Message from Fr. Earl Smith, SJ COVID-19 - March 15, 2020

  • March 22, 2020

    My Dear Parishioners,

    This has been a challenging week with daily reports of the spread of the Corona Virus.  About 10  days ago, we received a directive from Archbishop Hundt, instructing  us to discontinue Communion from the Cup and to avoid shaking hands at the Rite of Peace, but to use another friendly gesture.  We will do this until further notice.

    During the past week, I have consulted with Office Staff and parishioners, some of whom are doctors.  I have also studied the Guidelines provided by The Public Health Agency of Canada.  Based on all of this,  and especially out of concern for the health of our parishioners, we are making the following adjustments to our regular parish activities.

    We will NOT have any parish gatherings until further notice.

    These gatherings are indefinitely postponed.

    our regular Paddy's Day Party, scheduled for Sunday, March 15 with be rescheduled
    our Sunday morning Tea and Coffee after the 11:00 am Mass
    our Sunday evening movie, Mary Magdalene
    our Monday morning series, Aging with Grace,
    our Tuesday morning sessions, Finding God in Spiritual Reading
    our Wednesday morning Walk in the Hall
    our Saturday morning Lenten series, You are God's Beloved .       

    We realize that these are activities which many parishioners attend and enjoy. However, we are choosing to err on the side of caution.  Parishioners' health and safety continues to be our highest priority.  We, of course hope to soon resume our regular schedule of events.

    This can also be an anxious and lonely time, so please consider picking up the phone, sending an e-mail or friendly note to some one else in need of it.  During Snowmageddon, we learned that many of our citizens did not have enough food or other supplies.  You might want to bring an  extra donation to Mass for the food bank at MacMorran Centre or donate a feminine hygiene product for women in need. Sending a donation to the The Gathering Place is also an option.  Please consider these suggestions as part of your Lenten practice.  

    Let's us continue in prayerful solidarity with health care professionals, persons charged with the care of the sick, the sick, and their families as we journey though these un chartered waters.  

    In conclusion we pray this simple Irish blessing:

                May your troubles be less
                and your blessings be more,
                And nothing but happiness
                comes through your door !

    Parishioners who would like conversation about any aspect of this presentation are invited to call our parish office.  

    Thanks,

    Fr. Earl Smith, SJ