Notice from Fr. Kevin
I am writing this to confirm what many of you are already aware of: the move to Level Three restrictions means that all public religious services and gathering are suspended until January 30th.
That means that the three Celebrations of the Holy Eucharist that we schedule each week on Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday are currently cancelled, as well as our scheduled public services of Morning or Evening Prayer.
It is my plan to record a Celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Saturday morning and to email a link to that Service on our YouTube account (see link below this message) in my weekly Parish Update, which I expect to send out in the afternoon to allow those who normally worship on Saturdays the opportunity to worship virtually at their usual time. So please expect another email from me on Saturday afternoon.
I know that the suspension of public services will be a disappointment to many of you. It is to me as well. But it seems a prudent decision in light of the increasing numbers of hospitalisations in recent days.
But even more important than our personal disappointments are the challenges and stresses being faced right now by those in our medical and long-term care community. Please pray for our friends and neighbours who are facing incredible pressure to care for the sick and vulnerable. Please also pray for our educators as they work hard to provide alternative methods to teach our young people. Please also pray for those who are facing financial uncertainty in the light of the closure or limitation of some workplaces. And please pray for our families: for parents and children, as they adapt almost daily to new realities.
We are reminded by the Gospel story appointed for this coming Sunday, the Second Sunday after Epiphany, that God’s grace is never just sufficient: it is always abundant beyond our imagination. So I know that we will get through this current period of uncertainty; and I know that God’s grace will carry us in those times when we struggle to carry ourselves.
Please let me know what I and the Parish can be doing to support you in whatever challenges you are currently facing.