Letter from the Pastor: COVID-19 Update – April 2, 2020

St. Pius X | News
3 Apr 2020

Dear Parishioners of St. Pius X Parish:

With the rapidly changing conditions necessitated by the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic, we find ourselves looking to the immediate future with much uncertainty.  Within the parish in trying to prevent the spread of the virus, and to follow the directives of both the Bishop and the Provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health, all activities continue to be cancelled until further notice. 

During this period of time, the parish facilities continue to be maintained and sanitized on a daily basis, and our staff continue to carry out their duties while following the guidelines of social distancing.  The only Mass that is being celebrated for live streaming is the Mass on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am, and it can be accessed through our Parish facebook page. 

As your pastor, I am available if people need to talk, but only by calling for an appointment. For individual confessions, because of the social distancing regulations, it is not possible to use the regular Church confessionals.  Therefore, anyone wishing to have private confession should contact me at the parish office for an appointment.

During Palm Sunday’s live stream Mass, I will be blessing the Palms.  However, please take note these blessed Palms will not be available until after the pandemic is over. 

As the Bishop has indicated, there will be no Mass of Chrism this year, and the Oils will be blessed at a later date for distribution to the individual parishes.  During Holy Week, there will only be two live streamed events: Good Friday Service at 3 pm and Easter Sunday Mass at 10:30 am.  Again, please take notice that the church will be locked during these times.

Some parishioners have been dropping off their Sunday envelopes.  If parishioners do wish to  do the same they may do so Monday-Friday during the regular Parish Office hours: 8:30 am-12 Noon and 1-4:30 pm.  Thank you for your continued generous financial support to this parish.

Without a doubt this is an extremely stressful time for many people, but if each of us do our part to exercise social distancing and follow any other provincial regulations, we will have done our part to support one another.  May we also take this opportunity to pray for one another and in particular for all the frontline workers who are faced with the responsibility of dealing directly with this virus. 

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

God bless you all, Fr. Maurice