Letter to parishioners regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

St. Pius X | News
17 Mar 2020

Dear Parishioners of St. Pius X Parish:

With the rapidly changing conditions necessitated by the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic, we find ourselves in unchartered territory, as we do what we deem necessary to prevent the spreading of the virus, and in particular as it pertains to this Parish community.

Today Bishop Grecco issued a letter outlining measures to be implemented immediately throughout the Diocese. This letter can be viewed in its entirety on the diocesan website, http://www.dioceseofcharlottetown.com Within this letter all parishes within the Diocese of Charlottetown have been instructed to cease the celebration of Sunday and weekday Masses and funeral Masses until further notice.

Beyond that, on the parish level, all catechism classes are cancelled until further notice. Our Lenten Reconciliation service is cancelled and although we were instructed to continue with regular times of confession, with the distance requested by the Provincial Chief Public Health Officer, this is not possible with the regular confessionals. Therefore, those desiring private confession should call the parish office to speak with Fr. Maurice to make other arrangements.

The church will remain open on a daily basis for individual prayer. Church hours will be Monday-Saturday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, and Sunday 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. The parish office will maintain its regular office hours and we encourage anyone who is experiencing concerns and anxiety to call.

As this situation continues to unfold, it is our responsibility to keep all parishioners informed. Our bulletin will be kept current and will contain the health safety measures currently in place along with any new measures deemed necessary, and especially those that might be dictated by the Diocese through the Bishop, the Province through the Chief Public Health Officer or as we see fit here at St. Pius X Parish, to protect all those who might have to access our facilities during this time. Also, to alleviate any concerns, during this period we are taking extra measures to clean the facility from top to bottom.

All other activities scheduled by organizations who have been using the parish facilities are cancelled until further notice.

I realize this is a very difficult time for everyone, but it is important that people do what they can to follow the instructions as given daily by the province and the Diocese. The most important element here is that we be supportive of one another and look out for those who are most vulnerable. Continue as well to pray for those who are suffering in any way, physically, mentally, emotionally and financially due to the circumstances we all find ourselves in. Let us continue to pray for one another.

God bless. Fr. Maurice

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