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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

Covid-19 (Corona Virus)

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RE: COVID-19 (Corona Virus)
March 13, 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Patrick’s Parish,

As you are aware the COVID-19 VIRUS has reached pandemic proportions across the globe. Officials of Government and Health Care Professionals are asking that the general public take all precautionary measures to contain the spread of the Virus. Having consulted with the Parish Pastoral Council of St. Patrick’s Parish, and being proactive in our effort to respond, the following steps seem prudent for the moment.

1. FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS: We ask that if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms that you refrain from attending Eucharistic Celebrations (Mass) for the time being, to avoid passing the flu/virus to others.

2. LEAVE A SPACE: For those who are attending Mass this weekend and for the next number of weekends, that we spread out through the Church to give a comfortable space between people. (The Medical Profession has recommended 1 meter between each person).

3. FIRST RECONCILIATION: The preparation session for our Children preparing for First Reconciliation scheduled for Saturday March 14, 2020 has been postponed until further notice. The Celebration of First Reconciliation itself will be rescheduled to a later date.

4. ST. PATRICK’S STEW SUPPER AND IRISH MUSIC NIGHT: Scheduled for Saturday March 14, 2020 has been postponed for now. The event will be rescheduled once the risks associated with the Covid-19 Virus have subsided.

5. MEETINGS: We ask all Committees/Organizations in the Parish to postpone where possible any gatherings for the time being.

This is a difficult time for everyone world-wide. We continue to pray for the medical profession, our political and religious leaders, and indeed all who are involved in leadership roles. May we receive the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we strive to find solutions to this epidemic.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.
Sincerely,

Father Ray Earle & Members of the Parish Pastoral Council

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Family Catechism – Upcoming Dates

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FAMILY CATECHISM –UPCOMING DATES

January 25th – 4:00 PM  – Youth Mass

January 25th – Family Potluck and Minute to Win It game night.

February 8th – Family Gathering – 3:00 PM

February 8th – Presentation of the Beatitudes – 4:00

February 16th – 10:15 AM  – Youth Mass

February 24th – Family Gathering – Lent

February 23rd – Presentation of the Corporal Works of Mercy – 10:15 AM Mass

Grand in The Hand

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GRAND IN HAND

Grand in the Hand winner for the month of December was Madonna MacDonald # 073

We still have approximately 20 tickets that are available each month.  If you are interested in purchase tickets, please call the Parish Office.

New Mass Schedule

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NEW MASS SCHEDULE AFTER CHRISTMAS: Having tabulated the results for the SUNDAY MORNING MASS SCHEDULE, the results were very close. A compromise has been made and the Sunday morning Mass will be at 10:15 AM. Therefore, the weekend Mass schedule for ST. PATRICK’S PARISHAS OF JANUARY 4/5, 2020 will be as follows;

SATURDAY 4:00 PM

                        SUNDAY       10:15 AM

                        SUNDAY       7:00 PM

 

THE MASS SCHEDULE FOR NEIGHBORING PARISHES IN THE GREATER ST. JOHN’S AND AREA IS AS FOLLOWS;

St. John Bosco Parish –Shea Heights

Saturday – 5:30 PM

Basilica Parish – St. John’s

Saturday – 5:00 PM

Sunday – 8:30 Am & 11:00 AM

St. Teresa’s Parish – St. John’s

Saturday – 5:00 PM

Sunday – 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM

Corpus Christi Parish – St. John’s

Saturday – 5:00 PM

Sunday – 10:30 AM

St. Pius X Parish – St. John’s

Saturday – 4:45 PM

Sunday – 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM

Mary Queen of the World Parish-Mount Pearl

Saturday – 4:00 PM

Sunday – 9:45 AM

St. Peter’s Parish – Mount Pearl

Saturday – 5:30 PM

Sunday – 11:30 AM

St. Kevins Parish – Goulds

Saturday – 5:00 PM

Sunday – 11:00 AM

St. Joseph’s Parish –Petty Harbour

Sunday – 9:30 AM

Holy Family Parish –Paradise

Saturday – 4:30 PM

Sunday – 11:00 AM

Holy Trinity Parish – Torbay

Saturday – 4:30 PM

Sunday – 11:15 AM

Holy Rosary Parish –Portugal Cove

Sunday – 9:30 AM

Belonging

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Have you ever thought about becoming a Roman Catholic? Have you ever wondered about the teachings of the Church? Our Parish Family has a process called The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) which engages those interested in the Roman Catholic faith in a journey toward full communion with the Church. If you have thought of becoming Catholic but were never asked, I ask you now, would you like to become a fully initiated member of our Roman Catholic Faith? Contact the Parish Office for further information.

Hospitality Committee

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We are looking to form a Parish Hospitality Committee.  The role of this committee is to organize special parish activities, receptions, dinners, tea and coffee breaks with the purpose of building and strengthening our community.  If you are good at organizing or make a delicious tea bun or lemon square please join our committee!  Call the parish office and leave your name and contact information.