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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   6th Sunday of Easter                          May 17, 2020 

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150 Gateway Blvd., Toronto, ON., M3C 3E2            

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SAINT JOHN XXIII PARISH—CLOSED FOR NOW 

Pastor: (Rev) Simon deGale; Secretary: Ms Hayde Ayala; Office: 416-429-4000; HoursFr Simon is monitoring 

phones.

Email: saintjohnxx_iiiparish@outlook.com. Website: http://saintjohnxxiiiparish.ca/

ShareLife: https://www.sharelife.org/Public/Home.aspx

Sunday Mass—CANCELLED FOR NOW—Fr Simon says daily Mass for your intentions.

Baptism—EMERGENCY: see front page of website: http://saintjohnxxiiiparish.ca/

Reconciliation (confession)—BY APPOINTMENT: 416-429-4000

Anointing of the Sick—EMERGENCIES CALL 416-429-4000 OR 416-737-0760

Marriage: See Fr Simon before setting a date.

RCIA : If you know someone who wishes to become Catholic speak to priest.

Catholic Cemeteries: Head Office: 416-733-8544

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/easter-retreat-tickets-102732906890

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   6th Sunday of Easter                          May 17, 2020 

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150 Gateway Blvd., Toronto, ON., M3C 3E2            

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HERE ARE 5 WAYS TO KEEP SUNDAY HOLY

IN COVID 19 TIMES

1. Watch a live-stream of the Mass
The  Archbishop,  Cardinal  Collins,  will  be  live-streaming
daily  Mass  from  St.  Michael's  Cathedral  Basilica  at
7:30 a.m. Monday through to Sunday.

While  digital  participation  can  never  replace  actual
p r e s e n c e  a t  M a s s ,  l i v e - s t r e a m  M a s s  h t t p s : / /
www.archtoronto.org  is  a  great  way  of  keeping  our
connection  with  the  Mass  when  it  is  not  possible  to  be
there in person. We can make an offering in our heart to be
united spiritually to this offering, which is more spiritually
efficacious  than  any  other  prayer.  We  should  silence  our
phones,  eliminate  (as  best  we  can!)  distractions  in  our
home,  and  try  to  give  all  of  our  attention  to  what  is
happening  at  the  Mass  so  we  can  fully  participate  in  this
remote way.

2. Make a spiritual communion
An ancient practice of the Church for those who cannot be
present at Mass is to make a spiritual communion. We have
a simple prayer you can pray with longing in your heart to
be united to Jesus.

My  Jesus,  I  believe  that  you  are  present  in  the  most
Blessed  Sacrament.  I  love You  above  all  things  and  I
desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now
receive  You  sacramentally,  come  at  least  spiritually
into  my  heart.  I  embrace You  as  if You  were  already
there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me
to be separated from You. Amen. St. Alphonsus Liguori

3. Read the Sunday readings as a family
These can easily be found at usccb.org/bible. by clicking on
“Today’s Readings.” Magnificat (a daily prayer book) is also
offering  free  digital  resources  during  this  time,  including
the Sunday readings and a reflection.

Reading  Scripture  individually  or  together  with  others—
especially in our families—is an excellent spiritual practice.
Catholics  “commit  to  forming  your  family  in  the  love  and
power of sacred Scripture by placing it at the centre of your
family life. Study and reflect on Scripture, especially on the
Sunday readings.” Archbishop Vigneron

4. Check in on those around you
Because  those  who  are  older  are  most  susceptible  to
complications  from  COVID-19,  health  official  are
encouraging  them  to  minimize  their  time  away  from
home.  It  is  a  great  act  of  charity  to  reach  out  to  these
brothers and sisters in our faith communities to check in on
them.  Do  they  need  groceries  or  help  with  something  in
their homes? Caring for each other — especially those who
are most vulnerable during this time — is a demand of the

Gospel. It is the enactment of our life as joyful missionary
disciples.

5. Pray a family Rosary
Reclaim  the  Rosary  as  a  way  to  be  united  to  Mary,  the
Mother of Jesus and the Mother of the Church. She is the
perfect model of a disciple and our great intercessor. If you
don’t know how to pray this prayer, check out the youtube
video  from  the  Franciscan  Friars  of  the  Renewal  and  pray
along with them.

LITURGICAL MUSICIANS

Online Meeting

From: Rebecca Spellacy, Associate Director,

Liturgy

This time of pandemic means we cannot

physically be together for worship. It has caused
us to find new ways to stay connected to the life

of the Church and to grow in our relationship

with God.

All current Music Ministers are invited to join us

on Saturday, May 30 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for a

chance to share with each other our journey

thus far. We will also share some practical tips

and resources to continue growing as disciples

of Christ.

This is a free online video conference.

However, we ask that you please register in

advance, so we know you’ll be attending. Once

you register, you will receive information on

how to join the web call.

Please register online at: https://bit.ly/Music-

WebMtg-May2020. There is no cost to join.
Further information on how to join the web
meeting will be provided upon registration.

If you have any further questions, please

contact Ella Okonkwo at:

formation@archtoronto.org or 416-934-3400

ext. 523. Please note that our office is currently

working remotely.

SEE PAGE 9 & 10 & 11 FOR PRAYERS

CANCELLED

TOTUS TUUS

Regretfully, August, 2020, Totus Tuus is now cancelled

because the “shutdown” is preventing the training and

preparation of the leaders for the summer.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   6th Sunday of Easter                          May 17, 2020 

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150 Gateway Blvd., Toronto, ON., M3C 3E2            

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CHALICE CHILDREN’S COLLECTION

February Collection: $266.50

MASS INTENTIONS

Mon, May 18: 7:30AM

+Fr Basil O’Brien

Tues, May 19: 7:30AM

+Zaldy Balde Sr.

Wed, May 20: 7:30AM
       

Available

Thurs, May 21: 7:30AM
       

Available

Fri, May 22: 7:30AM
       

Available

Sat, May 23: 7:30AM 
      

+Cleofe Dino

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Sunday, May 24
7:30AM

The Parishioners

+Teresa & Domingo Ayala

Thanksgiving of CWL

VIGIL CANDLES

Saturday, May 16—Friday, May 22.

Sanctuary Tabernacle—

& Chapel Tabernacle—

INTERCESSORY PRAYER GROUP

Need Prayer Help?

Call Beth: 416-467-6492. Intention will be emailed out to

this prayer community. Only first name & intention will

be shared.

COMMUNION FOR THE SICK & SHUT-INS

CALL PARISH OFFICE AND LET US KNOW—

416-429-4000. SUSPENDED FOR NOW

SACRAMENTS OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Cancelled—TO BE RESCHEDULED

SACRAMENT OF HOLY CONFIRMATION

Cancelled—TO BE RESCHEDULED.

RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND

Help for Troubled Marriages

Nov 6 @ 6PM

Please be advised that this event may be

cancelled due to the limitations on public

gatherings given the COVID-19 pandemic.

We suggest you reach out to the event

organizer to confirm whether this event

will still be happening.

Niagara Falls, Ontario

If you are thinking of separation or divorce

— or you are already separated but want

to try again — then Retrouvaille can help.

This program will give you the tools to

help get your marriage back on track. It

will also give you the opportunity to

rediscover one another and examine your

lives together in a new and positive way.

PHONE: 416-281-6007

EMAIL: info@torontoretrouvaille.com

WEB: www.torontoretrouvaille.com

LECTORS

Online Meeting

From:  Rebecca  Spellacy,  Associate
Director, Liturgy

This  time  of  pandemic  means  we  cannot
physically  be  together  for  worship.  It  has
caused  us  to  find  new  ways  to  stay
connected to the life of the Church, and to
grow  in  our  relationship  with  God.  All
current  Lectors  are  invited  to  join  us  on
Saturday, May 23 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for
a  chance  to  share  with  each  other  our
journey  thus  far. We  will  also  share  some
practical  tips  and  resources  to  continue
growing as disciples of Christ.

Please  register  online  at:  https://bit.ly/
Lectors-WebMtg-May2020.  There  is  no
cost to join. Further information on how to
join  the  web  meeting  will  be  provided
upon registration.

If  you  have  any  further  questions  please
c o n t a c t  E l l a  O k o n k w o  a t :
f o r m a t i o n @ a r c h t o r o n t o . o r g  o r  a t
416-934-3400  ext.  523.  Please  note  that
our office is currently working remotely.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   6th Sunday of Easter                          May 17, 2020 

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150 Gateway Blvd., Toronto, ON., M3C 3E2            

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PRAY FOR THE HOLY FATHER, POPE

FRANCIS’, MAY MISSION INTENTION

For Deacons

We pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word

and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the

entire Church

OUR REFUGEE FAMILY

DELAYED

Our Family have been told they cannot travel to Canada

until COVID 19 is over.

Donations

GTA  Iraqi  Community:  $5,000/Anonymous:  $5,000;
Parishioners  &  Parish  Fundraisers:  $12,026.15;  Parish
Bequests:  $23,773.85;  Parish  Funds:  $500  (processing  fees)
Total: $46,300.00

DVD LENDING LIBRARY

Please Return DVDs

Do you have a DVD at home which you have forgotten to

return? Lent it out? Please get them back! Many of the

DVDs have been missing for too long.

THE WISDOM OF

POPE, SAINT JOHN XXIII

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.

Think not about your frustrations, but about your

unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you

tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you

to do”

PRAYER

Mercy. Ask. Thanksgiving. Adoration.

(M. A. T. A.)

Begin with seeking Mercy. / Continue by Asking for grace. /

Move on to be amazed and Thankful for all His gifts. /

Finally, Marvel in Adoration of His holy light.

(Don’t be surprised if your prayer does not follow the above order)

SMILE

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                   6th Sunday of Easter                          May 17, 2020 

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SAINTS THIS WEEK

ST  JOHN  I,  POPE,  MARTYR:  Optional  Memorial;
Monday,  May  18—
Pope  John  I  inherited  the  Arian
heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ. Italy had
been ruled for 30 years by an emperor who espoused
the heresy, though he treated the empire’s Catholics
with toleration. His policy changed at about the time
the young John was elected pope.

When  the  eastern  emperor  began  imposing  severe
measures  on  the  Arians  of  his  area,  the  western
emperor  forced  John  to  head  a  delegation  to  the

East  to  soften  the  measures  against  the  heretics.
Little  is  known  of  the  manner  or  outcome  of  the
negotiations—designed  to  secure  continued
toleration of Catholics in the West.

On  his  way  home, John  was  imprisoned  at  Ravenna
because  the  emperor  had  begun  to  suspect  that
John’s friendship with his eastern rival might lead to
a  conspiracy  against  his  throne.  Shortly  after  his
imprisonment,  John  died,  apparently  from  the
treatment  he  received  in  prison.  John’s  body  was
transported  to  Rome  and  he  was  buried  in  the
Basilica of St. Peter.

Reflection: We  cannot  choose  the  issues  for  which  we
have to suffer and perhaps die. John I suffered because
of  a  power-conscious  emperor. Jesus  suffered  because
of the suspicions of those who were threatened by his
freedom,  openness,  and  powerlessness.  “If  you  find
that the world hates you, know it has hated me before
you” (John 15:18).

ST  BERNADINE  OF  SIENA,  PRIEST:  Optional
Memorial;  Wednesday,  May  20—
.  ST  EUGENE  DE
MAZENOD,  BISHOP
:  Optional  Memorial; Thursday,
May 21—
.

ST  CHRISTOPHER  MAGALLANES,  PRIEST,
MARTYR,  AND  COMPANIONS,  MARTYRS
:
Optional  Memorial;  Monday,  May  18—Like  Blessed
Miguel  Agustín  Pro,  SJ,  Cristóbal  and  his  24
companion  martyrs  lived  under  a  very  anti-Catholic
government  in  Mexico,  one  determined  to  weaken
the  Catholic  faith  of  its  people.  Churches,  schools,
and  seminaries  were  closed;  foreign  clergy  were
expelled.  Cristóbal  established  a  clandestine
seminary  at  Totatiche,  Jalisco.  He  and  the  other
priests  were  forced  to  minister  secretly  to Catholics
during the presidency of Plutarco Calles (1924-28).

All  of  these  martyrs,  except  three,  were  diocesan
priests.  David,  Manuel  and  Salvador  were  laymen
who died with their parish priest, Luis Batis. They all
belonged  to  the  Cristero  movement,  pledging  their
allegiance  to  Christ  and  to  the  Church  that  he
established,  to  spread  the  Good  News  in  society—
even  if  Mexico’s  leaders  had  made  it  a  crime  to
receive baptism or celebrate the Mass.

These martyrs did not die as a single group but over
22  years  time  in  eight  Mexican  states,  with  Jalisco
and Zacatecas having the largest number. They were

beatified in 1992 and canonized eight years later.

Reflection:  Every  martyr  realizes  how  to  avoid
execution, but refuses to pay the high price of doing so.
A clear conscience was more valuable than a long life.
We  may  be  tempted  to  compromise  our  faith  while
telling  ourselves  that  we  are  simply  being  realistic,
dealing  with  situations  as  we  find  them.  Is  survival
really  the  ultimate  value?  Do  our  concrete,  daily
choices reflect our deepest values, the ones that allow
us  to  “tick”  the  way  we  do?  Anyone  can  imagine
situations  in  which  being  a  follower  of Jesus  is  easier
than  the  present  situation. Saints  remind  us  that  our
daily  choices,  especially  in  adverse  circumstances,
form the pattern of our lives.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   6th Sunday of Easter                          May 17, 2020 

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This  Sunday’s  Readings:  First  Reading:  Acts  of
the Apostles  8:5-8,14-17—The  people  of Samaria
accept the Gospel of Jesus proclaimed to them by
Philip;  Responsorial  Psalm:  Psalm  66:1-7,16,20—
Sing praise to God, all the earth; Second Reading:
1 Peter 3:15-18—Be ready to give explanation for
your  hope  in  Christ;  Gospel  Reading:  John
14:15-21—Jesus promises his disciples that he will
send them another advocate, the Spirit of truth.

Background on the Gospel Reading
Today’s  Gospel  is  a  continuation  of  last  week’s
Gospel: Jesus  is  speaking  to  his  disciples  at  the
Last  Supper.  In  today’s  reading  Jesus  offers
encouragement  to  his  disciples,  who  will  soon
see  him  crucified.  He  reassures  them  that  even
though he will leave them, he will not abandon
them.  Instead  he  will  send  them  the Advocate,
the Holy Spirit, through whom the disciples will
continue to live in union with Jesus.

Jesus  uses  the  term  Advocate  to  describe  the
Holy  Spirit,  whom  the  disciples  will  receive.
Another word used to describe the Holy Spirit is
Paraclete, a legal term meaning “one who offers
defence for another.” Note that Jesus says that

he  will  send  “another Advocate.”  Jesus  himself
is the first advocate, interceding for his disciples
with the Father.

In today’s reading Jesus contrasts his impending
departure  with  the  permanence  of  the  gift  of
the Holy Spirit. Jesus will leave to return to the
Father,  but  the  Holy Spirit  will  remain  with  the
disciples.

Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the disciples
will  come  to  know  and  appreciate  the  unity  of
the  Son  and  the  Father.  They  will  also
understand  that  they  too  participate  in  the
communion  between  the  Father  and  the  Son:
“On  that  day  you  will  realize  that  I  am  in  my
Father and you are in me and I in you” (John 14:20).

Today’s  reading  is  one  example  of  the  contrast
that  John’s  Gospel  presents  between  the
community of disciples, to whom God will reveal
himself,  and  the  unbelieving  world,  which  will
remain  in  darkness.  The  unbelieving  world
cannot  accept  the  “Spirit  of  truth,”  whom  the
disciples will receive. Only through the Spirit will
God’s revelation and love be known.

“If You Love Me, You Will Keep My

Commandments”

JESUS

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                   6th Sunday of Easter                          May 17, 2020 

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ST JOHN XXIII ADORATION CHAPEL

DIVINE MERCY IMAGE

“Jesus, I Trust In You”

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Last Sunday’s Offering—$700.

ShareLife to Date—$1365.

Please continue your weekly donations if your income is not

affected by the current situation.

DONATIONS

3 options for donating.

1. You can donate online through “Interact e-transfer”. To do
this—Go  to  your  online  bank  account.  Choose  “interact  e-
transfer”; in the section “Send money to” add the parish email
address:  saintjohnxx_iiiparish@outlook.com;  in  “Notify  By”
you  can  give  either  Fr Simon’s  mobile  number:  416-737-0760
Or email address: degale.s.7@gmail.com.

When you donate your bank will ask you to send a “password”
which will be sent either to Fr Simon’s email address or mobile
number.  I  will  then  be  able  deposit  the  funds  into  the  parish
account. Your bank will then notify you that your donation has
been accepted.

2.  Or  you  can  donate  by  dropping  off  your  envelope  at  the
mail box at the front door of Church—call office 416-429-4000
when you do this and I will come out and pickup;

3. Or  you  can  mail  your  donation—St  John XXIII Church,  150
Gateway Blvd, Toronto, M3C 1B1.

FR SIMON’S TRANSFER DELAYED

Dear Parishioners,
Due  to  the  current  situation  of  uncertainty  and
anxiety,  the  Archbishop,  Cardinal  Collins,  wants
priests  to  remain  with  their  communities  until
things  settle  down. Therefore,  my  transfer  to  the
North West Territories  will  not  take  place  in  June
as previously planned. The plan at the moment is
for  the  transfer  to  take  place  in  August.  But,  as
with  all  things,  it  will  happen  in  Jesus’  time.
Meanwhile,  let  us  continue  to  pray  for  one
another and the world. Peace, Fr Simon

NEW PASTOR

Hopefully in August, 2020

Who  the  new  pastor  will  be  has  not  yet  been
decided. Let us pray for him. If we do this together,
he will become a blessing to JXXIII.

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by supporting

youth ministry in our parishes

What difference does training make

for youth ministers?

Consider that the 40+ youth

ministers in the Archdiocese

of Toronto collectively impact

thousands of youth and their

families. The Office of Catholic Youth

(OCY), funded by

ShareLife, visits parishes, equips

youth ministers, and

facilitates networking — including

an archdiocesan

training day attended by 200 youth

ministers and

volunteers. OCY helps ensure a

vibrant church for future

generations.

June 7 is the next ShareLife

Sunday.

Please give generously.

VOCATIONS

6th Sunday of Easter

The Lord said, “I will not leave you orphaned.”

Pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood,

diaconate, and consecrated life. If God is calling you, contact

Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocation Director,

Archdiocese of Toronto at 416-968-0997.

vocations@archtoronto.org www.vocationstoronto.ca

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   6th Sunday of Easter                          May 17, 2020 

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ADORATION OF OUR LORD IN THE BLESSED

SACRAMENT

Takes place in the Adoration Chapel

Every  Friday:  9AM  to

6PM,  concludes  with

evening  prayer  and

B e n e d i c t i o n  a t

5:40PM.  Come  for  a

few  minutes  or  an

hour  and  keep  watch

with the Lord. Pray for

others,  the  Church,

your family, yourself.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   6th Sunday of Easter                          May 17, 2020 

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POPE FRANCIS’

Litany of Supplication

WE ADORE YOU, O
LORD
True God and true
man, truly present in
this Holy Sacrament,

We adore you, O
Lord
.
Our Savior, God-with-
us, faithful and rich in
mercy,

We adore you, O
Lord.

King and Lord of
creation and history,

We adore you, O
Lord
.
Conqueror of sin and
death,

We adore you, O
Lord.

Friend of humankind,
risen and living at the
right hand of the
Father,

We adore you, O
Lord.

WE BELIEVE IN
YOU, O LORD
Only begotten Son of
the Father, Who
descended from
Heaven for our
salvation,

We believe in you, O
Lord
.
Heavenly doctor, who
inclines over our
misery,

We believe in you, O
Lord
.
Sacrificed Lamb, who
offers Himself to save
us from evil,


We believe in you, O
Lord.
Good Shepherd, who
gives his life for the
flock he loves,

We believe in you, O
Lord.

Living bread and
medicine of
immortality, who
gives us Life eternal,

We believe in you, O
Lord.

FREE US, O LORD
From the power of
Satan and the
seductions of the
world,

Free us, O Lord.
From pride and from
the presumption that
we can do without
you,

Free us, O Lord.
From the deceptions
of fear and anguish,

Free us, O Lord.
From unbelief and
despair,

Free us, O Lord.
From hardness of
heart and the
incapacity to love,

Free us, O Lord.

SAVE US, O LORD
From all the evils that
afflict humanity,

Save us, O Lord.
From hunger, famine
and egoism,

Save us, O Lord.
From disease,
epidemics and fear of

our brothers and
sisters,

Save us, O Lord.
From devastating
folly, from merciless
interests and from
violence,

Save us, O Lord.
From deception,
misinformation and
manipulation of
consciences,

Save us, O Lord.

CONSOLE US, O
LORD
Look upon your
Church, which is
crossing the desert,

Console us, O Lord.
Look upon humanity,
terrified by fear and
anguish,

Console us, O Lord.
Look upon the sick
and dying, oppressed
by loneliness,

Console us, O Lord.
Look upon doctors
and health care
workers,
overwhelmed by
fatigue,

Console us, O Lord.
Look upon politicians
and administrators,
who bear the weight
of decisions,

Console us, O Lord.

GIVE US YOUR
SPIRIT, O LORD
In the hour of trial
and confusion,


Give us your Spirit,
O Lord.

In temptation and in
weakness,

Give us your Spirit,
O Lord.

In the battle against
evil and sin,

Give us your Spirit,
O Lord.

In the search for true
good and true joy,

Give us your Spirit,
O Lord.

In the decision to
remain in You and in
Your friendship,

Give us your Spirit,
O Lord.

OPEN US TO HOPE,
O LORD
If sin oppresses us,

Open us to hope, O
Lord.

If hate closes our
hearts,

Open us to hope, O
Lord.

If suffering visits us,

Open us to hope, O
Lord.

If indifference
distresses us,

Open us to hope, O
Lord.

If death annihilates
us,

Open us to hope, O
Lord.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   6th Sunday of Easter                          May 17, 2020 

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150 Gateway Blvd., Toronto, ON., M3C 3E2            

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MIRACULOUS HELP

The  first  known  miracle  worked  by
Our Lady was at the wedding feast of
Cana  when  she  obtained  from  her
Son  the  conversion  of  water  into
wine.  So,  too,  she  can  obtain  a
miraculous  intercession  with  her  Son
for our poor Creation.

Prayer  for  Protection  in  Time  of
Pandemic…
O Mary, you always brighten our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope. We
entrust  ourselves  to  you,  Health  of
the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part
in  Jesus’  pain  while  remaining
steadfast in faith.

O  loving  Mother,  you  know  what  we
need,  and  we  are  confident  you  will
provide  for  us  as  at  Cana  in  Galilee.
Intercede  for  us  with  your Son Jesus,
the  Divine  Physician,  for  those  who
have  fallen  ill,  for  those  who  are
vulnerable,  and  for  those  who  have
died. Intercede also for those charged
with protecting the health and safety
of  others  and  for  those  who  are
tending  to  the  sick  and  seeking  a
cure.

Help  us, O  Mother  of  Divine  Love,  to
conform to the will of the Father and
to  do  as  we  are  told  by  Jesus,  who
took  upon  himself  our  sufferings  and
carried  our  sorrows,  so  as  to  lead  us,
through the Cross, to the glory of the
Resurrection. Amen.

Under  your  protection  we  seek
refuge, O Holy Mother of God. In our
needs,  despise  not  our  petitions,  but
deliver  us  always  from  all  dangers, O
glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

CORONA VIRUS PRAYER

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and
villages “curing every disease and illness.” At
your  command,  the  sick  were  made  well.
Come  to  our  aid  now,  in  the  midst  of  the
global  spread  of  the  coronavirus,  that  we
may  experience  your  healing  love.  Heal
those  who  are  sick  with  the  virus.  May  they
regain  their  strength  and  health  through
quality  medical  care.  Heal  us  from  our  fear,
which  prevents  nations  from  working
together  and  neighbours  from  helping  one
another.  Heal  us  from  our  pride,  which  can
make  us  claim  invulnerability  to  a  disease
that knows no borders.

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and
villages  “curing  every  disease  and  illness.”
Come  to  our  aid  now,  that  we  may
experience  your  healing  love.    Jesus  Christ,
healer  of  all,  stay  by  our  side  in  this  time  of
uncertainty  and  sorrow.  Be  with  those  who
have died from the virus. May they be at rest
with  you  in  your  eternal  peace.  Be  with  the
families  of  those  who  are  sick  or  have  died.
As they worry and grieve, defend them from
illness  and  despair.  May  they  know  your
peace.  Be  with  the  doctors,  nurses,
researchers,  medical  professionals,  and
support  workers  who  seek  to  heal  and  help
those  affected  and  who  put  themselves  at
risk  in  the  process.  May  they  know  your
protection and peace.

Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them
the  foresight  to  act  with  charity  and  true
concern for the well-being of the people they
are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to
invest  in  long-term  solutions  that  will  help
prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May
they know your peace, as they work together
to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded
by many people suffering from this illness or
only  a  few,  Jesus  Christ,  stay  with  us  as  we
endure  and  mourn,  persist  and  prepare.  In
place of our anxiety, give us your peace.
Jesus Christ, heal us. -AMERICA MAGAZINE

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   6th Sunday of Easter                          May 17, 2020 

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RECONCILIATION WITH THE LORD IN THE

ABSENCE OF THE SACRAMENT OF

CONFESSION

 JESUS’ WORDS OF CONSOLATION TO US

“I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Mt 28:20) 

 

&  

“Let  not  your  hearts  be  troubled.  Believe  in  God; 
believe also in me.” (Jn14:10)   

 “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one 
of  them  will  fall  to  the  ground  apart  from  your  Father. 
But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear 
not,  therefore;  you  are  of  more  value  than  many 
sparrows. (Mt10: 29-31) 

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER TO MARY

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of
salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of
the Sick. At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’
pain, with steadfast faith.

You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at
Cana  of  Galilee,  joy  and  feasting  might  return  after  this
moment of trial.

Help  us,  Mother  of  Divine  Love,  to  conform  ourselves  to
the Father’s will

and to do what Jesus tells us: He who took our sufferings
upon  Himself,  and  bore  our  sorrows  to  bring  us,  through
the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of
God. Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test
– and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed
Virgin.

Act of Contrition (traditional)

O  my God,  I  am  heartily  sorry  for  having  offended Thee,
and I detest all my sins because of thy just punishments,
but  most  of  all  because  they  offend Thee,  my God,  who
art  all  good  and  deserving  of  all  my  love.  I  firmly  resolve
with the help of Thy grace to sin no more and to avoid the
near occasion of sin. Amen.

Act of Contrition (alternate form)

My  God,  I  am  sorry  for  my  sins  with  all  my  heart.  In
choosing  to  do  wrong  and  failing  to  do  good,  I  have
sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I
firmly  intend,  with  your  help,  to  do  penance,  to  sin  no
more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our SavioUr
Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God,
have mercy.

Acts of Contrition inspired by the Gospels

Father of mercy, like the prodigal son I return to you and
say: "I have sinned against you and am no longer worthy
to be called your child.”

Christ  Jesus,  Saviour  of  the  world,  I  pray  with  the
repentant  thief  to  whom  you  promised  Paradise:  "Lord,
remember me in your kingdom.”

Holy  Spirit,  fountain  of  love,  I  call  on  you  with  trust:
"Purify my heart, and help me to walk as a child of light."

Lord Jesus, you opened the eyes of the blind, healed the
sick,  forgave  the  sinful  woman,  and  after  Peter's  denial
confirmed  him  in  your  love.  Listen  to  my  prayer:  forgive
all my sins, renew your love in my heart, help me to live in
perfect  unity  with  my  fellow  Christians  that  I  may
proclaim your saving power to all the world.

An Act of Contrition to Our Lord Jesus

Lord Jesus, you chose to be called the friend of sinners. By
your saving death and resurrection free me from my sins.
May  your  peace  take  root  in  my  heart  and  bring  forth  a
harvest of love, holiness, and truth.

An Act of Contrition inspired by Psalm 51

Lord  God,  in  your  goodness  have  mercy  on  me:  do  not
look on my sins, but take away all my guilt. Create in me a
clean heart and renew within me an upright spirit.

The Jesus Prayer

Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION 

(In place of receiving Jesus in Holy Communion) 

“My  Jesus,  I  believe  that You  are  present  in  the  Most 
Holy  Sacrament.  I  love  You  above  all  things,  and  I 
desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this 
moment  receive  You  sacramentally,  come  at  least 
spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were 
already  there  and  unite  myself  wholly  to  You.  Never 
permit me to be separated from You.” Amen. St. Alphonsus 
Liguori 

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

                   6th Sunday of Easter                          May 17, 2020 

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150 Gateway Blvd., Toronto, ON., M3C 3E2            

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