Message from Msgr Daniel Jodoin
August 5th, 2021
As you already know, on July 30th, 2021, New Brunswick health authorities removed all restrictions in the province and signaled the transition to the green phase.
The end of the mandatory decree makes it possible to:
- Lift all restrictions on gatherings and occupancy limits in establishments; and
- End the requirement to wear a mask in public.The end of the sanitary measures that had been put in place so far to counter COVID-19 means that we can now celebrate our faith in our churches as we did before all these measures were put in place. On the other hand, it is normal that some people can experience a certain stress generated by these changes and we promote an atmosphere where parishioners who so desire feel comfortable using individual protection measures, while being respected.
All of the above means that in the future you will no longer have:
- Call the secretariat to make reservations to attend a celebration (There are no more registrations at the entrance to the church or reserved seats).
- To wear a mask. However, those who wish can of course still wear their mask and will be respected in their choice.
- To do hand disinfection on a mandatory basis, but disinfectant will remain available at the back of the church for those who wish.Churches can operate at full capacity. There is no longer a limited number of people who can attend masses, baptisms, weddings or funerals. As for the confirmations this fall, the celebrations will take place as in past years.
Catechesis for young people will follow the rules in force in the schools according to the standards of the government.
We would like to warmly thank all the volunteers of the reception teams and the disinfection teams who did an admirable and impeccable job to ensure the application of the sanitary measures that were then required by the government so that our places of worship are safe for everyone. Thank you for your generosity, your great dedication and your concern for others. We are very grateful to you. Let us now hope not to relive such events again.
+ Mgr Daniel Jodoin,Évêque de Bathurst
Diocesan CommuniquéJune 17th, 2021
Following the recent discoveries at the ancient residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia, you may read the Diocesan Communiqué Regarding Residential Schools - June 17th, 2021 .
- Press Release from the Office of the Bishop dated May 28th, 2020
- Communique from Bishop Jodoin dated March 31st, 2020
- Letter from Bishop Jodoin dated March 18th, 2020
- Communique from the New Brunswick bishops dated March 12th 2020 regarding COVID-19
- Coronavirus : Pope Francis' Prayer to Mary (Bilingual)
- Communique from the beginning of March regarding the coronavirus