June 18, 2020

Please note the following poster “Health and Safety Rules to Protect Against Covid-19 At The Entrance And In The Church”, as provided by the Catholic Church of Montreal . (Click on the poster to enlarge)

June 17, 2020

Attention all priests and parishioners of the Hearst-Moosonee diocese. 

The Diocese is looking at the possibility of organizing an ecumenical celebration in each area of the diocese once we are freed from constraints of government restrictions. This would be for ALL Catholic and non-Catholic people who have lost a loved one during this pandemic. 

For additional details, please refer to the following June 17, 2020 letter from Bishop Robert Bourgon. To show your interest and to better prepare for those celebrations you are invited to contact the Bishop’s office.

2020-06-17 – Ecumenical celebration_English

June 17, 2020

The following is further to the June 13, 2020 news item regarding “Ontario eases restrictions on Wedding and Funeral Ceremonies”.

Refer to the attached French document from the Ministry of Health concerning the restrictions regarding marriages and funeral ceremonies. This document can be confusing, but the difference is between the words “Ceremonies and “Receptions.

For a wedding or funeral ceremony held indoors: a maximum of 30% of the capacity of your church.

For a wedding ceremony or funeral held outside: a maximum of 50 people.

For all wedding or funeral receptions held outside or inside the number is 10 people.

Restrictions for wedding and funeral ceremonies and receptions_June 13, 2020 (French)

June 13, 2020

Ontario Eases Restrictions on Wedding and Funeral Ceremonies!

Refer to the original “News Ontario” bulletin and additional information regarding Stage 2 Reopening in Ontario, on the following link:

June 13, 2020 – Restrictions Eased on Wedding and Funeral Ceremonies

The Ontario government is providing more flexibility on the number of attendees permitted at indoor and outdoor wedding and funeral ceremonies, in recognition of the importance of being with loved ones during the moments that matter most.

Based on positive public health trends the government is extending the number of people allowed to attend an indoor wedding or funeral ceremony to a maximum of 30 per cent capacity of the ceremony venue.   

Wedding and funeral ceremonies taking place outdoors will be limited to 50 attendees. For both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, those attending must follow proper health and safety advice, including practising physical distancing from people who are not from the same household or their established 10-person social circle.

“With recent progress to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are able to ease restrictions on these special ceremonies,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “We have taken deliberate steps to increase testing and increase our ability to track and contain this virus. As we loosen these measures, I strongly urge everyone to remain careful and cautious as we are all still at risk.”

The changes came into effect on Friday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. The maximum number of people allowed to attend indoor or outdoor wedding and funeral receptions remains at 10 people. As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves in Ontario, further direction will be provided on capacity restrictions for weddings and funerals going forward.

June 8, 2020

We have good news to share today!!

The Ontario government announced a regional approach to Stage 2 of Phase 2 of reopening the province amid the coronavirus pandemic on Monday.

As of Friday at 12:01 a.m., Ontario residents will be allowed to gather in groups of 10 — up from the previous five. Also places of worship will be allowed to reopen, however with physical distancing measures in place and allowing no more than 30 per cent capacity.

Certain public health units will also see the reopening of services such as hairdressers and barbers, restaurant patios and more outdoor spaces.

More detailed information concerning “church operations during pandemic emergency situations” is available on 

Approved Copy – ACBO Worshipsafe Guidelines

Please refer to the link below for the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services’ resource entitled Guidance on Health and Safety for Places of Worship During COVID-19.

Guidance on Health and Safety for Places of Worship During COVID-19

This document includes resource links, tips and best practices to help employers and workers prevent the spread of COVID-19 and work together to reopen the province.

Please note that much of what is covered in this resource is also in the Worshipsafe manual..


News – March 24, 2020

Following the advice of Bishop Robert Bourgon, the parish offices of the Hearst-Moosonee diocese will be closed for at least 2 weeks, effective immediately and will be re-evaluated after two weeks..

Parish priests will be available to meet the possible needs of their parishioners if necessary. 

Parishioners are encouraged to pray at home and to use the resources posted on our website (see below) to pray. Unfortunately with these events it has also been decided to cancel the Chrism Mass and the Holy Week masses. These celebrations will be streamed LIVE from the Cathedral through their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Paroisse-Notre-Dame-de-L’Assomption-Parish)


News – March 19, 2020:

As you know, everything is changing rapidly and new clearer directives from the Porcupine Health Unit have been issued on March 17, 2020 concerning churches. Our diocese is therefore following these new directives concerning Masses and all gatherings.


For your information, please review the following most recent directives/communique from the Porcupine Health Unit :

Porcupine Health Unit Covid-19 March 17, 2020 Update

News – March 17, 2020

Following Minister Ford’s last announcement this morning to stem the spread of COVID-19, Mgr. R. Bourgon wishes to contribute to this joint public health effort and act in solidarity with the civil authorities.
Consequently, Mgr. R. Bourgon announces the immediate adoption of the following directives for our diocese, until March 31.

March 17, 2020 Bishop Communique Covid 19





** MASSES **

Daily  masses are  being aired “Live” on the Notre-Dame-de-L’Assomption Cathedral Facebook page. Masses will continue to be recorded Live on Facebook during the required period of  isolation.



Following the cancellation of all churches in the diocese of Hearst-Moosonee, Reverend Father Sébastien Groleau will continue to have Sunday mass broadcast from the Immaculate Conception parish, at 10:15 a.m.  As the churches are not accessible to the public until further notice, you can listen to the Sunday Mass of the Immaculate Conception parish broadcast on the radio station Kapuskasing – CKGN-FM at 89.7 or 94.7.

If you are not on Kapuskasing radio waves, or if you prefer to listen on your computer, tablet and / or mobile phones, you can listen to it via “Simple Radio – Free Live AM-FM”.

This is accessible for FREE via www.streema.com.

You can also download the Simple Radio app through Google Play or the Apple App Store. Once downloaded and installed, simply search for the radio station “CKGN-FM 89.7”.

Salt + Light Media is pleased to provide its viewers the Daily TV Mass produced by the National Catholic Broadcasting Council four times a day at 6:30 am, 11:00 am, 3:00 pm and 10:30 pm (all times Eastern Standard Time).


EWTN is now offering online Eucharistic Adoration live on:

https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/adoration and https://www.facebook.com/ewtnonline

For more details on how one can access EWTN either online, on radio, etc., please see the following March 16, 2020 correspondence from Nerissa Flores, EWTN Regional Marketing Manager, Canada.

Letter from Nerissa Flores EWTN – March 162020


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News – March 16, 2020

Mgr. Frank Leo Jr., Secretary General of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CECC) shared with our diocese the attached CCCB statement on the coronavirus (COVID-19). This was also posted on the CCCB website today. https://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/

March 13, 2020 – CCCB statement on Coronavirus COVID-19 – EN


News – March 14, 2020


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic afflicting us, our parishes must take the following steps until further notice:

No holy water in the holy water fonts
We no longer join hands either before, during or after mass
No communion on the tongue
Hand washing for communion ministers
Pray for those affected and the caregivers.