What a month this has been! I pray that all of you are safe and well and that you remain so.
Let’s pray for those who have lost their lives, especially those heroes, those health care workers that made the ultimate sacrifice to help save others.
A short essay has made its way around the internet over the past month. It spoke to me and I would like to refer to it and the comparison of these last weeks.
The very first Easter was not in a crowded worship space with singing and praising. On the very first Easter the disciples were locked in their house. It was dangerous for them to come out. They were afraid…If they left their homes their lives and the lives of their loved ones might be at risk.
Alone in their homes they dared to believe that hope was possible, that God’s love was the most powerful…Eventually, they were able to leave their homes, when the fear and danger had subsided. They went around celebrating and spreading the good news that Jesus has risen and love was the most powerful force on the earth.
This year, we might get to experience a taste of what that first Easter was like, still in our homes daring to believe that hope is on the horizon. Then, after a while, when it is safe for all people when it is the most loving choice, we will come out, gathering together, singing and shouting the good news that God brings life even out of death, that love always has the final say!
This year we might get the closest taste we have had yet to what that first Easter was like.
Although the author is unknown, it’s a sobering thought to remember that the disciples were worried, scared, hiding alone… “sheltering in place.”
Perhaps being with our loved ones for this extended period of time has opened your eyes a bit. I know it has opened mine. What’s really important in my life? What are my priorities? What are my opportunities to serve…to love?
As we pray for a return to our normal lives let’s pledge to not let the lessons of these past weeks be for-gotten when we return to the hustle and bustle of “normalcy.”
Lewans Agency Guidelines for personal visits during the Covid-19 pandemic
The vision of our founder, the Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney, was to protect Catholic families in times of need. As we navigate through these challenging times and look to continue that mission, the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Agency through its dedicated agents, have implemented the following Best Practices to ensure your safety as we strive to meet the needs of our members and their families.
- As always, appointments will be pre-arranged beforehand and confirmed.
- Upon arrival at your residence, the field agent will call to notify his arrival so as to be met at the door to limit contact with any doorbells or surfaces. Foot-wear will remain outside of the house for further safety.
- The field agent will maintain a 2-metre distance from you and your family. A meeting at the kitchen table or similar venue will facilitate this.
- The field agent will avoid touching any surfaces when at all possible.
- The field agent will use hand sanitizer prior to entering your home and prior to starting the meeting.
- Sorry, but we won’t shake hands; even elbow pumps are a little too close.
- The field agent will have his own pen, and may you please have your own. No sharing pens!
- When required, quotes will be sent electronically ahead of time in order to facilitate a more timely discussion and follow up questions. Please print off a copy of the illustration for easy review.
- The field agent will graciously decline to have a coffee or other beverage.
- The field agent will not ask to use your washroom.
- The application process can be handled electronically and signed as such.
- In the days leading up to your appointment, if you have shown ANY signs of Covid-19, please reschedule your appointment. The field agent will reciprocate. A meeting by Skype can be arranged as an alternative.
- In the days leading up to your appointment, if you have been around anyone who has shown ANY signs of Covid-19, please reschedule your appointment. The field agent will reciprocate. A meeting by Skype can be arranged as an alternative.
- In the 2 weeks prior to your appointment, if you have been outside of Saskatchewan for any reason, please reschedule your appointment. A meeting by Skype can be arranged as an alternative.
- If requested, the field agent will wear a mask during the meeting.
- After the meeting please clean your table and wash your hands as per provincial guidelines.