RESPONSE TO COVID-19
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the sea; the Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
- Ps 46 : 1-2, 7
Greetings to Health Care Workers
from His Excellency, Marcel Damphousse
Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie
Message adressé par S.E. Mgr Marcel Damphousse
Évêque de Sault Ste-Marie
aux travailleurs en soin de santé
Greetings from local faith leaders
to Health Care Workers
Un message adressé aux travailleurs
en soin de santé
"In recent weeks, the onset of COVID-19 has provided us with a wakeup call... there is increasing vigilance and a tinge of fear. There are still many questions, and it seems as though we are all feeling our way, relying on those who can provide the most accurate information and advice. In the coming days, let us pray especially for those who are suffering from this disease, for those who are providing medical attention, for those who have to make difficult decisions. It is an added difficulty to be criticized for such decisions, especially when they are made for the good of others. Let us pray for the grace to live this moment with serenity. Perhaps we will be awakened to a renewed vigour in living our faith"
- Rev. Anthony Man-Son-Hing from His Word Today: Awakened
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people and others cause illness in animals. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold.
COVID-19 is a new disease that has not been previously identified in humans. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people, and more rarely, these can then spread from person to person through close contact.
Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu.
Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest known incubation period for this disease although it is currently being investigated if the virus can be transmitted to others if someone is not showing symptoms. While experts believe that it is possible, it is considered less common.
Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:
respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands
Current evidence suggests person-to-person spread is efficient when there is close contact.
There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:
aged 65 and over
with compromised immune systems
with underlying medical conditions
Canadians should continue to think ahead about the actions that they can take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, including:
being prepared in case you or a family member become ill
following the latest travel advice from federal and provincial public health leaders:
reducing contact with others by following the guidance for self-monitoring, self-isolating, or isolating
wearing masks, if necessary
What does this mean for the Church?
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, all church masses and liturgies in our Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie have been suspended, as have visits to the home-bound, visits to the sick and dying, and all non-essential meetings.
All sacrament preparation will be postponed to a later date and baptism, funerals, and marriages may only take place in the company of immediate family, provided that they adhere to the regulations provided by health authorities.
Reconciliation will not take place in the church confessional during this period, but at a private location where the proper distance required by health officials can be maintained.
These precautions are to help prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. They are currently in effect and comply with government directives and the advice of public health authorities.
Bishop Marcel's Messages in Solidarity with Public Concern During COVID-19
"Let us pray fervently for the sick, the lonely and distraught; for the dead and families grieving their loss; for the healthcare providers, government and civil authorities and the volunteers helping their neighbors. Let us be Good Samaritans toward those in need of help."
- Bishop Marcel Damphousse
Messages from Bishop Marcel
Mass from Home
To slow the transmission of COVID-19 we must all do our part. During this Lenten period where sacrifice is at the forefront, we are all called upon to limit our public presence and to practice social distancing. Luckily faith is not confined to the church and we can still explore and nourish our faith from the comfort of our own homes.
English Mass for
the 5th Sunday of Lent
French Mass for
the 5th Sunday of Lent