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November 19, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

The Moncton area (zone 1) returns to the orange phase tonight at midnight following the increase in new cases of COVID-19.  

Here are the guidelines to follow as stated in the news release from the province of New Brunswick:  “Faith venues can operate under a COVID-19 operational plan. In-person services are limited to 50 participants, or fewer depending upon the size of the facility, with two metres of physical distancing. Continuous mask wearing is required. No singing is permitted.
Other indoor religious observances, funerals, celebrations of life, marriage ceremonies, … of more than 25 people are prohibited. (That includes celebrations for baptisms)

Wearing face masks is mandatory in public spaces, both indoors and outdoors.”

Please note that you must register each week to attend Mass.  St. Bernard's Mass times are:
Friday @ 9:30 AM, Saturday @ 4 PM, & Sunday @ 11 AM
St. Bernard's Masses are open to all - not restricted to our parish unit.
To register for Mass
  1. Call the parish office @ 857-0425 each week
  2. Friday Mass- register no later than 12 noon Thursday before 
  3. Saturday / Sunday Masses - register no later than 4 PM Thursday
  4. Inform us how many person(s) will attend, leave name(s) of attendees, and a contact phone number.
  1. Indicate preference of Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday Mass
You will then be registered.
You will not receive a phone call confirming that you are registered.
Only those who there is no room for will be notified.
Please arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to Mass to allow for sanitizing, check in process and ushered seating.
Persons 70 years of age or older, or who have medical or at-risk conditions, should carefully assess the risk when making the decision to attend Mass.
The dispensation (permission to be exempted from the laws or observances of the Church) of the Sunday precept ("You shall attend Mass on Sundays...# 2042 - Catechism of the Catholic Church) is extended for those who cannot go to church, inviting them to read the Word of God and pray in their homes and participate in the celebrations of the Mass Via the media (TV, radio, the internet).
Masks are mandatory.  To be worn through entire Mass.
The elevator is available. A mask must be worn both when entering the foyer to the elevator and in the elevator. Covid guidelines/restrictions will be posted on the outer doors of the elevator. These guidelines must be followed.
Social distancing of 6 feet is essential (inside and outside of the church)
Entrance & exit doors - only the main doors on Botsford St. will be used
Registered attendance will be checked upon entrance.
Sanitizing - you will be given a squirt of sanitizer when you enter the church
You will be ushered to your reserved seat
No procession at the beginning or end of Mass
No singing allowed by the congregation. No song books in the pews.
Holy water fonts - will remain empty.
Parish contributions - Donation basket will be placed at the entrance of the church.
Sign of peace - No handshaking. Extend sign of peace with a smile or nod.
Communion - the individual dialogue of Communion (the Body of Christ. Amen) will be done collectively after the response "Lord I Am not worthy...", followed by distribution of Communion in SILENCE.
Communion procession & exiting the church - please stay in your pews until an usher guides you to process for communion or to exit the church.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, many are seeking alternative methods to pursue their devotions.  More details are available on the diocesan web site at http://www.diomoncton.ca/en/news-item/mass-on-tv- including free offers for electronic versions of Living With Christ and other resources.
Also, you may quickly find a number of resources for daily readings, meditations and prayers at http://www.diomoncton.ca/en/readings
This information is offered to help you respond more easily to the questions you may hear in these uncertain times.  We continue to pray that these exceptional circumstances may be resolved quickly and help us grow in spite of the difficulties. 

With 1,150 families in our parish, St. Bernard's is a strong and vibrant Christian community with roots dating back 125 years in Moncton.
We are a welcoming congregation of brothers and sisters who gather for communal worship.
We have developed this website to reach out to our parishioners, potential parishioners, visitors to our area and anyone else who may want more information on our liturgies and other activities.

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