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Important news about CoVid-19 virus from Bishop Fabbro: March 27
COVID-19 Update for March 27 (Update #6)
I convened the Episcopal Council and the following represents a consensus of the Council, and it is my intention that these new directives become effective immediately:
1. Recordings of Masses (livestreaming or uploaded)
The restriction on livestreaming or otherwise broadcasting Masses from churches is now rescinded with qualifications (20 March, #2). Many priests wrote or called to tell us how important it was for them to be able to provide this service for their parishioners; many parishioners expressed a desire to see and hear their own priests.
- Private Masses may include a member of the pastoral team or staff to act as lector or server, but should not include any others from the parish. These private Masses are strictly limited to one lay person, as we must be mindful of avoiding crowds and contact, and “planking the curve”. Physical distancing is to be maintained and modeled.
- No parish should feel bound to provide this service where they are unable or unprepared to do so.
- The faithful should be instructed in such a way as to realize that, by watching Mass via the internet or on television, they are not celebrating Mass with the priest and others present. They are watching and participating spiritually, while only those who are present in person celebrate the Mass with the presider.
2. Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
In light of the Ontario government’s directions to stay home, and to close all but essential stores and offices, the recommendation to bless palm branches and make them available outside of churches for parishioners to pick up is withdrawn (20 March, #6). To minimize the possibility of contagion and to prevent people from gathering, palms are not to be blessed or distributed for the year 2020.
3. The Sacred Triduum
After receiving clarifications regarding the decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (19 March 2020), and hearing the great desire of many priests to celebrate the Triduum in its entirety, the directives in the last update for the Triduum (20 March, #6) are rescinded, with the exceptions as noted below. I am celebrating the Triduum at the Cathedral with Bishop Dabrowski. These celebrations will be recorded and uploaded on the website for any to watch. The recording of these celebrations does not preclude parishes from broadcasting their services.
The following directives will now guide the celebrations in the Diocese:
- The Mass of the Lord’s Supper – Thursday, 9 April
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at the Cathedral by Bishop Fabbro, and will be posted on social media at 7:00 p.m.
The Holy See has provided permission for individual priests to celebrate The Mass of the Lord’s Supper. The Washing of the Feet and the procession of the Blessed Sacrament are suspended. The Blessed Sacrament will be reposed in the tabernacle.
- Good Friday – Friday, 10 April
The Service of Good Friday will be celebrated at the Cathedral, and will be posted on social media at 3:00 p.m.
Following the special decree from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, special prayers will be said “for the sick, the dead, for those who feel lost or dismayed” – all those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
- The Easter Vigil – Saturday, 11 April
The Easter Vigil will be celebrated at the Cathedral, and will be posted on social media at 9:00 p.m.
The Blessing of the Paschal Fire is to be eliminated.
After the Paschal Candle is lit, the Easter Proclamation (Exultet) is to be sung or spoken.
The Liturgy of the Word is maintained.
Baptismal promises are to be renewed.
The Eucharist continues as normal.
The initiation of the Elect and those seeking full communion will be deferred to a later time, to be determined. This directive includes the celebrations of the Scrutinies.
- Easter Sunday – Sunday, 12 April
The Mass of Easter Sunday will be celebrated at the Cathedral, and will be posted on social media at 11:00 a.m.
Priests will follow the norms for Masses in private, as previously laid out.
Many priests have expressed an ardent desire to make the sacrament of Penance available to their people. The Episcopal Council was firm that we must not change the direction as given on 17 March, “All Confessions are cancelled, except in the case of danger of death” (#2a).
A priest hearing confessions in any reasonable proximity to penitents, so that they can be heard, sets up a situation whereby the priest himself may unwittingly become a conduit for spreading the virus. We cannot take that chance and risk further spread. Rather, people need to hear the words of assurance of God’s forgiveness, when one is truly repentant and expresses it to God. Pope Francis said this so beautifully on 20 March, and his words are captured in the update distributed that day (#7). This is the message that people need to hear, through e-mail or recorded reflections offered by their pastoral team members.
I thank you for your prayers for our work, and assure you of Bishop Joseph’s and mine.
Most Rev. Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B.
Bishop of London
COVID-19 UPDATE FROM BISHOP FABBRO (March 17, 2020)
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The following directives, which include the temporary suspension of all public Masses in our diocese and restrictions on the celebration of the other sacraments, will be hard on all of us. The Eucharist and the sacraments are the very heart of our Catholic faith. After consulting with public health officials, however, we decided that it is our responsibility as citizens to work together with others in our communities to take measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to care for those who are sick and most vulnerable as a result of this virus.
We are making these sacrifices out of charity and for the sake of the common good.
I encourage all our faithful to be to be vigilant about personal cleanliness and keeping appropriate distances from others.
Our priests, deacons, lay pastoral ministers, and our faithful are reaching out to those in need at this difficult time, especially those who are elderly, vulnerable and isolated. I am very grateful to all of you.
This Lenten season, we are united in prayer for those who are suffering from COVID-19 and for those who are caring for them.
May God have mercy on us! May Mary, Help of Christians, intercede for us!
1. The Celebration of Mass
All Masses and services, including missions and devotions, will be suspended at least until April 30. All churches are to be closed.
Priests are encouraged to celebrate Mass privately each day for the intentions of their parishioners, for the medical personnel assisting the sick, and for an end to the outbreak. In this time of fasting from the Eucharist, parishioners should be encouraged to pray for other parishioners and all those affected by the virus.
Funeral Masses and luncheons are not permitted. The Rite of Committal may be celebrated at the cemetery with immediate family members present. Funeral Masses may be celebrated at a later date.
It is recommended that any weddings already scheduled be delayed. If they proceed, they are to be limited to immediate family members only, up to the number of people allowed at a gathering as determined by the local health officials.
Baptisms are to be postponed until further notice.
The Mass of Chrism will be celebrated privately by me, with Bishop Dabrowski and some members of the Episcopal Council. The oils for the celebrations of the sacraments will be made available at the deanery level following that Mass, at a date to be determined.
All Confessions are cancelled, except in the case of danger of death.
The Day of Confessions is cancelled.
3. Care of the Sick and the Dying
Priests are to be mindful of the sick, especially those in danger of death.
Priests, deacons, and pastoral workers are to follow visiting restrictions set by the individual hospitals and healthcare facilities.
The Eucharist will not be taken to parishioners who are homebound. Instead, parish teams are encouraged to ask volunteers to keep in contact with these people through telephone calls or other electronic means. Such calls could be a simple chat or praying a decade of the Rosary with the person.
4. Parish Offices and Activities
Parish offices should be closed to the public. Where possible, staff can work from home, while some staff will report to work and deal with parishioners’ needs by phone or electronic means. This applies also to our Diocesan Centre, the Marriage Tribunal, and the Refugee Office.
Appointments in parish offices should be limited to essential matters. Where possible, meetings should be held by electronic means.
All regular meetings and social activities in parishes are cancelled. This includes cessation of all meetings for sacramental preparation. Parents are to be encouraged to continue such preparation in the home. Celebrations of First Confession, First Communion, and Confirmation will proceed only when the danger of the virus is passed. No child should be denied the sacraments due to the cessation of these preparation meetings.
Meetings for 12-Step programs may be exempt from this, depending on the direction of local health officials.
It is highly recommended, with this lull in activities, that parish staff could reach out by telephone or electronic means to connect with all parishioners to offer prayers and support.
An Outreach page is being continually updated on the diocesan website and has a link on the homepage. The page contains resources for the faithful including online Masses, articles, links to Catholic publishers and activities for children, youth and families. Please promote this Outreach page as widely as possible: https://dol.ca/outreach.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B.
Bishop of London
The parish cluster of St. Francis Xavier and St. Peter’s (St. Peter’s site) is looking for a part time secretary/bookkeeper. Knowledge of or capacity to learn the “Business Vision” and “DDMS” computer programs currently used by the Diocese is necessary. Various secretarial duties are required. 8 hrs a week. Applications will be taken until March 31st. Office located at St. Francis Xavier site. Please contact Fr. Chris Bourdeau at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note the following Mass cancellations/changes:
- Morning Mass, Tuesdays at St. Francis Xavier are cancelled until further notice. 7:00 pm Mass will continue at St. Peter’s.
The tax receipts for 2019 are now available for pick-up. The receipts are located at the front of the church. If there is someone you know who is unable to pick up their envelope please do so for them. We are trying to save on stamps. If you have an issue with your receipt please bring your receipt in to the office during regular business hours. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated!
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Building Update for Parishioners of St. Francis Xavier Parish August 2019:
Even with the completion of the additions and upgrades, we will still have a balance owing towards our loan. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.