From the Dean
Dear People of Christ Cathedral,
In the last two days, things have continued to develop very rapidly with regard to the coronavirus and more and more facets of our lives have been disrupted. Even with the constant flow of information and data, there is still much that we do not know and cannot anticipate. What we do know, is that the virus continues to spread and all of us are being asked to take extraordinary measures to help “flatten the curve.” As Michael Curry, our Presiding Bishop has said, the next 30-60 days at the least are simply going to be unlike anything we have experienced in recent history.
As we work together to take necessary and appropriate precautions and to do our part to help control the spread of the virus, Bishop Mark Cowell has decided that all public worship services, meetings and events held in churches in our diocese will be suspended until further notice. This decision, which mirrors that of many dioceses throughout the Episcopal Church, was made to help protect and promote the health and safety of those who worship at Christ Cathedral and in other churches. This was not an easy decision, but it is necessary, and it is one that I fully support.
To that end, we are making plans to provide live online worship on Sundays and at other times from the Cathedral until we are able to worship together again in person. More information about those opportunities for worship and how to participate in them will be coming to you as soon as possible. Please note that Stations of the Cross and the Taizé Service scheduled for this evening at 6:00 p.m. will not take place.
If there is a death in our parish during the time that public worship is suspended and the need for an immediate funeral, the other clergy and I will work to make arrangements that will fit the guidelines established by our bishop.
As we continue to hear about and are asked to practice social distancing, my commitment to you is that we will do everything we can to find ways for us to stay connected. As I have said before, it is imperative that we stay in touch, support each other, pray for each other and for our community, for our country and for the world.
God bless you and keep you and remember the words of St Paul when he says,
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.