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NEW Update on Covid-19 from Archbishop Prendergast, May 28, 2020: The text of this new communication from Archbishop Prendergast can be found below or at this link on the Archdiocese’s website www.CatholicOttawa.ca.
At the weekly teleconference with the Episcopal Council, we discussed the continuation of the COVID-19 lockdown. I direct the following be communicated to all people of the Archdiocese:
Continuation of the Lockdown: We continue to follow strictly the directions of the Government of Ontario and local health authorities as to when the lockdown will be lifted. Yesterday, Premier Ford extended the emergency closures until at least June 9. With the other dioceses in Ontario, we are awaiting guidelines being prepared under the auspices of the Bishops of Ontario to safely reopen our churches. These guidelines will then be implemented at the diocesan level. We are mindful that preparations for the return to celebrations of the Mass and sacraments will take a great deal of organization and work in order to maintain a healthy environment to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. Some initial guidance has been sent to parishes to begin their preparation. In light of the above, we foresee that our churches will remain closed at least until the end of June. If the government’s emergency orders are lifted sooner, we will adjust accordingly.
Cancellation of Summer Gatherings: All social and other religious events normally held during the summer months are cancelled at least until August 31. This directive is contingent on governmental directions as noted above. It includes parish dinners and picnics; yard sales and bazaars; and national religious festivals and pilgrimages. We continue to pray for an end to the pandemic, for all who suffer illness, for those who care for them and provide essential services, for those who have died and for those who have lost loved ones. May Our Blessed Mother continue to intercede for us, for God’s mercy and deliverance. Sincerely yours in Christ, ✠ Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall
DONATIONS TO THE CHURCH: Our parish is still in financial need even though it is closed to the public. We still need funds to cover recurrent expenses such as heat, electricity and salaries of essential staff. If you wish to continue to donate to the church, you can donate through the secure Canada Helps link on our website using a credit card, http://canadianmartyrs.org/donate/ or drop your donation cheque in our mailbox or mail it to us at 100 Main St., Ottawa, On. K1S 1C2.
St. Joe’s parish reflections, Liturgy of the Word and music: http://www.st-josephs.ca/
Oblate parishes with live streams of Masses:
St. Augustine’s Parish, Vancouver: https://www.facebook.com/staugchurch/
Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Enoch, AB: https://www.facebook.com/ourladyofthelake1
Sacred Heart in Edmonton: Facebook page.
St. Patrick’s, Hamilton, On.: http://www.stpatrickshamilton.ca/
Links to Masses and other resources from around the world: https://catholicottawa.ca/virtual-church
Daily Thoughts from Archbishop Prendergast SJ in the Time of COVID-19: are updated regularly at https://catholicottawa.ca/thoughts-in-the-time-of-covid-19-1
Info on making a Spiritual Communion and updated suggestions for Mass on TV/Internet on https://catholicottawa.ca/.
During this period of COVID-19, a group of intercessors will pray for your intentions. https://catholicottawa.ca/your-prayer-intentions
Find Sunday Masses on the Archdiocese of Ottawa’s Youtube channel.
Find list of Masses on TV and Internet here.
Find Spiritual Communion here.
There are a variety of different Acts of Contrition suggested in the Rite of Penance. Here are a few of them.
These resources and others can be found under our Resources tab.