Theft of Bell in Pain Court RM20001404
Sometime over the past couple months, unknown suspect(s) stole the S.S. #4 Dover School Bell from École Secondaire de Pain Court. It is believed that the 250-pound cast iron bell was at least 100 years old. The bell was donated by a local family and was an integral piece of the community’s history.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 519-436-6600 extension #222. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.
Cancellation of Chicken and Sliders
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the upcoming Chicken and Sliders supper (April 18th) hosted by the Knights of Columbus and Ladies of Saint Anne has been cancelled. If you have purchased tickets, please contact the member or location from whom you’ve purchased it for your refund.
1) Message from the Diocese of London / Message du Diocèse de London:
March 17, 2020 - COVID-19 UPDATE FROM BISHOP FABBRO
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The following directives, which include the temporary suspension of all public Masses in our diocese and restrictions on the celebration of the other sacraments, will be hard on all of us. The Eucharist and the sacraments are the very heart of our Catholic faith. After consulting with public health officials, however, we decided that it is our responsibility as citizens to work together with others in our communities to take measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to care for those who are sick and most vulnerable as a result of this virus.
We are making these sacrifices out of charity and for the sake of the common good.
I encourage all our faithful to be vigilant about personal cleanliness and keeping appropriate distances from others.
Our priests, deacons, lay pastoral ministers, and our faithful are reaching out to those in need at this difficult time, especially those who are elderly, vulnerable and isolated. I am very grateful to all of you.
This Lenten season, we are united in prayer for those who are suffering from COVID-19 and for those who are caring for them.
May God have mercy on us! May Mary, Help of Christians, intercede for us!
1. The Celebration of Mass
- All Masses and services, including missions and devotions, will be suspended at least until April 30. All churches are to be closed.
- Priests are encouraged to celebrate Mass privately each day for the intentions of their parishioners, for the medical personnel assisting the sick, and for an end to the outbreak. In this time of fasting from the Eucharist, parishioners should be encouraged to pray for other parishioners and all those affected by the virus.
- Funeral Masses and luncheons are not permitted. The Rite of Committal may be celebrated at the cemetery with immediate family members present. Funeral Masses may be celebrated at a later date.
- It is recommended that any weddings already scheduled be delayed. If they proceed, they are to be limited to immediate family members only, up to the number of people allowed at a gathering as determined by the local health officials.
- Baptisms are to be postponed until further notice.
- The Mass of Chrism will be celebrated privately by me, with Bishop Dabrowski and some members of the Episcopal Council. The oils for the celebrations of the sacraments will be made available at the deanery level following that Mass, at a date to be determined.
- All Confessions are cancelled, except in the case of danger of death.
- The Day of Confessions is cancelled.
3. Care of the Sick and the Dying
- Priests are to be mindful of the sick, especially those in danger of death.
- Priests, deacons, and pastoral workers are to follow visiting restrictions set by the individual hospitals and healthcare facilities.
- The Eucharist will not be taken to parishioners who are homebound. Instead, parish teams are encouraged to ask volunteers to keep in contact with these people through telephone calls or other electronic means. Such calls could be a simple chat or praying a decade of the Rosary with the person.
4. Parish Offices and Activities
- Parish offices should be closed to the public. Where possible, staff can work from home, while some staff will report to work and deal with parishioners’ needs by phone or electronic means. This applies also to our Diocesan Centre, the Marriage Tribunal, and the Refugee Office.
- Appointments in parish offices should be limited to essential matters. Where possible, meetings should be held by electronic means.
- All regular meetings and social activities in parishes are cancelled. This includes cessation of all meetings for sacramental preparation. Parents are to be encouraged to continue such preparation in the home. Celebrations of First Confession, First Communion, and Confirmation will proceed only when the danger of the virus is passed. No child should be denied the sacraments due to the cessation of these preparation meetings.
- Meetings for 12-Step programs may be exempt from this, depending on the direction of local health officials.
- It is highly recommended, with this lull in activities, that parish staff could reach out by telephone or electronic means to connect with all parishioners to offer prayers and support.
- An Outreach page is being continually updated on the diocesan website and has a link on the homepage. The page contains resources for the faithful including online Masses, articles, links to Catholic publishers and activities for children, youth and families. Please promote this Outreach page as widely as possible: https://dol.ca/outreach.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B.
Bishop of London
Local Business Hours
During the outbreak of COVID-19, local businesses have altered their hours for the health and safety of their employees as mandated by the provincial government.
The Central Tavern has closed for the indefinite future after the order for all restaurants to close for at least 2 weeks during the pandemic.
The Pain Court Market has slightly reduced their hours, however is still running business as usual, including liquor sales, summer ice cream, and subs made fresh daily.
Monday: 6h to 21h
Tuesday: 6h to 21h
Wednesday: 6h to 21h
Thursday: 6h to 21h
Friday: 6h to 21h
Saturday: 7h to 21h
Sunday: 9h to 19h
Canada Post has also reduced their hours and asks that people respect the safety of the workers by only having one customer in the service area and/or mailbox area at a time to practice proper social distancing. Lunch Closures occur each day from 12:30pm to1:30pm.
Monday: 10h to 16h
Tuesday: 10h to 16h
Wednesday: 10h to 16h
Thursday: 10h to 17h
Friday: 10h to 16h
Immaculée Conception and Saint Philippe Church Parish Office is also closed to the public as per the orders of the Diocese of London.
Tilbury Tots Early Learning Centre is also closed to families in the wake of the current pandemic.
A reminder as well that all playground structures at the schools as well as the park are currently considered restricted areas as the virus is able to survive on steel and plastic surfaces for up to 3 days.
More information on the above graphic can be found at:
As of March 12th, the Ontario provincial government announced the closure of all publicly funded schools and the cancellation of their events (sports, formals, graduations, etc.) until May 4th at which time they will reevaluate the situation and update the public on the possibility of continued closure and cancellations.
For parents searching for resources for their children, Pinterest and TeachersPayTeachers have tons of printable resources (some free and some for a fee), the latter often used by practicing teachers themselves.
All of these changes and closures are done with you and your families' health and safety in mind and we offer you this guidance during these difficult times:
➢ Avoid gathering in groups - current restrictions are set at gatherings of no more than 5 people
➢ Remember to stay hydrated
➢ Go for walks outside when able while still maintaining social distancing rules (6ft or 2 meters apart - roughly the length of a hockey stick)
➢ Only run errands in batches and when completely necessary (Shoppers, Superstore, and Walmart are all offering a Seniors/Disability timeslot in the first hour of the day for any of our elders wanting to avoid all of the chaos)
➢ Avoid NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen/Advil as they weaken the immune system
➢ Check in on your neighbours through phone calls - especially any shut-ins that may need assistance or supplies
➢ Reach out to friends or neighbours if you yourself need any assistance or supplies
Please continue to visit our website as we try to provide you with up-to-date information on local events and endeavours.