From the website of the Archdiocese of Moncton: COVID-19: GREEN phase: September 17th 2021 Update
Beginning Wednesday Sep 22nd, at any gathering inside our churches, rectories or community centres under our supervision, those present must be doubly vaccinated. By gatherings we mean: religious celebrations (Sunday and weekly masses, prayer meetings, baptisms, weddings and funerals, Confirmation, First Reconciliation, First Communion), parish and pastoral meetings, catechesis meetings, management meetings, conferences, workshops, fraternal and social meetings, bingos, card games, etc. By those present we mean: priests, lay ministers, members of choirs, volunteers, the faithful and other participants. This also applies to family members or close friends at baptisms, weddings, or funerals. Young people under the age of 12 are naturally exempted by this measure, as they cannot currently be vaccinated. How can these measures be put in place?
- At Masses next week, several volunteers are expected to be at the doors of each church to ask worshippers for full proof of vaccination and collect their names on a list of fully vaccinated people. This list will be used again on subsequent Sundays so our volunteers will avoid asking our parishioners for proof of vaccination each time. The request for proof of vaccination would then be required only for new people. This list may eventually be requested by the government.
- Inform the funeral home staff that family members and loved ones who come to church are to be doubly vaccinated. For baptisms and weddings, this task will fall to the parish office staff or to the person meeting the family to prepare for the celebration. As with other masses and celebrations, it will be necessary to keep a list of participants in funerals, weddings and baptisms after ensuring that they are doubly vaccinated.
- For catechesis with children, we follow the rules in force in schools. For the safety of young people, catechists should be fully vaccinated. When parents (or another adult) attend the meetings, they will of course have to be doubly vaccinated. For a celebration in church, you will follow the rule in force now in our churches.
- As for parish employees, it is highly desirable that they be fully vaccinated. However, if this is not the case, they will have to wear a mask at all times and undergo a COVID test periodically according to government policy.
- We will accept anyone who comes to the parish offices for information or service. If this person is not vaccinated, they may be asked to wear a mask.
Questions: Can we still accept a person who is not vaccinated or has a single dose inside our facilities for a celebration or a meeting? Even with a mask and social distancing?
Answer: The minister said “no” unless she had proof of exemption, which is rare.
We ask you to implement these new measures in each of your Christian communities not only to respect the government’s request but above all to help stop the spread of the virus among our population. We would not want one of our places of worship to be the location of a COVID exposure due to our negligence. The Minister of Health is counting on our cooperation.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us so that we can help you implement these new measures. I thank you in advance for all the efforts it requires to put in place this new protocol.
May the Lord bless us and continue to watch over us. — Mgr Valery Vienneau, Archbishop of Moncton
You are correct, your Grace, the Lord is watching you.
Dear readers, this kind of thing is happening multiple times a day right around the world and is coming to a(n) (arch)diocese near you.
In my little world, I think of immediately of the mafia. Lol. I’d like to see the coward bishops who insist on implementing these measures come to a baptism or wedding or funeral involving a mafia crime family and telling a capo or boss or any low-level enforcer that they are not allowed in the church, and that they have to show their identities. Do you think a cowardly bishop is going to threaten these guys by whispering at the entrance to a church to say, a mafia hitman, like, “I know where your family lives, where your children go to school…”
No, no. Ain’t gonna happen. If any (arch)bishop tries this, he’ll immediately disgustingly soil himself when the mafia hitman tells him ever so matter-of-factly what will happen forthwith unless any interference ceases. Lol.
Meanwhile, so very sad. Denying the Sacraments. And the Holy See doesn’t do anything. Because of that, it seems to me that those in the Holy See are using the likes of such (arch)bishops as test-the-waters cases. If they “get away with it” and they are, this will happen elsewhere, as is happening.
But, about that testing of the waters:
How are the waters, (arch)bishop?