Don't Miss Our Coming Events:
-We have decided to forego the Weekday Mass at St. James on Wednesdays for the time being due to the lack of parishioners who attended. We will keep you posted if this changes.
-Father Collins will be away in Nigeria from December 28, 2020
until February 6, 2021.
-WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: Here is the video message from Rev. Fr. Brad Smith, Most Rev, Bishop Miehm and Rev. Fr. Jerry Tavares for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The 2021 theme – Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit (John 15:5-9) – calls us to pray and to work for reconciliation and unity in the church, with our human family, and with all of creation. Drawing on the Gospel image of vine and branches, it invites us to nourish unity with God and with one another through contemplative silence, prayer, and common action. May we bear rich fruit and create new ways of living, with respect for and communion with all of creation!
YouTube Link to Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Video Message:
-LIVE STREAMING AND BROADCASTING: Several parishes are live streaming and/or taping the celebration of the Mass during the provincial shutdown. Please check the webpage below to find a list of those parishes with the links. This webpage lists the parishes that are live streaming and broadcasting as well as the broadcasts available on television and through social media platforms.
The Sunday Masses continue to be taped and available on the YouTube channel for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough. (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Cd0rFPwUxMtMRhS_UtCxg/videos)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE CELEBRATION OF CONFIRMATION IN 2020
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION ONLINE FOR FIRST RECONCILIATION
With thanks for the work of Fr. Craig Cruikshank and the Sacramental Preparation team at St. Joseph Parish in Bowmanville, the online resources for First Reconciliation sacramental preparation have been updated. The link to these resources follows below.
PROVINCIAL STAY-AT-HOME ORDER:
Premier Doug Ford declared a second provincial emergency which went into effect and the Premier has also issued a Stay-at-Home Order which goes into effect on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. The State of Emergency and the Stay-at-Home Order will remain in effect until February 10, 2021.
Here is a summary of the implications for churches of the State of Emergency and the Stay-at-Home Order.
· The limit for the celebration of Daily Mass, Weddings, and Funerals is 10 including the celebrant and liturgical ministers.
· No gatherings for meetings or organizations will take place in the parish hall.
· All health precautions previously issued remain in force:
-Limit of 10 people including the priest and all liturgical ministers
-Sanitation and hygiene practices at the church
-Signage for entrances, exits, use of hand sanitizers, physical distancing, wearing face masks, etc.
-Distinct doorways for entering and exiting
-Ushers seating parishioners to maintain physical distance
-No public celebration of Sunday Masses at this time.
-Permission has been given for the priest to celebrate a public Daily Mass if he determines that all the health precautions can be put in place.
-Clear procedures for the distribution of Holy Communion
-Face masks are required in places of worship at all times (this includes the celebrant) and worksites in the province of Ontario.
+Most Reverend Bishop Miehm continues to dispense the faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
Let us continue to carry one another in our prayers.