As we continue in these days of COVID-19, we provide Sunday Worship support for this coming Sunday. Rachel, our Family Faith Formation facilitator, has once again created some wonderful material for you and your family to consider. It is our hope that this material, along with the live-stream of the Sunday Mass from the Cathedral and the evening Table Ritual, can assist in making the Day of the Lord sacred.
As of now, the Manitoba Government has indicated that the current social/physical distancing measures are to be in place for several more weeks. Therefore, the Archbishop has instructed that churches within the Archdiocese of Winnipeg continue to remain closed until May 18th, 2020. It is our hope that after this date, we can begin to slowly restore access to our churches and participation in the Eucharistic Celebration.
There is no doubt that there will be a new normal ahead of us. Every area of our lives will be changed and experienced in a new kind of way. What this will mean for our Church experience is still to be determined. In many ways, we will be like the early Christian communities as they worked together to find their place in an unfamiliar world. It is my genuine hope that we will come through this with an even deeper appreciation and desire for the gift of our faith community, the life of our Church, and the things of God.
2020 no doubt, has brought about new kinds of challenges that will continue to call us to a deeper faith, commitment and desire. I am fully convinced that this experience will create in us a more faith-filled, passionate and dynamic community with a “20/20 vision” that will transform our lives moving forward. Now is the time to ready ourselves with a new kind of desire and conviction so that we will once again know what it means to “be a part of something great!”
I pray that this week is filled with blessings and good things for you and your family,
At Home Sunday Faith Reflection – April 26, 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 – April 26, 2020
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.
“On the first day of the week, two of the disciples were going to a village called Emmaus, about eleven kilometres from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad. The one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him.
But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of Angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.’
Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the Prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’
Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the Scriptures. As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.
Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the Scriptures to us?’ That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together.
These were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
* At Mass, we can recognize that Jesus is present in the same way during the breaking of the bread. The more we know about Jesus, the easier it will be to recognize him and follow him. Trace your foot several times and cut them out. Create a poster in which the ‘footsteps’ lead to Jesus. On each footstep write down or draw a picture of what helps you know Jesus even more.
* Like the disciples, meeting Jesus sometimes happens in unexpected places or persons or situations. How many times does this happen and we do not recognize him or choose to neglect him? Reflect on times that this has happened. Look more closely to find Jesus in everyone you meet and in every situation.
* Make a list of questions each family member would want to ask Jesus if you had the chance to take a long walk with him or share a dinner with him. Share with your family.
* Children’s prayer:
Jesus, open my eyes so I may see that you are present with me each day. I especially need your presence when…
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, April 28
– For Paulita Javate +, Requested by Perla Javate.
Wednesday, April 29
– For George Lowe +, Requested by Ken Lowe.
Thursday, April 30
– For Enrico Garcia, Requested by Armand & Mary Ann Garcia.
Friday, May 1
– For Beth & Dennis Turner +, Requested by Kathy Pickard.
Sunday, May 3
– 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!