Cessation of all Worship Services throughout the Diocese

At 9:30 pm Friday, 13 March, a second letter was received from Bishop Andrew, Bishop of Toronto, about the decision to cease gatherings for all worship services in the Diocese of Toronto

Message from our Parish Priest

Late this evening, the Churchwardens and I have received a letter from Bishop Andrew. His letter also cited one from Archbishop Anne, Metropolitan for the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario. In the morning, Bishop Andrew sent an earlier letter which provided updates based on information available at that time. In the interim, there were new developments that required further action.

Effective Sunday 15 March 2020, gatherings for worship in all churches throughout the diocese are suspended until further notice.

"In response to [a directive from The Ontario Ministry of Health], the Provincial House of Bishops has decided that the time has come to suspend public worship in the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario, including the Diocese of Toronto," Bishop Andrew stated.

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Based on earlier guidelines sent this morning we cancelled upcoming parish events -- the St Paddy's Day Dinner and the March Community Supper. And, we suspended coffee hours that normally follow Sunday liturgies.

We will now include the instructions just added by the Diocese to cease worship services until further notice effective Sunday 15 March. There will be no Service at St Matthew - St Aidan on Sunday 15 March and for following Sundays until further notice.

Please see the earlier news item on the website that contains information shared by the diocese earlier this morning.

We have been anticipating the possibility that church services would be affected in taking precautions for COVID-19. We will implement ways for us to stay connected, to care for one another, and to maintain our sense of parish life.

Let us pray for those affected by the Caronavirus and especially for all levels of health-care providers who are assessing and caring for the needs of people in our communities across our province and nation.

Let us follow the suggestions that Bishop Andrew shared in his most recent letter: "Although we cannot gather for corporate worship, it has never been more important that we lift our prayers and praises to a merciful God, and to exercise care and charity for ourselves and our neighbours. Please continue in your personal devotions, privately and with your family, particularly on Sunday. Pray for this situation and for those most affected by it, especially the sick. Check in by telephone or email with others, particularly the isolated and vulnerable."

Faithfully in Christ,

Glenn+

 

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