SAINT CATHERINE OF SIENA CHURCH
A WORSHIPING COMMUNITY
OF ST. FRANCIS AND ST. CLARE OF ASSISI PARISH

A Roman Catholic Community 
In Halifax Nova Scotia
 
 
"Home of the Franciscans of Halifax"


You must PRE-REGISTER to attend Mass.  At this time, it is not possible to simply walk-up to the Church door and attend Mass.  Depending on whether individuals or families register, because of the need to physically distance, our Church may accommodate less than the 50 people allowed under the current Diocesan guidelines.

Parishioners of St. Catherine’s can call the Parish Office

this Thursday, July 2nd from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm to pre-register

for the Masses on July 5th (11:00 am & 7:00 pm)

Phone:  902-454-8221 (Ext. 221)



COVID-19

Parishioners of St. Catherine’s can call the Parish Office

this Thursday, July 2nd from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm to pre-register

for the Masses on July 5th (11:00 am & 7:00 pm)

Phone:  902-454-8221 (Ext. 221)



Reopening!

Dear brothers and sisters,

I am writing you to let you know that we are starting to register for this coming weekend’s Masses and that you are going to receive more detailed information on how to register.

A second communication will be sent out shortly, explaining how the system of registration works specifically in each of our four communities, and what are the required precautions to minimize the risk of contagion of the Covid-19 virus.

Praise be the God!

Finally, after more than three months we are going to reopen our churches, and I want to share with you my great joy for the gift of being able to get together again.

With God’s help our four churches will be reopening this next weekend of July 4th and 5th, and we will have the opportunity to participate in person to the celebration of the Eucharist.

I cannot wait to see you and I am sure you all are eager to come back to our communities. 

This is a wonderful gift that the Lord is granting us. I am extremely grateful for it. At the same time we still have to be prudent and keep everybody safe from the risk of contracting and spreading the Covid-19.

Let’s remember that, even though Nova Scotia has been free of new cases in the past weeks, the virus is still affecting several Provinces in Canada, and many countries in the world.

We have been doing a good job up until now, and I am sure that we will continue to do it, for everybody’s sake!

To help us with this task of maintaining a high level of safety, the provincial health authorities and our Archdiocese provided us with a set of guidelines for the reopening of our churches that our leaders and I are doing our best to apply.

I am also aware that these guidelines are constantly adjusting to the situation of the containment of the spreading of the virus, and I wouldn’t be surprised that they will change again in time.

In the meantime, we have to fulfill them very faithfully, sometimes waiting patiently that the communication process will happen according to the resources that are available.

I understand that probably we all would like to move forward quickly, but more than ever this is the time to be prudent and patient.

In fulfillment of the guidelines that have been communicated, at this time the number of people that can gather is limited, and we won’t be able to accommodate more than 50 people in our churches (hopefully 200 soon!).

It’s not a great number, but it’s a beginning. Hopefully soon we will be able to extend this opportunity to many more people.

To guarantee the fairest process to give people the opportunity to attend Mass, our parish has organized a system of registration for all those who would like to attend Mass.

I have been privileged to work with many lay leaders to build up this system of registration, and I can tell you that is very, very complex, as it requires a large number of communications and precise recording, and it takes into consideration four different communities.

This is something that is completely unprecedented and we are just beginning to be familiar with this system.

I will need you to be very patient and tolerant of the mistakes that probably I will committ. I am just learning how to make it work, along with all the many people who are helping me.

With time I trust that I will be able to manage this system this system without too many difficulties, and that we all will be able to use it more easily.

For this reason, please, I am asking you to keep me in your prayers; and pray also for all those who have been working hard to give us the chance to get together again.

I look forward to seeing very soon!

 

God bless you,

Fr Francesco



SUNDAY MASS WITH THE FRANCISCAN BROTHERS

Sunday Mass is being celebrated by our Franciscan Brothers in the chapel of St Francis' Convent (St Catherine's Rectory). They invite you to celebrate with them by livestream at 9:30 am or by viewing the video of the Mass at this link: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9L3qlfstB9xXyv2ZMOqc0g

How to donate during the COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGENCY

The church communities within the Parish of St. Francis and St. Clare continue to operate although churches are closed and strict social distancing is in effect.  Clergy and parish staff are working, on-line masses are made available as much as possible, buildings are being maintained and fixed costs continue.  Parishioners are encouraged to rely on the bond of communion that unites us with Christ and His church in faith, hope and love. 

Regular collections have ceased, and pre-authorized payments represent a fraction of the usual church income. 

If you wish to continue contributing or to make a special donation at this time, you have a number of options:

Electronic transfer
You can use the Interac transfer feature of your bank account to email a donation to
office@stfrancisandstclareparish.ca.  It will be automatically deposited, and the parish office notified.  Please use the message feature of the Interac transfer to indicate your name, the church to which you are donating, your envelope number if available, and if the donation is for a special collection.
  

Mail
You can mail donations to your church or to the parish office, indicating the specific church or other purpose to which you are contributing.  Cheques must be made payable to St. Francis & St. Clare of Assisi Parish.  The parish office address is:
6351 North Street, Halifax, NS  B3L 1P7

Pre-authorized payments

This might be the time to sign up for the monthly pre-authorized payments that dozens of parishioners are already using for the Sunday collection.  It means your planned support of your church community is not interrupted by unexpected events. 

You can email office@saintcatherineofsiena.ca for the form authorizing pre-authorized payments.  You can print, complete and sign the form, scan it and email it back to start the pre-authorized donations.  You can also use regular mail to receive, complete, sign and return the pre-payment form. 

Thank you in advance to any and everyone who contributes at this time.  We know a day will come when we can again assemble to celebrate the Eucharist and receive Christ in communion.  Until then, may God bless you and keep safe.

 

 
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