Letter from Fr. Keith (April 24)

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Dunstan’s,

Since last Sunday, we have all shared in the horror and grief of our neighbours and friends in Nova Scotia, as we collectively reel in the wake of the mass killing in Colchester County. As details slowly emerge, sadness, fear, bewilderment, anger are among the emotions we feel. We can hardly imagine that such a devastation could happen in our part of the world. Our prayer accompanies the victims’ families, the residents of the area, the RCMP, the various officials tasked with providing compassionate and effective leadership, and all whose lives were touched by the violence.

The tragedy puts our life with COVID-19 in perspective, leaving us scarcely wanting to mention it in the face of the plight of our brothers and sisters across the Strait. When the virus comes to mind, our hearts immediately turn to the struggle it adds to their pain, leaving them unable to gather to express sympathy and to offer support in the manner to which Maritimers are accustomed. Human ingenuity and good will, guided by God’s Spirit, will help them adapt and cope and live on. Signs of that are already seen.

As we’ve observed together before, the time of Easter never denies human anguish. In the midst of catastrophe, this holy Season hearkens us back to those inspired Gospel stories of women and men walking about in a daze, numbed by the unjust death of their innocent friend, unable to see anything but darkness ahead of them, and afraid they’ve been forsaken in the midst of their agony.

Think of them. Mary Magdalene, Peter, and the others on Easter Sunday; Thomas, last week; and this Sunday, the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, trying to put as much distance as they could between themselves and Calvary’s carnage. As they, our ancient faith-ancestors, came to experience resurrection in the face of destruction and death, we pray the same for those killed last week, and for all who survive them. May we continue to hold them and their communities in prayer.

Distractedly this week, we’ve continued to follow PEI’s latest public health developments. 26 cases, as I write this, with 24 of those deemed recovered. There has been more talk of a gradual easing of restrictions. Repeatedly emphasized is the caution that, while there is room for optimism in relation to the virus in our province, we must hold firm in our precautionary measures. Home, except for necessary excursions; and when out, careful observance of physical distancing. These are among the crucial ways we can all contribute to the common good, and join the world-wide effort to overcome the pandemic.

I want again to assure you of my thoughts and prayers, and to invite you to contact me if I can be of support or assistance: 902-894-3486; frkeithstdunstans@gmail.com The Knights of Columbus continue to hold out their offer to run errands if someone needs that service. To contact the Grand Knight, Don Chevarie, call 902-566-4337. Additionally, several people have offered to be in touch by telephone, if that would be helpful. They can be reached through me.

This Sunday morning, I will be taking my turn presiding at the 9 o’clock Mass at Holy Redeemer. It will be broadcast live on Eastlink, Channel 10 or 610. We plan to have it available at 10:30 am on our parish Facebook page for those who don’t have access to Eastlink, and would like to participate from home.

May blessings be upon you and yours in the week ahead. Together, while apart, we’ll pray for Nova Scotia, for all our health-care workers and those who provide us with other essential services, for those sick with COVID-19, for their families, for those who have died from the illness, for those who find it difficult to live with our present restrictions or don’t see the need for them, and for one another.

We’ll keep in touch.

Peace be with you,

Fr. Keith

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Letter from Fr. Keith (April 18)

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Dunstan’s,

Today marks one month since we last gathered for the celebration of the Eucharist. If someone had suggested to us, even six weeks ago, that life would be as we find it this mid-April, we would scarcely have believed them. Nonetheless, here we are. And not only we, the world with us. It could be a moment of greater solidarity between and among peoples and nations. We pray, when the current reality is behind us, that may be one of its lasting legacies.

On PEI, the news is much this week as last: a minimum of new cases, recovery of most of those who have been infected, and, at this writing, no reported COVID-19 hospitalizations. Public health and government officials are cautioning us—even as we eagerly look down the road to an eventual loosening of restrictions—that we need to keep our resolve. Curbing our excursions to that which is truly essential and practicing physical distancing: these remain the order of the day. Not only are these marks of responsible citizenship; they are the fruit of the practice of Christian virtues: hope, perseverance, and love.

I chatted with someone on the phone just a bit ago. The person jokingly said they could scarcely distinguish one day from another. They added, “I know now a bit of what someone in solitary confinement must feel!” The conversation then turned to the opportunity our present situation gives us to try to put ourselves in the shoes of lots of our brothers and sisters in so many parts of the world, who live—for a whole host of reasons—in physical, emotional, spiritual confinement. As we experience our inevitable frustration, even anguish, will we allow our hearts and minds to be lifted toward them? Will the reality of our present moment help us be more grateful, more compassionate? Such thoughts come to all of us in our effort and desire to live our communal encounter with the corona virus in faith.

And we meet all of that in this time of Easter. Easter doesn’t deny struggle and fear. Easter reassures believers, and through us, all humanity, that in the power of the risen Christ, neither struggle nor fear has the final say. That was the message to Mary Magdalene and Peter and the others last week. That’s the message to Thomas this Sunday. Even in those moments when we may feel like giving up—moments we realize, when we read the Gospel stories, these great heroes of faith all had—even when the chips are down, we are able, in Christ, to rise above the fray, and live on.

Rising above the fray: that’s what our Bible ancestors were able to do; that’s what essential workers in hospitals and grocery stores and trucks and repair shops are able to do in April 2020; that’s what scientists working day and night to find treatments and a vaccine are able to do. That’s what we’re able to do, brothers and sisters, in our day-to-day ups and downs. And all because of the presence of the Risen One, he who is the Divine Mercy. He became like us, many of the early Christian teachers taught, so that we can be like him: showing the face of mercy to the world.

We are that face, friends, when we put aside what we feel like doing in order to protect the common good, when we give someone a call whom we know might be having a tough time or simply want to hear a friendly voice, when we support those under our own roof, when we pray for medical researchers, for those on the front lines, for our health officials, our political leaders, for those who are ill and their families, for those who have died and those who grieve for them. We are the face of mercy when we embrace hope, and do what we can to share it.

I continue to hold you up in prayer every day, and to let my mind wander around the church seeing your faces. I look forward in anticipation of the day when we will be together again in body, as we are now in spirit. Think of that being together in spirit the next time you say the Apostle’s creed and mouth the words, “I believe in the communion of saints.” That’s our belief in the power of God’s love being so profound that it keeps us together, even if we must be physically apart. It’s the Father’s answer to the prayer of Jesus the night before he died, that they may be one as we are one (Jn. 17:11b). It’s the fruit of their gift of the Spirit. It’s a relationship we’re invited to receive with joy and gratitude, and to handle with care.

As with last week, we will be live streaming the Mass from SDU Place this Sunday morning at 10:30. You may access it through If you click on this link https://www.facebook.com/events/227362231819572/, it should take you there. I look forward to praying with you: “together, apart.”

Blessings be upon you and yours.

Peace be with you,

Fr. Keith

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ST. PIUS X COUNCIL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MOBILE FOOD DRIVE

ST. PIUS X COUNCIL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MOBILE FOOD DRIVE
29 APRIL 2020
10AM - 2PM
FRONT PARKING LOT OF ST. PIUS X CHURCH
106 ST. PETER'S ROAD CHARLOTTETOWN

Council 6917 Knights of Columbus will be holding a Mobile Food Drive on

29 April 2020 from 10AM to 2PM.  In order to maintain safe practices during this pandemic, only donations of Dry Goods will be acceptedDry goods are defined as packaged food, can goods boxed cereals and such.  No donation of fresh food can be accepted at this time.  Donors may deliver donations to a truck which will be clearly marked and situated in the front parking lot of the St. Pius X Church.

Upon arrival at the truck, donors will be required to disembark from their vehicle and place their donation on the back of the truck.  There will also be a donation box for those who prefer to make a cash donation.  A member of the Knights of Columbus will be present and will secure the donation in the vehicle where it will be sanitized prior to deliver to the Charlottetown Food Bank.

It is important that during this most difficult time that we bear in mind those who struggle with the demands of everyday living and the additional pressure that they feel due to the pandemic.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dan Miller, Grand Knight, 902-393-4621 or danmiller59@outlook.com

YOUR GENEROUSITY IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.

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Letter from Fr. Keith (April 11)

Dear People of St. Dunstan’s,

It’s been almost a month since COVID-19 has been front of mind for all of us; front of mind, indeed, for the world. Locally, our cases appear manageable. Nationally, we hear troubling stories, though some tentative indication, in places, of an ever-so-slight “bending of the curve.” We are being reminded of our call to be of firm resolve in heeding the advice of the officials asking us to stay at home as much as we can, and if we must go out, to observe physical distancing.

All of this in the midst of the season when we remember and celebrate the events central to Christian belief: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We’ll not soon forget the Holy Week of 2020. How do we integrate the great mystery of the dying and the rising of the Lord into our current state of affairs? That’s a question Christians are invited to ask ourselves in every situation of life. It’s all the more important these days.

In the gospel of Palm Sunday, we listened to Matthew’s Passion story. We heard of the sky darkening that Friday from noon until three, when Jesus cried again with a loud voice, and breathed his last. After Joseph of Arimathea claims the body of Jesus and lays it in his own new tomb, we’re told he then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Further to that, some Pharisees then went to Pilate, afraid that by some trickery the disciples would come and remove the dead body as a way of falsely claiming Jesus had risen, as he had said. With Pilate’s permission, they went with the guard [of soldiers] and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone. Sealed stone and guards: all intended to make sure death retained the upper hand.

At the Easter Vigil this year, that stone is again featured in the gospel. After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an Angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. And not only that; from the mouth of God’s messenger, these words to the women: Do not be afraid; I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here for he has been raised, as he said.

A great stone, sealed with what we’d call cement, and a guard of soldiers. Nothing could prevent the Son of God from conquering the forces of death and destruction, and pouring forth the boundless life of the Spirit upon the face of the earth. Nothing—not even COVID-19!

You and I have the benefit of hindsight; we know how the story ends before we even begin to listen to it. Mary Magdalene, Peter, James, John and the others had no such inside track. When they saw the dead body of Jesus taken down from the cross and carried to the tomb, no-one would have been able to convince them that their life was not as forsaken as they assumed Jesus’ to have been. It took them a while to be convinced that they had been too hasty in their judgement about their future. Eventually, though, as the story continues, they recovered hope, and spread the message of resurrection wherever they went and to whomever would listen.

Worried and forlorn and afraid, convinced they would never smile again. And all of that, changed and healed and transformed because God had abandoned neither Jesus nor them. That’s where we and our wearied world greet the resurrection of Jesus this Easter of 2020. We’re living in a reality we haven’t met before. We can identify with the dark sky over Mount Calvary. But let’s remember what was found as the first day of the week was dawning.

Easter is our assurance. It doesn’t deny the pain and anguish of the cross, our struggle in this moment, the seriousness of the virus, our duty to act responsibly. It does, though, reassure us that, in Christ, pain and anguish do not have the final say. Death does not speak the last word; life does. Let that truth, my brothers and sisters, be the foundation of our courage and our hope. Let us journey together, in the company of the world-wide community, toward the day when with the help of God’s grace, the dedication of human intelligence, and our own commitment to work together for the common good, we shall be victorious.

I want to let you know that on Easter Sunday morning, we plan to live-stream the Mass at 10:30. Since there is no internet connection in the church, the Mass will be celebrated at SDU Place. You may access it through www.facebook.com/events/852478971899262 . Pray that the technology works!! Thanks to Joe Chevarie for his invaluable assistance. Note, due to the current restrictions, there will be no congregation. A reminder for us all to be united in prayer, at home, at noon Easter Sunday, when the Basilica’s bells will ring out with those of other churches, in the hope of resurrection.

Pray for all afflicted by the virus and for those who provide us with essential services. All the while, as a sign I read downtown this week recommends, “Let’s do what Dr. Morrison says.”

From my previous letters, you have my contact information, and particulars on the services others have offered to provide. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch. I’d love to hear from you any time.

My thoughts and prayers accompany you every day. Please pray for me. May the grace of the risen Lord fill your hearts and homes with the very life of God, as we celebrate the resurrection, and always. And remember Do not be afraid…for he has been raised, as he said…

Happy Easter!

Peace be with you,

Fr. Keith

Queen of heaven, rejoice. Alleluia! For the Son whom it was your privilege to bear, Alleluia! Has risen as he said, Alleluia! Rejoice and be glad O Virgin Mary, for the Lord has truly risen. Alleluia!

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Letter from Fr. Keith (April 4)

April 2, 2020

Dear Parishioners of St. Dunstan’s,

We are nearing the end of another week dealing with the world-wide pandemic. In our province, the news has been relatively heartening. Our new cases of COVID-19 have been manageable,and thus far, there is no indication of community spread. Dr. Morrison has cautioned us, though, that we need to keep vigilant. Frequent hand-washing, physical distancing, and as far as is possible, except for necessary ventures, to stay at home: those practices remain essential if we are to do our part in curbing the virus. The Gospel call—emanating from the example of Jesus himself—that we love one another, impels us to make responsible other-centred choices, particularly at this time.

As I write this, we are on the threshold of Holy Week. It will be a different experience for us. Our usual liturgical celebrations are not possible. The thought of it breaks our hearts. Each of us will deal with this in our own way. Together—while apart—we’ll all grieve the loss of these holy assemblies in whatever way we must. Then, let’s pledge to pray for the grace to live in the reality of the present moment. That’s where God is: in the here and now of our lives. The difficulties this situation imposes upon us present an invitation: to come to a deeper appreciation of the presence of God within us, around us, where we are.

St. Paul said something similar in his second letter to the Corinthians (6: 1-2): We beg you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says, “In an acceptable time I have heard you; on a day of salvation I have helped you.” Now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation! Himself, no stranger to hardship and affliction, Paul was able to say, in the same letter (4:16-18): Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary…affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.

The salvation wrought through the events we commemorate this week remains God’s gift to us. Who we are and where we are, may we celebrate that great salvation: ours through the cross and resurrection of Christ Jesus.

This Palm Sunday, we’ll call to mind the words of the eighth-century bishop, St, Andrew of Crete: Let us run to accompany [Christ] as he hastens toward his passion, and imitate those who met him then, not by covering his path with garments, olive branches or palms, but by doing all we can to prostrate ourselves before him by being humble and by trying to live as he would wish. Then we shall be able to receive the Word at his coming, and God, whom no limits can contain, will be within us. In his humility Christ entered the dark regions of our fallen world and he is glad that he became so humble for our sake, so glad that he came and lived among us and shared our nature in order to raise us up again to himself.

On the evening of Holy Thursday, remember these words from the night Jesus instituted the Eucharist: and during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had put all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him…After he had washed their feet…Jesus said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? …I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you (selected verses, Jn. 13: 1-15). Doing, in the present state of affairs, what’s asked of us to safeguard public health is washing one another’s feet in our own time and place. It’s our response to the gift of the Eucharist.

This Good Friday, let us be mindful of the presence of the cross in our own lives, in the life of the world. Unite ourselves with the Crucified One in the sacrifice of not being able to come together, in the inconveniences and challenges of social and physical distancing, of staying home when we’d sooner go for a visit, in the surrender of what we feel like doing in order to observe faithfully what we must do for the greater good.

Holy Saturday night, recollect the light of resurrection penetrating and scattering the darkness of fear and uncertainty, paralyzing the disciples in the wake of the death of Jesus. From the Exultet, these words: This is the night when Christ broke the prison bars of death and rose victorious from the underworld…O truly blessed night when things of heaven are wed to those of earth and divine to the human…

Easter morning, recall Mary Magdalene: … [S]he turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (selected verses, Jn. 20: 1-18). These days, often unrecognized, Jesus comes to us and calls us by name in our tears and bewilderment, reassuring us that life, not death, has the final say.

I’ll conclude by reminding you to call or send me an email if I can be of help: 902-894-3486; frkeithstdunstans@gmail.com. The Knights of Columbus continue to offer their assistance if anyone needs an errand run. Contact Don Chevarie, Grand Knight, 902-566-4337. Others have offered to keep in contact by phone if someone would like that service. They may be contacted through me.

We look to the day, my dear brothers and sisters, when shall be together in our church again, all the more appreciative of what it is to come together to worship and to be sent forth. In the meantime, let us pray for one another and for those who are leading us toward renewed health and wholeness, as we do our part to support them in their efforts for the well-being of us all.

For your information, I will be presiding at Mass from Holy Redeemer this Palm Sunday morning at 9 o’clock on Eastlink, Channel 10 or 610.

Peace be with you,
Fr. Keith

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Donations During COVID-19

We have received emails and phone calls from our parishioners that are interested in contributing to the parish during COVID 19. If you have been contributing to the parish via our direct deposit method, we still receive your donations - thank you.

As our office is closed until further notice, we are setting up other measures if you wish to continue contributing. If you have been previously donating by cash or cheque, you can still support the parish during COVID-19 using the following methods:

  • Donations may be sent by mail to our office:
    St. Dunstan's Basilica
    45 Great George Street
    Charlottetown, PE
    C1A 4K1
  • You can send us an email money transfer to saintdunstans@gmail.com with this information.
    • password : basilica2020
    • Envelope number ( leave this in the comments of the etransfer)
  • If you don't have an envelope, please let us know if you require one so that we can set you up with one for tax purposes

We appreciate your continued support, and we look forward to the day when we will be able to be together in church .

Please Note: Call 902-894-3486 if you have questions. If there is no answer, please leave a message. Your call will be returned.

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Letter from Fr. Keith (March 27)

Dear People of St. Dunstan’s,


I hope this finds you adjusting to the way things now are without too much struggle. I say that well-knowing that most of us are not accustomed to having our moving-about curtailed. Though what the political and health officials are prescribing is for our personal benefit and the common good, it’s still a challenge. That these measures will help reduce the spread of infection and help us come out of our present situation as soon as is possible is a strong motivator for our sacrifice and support.


Our lives are often filled with distractions. When our activities are limited, those distractions are harder to come by. We may find our hearts and minds filled with feelings and thoughts unfamiliar to us, even troubling. In the midst of that, we might hear, “Be still, and know that I am God.” It could be an opportunity to let God lead us more deeply into our own hearts—that place within all of us where God abides. It can be a challenging place sometimes, but eventually we’ll find the risen Christ there, with the gift of the Spirit, like living water welling up inside of us, with healing and courage and wisdom and hope and peace.


The Gospel for this Fifth Sunday of Lent tells us the story of Lazarus, the friend of Jesus, the brother of Mary and Martha. We know how it goes. He gets sick, and before Jesus can get to him, Lazarus dies. His sisters and their friends and neighbours lead Jesus to the tomb, where Jesus, “greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved,” weeps for his friend and over the grieving of those who love him.


Then, he does something important for us to notice. He directs those around him to “take away the stone,” blocking the tomb’s entrance. “With a loud voice,” filled with the power of God, he cries, “Lazarus, come out!” Then, we’re told, Lazarus came out. The Gospel writer adds this significant detail, “…his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth.” Finally, also noteworthy, Jesus said to those gathered around, “Unbind him, and let him go.”


At his direction, the bystanders had helped prepare for Jesus’ action by removing the stone, and were called upon to help Lazarus begin to live the new life he had been given by untying the shackles of death that continued to stifle him.


Something for us to consider, friends, in this present moment, and in all the situations of our lives: In the mystery of what it is to live in a graced, but imperfect, world, all kinds of things happen that figuratively put us where Lazarus was. COVID-19 is one of them. Faith tells us that in the midst of it, Jesus is present, “greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved” by our concerns and fears, his weeping accompanying our tears. He helps us. In doing that, he calls upon us, the story of Lazarus teaches, both to prepare the way for his saving action, and to help each other to receive and to live what he gives. Depending on what’s going on within and around us, we are sometimes Lazarus—in need of being freed from whatever binds us and weighs us down—or a member of the community—helping another to live in the freedom that is God’s gift, in Christ, to his children.


This coming week, when someone reaches out to us, or we, to another, let’s remember the raising and unbinding of Lazarus, and how Jesus called people like you and me to participate in his life-restoring act.


As I mentioned last week, if you or anyone you know would like to be in contact with me, please call 902-894-3486. You may leave a message if I’m not here when you call, or email me: frkeithstdunstans@gmail.com The Knights of Columbus continue to extend their offer to be of service if anyone needs an errand run or some such thing. For this, please contact Don Chevarie 902-566-4337. Others have offered to be in telephone contact, if anyone would like someone from the parish to check in with them for a chat. For this, please contact me as above, and I’ll hand on the message.
Additionally, for those who would like to avail themselves of professional services, Community Mental Health is offering “call-in” clinics: Richmond Centre, 902-368-4430 Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm. McGill Centre, 902-368-4911, Monday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm. The “Island Help Line” may be reached at 1-800-218-2885. Kid’s Help Phone is available at 1-800-668-6868.


To update you: our Soup Kitchen Meal went ahead, though not as we had planned. Because of the current situation, we took the food to them, with the poster the catechetics classes had signed. They prepared the meal and served it. Thanks to all who supplied food. We hope to do it again.


The church remains open for individual prayer during the day. Confessions are available downstairs at the regular times. A reminder of the Eastlink Channel 10 Mass Sunday’s at 9 am.


We look to the day when we will gather again for the worship of God. In the meantime, may we feel God’s presence ever-near, and walk in the light of faith, praying for each other, for all who are directly affected by the virus, and holding up in prayerful gratitude our health-care workers and the many others who continue to provide us with essential services.


I hope to continue posting these messages weekly on the parish website until the present situation is resolved. I pray for you every day, many times calling to mind names and faces from where you usually sit in church.


Peace be with you and yours,
Fr. Keith

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Letter from Fr. Keith (March 20)

Dear People of St. Dunstan’s,

I am writing this to let you know that I am thinking of you and praying for you every day. We’re living in a most unfamiliar situation. It’s easy to be afraid. The disruption the current state of affairs has brought to our daily routine highlights the situation all the more.

On Tuesday of this week, we received word that, until further notice, we would not be celebrating Mass together. This followed the concern and advice of public health officials that, in an attempt to slow the spread of the corona virus, we avoid gatherings. A number of other dioceses in our country had made that necessary decision several days prior to Bishop Richard’s letter.

Though the decision was essential, its consequences cause us pain. The Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our life together in the Body of Christ. The Mass brings us comfort and peace. We meet each other there, and realize we are brothers and sisters in Christ. The Eucharistic Real Presence of the Lord is truly our Bread of Life. The Lord’s Day sets the rhythm for the six days that follow.

Our current situation reminds me of a period in the life of the Jewish people some 550 years before the time of Jesus. They were living as exiles in a foreign land. Their deepest pain was the fear that God was not with them. Because the Temple and its familiar prayers and rituals were far away, they lamented that God, too, was gone. Into their anguish stepped the prophet, Ezekiel. God had given him a vision of the Jerusalem Temple. Suddenly, the doors of that grand and stately place opened, and toward the land of their exile flowed a trickle that became a river of life-giving water. The message to those long-ago and destitute people of God: “If you can’t go to where you’re accustomed to meeting God, God will come to you.”

Today, God meets us where we are. The present circumstances keep us from the familiar prayers and rituals that bring about and speak of his nearness and care. Be not afraid. Think of Ezekiel’s vision. Feel the great river of God’s grace flowing toward us, enfolding us, filling us with life, with hope, with peace.

I am writing this on March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph. In the Divine Office this morning, we prayed this intercession: You chose Joseph the righteous to care for your Son in childhood and youth—teach us to care for Christ’s body by caring for our brothers and sisters.

That simple petition reminded me of the link between the Eucharist and love of neighbour. We are complying with the directives of the health officials as an act of love for others. Parishioners are fasting from the Eucharist—a kind of Lenten desert experience. At the same time, we’re helping combat a virus that thrives and spreads when people are in close physical proximity. Both of these realities are lived in anticipation of the day when we will be together once again in our beautiful Basilica.

In the meantime, if you or anyone you know would like me to be in contact, please call me at 902-894-3486 or send me an email frkeithstdunstans@gmail.com The Knights of Columbus have generously offered to be of service if anyone is in need of having an errand run or any such thing. They may also be contacted through the means provided above.

Please be reminded of the Mass, arranged by the Diocese, to be televised from Holy Redeemer Sunday mornings at 9 on Eastlink, Channel 10.

Let us pray for one another; be especially mindful of the most vulnerable around us, and reach out as we can; respect and follow the guidelines the health and government authorities issue in the service of the greater good. Take the situation seriously, but don’t panic. May we hold up in prayerful gratitude our officials at all levels, health care workers and support staff in our hospitals and community, and those scientists who work tirelessly toward the development of treatments and a vaccine. With God’s help, in the care of one another, we shall see this through.

I’ll keep in touch. Peace be with you, Fr. Keith

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REGARDING: CORONAVIRUS (COVID – 19)

With 2 cases of Covid-19 been reported in Prince Edward Island, authorities are now referring to the spread of the virus as a pandemic so people are becoming anxious; Parishioners are wondering what precautions should be taken during our Liturgies. I therefore ask you to consider implementing the following until further notice.

Hygiene and Sunday Obligation: Anyone with flu like symptoms and other serious symptoms of ill health are excused from Sunday obligation.

Sign of Peace: A simple head bow or similar non-contact gesture may be used. A handshake or other physical contact is not advisable.

Reception of Holy Communion: Each communicant is encouraged to:

1) Receive communion on the hand and immediately consume the host

2) Refrain from communion on the tongue to prevent the spreading of saliva to other communicants

3) Refrain from communion from the cup if such is the practice in your parish.

Ministers of Communion:

1) People with symptoms of cold or flu should avoid distributing communion.

2) All ministers should use a hand sanitizer before distributing communion. This gesture is not liturgical and therefore should be done discreetly.

3) People preparing sacred vessels before Mass for bread and wine should handwash before and after handling the sacred vessels, bread and wine.

Holy Water: Please empty the holy water fonts at the Church entrance until further notice.

With appreciation for your cooperation in this important health matter, Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Bishop Richard Grecco

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Easter Flowers

Parishioners are invited to make a donation towards Easter Flowers in memory of a loved one. Please indicate your loved one’s name, your name (Env. number) and place it in the collection basket or by dropping them off to the office. To be printed in the bulletin, names and donations must be received by noon Tuesday, April 7. Special remembrance of your loved one will be included in the Easter Masses.

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Eucharistic Ministers Needed

Additional Eucharistic Ministers are needed for all the weekend Masses. If you are not already involved in a liturgical ministry, and would like to serve, please contact Joyce White: 902- 367-5701 or Fr. Keith 902-894-3486. Formation will be provided. Many thanks to those already serving.

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Catechism Discussion Group deferred until further notice.

DISCUSSION GROUP: (Adults 16+) on the Catechism of the Catholic Church before the 10:30 am mass on Sunday mornings. We will meet in the parish office from 9:15-10:15. Contact Pat Wiedemer for more information, stdunstanscatechism@gmail.com

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2019 Tax Receipts

2019 Tax Receipts are available on the table at the church entrance. They are in numerical order. There are sheets available in alphabetical order to help you find your envelope number if needed.

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Knights of Columbus Calendars

All proceeds from the sale of these Calendars are in support of parishes in Canada’s far north and are available at the Parish Office, for a suggested donation of $15.00.

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Parish Envelopes

For anyone who used envelopes this past year, there remain some sets to be picked up at the back of the church. Anyone not currently using envelopes and wanting them for the new year, there are additional sets at the back of the church. Please fill out the sheet available with info needed for tax receipts. New envelopes are also available at the parish office. Thank you for your financial support of the parish. It is appreciated and needed.

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