Local church develops outdoor worship space to ease gathering apprehensions
Pictured left: The grotto structure under development will be ready in the coming days (Nicole Reis/meadowlakeNOW Staff)
A church in Meadow Lake is creating more ways for people to connect with their faith and find peace during the pandemic. Father Douglas Jeffrey, OMI of Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church, developed an outdoor grotto for congregation members to safely worship with minimal risk.
He said when COVID-19 struck, the church remained open for a short period to allow for individuals to pray while masses were cancelled.
“People began to feel some discouragement and frustration that their sacred space was gone,” he told meadowlakeNOW. “In addition to that, there was fear about what this virus could do, or how many might get it, so there was lots of anxiety.”
To ensure services remain available, Father Doug now conducts services online, through Facebook Live and by phone. He arrived at the concept of an outdoor grotto to ease public apprehension about indoor gathering. It also serves as a symbol the church remains there for people during the pandemic.
By Nicole Reis
Published on the Meadowlake NOW website