OCTOBER 20, 2021
We are timidly emerging from a dismal period brought on by the pandemic, which has disturbed the life of everyone. Most people have had to re‑think every aspect of pandemic life, and contend with unprecedented situations, including our churches. We put in place certain measures to mitigate the spread of the virus, and we continue to practice stringent protocols to contain its spread in the community.
Our churches have been allowed to resume worship and liturgies, and for that we are truly grateful. However, due to the forced closure of our parish for numerous months, we have had a decrease in revenues, which has definitely impacted our operating budget. While we were able to attend to the major Restoration projects this summer, such as the Restoring of the Bell Tower, repointing of our church stone, replacement of the floor covering under the church pews, and the first and second phase of the refurbishing of our Casavant organ, operating costs have continued and increased as well.
The Wardens of the parish have decided to launch once again our annual Fall Catch‑Up Appeal, which for obvious reasons we did not undertake last year.
We are indeed thankful to the parishioners who continued to support the parish financially during the length of the pandemic, and now we earnestly solicit the generosity of those who for apparent and various reasons, were unable to donate as in the past. You have been extremely generous in the past in responding to this appeal, and I and the wardens are profusely grateful for your efforts.
We encourage you to support the parish by contributing to and participating in our Fall Catch-Up Appeal. You can contribute to the campaign online through Canada Helps >>>
You may also mail or bring a cheque to the church. As you know, your donation is tax deductible.
It is wonderful to see our parishioners returning to worship now that the situation is improving, and I am anxious to greet and welcome you who have been absent during the summer and vacation period.
May our prayers rise like incense for all impacted by this global health crisis, and throughout this year dedicated to St. Joseph by Pope Francis, may we be assisted by his prayers and protection.
Yours in Christ,
Father L. Mac Eachen