As we work to keep our parish family connected during the COVID-19 crisis, we thank everyone for their prayers and their support during this time. We hope you are all staying safe and healthy, and doing everything our healthcare system asks us to do in order to slow the spread of the virus.
Fr. Tim is sending out a newsletter periodically to all the parishioner email addresses he has. The latest information letter is here. If you would like to be added to the list please send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Palm (Passion) Sunday Prayer Services:
Fr. Tim has also adapted the Celebrating the Word resource for Palm Sunday so that we can each celebrate this important Feast even if we aren’t together.
May God watch over all of us as we pray together while staying apart.
Without question the way we function as “church” has very radically and quickly changed in very short order. Apart from the obvious of churches and parish offices being closed, it is the sacramental life of the church that has taken a profound shift. In essence the sacramental life of the church, at least in the public forum, is now in a period of Lent – we are fasting from the public celebration of the sacraments. It would be foolish to think that this fasting from the sacraments has not put many people into an experience of spiritual distress. The emptiness and hunger for the sacraments can have a profound and lasting impact upon our lives of faith. What are we to do? Continue reading
Pope Francis has been particularly active in his prayers for all affected by COVID-19, especially healthcare workers and the most vulnerable. You can keep up with everything the Pope is doing by checking out the Vatican News website: vaticannews.va
On this website you can participate as Pope Francis celebrates Mass, read articles and prayers, and keep up with all the universal Catholic Church is trying to do during this pandemic. There are so many repercussions of this crisis that we don’t think about, and our Pope is urging governments and peoples to act on them now.
Celebrating the Word is a resource produced by the Congregation of the Resurrection which explores the Sunday readings each week and helps us relate them to our own lives. According to the Resurrectionist website: Continue reading
For all those who have been missing our Friday Stations of the Cross, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Singapore has posted some really lovely videos praying the stations. Each video is about 45 minutes and is a very prayerful experience for us during this last week of Lent. Following the praying of the Stations, Cathedral Rector Msgr Philip Heng, SJ, shares a reflection on the Stations.
Here is a link to the Stations they prayed during the 1st Week of Lent. You can find the other four weeks following this video.
Here is a link to the Cathedral’s youtube channel in case you want to check out their other videos.
UPDATED INFORMATION regarding EASTER and COVID-19
Unfortunately there will be no public celebrations of Easter Masses or Liturgies this year. Please see updated directives from Bishop Crosby on celebrating Easter in Hamilton Diocese by clicking here.
As of today, Monday March 16, 2020, all Masses in the Hamilton Diocese are cancelled until further notice. Please read these updated directives from Bishop Crosby.
Due to COVID-19, all other activities at St. Francis of Assisi Parish are also cancelled. This includes all weekday Masses, meetings, gatherings and outside use of the facilities. Our St. Vincent de Paul Food Hamper Program is currently NOT running, as all similar resources in Waterloo Region have been streamlined into the Vital Services Programs, which you can access here.
The parish office is also closed. If you need to contact us please call or email, we will respond as quickly as possible as we work from home.
Please take care of yourselves and keep all those who are ill and our healthcare workers in prayer. Pope Francis has composed a prayer to Our Lady during this crisis, let us pray together in solidarity with all those affected throughout the world.