JANUARY 10, 2021

Closure of Churches: Measures tightened to curb spread of COVID-19

The Archdiocese of Montreal has advised all Montreal parishes, missions, and religious communities to close all places of worship, suspending gatherings for the celebration of Mass effective Saturday, January 9, 2021.

This follows Wednesday’s announcement by the Quebec government to return to stricter province-wide conditions of confinement, beginning January 9 through to February 8, 2021. Funerals will be permitted, but limited to a maximum of 25 people in attendance.

Online Masses are permitted exclusively.

For more details on how the new measures will affect other areas of parish and sacramental life, ministries and services, you may consult the diocesan website.


JANUARY 09, 2021

Pope Francis opens 2021 with a call to fraternity:
“See in the other a brother or sister”

The first Pope Video of 2021 is centered on human fraternity. The Holy Father calls for people of different religions, cultures, traditions and beliefs to return to the essential: love of neighbor.

The message chosen is in response to all the challenges facing humanity: the Holy Father asks that we open ourselves to each other and unite, as human beings and as brothers and sisters, “with those who pray according to other cultures, other traditions and other beliefs.”

“When we pray to God following Jesus, we come together as brothers and sisters with those who pray according to other cultures, other traditions and other beliefs.
We are brothers and sisters who pray.

Fraternity leads us to open ourselves to the Father of all and to see in the other a brother or sister, to share our lives or to support, to love, and to know each other.
The Church values God’s action in other religions, without forgetting that for us Christians, the wellspring of human dignity and fraternity, is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We believers must return to our sources and concentrate on what is essential. What is essential to our faith is the adoration of God and love of neighbour.

Let us pray that the Lord may give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions and not fight each other, and praying for one another, open ourselves to all.”


DECEMBER 13, 2020

Year of St. Joseph

In a new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows.

The Letter marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To celebrate the anniversary, Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St Joseph,” which began December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and extends to the same feast in 2021.

DECEMBER 6, 2020

From the Diocese: An Advent microsite, just for you!

The Diocese of Montreal has prepared a special microsite dedicated to Waiting in Joyful Hope and Welcoming Hope and Joy to help you and your families prepare for Advent and Christmas from your own home and at your own pace. 

Through a series of playlists, we invite you to dive deeper into the meaning of Advent and Christmas celebration in your own “home church.”
These playlists contain suggestions of things to do, watching, listening and praying as we prepare our hearts for God’s coming as a little child and are divided into 4 categories: 
– children/families,
– teens,
– young adults and
– adults. 

We encourage you to visit the microsite at:

NOVEMBER 22, 2020

Seeking an experienced, collaborative, Ignatian leader.

Loyola High School is seeking an experienced, collaborative, Ignatian leader for the position of President. Founded in 1896, Loyola High School is a Catholic, Jesuit, all-boys university preparatory school in Montreal.

As Loyola approaches its 125th year steeped in tradition, we are seeking a new president with “eyes on the future.”

To view a detailed position description and to apply, visit

The diocese has created a spiritual help‑line to offer support during the pandemic: 1‑888‑305‑0994.

Our Archdiocese has also set up a web page designed to provide ongoing relevant information amid current COVID‑19 concerns, including the latest guidelines, related articles and spiritual resources >>>