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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 while.
We will make an announcement later 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.
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