See below for recent updates from Christ the King Parish.
Our religious education catechesis will be changing a little this year. We’ve decided to give you a couple of weeks to help settle your kids back to school first. Kim Ingalls, on behalf of the Children’s Ministry Team, will be putting some plans together to bring the Gospel to your children in a fun and safe way. So please stay tuned to our website or follow us on Facebook for news and updates.
Our COVID-19 Response
Updated March 19, 2020
From Your Pastor
I hope you’re all keeping well. As we grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak and the consequent cancellation of our weekday and Sunday Masses following the directives of our Archbishop Anthony Mancini, may I use this opportunity to share with you some of the measures we are taking to stay connected with parishioners and to respond to some of your pastoral and spiritual needs:
Masses Cancelled — All Masses have been cancelled under the direction of the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth; but we invite you to watch a Sunday Mass via Livestream. This Sunday, please pray along with Mass at 9:00 am, streamed from St. Benedict Parish in Halifax. Using this technology, you can pray along with Mass from home or even watch the recording later in the week.
Offices CLOSED— As of Monday, March 23rd, our offices will be closed to the public. Please contact us via phone or email rather than visiting as we will continue to respond to messages and requests.
Church Doors Closed & Confession Available By Appointment — The spiritual and physical health of the faithful is our top priority during this COVID-19 outbreak. As Archbishop Mancini has requested, our Church sites will be closed until further notice.
Daily Rosary — Due to our office closures, and for public safety reasons, the Daily Rosary group will no longer assemble at the parish daily at 12 noon. Please join together spiritually from your homes and pray the Rosary for an end to the Coronavirus outbreak across the world.
Cancellations — All events, meetings and gatherings are cancelled until further notice – no new bookings will be accepted at this time. Certain essential ministries, such as the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and funeral ministries, will continue.
Spiritual Support — If you are in need of spiritual support from Fr. Toochukwu or Fr. Anthony, whether for anointing of the sick, confession, or spiritual counseling, please call 902-435-2500 and press extension 7 to speak to a priest.
New Ways to Donate now available — The church relies on your financial contributions; even when operations cannot proceed as usual, we continue to have utilities and expenses to pay, just as homeowners do. The good news is that we are now set up to receive E-Transfers (bank withdrawal) and Online Giving (credit card donations).
More Updates — To keep up-to-date on the latest news regarding COVID-19 from the Nova Scotia Health Authority, CLICK HERE. For the latest directives issued by the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, CLICK HERE. For updates from the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops, CLICK HERE.
We know that this is a difficult time for everyone and it has impacted and may continue to impact our lives, families and Church in many ways. We continue to pray and hope that it doesn’t last too long.
In the midst of our struggles and challenges, we would like you to know that we are not alone, God is with us and he will see us through it all.
Even though our Masses and gatherings are cancelled, our faith in God and Jesus Christ and our commitment to support one another will never be cancelled. So, I encourage you to continue to pray privately and as families. Try to keep yourself and your families safe as well as other people. Remember to check on each other from time to time, either by phone or by email because we are one family.
I thank our staff, Leadership Team, Finance Council, Pastoral Council and our volunteers who are working hard to keep things going. Thanks to everyone for your prayers, devotion, sacrifices and generosity. Count on my prayers for you and for your loved ones.
God bless you all and have a wonderful day!
Income Tax Receipts
A warm thank you to all who donated to support our parish ministries and outreach in 2019!
Tax receipts will be mailed on Friday, February 29th. If you do not receive one in the mail in early March, please contact the parish office.
February 9th: Fire at SVDP
This notice is to inform you that this morning, Sunday, February 9th, there was a fire in the Brother Andre Room (the location of After the Bell Daycare, located in the basement of St. Vincent de Paul Church) which resulted in the cancellation of the 11:15am Mass and the disruption of Family Faith Formation classes.
Fire damage is limited to a small area, however the water and smoke damage are quite extensive. No one was hurt. The entire main floor, including the Church area, remains unaffected except for a lingering smoke odour, which should dissipate soon.
The insurance adjuster came for a preliminary assessment, and more work will continue tomorrow, Monday, February 10th. For example, the fire inspector will try to determine the origin and probable cause of the fire, and a cleaning crew will start work when given the go-ahead.
All access to the Brother Andre Room is prohibited until further notice. Therefore, we had to relocate the After the Bell Daycare to the Stewardship Centre upstairs. After the Bell will be using the Central area, the combined rooms Joy, Harmony, & Peace, the Charity Room, plus the kitchen. After the Bell hours of operation are 6:00 to 9:00am and 1:30pm to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.
All ministry leaders affected be the relocation have been contacted and some already have made other arrangements or postponed meetings. Parishioners are asked to contact their ministry leader directly with questions about a particular meeting. At this time we don’t know how long repairs will take, but rest assured, we will keep you updated.
We thank all those who helped to bring things under control this morning. Thanks for your prayers, patience and support.
God bless you all!
Facilities & Booking for St Vincent de Paul site