1 Shepherd’s Perspective

“The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” (John 10:1-21)

March 15th 2020
3rd Sunday of Lent

Prior to sharing with everyone the latest precautions being mandated by the Diocese when it comes to coronavirus, I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your generous support and contribution to our ‘Brown Bagging for Kids’ initiative! During our festive evening of Friday, February 14th – which included a wonderful meal provided by Raj Palace along with music and dance, WE RAISED OVER $7100 FOR THIS VERY IMPORTANT FORM OF OUTREACH. The funds raised will assist us in providing lunches for children in our schools for up to one year’s time. Thank you for your generous support!

With the World Health Organization now officially classifying the Coronavirus as a pandemic reality, please note that the Diocese of Calgary continues to monitor directives issued by the Alberta Health Services.

At this time, Bishop McGrattan is requesting that the following be implemented immediately in every parish across the diocese.

  • At the SIGN OF PEACE, refrain from shaking hands – a simple bow, nod, or “Peace be with you” to your neighbour is appropriate.
  • Baptismal and Holy Water fonts are to be emptied and are to be sanitized with water and bleach.
  • Holy Communion will only be distributed under the body of Christ. (HOST)
  • ONLY PRIESTS are to consume the Precious Blood.
  • ONLY PRIESTS will distribute Holy Communion to those who choose to receive on the tongue at a designated area apart from the main aisle. PLEASE GATHER by the Organ IF YOU ARE TO RECEIVE OUR BLESSED LORD ON THE TONGUE.
  • Those who choose to receive Holy Communion in the hand will be asked to approach Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
  • Any Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who are uncomfortable with distributing Holy Communion will be excused from this ministry.

These measures are effective immediately and will remain in place until notified otherwise by the Diocese. Please continue to practice healthy hygiene – wash your hands with soap or use hand sanitizer regularly, remain at home if you are sick, sneeze or cough into your sleeve, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Please care for yourselves and your loved ones as we continue to pray for all those affected worldwide by the coronavirus.

Peace,

Fr. Jerome