the link for daily Mass for you. At the top of the webpage, we have provided a ink that says “Watch Daily Mass.”  Click on that link and you will see the daily Mass page!  We hope this makes access to daily Mass easier for everyone.

Please feel free to share our Parish link with others, as well as the daily Mass link.

Thank you to everyone for your kind words of appreciation and support as we continue to provide daily Mass online.

God Bless!

Father Patrick Power R.I.P.

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Thursday April 9, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Our Pastor, Father Patrick Power entered his eternal rest last evening. Father Pat was a faithful priest who gave his life unselfishly in service of God’s people in the Archdiocese of St. John’s. His dedicated service and priestly ministry will be a treasured memory in the hearts of the parishioners of St. Patrick’s and St. John Bosco Parishes and indeed to parishioners in the many parishes where Father Pat ministered. Heartfelt condolences are extended to Father Power’s family, to His Grace Archbishop Peter Hundt, the priests of the Archdiocese, friends, and all parishioners of the Archdiocese. May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Details regarding Father Power’s Funeral Arrangements will be provided when they become available.

God bless you all and thank you for your love, support and prayers during Father Power’s illness. As he always said to me, “tell the people thanks for their prayers.”

In Christ the crucified and risen Lord, whose victory we celebrate this Holy Week, may Father Pat Power receive “the crown of Righteousness reserved for him.”

(2 Timothy 4:8) Amen. Well done good and faithful servant!

Father Ray Earle

Administrator

 

Message from the Archbishop re – Funeral Liturgies during COVID-19 Pandemic

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Message from the Archbishop

March 23, 2020

Re: Restrictions on Funeral Liturgies during the time of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

As the situation in our Archdiocese, our country and throughout the world continues to evolve regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic, further precautions against spreading the virus have become necessary.  For this reason, out of pastoral concern for the health and wellbeing of all our people, and in consultation with the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council, I am hereby providing our clergy with the following directives regarding funerals in this Archdiocese:

  • Until future notice, due to the severe threat presented by the COVID-19 virus, the Clergy of the Archdiocese are not to preside at funeral liturgies in our churches or in funeral homes.

 

  • For the time being, the Clergy of the Archdiocese may preside at graveside prayer services with immediate family members of the deceased, it being understood that these services must be in keeping with government regulations regarding gathering sizes and social distancing.

 

  • The Clergy of the Archdiocese are encouraged to do all that they can to be available via telephone to help families struggling with the death of loved ones and to assist them in the planning of funeral liturgies to take place at a later date when it is deemed safe to do so.

 

  • I ask that the Clergy of the Archdiocese make this information available to parishioners on parish websites and parish messaging services.

 

I realize that these are extraordinary measures, but given the present circumstances and concerns regarding the spreading of the coronavirus, they are measures that seem prudent and wise.  However, during this time of necessary social distancing, it is more important than ever that the Church find ways to be personally present to parishioners and to all those seeking spiritual nourishment and support.  As well as offering the celebration of the Mass and other devotions via social media, many of our clergy and parishes are reaching out to and responding to those in need through their food banks and other parish organizations and through telephone contacts and social media.

 

Asking that you join with me in praying for God’s wisdom and grace for those who are charged with our public safety, for the sick, their families and the health care professionals that minister to them, and for the deceased, those who mourn their passing and those seeking to serve and console those who mourn, I remain,

 

Yours in Christ,

 

+Peter Hundt

Archbishop of St. John’s, NL

TICKET SWEEPS POSTPONED

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IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION

The Parish has contacted the Lottery License Board concerning our two parish ticket sweeps – Grand in the Hand and Trouter’s Special. As you know the Parish Office is CLOSED to the public and so pick up and drop off of tickets has been curtailed for the present time. We have permission to postpone ALL DRAWS until further notice due to the Covid 19 Virus restrictions. We will resume ticket sales and draws once the restrictions have been lifted. Thank you for your understanding in these difficult times. HOLD ON TO YOUR TICKET STUBS!

Message from Archbishop re – COVID-19

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Message from the Archbishop

March 16, 2020

Re: Precautions during the time of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

Out of pastoral concern for the health and wellbeing of all our people, and in consultation with the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council, I am hereby dispensing the people of the Archdiocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice.  Furthermore, I am instructing that as of Wednesday March 17th, all regularly scheduled weekday and weekend Masses be cancelled until further notice.

I recommend that where possible our churches remain open to the public at their usual hours for the faithful to come for personal prayer, for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and for private devotions.  Also, I encourage all of our priests to celebrate Mass privately on a daily basis and to continue to make themselves available for the personal pastoral care of their parishioners.

Regarding funerals and presently scheduled weddings and baptisms, for the time being, I recommend that decisions be made in consultation with the families involved and the following precautions be observed:

  • Anyone with flu like symptoms and other serious symptoms of ill health should not attend;
  • Numbers present should not be so great as to cause crowding and lack of personal space.
  • Holy Water should be removed from all fonts;
  • Holy Communion should not be received from the chalice;
  • Holy Communion should not be received on the tongue;
  • Ministers distributing Holy Communion should use hand sanitizer before and after the distribution of Holy Communion;
  • The Sign of Peace should not be exchanged in ways involving physical contact.

Regarding parish social, catechetical and administrative gatherings and meetings, I recommend that decisions be made based on the preventive measures announced by our provincial health officials and in consultation with the groups involved.

During this time when we will be restricted from personally attending public liturgies and social gatherings, I ask that the information on these restrictions be made available to parishioners on parish websites and parish telephone messaging services.  In addition, I encourage everyone to consider being united in prayer by tuning in to televised Masses, reading the Word of God using their Family Bible and by availing themselves of other devotional resources available on the internet.

Asking that you join with me in praying for God’s wisdom and grace for those who are charged with our public safety and for the sick, their families and the health care professionals that minister to them, I remain,

Yours in Christ,

+Peter Hundt

Archbishop of St. John’s, NL