1080 Finch Avenue East
North York, Toronto
Tuesday to Friday
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
416 494 2442
Public events are still on
hold until further notice.
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is closed at
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Health Tip 13
week of June 28, 2020
Challenges and Blessings
Most of us donít like challenges. They donít fit
our usual comfortable routine so they cause
disruptions in our lives. At the very least we
have to rethink things we thought we understood,
At worst we might see them as threats.
But we are really missing the point here. That
is why they come.
Challenges are God-given opportunities for
growth. When growth stops, so does life. We may
not die physically but our minds, hearts, &
souls become stuck in a past that no longer
exists. Life continues whether we go with it or
not. All living things face challenges but we
have something most other species donít. We have
the power of choice! We can see a challenge as a
nuisance or a threat, or we can recognize it as
an opportunity to learn and grow.
COVID-19 is a real challenge and for some people
it does mean death. But for most of us it makes
us re-evaluate things. Yes I canít go and do all
the usual things, Iím lonely, or I need some
space for myself, etc. On the other hand, what
is really important to me? How can I use this
time to make the most of the things I truly
value? How do I want things to be as we move
forward into the ďnew normalĒ, whatever that
entails? Growth occurs and life continues. Or we
just get angry with the situation and wait for
things to go ďback to normalĒ. The important
thing to realize is that the choice is ours.
I have also learned that challenges often
(perhaps always, if we really look), also come
with blessings attached. For example, a couple
of years ago I was having a problem with my dog.
Friends recommended an excellent dog
behaviourist (very different from a dog
trainer). He came and started to help me make
significant progress with the problem, but then
he asked for my nursing help in relation to a
family member who was dying. Over the course of
time we traded our expertise as needed and
became very good friends. I am truly grateful
for the challenge that brought about this
relationship. So the next time you face a
challenge, try looking at it as a growth
opportunity. As you progress through it, keep
your mind open for the blessing that may be the
gift at the heart of the challenge.
Tri-Churches Parish Nurse
here... to get
pneumonia in both
How does it
droplets spread when
close personal contact
(e.g. touching or
with the virus on it,
then touching your
mouth, nose or eyes
before washing your
yourself and others?
Wash your hands often
sneezing, blowing your
such as door handles,
with soap and water
for at least 20
(back and front,
special attention to
use hand sanitizer if
soap and water are not
avoid touching your
eyes, nose or mouth
with unwashed hands
avoid close contact
with people who are
cough or sneeze into
your sleeve instead of
into your hands;
stay home to avoid
spreading the illness
St Cyprian Announcements
are still on hold
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the College of
All public events are still on hold
until further notice.
As before, God is still there for us
throughout these challenging times.
We are encouraging everyone to keep praying
for each other,
and to keep supporting each other.
Practice physical distancing, but please
stay socially connected
by means of a phone call, an email message
or a social media message.
Lenten Book Study in Self-study Format
This season the Lenten book study is based
British theologian, N. T. Wright's book:
"Lent for Everyone",
an inspirational guide,
leading us through the Lenten season,
from Ash Wednesday through the week after
provides a brief
reflection and a prayer for each day
of the season helping us ponder how the
scripture is relevant to our lives.
By the end of the study, we
will have been through the entirety of
along with Psalm readings for each Sunday.
This Lenten devotional will make our journey
a period of discovery and growth.
Please contact Rev. Robert Reid for
comments and discussion.