It is already half way in my fifth year as Pastor serving Our Lady of Fatima Parish Community. Change is a constant in our lives: I am grateful for the regular ongoing help of retired archbishop of Kingston, Brendan O'Brien. Only with his regular assistance can we keep the same number of weekend Masses since July 1st of 2020 when the Ontario Government relaxed the lockdown and enabled us to resume regular worship, albeit with reduced attendance at 30%!
Since mid-March of 2020, we have been thrown into an unprecedented challenge with Covid-19. I am sure many individuals and families have some anxiety as we face an uncertain future in the building-up of our Christian Community. Until recently at the beginning of July, for three and a half months we were unable to worship in person and I had to scramble to learn to live-stream the Masses, the source and summit of our Christian life. We relied on weekly emails and phone calls to keep in touch with parishioners.
As we approach Christmas and soon bid farewell to 2020, we anticipate with hope the light of Christ guiding us through the darkness of Covid-challenge, with the arrival of the vaccines which will end the pandemic in due course. We long for the day when we can return to some form of normalcy. Meanwhile, we lost a few parishioners in the course of these last few months. Their funerals were celebrated with Covid restrictions and therefore without the usual participation of parishioners and friends. I would like to extend to their families my sympathy and condolences, that they have to grieve in this trying time.
May the upcoming 2021 be a time of anticipation and hope for all! Please stay safe and keep your Christmas family gatherings small! Christmas Blessings and Happy New Year!