Father Ray Earle Retires

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Father Ray Earle retires from active ministry today; thank you to Father Ray for his faithful service to our parish. We wish Father Ray all the best as he enters this new chapter of his life.
Father James Fleming has been appointed our parish administrator effective January 19, 2020. We look forward to working with Father Fleming to grow our parish family in the coming years. Please keep Father Fleming in your prayers as we complete this transition period.
Over the next two weeks, there will be no mass on weekdays, but there will be the regular masses on the weekends, and a priest is available for emergency masses as needed. Thank you to Monsignor Barton for assisting with these masses.

Christmas Masses

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Unfortunately at this time the 4PM, 7PM, & 9PM masses on Christmas Eve have reached their capacity of 100 for registration.

The 4PM Christmas Eve Mass will be live streamed and viewable on demand as well.

Registration will take place for the 9AM & 11AM masses on Christmas Day next Tuesday through Friday (December 8th to 11th) from 9AM – 12PM by calling the office 754-1195.


Giving Tuesday

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2020 has been a challenging year for us all, we had to close our doors in March and reopened them in July. We saw a significant decline in our collection as a result while the expenses of our parish continued.
On this #GivingTuesday we ask that you please consider making a donation to our parish family so we can continue our outreach in the community. Donations can be made through our online system –
A tax receipt will be provided for all donations at the end of the year. Thank you for your support of St. Patrick’s Parish.

Online Donation System

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St. Patrick’s Parish has launched an online donation system. This system provides an easy means to donate to the valuable work that our parish conducts.  You can use your credit card from the comfort of your home. To donate, please visit and click Donate in the top menu. This system allows you to make a one-time donation, an automatic weekly, or automatic monthly donation to our parish. A charitable tax receipt will be issued at the end of the year for all donations made through this system. Thank you for your continued support of our parish.

Sacramental Preparation

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Sacramental Preparation for children is beginning in October! If you have a child or grandchild or know of a child born in 2013 or earlier and will be 7 by December 31, 2020, they are of the age to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist. We are excited to be participating in a pilot project of the Archdiocese with a new program this year.
Preparation classes, following all COVID 19 precautions, will begin October 17 and 18. Children will prepare for Reconciliation over a course of 6 weeks and will receive the Sacrament prior to Christmas. Confirmation and First Eucharist Preparation will begin after Christmas. Registration is available now. Click on the link provided. For more information please email

Father Power’s Funeral

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The Mass of Christian Burial for our beloved Pastor, Father Pat Power can be viewed below. It took place at the Basilica at 11am on Friday September 25, 2020.

We pray that Father Power will receive the fullness of eternal joy and we thank God for his faithful ministry among the people. Rest in peace Father Pat.



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1st Draw –$1,000.00(Drawn March 11, 2020) – Carol & Jason Slade

2nd Draw – $1,000.00(Drawn March 18th, 2020) – Krista Power

3rd Draw – $1,000.00 –Ticket # – 1651 – Gerard Murphy

4th Draw – $1,000.00 –Ticket # 1111 – Gerard Smith

5th Draw – $1,000.00 – Ticket # 2358 – Robert Brown

6th Draw – $1,000.00 – Ticket# 2430 – The Maddigans

7th Draw – $1,000.00 – Tickets # 2341 – Anne Marie White

8th Draw – $1,000.00 – Ticket # 0260 – Shawn Johnson

9th Draw – $1,000.00 – Ticket # 1541 – Tyson Hancock


1st Prize – $10,000.00 – Ticket # 2022 – Daphne & Rob  Leitch

Sellers Prize – $500.00. – Dan Howard

2nd Prize – $1,000.00 – Ticket # 2483 – Michelle Power

3rd Prize – $1,000.00 – Ticket # 2188 – Cathy & Graham Jackman

4th Prize – $1,000.00 – Ticket # 1218 – Patty Clancy

5th Prize – $1,000.00 – Ticket # 1694 – Marian Elliott

6th Prize – $1,000.00 – Ticket # 0613 – Austin Brophy

Congratulations to all winners and all who supported this fundraiser.

Reopening our Churches and offices to the Public

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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,


+Peter Hundt

Archbishop of St. John’s, Nfld.

Precautions during the time of Alert Level 3 – Message from the Archbishop

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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:


  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 or a Mass at which only the Priest-Celebrant receives Holy Communion provided that:
  6. No more than 20 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 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,


+Peter Hundt

Archbishop of St. John’s, Nfld.


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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 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.

Emmaus House Foodbank

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Did you know that St. Patrick’s Parish is part of a cooperative of 5 city parishes that operate Emmaus House Foodbank?
Every Thursday these volunteers from our parish work diligently to stock the shelves with your donations and then distribute them to those in our community we serve to support.
If you would like to support our parish ministry programs during COVID 19 you can mail your monetary donations to: St. Patrick’s Parish, 6 Patrick Street, St. John’s, NL A1E 2S7

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

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