Premier Doug Ford announced on Monday that most of the province will be moving to Stage 3 as of Friday, July 17 at 12:01 am.
In the Diocese of Peterborough, this means that all areas except the Durham Region will be moving to Stage 3. The Durham Region remains in Stage 2 and within the Diocese of Peterborough, this includes St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Newcastle, St. Joseph Parish in Bowmanville, St. Therese Parish in Courtice, and St. Bernadette Mission in Nestleton.
For places of worship, the provisions that were implemented in Stage 2 are unchanged. In Stage 3, the parishes and missions will continue to follow the Worship Safe reopening plan for the Diocese of Peterborough, the Orders from the local Health Unit, and the Registrar's Directive from the Bereavement Authority of Ontario.
Bereavement Authority of Ontario Registrar's Directive for Funerals in Stage 3
There is one change for funeral gatherings in Stage 3. Graveside services are limited to a maximum of 100 attendees. Physical distancing must be maintained. Cemeteries are permitted to restrict attendance numbers to less than the maximum. This change will apply to the committal in the cemetery following the funeral Mass or service in the funeral home.
Face coverings/masks at funerals continue to be required in the parishes and missions within the regions of the Durham Health Unit, the Simcoe-Muskoka Health Unit, and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Health Unit. Given the comfort offered at funeral gatherings and the likelihood that physical distancing may not be maintained, it continues to be strongly recommended to wear a face-covering/mask at funerals in the regions covered by the Peterborough Health Unit, the Hastings-Prince Edward Health Unit, and the North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit.
Face Mask at the Church
Face coverings/masks are strongly encouraged and sometimes, mandatory.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough is served by six regional Health Units.
Please click this link to learn what Health Unit Orders and/or Bereavement Authority of Ontario Registrar's Directive apply to your parish. This link includes the information update from the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit issued today and effective on Friday, July 17.
For a list of exceptions to the Health Unit Orders, please consult the website of the regional Health Unit issuing the Order.
The Worship Safe reopening plan for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough states, "All in the assembly are strongly encouraged to wear a mask upon the recommendation of a Medical Officer of Health. Should a Medical Officer of Health determine that the use of a face mask is mandatory, the parishioners will be expected to comply before entering the parish."
We are all committed to caring for our neighbours and those around us. While a number of restrictions have been lifted as the province moves into Stage 3 of Re-Opening, we are still in the middle of a pandemic and need to take the appropriate steps to minimize any potential spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
Please connect to the YouTube channel for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough to join in prayer with this livestreaming of the Mass.
SUNDAY MASS ON TELEVISION COGECO YourTV
Peterborough - Mass airs at 11:30 am and 6 pm on Channels 10 and 700 in HD.
Cobourg - Mass airs at 11 am and 6 pm.
Huntsville - Mass airs at 11:30 am and 6 pm.
The Mass broadcast at 7:00 a.m. on the COGECO YourTV website and on the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/yourtvptbo/).
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
June 7, 2020 | catholicculture.org
The fundamental dogma, on which everything in Christianity is based, is that of the Blessed Trinity in whose name all Christians are baptized. The feast of the Blessed Trinity needs to be understood and celebrated as a prolongation of the mysteries of Christ and as the solemn expression of our faith in this triune life of the Divine Persons, to which we have been given access by Baptism and by the Redemption won for us by Christ. Only in heaven shall we properly understand what it means, in union with Christ, to share as sons in the very life of God.