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Update from the Archbishop

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

Further to my previous messages, I wish to provide you with an update with respect to how the Archdiocese is actively working to address the claims of abuse at the Mount Cashel Orphanage in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, for which the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal has held us vicariously liable.

First I wish to thank the over 1900 people of the Archdiocese who responded to the survey that was sent out in June.  I am pleased that so many of you took the time to provide input on what is a very challenging process for us all. We are currently reviewing your responses and will do everything we can to include your feedback into our planning.

One point that was clear from an early review of the survey results is the desire of parishioners to continue to receive communications and information from the Archdiocese regarding the work being done to address the settlement claims.  This update and those issued previously are attempts to provide that information as it becomes available.  The evaluation of both the amounts owing to the claimants and the value of our Archdiocesan assets are detailed processes which are still ongoing and being handled carefully and with due diligence.

As part of our communication and planning processes, we have been seeking input from many committees as well as from our Archdiocesan Finance and Presbyteral Councils.  In addition, I have personally been meeting with parish Pastoral and Finance Councils and I have been visiting parishes to preside and preach at the weekend Masses.  The information and input that I am receiving from these meetings and visits has been valuable and is greatly appreciated.

We are now beginning a major appraisal process to determine the sale value of all the significant real estate properties and buildings of the Archdiocese.  While the real estate assessment stage is still ongoing, we can report that certain properties will be placed on the market for sale.  Currently the Archdiocese has two parcels of vacant land for sale and in the coming weeks, the Archbishop’s residence in Outer Cove and the Mount St. Francis property on Merrymeeting Road will be advertised for sale.  These properties are the first of many that will be listed for sale in the upcoming weeks and months.  As much as is possible, we will try to keep you informed about this property appraisal and sale process.

As we have indicated, the Archdiocese will be undergoing a major restructuring that will result in significant changes.  There will be impacts to our buildings, our services and our staff.  As we go through this restructuring, it is important that we never forget that as a Catholic community, we are called to provide an environment of compassion to victims who have experienced abuse and to do all we can to bring healing to the victims, their loved ones and the entire community of faith.  We must continue to work together to build a just and loving faith community, trusting that Jesus Christ will be with us to guide us in the challenges that we face.

Again, 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

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.

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.

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.

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