Glory to Jesus Christ!
26, March 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Glory to Jesus Christ!
Greetings to you as we begin a new week and continue to live amid this COVID-19 outbreak. I’ve had the privilege to speak to many of on the phone the past few days, which has left me feeling incredibly grateful and invigorated. Your faith and courage during these days inspiring! Indeed, the Body of Christ is alive and well!
As you can expect, it’s pretty quiet at our churches these days. If you have not had a chance to see the bulletin from this past Sunday, you can read it here: https://dormitionsaskatoon.ca/2020-bulletins/. Bishop Bryan’s eparchial directives for COVID-19 are there if you have not read them yet.
You’ll notice that the Liturgies that will be celebrated this week continue to be “closed to the public”. That being said, we plan to Livestream the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Annunciation this Wednesday at 6:30PM, as well as this Sunday at 9:30AM. Please note that the church will not be open for private prayer this Saturday from 4:00PM-5:00PM, but if requested, I will be available to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation outside the church.
Many of you participated in this past Sunday’s Liturgy via Livestream – thank you for joining us in prayer! Unfortunately, some of you expressed difficulties accessing the livestream, and we apologize for that. One reason may have been a system overload. We likely had 250-300 people logging in at the same time, rather than our usual 50! As a remedy, we’re encouraging people to delay their prayer a little bit and sign on 15-30 minutes after the scheduled start time. Or, know that the video is archived so you could watch later in the day as well.
Another possible reason for the technical issues is the internet browser you are using for streaming. As one parishioner shared: “Interestingly, we have attended LiveStream in the past and there has been no problem with any particular browser – but the ones that gave us grief today (kept looping the first few minutes before the Liturgy started) were Chrome and Microsoft Edge. The browser that allowed us to successfully view the LiveStream was Internet Explorer 11.973. Just thought we would pass that on in case anyone else had a similar experience.”
Of note, most people who watch Liturgy Live on Facebook seem to have a more seamless experience. So, if you are on Facebook, find our parish Facebook page (“Ukrainian Catholic Parish of the Dormition of the Mother of God”) and ‘like’ it. They’ll even send you a notification when we are streaming the Liturgy.
By the way, here are the links again:
I never would have thought Livestreaming would become such a vital spiritual lifeline for our entire congregation; and yet, here we are! Know that we’re doing all we can to keep everyone connected and providing opportunities to pray together.
Either way, continue to pray on your own and with your family! Here are a few links for your reflection:
Peace to all of you. Be assured of my prayers!
Fr. André Lalach
Love your Neighbour:
At a time like this, I encourage all of you to be mindful of the need to support fellow parishioners and other community members, especially the elderly, the sick, and those who are otherwise home-bound!
One of the blessings of so many canceled or postponed events is that we have more time to connect with those around us. In fact, as I said in my homily this past Sunday: “The coronavirus leaves over 95 percent of its victims still breathing, but it has the potential to leave virtually every member of society afraid, anxious, isolated, alone, and wondering if anyone would even notice if they’re gone. In an increasingly disconnected society, the coronavirus could rapidly mutate into an epidemic of despair.”
Consider checking up on your neighbour, those who live next door to you or those you know from church, to remind them that you care!
Brothers and Sisters,
Hang in there! Remember that God loves you.
Fr. André Lalach
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