As many of you are aware, parish leadership is taking the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation seriously and is continuously monitoring Health Canada and Middlesex-London Health Unit for further updates on the progression of the virus in our country and local community. These updates allow parish leadership to thoughtfully discern the processes needed to protect our staff and parishioners.
Based on current information regarding COVID-19, Fr. Bob has decided to cancel all events with 50+ participants, except Mass, at the parish until further notice.
Starting next week, the following programs are cancelled:
The current Alpha session
No Greater Love Bible Study
Additional cancellations may follow in the next few weeks. We kindly request that if you or a loved one have recently travelled outside of the country and are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e., cough and fever) to please stay home from Mass. Together, we can help prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
It’s likely you’ve recently had a conversation or heard news about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation here in London, across the country and around the world.
We wanted to check-in and provide an update about what this means for Holy Family Parish.
The health of our parishioners and staff is a top priority, and we’ve taken precautionary steps to lessen the currently low Canadian public risk associated with COVID-19.
Enhancing our cleaning processes.
Removing the holy water from the font in the nave to avoid cross contamination.
Promoting everyday preventive behaviors with our Ministries and teams.
Encouraging parishioners to stay at home if they are sick.
Asking parishioners to nod their heads instead of shaking hands during the Sign of Peace.
Adhering to risk-informed decision-making regarding Parish events as advised by the Government of Canada and the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) https://www.healthunit.com/news/novel-coronavirus . This means that some parish events may be postponed or cancelled. Parish leadership will inform group leaders a couple days in advance of an event cancellation.
We are a diverse parish and have loved ones all over the world, including places that are more widely affected than London and Canada. We commit to moving forward with thoughtful consideration given towards our communities, parishioners and staff.
Yesterday, Holy Family Parish hosted a “Legacy Planning” session, with Diane Wood, Tax Partner at KPMG, as special guest. Facilitated by our very own Chris Wright, a Financial Planner by profession, the session focused on long-term financial planning that maximizes your estates ability to give, and minimizes what you have to pay in tax. As we continue to focus on what Holy Family Parish needs to move forward in furthering its ‘Mission’, we are confident that this type of information will assist all parishioners in making financial decisions in support of that.We would like to thank everyone involved for taking the time out of their busy schedules to spend an evening in support of our Vision.
We’ve updated the March 1 issue of “Our Family Overview.” Access it here. The version published on February 28 did not list the correct day of the week for the Legacy Planning event. The Legacy Planning event is on Tuesday, March 10, not Wednesday.
Did you know that significant tax breaks are available to you as you make your charitable contributions? If you had a choice to give money to two of these three groups, which two would you choose: family, Canada Revenue Agency, or charity? Most of us are unaware of what enormous good we can do for not-for-profit organizations, like Holy Family Parish, by giving money to the parish rather than to income tax. If we have caught your attention, we have a good news story to share with you at a gathering we are sponsoring at Holy Family on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. A senior tax partner with KPMG (a Canadian audit tax & advisory service), will offer significant insight. We will also have the manager of St. Peter’s Cemetery present to answer questions re: funeral costs. Please join us!