May 22 Letter from Fr Bryan
May 22, 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,
COVID-19 has brought with it many challenges to us as a community of faith, not the least of which is the inability to gather in person. In consultation with my Finance Council, my Leadership Team, and the Archdiocese, Sharon Hebert and Gina Bright are no longer under the employ of Holy Trinity parish. This was a very difficult and painful decision, necessitated by two main factors: (1) the reality of structures having become obsolete and; (2) financial constraints on the parish and our entire community. Given the long-term effect COVID-19 has had and will continue to have on our parish, especially with regard to our ability to gather, the positions of “housekeeper” and “office manager” became untenable. This difficult decision has indeed brought the parish some financial relief as we continue to adapt our structures and be good stewards of the gifts God continues to provide us. Sharon and Gina qualify for government assistance during this time. However, I do ask that you keep them both in your prayers.
In the midst of every season of difficulty it’s important to ask, what is God doing, and what opportunities is He providing us?
At Holy Trinity we have been asking that question, and at Saint Benedict parish they have been asking that question also. And I do believe that when we seek the Lord together, He often provides out of His great abundance. One of our great needs at our parish has been someone to take charge of our communications, and during this pandemic, when everything went online, the need only increased. Father Simon Lobo, pastor of Saint Benedict, has offered the time and considerable talents of Kate Robinson, at no cost to us, to help us for a few months to bring our communications to the next level. You will have seen evidence of that already in the launch of our new e-bulletin “First 5.”
Kate Robinson has worked at Saint Benedict parish for the past 10 years. Among the various roles she has had, she served as the Director of Communications. She brings considerable expertise in publishing, working with websites, graphic design, and more. And she shares our mission to make and equip disciples who joyfully go and invite others to Jesus. We are thrilled that she will be sharing time between us and Saint Benedict for the next few months.
May 8th Letter from Fr Bryan
May 8, 2020
Dear faithful parishioners,
Alleluia! Christ is Risen! This year we celebrated the Triduum in a way we never thought possible. Now that our only option for church is online, we are doing everything we can to reach our parishioners. But we also see a new mission field outside our walls. People are hungry for what the Church can offer in these times of crisis and we can’t forget our mission to reach them. Our mission hasn’t changed but our methods must. We can continue to make and equip disciples who joyfully go and invite others to Jesus.
Like all families our expenses continue. As a result of not being able to gather as a community our donations are down. We are cutting costs by reducing phone lines, keeping the heat at a bare minimum to avoid damage in all three buildings, and cancelling contracts for various services, while still continuing to serve our community through our Faith Formation programs online and caring for the poor through the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
We are blessed to be able to connect with you through our live stream mass each Sunday morning at 10am and to have shared our Easter Mission though live stream too. To participate in Mass and view the mission please visit www.holytrinityns.ca.
Your contributions are vital to help find safe and meaningful ways to continue to minister in these challenging days. How can you help?
- Signup for Pre Authorized Remittance (PAR) (form enclosed)
- E-transfer funds to email@example.com
- Donate online at www.holytrinityns.ca, using the GIVE button.
- Mail your cheque to the parish office.
“He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.” – 2 Corinthians 9:10-12
Through Christ’s Resurrection we, as his followers, are a Resurrection People; a people called to witness to others the new life that Christ brings to all. With your support we can share with one another the hope, faith, and care that is so needed during this challenging time. Thank you for your generosity.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Bryan Sabourin CC, Pastor
- All weekend and weekday Masses at all three church locations are suspended until further notice (please see letter below from the Archdiocese for more details).
- Sunday 10am Mass will be live-streamed. Please visit our Home page and scroll down under “Livestream” for the link.
- All three Holy Trinity church buildings are closed until further notice.
- The Parish Office is closed until further notice. However, voicemails and e-mails will be checked Monday-Friday morning.
- Adoration will will be streamed live Wednesday and Friday from 9am-12pm. Please visit our Home page and scroll down under “Livestream” for the link.
- Confessions will be heard by appointment only. Please contact the parish office firstname.lastname@example.org or (902)865-2112 ex. 0
- Joy of the Gospel Teaching Series will be live-streamed on Thursday evenings.
- All face to face meetings, gatherings, prayer groups, Stations of the Cross, etc. are suspended until further notice.
- Friday night BINGO is cancelled.
- For information about funerals please contact the parish office email@example.com or (902)865-2112 ex. 0
For ongoing updates on cancellations please continue to visit our website or call 902-865-2112 and dial extension 44.
To e-mail the church: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may be wondering about your Sunday obligation. If circumstances prevent you from coming to Mass, such as Mass not being offered, you cannot be held to account for something you are unable to do. So you do not have to worry.
How Do I Continue to Give to Holy Trinity?
We do encourage you, if possible, to continue giving financially to the parish during this time. Most of our financial obligations will continue, and your contributions will be vital for our continued viability once we are on the other side of contending with this virus. We are so grateful for your continued support.