Office of Faith Development - Catechism update re: COVID-19
September 22nd 2021: New regulations regarding catechism gatherings
Due to concern around the rising numbers of COVID 19 cases in NB, new regulations have been announced by the government of NB. As per directives issued by the Honorable Dorothy Shephard, Minister of Health, the following guidelines have been determined by Archbishop Valéry Vienneau pertaining to the catechism of children:
All people 12 years of age and older will need to provide proof of vaccination to participate in in-person catechetical gatherings. If those presenting themselves are unknown to the catechist/ coordinator, government issued identification will also be required. This applies to catechists, parents and all adults who may be present at sessions. During in-person gatherings, masks must always be worn, although catechists may remove their masks for direct teaching, while maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet (2 metres) from the families. Those unvaccinated will be welcomed to participate in virtual catechetical sessions, via Zoom. The Zoom schedule and registration details are available from parish catechetical coordinators.
It has been a difficult 18 months for everyone as we navigate the pandemic. The situation continues to be fluid with frequent changes, which are frustrating for us all. However, the health and safety of families is of paramount importance. Therefore, as responsible citizens and Christians, it is imperative we follow the directions of public health officials. We thank everyone for their patience as we work to keep one another safe. Through all we are living, and how we are living it, please remember Jesus’ words: “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew, 28:20)