last updated March 31, 2020 at 22:28


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Please see the link below on the Diocese of London website featuring helps how to manage during the COVID-19 situation: 

https://dol.ca/outreach

 


PLEASE NOTE :

27 March 2020   (A printable version of this page is here)
 
COVID-19 UPDATE FROM BISHOP FABBRO (UPDATE #6)

 
I convened the Episcopal Council and the following represents a consensus of the Council, and it is my intention that these new directives become effective immediately:
 
1. Recordings of Masses (livestreaming or uploaded) 

The restriction on livestreaming or otherwise broadcasting Masses from churches is now rescinded with qualifications (20 March, #2). Many priests wrote or called to tell us how important it was for them to be able to provide this service for their parishioners; many parishioners expressed a desire to see and hear their own priests. 

Private Masses may include a member of the pastoral team or staff to act as lector or server, but should not include any others from the parish. These private Masses are  strictly limited to one lay person, as we must be mindful of avoiding crowds and contact, and “planking the curve”. Physical distancing is to be maintained and modeled.

No parish should feel bound to provide this service where they are unable or unprepared to do so.

The faithful should be instructed in such a way as to realize that, by watching Mass via the internet or on television, they are not celebrating Mass with the priest and others present. They are watching and participating spiritually, while only those who are present in person celebrate the Mass with the presider.
 

2. Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord 

In light of the Ontario government’s directions to stay home, and to close all but essential stores and offices, the recommendation to bless palm branches and make them available outside of churches for parishioners to pick up is withdrawn (20 March, #6). To minimize the possibility of contagion and to prevent people from gathering, palms are not to be blessed or distributed for the year 2020.
 

3. The Sacred Triduum 

After receiving clarifications regarding the decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (19 March 2020), and hearing the great desire of many priests to celebrate the Triduum in its entirety, the directives in the last update for the Triduum (20 March, #6) are rescinded, with the exceptions as noted below. I am celebrating the Triduum at the Cathedral with Bishop Dabrowski. These celebrations will be recorded and uploaded on the website for any to watch. The recording of these celebrations does not preclude parishes from broadcasting their services.
 
The following directives will now guide the celebrations in the Diocese:
 

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper – Thursday, 9 April

 The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at the Cathedral by Bishop Fabbro, and will be posted on social media at 7:00 p.m.
 
The Holy See has provided permission for individual priests to celebrate The Mass of the Lord’s Supper. The Washing of the Feet and the procession of the Blessed Sacrament are suspended.  The Blessed Sacrament will be reposed in the tabernacle.
 

Good Friday – Friday, 10 April

 
The Service of Good Friday will be celebrated at the Cathedral, and will be posted on social media at 3:00 p.m.
 
Following the special decree from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, special prayers will be said “for the sick, the dead, for those who feel lost or dismayed” – all those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
 

The Easter Vigil – Saturday, 11 April

 
The Easter Vigil will be celebrated at the Cathedral, and will be posted on social media at 9:00 p.m.
 
The Blessing of the Paschal Fire is to be eliminated.
 
After the Paschal Candle is lit, the Easter Proclamation (Exultet) is to be sung or spoken.
 
The Liturgy of the Word is maintained. 
 
Baptismal promises are to be renewed.
 
The Eucharist continues as normal.
 
The initiation of the Elect and those seeking full communion will be deferred to a later time, to be determined. This directive includes the celebrations of the Scrutinies.
 

Easter Sunday – Sunday, 12 April

 
The Mass of Easter Sunday will be celebrated at the Cathedral, and will be posted on social media at 11:00 a.m.
 
Priests will follow the norms for Masses in private, as previously laid out.
 
Many priests have expressed an ardent desire to make the sacrament of Penance available to their people. The Episcopal Council was firm that we must not change the direction as given on 17 March, "All Confessions are cancelled, except in the case of danger of death" (#2a).
 
A priest hearing confessions in any reasonable proximity to penitents, so that they can be heard, sets up a situation whereby the priest himself may unwittingly become a conduit for spreading the virus. We cannot take that chance and risk further spread. Rather, people need to hear the words of assurance of God's forgiveness, when one is truly repentant and expresses it to God. Pope Francis said this so beautifully on 20 March, and his words are captured in the update distributed that day (#7). This is the message that people need to hear, through e-mail or recorded reflections offered by their pastoral team members.
 
I thank you for your prayers for our work, and assure you of Bishop Joseph's and mine.

Most Rev. Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B. ‚Äč
Bishop of London

 


COVID-19 Update for March 20 (Update #5)

March 20, 2020

With our situation changing on a daily – and sometimes hourly – basis, I convened the Episcopal Council in a conference call to get a sense of how they, our pastoral teams, our employees, and our parishioners are faring in this difficult time. The following directives come into effect immediately:

1. Warnings from Health Officials

It has been stated again and again by Health Officials across the world, and emphasized by those countries that have been most affected, including China and Italy, that the only way to prevent the spread of the disease is to stop groups of people from gathering. Dr. Theresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, at her press conference on March 19 said, “Our collective resolve to overcome COVID-19 must be solid and unbendable. We don’t just need to flatten the curve, we need to plank it.” These words inspire in us all a “solid and unbendable” resolve.

2. All Churches are Closed to the Public

There is no exception to this directive for any reason (see Update of March 17, #1a).

3. Services in Funeral Homes

We are aware of the sadness and extra hardship families have to deal with in light of the cancellation of Funeral Masses. Yet, we must be vigilant to avoid any gatherings. Therefore, there are to be no services in funeral homes. No priest, deacon, lay ecclesial minister, or chaplain in the Diocese shall accept a request or an invitation from family members or funeral directors to lead such services beyond a committal service at the cemetery with immediate family members present. This directive is being communicated to all funeral homes in the Diocese (March 17, #1c).

4. Weddings

The permission for weddings given in the last update is now rescinded (March 17, #1d). If there is an extraordinary reason for having a wedding (e.g., legal, immigration, health), it shall be celebrated in the parish office with only the priest or deacon and two witnesses with the bride and groom. Permission for such cases shall be obtained from the Chancellor.

5. Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord and the Sacred Paschal Triduum

It is recommended that pastors bless palm branches and make them available outside of churches for parishioners to pick up.

In line with a decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, issued March 19, 2020, the Triduum will be celebrated in all parish churches of the Diocese as follows:

a) Priests will privately celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, without the ritual of the Washing of the Feet, or the procession of the Holy Eucharist which normally ends the celebration of that Mass. The Blessed Sacrament will be reserved in the ordinary tabernacle, without the usual Chapel for Reservation used on Holy Thursday. The faculty to celebrate this Mass without the people is granted in an exceptional manner by the Holy See to all priests.

b) There will be no service on Friday of the Passion of the Lord. Instead, priests are encouraged to read the Passion of the Lord and pray the Universal Prayer from the liturgy of the day, and include prayers for all whose lives are being affected by the pandemic.

c) There will be no Easter Vigil. The sacraments of Christian Initiation and the reception of candidates for Full Communion are to be postponed until a later date.

d) The Mass of Easter Sunday will be celebrated privately by priests on Easter morning.  They are to light the Pascal Candle and bless water using the formula in the Roman Missal on p. 358.

6. Confessions

Many are distressed by the fact that all Confessions, except in cases of danger of death, are cancelled (March 17, #2a). This directive does not change, since churches are closed and any announced times of confessions would bring crowds together. As well, health officials have advised us that people can carry the virus and spread it even without showing symptoms. We must be vigilant in all ways. “Drive-thru” confessionals are simply not acceptable. 

We must be mindful that God is a merciful God. Pope Francis addressed this topic today, March 20, when he said that people who cannot go to confession because of the coronavirus lock down can go directly to God, be specific about their sins, request pardon, and experience God’s loving forgiveness. “This is the right time, the opportune moment. An act of contrition done well, and our souls will become white like the snow.”

Pope Francis quoted the Catechism of the Catholic Church when speaking this morning. God welcomes every sinner with open arms, he said. Make an act of contrition, and promise God “‘I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now.’ And immediately you will return to the state of grace with God.”

Pope Francis granted a Plenary Indulgence for this troubling time. A Plenary Indulgence is granted by the Holy Father at special times such as Holy Years or for specific pilgrimages. To gain a Plenary Indulgence one must fulfill the prescribed conditions of: a complete and whole-hearted detachment from all sin of any kind, even venial sin; praying the Creed or the Our Father and for the intentions of the Pope. One is also expected to go to Mass and to Confession. In this case, Pope Francis specified that Mass and Confession should be sought as soon as they are available when this crisis subsides.

Pope Francis gave Diocesan Bishops permission to offer General Absolution to their parishioners when justified by the circumstances. It was determined that the current situation in the Diocese of London did not meet the conditions for General Absolution at this time, especially in light of the gift of the Plenary Indulgence.

7. Meeting of 12-Step Groups

The permission for meetings of 12-Step groups given in the last update is now rescinded (March 17, #4d). The National AA organization has cancelled all AA meetings. While such meetings are very helpful for those suffering from an addiction, we encourage members to find other means of support offered through their respective organization, such as online, by telephone or by talking to their sponsor.

8. Resources for Prayer for the Domestic Church

We reiterate the importance of our homes as “houses of prayer”, and remind people about the resources that are uploaded on the Diocese’s website. Pastoral teams may have their own resources to offer their parishioners.



The Episcopal Council will meet with me on a weekly conference call, so that we may continue to respond to parishioners’ needs as required. Be assured of our prayers and solidarity with you.

Most Rev. Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B.
Bishop of London

 


March 17, 2020 (abbreviated version, full version here )  

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM BISHOP FABBRO        
 
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, 
 
We are making these sacrifices out of charity and for the sake of the common good.
 
I encourage all our faithful to be to be vigilant about personal cleanliness and keeping appropriate distances from others. 
 
Our priests, deacons, lay pastoral ministers, and our faithful are reaching out to those in need at this difficult time, especially those who are elderly, vulnerable and isolated.  I am very grateful to all of you.
 
This Lenten season, we are united in prayer for those who are suffering from COVID-19 and for those who are caring for them. 
 
May God have mercy on us!  May Mary, Help of Christians, intercede for us!

 
3. Care of the Sick and the Dying

Priests are to be mindful of the sick, especially those in danger of death.

Priests, deacons, and pastoral workers are to follow visiting restrictions set by the individual hospitals and healthcare facilities.

The Eucharist will not be taken to parishioners who are homebound. Instead, parish teams are encouraged to ask volunteers to keep in contact with these people through telephone calls or other electronic means. Such calls could be a simple chat or praying a decade of the Rosary with the person. 

4. Parish Offices and Activities

Parish offices should be closed to the public. Where possible, staff can work from home, while some staff will report to work and deal with parishioners’ needs by phone or electronic means. This applies also to our Diocesan Centre, the Marriage Tribunal, and the Refugee Office.

It is highly recommended, with this lull in activities, that parish staff could reach out by telephone or electronic means to connect with all parishioners to offer prayers and support.

 
5. Resources

An Outreach page is being continually updated on the diocesan website and has a link on the homepage. The page contains resources for the faithful including online Masses, articles, links to Catholic publishers and activities for children, youth and families. Please promote this Outreach page as widely as possible: https://dol.ca/outreach

 
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B.
Bishop of London
 

 

Please see the link below on the Diocese of London website featuring helps how to manage during the COVID-19 situation: 

https://dol.ca/outreach


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