Information for Members of Meadow Lake Cluster, June 2020
As a result of COVID-19, our ability to gather as God’s people has undergone some serious restrictions and we will continue to experience restrictions/changes as the coming weeks and months unfold. We thank you for your understanding and your care for your self and your brothers and sisters.
Going forward, we must live with the awareness that the virus is unseen, and we can be infected if we are not careful. As we gather once again for the physical celebration of the Eucharist, the Church has two concerns: that we take care of one another, and that all who want to take part in the liturgy have equal opportunity to do so. The “how” of our liturgical celebrations will be informed by the Saskatchewan Health Authority Guidelines, the Guidelines from the Diocese of Prince Albert, our own situation as a Cluster and the size of our various facilities.
People who have traveled out of province or have engaged in high risk activities (large group gatherings) are asked to wait 14 days before attending a liturgy.
If you feel ill, have a cough or a fever please do not come to the liturgy.
If you are over the age of 60, have a compromised immune system or live with people who have a compromised immune system, please be aware of the risk you are taking.
The dispensation from physically taking part in the Sunday liturgy is still in effect and will remain in effect until the Bishop announces otherwise. You are still encouraged to take part in the liturgy via television or online celebrations if you can.
How can I physically participate in the Liturgy?
If you would like to attend a liturgy, please call the Parish Office at (306) 236 5122. Your name, the number of people coming with you, the date of the liturgy you are interested in attending, and your contact information will be requested.
If we have more requests than we can safely accommodate at the liturgy, we will make a draw on Friday noon and then contact you Friday afternoon, letting you know that you have been selected to attend the liturgy. We cannot accommodate more than the number allowed by our building size and the guidelines.
Due to the sanitizing requirements, access within our buildings will be limited. Please be advised that there will be no access to bathrooms in our buildings and things we used to do may no longer be allowed.
What can I expect when I come to the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist?
These guidelines will be changed as we receive direction from the Saskatchewan Health Authority, from the Diocese of Prince Albert or from the leadership of our particular parish community.
I personally want to thank you for your understanding during these changing times. We can rely on the faithfulness of God. What is less reliable is how we will celebrate God’s faithfulness in and through the sacraments in the weeks and months to come. We do know that there will be more changes in the near future.
If you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office at (306) 236 5122.
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Hi! My name is Fr. Doug Jeffrey, OMI and I am the pastor of the Meadow Lake Cluster. I serve the faith communities of Our Lady of the Smile, Waterhen, St. Jude's, Green Lake and Our Lady of Peace, Meadow Lake. I arrived in the cluster on August 15th, 2019. You can see more information about me on the home page!