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Update from the Rector

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In an attempt to reach as many as possible, there may be some duplication of content in the weeks to come. Thank you for your patience. - Joseph

Hello everyone,

In the midst of our present pandemic, I forgot to mention that Fr. Sam has yet to return from India.  You may recall that he began his holidays on Feb. 17th but has found it impossible to return on his scheduled dates as the government has closed the border to all except Canadians and Permanent Residents.  As he is here on a working Visa the decision was made to have him remain in India and to make himself available to his bishop for duties now that his holiday time has ended.  His return date to Canada is totally unknown at this time given the circumstances in which we find ourselves.

Both of the attached documents arrived recently and the good news here is that Salt & Light TV as well as Novalis “Living with Christ” are being made FREE to us at this time – please see Resources for the details and the Salt & Light PDF for Mass times.  

I’ve been asked about EWTN. I suspect the reason we are not hearing too much about EWTN is because it is American but certainly, if  you have access to it, it also is a good resource. Here is a link that you can use:   https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/daily-readings 

And today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph  -- patron of the Universal Church, patron of Canada, patron of workers and generally someone we want to invoke at different times of the day as he gives us an image of how to serve the Lord.  Quiet, gentle yet at the same time, powerful, faithful and a sturdy guide in the midst of turmoil.  Below the image you will find some petitions for the Mass that was to be celebrated publicly today but was done in private by me earlier this morning.   

Some complain, apparently, about private Masses and why they are inappropriate in this modern day but here’s an article that gives insight into the reality of the Mass. https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2020/03/18/why-have-mass-with-no-one-there/

Others think that we find ourselves in a hardship being deprived of the Eucharist and we do but others have done it as well and have been raised to the honour of the Altar. Indeed, many folks in Canada, especially in the Northern reaches do not have Mass on a regular basis. However, one of the differences between us and them is that they were able to gather as a community in the midst of Eucharistic absence.   https://aleteia.org/2020/03/18/saints-who-have-had-to-live-without-the-eucharist/
 
And sometimes we think that our experiences are totally new but such things have usually happened before. Read about one of the American experiences during the Spanish Influenza of 1919 – 1920 to get a historical perspective: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/anxiousbench/2020/03/influenza-pandemic-1918-churches/

Until next time,

Fr. John 
 
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