Re-opening of churches on Solemnity of Pentecost

With the announcement today by the Government of New Brunswick, we are able to move to the Yellow phase of social distancing. This allows for gatherings of up to 50 people as of May 29, 2020.

More information will be forthcoming, including protocols in place to ensure the wellness and safety of parishioners and clergy. This will mean certain limitations on gatherings as we cautiously open. Read Bishop Riesbeck’s letter announcing these steps by downloading it below.

Annual financial report now available

The Finance Council is pleased to announce that the 2019 Financial Report for the Parish has been completed and is ready for distribution.

For those wishing to receive the report at this point in time, it will be available at each worship site this Sunday May 10th from 10:30-11:30 am.

A table with the reports will be at the entrance to each church. The Finance Council will have representatives present to aid in directing you while following the social distancing guidelines.

Thank you in advance for respecting social distancing when picking up your report.

New Freeman now available

We’re pleased to let you know that digital copies of the New Freeman, the publication of the Diocese of Saint John, is now available for download on our website. When received, we will upload a copy in the call-out box on the right column of the site. Parishioners can now download the May 1 issue.

Learning from isolation

This time of isolation is hard for everyone. But I’ve been inspired by those who have practiced distancing measures as their vocation. Click here to read this excellent advice given by this nun from New Jersey.

Plans and schedule for Holy Week

Dear Friends,

Hoping in the abundance of mercy of the Lord with a grateful heart, in solidarity with the suffering brothers and sisters, I assure you my continued prayers and support.

It has been an ongoing struggle to be separated from our faith community. Even though we are physically separated from communal celebrations, we are united in Spirit. As well, through the technology of video and social media, we can celebrate the Triduum with our friends.

We will be livestreaming celebrations from St. Stephen’s Church on the Parish’s Facebook page as follows:

  • Maundy Thursday: April 9 at 2 pm
  • Good Friday: April 10 at 2 pm
  • Easter Vigil: April 11 at 5 pm
  • Easter Sunday: April 12 at 9 am  

I invite all of you to connect to the Parish Facebook page to take part in the celebrations from wherever you are.

On Good Friday, we will be placing the cross at the front doors of the churches in St Stephen and St Andrews. You are invited to drive by at your convenient time, sit in your car, look at the cross, say thanks to Jesus for his sacrifice, meditate upon the stations of the cross, and drive safely home.

On Easter Sunday after the 9 am mass, we will conduct a Eucharistic Blessing (or procession). The priest will carry the Body of Jesus in the monstrance and be driven along the streets in St Stephen beginning at 10 am. He will continue to St Andrews that afternoon from 2 pm onward. If you happen to see the car on your street, please come out to your driveway and receive a blessing while at the same time maintaining proper social distancing.

From Monday after Easter on the weekdays the church bell will ring in both churches at 7.30 pm to invite you to pray the rosary from your homes. On weekends at the regular mass times, church bells will ring as invitation to join in mass in Facebook.

Let us join our hearts in these devotional activities.

May God be with us, and may He bless and protect us.

Fr. Suresh Savariraj