28, June 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Glory to Jesus Christ!
I’m glad to welcome back many of you after so many months apart. Dormition Parish has limited attendance Sunday Divine Liturgy!
Here is the video showing you the guidelines to follow when attending Liturgy. Please watch prior to arriving at the parish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYg51Sw2mJo.
Remember that there is still no obligation for anyone to attend services in a church as a group or to receive Communion. All those attending church services do so at their own risk. If you are sick or symptomatic, please stay home. If you are medically vulnerable, you are strongly encouraged to delay your return to services and continue to participate in services online. Be advised that our 9:30AM Sunday Liturgy and some weekday services (consult the Upcoming Liturgies & Events schedule) will continue to be Livestreamed.
To attend in person, pre-registration is a must. You can register online or by calling 306-652-4837 and leaving a message indicating your name, the number of persons from your immediate household planning to attend, and the date and time you would like to attend.
Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19. May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses.
Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them.
Pray for medical professionals, caregivers, and researchers responsible for fighting the new coronavirus:
God, as more people get sick, healthcare workers and first responders are working longer hours with fewer supplies and with more risk of contracting the new coronavirus themselves. Renew their energy and sustain them on long shifts. Bring Your protection upon them as they work with patients. Multiply their supplies so they have the protective items needed to stay safe on the job.
Inspire and invigorate the research doctors developing better tests to diagnose the virus, create vaccines to prevent it, and identify protocols to eliminate the disease’s spread.
APPEAL OF HIS BEATITUDE SVIATOSLAV
To the faithful of the UGCC and people of good will in Ukraine and throughout the world in response to the flooding in Western Ukraine
Your Graces and Excellencies, Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers, Venerable Brothers and Sisters in monastic and religious life Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
One of the elements which gives us and all that surrounds us life, and provides comfort in our homes, in these past days in areas of Western Ukraine has been transformed into a veritable disaster that is being characterized as the worst flood over the past century. Over 300 inhabited towns and villages are under water. Key transportation arteries have been ruined, railways and bridges have been damaged, thousands of buildings are without power. But the greatest disaster – human casualties. And so, at the opening of this appeal I express my sincere condolences and assurances of my prayers for those who lost their loved ones.
If the coronavirus pandemic restricted us to our own residences, this flooding has deprived thousands of people of that protection. Inclement weather has devastated harvests, destroyed planted fields and private gardens. People have lost their means for existence. Tens of thousands of hectares of land are covered with water and mud. People are being evacuated from their residences in large numbers in an effort to safeguard their lives. Hospitals have been inundated including facilities providing treatment to those infected by the coronavirus.
The effects of this flood in the present economic crisis, compounded by the pandemic, carry the threat of real social trouble on a national scale. If quick and decisive action is not taken, then before the winter we may find ourselves facing a humanitarian catastrophe.
In this pastoral appeal I reach out to all who have suffered from the flood, who experienced fear for their lives, pain and a sense of helplessness, especially to those who even now find themselves in the midst of this turbulent event, with the words of Jesus Christ: “Fear not!” Your Church, which constantly prays to the merciful God, is with you in this difficult time, and seeks to embrace you with her warmth, concern, and care. I wish to assure you, that she is and will be your voice and protector before the mighty of this world, and will carry the truth about your distress and despair to the global public and to the world Christian community.
Every calamity that people experience in their lives is an opportunity to show Christian solidarity and social service, so that those who are suffering might receive assistance as soon as possible. Therefore, I call upon our church institutions: eparchies, religious communities, and especially our network of the charitable foundation “Caritas,” to organize rescue for those who cry for help. I appeal to all communities of our Church in Ukraine and throughout the world, in the spirit of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel, to support those who are now deprived of their home and have come face-to-face with misfortune.
I direct my request to the world community and to international humanitarian organizations be open to respond to the needs of those who have become victims of the disaster that has afflicted regions in Western Ukraine.
As we look at the consequences of this catastrophe, we must at the same time reflect on what brought it about. Pope Francis says: “God always forgives, we men forgive sometimes, but nature never forgives.” The cause of this disaster that we are experiencing is this predatory attitude of humans towards the environment. Climate change on a global scale and uncontrolled destruction of Carpathian forests forced nature to raise its menacing voice, before which we cannot remain silent.
In this period of Peter’s fast, taking into account the present dramatic situation, I call on you to rethink your attitude towards your surrounding environment, a rethinking which should include being conscious of the danger of ecological sin, and repentance before the fact of God the Creator, in order that we may learn to care responsibly for our common God-given home and increase nature’s inheritance.
Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ! Those who have suffered from this calamity need our prayers and sympathy. I sincerely ask that this Sunday at Divine Liturgy we pray for all the victims of the flood and for those rescue workers who are dealing with its consequences.
May our Lord, who is with us always, in the joys and hardships of our life, help us overcome this trial with the dignity of God’s children. May the protection of the His Most Pure Mother, glorified in so many churches of our hospitable Carpathians, cover all who have become hostage to this aquatic calamity. Appealing to the Lord to send generous gifts upon those, who will help the victims, I pray that He might be merciful to all of us.
I continue to pray for all of you and your families. Let us find our encouragement these days from the Psalmist:
“Wait for the Lord; be strong; and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Psalm 27.14)
Brothers and Sisters,
Hang in there!
Remember that God loves you.
Fr. André Lalach
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