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Parish News

New Mask Order Sept. 18/20

On September 15th we were advised that Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health for Wellington - Dufferin - Guelph has expanded the Section 22 Order on mandatory face coverings.  The order, which comes into effect on September 18th at 12:01am,  now includes Churches, mosques, synapgogues, temples or other faith settings.  Please have a look on this site under Bulletins for full details.

No Weekday Masses July 20-24 and July 27 to 31, 2020

Fr. Ken will be away, and therefore there will be no weekday Masses July 20-24 and July 27 to 31.  Weekend Masses will take place as usual.

Bishop Letter - June 10th

To see the entire letter from Bishop Crosby regarding the reopening of our Diocese's churches, please look under "Bulletins" on this website.

Phase One of Opening the Church

Dear Parishioners - As per instructions from the Government of Ontario and Directives from Bishop Douglas Crosby, we are about to begin reopening our Parish!  Please see, under "Bulletins", the letter from the Bishop.  Our new Mass schedule will begin on Wed. June 17th at 8:30 am, Thurs & Fri. at 8:30 am, Sat. 5pm and Sunday at 9am and 11am. For the time being, there will be no Tuesday evening Mass.  Sacrament of Reconciliation will begin on Friday June 19th at 8am to 8:25am and Saturdays 4pm to 4:30pm

Sunday Mass Online

Join Fr. Ken for Sunday Mass on Youtube.  Go to St. Joseph's Sunday Mass April 26/20 at 10am.  If you miss the live stream, you can view it at another time.  We are still in the test phase and are working out the kinks, so please bear with us!   God Bless!

Extension of Church Closure

In a memo from Jim Long, Chancellor of Temporal Affairs tfrom the Hamilton Diocese sent the following information to all parishes in the Diocese on April 14th:

To help stop the spread of the COVID-19, flatten the curve and protect the health and safety of people across the province, the Ontario government announced yesterday an extentions to the emergency orders until May 12th, 2020, therefore our Parishes and Parish offices will remain closed until May 12th.

New Email Address

St. Joseph Parish has a new email address:  stjosephfergus@hamiltondiocese.com!

Introducing FORMED

Should doctors be forced to provide non-emergency care that goes against their conscience or religious beliefs?

Doctors in Ontario currently have the right to decline to provide non-emergency care that does not conform to their own moral and/or religious beliefs.  This allows them to opt out of non-emergency care referrals, such as abortions, emergency contraception and other medical care that violates their own conscience.  The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is now reviewing their Human Rights Code policy; the new policy will provide guidelines for physicians practicing medicine in Ontario.

Thank you for your contributions!

We are pleased to advise that, thanks to your generosity, St. Joseph Parish, Fergus has raised $ 10,196.50 for the Philippines Relief effort. When matched by the Canadian Government, our contribution to this important humanitarian mission will be $20,393.00. Please note if your cheque was payable to Peace and Development or if paying by credit card, your receipt will come from Peace and Development, and not St. Joseph Church (but is still included in the amount listed above). Well done!

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