Important Message Regarding COVID-19
Updated: Apr 17, 2020
The recent escalation of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is testing our endurance, health, and faith. Many of us are looking for answers amidst all the media outpour and are seeking guidance. While mass has been interrupted, the Church never shuts its doors on it followers... please visit our Diocesan site for information and resources concerning the virus or contact Ste. Bernadette Parish with any questions or concerns.
"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
Read Bishop Marcel's Directives for Preventive Measures to Stem the Spread of COVID-19 Virus:
Sudbury, March 13, 2020 Dear Faithful of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, Solidarity with Public concerns: Following government announcements of several preventive measures to stem the spread of COVID-19, I wish to contribute to this common public health effort and act in solidarity with the civil authorities. Consequently, I am announcing the immediate adoption of the following directives. Until further notice: - All Masses, weekday and weekends, as well as Sunday liturgies of the Word are cancelled. - The churches remain accessible for personal visits during usual mass times. Spiritual Recommendations: - All are invited to pray for the sick, for the caregivers and for civil leaders making decisions during this crisis. - Priests are invited to celebrate a votive Mass for the sick once a week. - All should make efforts to keep Sunday holy at home, by reading the Word of God using their bible or the resources available on the website; pray the Rosary or other devotions. - The faithful are encouraged to watch televised Masses. Future Communications: For future updates, please consult the Diocesan Website at www.dioceseofsaultstemarie.org and the Ontario Public Health website www.publichealthontario.ca. Any other current diocesan and parish events will be managed by the local parish administration carrying out the activities. We pray for those affected by this virus, for those who are concerned and for the caregivers who dedicate themselves with great generosity. Truly yours in Christ + Marcel Damphousse Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie