The Archdiocese of Montreal has sent out a notice stating that, beginning Saturday, January 9, parishes are to be CLOSED for the next four weeks, as requested by the Quebec Government. Therefore those who reserved a place(s) for mass this weekend, those masses have been cancelled. Only activity with the public allowed to gather in the church are funerals, with a limited number of people will be permitted during this time.
Excerpts from the Archdiocese’s message:
The Government of Quebec, in accordance with Public Health officials, has just announced that from January 9 to February 8, 2021, the province will be returning to stricter conditions of confinement.
Even though our places of worship are not the focus of any outbreaks, we stand in solidarity with the spirit of this appeal to help overcome this ever-expanding pandemic which threatens in particular our most vulnerable.
Through our participation in the Interreligious Roundtable and the secretariat of the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops, we are in constant dialogue with the Government and Public Health, as we speak to the importance of the spiritual needs of the people.
- Gatherings for the celebration of Mass, including those scheduled for this Saturday, January 9, are suspended in all places of worship.
- Except in the case of spiritual care administered to a dying person, the distribution of Communion and the sacrament of forgiveness are temporarily suspended in contribution to the extra effort that is being requested of us.
- Weddings, baptisms and Confirmations must be postponed.
- Anointing of the sick: anointing is permissible only in the case of a person in imminent danger of dying.
- Funerals may be held in places of worship and attended by a maximum of 25 persons.
CONFESSIONS: Friday, January 8th: from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
With these new restrictions for the next four weeks throughout Quebec, reception of the sacraments will become difficult for the foreseeable future. For those who would like to get to confession; Friday, January 8th, the Church will be open from 6:30pm till 8:30pm for confessions.
Although we are not allowed to celebrate the mass with the public gathered, be assured that I (Fr. Jason) will be celebrating mass everyday, offering the Holy Sacrifice for your requested mass intentions. Be assured of my prayers for you, and please keep me and each other in your prayers too.
“Be Not Afraid”
During these trying times the pandemic has brought on, with the on-going & growing restrictions and all that comes with them; we can become disheartened and greatly struggle. I’m reminded of Saint Teresa of Avila’s simple, short yet powerful prayer, that can help ground us and keep us on track spiritually:
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.
+JMJ+: Jesus, Mary, Joseph
I especially want to encourage you to pray the Rosary everyday. Like those at the Wedding at Cana, let us go to Mary, seeking her help and intercession with her Son, our Lord Jesus, that she may obtain for us the swift re-opening of our parishes and access to the holy Sacraments that our souls long for and greatly need.
Given that this is the Year of Saint Joseph, as proclaimed by Pope Francis, I also recommend you often (daily!) pray the Litany of Saint Joseph. You can find the litany on the EWTN website… https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/devotions/litany-of-st-joseph-247
Mary and Joseph, lead us to a deeper knowledge, love, desire, trust, and faithfulness to Jesus, our Lord and Saviour. Amen
If you need to contact me, the easiest way is via e-mail: email@example.com or you can call; the parish number is 514-747-4226 ext. 2