March 11, 2022
Dear Clergy, Religious and Faithful of the Diocese of Kamloops,
It was such wonderful news for us to hear the announcement made yesterday by the BC Government and the Provincial Health Officer that effective today, March 11th, 2022. There are no longer capacity restrictions on worship services, and the wearing of masks in indoors has been lifted, but wearing a mask is a personal choice, but not required. I am very grateful that the faithful of the diocese will be able to return to celebrating Mass with full capacity and no restrictions. As we transition through these changes there are many that may have different levels of comfort and immunity, so let us continue to be sensitive to one another by showing patience and understanding, respect and care, encouragement and love. For those parishes that have scheduled Indoor Social Events, such as Funeral and Wedding receptions and Social & Fundraiser Events the required proof of vaccination will remain in place until April 8, 2022.
Therefore, until that time, I ask that all parishes refrain from planning any parish events such as coffee after Mass, a pancake breakfast, or a pot-luck dinner, so that all members will be able to fully participate by gathering as one community. We have received clarity on this information, which states events that take place outside the realm of worship services; there are no longer capacity restrictions, masks are no longer required, however proof of vaccination is required for entry (12+) until April 8th, 2022.
Although the restrictions are being eased, I ask that we all continue to take precautions. It is very important that if you are feeling ill or having flu-like symptoms, please stay at home as to prevent the spread of any illness to others. We have all worked diligently to get to where we are today, let us continue to keep the environment around us safe for those entrusted to our care. These past two years have been challenging for all of us and I am very grateful to all our Priests, Parish Staff, Volunteers and Parishioners for your hard work, sacrifice, patience and understanding and continued support. May the Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Joseph, and St. John Vianney continue to protect us and accompany us as we work together to heal, reconcile, and renew our Church, the Body of Christ.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Joseph Phuong Nguyen
Bishop of Kamloops