Day 5

HUNKERED BUT NOT CONQUERED – DAY 5

 

Dear brothers and Sisters,

 

I hope everyone is doing good in keeping healthy and safe. As I said in my earlier letter to all our parishioners, we will do our best during these challenging times to be in touch from our bunkers. From time to time, I will be reaching out to everyone virtually. I will be making some posts through our various channels of online communication( parish group email, parish website and parish Facebook page).

I can also be reached through our parish phone lines (6132571284 or 6132571630). If you really really need to see me in person, we can also make arrangements for it.

 

SPIRITUAL RESOURCES

Today I am sending you three short videos for your spiritual upliftment and edification.

 

https://youtu.be/8_VJhBBqE5Y

In this video, Bishop Baron talks about how we can grow spiritually during these days of confinement.

 

https://youtu.be/_IN56vZcf4o

Here you have the Catholic Church’s teaching on Spiritual Communion. Since many of us may not be able to receive Jesus Sacramentally, we can commune with him spiritually. In this email you will find the text you can use for spiritual communion.

 

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Here you have today’s daily mass celebrated by Bishop Robert Baron.

 

An Act of Spiritual Communion

 

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally into my heart. I embrace  You as if You were already there and unite wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Our Sunday mass tomorrow will be streamed online at 10:00 am.

 

  1. There will be an online children’s liturgy activity to be hosted by Jennifer Bradley. Parents are encouraged to work with our little ones at home.

 

  1. We are working to put together a virtual group for our community. This group will be offering virtual support to our parishioners and the community at large. Adrienne Witol will be assisting us in this regard. Please stay tuned.

 

Let us continue to hold each other in our prayers at this time and always. Peace be with each of you and your families Remember, this too shall pass.

God loves you and so do I!

 

Fr. Cosmas

“O God, be gracious and bless us and let your face shed its light upon us”

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Mass live streamed

St. Mary’s will be live streaming the Mass on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Please check our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stmaryscp/

Please join us.

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A Pastoral Letter from Fr. Cosmas

A Pastoral Letter from Fr. Cosmas in this time of great Distress and Anguish

Re:  Keep Calm, Pray On, Reach out and Trust God

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As you know, this week, the government of Ontario declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has brought the world to a standstill. As a result of that, Archbishop Mulhall joined the other bishops in Ontario to direct that all Churches in the Archdiocese be closed, with masses and other parish events and services cancelled. These are prudent precautionary measures designed to keep us all safe and healthy.

This was not an easy decision for the Church authorities to make. Spiritually, this came at a cost. As Catholics, the celebration of the Eucharist is the life wire and the oxygen of our faith without which we feel lost and deprived. I am sure that some of us are wondering where our spiritual support will come from, without our usual daily and weekly community gatherings and masses.

However, this temporary closure of our Church doors for masses and celebrations does not, and should not mean the closure of our hearts to God and to man. Rather, it should open our hearts to God and to each other in new ways. It gives us some unique opportunities to rediscover ourselves as a spiritual family. A time like this calls for a deeper reflection on our relationship with God and with each other.

Incidentally, everything is happening during, and through the holy season of Lent. Ordinarily, during Lent, we draw closer to God and to our neighbors. We may not be able to congregate at this time; however, we remain spiritually connected to each other. This is indeed the time for us to be spiritually creative. How does one do that? You may ask.

Keep Calm

We all have every reason to panic, to be concerned and afraid. That is a natural response to a situation of this nature. However, panic and fear are not from God. Calm, peace and hope are from God. Psalm 46:10 reminds us- “Be still and know that I am God.” Through the prophet Isaiah, God says to us “Don’t be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right-hand. (Is 41:10). In the Gospel, Jesus tells his followers and us “Take courage! It is I. Do not be afraid” (Matthew 14:27). So, brothers and sisters, let us continue to listen to the voice of God who alone can give us peace and calm at this time.

Pray On

Our church is closed, our Masses are cancelled but our hands and hearts remain open to God in prayer. One thing that has been reinforced at this time is the value of virtual spirituality in time of great distress. Thanks to technology, we can join different virtual communities in prayer. There are many televised and livestreamed masses available. I am hoping that our parish will also join other communities in livestreaming our Sunday Eucharistic celebration, until such a time when we can gather again. But whatever the case may be, you can pray on your own. When you do, remember that you are still part of our community. Pray especially that God may to come to our aid and end this pandemic.

Reach in, Reach Out and Touch

This pandemic has forced many of us to stay home at this time. May be, this time will give us the opportunity to reach in and touch the lives and hearts of our family members, who ordinarily would not have enjoyed our availability due to our busy schedules. Let us then turn this into a great opportunity to reach in and touch them in more ways than one.

Equally, we have been asked to take the necessary precautions and not risk spreading the disease. This is the right thing to do, for we do not need to be reckless. However, in doing so, let us not forget our fundamental Christian duty to help others. “I was sick, and you came to visit me” (Matthew 25). At this time this can even mean a phone call, a text message or an email. So, while our doors remain closed, let our hearts remain wide open to the sick, the elderly, the shut-ins, the isolated and the poor.

Trust in God

This pandemic raises many questions in our hearts about human existence and suffering. Perhaps, we ask; why has God allowed us to suffer in this way? There is no satisfactory answer to this question. Yet, we can still trust in God. One thing that we are sure of is that he promised to be with us at all times. He understands the fears and worries that we have. So, let us continue to trust in Him who knows all things and who can do all things including bringing this pandemic to an end.

Therefore, in these days of silence, solitude, and distress; let us keep calm, pray on, reach in, reach out, trust in God, and draw closer to him and to each other until we meet again at his table. May St Joseph and our Blessed Mother, our Lady of Ransom intercede for us and the whole world.

Yours brother and friend in Christ.

Fr. Cosmas Ajawara

 

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Cancellations

All weekend and weekday Masses till at least the end of March

All CWL and K of C breakfasts

The Stations of the Cross on Friday March 20th and 27th

Finance Council Meeting on March 24th

Baptism Preparation on Wednesday March 25th

Seniors’ Coffee Break March 26th

First Communion Enrolment on Thursday March 26th

JL Couroux Confirmation on March 28th

Baptisms on Sunday March 29th

The Prayer Shawl Group Meeting on Wednesday afternoons

New Parishioner Welcome and breakfast on March 29th

Bible Study at the Church

If you need to contact the office please call Rita at 613-257-1284.

All calls to the office will be forwarded to her.

 

If you need to contact Fr. Cosmas, please call him at the rectory at 613-257-1630.

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Important Message from Archbishop Mulhall re Corona Virus- update March 17, 2020

COVID-19 17 March 2020

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INFORMATION ON SUNDAY TV MASS

Vision TV

Sunday – 8:00 AM

Monday – Friday 8:00 AM & 12:00 PM

Saturday – 8:00 AM & 9:30 AM

Salt + Light

Sunday – 11:00 AM & 10:30 PM

Monday – Saturday – 6:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 10:30 PM

yesTV

Sunday – 10:30 AM

Monday – Saturday – 1:00 PM

Internet

www.dailytvmass.com

www.youtube.com/dailytvmass

 

Check your local listings for FaithTV and JoyTV

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Corona Virus

Dear bothers and Sisters

As the world continues to grapple with the ravaging effects of Covid-19, it is important that we also remember to engage in the battle against this virus with our spiritual weapon. May our Lord Jesus Christ through the powerful intercession of our Blessed Mother, protect and deliver us and the world from  Coronavirus and other mysterious diseases.

I would like to share with you this prayer which that I composed, which we will also be using in our parish. Also, feel free to share with your family and friends. Spiritually, COVID can as also mean CHRIST OVER VIRUS, INFECTION, and DEATH.

Yours truly,

Fr. Cosmas

Prayer Against Coronavirus

By Fr. Cosmas Ajawara

God our Father, your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At his command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.

Be with the doctors, nurses, and all health care workers who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.

Give researchers the wisdom to find a lasting cure for this disease and to work for prevention of future outbreaks.

I now place myself, my family, my loved ones, my friends and all peoples under the cross Jesus Christ. I cover everyone with the precious blood of Christ against coronavirus and all other diseases of mind and body.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world, Amen.

 

 

 

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Letter to Justin Trudeau on the Expansion of MAiD

Letter to PM Justin Trudeau on expansion of MAiD – 31 Jan 2020 – EN

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Vacation

Fr. Cosmas will be away on vacation visiting his family in Nigeria from the 30th of Dec, 2019 to the 31st of January 2020.  During this time, Fr. Joseph Jacob will be in the parish providing pastoral ministry. If you have any pastoral needs, please contact Rita Swanson at the parish office 257-1284 or call Fr. Joseph at the Rectory 257-1630.

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Christmas and New Year’s Mass Schedule

Advent Reconciliations- Sunday December 15, 2019  at 7 pm. in the church

 

Tuesday December 24, 2019, Christmas Eve

5 p.m. Mass with Children’s Pageant

7 p.m. Mass

Midnight Mass

Wednesday December 25, 2019, Christmas

10 a.m. Mass only

 

Saturday December 28, 2019

5 p.m. Mass

Sunday December 29, 2019

9 a.m. Mass

11 a.m. Mass

 

Tuesday December 31, 2019

5 p.m. Mass only

Wednesday January 1, 2020

10 a.m. Mass only

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