The Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 22, 2020
Sunday Eucharist Is Canceled
Dear Parish Family:
Given the ever changing landscape connected to the spread of the Coronavirus, and upon the recommendation of our Bishops in the ECCT, the Vestry and Clergy of Saint John’s Church have canceled all worship services until Sunday March 29th. In addition to this, the parish office will be closed for the foreseeable future, and most of our staff will be working from home. All group activity at Saint John’s Church is canceled until further notice; this also applies to outside groups and ministries using our facilities. Social distancing is being encouraged for everyone, in order to curb the spread of COVID -19.
Fr. Sandy, and I will be available should anyone need urgent pastoral care, and support. I will be working with Fr. Sandy, and Sean Jackson, to explore media options to keep us all connected in prayer, and faithful service to our Lord. This is a new experience for all of us, but we are a people of faith, the Body of Christ, and during this time of Lent, we will make our desert journey with our eyes placed on the time of Resurrection to come. We will get through this worldwide pandemic sustained by our faith, and prudent choices.
During this time of uncertainty, please check our FB page, website, and E-Blasts, for updates. E-Blasts will be forthcoming with updated news. For those who can only be reached by telephone, we ask that you make this known by calling Ms. Kathy McBride, our Parish Administrator, at the church. The parish telephone number is (203) 348-2619. If no one is available to answer your call, please leave a message, we will get back to you.
Let’s all keep ourselves in prayer. The following prayer is most appropriate:
In this time of uncertainty and fear, help us be love, mercy, and peace for ourselves and for others as we face coronavirus in the Unites States and around the world.
Help us hold close in our hearts those who have died, and their loved ones who mourn them.
Those who are sick or are trying to seek medical care.
Those who don’t have paid sick leave, benefits, or job security.
Those whose schools have closed and don’t have access to food, safe homes, or technology.
Those can’t travel to be with loved ones who are ill or dying.
Those who are facing discrimination and harassment because of their ethnicity.
Those who are struggling with loneliness during this time of social isolation.
Those who are frightened and losing hope.
Help us find joy, however small it seems.
Help us remain hopeful.
Help us remember that “All shall be well, for there is a force of love moving through the universe that holds us fast and will never let us go.” Amen.
In closing, I have every confidence that we as a parish family will get through this pandemic, reflecting the ever shining face of the Christ. God’s grace, mercy, and peace be upon us, as we face this challenging time.
In the Love of our Lord,
The Rev. Wilfredo Benitez
The Rev. Wilfredo Benitez
Priest In Charge (PPIC)
Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Stamford, CT.
“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received–only what you have given.”
~ Francis of Assisi
“My life is but a fraction of a nanosecond in Eternity, and even that’s an illusion.”
~ Wilfredo Benitez