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As of Wednesday, March 18th, Archbishop Melissa has directed that all public worship in the Diocese of New Westminster be suspended. Her communique includes the following details:

  • all Sunday and weekday in-person worship is suspended
  • all other in-person parish activities are suspended. This includes all classes, meetings, most weddings and all outreach programs.
  • Funerals will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
  • She strongly recommends that parish offices be closed to the pubilc. If staff decide to come in, then stringent sanitation and social distancing practices are to be observed.
  • User groups are also to suspend activities.

The diocese is helping parish leaders figure out ways to connect virtually.

Please pray for Archbishop Melissa, Executive Archdeacon Douglas Fenton, Interim Chief Financial Officer Shailene Caparas, Director of Mission and Ministry Development Tellison Glover, and Communications Officer Randy Murray.