Virtual Atrium Prayer Sessions

CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD VIRTUAL ATRIUM

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has always been focused on facilitating the workings of the Holy Spirit in our children through meeting together and sharing physical objects in our Atrium.  Unfortunately we simply cannot offer the same style of catechesis until the pandemic is over. So for this pandemic period our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd leaders are offering Virtual Atrium Prayer Times through the Zoom meeting platform.  All leaders are fully screened and Zoom prayer sessions will be open only to those who are registered.

Many of the families who were involved in CGS last year have already registered for the Virtual Atrium, but there is still room in the Level 1 (3-6 year olds) session on Wednesdays at 1pm. We expect the sessions to last 15 – 20 minutes.  If your child is interested in signing up for the Virtual Atrium, or you want more information, please email Paula at paulacatechist@gmail.com and she will send you the registration form. There is no cost.

fratelli tutti – On Fraternity and Social Friendship

On Oct. 4, Pope Francis signed his newest encyclical called Fratelli tutti (Brothers and Sisters All). It is a call to disrupt our lives and pay attention to the world. The Holy Father wanted to recognize the inspiration he drew from St. Francis; he urges us to dream together, and dispel the dark clouds of conflicts, suffering, and conformism.

Pope Francis intends this encyclical to be accessible and read by all persons, and especially for those who wish to build a more just and fraternal world in their ordinary relationships, in social life, politics and institutions.

You can read the entire letter by clicking here.

You can read a summary of the letter by clicking here.

Please watch our website every Tuesday
for new articles and information about this
letter of love for the world!

Children’s Liturgy During COVID-19

Our Children’s Liturgy Leaders have been working hard behind the scenes to develop new ways to minister to our children while we are still unable to offer this ministry in person. We aren’t letting the pandemic keep us from sharing God’s Word with our young parishioners!

If you have children between the ages of 3 and 8, we invite you to consider signing up for any or all of these three initiatives:

  1. Seasonal Material Porch Drops

    We are gathering some great activity packages for the seasons of Advent, Lent and Easter, and we would love to drop these off on your front porch! You can then pick the best time to work through the material with your children. Packages will include scripture readings, activity booklets and more.
  2. Monthly Zoom Children’s Liturgy

    Once a month, starting in November, we invite you and your children to join us online for an interactive Children’s Liturgy session. We will read the Gospel, talk with the children about it and perhaps even do an activity!This will be offered using the Zoom platform and will be open only to those who register, it will not be open to the public. Each Zoom Children’s Liturgy will be on Sunday at 10:30 am and will last about 20 minutes. We are planning for Nov. 22 and Dec. 20 to start with, but we will confirm dates and send the meeting links to those who sign up for this initiative.
  3. Bi-weekly Check In emails

    We miss seeing our Children’s Liturgy kids and talking to them each week! So our leaders are offering to check in through email every couple of weeks. We would address the email to the children, but send it to you parents to share with them. These will simply be to say hi, maybe offer a prayer, something very simple.

If you are interested in registering for any of these initiatives please fill out the registration form you can find here.
If you are registering for the Zoom Children’s Liturgy please also fill out the Diocesan Permission Form you can find here.

Please return your registration form(s) to the parish office by November 1st
so we can order materials and get them to you in time for Advent.
You can email them to stfranciskitchener@hamiltondiocese.com
or drop them through the office mail slot.

Bill C-7 on Euthanasia

BILL C-7 – An Act to amend the Criminal Code

 Expansion of eligibility criteria for physician-assisted dying

The Canadian Government is considering expanding the eligibility criteria for physician-assisted dying, or euthanasia.  This is:

Worrisome Because:
– People may have recourse to medical assistance in dying even when natural death is not reasonably foreseeable
– A person may waive their final consent when natural death is reasonably foreseeable, putting them in a vulnerable position

Disturbing Because:
– a questionable, biased and rushed online survey underlies this Bill
– it shows a systematic discarding of different points of view

Let us Affirm
– The inalienable right to life which cannot be taken away by others
– The importance of compassion for the sick and dying
– Our responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us
– The possibility of relieving pain and suffering without resorting to murder

Let us Demand
– A public, transparent process open to a wide variety of voices
– A taking into account of inviolable moral and ethical principles
– To be heard!

Let us Act
– Be sure your member of parliament (MP) hears your opinion!
– Send an e-mail, letter, or use the electronic form here: https://www.canadiansforconscience.ca/

You can read more on the Hamilton Diocese Website by clicking here.