The letter below from Rev. Gerard Power, O. Carm, pastor of the parish of Saint Patrick, addresses the current situation:
If the letter does not appear for you in the box above, it can be downloaded below.
Bishop Gerard Bergie is asking all the clergy and laity of the diocese of Saint Catharines to join in praying the rosary at twelve noon on the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, for protection from the coronavirus, recovery for the sick, and protection and strength for all health care givers.
The bishop will also be renewing the consecration of the diocese to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
This will be live streamed from the Cathedral; check for links on the Diocesan website (http://www.saintcd.com) or the CathedraI’s website (https://www.thecathedralinstcatharines.com).
The full memorandum is available below.
Beginning Sunday, March 22, the church will be open for short visits each day for those who absolutely want it.
Strict precautions and protocols will be posted at the main entrance. A priest will be in the church throughout the visiting time.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon
Monday to Friday: 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
The main church door on Victoria will be open for entrance and exit. The wheelchair entrance will be opened for anyone who requests it. We ask that when you enter the church you pick up a red square and leave it in the pew where you are seated. If you see a red square in the pew, do not sit in that area. Everything will be sanitised: kneeler, seat and pew in front. Please keep 1.5 - 2 m (4 - 6 ft) from others. It is best to be safe. Please limit your time.
The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed during these hours.
God bless and stay safe.
In a memorandum dated March 23, 2020, Bishop Gerard Bergie, bishop of the diocese of Saint Catharines, writes that in order to err on the side of extreme caution, he has decided to cancel the Confessions that have been scheduled across our diocese for Saturday, March 28th.
The memorandum from the Diocese regarding steps to be taken by churches of the diocese in line with public health measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is available below.
A memorandum dated March 16 from the Most Reverend Gerard Bergie, D.D., bishop of the diocese of Saint Catharines, is available for download below.
As this indicates, Sunday Masses are cancelled immediately until April 18, 2020.
In addition, instructions have been received that as of March 18 all weekday Masses are cancelled also.
Other major points include:
- Holy Week Liturgies are cancelled.
- All non-essential parish meetings, outside groups, educational seminars and social events are to be cancelled until further notice.
See the memorandum for particular notes regarding marriages, baptisms, sacrament of reconciliation, funerals, confirmations.
A memorandum from Bishop Gerard Bergie, Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Catharines, regarding measures in the diocese to mitigate spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be downloaded below.
We are sad to announce our annual St. Patrick's Day Dance scheduled for
Saturday, March 14 at St. Patrick's Church in Niagara Falls has been cancelled
due to increasing concerns over the COVID-19 virus.
This decision was made to ensure all members of our community are kept safe and healthy during this time.
We look forward to seeing you next year for an even better celebration.