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IMPORTANT LOCKDOWN UPDATE
With the December 21st announcements by the Government of Ontario, churches are included in the latest lockdown that takes effect on December 26th.
Now, while under lockdown, please continue to celebrate Mass with us each Sunday at 9:00 AM on the St John the Divine YouTube channel. Click HERE to go to the St John the Divine YouTube channel.
COVID-19 Update from Bishop Fabbro
January 13, 2021
Update #16 is contained in the email below and a PDF is available at this link. It will also be posted on the diocesan website later today.
COVID-19 UPDATE FROM BISHOP FABBRO (Update #16)
In light of the newest restrictions, lock-down and state of emergency declared by the Premier of Ontario, we are once again forced to curtail services offered in our churches. While we long for a return to fuller celebrations of our faith, we recognize the need to be vigilant and to care for the common good, so that we can be doing all in our power to stem the tide of the virus.
The following directives come into effect on Thursday, 14 January, until further notice.
- Celebrations in Churches
- Churches are once again to be closed to the public except for Wedding services and Funeral services. In both cases, no celebration of the Mass is allowed, but only a Liturgy of the Word. Ten people only are allowed to be present, which includes the presider.
- There are to be no public Masses. Parishes are encouraged, if possible, to record or livestream Masses for their parishioners. Only those required to produce the recording or livestreaming may be present: priest-presider, deacon, reader, two musicians (instrumentalist and cantor), and a recording technician if necessary. No other persons are permitted to attend in person. Face masks must always be worn by all during the recording or livestreaming, including the priest, except for receiving Holy Communion.
- Baptism, Confirmation, and the Anointing of the Sick may be celebrated only in cases of danger of death. Confessions may be heard by appointment only.
- Offices and Church Buildings
Only essential work that cannot be done outside of the workplace is allowed to take place in offices or church buildings. Staff must have permission from their supervisor before entering an office or church building. All other work is expected to be done from home.
- Safety Measures
All of the above implies the necessary vigilance is in place, in following prescribed and mandatory safety measures, including hand sanitization, use of personal protective equipment (e.g., masks), and self-screening procedures before coming onto church property.
Most Rev. Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B.
Bishop of London
Bishop Fabbro Announces the Following Pastoral Appointments and Changes
4 January 2021
Bishop Fabbro announces the following pastoral appointments and changes which will be effective on 5 July 2021, unless otherwise noted.
- Rev. Chris Bourdeau, currently Parish Administrator of St. Francis, Tilbury, will begin a six-month sabbatical on 1 January 2021.
- Rev. Thomas Donohue has been appointed weekend coverage from January – June 2021 for St. Francis of Xavier, Tilbury, St. Peter, Tilbury, East.
Newly Activated Families of Parishes
- Rev. Patrick Bénéteau has been appointed Pastor of the new Family of Parishes comprising Ste Anne, Tecumseh, Paroisse St-Jérôme, Windsor, Good Shepherd, Lakeshore, St. Simon and St. Jude, Belle River. Rev. Mark Poulin, Rev. Robert Renaud and Rev. Porfirio (Phil) R. P. Guimaraes have been appointed Associate Pastors of the Family.
- Rev. Ross Bartley has been appointed Pastor of the new Family of Parishes comprising St. Joseph, Listowel, Sacred Heart, Wingham, St. Ambrose, Brussels.
- Rev. Mukucha Kathemo has been appointed Pastor of the new Family of Parishes comprising Visitation, Comber, St. Francis of Xavier, Tilbury, St. Peter, Tilbury East, Immaculate Conception, Pain Court. Rev. Terance Runstedler has been appointed Associate Pastor of the Family.
- Rev. Waclaw (Wes) Chudy, C.S.M.A. has been appointed Pastor of the new Family of Parishes comprising St. Patrick, London, St. Mary, London, Our Lady of Czestochowa, London, St. Stephen of Hungary Hungarian Catholic Community, London. Rev. Adam Gabriel, C.S.M.A., and Rev. Piotr Wojakiewicz, C.S.M.A., have been appointed Associate Pastors of the Family.
- Rev. Michael Béchard has been appointed Pastor of the new Family of Parishes comprising St. George, London, St. John the Divine, London. Rev. Pedro Zuniga, F.M.M., has been appointed Associate Pastor of the Family.
- Rev. Brian Jane has been appointed Pastor of the new Family of Parishes comprising Our Lady of Mercy (which includes St. Joseph and St. Benedict), Sarnia, St. Thomas Aquinas, Sarnia, Queen of Peace Catholic Community, Sarnia, Sacred Heart, Sarnia, St. Michael, Brights Grove. Rev. Anthony Eboh, Rev. Jan Burczyk, C.S.M.A., Rev. José Montepeque have been appointed Associate Pastors of this Family. An additional Associate Pastor will be appointed to this family at a later date.
- Rev. John Pirt has been appointed Pastor of the new Family of Parishes comprising Corpus Christi, Windsor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Windsor, St. Philiphe and St. Ane Thanh Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Community, Windsor, St. Yu Jin-Gil Korean Catholic Community, Windsor. Rev. Glen Ball and Rev. Hai Hang Hoang, C.S.J.B., have been appointed Associate Pastors. Rev. Anselmo Jaehee Ri will serve St. Yu Jin-Gil Korean Catholic Community.
- Rev. Gilbert Simard, currently Pastor of Sacred Heart, Ingersoll, is retiring in February 2021.
- Rev. Michael Parent, currently Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Windsor, is retiring in July 2021.
- Rev. Al Dufraimont, currently Pastor of Norfolk Catholic Family of Parishes, is retiring in July 2021.
- Rev. Murray Sample, currently Pastor of St. Michael’s London, is retiring in July 2021.
Changes and Pastoral Appointments
- Rev. James Higgins, currently Pastor of Chatham Catholic Family of Parishes, has given his resignation as pastor of the Family. Rev. James Higgins is appointed Associate Pastor of East Windsor Catholic Family of Parishes.
- Rev. John Jasica, currently Pastor of St. George Parish, London, is appointed Pastor of the Chatham Catholic Family of Parishes.
- Rev. Daniel Bombardier, currently Associate Pastor of East Windsor Catholic Family of Parishes, is appointed Parish Administrator of St. Michael’s Parish, London.
- Rev. Dariusz Jagodzinski, in addition to his role as Parish Administrator of Holy Trinity, Woodstock, and Holy Cross Polish Catholic Community, is appointed Parish Administrator of Sacred Heart, Ingersoll effective 4 February 2021.
- Rev. Sekar L. Raj, in addition to his role as Parochial Vicar of Holy Trinity, Woodstock, and Holy Cross Polish Catholic Community, is appointed Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart, Ingersoll, effective 4 February 2021. An additional priest for weekend coverage to be announced at a later date.
I thank the members of the Priest Personnel Board and offer our prayers and support to our priests, parish teams and parish families who will be affected by these pastoral changes. May God continue to bless our ministry to the people of our Diocese.
Most Rev. Ronald P. Fabbro,
C.S.B. Bishop of London
Church grants plenary indulgence for the year of St. Joseph – Vatican New
COVID-19 Update from Bishop Fabbro (Update #13)
This update is based on recently issued government regulations and on my consultation with the Episcopal Council which brought forward several questions and issues from the deaneries.
Click HERE to read more.
Is it okay for a Catholic to be vaccinated against COVID-19? The short answer is: Yes, it is.
Reading this, many people might be surprised that the question is even being posed. What could be wrong about receiving a vaccine, when we know that vaccinations save lives? The Catholic Church does certainly support ……… (Click HERE to read more.)
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Family of Parishes News
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May 7, 2020
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A Prayer in Time of Pandemic
Look upon your flock, kind Shepherd.
Though bowed down by our human frailty
in the dark valley of this pandemic,
we fear no evil, for you are with us,
you hear us, and you comfort us.
Grace with the wisdom of your Spirit
political and religious leaders
Guide with strength health care workers
aiding the sick and dying.
Give consolation to families and friends
suffering with loved ones.
Grant courage to all – from first responders
to those who put food on our tables –
providing essential services and the necessities of life.
In this time of darkness and uncertainty, O God,
may we be beacons of your goodness and mercy
to all in need.
Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Yours in Christ,
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