Palm Sunday & Holy Week
April 5, 2020
PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Please call Fr. John or see him after Mass for any office matters.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Fr. John is usually available thirty minutes before weekday Mass to celebrate reconciliation or by appointment.
BAPTISM: Call the Parish Office to register for the next preparation course.
MARRIAGE: Contact Fr. John at least six months before your anticipated date of marriage.
PRIESTHOOD: If you would like further information about becoming a priest, brother, or sister contact Fr. John or visit www.vocations.ca
SICK CALLS: If you know of a parishioner who is hospitalized or unable to attend Mass and would like to receive Holy Communion please call the Parish Office.
HOSPITAL VISITATION: If you or a loved one is in the hospital and would appreciate a pastoral visit from Fr. John please call the rectory.
WEEKLY COLLECTION UPDATE: March 29th: $2070.00. Weekly Budget: $2350.00. Difference: - $280.00. Renovation Fund: $0.00. Thanks to all those who e-transferred or mailed in their offering! Your generosity is much appreciated.
SANCTUARY CANDLE INTENTION: In thanksgiving for graces received by Rita.
SANCTUARY CANDLE: Each week we invite you to light the sanctuary lamp in memory of a loved one or for a special intention. The cost is $20.00 and you may drop the donation off at the rectory or place it in the collection with the information enclosed.
SCRIPTURE REFLECTION: “As they were marching out, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; this man they pressed into service to carry his cross.” (Matthew 27:32) The Lord calls us to love God and to love our neighbor. Every day we are presented with opportunities to love our neighbor and help him “carry his cross.” These opportunities aren’t usually big events, they are usually ordinary occurrences like helping someone carry their groceries or holding the door open for them. The key is putting the other person’s needs before our own and not expecting anything in return (from the Saint Louis Archdiocese Stewardship Office).
LENTEN REFLECTION: THE SEVENTH WORD: “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!” (Luke 23:46) These are the very last words Jesus breathed on earth before His spirit returned to His Father. Will our focus be on God in our last moment? It is, after all, “in Him that we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Are we willing to commit our spirits to God now? Such commitment to God, who is no mere abstract power or force, let alone an uncaring ruler, but is our Father, who has given His Son for our salvation, and who gives us His Holy Spirit to dwell in the temples of our bodies, cannot help but provide relief to our deepest feelings of loneliness, and motivation to reach out with His love to the lonely around us. Let’s ask ourselves how we might unite our sufferings with Christ’s and, despite what may befall us, resolve to trust in Him and commit our spirits to the Father’s loving hands. (Source: www.catholicexchange.com)
CANCELLATIONS: As a result of COVID-19, the following celebrations and gathering have been cancelled at this time and may be rescheduled at a later date:
• All Sunday and weekday Masses until further notice.
• All meetings and sacramental programs until further notice
• April 18th & 19th Spring Sausage Project.
In light of the Province’s closure of all “non-essential services”, Bishop Poitras has instructed that all Parish Offices and Churches (including visits to the Church for private prayer) be closed immediately. As difficult as this decision is, we pray that these measures will help protect our communities and reduce the spread of the virus.
RESOURCES TO ASSIST YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE:
• Daily TV Mass (any time access)
• Magnificat (daily mass prayers & readings, daily meditations and more)
• Word Among Us (daily mass prayers & readings, daily meditations and more)
• Unversalis (Liturgy of the Hours)
• My Catholic Kids (includes Sunday video to explain Gospel to children)
HOW TO MAKE A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION: 1) Make the Sign of the Cross, 2) recite the Creed, 3) recite the Our Father, 4) recite 3 Hail Mary, and 4) say the prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori and 5) recite 3 Glory Be.
Prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori: My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
E-TRANSFERS: Many of you have inquired how you can still contribute to the Parish and keep up with your Sunday offerings even when we aren’t able to be physically present. The Parish is now able to accept your Sunday offering via e-transfer. For those who wish to donate to the Parish by this manner, use the email “firstname.lastname@example.org” and the security / password “sacredheart”. If you aren’t able to do an e-transfer you are welcome to mail your cheque to the Parish or hold your Sunday envelopes until we are able to gather again as a Parish Family to celebrate the Eucharist.
2019 - 2020 DIOCESAN PRIORITY: “A personal relationship with Christ through the Sacraments”
When did Jesus Christ institute the Eucharist? Jesus instituted the Eucharist on Holy Thursday “the night on which he was betrayed” (1 Corinthians 11:23), as he celebrated the Last Supper with his apostles.
How did he institute the Eucharist? After he had gathered with his apostles in the Cenacle, Jesus took bread in his hands. He broke it and gave it to them saying, “Take this and eat it, all of you; this is my Body which will be given up for you”. Then, he took the cup of wine in his hands and said, “Take this and drink of this, all of you. This is the cup of my Blood, the Blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me”. (Youcat, 272-273)