Message From Fr. Brian MacDougall

December 24, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you may have heard, new public health regulations will be coming into effect tomorrow morning {December 24}. The Diocese, like many of you, only found out about this via a Twitter post of the government’s account around noon. Since then, I have already heard from many Catholics. Some have been brought to tears, others are filled with frustration. The terribly short notice about these changes has caused our volunteers much hardship and heartache.

I have written to the Chief Public Health Officer to share with her the profound disappointment and discouragement which many Catholics feel today, especially over the timing of this announcement. There was no need to wait this long and spring it upon us at the last minute. I know that many in our community have found it to be deeply and disheartening.

Nevertheless, I know that the Catholics of the Diocese of Charlottetown will find ways to celebrate the birth of Our Lord and Saviour, born in the dark of the night, bringing the light and love of God into our lives. Although we cannot gather as we were planning, let us take time in prayer before the manger scene to give thanks and praise for the gift of the Christ Child who is the light and life of the world. As the psalm refrain for Christmas says: “Today is born our Saviour, Christ the Lord.”

Pax et bonum,

Fr. Brian