We are now nearly two months into this time of social distancing, and I remember the first weekend we began to live-stream and the speculation was that it might last only a few weeks. And here we are, into May now, getting used to this strange new reality and learning our way as we go. Our parish continues to operate, but in different form of course. There are a few people in the office every day, all at a distance, and coming in at different times of the day so that there are never too many people in one space at one time. We continue to watch and wait for guidance on what re-opening may look like; we are a church that is used to large groups of people coming together for worship and other events, and in our current climate we will need to think carefully about what coming back together might look like. At this point, it’s hard to say anything at all with any kind of certainty; we just don’t know.
In the meantime, the parish continues to fulfill its mission, in different form. You can check out our parish website to see how our parish continues to adapt to the virtual world. I would also like to say thank you to all who continue to send in envelopes with donations. Every week in the mail we receive stacks of envelopes with weekly or monthly donations, and of course this is critically important for us in this time in which no one is actually coming here. Thank you as well to all who support our parish through Faith Direct. It’s all important. We continue to be around $7,000/week short in our offertory and so we are grateful for any and all support. We continue to carefully watch our
expenses as well.
The last two weekends would have been first communion weekends and we are sorry we’ve had to postpone those weekends. We will look to reschedule.