Dear sisters and brothers,
I hope that you are well and staying cool during these hot August days.
I want to take this opportunity to update you about life within our parish community of St. Pius X.
Since churches were allowed to open and celebrate Eucharist in mid-June we have:
- Held our regularly scheduled weekend Masses
- Now have weekday morning Mass from Tuesday to Friday
The Province of Ontario allows Church Services Up to 30% Capacity:
- With 2 metre physical distancing we are reduced about 10-15%
- There are 32 designated spots in the church
- An individual or a couple can occupy 1 spot
- A family of three or more occupy 2 spots (entire pew)
How is Online Registration Working?
- It’s not perfect – it can be annoying – but it beats the alternatives!
- 43 people attended each Mass last weekend (5pm Sat., 9&11 Sun)
- Most sign-up online, some register by phone, a few are walk-ins
- We try to monitor singles, couples, families to max. attendance
What is the Parish’s Financial Picture?
- Given the circumstances, we are doing okay
- PAG (pre-authorized giving) and online DONATE NOW are steady
- Envelope users are putting donations in mailbox – some 1 month
- Parish expenses are down also
What to Expect Moving Forward:
- Masks and physical distancing likely into the New Year
- Slowly re-introducing music at weekend Masses
- Installed camera for live-streaming Mass – Sunday 9 am
- Baptisms continue with immediate family outside Mass
- Sacramental preparation will be mostly online in the Fall
- On-line opportunities for adults to nurture faith
What are Some Good News Stories of Parish Life?
- In wake of COVID-19, a wave of volunteers stepped forward
- These volunteers keep us safe when we come to Mass
- Without them we could not open the church
- SPX is hosting the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank on Fridays
- It’s the work of a few of the west-end churches
- Some of our parishioners are deeply involved
- Most food is donated by Daily Bread Food Bank
- Parishioners have expressed deepening spiritual awareness
- Some speak of more time for contemplation
- Stronger desire to reach out – create connectedness
- Chance to re-calibrate one’s priorities and goals
The gospel stories, we heard proclaimed, the last two weekends – the feeding of the 5000 and the disciples tossed about in a boat by a storm – cause us to think about trust in God. Are we really able to put our trust in God? If we are, then, we will be able to participate in satisfying people’s spiritual hunger. If we keep our focus on Christ, we will be able to overcome the storms of human life.
Peace be with you.
– Fr. Brian