King's Principal's COVID-19 Update - Campus Ministry
September 22, 2020
A message from Dr. David Malloy, King's Principal:
To the King’s community,
Over the past several weeks, I have been discussing with you the many ways the King's community has stepped up to the challenges that COVID-19 has presented to our campus. Thank you to all who have continued to deliver a high-quality King's experience, virtually and in some cases, in-person.
While there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases in our area, we remain in Phase C. I appreciate that it can be challenging, and in some cases disappointing, for many of you not to be able to fully enjoy our campus as you have in years past. I am asking for your patience and cooperation as we share the responsibility of safeguarding the health and safety of the community. It is tiring as we have been at this for six months now but I am asking you to please adhere to social distancing, wear a mask, stay home if you are sick and get tested if you have symptoms.
For more information on King's and COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 page. To create a safer and healthier King’s community, all of us must do our part and take precautionary measures. All members of the King's community are reminded to complete their daily self-screening before they come to campus.
When the COVID-19 pandemic transformed King’s into a largely virtual campus in March 2020, King’s Campus Ministry ended all of their in-person gatherings, putting the safety of our community at the forefront of its focus and priorities.
Campus Ministry, like all of us here at King’s, persevered and moved their services, where they possibly could, online. While the community were not able to physically gather for Eucharist, they continued to gather virtually for prayer, in gatherings hosted by various members of the team.
With restrictions on public gatherings easing somewhat, celebration of the Eucharist has resumed at The Chapel, Windermere on the Mount, near campus on Richmond Street.
In-person Mass is now being offered on Sundays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in The Chapel at Windermere on the Mount. You must register to attend Mass, in order to help Campus Ministry comply with the 30% capacity. Register here or contact the office at 519-963-1477 or email@example.com. Physical distancing has been facilitated, with places where people are to sit and stand marked. Campus Ministry also utilizes a team that cleans after every celebration.
While in-person gatherings have returned, virtual gatherings continue. The Veritas Series has returned, with the 2020-2021 season being held virtually. The Series began on September 17 with the Principal’s Lecture/Sisters of St. Joseph Lecture from author Jesse Thistle.
Scripture Study will be held on Tuesdays from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Members of the King’s community interested in reflecting on Sunday Scripture as part of Breaking Open the Word should contact Annette in Campus Ministry for more information or to get involved.
King’s Campus Ministry will continue its social outreach program at St. Joseph Hospitality Centre, particularly with the poor and marginalized in the city, but again will keep an eye towards social distancing for the protection of all.
As Ontario has entered Phase Three has come the return of baptisms, weddings and funerals. Father Michael has told me how impressed he is with how accommodating people have been.
This has also been a reminder of how we are better together. I am immensely proud of how all of us have come together in this time for the betterment of our students and the entire King's community.
As we continue to move forward into the fall semester, I welcome your feedback and suggestions via email.
For more information on King's and COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 page.
As always, take care of yourself, take care of each other and we will update you on how we are taking care of this place, physically, virtually and spiritually.