Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:11-13
Our Response to the Coronavirus Covid 19 Pandemic
We know there is a lot of stress in families, or it’s likely developing. They are wondering when life will return to normal or if their vulnerable loved one will become sick. Suicides related to the virus have been reported. In countries further along in the virus timetable, divorce inquiries are up. What can we do?
The practice of hospitality is a way we act as a caring community of believers in Jesus Christ. Hence, we have approached many parishioners who have said yes to reaching out to their fellow parishioners, to family and to friends. Praise God! In our parish, all on our parish list have been or are being contacted. We inquire on how they are doing? Do they need anything? Can we help?
We’ve equipped ourselves with a list of agencies for referral and we are regularly checking in with a listening ear, as well as helping in active ways. This may involve offering to pick something up, to provide a hot meal or to pray with them. Still, learning more of the situations and trials in families moves us to respond in yet further ways.
First, our Couples Ministry is developing ‘fun nights’. We’ll email a program with a fun recipe for dinner, conversation starters, children activities and a family movie suggestion or a YouTube comedy.
Second, we hope to be approved in helping families should unemployment occur due to the pandemic. It could be with a weekly hot or frozen meal for pick up, or we’ll deliver if necessary. If approved, we’ll operate out of St Joseph Centre on 100 Queen St, Bridgewater, between 10 am and noon every Saturday during the pandemic.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
Third, providing spiritual fellowship, we’ll offer to connect with email by sending our weekly parish bulletin and our online prayer services. These include Holy Mass, as given to us by Jesus himself, and other celebrations of prayer and worship.
How do you learn more or receive help? We welcome you’re contacting our office at 902-543-2184 or email us email@example.com