Last Friday, March 27, 2020, Msgr Jodoin participated in a conference call with the bishops of the Atlantic provinces, here is what they decided:
As of today, March 30, 2020, churches in the Atlantic provinces will be closed.
With Holy Week approaching, gatherings will naturally become more numerous in churches and control will not be able to be done adequately.
In order to continue to meet preventive government health standards, we must regretfully take this step.
Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him.
John 7.1-2, 10, 25-30
Jesus went about in Galilee. He did not wish to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders were looking for an opportunity to kill him. Now the Jewish festival of Booths was near. But after his brothers had gone to the festival, then he also went, not publicly but as it were in secret.
We are invited to unite in prayer with Pope Francis who,
this Friday, March 27 at 2pm (Atlantic Time) (6pm Vatican Time)
will preside a special prayer celebration from atop the steps of Saint Peter’s Basilica.
This celebration will be broadcasted live through the Vatican News portal and App ( https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html ). A simultaneous translation in Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German, Arabic and Chinese will accompany this broadcast.
John 5.18, 31-47
The Angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
And he came to her and said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
As a preventative measure due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) and with the recent health directives taken by the New Brunswick government limiting public assemblies, the Diocese of Bathurst has decided to close the Diocese Retreat Center temporarily and this, until further notice.
Thank you for your understanding.
This Wednesday, March 25, feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, we invite all the faithful to recite the Our Father in communion with the Pope at the time of the Angelus, that is at noon.
In communion with the dioceses of France, the churches of your parish may also ring their bells at this time.