compassion in dying

Thank you to long-standing member Kevin Bezanson for this insightful and and eloquent appeal to compassion.

We don’t have to let our loved ones die alone

We don’t have to let our loved ones die alone

I believe in most circumstances, for patients nearing the end of their lives due to COVID-19, we can and should seek to support a physical visit with …

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2020/04/23/we-dont-have-to-let-our-loved-ones-die-alone.html

From the Incumbent

On Holy Tuesday, April 7th, I observed that my last Sunday at Holy Trinity, Trinity Sunday, was exactly two months away. And then I realized that my last service will probably be streamed online, and that I would likely be retiring without being able to hug anyone goodbye or have lunch or dinner with anyone to say thank you and adieu. We all grieve  in our own way, and the spectrum of losses in a time of pandemic is wide.

It is difficult to see outside the picture frame at the moment. I am old enough to remember when AIDS and HIV infection were called GRID (Gay Related Immunodeficiency Disease), and since the early 1980s we have learned a lot about HIV. In time, drug therapies were developed. I remember Dr. Anthony Fauci’s name from those days, as he was on the front lines back then as well. Nowadays,  living with HIV is a lot like living with diabetes.

Week 4 update

Thank you to everyone who has donated their time and support to Holy Trinity’s COVID relief efforts. Holy Trinity continues to play an important role as a centre of compassion and support in the midst of this epidemic. We are thankful for the outpouring of donations that you have very generously made available to folks who need them.

We are now serving 150-200 meals a day, and making food available to take away at our West door between 11-1pm daily. We have also distributed over 70 tents, and many more sleeping bags, hygiene items, and cold weather gear. We see how essential these items are becoming for survival as folks on the street, who are facing gridlock in finding appropriate accommodations or places to isolate. We are also seeing more and more housed people who do not have access to food coming for assistance. As almost all services are shutting down, or operating with limited means, these folks need our continued witness and support.

Palm Sunday (P4)

Welcome back, everyone, as we begin the journey through Holy Week. Since we won’t be able to be together holding palm branches this year, you might want to create your own branches or bring one in from outside.

The service this morning was led by Sherman Hesselgrave with musical support from Rachel Warden and technical support from Keith Nunn. Recording of the service (somewhat truncated by an error) is below.

https://youtu.be/dUNRcclnvJA

Still present in Trinity Square

Holy Trinity continues to play an important role as a centre of compassion and support in the midst of this epidemic. We are thankful for the outpouring of donations that you have very generously made available to folks who need them. We are now serving 150-200 meals a day, and making food available to take away. We have also distributed many tents, sleeping bags, hygiene items, and cold weather gear. We see how essential these items are becoming for survival as folks on the street, who are facing gridlock in finding appropriate accommodations or places to isolate. We are also seeing more and more housed people who do not have access to food coming for assistance. As almost all services are shutting down, or operating with limited means, these folks need our continued witness and support.

As we approach the peak of this epidemic, we are asking that if you can give, please continue to do so. We have a safe drop-off set up at 10:30am for deliveries (great reason to get out of the house) at our south door. Someone will be there each day to receive your donation. We are still accepting bread, cheese, meat, eggs, cookies, granola bars, and fruits that are easily served like apples or oranges. If you would like to make drop off arrangements in advance please write to zgrant@holytrinity.to or call 416-598-4521.

If you would like to make a financial contribution to our work, Use the “Donate Now” link on our website and you will receive a tax receipt (in Canada) for your donation–thank you!

And finally, in the midst of all that has happened, we continue to smile, laugh, reflect, and offer relationship with our community here in Trinity Square. Please keep our staff, our work, and all people in your thoughts and prayers, as we look to a more just and loving world in each sunrise.