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Since the re-introduction of the Provincial State of Emergency last week, I am very aware of the significant changes that have happened in the way we are able to conduct our worship services and other meetings.

This is a very difficult time for all of us, and each of our parishes has responded in a different way to allow our worship life to continue.

The change in our situation is obviously disappointing for everyone, and I’m grateful for the ways everyone is responding.

In meetings I had last week, it’s clear to me that health professionals are facing tremendous pressure, particularly those who are face-to-face with patients. I know that this extends to many others working to keep things going in our province. Please be aware of this and if you know of anyone who is in such a position, perhaps you could reach out to them to offer support.

The past 18 months have been a strain on all of us for many and varied reasons. We all know some of the issues that have arisen with regard to mental health, loneliness and isolation.

Please continue to be aware of family, friends and neighbours who are having difficulty, and if you are in that position, please consider contacting someone such as your parish priest to ask for support.

Let us pray: Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.