As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, it is clear that this will be a Lent like no other. A Lent where the faithful cannot meet together and cannot receive Christ’s body and blood, soul and divinity in the Eucharist. It’s a Lent where our emphasis on ‘real presence’ is being challenged as we discover how to transition temporarily from ‘real presence’ to ‘digital presence.’ It is essential at this time to recognise that though our buildings are closed, the Church is not! The Church of course is not a building. As such, it is not a time to shut down, it’s a time to reconfigure. The mission of Christ to make disciples of all nations remains our focus, but our strategies for achieving this mission must change! Now is the time for the Church to break new ground in reaching out to parishioners and beyond to ensure that those in our communities continue to encounter Jesus, feel loved, connected, cared for, and listened to in a time of social distancing and isolation. God’s word through Moses to Israel many centuries ago remains relevant for us today:
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord our God goes with us; he will never leave us nor forsake us (Deut 31:6).
Evangelisation Brisbane is here to work with you, encourage you and support you as you reconfigure your ministry to an online platform, so feel free to call or email our office to discuss how we can be of service to you. We are also in the process of developing online resources to support you and your parishioners at this time, and we’ll be in touch as these resources become available.
May the God of peace calm our anxiety, heal our world and by his perfect love, drive out fear.
Dcn Peter Pellicaan
Executive Director – Evangelisation Brisbane
Initiatives for Parishes and Communities during COVID-19 (Download PDF) – five strategies that parishes and communities can do during isolation
Prayers/Resources during COVID-19 – some simple prayers and scripture references to use during times of Pandemic
The Church’s Social Mission during the Covid-19 Pandemic – a starting point providing information to enable support for those affected by the pandemic and the restrictions put in place