The Healing Power of Holy Communion

Sunday, November 21, 11:00am
Join us for our first Communion Service since COVID

John Vianney, sometimes called "the Patron Saint of the Parish Priest," wrote, "When we receive Holy Communion, we experience something extraordinary - a joy, a fragrance, a well-being that thrills the whole body and causes it to exalt." After almost twenty months without being able to gather for Communion we long for the joy of receiving communion. In fact, in recent months, one of the most frequent questions I have been asked has been, "When will we be able to have Communion again?"

I am so glad to finally be able to inform you that we will be celebrating the Lord's Supper this coming Sunday as part of our 11 a.m service. Some will wonder how we can do this safely, but rather than distributing the elements in the traditional way, upon arrival worshippers will be given the bread and cup in a sealed package which they will be invited to open, eat, and drink at the appropriate time in the service.

An added bonus on Sunday will be the privilege of welcoming internationally renowned pianist, Heléna Bowkun, to offer the preludes. She will be starting at approximately 10:40 a.m.

I have also been asked frequently if there is any word on the arrival of the refugee families which we were well under way in sponsoring prior to the pandemic. Kevin Carpenter, Chair of our Refugee Resettlement Committee, is having an information session online this evening at 7 p.m. at which time we will get the latest updates and learn what we can do to help prepare for their arrival. I invite you register and join us.

I also encourage you to continue to pray for British Columbia. This week's avalanches and flood waters have claimed at least one life and cut off many B.C. communities. As you may know I grew up in B.C. and it has an important place in many of our hearts, including mine. I have posted a prayer on my blog and invite you to pray it with me.

We look forward to seeing you at Church.

Sunday, November 21, 11:00am
Join us for our first Communion Service since COVID.

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