CHURCHES TO OPEN
WARM WELCOME TO ALL PARISHIONERS & FRIENDS OF ST. PATRICK’S AND ST. JOHN BOSCO PARISHES
I begin by welcoming all parishioners and friends of St. Patrick’s and St. John Bosco Parishes to the “in person” celebration of Eucharist and other personal and liturgical prayer. We have moved to Level 2 of the Covid 19 restrictions. Churches are now permitted to open their doors with strict adherence to certain guidelines provided by the Government, Medical and Archdiocesan officials. We will adhere to the following procedures.
- OPENING DOORS: The Church doors of St. Patrick’s and St John Bosco are tentatively scheduled to reopen on the first weekend of July (July 4/5). Doors will be opened 30 MINUTES before weekend Masses for REGISTRATION PURPOSES.
- RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED: All gatherings including Mass are restricted to 50 people.
- REGISTRATION: You must PRE-REGISTER to participate at WEEKEND MASSES by calling the Parish Office (754-1195) Wednesday to Friday from 9 am – 12 Noon. You will need to provide your name, your address, and your phone number for Covid 19 tracing purposes. According to regulations this information will be kept for two weeks and then discarded.
- ONE MASS: You may register ONLY for one weekend Mass PER WEEK.
Mass Times are as follows:
St. Patrick’s – Saturday @ 4:00 PM Sunday @ 10:15 AM and 7:00 PM
ST JOHN BOSCO: Saturday 5:30 pm
- WEEKDAY SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE: Tuesday – Friday 10 am. Weekday Schedule will commence Tuesday July 7, 2020 at 10 am and will be celebrated in the main church to maintain physical distancing.
- PHYSICAL DISTANCING: At all times, a minimum of 6 feet distance between people is mandatory. That includes parking lots, the exterior of the Church (lineup to enter etc.) and the interior.
- SEATING: Those who attend MUST SIT 6 feet apart according to physical distancing regulations. Pews are clearly marked and an usher will direct you to your seat.
- FAMILY SEATING: Families may sit together in a pew (limit 4 per family). The number is limited to give others a chance to attend.
- HAND SANITIZING: a. Necessary upon entry to the Church, b. Before receiving Communion c. Before leaving Church
- FACE MASKS: It is RECOMMENDED that you wear a face mask during the celebration of Mass. Masks will not be provided. Please bring your own mask if you intend to wear one.
- NO SINGING: Congregational singing is not permitted during Mass. There will be a cantor (singer) who will maintain a space of 10 feet from the Congregation. CONGREGATION PLEASE DO NOT SING ALONG.
- COMMUNION: Holy Communion will be distributed BY THE PRIEST (ON THE HAND ONLY) The Archbishop has approved this guideline for use in parishes. PLEASE DO NOT PRESENT YOURSELF FOR COMMUNION ON THE TONGUE. PROCEDURE: Individual line in the Center Aisle / Communion on the hand / Receive then move aside and consume the Sacred Host / If wearing a mask – do the same – receive – move aside – remove mask – and then consume.
- COLLECTION: There will be baskets by the entrance to the Church in which to place your Sunday Offering. Collection at the regular Offertory time IS NOT PERMITTED.
- WASHROOMS: Emergency use only. The washrooms will be locked. If you have an emergency and need to use the washroom, the Coordinator for the Mass will have a key to allow access. ONE PERSON AT A TIME IN THE WASHROOM. These restrictions are for sanitizing purposes.
- BULLETINS: Will be posted online. We may begin distribution of paper copies in the future.
- ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH DOORS OPEN DAILY: For the time being, St. Patrick’s Church doors will be open for private prayer from 9 am – 12 noon Monday to Friday. A LOG BOOK will be at the entrance. You MUST put down your name, address, phone number, and time of entry and exit in that LOG BOOK for tracing purposes. This is a Government and Medical requirement. ALSO, THE MAIN BODY OF THE CHURCH WILL BE ROPED OFF WITH ONLY THE AREA IMMEDIATELY IN FRONT OF THE TABERNACLE ACCESSIBLE FOR PERSONAL PRAYER. PLEASE DO NOT GO BEYOND THAT IMMEDIATE AREA. This is critical for sanitizing purposes. Close monitoring of the Church will take place to ensure these guidelines are strictly adhered to. Any departure from these guidelines will mean the Church will be closed again.
THERE WILL BE USHERS TO ANSWER OTHER QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE. AS WE OPEN THE DOORS OF OUR CHURCHES, I EXPRESS SINCERE AND HEARTFELT GRATITUDE TO ALL PARISHIONERS AND FRIENDS FOR THE COURAGEOUS WAY WE HAVE FACED THESE DIFFICULT DAYS OF THE PANDEMIC. WE NEED TO EXERCISE CAUTION AND CARE AS WE MOVE FORWARD. MAINTAIN PHYSICAL DISTANCING. AND ALTHOUGH THE NATURAL WAY TO ACT IS BY STRETCHING OUT A HAND OF WELCOME AND HELLO, PLEASE RESIST THAT NATURAL INCLINATION. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER – AT A SAFE DISTANCE!!! LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN THE COMING WEEKS.
Help us to remember when we first met, and the abiding love that grew between us. Please work our love into practical living so nothing will ever divide us. We pray for words both kind and loving, and hearts always ready to ask for forgiveness as well as to forgive. Lord, together with faith and hope, we place our lives and marriage in your righteous hands. AMEN
A Prayer for Summer
Father, Creator of all, thank you for summer. Thank you for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight. Thank You for the beauty I see all around me and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy your creation. Thank you for the increased time I have to be with my friends and family, and for the more casual pace of the summer season. Draw me closer to you this summer. Teach me how I can pray no matter where I am or what I am doing. Warm my soul with the awareness of your presence and light my path with your word and counsel. As I enjoy your creation, create in me a pure heart and a hunger and a thirst for you.
TROUTER’S SPECIAL DRAW
Due to Covid 19, our annual fundraiser, St. Patrick’s Parish Trouters Special Draw had to be postponed. We ceased selling our tickets and also doing our weekly draw. Our first and second weekly draw winners were Carol and Jason Slade – March 11, ticket # 0620 & Krista Power – March 18th, ticket # 1830.
We have been in touch with the lottery board and obtained a new draw date of Friday, July 31st at 12:00 Noon. At this time all remaining draws will take place.
12 Draws of $1,000.00
1 Draw of $10,000.00
There is a seller’s prize of $500.00 for the seller of the $10,000.00 ticket.
TOTAL PAYOUT ON JULY 31 ……..$22,500.00
With many restrictions still in place it is very hard to sell the remaining 350 tickets. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please call the parish office at 754-1195 or email us at email@example.com. You can book your ticket and we can arrange for payment when our office opens or we could deliver your ticket to you.
We thank you for your continued support. Good luck to everyone!
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John’s, NL
Message from the Archbishop
June 19, 2020
Re: Reopening our Churches and Offices to the Public
Dear People of the Archdiocese of St. John’s:
On Wednesday, the Chief Medical Officer announced that the Province will be entering Level 2 on June 25th 2020. We know that according to the guidelines for this level, churches will be permitted to reopen “with restrictions”. These restrictions have not yet been communicated to the Archdiocese and other Faith Communities. The COVID-19 Sub-committee of the Presbyteral Council has been working on a Diocesan Plan for the reopening of our church buildings. However, they have been unable to finalize this plan due to the lack of information regarding these restrictions.
Recently, I was invited to participate in a virtual meeting with the Chief Medical Officer and other Provincial Faith Leaders on Tuesday, June 23rd to “…discuss spiritual gatherings in Alert Level 2 of our public health emergency.” I expect that the restrictions on public worship at Alert Level 2 will be a major topic at this meeting.
Once we have received the information on these restrictions, our Sub-committee will be able to finalize pastoral ministry guidelines for Alert Level 2 and we will be able to send them to the priests and parishes of the Archdiocese. However, this does not mean that our church buildings will be able to reopen right away. Each parish and parish priest will need to study the guidelines and prepare parish staff and volunteers to implement and administer them in the parish. Once the parish priest, and parishioners working with him, are confident that they can safely open their church for public worship according to the Public Health Measures and Archdiocesan Guidelines, they will be required to submit to the Archdiocese information on their proposed Mass schedule and the times when their church will be open for private prayer.
Furthermore, our Archdiocesan Occupational Health and Safety Committee has been preparing guidelines for reopening to the public our diocesan and parish offices. These guidelines will be sent out in the near future. As with the pastoral ministry guidelines, each parish and parish priest will need to study these guidelines and submit to the Archdiocese information on their proposed schedule for reopening the parish office to the public.
As we prepare to open our parish churches and offices to our parishioners and to the public, we must ensure that the health of everyone is protected and kept safe. This being the case, we can only open our churches and offices when we are properly prepared and ready. The Archdiocese will be pleased to do whatever we can to explain the guidelines and to support the parishes in implementing them effectively.
Asking that you continue to join with me in praying that God will bless all of us in our efforts to minister prudently and wisely during this time of pandemic, I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Archbishop of St. John’s, Nfld.
NOTICE TO FAMILIES
18 JUNE 2020
Re: 2020 Annual Cemetery Liturgy Services
Due to the public health restrictions in place to control the spread of the Covid 19 Virus, families are advised that the annual liturgy services in all Roman Catholic cemeteries in the Archdiocese of St. John’s will not be held this year.
We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause.
As individual cemetery services cannot take place this summer, I will celebrate a special Mass for the intention of all the deceased of our Archdiocese and Province.
It will be televised on NTV at 10:30 am on
Sunday, July 19, 2020.
Yours in the Risen Lord,
+ Peter Hundt
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John’s, NL
Message from the Archbishop
June 5, 2020
Re: Precautions during the time of Alert Level 3
Dear People of the Archdiocese of St. John’s:
All things staying as they are, it is expected that the province will move to Alert Level 3 on Monday June 8th.
At Alert Level 3, it will still be everyone’s responsibility to follow the Public Health Guidance for All Alert Levels, to stay home as much as possible and, for those who are at higher risk of complications due to COVID-19, to not go out except to get essentials like groceries and medications. However, gatherings will be expanded to 20 people as long as physical distancing can be maintained and this will include gatherings at funerals, burials, and weddings. Visitations and wakes will remain prohibited.
As the focus at Alert Level 3 “…is to control transmission while further relaxing public health measures,” the COVID-19 Subcommittee of the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council and the Archdiocesan Occupational Health and Safety Committee are both looking to develop policies and guidelines that would allow for expanded ministry and services in the parishes of the Archdiocese. However, until such policies and guidelines are published and put into place, the following decisions regarding pastoral ministry and public worship are to be adhered to in all the parishes of the Archdiocese:
- All people of the Archdiocese are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
- All churches are to remain closed to the public.
- 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).
- Diocesan and parish meetings involving non-staff members are to be hosted virtually or postponed.
- “Private” celebrations of funerals, weddings and baptisms may take place in the church within the context of a Liturgy of the Word service or a Mass at which only the Priest-Celebrant receives Holy Communion provided that:
- No more than 20 people are present including the celebrant.
- Safe distancing protocols are adhered to.
- Before the celebration begins, a list of the names of those present is obtained (in case needed for contact tracing).
- 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 Alert Level 2 places of worship will be permitted to resume operations. Our Archdiocesan COVID-19 Subcommittee is already working on developing policies and guidelines that will allow us to do this in a responsible way that best ensures the safety of the worshipping community. Asking that you join with me in praying that God will bless them, and all of us, in our efforts to minister prudently and wisely during this time of pandemic, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Archbishop of St. John’s, Nfld.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Centre for Life is hosting virtual tax clinics under the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. If you are a senior with a modest income please call 579-1500 for any inquiries or to make an appointment.
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:
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.
FAMILY CATECHISM AND SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION
Our families have continued to meet virtually and continue with family faith development and Sacramental Preparation. We cannot plan dates for the reception of sacraments at this point but we are continuing to prepare. If you have any questions please email email@example.com
CONTACT INFORMATION RE – CANCER
Cancer Can Be Exhausting! Have you been diagnosed with cancer? Do you have trouble sleeping and experience difficulty with your memory, concentration, and attention? Our research team can help! For more information please call 709-864-8035 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have received many calls asking, “How can we get our offertory collection to the Parish each
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
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.
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!
Please be advised that all Masses at St. Patrick’s Church and St. John Bosco Church have been cancelled until further notice as per Archbishop Hundt’s letter dated March 16, 2020. As updates become available we will advise.