COVID-19 and Churches - Staying Vigilant

Pastoral Centre

Eparchy of New Westminster

 

CIX

 

Reverend Clergy,

Dear Faithful,

 

The Government of British Columbia has extended a province-wide restrictions. The order is in effect from November 19, 2020 at midnight to February 5, 2021 at midnight.

 

According to the restrictions all “in-person religious gatherings and worship services are suspended under the order” but “can continue using remote or virtual attendance options, like Zoom or Skype.” 

 

“Funerals, weddings and baptisms may proceed with a limited number of people and a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. You can have a maximum of 10 people attend, including the officiant.”

 

Therefore, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following liturgical norms are to be followed: 

 

  • All Liturgical services are suspended until further notice.
  • Faithful are encouraged to follow Liturgical services via livestream or recording on the internet. Please make it known to your faithful how they can access these online services. Divine Liturgies are to be celebrated with the priest and one cantor present. Please note, these services are closed to the public.
  • Funerals, weddings and baptisms may proceed with a limited number of people and a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. You can have a maximum of 10 people attend, including the priest. Public receptions are not to take place.
  • Please let your faithful know that you are available to visit the sick and shut-ins who request the Divine Eucharist, Confession or the Sacrament of the Sick. COVID-19 safety restrictions must be followed.

 

Please be assured of Bishop David’s prayers and support for our clergy, religious and faithful during these difficult times. Our primary concern must always be to care for the spiritual and physical well-being of our fellow parishioners and each of us must do what we can to keep each other safe and healthy.

 

May the Almighty and Merciful God, who is the fountain of healings, continue to watch over us and grant us His healing power.

 

Please contact me for clarification or if you have questions that are not covered in my email.

 

With prayers,

 

Fr. Yuriy Vyshnevskyy

Chancellor

 



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