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Posted on April 3, 2020

Dear St. John’s people,

We are pleased to bring you the latest weekly parish bulletin (please click here). We are coming up on Holy Week, so please read for more about the parish offerings planned from now through Easter, as well as other news and resources.

If you would prefer to receive this newsletter in one long email in future, rather than as an attachment, please e-mail us.

Stay well everyone, please take care of yourselves and each other, and God bless.

Beth Reed (Warden, Church of St. John the Evangelist)

Posted on March 27, 2020

Dear St. John’s people,

As you know, we have temporarily suspended gatherings and our physical presence at St. John the Evangelist.

We now know that our community will be a diaspora for a while longer—at least until early May, but we need to be prepared that it might be longer. The good news is, our parish has already begun to find new ways to connect and support one another through this situation, and there are good reasons to think we will be stronger for it in the end.

Our second edition of the weekly parish bulletin is now available for download in our Weekly Newsletters section.

Please read and share – and if you would prefer to receive this newsletter in one long email in future, rather than as an attachment, please e-mail us.

Stay well everyone, please take care of yourselves and each other, and God bless.

Beth Reed (Warden, Church of St. John the Evangelist)

Posted on March 23, 2020

From the Rector: Prayers taken from the A Form of Spiritual Communion by Cecil John Wood, Bishop of Melanesia

In union, O Dear Lord, with the faithful at every Altar of Thy Church, where Thy blessed Body and Blood are being offered to the Father, I desire to offer Thee praise and thanksgiving. I present to Thee my soul and body, with the earnest wish that I may ever be united to Thee. And since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, I beseech Thee to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to Thee, and embrace Thee with all the affections of my soul. O let nothing ever separate me from Thee. Let me live and die in Thy love. Amen.

Grant, O Lord Jesus Christ, that as the hem of Thy garment, touched in faith, healed the woman who could not touch Thy Body, so the soul of Thy servant may be healed by like faith in Thee, Whom I cannot now sacramentally receive; through Thy tender mercy, Who livest and reignest with the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost ever one God. Amen.


Posted on March 13, 2020

Temporary closing of the church (from Sunday, March 15 until further notice)

From the Rector:

Dear St. John’s people,

As most of you will know, our city, with most of the rest of the world, is grappling with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The province of Quebec has ordered the closure of schools and public institutions and banned large gatherings for the next two weeks, and is encouraging all of us to avoid unnecessary contact with others, in order to slow the spread of the virus and allow our public health system to cope.

We have decided that to do our part in this effort, and to best protect our community and the community of St. Michael’s Mission, we will cancel all masses, meetings, and events at St. John’s for the next two weeks.

We will make an announcement before Friday, March 27 about what our plan is after that. In doing so, we are following on closures in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal and several other downtown churches, and many other organizations. We are all following the advice of public health officials as best we can.

While we are not gathering together in person for the next little while, our church community is not closed. We will check phone messages at the office and email, and our clergy will be available to talk on the phone. We encourage you to continue to be in touch with each other and check on each other, and if you need extra help during this time please let us know.

And don’t forget, that when you stay at home, you can pray at home! We invite you to say morning prayer at home this Sunday at our usual meeting time of 10:30. Read and reflect on the lectionary passages for the day. The table of lessons is located at the front of the Prayer Book; for Sundays we are in Year II, and this is will be Lent III.  The BCP can be found online at http://prayerbook.ca/resources/bcponline/ .

And know that your St. John’s community is praying with you, gathered in spirit if not in body.

Keith +


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