The annual message from the Most Reverend Gerard Bergie, D.D., bishop of the diocese of Saint Catharines, is available below.
The Vineyard Memorial Edition 2022 as well as The Vineyard Lenten Edition are posted on the Diocesan website.
Memorial Edition: http://saintcd.com/vineyard
Lenten Edition: http://saintcd.com/diocesan-directory/archived-vineyard/5
During the first waves of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Bishop Bergie dispensed the faithful of the diocese from the obligation to attend Mass Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. This dispensation is ending; the following is from the diocesan chancery:
Announcement regarding Dispensation from Obligation to participate in Sunday Mass:
Passion/Palm Sunday marks the end of the general dispensation from the obligation to participate in the Sunday Mass granted by Bishop Bergie. Catholics are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason. Those excused for serious reason would include those who are homebound; those who are ill or have compromised health; caregivers of infants, or sick, elderly or homebound persons. Please speak with your pastor if you have questions about your personal circumstances.