This past Sunday, our vestry met to consider our response to COVID-19 and the resulting crisis facing our parish and our world. We made one of the hardest decisions the parish will ever have to make: We have cancelled all public worship services. Subsequently in a letter dated March 16th, Bishop Dietsche suspended all public worship in the Diocese of New York for the time being. Shutting the doors to the church is perhaps the ultimate in social distancing, but our faith community remains strong and determined to support one another during this very challenging time. As such, the vestry and clergy, united by consensus, support the Bishop’s call for this course of action. The full statement includes more information on our closures and how to stay in touch. It can be found on our latest blog (the link is in the bio).
As we and the world struggle to deal with the impact of COVID-19, the Little Church will keep its doors and garden open as long as possible. During liturgies, we are modifying two beloved traditions: omitting the shaking of hands during the Peace, and receiving Holy Communion in only one kind, bread only. We are asking parishioners to stay home if you feel at all unwell or have even a slight fever, and to wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival at church, especially if you have used public transit to get here. We will offer a livestream of our 11 am solemn mass on Sunday If you do choose to stay home, visit our Facebook page, where you will find the link. The clergy and staff are following CDC-recommended guidelines for hygiene but, as much as possible, we are trying to maintain pastoral care during these troubling and uncertain times. We will continue to update using our social media accounts, or you can sign up for our email list at bit.ly/littlechurchupdate to get the latest on cancellations of events and related news. In the mean time, please join in committing to pray for one another. God uses our prayers to create community out of solitude and isolation. May it be so with us now, as we pray for continued safety and healing.
The little dog around the corner turns one today! Happy birthday to the rector's puppy Luke! 😊
Preparing for Ash Wednesday by burning last year's palms... 🔥 Ashes will be distributed from 8 am to 6 pm in the Holy Family Chapel. We will also have our said mass at 8 am, midday mass with hymns at 12:10 pm, and our solemn mass at 6:30 pm. All are welcome to join us as we begin our Lenten journey!
Belated congratulations to The Rev. Dr. Kyle Rader who was ordained to the diaconate on the Feast of the Epiphany!
Today marks the last day of the decade, and also marks the last day of work for our dear verger Yaroslav. He is retiring after a 21 year long ministry at Transfiguration. Thank you, Yaroslav, for taking care of the Little Church all these years! 🙏You will be missed by many, especially by the staff!
Christmas Blessings from The Little Church Around The Corner! Christmas Eve was just the beginning of our celebrations, we will continue celebrating Christmas with carols and traditions these upcoming two Sundays.
Come celebrate the Christmas season at the Little Church!
On Sunday, parishioners and pets celebrated the 171st anniversary of our founding! After the mass, pets received a blessing from Fr. John David and Mother Carol outside. We had dogs, cats, and even police horses! All of the humans were just as blessed as the animals. 🙏