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March 21, 2020

Bishop Provenzano gives an update to Diocese of Long Island regarding the Coronavirus.
(Courtesy of: Diocese of Long Island)

Dear Parish Family,

What a long, strange week it's been! However, God is good and we muddle through. I pray that you are all well. The gardens seem to think it is Easter as many of the bulbs are up and blooming. The weeping cherry by the side door is in bud and will bloom this week. I spent some time today repairing the hardware on the flag pole, and we are once again flying our flags. The carillon sings out to the neighborhood that we are here.

We are fortunate to be able to celebrate the Eucharist tomorrow morning at 10:00. We will be on Facebook and on the website.

The website is the better option as you will be able to follow along with the bulletin. (Huge thanks to Teddy Byrne for making it possible.) You are all in my thoughts and prayers and I miss you very much. Please feel free to contact me by phone or email or text any time. Stay safe and wash your hands!

My love to each of you,
Fr. B.

Please pass the word to those who are not on line. Thanks!

March 13, 2020

Dear Parish Family,

Bishop Provenzano held an online meeting with the clergy of the Diocese this afternoon. He shared with us some disturbing realities about the spread of the Coronavirus. As chairman of the board of St. John's Episcopal Hospital, he has the inside track on information. In a video you can see on the diocesan website (we have embedded it here), he says, " It is clear to me that the science that is involved mandates that for a period of time we must enter into a time of social distancing. And so beginning tomorrow, March 14th and continuing through at least March 26 when we will reevaluate where we are, I am going to suspend all public worship. That means that we will suspend all liturgies. That although our church buildings may be open, we will not gather our people for the normal liturgies on Sundays, (or Tuesdays in our case) gatherings of prayer groups and Lenten studies and Bible studies and we will curtail the accessibility of our space for those who use our space for large group meetings."

So, we have entered what feels to me like The Twilight Zone. But whether we are in the Twilight Zone, the Land of Milk and Honey or even the Valley of the Shadow of Death, God is with us.The paradox is that to stay together, we must stay physically apart.

We plan to livestream a service on Facebook on Sunday morning at 10:00 AM. We invite you to tune in and take part. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page. Wash your hands, pray for each other and for me, and keep in touch.

Faithfully, Fr. B.

I forgot an important P.S.............. In case you had not gotten the word the St. Pat's dinner had to be cancelled.

Bishop Provenzano addresses the Diocese of Long Island regarding the Coronavirus.
(Courtesy of: Diocese of Long Island)

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