On behalf of the Parish Council and Father Gregory, I am contacting you once again with a disappointing update as it relates to our upcoming services. We had hoped to be able to all join together to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity later this week. Unfortunately, the recent surge of COVID cases and pressures in the hospitals have led to changes to the Public Health Orders and increased restrictions on public gatherings including those affecting churches. This impacts us, as we are no longer able to hold a service at St. Demetrios on Christmas morning. We have had to adjust our slate of services for the upcoming week and we now intend to hold the following services all at St. Nicholas of Narol:
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Vesperal Liturgy at 6pm
Dec. 25 Christmas Morning Festal Liturgy at 10am
Dec 26 Sunday Liturgy at 9:30am
Dec 27 Feast for St. Stephen the First Martyr at 10am.
The recent changes do put additional pressures on attendance, and to facilitate the coordination to optimize everyone’s ability to attend at least one service over this Christmas season, we have decided to move back to the email registration process for this week. Even if you have already registered via the Jotform App, we ask that you send an email to register for these services (Jotform registrations will be canceled for this slate of services). If everyone can email their registration preferences to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible that would be greatly appreciated. Including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices (if more than one option would work for you) will assist us as we schedule people in. If you would like to attend multiple services, you can identify that as well but please, be clear in your preferences. This way, if there is any space remaining in additional services we can be sure to add you.
When sending these in please identify all the names of those who would be in your cohort for that service as we will need to consider both the number of people and number of cohorts at this time. We will aim to have confirmation emails out by the 23rd at the latest (will do so earlier if we receive enough emails to do so).
We will also be live-streaming all these services as well so even though everyone will not be able to attend all the services they would like, we will have the virtual option available. Youtube Links will be sent out later this week.
If you have any questions or require additional clarification, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Thank you all for your understanding, and may each of you have a truly Blessed Christmas.