April 20, 2020

The 14TEN
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
Whisper of running streams, and winter lightning.
The wild thyme unseen and the wild strawberry,
The laughter in the garden, echoed ecstasy
Not lost, but requiring, pointing to the agony
Of death and birth .
~ TS Elliot
The Induction of the Venerable Christopher Pappas as Rector of Christ Church Cathedral will be held on Sunday, June 28 at 10:30am and the Feast of Ss Peter and Paul will be anticipated. The Archbishop will preside and preach. The liturgical colour will be red.

We send the assurance of our prayers and condolence to the Revd Art Turnbull on the death of Gordi, his wife. Our prayers for comfort are also extended to Art's family.

Dear People of the Diocese of New Westminster,
After consulting with many in the Diocese and with the Provincial Health Officer’s updates in mind, I am extending the time for the suspension of in-person worship in our churches into June. For now, I am setting Sunday, June 14 as the date by which we might move back into our church buildings for in-person worship. Keeping this date will, of course, very much depend on what the Provincial Health Officer provides in both the written directives and in the daily updates all of us are watching. This date provides impetus for us to provide more enhanced on-line liturgies as well as a time-frame to consider what next from June 14 onward. Again, if anything changes that might move the date forward or farther out, I will let all of you know with enough notice for you to plan. I know that this time of suspending in-person worship has been difficult for many. I thank you for all you’re doing to help our parishes and people stay connected during this unprecedented and challenging time.
Ordinations to the diaconate are scheduled to occur on Saturday, June 20 at 10:30am in Christ Church Cathedral. This date will be kept for now and may require some further consideration as to the number of those who are able to attend.
Diocesan Confirmation has been moved forward to Sunday, September 27 at 3pm in Christ Church Cathedral.

The Federal government has made favourable revisions to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). In response to an appeal made by Shailene Caparas, our Diocesan Director of Finance, and others across the Church, a change has been made to permit revenue reduction criterion for multiple employers that have a centralized payroll system (i.e., the Diocese of New Westminster providing payroll services to parishes under a single Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) payroll account). This strengthens our eligibility to qualify for the 75% subsidy of eligible remuneration up to 12 weeks from March 15-June 6, 2020.
To assess our eligibility for the 75% wage subsidy, please send your parish revenue information by downloading the template a t
Email the co mpleted form to Rachel Taylor at no later than April 30, Thursday
The Finance Department at the Synod Office will take care of subsidy applications for all clergy and lay staff under the Diocesan payroll account and will proportionately share it out to parishes. Since Diocesan Council has forgiven Parish Assessments through August 2020 and it is subsidizing 100% of clergy salary and benefits in April and May for parishes with less than $750,000 in the CTF , the share of parishes on government subsidies with respect to clergy salary and benefits will be subject for further discussion and approval by Diocesan Council. If your parish has its own payroll account at CRA, please apply separately for subsidy of employees under your own payroll account.
For more details about the 75% wage subsidy, visit or contact Shailene Caparas at

The questionnaire linked here is intended to guide your parish through all of the steps and decisions you will need to make to move ahead safely with your proposed Food Outreach program. It will also be used as a guide to allow Archbishop Melissa or her designate to consider your request for authorization, including any suggestions that staff may have to assist you in moving ahead. A template for an indemnity agreement is available here.

Remember that if you are offering live streamed/online worship services/liturgies (Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, Compline, Eucharist), you should keep track of all of these in your parish's vestry book for the historical record of this unprecedented time. You might even add the number of viewers who viewed the service live and note in the comments section which social media platform was used.

Please follow this link to an easy to follow and fill-out 12 question Parishes of the Diocese of New Westminster Technology survey. The survey is intended to offer opportunities to help parishes with their online presence and to provide information for Synod staff. Please have one person, clergy or lay fill out the survey on behalf of your parish.

Communications Officer, Randy Murray is maintaining a weekly news post that contains links to virtual worship and gathering from around our diocese. If you would like to share what you are doing please send him a link or links. Here is a link to the current post.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic a modified process has been developed for nominating people to the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster for 2020. There are 8 steps that need to be completed and the deadline for nominations in May 29. Please follow this link for the full details posted on the diocesan website.

There are currently no job listings on the Diocesan Jobs Pages
  • Ordinations: June 20 at 10:30am - Christ Church Cathedral
  • Confirmation: September 27 at 3pm - Christ Church Cathedral
  • Clergy Days-- Wednesday & Thursday - October 21 & 22 9:30am to 4pm, The Revd Dr Kathy Grieb - lectionary prep for preaching on the Gospel of Mark
  • Investiture of New Members to the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster, Saturday, November 7, 10:30am - Massey Theatre, New Westminster
  • Ordinations: Feast of St Andrew (ant.) November 28 at 10:30am - Christ Church Cathedral

  • Confirmation Preparation - April 17
  • Diocesan Confirmation - April 24 - 10:30am - Christ Church Cathedral
  • Regular Session - Diocesan Synod - May 14 & 15 - Italian Cultural Centre
  • Ordinations - Feast of St Barnabas - June 12 - 10:30am - Christ Church Cathedral

The next issue of Parish Mail is scheduled to be distributed Monday, May 4, 2020
Grace and peace,
The Venerable G. Douglas Fenton
Executive Archdeacon
Sample of Upcoming Events
Synod Office: Closed to Visitors
March 18-May 3
St. Dunstan's Centre for Spiritual Renewal - Full online programs
Care of Grieving Souls - Learning Circle
Thursday, April 30, 7pm
Information Night on Youth Trip to El Salvador
Friday, May 1, online
Registration by email. Email link on event posting.
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