“Last Sunday marked another major Feast Day of the Church year, and I was very aware of leading the online service from an empty building. We missed celebrating Holy Week, Easter, Ascension … and now Pentecost together! Unlike the early followers of Christ in the Book of Acts, we weren’t gathered in one room, waiting on the Spirit. Rather, we were self-isolating – loving our neighbours and caring for ourselves – by avoiding spreading the cornovirus. This past sixteen weeks has been a difficult time: harder for some than others, but a challenge for all of us.”
The read the rest of Fr. Mike’s Pentecost letter pastoral letter to read documents referred to in that letter
April 12, 2020 – Our Easter Sunday service was well attended earlier this morning. Most parishioners used the website to follow the service live online and to listen to Bishop Jenny’s Easter message.
However, some have run to church to hear the good news of Easter, ignoring all government orders to STOP THE SPREAD of the novel corona virus COVID-19. When asked, all claimed to be living under one roof …
April 7, 2020 – Jonathan Stuchbery, Fr. Mike’s son, toured with Living Room Live (Canada’s classical house concert network) all over BC in January and has been invited to be a part of their latest series of 40-min concerts.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Living Room Live started live streaming a 5-concert series on Wednesday evenings during the month of April, featuring a different musician every week.
Jonathan performs on Wednesday, April 8 at 8:00 pm (EDT).
On Living Room Live‘s website is a concert link, which will take you to the live stream (second from top is Jonathan).
April 3, 2019 – The Ontario government released extensive COVID-19 modelling, revealing several scenarios that project the potential number of cases and deaths.
Over the course of the pandemic, between 3,000 and 15,000 deaths related to COVID-19 are predicted with current public health measures in place, compared to a total projected 100,000 deaths if no action were taken.
By taking further measures, Ontario can further reduce the number of cases and deaths related to COVID-19 down to projections as low as 12,500 additional cases and 200 additional deaths by the end of April.
March 29, 2020 – St. Philip’s is coming closer together in uncertain times of social distancing. We streamed our first ever live Sunday service this morning, which was well accepted by a large number of parishioners.
Thank you for this great response. We look forward to “seeing” you all again soon at
Weekday Evening Prayer (Monday to Friday, 5:00 PM)
March 28, 2020 – The Ontario government is taking immediate and decisive action to further stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and well-being of all Ontarians.
This order does not apply to funerals which are permitted to proceed with up to 10 people at one time. Also excluded are private households with five people or more. Further, the order does not apply to child care centres, supporting frontline health care workers and first responders, provided the number of persons at each centre does not exceed 50 people.