Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am deeply grateful to so many of you. Assumption parish, you are AMAZING!
On this Sunday when we remember God’s Divine Mercy, and close out the Octave of Easter, I want to thank so many of you for allowing us to continue to be present. In these difficult times, so many of you have stepped up to help Assumption continue our presence and our service. Just last week we received over $4,000 in donations, through e-transfers, Canada Helps, or by dropping off your envelope in the mailbox. While this is less than what we would take in on a normal Sunday, it is nevertheless extraordinary, given these conditions in which we are living. So many of you took the time to donate, even though we cannot gather as a church community. One of my fears has been that this time of “shelter-in-place” would lead to bankruptcy for us and for many other parishes. I know that a number of you have been laid off or are otherwise experiencing uncertainty. That makes your generosity all the more impressive. And for any of you who wishes to donate, you are welcome to do so at assumptionparish.ca/donate.
Fr. Steven, Fr. Leo, Jean Beneteau and I are getting accustomed to a digital presence and are doing what we can to adjust to the new reality. In addition to live-streaming our Masses we will be providing some prayer opportunity, at a minimum of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons at 2:00. Jean is working on ways to offer programs through videoconferencing. Our Support and Transition Teams for the Family of Parishes continue to meet on schedule. We are still alive, and looking forward to welcoming you back once the restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so.
I know that some of you have been directly impacted by Covid-19. Please be assured of our prayer for strength and healing. As much as I would like to “bend the rules” and welcome some of you in the church, or hold some kind of services, I do not want to increase the risk of contagion for any of you. Therefore our presence will be digital until the diocese and civil authorities advise us that it is safe to reopen. In the meantime, let us remember that God is indeed a God of mercy, who forgives all who ask for pardon, and offers eternal life.
I find the words from this weekend’s second reading to be especially fitting for these times. Peter writes, “In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith … may be found to result in praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.”