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Father Mark Watson
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Todays Gospel John 11. 1-45
COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
This last week has seen a tightening of restrictions due to COVID-19. Following advice from the Government and the medical community, the Bishop has instructed that all public gatherings, including worship services, small groups, Op Shop and Market Day trading, be suspended until further notice.
This is devastating news but absolutely necessary for the safety and protection of our people, especially the elderly and others who are vulnerable. For a community like Holy Trinity, which holds the meeting together of God’s people for the ministry of Word and Sacrament as central to our life together, this is challenging and disappointing.
Nevertheless, in times of uncertainty and turmoil, God is still with us. We can pray individually and with our families. The Daily Office of Morning Prayer will continue to be prayed daily and the Eucharist will also be celebrated daily, but behind closed doors and by the priest only. Your clergy will continue praying for the Parish and for our world. We aim to open the chapel for prayer at designated days and times once we have established a safe way of cleaning. Further advice about this will be forthcoming.
I have met with the Wardens and communication will continue via the weekly bulletin through email with some printed copies also available. We are exploring methods of enhancing our online presence through live-streaming, YouTube messages and other means. We ask for your patience as we adjust to the reality of new and unprecedented circumstances.
My love and prayers
Fr Mark Parish Priest Holy Trinity, Terrigal