Reservations for Christmas masses required

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As we know, this year's Christmas will be different! To conform to provincial health restrictions, we will continue with five Christmas masses in St Andrews and St Stephen, but capacity in each sanctuary will unfortunately be limited. Parishioners must reserve their space in advance. To reserve, please phone the church office (466-6043) and leave a message, stating the location, time, and number in your immediate household, along with your phone number. We will try to accommodate you to the best of our ability.

Below are the times and locations of the masses:

--St Stephen: 4 pm on December 24
--St Andrews: 7 pm on December 24
--St Stephen: 10 pm on December 24
--St Stephen: 9 am on December 25
--St Andrews: 11 am on December 25

Protocols for orange level announced

Our region has just been informed that we are now at Orange Level and protocols for gatherings have now changed. As a result, our Parish Mission will need to be cancelled. Masses continue with restrictions of 50 persons maximum, while socially distancing and wearing masks.

Download the Letter to the Saint John Region from Bishop Christian, and additional information below.

New, safe solutions for celebrating the Eucharist during COVID-19

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Many people are understandably cautious about gathering during COVID-19. While all masses in St Stephen and St Andrews continue to follow New Brunswick protocols, including social distancing and mandatory masks, we have other options available too.

(1) Masses every Sunday morning at 9 am are streamed live to the St Croix Parish Facebook page. If you've joined this group, you can view the mass at this time. These live streams are also saved on the page for viewing later, if 9 am is not an option.

(2) Another new solution allows parishioners to receive the Eucharist. You may attend the Saturday 4 pm mass in St Stephen and listen to the mass from the safety of your car on FM 90.3 thanks to the support of a parishioner. If you notify the usher who will be located outside the church that you are doing this, they will notify Fr Suresh who will come to your car following the mass to offer you the Body of Christ.

(3) Parishioners who are shut-in and not available to travel can also contact the church office and arrange for you to receive the Eucharist at home.

We are hopeful this is a solution that will benefit many as we move forward through this year of challenge.

You’re invited to our parish mission with Fr. Mark Cherry

Family worship concept: Silhouette father mother and son looking for the cross on autumn sunrise background.

St Croix Parish is pleased to host Fr. Mark Cherry for a parish mission November 30-December 2, 2020 at 6:30 pm each evening. Fr. Cherry will focus our attention towards renewal for our faith and a recommitment to follow Christ. All are welcome!

Themes for evening sessions:

Monday, November 30 -- A time for mercy
Tuesday, December 1 -- What time is it?
Wednesday, December 2 -- What are we called to do?

All current COVID-19 protocols will be followed including mandatory masks. There is limited seating as we are socially-distancing. Please register in advance to save time at the door and to confirm you will have a reserved seat.

There will be a free-will offering each evening in support of the mission.

UPDATE: Due to moving to ORANGE level, we have regretfully had to cancel this mission.

CCCB and others on the dignity of life and bills C-6 and C-7

The Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops recently distributed two documents outlining their concerns and recommendations for the Canadian government as bills C-6 and C-7 are considered by Parliament. Others, including groups of disability advocates and physicians have also released parallel statements. These are provided below for your consideration.

Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada

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.

As we continue to address the challenges and impact of the Coronavirus upon our families, communities of faith and ecclesial outreach, your prayers, gestures of kindness and generosity are invaluable, heartfelt and true sources of consolation, comfort and renewed encouragement in the pursuit of the Church’s pastoral mission.

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.

Emergency campaign for Lebanon

OTTAWA, August 6, 2020 – Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) has launched an emergency campaign to rally prayers and funds for Lebanon.

“The Lebanese people are going through a major crisis,” says Carl Hétu, national director of CNEWA Canada. “The Beirut blast comes on the heels of a political crises, overwhelming debt, financial collapse, unemployment, the COVID-19 pandemic as well as successive waves of regional conflict. We direct our prayers to the people of this country with whom we Canadians have so many ties. We invite all to join us. The Lebanese people need our help.”

While the cause of the blast remains unknown, the impact has sent shockwaves throughout the country – and the world. The toll grows by the day. More than a 100 people are confirmed dead; thousands are injured; countless remain missing, presumably buried under rubble. Lebanon’s health care facilities have been overwhelmed. Three Christian hospitals close to the port, including the 600-bed St. George Hospital, have been severely damaged and evacuated. The injured are being rushed to medical centers miles from Beirut.

“Our staff, as with the entire city, is really shaken,” said Michel Constantin, CNEWA’s Beirut-based regional director. “Our building was damaged, our offices are filled with shattered glass that could have been deadly had we not left for the day. Lebanon is on the brink of economic, political and social collapse. This will not stop us from doing our work. More than ever, the people of Lebanon need our help and, most especially, the help of their local and universal church.”

CNEWA Canada will leverage most of its resources to support the campaign – social media, website, advertisements and personal and general appeals to its generous donor base. Funds raised will be directed to the CNEWA office in Beirut which, in turn, will share with local churches that offer essential health and emergency services and pastoral outreach.

“With all the major issues devastating Lebanon, this week’s horrific incident only deepens what many describe as an existential catastrophe not only for Lebanon as a nation, but for the existence of a culturally and religiously diverse Middle East,” said CNEWA president Msgr. Peter I. Vaccari. “CNEWA recalls the words of St. John Paul II, who reminded the world that Lebanon is not just a country, but a message.”

CNEWA has been at the service of the churches and peoples of Lebanon for decades, providing relief to all who are suffering and those who have fallen through the cracks, especially those facing homelessness and in need of medical care and food.

Donations can be made online at cnewa.org/ca/campaigns/lebanoncrisis  or by phone at 1-866-322-4441. Cheques can be made to “CNEWA Canada” and mailed to CNEWA Canada at 1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa, ON K1H 6K9, marked “Lebanon”. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $10 or more.

About CNEWA

An agency of the Holy See, CNEWA works for, through and with the Eastern churches throughout the Middle East, Northeast Africa, India and Ukraine. Founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, CNEWA provides pastoral and humanitarian support to the churches and people of the East. CNEWA Canada was incorporated as a registered charity by Canada Revenue Agency in 2003.

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Online Alpha course

Our Lady of Peace Parish (Fredericton) is offering an online Alpha course beginning Thursday, June 11th from 7:00 to 8:15 pm.

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith.  Each session looks at a different question that people can have about faith and is designed to create conversation.  It’s just an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together. Perfect for people looking to reconnect to their faith, those exploring faith for the first time or for those just looking to have great honest conversations about their faith.  Open to everyone regardless of their location and faith tradition!

To register please email pattycameron@ourladyofpeacefredericton.ca