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A COVID-19 Update

A letter from Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick

April 28, 2021

My Dear People,

With their third COVID-19 update in two days, Premier Iain Rankin and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Robert Strang announced a province-wide shutdown for the next two weeks effective today.

The directive mandates that there be no in-person faith gatherings in the province for the next two weeks. I support this shutdown and direct that our churches remain closed to the public until further notice. Our diocesan and parish offices will be closed to the public during this time.

The new variants of this pandemic have been spreading rapidly. We need to work together to stop the spread of this virus by staying home and limiting our interaction with others.  Our faith is essential to us.  Please continue to pray for those who are sick and for those who care for them. As we celebrate the feast of  St. Joseph the Worker on May 1, we pray that the patron saint and protector of the universal Church and the principal patron saint of Canada will guide us in the path of life.  Stay safe and keep well.


+ Wayne Kirkpatrick

(Most Rev.) Wayne Kirkpatrick


Communications Officer, Diocese of Antigonish

  • Rise Turvey - April 29, 2021

    Just wondering if the Bishops of Canada would be willing to organize Eucharistic
    Processions across Canada as a way to end this pandemic? it seems that every type of expert is called on to offer solutions .Everyone is looking for a saviour instead of looking at our only Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. In earlier times Bishops did this with miraculous results. Just a thought from a lowly child of God.