Returning to Public Worship: a Note from Fr. Kevin
As you may know the Archbishop has issued Guidelines and Protocol for all parishes considering a return to Public Worship. These detail a large number of practical requirements, and permission will need to be given by the Archbishop. The earliest date churches in the Diocese of New Westminster may re-open will be 14 June 2020. It is stressed in the document that each parish is to make its own decision when it is ready, and that no parish will be pressured into re-opening at this time.
After Liturgy at Home on 24 May, the congregation will be divided into breakout rooms (technology permitting!) to enable small-group conversation around how we feel at St. James’; there will then be an opportunity for a spokesperson from each group to offer feedback. This will inform the Trustees in making the decision about how St. James’ moves forward in the next few months.
Whenever we choose to re-open, in the foreseeable future our use of the building will be very different:
the maximum number of people permitted will be <50
2 metres physical distancing will be observed
the wearing of masks will be strongly recommended
regular sanitization of surfaces in the building
use of bathrooms kept to a minimum; regular sanitization
no coffee-hour/sharing of food and drink
for the first few weeks at least, no receiving of Holy Communion
no congregational singing; there may possibly be a soloist
no physical contact, including the exchange of the Peace
initially no in-person Formation/Guild meetings or pastoral contact
Topics to be considered in the break-out groups (10 mins):
How have you been finding the Zoom Liturgy at Home? Even when St. James’ re-opens would you like something similar to continue (possibly at a different time)?
How are you feeling about the relaxing of “stay at home” guidelines? How do you feel about St. James’ re-opening for public worship?
Are there other ways we might use virtual technology to support our community? (Already a small group is planning to say the Daily Office; Clergy; Trustees; Wardens; the Choir, and the Mothers’ Union are all meeting via Zoom.)
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Liturgy at Home Zoom Mass 10:30 am on Sunday, May 24, 2020 Meeting ID: 987 8274 5804 Password: 578120 Phone number: 778-907-2071 Download the Liturgy at Home booklet for May 24, 2020 here: Liturgy at Home Ascension Sunday May 24. Zoom Zoom is a simplified video conferencing and messaging application that can be downloaded […]
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God is gone up – Gerald Finzi (1901 – 1956) Click: https://youtu.be/WI4YQJRcUS0 Gerald Finzi was one of Britain’s most distinguished vocal and choral composers of the twentieth century. Ralph Vaughan Williams acted as a mentor during Finzi’s early career and helped him to obtain a teaching position at the Royal Academy of Music from 1930 – 33. […]
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We print below the Archbishop’s Preface to a document outlining Guidelines for parishes considering a return to public worship in church (click here to read the Guidelines). Here Archbishop Melissa reflects theologically on the extraordinary situation in which we find ourselves in the face of Covid-19. The Trustees, in consultation with clergy, staff and congregation, […]
Liturgy at Home Zoom Mass 10:30 am on Sunday, May 17, 2020 Meeting ID: 947 7617 8611 Password: 048482 Phone number: 778-907-2071 Download the Liturgy at Home booklet for May 17, 2020: Liturgy at Home Easter 7 May 17 Zoom Zoom is a simplified video conferencing and messaging application that can be downloaded […]
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Messe cum jubilo (Opus 11): Kyrie – Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) https://youtu.be/BucmJGj9a7Y As I have noted here previously, Maurice Duruflé was an introspective and highly self-critical musician. As a result, he only published fourteen works in his lifetime. As a boy, Duruflé was a chorister at the Rouen Cathedral Choir School, and the choral plainsong tradition at […]
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Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, all St. James’ Church services and in-parish activities are suspended until June 14, 2020. Be sure that the Church’s prayer continues, for the DTES, our medical services, and for an end to this pandemic. For details of Sunday Worship via Zoom and other updates, please see the News section.