• We're in Phase 2 of the Provincial Reopening Plan: Phase 2 went into effect on June 16th. Somewhat unexpectedly, churches were allowed an increase from 10, to 50 people at Mass during this phase. This is great news! We will now celebrate four weekday Masses where people are welcome to attend in-person-- Tuesdays through Fridays at 9am. We will continue to livestream the Mass on both Wednesdays and Fridays as well and Eucharistic Adoration will continue to take place on those days (until 10:30am). Please note that some COVID-19 processes and procedures have changed but volunteers will be on hand to assist and welcome weekday Mass goers. We are also so excited to welcome people back to Sunday Mass! On Monday (June 21st) at 9am, the link to register for one of three weekend Masses on June 26th and 27th will go live. We will have a 4:30pm Mass on Saturday (June 26th) and two Masses on Sunday, (June 27th) 9 & 11:15am. Preregistration is required and the 50 spots will be first come, first serve (and it will be closed on Wednesday at 5pm). Just like it did in the past, the registration form will indicate when each Mass is full. So please visit this page on Monday morning and click the link if you are interested in attending Mass in-person on the weekend of June 26/27. Just like there have been some changes to our safety procedures for weekday Mass, we have modified some of the procedures for weekend Masses as well. Our volunteer teams have been attending online training sessions this past week and will also be here in person on Sunday to be brought up to speed on all our safety protocols. We are so grateful for all the many volunteers who have stepped up to serve to allow us to return safely to Mass in-person-- thank you for your yes! As spots are limited and it's been a while since we've done this, we really appreciate your patience as we adapt to all the changes in phase 2 of reopening and await the move into phase 3...
  • What Can We Expect in Phase 3 of Reopening?: At the time of this writing, phase 3 of the provincial reopening plan is scheduled to begin on June 30th. Phase 3 allows us to increase the number at in-person Mass from 50 to 100. So please check the parish website on Monday, June 28th for the preregistration link for Masses on July 3rd and 4th (preregistration will close on Wednesday at 5pm). Phase 3 also allows us to re-open the parish office. Starting Tuesday, July 6th, the parish office will be open 9am-noon on Tuesdays through Fridays. With all the changes and uncertainties around provincial restrictions, we know that we often have to change the plans that we've made. In light of this, we're going to modify the schedule of First 5 a bit and send the next one out on Tuesday, June 29th (in hopes we can confirm plans for the move to phase 3) so please stay tuned for that. We will also provide updates as information becomes available and as decisions are made on our website here and in the announcements made at Mass on the weekends. (Scroll down for a visual on phases 2 and 3).
  • Residential Schools: On Sunday, June 7th, Archbishop Dunn offered Mass at Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica for the repose of the souls of the 215 children found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School. During his homily he shared his reflections on residential schools and offered his apology and support to our Mi'kmaq brothers and sisters. The Archbishop spoke of what our Church has done in the recent past as well as what he hopes we can continue to do moving forward. Please click here for a helpful FAQ produced by the Archdiocese on this important issue. 
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day: June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. This year is the 25th anniversary of celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. In light of recent media attention on residential schools, we know that there is much we need to learn about our history with our indigenous communities, especially the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia. As a small step, the Archdiocese have developed a Mi’kmaq webpage that will launch on their website on June 21st. This page will help provide insight on our local Church’s relationship with the Mi’kmaq people and the steps being taken to work together towards reconciliation and healing. We invite all in the diocese to pray in a particular way for all our Indigenous communities on June 21.
  • Happy Father's Day!This Sunday we celebrate fathers of all types! Let us pray for all fathers in their call to witness God’s love to and with their families:  

    St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God's Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully as you have done. Amen

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