For May 31

Dear Parishioners,

We continue to make ready the reopening of our church for Sunday Worship.  To date, many have responded to the opportunity to participate at one of the upcoming Sunday (weekend) liturgies.  We will begin to include participants at the Saturday 4:30 p.m. Liturgy and the 9:00 a.m. Liturgy, the weekend of June 6 & 7.  The 11:00 a.m. will continue to be our live-streamed liturgy and therefore, no participants will be included at this time.  For those who have indicated a desire to participate at the 11:00 a.m. liturgy, they will be scheduled initially for participation in the 4:30 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. liturgy until the 11:00 a.m. liturgy becomes available for participation.

Early next week, confirmation emails will be sent out confirming the time and date of the liturgy that you are invited to attend.  We have scheduled participants in the order that the requests were received in order to be as fair as possible.  If you cannot make the time that has been scheduled, please send a return email a.s.a.p. indicating your decline in participation.

In addition to the Sunday Liturgies, we will also begin to invite participation in the Weekday Liturgies.  The Tuesday Novena Mass will continue to be only available through live-streaming until the social/physical distancing limitations for gathering increase.  In the meantime, weekday Mass for participation will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:00 a.m. beginning June 10th.  If you wish to participate in a weekday liturgy, please make your request for participation through our online form via this link:

Please find attached to this email, our weekly Family Faith Formation material prepared for us by our Coordinator, Rachel.  Let us continue to hold one another up in prayer as we work toward the new normal that the days ahead have in store for us.

In Christ,
Fr. Darrin

For those who have not yet submitted their Participation at Mass Request:
Below, you will find a link for you to request participation in one of the parish liturgies.  We ask that you complete the request form online, indicating which of the Sunday Mass times you would like to attend and how many people from your household, (those you live with), would be attending.   Once we have established what the protocols for physical distancing will allow, you will receive a confirmation of the liturgy time and date that you and the members of your household can attend.  Since the number of participants will be limited, only those whose names have been confirmed will be allowed to attend.  Please ensure that all members of the same household arrive together.  Upon arrival, you will be asked to: present your confirmation email, sanitize your hands and following the directional signage, observe physical distancing.  Participants are also encouraged to wear face masks if possible.

You should NOT attend the Liturgy if…

  • You or a household member has recently travelled outside Manitoba.
  • You or a household member are exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms (such as a cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, weakness or headache).
  • You or a household member have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for the Coronavirus.
  • You or a household member have a pre-existing compromised health condition.

To request participation, please complete the form found on our website at:

During this most unprecedented time and experience in our Church history, we count on everyone’s patience, understanding and cooperation.  Physical distancing restrictions will mean a slow rotation of participants in the liturgy and therefore, joining the live streaming opportunities is encouraged.


At Home Sunday Faith Reflection – May 31, 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 31, 2020

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

“It was evening on the day Jesus rose from the dead, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews.

Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’

When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.'”

The Gospel of the Lord.


Family Activities

  • Light a candle in your home to remind you of the fervent power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Fires need fuel to stay lit and keep burning. What are things you can do to keep the flame of the Holy Spirit alive in your heart?
  • The Gospel for Pentecost reminds us that the Church begins with the command to forgive. Within the family, the domestic Church, we learn how to forgive and how to accept forgiveness. The gift of the Holy Spirit enables us to do both. As you gather together as a family, sit quietly for a few minutes, inviting everyone to reflect upon their need to forgive and to receive forgiveness. If there is a situation or an issue within the family that needs attention, spend some time reflecting on how your family might address it.
  • Share with one another the Sign of Peace.
  • 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   (Loyola Press)
  • On this day of Pentecost, our youth were to celebrate the sealing of the gift of the Holy Spirit in the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. The youth continue to work on preparing themselves for this beautiful Sacrament and when the time comes as God sees fit, we will celebrate these young people with joy, as they are initiated fully into the Church. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.




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, June 2
– For Tish O’Keefe, Requested by Grant & Rebecca Skinner.

Wednesday, June 3
– For Rico Pedrosa +, Requested by Adele Pedrosa.

Thursday, June 4
– For Louis Tolaini +, Requested by Grant & Rebecca Skinner.

Friday, June 5
– For Rienzie & Eudoxia Fernando +, Requested by Reeni & Abhaya Tissera.

Sunday, June 7
– 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!