Weekly Church Bulletins
Weekly E-newsletter links
- March 26, 2020
- I have recorded a brief video message.
- People have been asking if they can confess by phone. Read all about it.
- Bishop Barron is hunkered down too.
- March 23, 2020
- There is no bulletin today, but in these exceptional circumstances I want to keep in regular touch, to let you know our concern for whatever suffering or fear or difficulties you are experiencing, and that we are here for you, whether via email or phone or, as appropriate, in person here or at your home. Despite the limitations imposed by the crisis, we find our anchor in the Lord through daily prayer, participating in Mass online, and in the loving attention of others: a regular phone call means so much to those isolated in their homes.
- Important updates:
- Diocesan World Youth Day (April 5) has been cancelled.
- As things stand, Holy Week and Easter ceremonies at our parish (as throughout much of the world) will not be open to the public, incredible as that seems. We will let you know how it will be possible to participate remotely, and how you will be able to obtain your palms on Palm Sunday, and how the Baptisms and Confirmations scheduled for the Easter Vigil will be handled.
- We are discovering that many parishioners are not receiving these emails. If you know of anyone who would like to be kept up to date and part of our “cyber-community” at this time, please send us their email address and/or pass this email on to them. They can cancel at any time (see below). Nor do they have to be parishioners. Among the close to 1,000 emails we send out every week are people around the province, the country and beyond.
- Other news:
- For men only: If you have a little time on your hands, consider this major Catholic men’s conference beginning April 3 that, because of COVID-19, has gone virtual. Speakers include Fr. Larry Richards, Jason Evert, Fr. Mike Schmitz and many other well-known figures. And it’s FREE. I have signed up---why not join me?
- iBreviary is a free app for IOS and Android with many prayers including the Liturgy of the Hours—the Church’s official prayer prayed by priests and religious five times each day. Many laypersons pray part of it as well and find it spiritually nourishing.
- March 20, 2020
- Today's letter from Archbishop Lépine explaining that all churches must now remain closed 24/7.
- An important letter from our warden Michelle Figueredo.
- 1) All weekend and weekday Masses in the diocese (as in many other parts of the world) have been suspended. The Sunday Mass obligation is also lifted.
You are invited to watch the Mass livestreamed by our neighbour, St. Luke’s Parish, at 9:00 Sunday. That Mass, which will be celebrated by our own Fr. Jaison this Sunday, is not open to the public, but available online at www.st-luke.ca (click on “9:00 am”). The Mass remains available for a week afterwards. More than 600 people watched last week.
- The Diocese now has an excellent Covid-19 webpage with the latest information and resources.
- What to do while you are cooped up at home? Bishop Barron has some great ideas
- Free Mass and prayer resources in English and Spanish and to keep the kids busy.
- March 16, 2020
- Statement of the Quebec Bishops re the Coronavirus. Archbishop Lépine will be issuing directives in the coming days on its implementation in our diocese, and I will share that with you. Our church remains open during the day.
- Do not hesitate to contact the parish office if you require the services of a priest or know of someone who does or just want to talk. Many pastoral events are cancelled, and our access to hospitals, etc., is limited, but we are not on vacation, rather we are here running the parish and available for you.
- Pope Francis’ live-streamed weekday and Sunday Masses at www.vaticannews.va. Other options are Salt+Light Catholic TV or EWTN
- Magnificat is offering the online version of their beautiful daily Mass and prayer book for FREE during this time when many people cannot get to Mass.
- In these uncertain times, we find our refuge and strength in Christ and our Blessed Mother. Consider making the following prayer part of your daily schedule:
Novena Prayer for an End to the Coronavirus Pandemic
O Mary, full of grace, Patroness of our diocese and Mother of the Church,
in this time of illness and worldwide need we seek your intercession
for the human family before your Son's throne of grace and mercy.
We ask for strength in adversity, health in weakness, and comfort in sorrow.
Help us, O Blessed Mother, to be filled with confidence and trust in the tender compassion of our God.
Let us not be afraid, but rather entrust our life into the care of our Divine Physician.
Continue to watch over all who are sick as well as those who care for them
and give wisdom to all who are seeking a cure.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
- Statement of the Canadian Bishops on the Coronavirus
- Read the latest Grapevine diocesan newsletter