Now that the Government of Manitoba has determined the process for the reopening of public spaces, we know that it will be sometime before we are able to come together for worship as an entire church community. In the weeks ahead, it is our hope that we will be able to begin to gather small groups, according to the physical distancing directives, to join in the celebration of the Eucharist. When this is able to happen, we will invite parishioners to register online for attendance at the Novena Mass or one of the Sunday Liturgies. Through a rotation process, it is our hope that all parishioners will have the opportunity to celebrate the Eucharist in-person periodically as they continue to participate weekly via live-stream.
In the meantime, we will begin to live-stream our liturgies from St. Gianna’s. Starting on Tuesday May 12th, we will live-stream the Novena Mass at 7:00 p.m. On May 17th, we will begin to live-stream the Sunday Eucharist at 11:00 a.m.from our official Facebook page:
These two liturgies will continue to be live-streamed weekly as long as the need continues. Your feed back to us of your experience will be most welcomed as we embark on this new endeavour.
The purchasing of live-streaming equipment will also allow us to live stream the celebration of weddings, funerals and baptisms as they happen. I am also preparing a Kerygma opportunity which will be live streamed in the near future. I am grateful to John Eisma, our Pastoral Associate for Liturgical Music Ministry, for working with the technical peoplem to ready us for live-streaming.
There is no doubt that we are in unprecedented times. I am sure that none of us could have ever imagined such a cosmic shift in our world order. I am sure that none of us could have ever imagined not being able to attend Sunday Liturgy and gathering as a faith community for such an extended period of time. This new normal, no doubt, brings a tremendous learning curve and requires a spirit of patience and acceptance from all.
Thank you to all of you, who have so faithfully remained committed to the well-being of St. Gianna’s. The sense of support during this time that has been expressed from our parishioners been a tremendous statement of the vitality of our parish community. I am so grateful for the continued financial support that has been maintained. It would be so easy to pull contributions at this time in light of either financial down turns or from a sense of ‘out of sight, out of mind’. However, the ongoing support that our parishioners continue to show gives us who minister as a part of the pastoral team, the eagerness to find the most creative ways to keep our parish ministry alive and well. Thank You!
In closing, let us continue to hold one another up in prayer. May our thoughts keep us grounded in the wonderful parish community of which we are members, and the constant awareness of what it means to be a part of something great!
A very special blessing to all mothers on this Mother’s Day!
At Home Sunday Faith Reflection – May 3, 2020
We offer you the following material for your praying and reflecting on God’s Word.
click: Printable copy of this Sunday Faith Reflection
click: Printable copy of the Table Ritual – use within the context of your Sunday evening meal. The ritual is to help create an encounter with a Eucharistic spirituality that is intrinsic to the celebration of the Sunday Mass.
Like the women who encounter the risen Christ, we too are often filled with fear. We fear that our proclamation will be rejected and not considered credible, especially in times of prosperity when people feel that they do not need God or in times of desperation and suffering as we are experiencing today with the COVID-19 crisis. With this surprising pandemic, many are fearful of the long-term job loss and are worried about how they will pay their rent, feed their children and meet their responsibilities with diminished financial resources. For some, such as those who are in hospital and long-term care facilities, their fear of isolation is particularly increased when they are told that they cannot receive visitors. Parents are struggling to find ways to explain the crisis of the Coronavirus to their children whose daily routines have been radically changed.
How do we address our fears? How do we console one another during these times? We, like the women who encountered Christ at the tomb, must respond by going forth in joy, confident that it is the Risen Christ who sends us, accompanies us and reassures us. As we experience physical distancing, self-isolation, quarantine and economic uncertainty, we are compelled to find new ways to proclaim the Good News that Christ is Risen. Now more than ever, we must be Easter people who proclaim that Christ is Risen, He has saved us from our sins and He is with us always!
As people of faith, our fear gives way to joy in our daily encounter with Christ in the Eucharist, in Spiritual Communion, in the Scriptures, in our prayer, in devotions such as the Rosary, and in compassionate and loving service to one another. These encounters, even if by social media, provide us with the courage and conviction of our faith so that, even in these most challenging times, we can boldly proclaim the death and resurrection of Christ through our words and actions.
When we address our fears through the eyes of faith, we are freed to bring about authentic and lasting spiritual and social transformation by addressing the injustices around us, but also by discerning the signs of the times, for God’s presence is active and saving at each moment of our daily lives.
– Archbishop Richard Gagnon
(excerpt of the Easter message from the CCCB)
Lectio Divina with the Sunday Gospel
Lectio Divina means ‘divine reading’. It is a way to pray using the holy scriptures in a step-by-step process.
Gather the entire family around and make the sign of the Cross. Light a candle.
Leader: “Holy Spirit, you inspired the authors of Sacred Scripture to write what you wanted us to know for the sake of our salvation. Inspire us now to hear those words not only with our ears, but our hearts, so that we might know your saving Word for us today.”
- Have one person read the scripture slowly out loud and have a few moments of silence afterwards.
- Read the scripture again out loud and choose a single word or short phrase that touches, speaks or surprises you. Share with everyone.
- Read the scripture out loud one more time and discuss what is happening directly in the text.
- Meditate on what God is doing now in our lives through this text.
- Respond to what God is doing through prayer.
- Contemplate on what God is asking of me through this text and how to use these words as a gift for others through my actions.
- After a period of silence, end with the Sign of the Cross.
The Holy Gospel – May 10, 2020
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.
“Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’
Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’
Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’
Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’
‘Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.
Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
* In this week’s Gospel, Jesus promises that he is preparing a place for each of us in heaven. We will get there through following Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life.
What does Jesus’ way look like?
What truths does Jesus instill in us?
How is your life different when it is guided by Jesus?
* Jesus tells the disciples that whoever believes in him will do his work on earth.
Share ways that you are already doing his work.
As a family, plan a new project in which you can do God’s work together.
During family prayer, make the Sign of the Cross on each other’s heads and hands. Bless each other to do God’s work. Pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance and courage.
* Members of the same family often bear close resemblances to one another. Sometimes physical resemblances are shared within a family, but often the similarities are beyond looks and move into how they do things. The Gospel reveals that in Jesus we see and know the Father. Similarly, the Father is known through the life and work of the Son, Jesus. The relationship between the Father and Jesus is so close that Jesus says that those who have seen and known him have also seen and known the Father.
Find a family photo(s). What traits run through your family? What are some common interests, mannerisms that you share with other family members?
What qualities do you share with Jesus?
Together at the evening meal or the main meal of the day, gathered around the common table, we give thanks to God who is the sustainer and protector of our days. This ritual gives us the opportunity to connect that which we will share at this table with the everlasting abundance of God.
Once all are gathered at the table, a member of the family lights two candles, placed as the centre piece of the table. After which one participant or all pray together.
O God, who scatters the darkness of our world, may the lighting of these candles remind us that you continue to overcome all darkness that attempts to overshadow your light. May we always see the brightness of your light and the radiance of your truth, through Christ our Lord. Amen
A member of the household pours water from a common jug, into individual glasses. After which one participant or all pray together.
O God who sends down the rains to water the earth so that the soil may produce a rich and bountiful harvest, may this water refresh us and satisfy our every thirst as we place all of our hope and faith in you, through Christ our Lord. Amen
All take a drink of the water together.
As a loaf of bread is broken and shared among those at table.
O God who is our daily bread for health of mind and body, we pray that this bread now broken and shared will keep us ever mindful of your abundant love and mercy. Nourished by this bread may we always be bread for one another, through Christ our Lord. Amen
Bread loaf or large bun is shared among those at table.
*Meal continues as per usual.
Wine or Fruit Juice
As the meal draws to conclusion, a small glass of wine or fruit juice is poured out for all at table. As each glass is held up, all pray together.
Blessed are you Lord God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this fruit of the vine which earth has given and human hands have made. May this blessing cup make us always mindful of the love which you have poured out for us in the Blood of Christ so that we might live each day in the promise of eternal life. Thanks be to God.
Together all drink the glass of wine or fruit juice.
During this time of physical distancing, Fr. Darrin will continue to celebrate the Eucharist each day in private for the health and well-being of our world and our parishioners. The scheduled daily Mass intentions requested will also be remembered:
The scheduled daily Mass intentions requested will be remembered:
Tuesday, May 12
– For Crescenciana Abril +, Requested by Angel & Teresa Duna.
Wednesday, May 13
– For Filemon Duna +, Requested by Angel & Teresa Duna.
Thursday, May 14
– For John P. Kammermayer +, Requested by Mildred Njegovan.
Friday, May 15
– For Fe Colina +, Requested by Maria Pagdato.
Sunday, May 17
– For All Our Parishioners, Requested by Fr. Darrin.
Sunday Mass Live Streamed
Sunday Mass with Archbishop Gagnon will be live-streamed from the Archdiocese of Winnipeg media outlets.
The live broadcast becomes functional approximately 5 minutes before the start of the liturgy. Join the Celebration using the Archdiocesan social media outlets:
Membership on YouTube or Facebook is not required to view the stream!