For May 17

Dear Parishioners,

As we enjoy our Victoria Day long weekend, we anticipate the wonderful days of summer.  Though we will all continue to be mindful of the need for social/physical distancing, the promise of better days lie before us.

This Sunday, May 17, we begin to live stream our Sunday Liturgies from St. Gianna’s at 11:00AM through our official parish Facebook page.  It is my hope that this will be a wonderful way to be united with our own parish family and draw from the familiarity of worshipping from our own liturgical experience.  Please ensure to join us, and your feedback on your experience of the live stream is be greatly appreciated.

Also, on Thursday, May 21 at 1:30 PM, we will live stream a special Marian Holy Hour from St. Gianna’s.  Please join in this opportunity for communal prayer and reflection.

For those who joined our live stream on Tuesday, we noticed that we had an issue with the sun shining through the large windows in the worship space, disrupting visual appearances.  Therefore, in order to accommodate the power of nature, we will move the live streaming time of the Novena Mass to 6:00 PM until further notice.

Please find attached to this email, our Sunday Family Faith Formation material prepared by Rachel Suarez-Banmann, our Family Faith Coordinator.

Live Stream all liturgies from St. Gianna’s via our Parish Facebook page:

Let us continue to hold one another up in prayer during these unique and trying times.

In Christ,
Fr. Darrin

The scheduled daily Mass intentions requested will be remembered:

Tuesday, May 19 – For Gerry Mulcair +, Requested by Grant & Rebecca Skinner.

Wednesday, May 20 – For Lucille Gurr +.

Thursday, May 21 – For Tad Osato +, Requested by Jeannine Osato.

Friday, May 22 – For Randy Capina +, Requested by Janina Gomez.

Sunday, May 23 – For All Our Parishioners, Requested by Fr. Darrin.


At Home Sunday Faith Reflection – May 17, 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 17, 2020

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.  This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him.

You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

I will not leave you orphaned, I am coming to you.  In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.

On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

The one who has my commandments and keeps them is the one who loves me; and the one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.’”

The Gospel of the Lord.


Family Activities

Today’s Gospel is a continuation of last week’s Gospel: Jesus is speaking to his disciples at the Last Supper.  In today’s reading, Jesus offers encouragement to his disciples, who will soon see him crucified.  He reassures them that even though he will leave them, he will not abandon them.  Instead, he will send them the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, through whom the disciples will continue to live in union with Jesus.

* Jesus promises the Holy Spirit to be with the people when he goes to be with the Father. Where/when do you experience the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit?

* Although we can not ‘see’ the Holy Spirit, we are surrounded by its symbols of fire, dove, water, wind.  What characteristics of the Holy Spirit have in common with these symbols?

* ‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments.’
Set some quiet time together as a family and pray to the Holy Spirit.  Reflect on this examination of conscience with the 10 Commandments:

I am the Lord your God.  You shall not have strange gods before me.
Have I wanted more things, making things or money more important than God?
Have I made an idol of sports or entertainment figures?

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Do I use God’s name carelessly?
Do I use God’s name in anger?

Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
Did I attend Mass on Sunday?
Did I spend some time with God today?
Have I remembered to pray daily?

Honour your father and your mother.
Do I obey my parents?
Have I done my chores without complaining?
Have I been disrespectful to bosses, teachers, coaches or others in authority?

You shall not kill.
Do I keep my patience or do I lose my temper?
Do I hold grudges and try to get even with others?
Have I been unfair to others, especially those who are different than I am?

You shall not commit adultery.
Do I show respect for my body?
Do I respect the bodies of others?
Do I avoid harmful things?

You shall not steal.
Have I taken something that belongs to someone else?
Have I “forgotten” to return something that I borrowed?
Have I used money responsibly?

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
Do I play fairly or do I ever cheat?
Have I been honest or have I lied?
Have I hurt someone by what I have said or done?

You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife.
Have I been jealous of other people?
Have I tried to be kind to others?

You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods.
Have I been jealous of the things that other people have?
Have I helped others when they needed help?

* Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth.
Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

(Book of Prayers – ICEL 1982)




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 19
– For Gerry Mulcair +, Requested by Grant & Rebecca Skinner.

Wednesday, May 20
– For Lucille Gurr +.

Thursday, May 21
– For Tad Osato +, Requested by Jeannine Osato.

Friday, May 22
– For Randy Capina +, Requested by Janina Gomez.

Sunday, May 23
– For All Our Parishioners, Requested by Fr. Darrin.


Our Sunday Mass Live Streamed

Sunday Mass with Fr. Darrin will be live-streamed from St. Gianna’s Parish Facebook page.

The live broadcast becomes functional approximately 10 minutes before the start of the liturgy so you may need to refresh the page.  Membership on Facebook is not required to view the stream. If a pop-up box asks you to login or sign-up, just click on “Not now”.

click:  Live Stream Sunday Mass on St. Gianna’s Facebook Page

(Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #A-707270.  All rights reserved.)

Membership on Facebook is not required to view the stream!