January 13, 2021
Starting January 14, 2021 at 12:01 am, Ontario is putting in force a second provincial emergency to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. This will last 28 days and could also be extended. For more details on the regulations, refer to the website www.ontario.ca
Please find attached the following press release from J.J. Beausoleil, Chancellor, Diocese of Hearst-Moosonee, following the announcements on Covid-19 in Ontario.
January 8, 2021
On Thursday, January 7, 2021, the Ontario government extended the shutdown in Northern Ontario for another 14 days to Saturday, January 23, 2021, aligning with the shutdown period in Southern Ontario.
As a result, attendance at parish masses is reduced to 10 people until further notice.
For additional information, please refer to the CBC News article of January 7, 2021.
December 22, 2020
Following is the Hearst-Moosonee Diocese Inter-Par of December 27th. This is an important message from Mgr Prendergast, S. J., Diocesan Administrator, regarding provincial measures and our own personal arrangements at this time of isolation.
December 21, 2020
Today Premier Doug Ford announced that all of Ontario will be on lockdown effective December 26th. As a result Christmas Eve and Christmas Day masses will take place at the times noted in your weekly parish bulletins.
Effective December 26th, Parish Mass attendance will be reduced to 10 people. Therefore masses subsequent to December 26 are cancelled at this time. For parishes currently having “live streamed ” masses on their Facebook pages or YouTube channels, these will still be available to the public for viewing.
For more details, please refer to the CBC News article on the Covid-19 information page.
December 18, 2020
Monsignor Terrence Prendergast, Apostolic Administrator will be with us from December 16 to January 4 for his first visit to our diocese as Apostolic Administrator.
A Mass was held at the Notre Dame de l’Assomption Cathedral on December 18, 2020, to inaugurate his ministry as Apostolic Administrator. Visits will be made to most of the diocese parishes during the period December 18, 2020 to January 4, 2021.
Following is a message from Monsignor Terrence Prendergast.
November 30, 2020
Appointment of Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Hearst-Moosonee…
On November 29, 2020, our Holy Father Pope Francis accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Hearst-Moosonee presented by His Excellency Monsignor Robert Bourgon. As a result, Monsignor Terrence Prendergast has now been appointed Apostolic Administrator for the diocese of Hearst-Moosonee until a new Bishop can be provided.
Note the November 30, 2020 letter from Monsignor Terrence Prendergast addressed to the diocese residents.
November 29, 2020
On November 16, 2020, Mgr. Robert Bourgon submitted his resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Hearst Moosonee. His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted his request, which will be made public on Monday November 30, 2020. Mgr. Robert Bourgon’s letter of November 29, 2020 (see link below) provides additional information in this matter.
November 15, 2020
Notice re: this weekend’s Special Collection
September 15, 2020
Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada: Support for the Bishops of Canada to pursue the Church’s pastoral mission
This year, the Catholic Church in Canada, along with the rest of society, has been seriously affected by the Coronavirus pandemic: from an inability to gather in worship, through limitations on pastoral and personal interaction, to office closures. Bishops, as shepherds who watch over their flock, felt this disruption very keenly.
The Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada will take place on 26 and 27 September 2020. This annual charitable initiative assists the Bishops in their ministry of accompanying, teaching, guiding, sanctifying and caring for the Church in Canada.
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September 9, 2020
Letter to the faithful from Bishop Robert Bourgon
For a few months we have been hearing about Father Michel Rodrigue, a priest who worked in our diocese from 1989 to 1996. More recently he has worked in the Diocese of Amos since 2011. He introduces himself as “the apostle of the last days” and “an official exorcist of the Church”. For more information, please refer to the following September 9, 2020 letter from Bishop Robert Bourgon.
August 6, 2020
Emergency Funds for Lebanon
Note the following letter from CNEWA Canada:
July 31, 2020
Episcopal and fraternal visit to the Hearst-Moosoness Diocese
His Holiness Pope Francis has given Bishop Serge Poitras of the Diocese of Timmins the task of conducting a fraternal visit to the Hearst-Moosonee diocese.This will take place August 16 to 22nd, 2020. For further details, please note the following letter from Bishop Serge Poitras.
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.
July 9, 2020
Please note the following communique from Bishop Robert Bourgon pertaining to recent charges laid by police. Let us keep in our prayers all those affected by these events.
August 7, 2020
Many couples have had to postpone their wedding due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Amendments to the Ontario’s Marriage Act and Regulation 738 of the Act have been made to extend the three-month validity period for any unused marriage licenses which were bought between December 1, 2019 and March 17, 2020, which is the termination date of the province-wide declaration of emergency. Therefore these licenses are now valid from the date of issuance up to 24 months from the first day following the end of the province-wide emergency.
Note that any marriage licences issued after the end of the province-wide emergency must be used within the three-months following issuance of the licence.
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.
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 22, 2020
Good news! Bishop Robert Bourgon has received a letter from the Congregation in which his request for a title of “Minor Basilica for Christ the King Church in Moosonee” was granted.
Please see the attached (French) letter.
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 8, 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..
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.
As of March 19th, ALL MASSES AND PARISH EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
For your information, please review the following most recent directives/communique from the Porcupine Health Unit :
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.
|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/
News – March 14, 2020
PANDEMIC • PANDEMIC • PANDEMIC
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic afflicting us, our parishes must take the following steps until further notice:
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