Letter from Bishop Clyde Martin Harvey to the Diocese of St. George’s in Grenada
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ,
Once more we greet you on the day of the Lord, Sunday, as we observe this year’s Lent in a way determined by COVID 19. We dare to believe that the hand of God is in the midst of all this – protecting us, we trust; but also challenging us to love one another through it all.
This love shows itself by the way we reach out to those most in need of our help and by the concern we show to ensure that we do not get the virus ourselves and do not transmit the virus to others.
WE MUST OBSERVE THE REGULATION THAT WE SHOULD NOT GATHER IN GROUPS MORE THAN 25 AND, WHEN GATHERING, WE SHOULD OBSERVE PHYSICAL DISTANCE.
Please observe physical distance of six(6) feet when we meet others, especially if we are coughing or sneezing. Persons can carry the virus without symptoms. It stays on our clothes and on solid surfaces. We have to be careful without being paranoid. This MUST be observed at Church services.
Funerals pose a particular problem. The churches and funeral agencies have agreed that all funerals will be private – not more than 25 persons, observing the physical distancing rule. We beg you to co-operate in this matter. In South Korea and Italy, funerals have been a major contact point for the virus.
If anyone is sick and should be anointed, now is the time to ask your priest to do so. Do not wait until the government implements more restrictions.
I invite you to join us this week for a Special Lenten Mission on Good News Catholic Radio 99.5FM and on Flow Channel 30 (EWTN) and our Facebook page beginning at 8:00p.m. Monday through Friday.
Pray the Rosary every day and trust the Lord as we go through this crisis.
Yours in the loving kindness of the Lord,
Clyde Martin Harvey
Bishop of St.George’s-in-Grenada.