COVID-19 Updates

Sacrament of Reconciliation During COVID-19

During this difficult time of physical distancing when we are unable to receive the sacraments in the normal way, many are concerned about our inability to go to Confession. Unfortunately there is simply no way to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the traditional way right now, so Bishop Crosby has issued a statement about how we can still receive forgiveness and experience God’s mercy.

A brief summary is:

I … assure penitents that their sincere request for forgiveness, a perfect act of contrition and the firm resolution to confess their sins (even mortal sins) as soon as it is possible, obtains the forgiveness of their sins.

You can read the entire statement here.


Palm Sunday Information

For catholic’s sacramentals are an important part of our life of faith – blessed palms for our homes are sacramentals. While this years palms have not yet arrived at the church we still anticipate their delivery. If they arrive in time for Palm Sunday the ritual of the blessing of palms will take place. When Father Raph and Father Tim celebrate Mass privately on Palm Sunday they will bless the palms. The palms will then be distributed at the first Sunday Mass after this period of isolation is lifted.


UPDATED INFORMATION regarding EASTER and COVID-19

Unfortunately there will be no public celebrations of Easter Masses or Liturgies this year. Please see updated directives from Bishop Crosby on celebrating Easter in Hamilton Diocese by clicking here.

As of today, Monday March 16, 2020, all Masses in the Hamilton Diocese are cancelled until further notice.  Please read these updated directives from Bishop Crosby.

Due to COVID-19, all other activities at St. Francis of Assisi Parish are also cancelled. This includes all weekday Masses, meetings, gatherings and outside use of the facilities.  Our St. Vincent de Paul Food Hamper Program is currently NOT running, as all similar resources in Waterloo Region have been streamlined into the Vital Services Programs, which you can access here.

The parish office is also closed. If you need to contact us please call or email, we will respond as quickly as possible as we work from home.

Please take care of yourselves and keep all those who are ill and our healthcare workers in prayer.  Pope Francis has composed a prayer to Our Lady during this crisis, let us pray together in solidarity with all those affected throughout the world.