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COVID-19 PANDEMIC

AS OF MARCH 20, 2020

The Greek Orthodox Community of West Island of Montreal is asking all of its Parishioners to comply with the government and medical guidelines and restrictions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. In these unprecedented times, we are guided by our obligation of “greatly guarding our health”to do everything to slow the spread of COVID-19. This is, quite simply, a matter of life and death.

The community, according to the instructions of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada and the government guidelines observes the rule of not allowing congregations in its premises until further notice

Divine services will be conducted by Father Lambros our Chanter and Sexton, but they will be without the participation of the faithful.

We intend to broadcast live the full sermon starting at 9 AM through our Facebook Page (Greek Orthodox Community of West Island of Montreal)

The church will remain open daily for personal prayers 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Confessions may be arranged with the priest by appointment

Funerals will be conducted within a small family circle

Memorial services must be arranged with the priest

No gatherings are permitted in the church area

No gatherings and coffee offerings will be allowed in the hall. Both the hall and the kitchen area are off-limits to all

All donations and fees payments should be made online or by cheque

The office will remain open Monday- Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. All inquiries should be made by phone or email and not by personal visits to the office

Our Saturday Pythagoras Greek School will be closed for the duration of this Pandemic or till further notice

Please do not convene private prayer gatherings. At this time, the very real possible threat to human life overrides the value and obligation of communal prayer.

Please refrain from any group gatherings of any kind.

All individuals, whether or not you are considered at high risk, should practice social distancing measures.

There are no exceptions to this rule. Please minimize your need to leave your home, minimize shopping trips, and limit outings to a refreshing walk outdoors with only those who live in your own home.

We know there are many questions arising with regards to the upcoming Easter Celebration. Our spiritual leader Father Lambros is available to address these questions

The practice of social distancing is of great importance. Whether. we are passively staying home, not going to work, or shutting down non-essential services, we are all helping to slow the spread of the virus. This is especially important because even people who are asymptomatic, can pass on the virus to others. Each person’s responsible behaviour will literally save lives.

While we must physically isolate, it is critical that we use all possible means of virtual communication to connect with others. Please think of those you know who are living alone and reach out to them.

Let’s all pray at home

Make our home a small church of God. God is omnipresent and we can pray anywhere we are. God will always listen to our prayers.

 

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