This is the page for information regarding the Diocese and the response to the current COVID-19 global pandemic.  Check back regularly for updates.
Update June 24, 2020

Please read these documents below related to the Province reaching Alert Level 2 and the way forward in resuming public worship in the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland & Labrador:

Bishop Peddle’s 5th Pastoral Letter on COVID-19

Many Members, One Body (Rom. 12:4-5): Guidelines for Safe Practices in Anglican East NL in the time of COVID-19

COVID-19 Guidance for Faith-Based Organizations – Government of NL


MEMO to the Diocese – June 17, 2020

Dear Friends,

As you may have heard today, the Chief Medical Officer announced that the Province will be entering Level 2 on June 25, 2020 which is earlier than expected. We know that according to the guidelines for this Level that churches will be permitted to reopen with restrictions. These restrictions are still not known as they have not been communicated to the Diocese and other faith communities.

In preparation for this, the Ad Hoc Committee of the Diocesan Executive has been finalizing a Diocesan Plan for the reopening of our church buildings and the hope was to have this Plan released this week along with a Pastoral Letter from the Bishop. However, the Bishop was recently contacted to participate in a conference call with the Chief Medical Officer and other Provincial and faith leaders on Tuesday, June 23 to discuss the specifics on the restrictions for reopening which are vital for the completion of our own Diocesan Plan. The Ad Hoc Committee believes that before we can release our Plan, we need to listen to the Provincial Health authorities first to ensure we have as much information as possible.

Therefore, it is our goal to have the Diocesan Plan for reopening ready to be released with the Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 after this meeting with the Province. To be clear, this does not mean that any of our church buildings will be permitted to reopen on that same date. Most likely, the reopening of our church buildings will take place sometime in September because the Diocesan Plan will take time to implement effectively. We need to ensure that every parish and every rector has had ample time to study the Diocesan Plan and build up a local leadership team to put the Plan into practice. Given that we are now in Summer when traditionally our clergy take their holidays and our congregational numbers decline, it is simply not the most practical time to reopen. We must make sure that the health and safety of all those who enter our buildings are the main priority. We should not rush to reopen when we are not ready.

So, we will know more next week and once we do, we will release our Plan. After some study by the clergy and parishes over the Summer, the Ad Hoc welcomes your thoughts and ideas on how to implement it at the local parish level. This will be a “living document” that requires your input and assistance. However, at the same time, we will not waiver from the official health protocols and guidelines which affect us all. The bottom line is that we have to ensure that everyone is protected and kept safe.

May God bless us as we continue on this journey together.

In Christ,

Archdeacon Sam Rose
Diocesan Executive Officer
Anglican Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador

Announcement – May 25, 2020 
In light of the current restrictions due to COVID-19, the Ad Hoc Executive Committee has decided that all Flower Services/Commemoration Services are not to be held in our Cemeteries this summer. This is to follow the current guidelines around public gatherings. While this is an unfortunate consequence of COVID-19, parishes are encouraged to hold virtual and online worship, much like what the St. John’s/Mount Pearl Cemetery Committee is doing this July.

CLICK to Read the Bishop’s Sermons during COVID-19
Bishop Peddle’s Pastoral Letters RE COVID-19

April 6, 2020 – Easter Pastoral Letter – See YouTube Video HERE

March 27, 2020 – Pastoral Letter #4

March 20, 2020 – Pastoral Letter #3

March 16, 2020 – Pastoral Letter #2

March 12, 2020 – Pastoral Letter #1

Bishop’s Moments of Grace – April 2, 2020 – This too shall pass 
Anglican East NL Payroll Support Plan for paid clergy and lay staff visit this LINK
To Watch the Diocesan Eucharist from March 22, 2020 visit this LINK

Bishop’s Sermon from March 22, 2020 Diocesan Eucharist

Order of Service for March 22, 2020 can be downloaded here via Dropbox

Our Diocesan YouTube Channel can be found at this LINK
Our Diocesan Facebook Page can be found at this LINK
Our Diocesan Twitter Page can be found at this LINK

Online Worship

As we move to a more online presence, many of our parishes are offering worship and other devotions plus regular communications on Facebook.  Here is a list of our parishes in the Diocese where you can connect in a more direct way.

If your Facebook page is not incorrect or not listed here, please contact Archdeacon Sam Rose

Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland & Labrador

The Anglican Cathedral


Parish of All Saints


Parish of the Ascension


Parish of Bay de Verde


Parish of Bay Roberts/Coley’s Point


Parish of Bell Island


Parish of Carbonear


Parish of Churchill Falls


Parish of the Good Shepherd


Parish of Harbour Grace


Parish of Heart’s Content


Parish of the Epiphany


Parish of the Holy Innocents


Parish of the Holy Cross


Parish of the Holy Spirit


Parish of the Holy Trinity


Parish of Labrador West


Parish of Lake Melville


Parish of the Living Water


Parish of New Hope


Pastoral Unit of Petty Harbour/Petty Harbour/Aquaforte


Parish of Port de Grave


Parish of Pouch Cove


Parish of the Resurrection


Parish of Southeast Labrador


Parish of Spaniard’s Bay/Tilton


Parish of St. Augustine


Parish of St. John the Evangelist


Parish of St. Lawrence


Saint Luke’s Ecumenical Congregation


Parish of St. Mark the Evangelist


Parish of St. Mark, Shearstown/Butlerville


Parish of St. Mary the Virgin


Parish of St. Michael and All Angels


Parish of St. Peter


Parish of St. Philip


Parish of St. Thomas


Parish of St. Timothy, Rigolet


Parish of Torbay


Parish of Upper Island Cove