Message from Fr. Samuel and the Parish Council

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and soundness of mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

 

Click HERE to read the diocesan directive.


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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


During this time of uncertainty, our Primate, Bishop Daniel Findikyan, has provided direction for the safe operation of our parishes.


Effective immediately, the church is closed to all parishioners until the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic has subsided. Please do not come to church on Sunday, or at any other time, until you receive notice that the church is re-opened.


Accordingly, there will be no Friday Evening Lenten hsgoom and no gatherings of any kind in the church until further notice. Badarak will be celebrated on Sunday for the glory of God, but only the priest and a deacon will participate and no one other than the clergy will be in the church. Parishioners may not come to church for the Holy Badarak, or otherwise, until further notice.  There will be no Sunday School or Armenian School. Baptisms will be performed only in case of emergencies at hospitals, and funerals will be performed only at gravesides, not in the church.


More information about Holy Week (April 5 – April 11) will be provided in the future. For now, our Bishop has directed that the church will remain closed until at least April 9, which is the Thursday of Holy Week.


We understand that closing the church to parishioners is deeply upsetting. Our Bishop has taken these actions after much prayer, consultation, and a thorough assessment of the facts, to safeguard our health and well-being. We urge the faithful to remain fervent in prayer and to keep our Lord Jesus Christ in their hearts during this difficult period and keep the spirit of Great Lent alive in private worship.


While these developments are unsettling to us all, trials and uncertainty also provide opportunities for us to express our faith more greatly. St. Paul in his letter to the Romans writes, "We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose." Let us take this opportunity to pray more fervently. Let us use this time to hear God's voice and purpose through reading the Bible. Let us reach out by calling the vulnerable in our community, and by encouraging one another, lifting up the hearts of the lonely. Let us give generously to those in need when we are able.


For your spiritual needs, please do not hesitate to call Der Samuel, who is available by phone or email (218-209-1899 or fr.samuel@outlook.com). The Parish Council also is available by phone or email to answer questions, address concerns and maintain close communication.


As our Bishop has communicated to clergy, “What is certain in this time, as always, is the attentive presence of Almighty God, our Lord Jesus Christ. We place our trust in his infinite love for humanity, and his limitless mercy and compassion. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray that our Lord will compensate for the frail steps we are taking and have mercy on us.”

 

With prayers,

Der Samuel and The Parish Council

March 18, 2020