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A Special Message from Father Francis
May 8, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
What a time in our lives as Christians! I have never seen anything like what we are experiencing. A whole Lent and Easter passed without our normal Sunday Masses with people (Missa cum populo). It is not anybody’s fault. It is due to the situation we find ourselves caused by Covid-19. Be that as it may, out of sight is not out of mind. I think of you always and I pray that God protects you and shields you from the menace of a virus and all other forms of illness.
By virtue of this letter, I would first like to thank you for your prayers and continued support of our parish. May the Lord reward you for your generosity and love.
I would also like to share with you the good news that we are about to reopen our normal parish Liturgical and Sacramental life. Beginning from the 16th of this month we will have our regular Mass schedule with attendance. I have already mailed the Bishop’s decree to those who do not have emails and also forwarded it to those I have their email addresses, but I do want to highlight that the Bishop has granted dispensation from Mass to all those who have underlying pre-existing health conditions that make them vulnerable to the virus. In other words, such people should not feel guilty for not attending Mass.
Included in this category are:
· Individuals over the age of 60
· Individuals with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, and cancer
· Individual with severely compromised immune systems
· Caretakers of the at-risk individuals listed above
In order to resume our normal parish life as a worshipping community with special reference to Sunday liturgy, hand sanitizers and wipes are provided at the main entrance to the church. We are recommended to observe social distancing, six feet from each other.
May our Lord and God richly bless you. I want to conclude with the passage from the Holy Bible. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God” (Philippians 4:4-6).
Yours in Christ,
Reverend Dr Francis Chiawa