MAY 31, 2020
ALL MASSES CANCELLED
In response to the COVID‑19 outbreak, the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops has decided to cancel all masses, and the Quebec Government has suspended indoor gatherings, so until further notice the church is closed.
Online masses are available from neighbouring parishes:
– St. Monica
– St. Luke Parish
– St. Ignatius of Loyola
– Salt & Light
OPENING OF CHURCHES:
A Note of Hope
The Quebec government is gradually re-opening business and other public activities in the province. Although there is no specific date yet, we now can look forward to the eventual re-opening of our churches.
A health-protection protocol for liturgical celebrations (in accordance with public-health norms) is being sent to all dioceses by the Association of Catholic Bishops of Quebec to serve as a model, which can be adapted as needed. It will help to ensure that each parish church that opens its doors and resumes liturgical activities will do so in the safest possible manner.
In the beginning of June, our Archbishop will provide each parish with a set of new diocesan directives which will include a practical guide for their implementation.
Hopefully it will soon once again be possible for us, maintaining a safe environment for everyone, to gather as a parish community to celebrate the Eucharist and other sacraments.
Prayer for Peace in Days of Uncertainty
Loving God, we come to you full of anxiety about what may happen in the coming days and weeks. Shower us with the peace Jesus promised to His disciples and make us into steady pillars for those around us. In this time of uncertainty and epidemic, wake us up to the reminder that we are not alone.
Even as we are asked to keep our distance from others, help us to find ways to reach out to those who need our support. We pray especially for those whose incomes and livelihoods are threatened; for the children who will miss meals due to school closures; for those already isolated, lonely and scared. Loving God, give them your peace, and through our hands ensure they have what they need.
Sustain, strengthen and protect all caregivers. Bless them as they offer compassionate care and show selfless courage in the face of risk.
Remind us, each time we wash our hands, that in our baptism you call us to let go of our fears and live in joy, peace, and hope.
Parishioners who are able are invited to continue to make their weekly church donations (“collection”).
Envelopes can be left at the office (put through the mail slot), sent by mail, or click here to DONATE NOW.
FOOD BANK DONATION
We have a new tradition in our parish to support the hungry on a more continuous basis. Over 860,000 Canadians visit food banks every month, with over 36% of the donations feeding hungry children.
During the COVID‑19 isolation, please leave your items in a bag at the door of the rectory. Donations will be delivered to St. Willibrord’s parish food bank.
A list of suggestions for nutritious non-perishable items is HERE.
COVID‑19 RESOURCES: Archdiocese of Montreal
The diocese has also created a spiritual help‑line to offer support during the pandemic: 1‑888‑305‑0994