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Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 – Due to technical difficulties, we are unable to live stream Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Mass. Please be assured that Adoration and Mass was celebrated privately, for your intentions.
My brothers in sisters in Christ,

At this time be assured of my prayers and those of Bishop Fabbro are with you all at this trying time. Even though we cannot be together to celebrate Mass in public, I’m still celebrating Mass privately for you, and the daily intentions found in our bulletin.

In addition, I am pleased that at least we can celebrate together via our St John the Divine YouTube channel.

Each Sunday you are invited to watch the stream of Mass at 11:00 and each Wednesday you can see a live stream of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Mass at 12:00.

Understandably, not everyone can join in at the time of the live stream so please know that you can visit the YouTube channel at any time to watch any of the past services.

Just click HERE to go directly to the St John the Divine YouTube Channel to watch the Sunday and Wednesday’s stream.

Also, I have also included two additional items that I ask you to review:

  • First (below) is an excerpt from the March 20th Homily of Pope Francis in which he explains, “Confession when a priest is not available” (See below)
  • Second, click HERE for a link to the Vatican News article entitled “Church grants special indulgence to coronavirus patients and caregivers.”

I look forward and pray for the time when we can be together again in celebration of public worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Again be assured of my prayers and our Bishop’s. We will get through this together through the intercession of our Blessed Mother.

Yours in Christ,

Fr.Don Pumputis


An excerpt from the March 20th Homily of Pope Francis in which he explains, “Confession when a priest is not available”

This habit of returning home “takes flesh in the Sacrament of Reconciliation”, the Pope explained.

“I know that many of you go to confession before Easter… Many will say to me: ‘But Father…I can’t leave the house and I want to make my peace with the Lord. I want Him to embrace me… How can I do that unless I find a priest?’. Do what the catechism says. It’s very clear. If you don’t find a priest to go to confession, speak to God. He’s your Father. Tell Him the truth: ‘Lord. I did this and this and this. Pardon me.’ Ask His forgiveness with all your heart with an act of contrition, and promise Him, ‘afterward I will go to confession.’ You will return to God’s grace immediately. You yourself can draw near, as the catechism teaches us, to God’s forgiveness, without having a priest at hand.”


  • Bishop Fabbro recorded two videos that we are sharing widely:

    • A Message to Parishioners about COVID-19 and a Call to Prayer, click HERE 
    • A Reflection on the Gospel for the 4th Sunday of Lent and a Prayer for the People. Click HERE.
  • Auxiliary Bishop Dabrowski’s Homily from the Mass for the Solemnity of St. Joseph is here from March 19 is also available. Click HERE

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Posted: March 17, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM BISHOP FABBRO           (A printable version of the page below is here)

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.

2. Confessions

  • 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

5. Resources

  • 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:

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B.
Bishop of London


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