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)



Parish News

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

PRE-AUTHORIZED DEBIT GIVING OPTION (PAD)

If you have automatic debits taken from your bank account to pay your bills, then you already understand the PAD concept.  Did you know that you can give to the church in the same way?  Using the PAD program for your offering allows you to give intentionally, proportionally and faithfully to the church, even when you are not able to be there in person.  The PAD system replaces the need to write cheques or have cash on hand.  You can still participate in the Sunday offertory by placing your numbered envelope in the regular collection basket and checking the PAD option which is pre-printed on each envelope.  It’s easy to get started.  Forms and further information can be found at the back of the Church.
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