COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS AT ST. GEORGE PARISH
Dear St. George Parishioners,
How quickly things are changing and shifting in regards to the coronavirus. Updates are happening hourly and this is something that is not limited to a particular region of the world but involves and affects all of us.
I am writing this letter to provide an update on what this means for us at St. George Parish. In the midst of an extended March Break for our students, the cancellation of various trips, the change in schedules and the pause of various professional sports, shows and activities—all this can be overwhelming. There are things that we can do now to help one another.
The health of our parishioners and staff is a top priority, and we’ve taken some steps to lessen the currently low Canadian public risk associated with COVID-19. These steps include:
- Enhancing our cleaning processes
- Removing the holy water from the font in the worship space to avoid cross contamination
- Not offering the Precious Blood at Masses
- Promoting everyday preventative behaviours with our ministries and volunteers
- Encouraging parishioners to stay at home if they are sick and watch Mass via livestream at our parish website (stgeorgelondon.ca)
- Asking parishioners to nod their heads instead of shaking hands during the Sign of Peace
- Adhering to risk-informed decision-making regarding parish events as advised by the Government of Canada and the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) https://www.healthunit.com/news/novel-coronavirus
- This means that some parish events may be postponed or cancelled. The Pastoral Team will inform ministry leaders and share updates via the parish website, Facebook, Twitter and Mass announcements.
We will continue to keep you up to date with any related changes at St. George Parish that may affect you. We encourage parishioners and staff learn more using the information available through Government of Canada Public Health Services https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
We continue to pray for all those affected throughout the world. We are committed as a parish family, to be proactive, practical and prudent ensuring that we take into consideration everything necessary for the needs of our parishioners, visitors and staff.
Fr. John Jasica
PRAYER TO OUR LADY, HEALTH OF THE SICK
A Prayer by Pope Francis
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself,
and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross,
to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection,
O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test –
and deliver us from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.