Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal and Auxiliary Bishop Marc Pelchat of Québec wish to send a message of hope to as many people as possible during the fight against this pandemic and have asked Catholic churches in their dioceses to ring their bells for 10 minutes, starting at 12 noon, beginning Sunday, March 29 through every Sunday until Easter.
Here is Archbishop Lépine's fourth pastoral letter.
“As the leaders and representatives of religious communities in Quebec, we affirm that faith is a fundamental aspect of our lives. ”
Here is an article explaining ways to remain in spiritual communion with others and Christ when we are restricted from receiving sacramental Communion.
For now, Mass is on hold. If the news has created a shock wave across Quebec in recent days, the reasons cited amply justify the means. Indeed, everyone, and all the more the Church, wants to serve as a guardian for the weakest and most vulnerable in the face of COVID-19, and to participate, as citizens and Christians, in a collective effort.