Bishop Peter Stasiuk has made an appeal to the Ukrainian community to keep in contact during the coronavirus lockdown. In Victoria, some form of restriction in social communication has been in effect since March 2020. At present there are Stage 4 restrictive measures in place which will last another six weeks.

On Monday, 4th August, at a Zoom meeting of the North Melbourne Parish Council meeting , told the Parish Council that many parishioners are feeling isolated, afraid, and dispirited. Some are living alone, some are not feeling well. They miss the interaction of a normal life. He asked that the parishioners organize themselves so that as many as possible can receive a friendly call from someone who cares.

It is not just the phone. Today there is variety of social media avenues that can be used. “We should be talking to each other when we can’t visit” the Bishop said.

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On Tuesday evening in another Zoom meeting with all the clergy of the whole Eparchy, Bishop Peter asked the clergy of Victoria and from the rest of Australia to pay special pastoral attention to those who need support in their area of the country.

With modern technology as it is it now possible to talk to people around the whole country.

Friends, family, and acqaintances from every state in the country can talk to each other. The people in Victoria might be pleased to hear from someone interstate. This is one of our Christian obligations to love and serve our neighbour. Visiting does not need to be in person.

Bishop Peter added “Phone your grandparents, parents, children, uncles and aunties, friends, fellow Christians, members of your organizations”. There are many Ukrainian organizations in Australia. Each organization can do something to break the isolation that many are feeling. “We all need one another”. Bishop concluded.

Bishop Peter Stasiuk C.Ss.R. AM