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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.



Step 3 of Ontario's Reopening Plan begins Friday July 16th!

The provincial government announced last Friday that Ontario will be moving to Step 3 of the “Roadmap for Reopening” plan as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 16, 2021.

Here are the guidelines to support the implementation of Step 3:  

In Step 3, there is no capacity limit for churches and missions. However, physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) is still required between parishioners attending Mass who are not from the same household. 

There is no need for contact tracing at the services in the church or mission unless there is a funeral.  (See the section below for funerals.

· At this time, face mask use indoors is mandatory for the celebrants and the faithful, even for those who are fully vaccinated.  

· Congregational singing is not permitted in Step 3. 

· A cantor or small choir may be utilized if singers/musicians are 3 metres from one another and any member of the congregation.  Singers/musicians from the same household do not have to distance themselves from one another. 

· One altar server or two or more altar servers from the same household are permitted at a Mass.  Face masks must be worn, and physical distancing maintained.  

· The celebrant’s regular practice for greeting parishioners and processing at the beginning and the end of the liturgy may resume with adherence to the health precautions.


For funerals in Step 3, the Bereavement Authority of Ontario has issued the following guidelines:  

Indoor Funeral Services  

Indoor funeral services are permitted with the physical distancing of two metres (six feet) between people.  

Contact tracing information must be collected. Records must be kept for 30 days.  

All attendees and staff must adhere to local public health unit restrictions.  

 Outdoor Services at Cemeteries  

There is no capacity limit.  Physical distancing and the local public health unit restrictions are required.

Let us continue to look after one another and pray for each other.

Diocesan website COVID-19 link: COVID-19 UPDATE - Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough (peterboroughdiocese.org


-Live streaming of the Mass for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time:  The Mass for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time will be live-streamed from the Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains starting at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2021. The Mass will be available thereafter on the YouTube channel for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough. Please join in prayer:


-World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly--Sunday July 25: The CCCB Standing Committee for Family and Life has produced a short video message for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will take place on Sunday, 25 July 2021. The video message brings to life the theme chosen for this day, “I am with you always” (cf. Mt 28:20). It seeks to encourage young people, families, and communities to draw near and to spend time with grandparents and the elderly, cherishing their essential role for the Church and society. The video message can be found here below and can be found on the CCCB website under the Office for Family and Life resources.


-Mass Requests: Whenever you celebrate a forthcoming birthday, wedding or death anniversary always thank God. What better way to show our gratitude to Him, than offering a Holy Mass for such with your intentions.  Please email or call the office, or let Fr. Collins know if you require a Mass Request.

-On the weekend of July 31/August 1, the diocese will take a special collection supporting both Peterborough Campus Ministry and the Office of Vocations. See pdf below for more information.

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