Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
I pray that the joy of Easter may fill you today. I pray that its’ light dispels the darkness and its truth assures us that God is more powerful than anything this earthly life can throw at us!
My Easter video of prayers and a message can be found here on YouTube. All the Easter readings can be read here.
Also, be sure to check out our diocesan Facebook and YouTube pages for more live-streamed and recorded liturgies.
I am so grateful to Janet Armstrong for all her help with the Virtual Palm Crosses. People have really appreciated how they connected them to Holy Week and our journey to Easter celebrations. Her beautiful photo of them symbolically gathering in our place at St. George’s is both comforting and reassuring.
Mayor Rick Bonnette asked me to pass on this message of support and encouragement to our parish family. He writes,“Wishing you all a blessed and Happy Easter, I know this is a difficult time for all. I am thinking of all of you on this special day. Be safe, practice physical distancing, and stay home as much as possible to flatten the curve.” I appreciate him reaching out to us as we celebrate Easter and I am grateful for the our mayor’s leadership and support during this crisis.
I also would like to highlight the very important work of the Georgetown Bread Basket in our community. The disruption to all our lives has both increased the demand for food on our local food bank, and made its work of collecting and distributing food more challenging given the health risks. If you are able, the best way to support them is to donate money, so they can buy what people need and so they can spend their volunteer time distributing it and not sorting it. You can find out how to donate by going to http://georgetownbreadbasket.ca/donate
After being sick last week with fever and mild flu symptoms, I am pleased to report that I have recovered fully and that Tracy has remained symptom free. We conclude our 14 day quarantine early this week, to rejoin everyone’s regular “stay home” routine. I can not thank you enough for your prayers and support.
Have a blessed Easter and be well.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev’d Canon Rob Park
P.S. I have had more folks ask about making their regular and Easter donations to St. George’s. Thank you! If you give with regular envelopes, you can mail them to the church. If you would like to donate online, the best way is through the diocesan website at https://niagaraanglican.ca/donate (for those who already donate regularly you can also use this link to make any changes to your regular donations). If you have any questions please contact me.
For further information about our Diocesan response to the COVID-19 outbreak visit the Diocesan Resource Hub