The Government of Canada has designated Thursday, March 11, 2021, as a National Day of Observance to commemorate the people who have lost their lives and the significant impacts we have all experienced through COVID-19. The National Day of Observance is an opportunity to honour the memory of those we have lost, recognize everyone who has been impacted by COVID-19, and pay tribute to all those who continue to work hard and make incredible sacrifices in the pandemic.
St. Stephen’s has prepared and will enable parishioners to participate in the commemoration in a manner that reflects the values and style of our faith community.
The bell at St. Stephen’s will be tolled at 12 pm on March 11, 2021 to honour the memory of those we have lost to COVID-19.
As we remember before you the thousands who have died,
Surround us and all who mourn with your strong compassion,
Be gentle with us in your grief,
Protect us from despair.
And give us the grace to persevere
And face the future with hope
In Jesus Christ our risen Lord.
Yours in faith, your Corporation at St. Stephen’s Anglican, Calgary:
Heather Campbell, Reverend Charmaine Evans, Lynda Greuel, Louise Redmond, and Robert Walker
Mid morning on Friday, November 13th, 2020 St. Stephen’s leadership was advised that despite the Alberta Government guidance of faith based gatherings being limited to one-third capacity, the Diocese of Calgary and the Archbishop have requested the cancelation of all in-person worship until further notice out of an abundance of caution and care. There will be no in-person worship at St. Stephen’s until further notice to respect this direction from the Archbishop and the Diocese. St. Stephen’s will produce a live-stream and recorded service for Sunday, November 15th, 2020.
The leadership at St. Stephen’s Anglican Calgary is providing guidance on how we will manage and mitigate the local risk for acquiring COVID-19 at St. Stephen’s. Earlier this week, the government of Alberta implemented public health restrictions for mass gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 which exempted places of worship, they however acknowledged that events of 50 or more with a vulnerable high-risk population, which includes many seniors and individuals with compromised immune systems, like we have at St. Stephen’s, should be cancelled. The Diocese of Calgary has suspended all public services effective Sunday, March 15, 2020 until Tuesday, March 31st, 2020.
In this time of stress and isolation, our faith community can be a place of strength, safety, and support. As responsible, faithful, and caring Christians, we must provide risk mitigation for our community at our Sunday worship services and for our critical staff during the week. The peace of Christ will reach you at home, in your place of self-quarantine, and through the constant prayers of our community for one another.
Your St. Stephen’s Wardens:
Cameron Bush, Heather Campbell, Lynda Greuel, and Louise Redmond