COVID-19 PANDEMIC NEWS AND INFORMATION
July 16, 2020
Effective Thursday, July 23, 2020, in all communities in the Porcupine Health Unit area, it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in public indoor spaces. Please keep in mind that the use of a face covering does not replace the need for other public health measures such as physical distancing, frequent hand hygiene and staying home if unwell.
Please see the following instructions from the Porcupine Health Unit.
For more information, please visit the link below or contact the health unit office.
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
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.
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:
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 9, 2020
We have good news to share today!!
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
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.
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.
May 27, 2020:
As you already know from the news Wednesday May 27th, the Government of Ontario has extended the emergency measures until June 9, which means that churches are not about to reopen. We will advise further once we hear otherwise.
The State of Emergency declared by the Government of Ontario forbidding the gathering of more than 5 people invites us to do our part to fight the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
All masses remain cancelled until we receive clearance from the Government of Ontario.
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. As of today’s date ALL MASSES and CHURCH ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
For your information, please review the following most recent directives/communique of March 17, 2020 from the Porcupine Health Unit :
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March 26, 2020
On Friday March 27, 2020, at 7:15 p.m., the Stations of the Cross will be held at the Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption Cathedral in Hearst.Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, this celebration will NOT be accessible to the public. It will however be aired LIVE on their Facebook page:
Mass will also be aired LIVE on the above Facebook page on Saturday, March 28th at 7:15 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Let us pray for our nation and our community , for the protection of Canada and the healing of all those who are sick.
Prayer for Covid-19 virus Victims
(a video is available on YouTube – EWTN)
O God, our Father,
Mercifully look upon Your people who come to You
and grant through the intercession of St. Rosalie,
who turned away from earthly delights to the joys of contemplation,
that we may be delivered from all harm here on earth
and one day be welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven.
St. Rosalie, confessor and virgin, we pray to God for our families and friends.
Through your powerful prayers, may we obtain health, life, and eternal salvation.
I also pray today for this special need and intention (make your intention known).
O glorious virgin and confessor, St. Rosalie, I promise henceforth to remember and follow your example
of faith and love.
Pray for me and mine.
“In 1625, the city of Palermo in Sicily, Italy suffered a terrible plague. During this hardship Saint Rosalie appeared first to a sick woman, then to a hunter, to whom she indicated where her remains were to be found. She asked him to bring her remains into the city; He did what she had asked in the apparition. After her remains were carried around the city three times, the plague miraculously ended. After this Saint Rosalie was venerated as the patron saint of Palermo, and a sanctuary was built in the cave where her remains were discovered.”