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COVID-19: Returning to YELLOW phase:  March 6th Update
Published: 2021-03-06 a 19h00 |Category: Diocese
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus,
All zones in the province will move to the updated Yellow level at midnight on Sunday, March 7.
So, in our celebrations (masses, funeral, weddings, etc.), we can have people seated together as a family bubble (up to 15 people) or one person, at two meters (6 feet) from each other. Wearing the mask remains mandatory for all people in the assembly except for the cantor who can remove his or her mask while singing but staying at 4 meters from all other people. The faithful can sing in the church while wearing the mask. I think it is important to remind people that singing is a high-risk activity during a pandemic.
Here is the actual text from the Department of Health in their update of the guidelines related to the revised "yellow" phase:
Faith venues can continue to be open as long as two metre of distance is maintained between people outside of their household or Steady15 at a maximum of 50% of the venue, and everyone is wearing a mask. Masks must be worn, and two metres of distance must be in place, for singing to be permitted – otherwise, no singing is allowed.”
The list of attendees must continue to be established and saved, the premises must be disinfected and circulation at the entrances, exits, during communion, and in the church must be carried out according to the safety standards. 
If I receive any further information, I will send it to you as soon as possible.  Let us encourage our faithful to follow all the sanitary measures to ensure that we can stay in the "yellow" level for Holy Week.
May the Lord bless us and continue to watch over us.
Mgr Valery Vienneau
Archbishop of Moncton
Note from the office of Youth Faith Development regarding Catechetical Gatherings:
Given that Zone 1 has moved to Yellow Phase of COVID-19 Recovery, beginning Sunday, March 14 catechetical sessions will now return to in-person gatherings for those who were part of that format previously.  The Province of New Brunswick indicates the following on the website respecting indoor formal gatherings, under which criteria this would fall: “Occupancy limits are based on capacity of facility to maintain physical distancing of people who are not members of the same household or Steady15 and are to be no more than 50% of the facility’s capacity. Continuous mask use is required. Record keeping for participants is required to facilitate contact tracing.”  Our parishes will ensure that this criterion is followed.

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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