Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19’

Pentecost Pastoral letter – June 4, 2020

Posted on: April 28th, 2020 by stphilip

“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

Easter Sunday service well attended

Posted on: April 12th, 2020 by stphilip

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 …

Easter Sunday service at St. Philip’s

Bishop shares Easter video message

Posted on: April 11th, 2020 by stphilip

April 11, 2020 – The day is coming, and it is very soon, when we will break bread, pour out wine and sing the first word of the first day of the week: Hallelujah, Christ is risen!

Bishop Andrew Asbil has shared this video message for Easter with the Diocese.

Archbishop urges Anglicans to ring Easter bells

Posted on: April 10th, 2020 by stphilip

April 7, 2020 – In her video message for Holy Week, Archbishop Anne Germond, Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario, is inviting all Anglicans to ring bells on Easter morning at 9 am.

“I invite you make this joyful, hopeful announcement wherever you are by ringing bells at 9 o’clock. Home bells, church bells. Let us make a joyful noise!”

The Toronto College of Bishops wholeheartedly endorses the Archbishop’s invitation!

You can also read the text of the Archbishop’s video as a pastoral letter.

Classical House Concert on April 8 – Live Stream

Posted on: April 8th, 2020 by stphilip

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).

#COVID-19 UPDATE# Projected number of cases and deaths can be significantly reduced if people stay home

Posted on: April 4th, 2020 by stphilip

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.

Source: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-provides-full-transparency-by-releasing-covid-19-modelling.html

St. Philip’s goes digital

Posted on: March 30th, 2020 by stphilip

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)
  • Friday Centering Prayer Meditation (Friday mornings, 9:30 AM)
  • Sunday Worship (Sunday mornings, 10:30 AM)

Please check the What’s New and Worship pages of our website for updates.

Stay at home and stay healthy. God bless.

#COVID-19 Update# Ontario Prohibits Gatherings of More Than 5 People

Posted on: March 29th, 2020 by stphilip

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.

Source: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/3/ontario-prohibits-gatherings-of-five-people-or-more-with-strict-exceptions.html

#COVID-19 Update# Cemeteries directed to open for interments

Posted on: March 24th, 2020 by stphilip

March 24, 2020 – The CEO and Registrar of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) issued a directive to all cemeteries in Ontario. The Registrar states that cemeteries must

[…] be available for interments immediately or as soon as possible, if restricted by ground conditions. This means staff and equipment must be ready to accommodate requests for interments […] https://thebao.ca/registrars-directive-cemeteries/