Office of Faith Development
Archdiocese of Moncton: Centre diocésain - Diocesan Centre
45 York Street, Moncton, NB E1C 2Y5
Telephone: (506) 857-9952 email:


March 26, 2020: Update re catechism and Coronavirus – Covid-19

Our Church buildings, along with many other public buildings are closed to the public. However, though our buildings may be closed, our Church is still open.

Having said that, catechetical gatherings are postponed indefinitely and are unlikely to resume until September. Don’t worry. Your children will automatically move to the next level in the fall of 2020.

If you were celebrating sacraments in the spring of 2020, the celebration of these sacraments will still take place, but likely not when or how we had planned for them to be celebrated. We will sort it all out once we return to some type of normalcy – maybe even a new normal! Eucharist and Confirmation, while ideally celebrated during the Easter season, do not have to be celebrated then. Maybe they will be celebrated in the fall … maybe, in the case of Eucharist and Reconciliation, they will be celebrated in 2021. The preparation will very likely look different, but it will happen.

This is what you need to know: God is with us through all we are living. We, your catechists, are continuing to hold you and your children in prayer, even though we are not able to meet regularly with you. You, as parents, have a lot on your plates right now. Don’t worry about catechism, or sacraments. Within the next few days, the Office of Faith Development will provide a few simple rituals to help us stay connected to God and one another through the coming weeks. Once these have been prepared, you will receive them from your parish coordinators, and they will be placed on parish websites and Facebook pages.

For now, breathe in … breathe out … “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

Ellen Bennett
Office of Faith Development


Click here for the COVID-19 National Prayer for Canada

Click here for suggested Rituals to Keep Us Closer to God and One Another

Click here for the document "Holy Week at Home" with suggestions on how to observe Holy Week when we are unable to physically gather as a community.