People of St Luke pay it forward on Palm Sunday 2020

Although the people of the parish did not gather on Palm Sunday, they did model their sense of gratitude and hope by paying it forward in the community. The parish made a donation of one thousand dollars to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) and designated their gift to assist with challenges related to COVID-19.

Recently, the Bishop of Toronto, Andrew Asbil, announced that the Executive Committee of the Diocese had declared two months of Jubilee for parishes in the Diocese. This means that, for the months of April and May, parishes are forgiven their allotment payments to the Diocese and, during that period, the Diocese will cover the costs of parish clergy. The total cost of this action of grace is 3.6 million dollars.

It was this kindness by the Diocese that inspired the parish to pay it forward by supporting the work of the healthcare team at PRHC who now face unprecedented challenges due to the Coronavirus.

The parish also provided palm crosses so that parishioners and friends of the parish could pick them up individually throughout Holy Week. The palm crosses were set outside the rear door of the church so that people could come individually and thereby observe Public Health directions for physical distancing. Feedback has been very positive about the symbolism that the life of the Church continues in spite of COVID-19 concerns and restrictions. For this reason also the hangings were changed to red for Holy Week.

In his letter mailed to the parish prior to Holy Week, Father Glenn said, "These are challenging and unprecedented times for each of us. May we be even more conscious, in these moments, that Christ is always the light that overwhelms any kind of darkness that may befall our world. ... Our journey through the darkness of the pandemic into the light of recovery includes many steps of faith toward an experience of new life -- a taste of the Easter Moment and a reminder of Jesus promise that he is with us always."

The People of St Matthew - St Aidan, Buckhorn, provided crosses created from palm fronds as a token of their good wishes for the People of St Luke's.

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  1. Doug Woods on 9 April 2020 at 11:56 AM

    “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High.” Psalm 50:14. We at St. Luke’s have much to be thankful for, and it’s good to share our blessing with others.

  2. Glenn on 8 April 2020 at 3:26 PM

    Greetings all,

    Palm fronds and crosses will be available for individual pick-up at the rear door of the church until Thursday after noon (Maundy Thursday). After that time, please let us know and we can see that they are available if you are unable to get one by Thursday. Please observe physical distancing. Our intention is for people to pick up the fronds / palm crosses as individuals. Blessings to all in Holy Week as we enter into Easter.


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