Update from Bishop Fabbro
April 17, 2021
Yesterday afternoon, Premier Ford announced that places of worship will be locked down as of 12:01 a.m. Monday, 19 April 2021. In the past when we had such restrictions, it was decided that such a limit of ten people is impossible to be carried out in a fair manner.
Therefore, in keeping with the directive of the provincial government and our previous practice, all churches in the Diocese of London will be closed to the public effective Monday with the following exceptions:
Masses should be celebrated in the churches to pray for the needs of our people. Where possible, these celebrations may be live-streamed or recorded and up-loaded. One person may participate in the celebration to proclaim the reading(s) and Psalm, along with one instrumentalist and one cantor. Deacons do not assist at these Masses.
Baptisms should be discouraged until the lock-down ends, but may be celebrated in danger of death.
Celebrations of First Communion are deferred until the lock-down ends.
Confessions should be discouraged until the lock-down ends, but may be celebrated if the pastor determines a serious need; to be determined on a case-by-case basis; to be celebrated only by appointment.
Confirmations are to be deferred until the lock-down is lifted, but may be celebrated in danger of death.
Weddings may proceed with the maximum number of ten people.
Funerals may be celebrated with the maximum ten people allowed.
Parish and other diocesan offices are to be closed effective Saturday, 17 April. Staff (clergy and lay) may report to work only for what is essential. Pastors are expected to monitor this. Notice has been given that government agents may inspect offices at any time.
Halls may be opened only for essential social and mental health services (e.g., addiction services, blood-donor clinics, child care). Restrictions imposed by the government are to be followed. All sacramental preparation, RCIA and catechetical sessions shall be deferred or moved on-line.
I realize these new restrictions will be a hardship for many, especially as access to the sacraments is once again curtailed. I want to express my gratitude to you for the sacrifices you are making during the pandemic, and also to emphasize that we need to be strong in our commitment to follow all health and safety measures to do our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Through the intercession of our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph, may God protect us and keep safe all our health-care workers and those on the front lines who serve us.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B.
Bishop of London
Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on Plenary Indulgences for the deceased faithful in the current pandemic.
Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the granting of special Indulgences to the faithful in the current pandemic.
Sacramental Preparation 2021
We are excited to welcome you and your child to our online sacramental preparation.
First Reconciliation and Communion details and registration information.
Confirmation details and registration information.
Knights of Columbus
The Ontario Knights of Columbus Charity Raffle, will feature a “50-50 Raffle” as opposed to a prize board this year as well as all sales going digital. While the lottery has adapted to our new social distancing reality, it remains committed to use the money raised to help its traditional charities. These include the Arthritis Society, Special Olympics Ontario, the Children’s Wish Foundation, and many other worthwhile charities. Click to see list.
Holy Trinity Woodstock Council # 3515 is participating in the sale of tickets and will continue to receive a portion of the funds to help support our local charities.
To purchase tickets from Council #3515 Holy Trinity Woodstock please visit this link.
LIFE ON FILM
We wanted to let you know about a fabulous pro-life film series which is underway. The series, LIFE ON FILM, sponsored by Campaign Life Coalition, is part of its National March for Life schedule of events. Each one of the movies in this series is a MUST SEE, and all of the movies, except Roe v. Wade, are FREE.
Here is the schedule:
AVAILABLE NOW - Roe v. Wade*
April 25 - Euthanasia Deception**
May 2 - Obsessed: Canada's Coercive Diplomacy**
May 9 - Divided Hearts of America**
May 10 - A conversation with the producers of Gosnell**
May 11 - Hush**
May 16 - Blood Money**
*Once you purchase your ticket you have one month to finish watching the film.
**This movie begins at 8:00 EDT (online).
Access to all of the movies in this LIFE ON FILM series is available here.
Please encourage your family and friends to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to become better informed on pro-lfie issues.
Live Streamed Masses
All of our daily and weekend masses are broadcast using You Tube.
WEEKEND MASS ONLINE REGISTRATION!
Masses have been suspended, effective Monday April 19th. Check back to find out when we will resume in-person attendance. Meanwhile we will continue to offer live stream Masses on our YouTube channel.
In respect of our volunteers who wish to attend Mass, please come at least 10 minutes prior to Mass time as the doors will be closed at 5:00 pm, 8:30 am and 12 noon. Thank you.
We have our online registration up and running. There is a separate link for each weekend Mass so please choose which one you will attend and register for that Mass. These links can be used to register for the weekend Masses up until the first weekend in September. HOWEVER, please ONLY register for the Masses you will definitely be attending as there are a limited amount of numbers in our church. There is also a link for Holy Cross and registration for their Masses.
Holy Trinity Catholic Parish - Mass Registration
To register for one of the Holy Trinity Mass times click on the appropriate time below.
Holy Cross Polish Catholic Community - Mass Registration
To register for one of the Holy Cross Mass times please use https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QRFZK2L
PLEASE NOTE even volunteers, ushers, hospitality ministers and Eucharistic ministers MUST register.
As per government guidelines only 30% of our capacity will be allowed for each Mass. Everyone is asked to arrive no later than 10 minutes before Mass.
Please note the requirements for entering the church and participating in any liturgical celebrations:
- Entrance is not permitted to those who have an elevated temperature,(above 37.5 C/ 99.5 F) or are suffering from cough, sputum production, shortness of breath, undue fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle aching, runny nose, chills involved shakes and/or loss of taste or smell. Those who feel sick are expected to stay home.
- You MUST take your temperature at home prior to coming to Mass.
- Be sure to follow the guidance of the ushers/ministers of hospitality and sit only in the designated places to ensure physical distancing at all times.
- Avoid touching your face or other persons.
- All persons MUST wear a mask for the duration of Mass.
Please feel free to call the office at 519-539-0876 if you have any issues with the online links.
Thanks for all your understanding during this time!
We are still looking for parishioners, preferably outside of the high risk category to help with the following:
Cleaning/sanitizing/defogger – over the age of 15
Hospitality/ushers – for the 5 p.m. and 12 noon Mass to ensure safety protocols are followed.
Please contact the office if you would like to volunteer. Training will be provided.
To volunteer contact the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-539-0876
If you are unsure about the at risk category please visit this website:
Secure Mail Slot
A new secure mail slot has been provided for those wishing to drop off their donation. It is located at the Staff entrance door beside Fr. Rick's memorial garden. Your envelope will go directly into the building where only staff will have access to it.
Whatever way you wish to donate to us know that all is very much appreciated.