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From the Desk of the Pastor: June 26

June 26, 2021

Good morning everyone.

This will be a brief note to update you on the impact of moving into Stage Two of the province of Ontario gradual easing of restrictions because of Covid.  On Wednesday, Stage 2 allows for 25% capacity in church and gatherings of up to 25 people in an outdoor setting.  The rules for social distancing and the wearing of masks are still in place.  You will notice in the church beginning on Wednesday, that we will return to the seating plan that we had in place (a white card indicating that you can sit here) before we had to make changes in the Fall last year.  We will not be taking names and telephone numbers as you enter the church but the ushers on the weekend will assist you to find a seat that allows for the required social distancing.  Because of the new emphasis on air flow in buildings, the fans and the new windows at the entrance to the church and the side door to the parking lot will remain open during each Mass.

On Canada Day, Thursday, July 1st we have Mass at 9.00 am in the church.  It will be livestreamed on our website to those who would like to join us from home.  The Conference of Canadian Bishops have asked all churches to pray to Saint Joseph, patron of Canada, and seek his intercession for our country, especially during these difficult days as the revelations of the burial sites of children on the property of residential schools come into the light.

On Friday morning after Mass, we invite you to join us for coffee, tea or lemonade on the deck and freshly baked cookies.  The ladies of the CWL are all set to dazzle us with their hospitality skills again so please join us.

As we begin to open up to social gatherings, we are delighted to welcome any parishioners who are comfortable doing so, to join us on the deck for Open House each Tuesday afternoon at 1.00 pm.  If you are at the 12.05 Mass, plan to stay afterwards.  One of our parishioners is baking cookies for these gatherings and lemonade, coffee and tea will also be served.  It is an opportunity to say “hello” and share stories of our adventures during this very strange and odd experience.  We are looking forward to it.

Finally, Felix and I had no difficulties after the second vaccine jab on Sunday.  I mentioned on social media later in the evening that we were so impressed by the staff and volunteers who were courteous, helpful and incredibly efficient in a seamless process that saw us in and out of the Arts Centre in Milton in thirty minutes.  They are our heroes and as the numbers of Canadians who have received one or two shots of the vaccine increase, their work must be counted among the heroic efforts of so many unnamed Canadians during these pandemic times.  I have an appointment with Sanur who cuts my hair on Wednesday morning at 9.30.  The sight of hair like that of a confused Frankenstein in the morning is terrifying and I will be happy to have it tamed. Felix will meet up with his barber a few days later.

On that happy note, have a wonderful weekend, have a safe and relaxing journey into the summer season, and enjoy the new opportunities that Stage 2 brings to all of us.  Be well.

Fr. Con