We have received a memorandum from the Chancellor of our Diocese, Monsignor Murray Kroetsch, informing us that:
1. Masses and other liturgical celebrations scheduled for Saturday, April 17th and Sunday, April 18th are to take place in Parishes provided that the 15% capacity limit and all other Covid-19 protocols are observed.
2. Beginning on Monday, April 19, 2021 all churches in the Diocese of Hamilton are closed until further notice, with the exception only of the following:
a) Weddings with a total of 10 people (including the priest/deacon);
b) Individual Baptisms with a total of 10 people (including the priest/deacon). To the extent possible Baptisms should be postponed until the church is reopened.
c) Funerals are permitted in the church with a total of ten people (including the priest), but are strongly discouraged for the health and safety of the priest and the mourners. It is recommended that only the Rite of Christian Burial at the cemetery take place in accord with the requirements of the Provincial Order and the Ontario Bereavement Authority.
In this situation here at St. Francis Xavier Parish we will livestream daily Masses during the week at 9am with the Rosary prayed at 8:30am, followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3pm. Please join us as we pray for those who are sick, for each other, and for the end of the pandemic.
Also I would like to mention that the Bishop’s office informed us just a moment ago that the Episcopal ordination of Bishop-elect Wayne Lobsinger, which was originally scheduled for February 2, 2021 and then rescheduled to June 29, 2021, has been rescheduled in the light of today’s announcement by the Provincial Government to this Sunday, and will take place at 2pm at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic the Episcopal ordination is by an invitation only. We once again congratulate Bishop Lobsinger on his appointment and pray for him.
God bless, everyone.
See you on Sunday (April 17/18, 2021)