We have now entered into the month of May, seven weeks since churches have been closed for our communal gatherings and the celebration of the Eucharist.
The announcement by the Manitoba Premier yesterday and the release of the province’s plan to reopen various services indicates that it will still be many weeks before we can anticipate coming back together again as a full community.
Beginning in June, if the curve continues to flatten, small groups will be given the go ahead to gather again. At that time, we will embark on reintroducing the communal celebration of the liturgies, according to the directives for gathering established by the Manitoba Government. However, it has been made clear that this will be a slow and cautious process. In light of the longer haul to full recovery, we have ordered some basic equipment that will enable us to live-stream from St Gianna’s. Once the equipment arrives our goal is to begin live-streaming Sunday Mass and the Tuesday Novena Mass within the next couple of weeks. These two masses will be live-streamed weekly until all restrictions for gathering are lifted. As protocols allow for increased gathering, we will find ways to make attendance at these liturgies and all liturgies possible on a rotation basis.
Currently, I am working with our Parish Pastoral Council and the members of our Parish Staff to establish procedures and protocols for a safe return as we move through the various phases toward full recovery.
Please know of my continued prayers for all of you daily. I look so forward to the day when we can come together again and share the joy of what it means to be a part of something great!
Please find attached to this email the At Home Sunday Reflection prepared by our Family Faith Formation Coordinator, Rachel, to once again assist you in making the Day of the Lord Holy.
Please join in the live stream tomorrow afternoon, May 1st at 2:00 p.m. from St. Mary’s Cathedral, where Archbishop Gagnon, as president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, will consecrate the country of Canada to the care and protection of our Blessed Mother Mary. The Consecration can be viewed from the Winnipeg Archdiocesan website or visit our parish website for viewing options.
This consecration will occur simultaneously as Archbishop Gomez, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, consecrates the United States from his Cathedral in Los Angeles. To learn more about this historic event, I invite you to view the most recent interview with the two archbishops found at the link below:
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 3, 2020
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.
“Jesus said: ‘Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice.
He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.’
Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
So again Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.’”
The Gospel of the Lord.
The Good Shepherd leads, protects and guides his sheep. Reflect on an experience you had this week when Jesus lead, protected or guided you?
* Is there anybody in your life who also acts as a Good Shepherd to you?
* Jesus tells us that the Good Shepherd calls each of us by name. Ask your parents why they chose your name. Research to find out what your name means?
* Recite or Sing the Psalm of the Good Shepherd found in Psalms 23.
* May is the month of Mary. Redecorate your altar or your prayer table to celebrate our Blessed Mother.
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:
Tuesday, May 5
– For Fr. Jim Gray +, Requested by Liz Kiazyk.
Wednesday, May 6
– For Princess Santos, Requested by Armand & Mary Ann Garcia.
Thursday, May 7
– For Danilo Garcia, Requested by Armand & Mary Ann Garcia.
Friday, May 8
– For Lina Faustino +, Requested by Leo Faustino.
Sunday, May 10
– 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!