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              The Ascension of The Lord                     May 24, 2020 

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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

FOR HOW TO KEEP SUNDAY HOLY

DURING LOCKDOWN

SEE PAGE 12

FOR PRAYERS

SEE PAGE 9 & 10 & 11

IMAGE OF THE SACRED HEART

FROM THE STATUE LEFT OF THE ALTAR

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              The Ascension of The Lord                     May 24, 2020 

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CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

“The Creed”

The Faithful: Hierarchy, Laity, Consecrated Life

177. Who Are The Faithful?

The  Christian  faithful  are  those  who,  inasmuch  as  they
have  been  incorporated  in  Christ  through  Baptism,  have
been  constituted  as  the  people  of  God;  for  this  reason,
since  they  have  become  sharers  in  Christ’s  priestly,
prophetic  and  royal  office  in  their  own  manner,  they  are
called to exercise the mission which God has entrusted to
the  Church.  There  exists  a  true  equality  among  them  in
their dignity as children of God.

178. How are the people of God formed?

Among the faithful by divine institution there exist sacred
ministers who have received the sacrament of Holy Orders
and  who  form  the  hierarchy  of  the  Church.  The  other
members  of  the  Church  are  called  the  Laity.  In  both  the
hierarchy and the laity there are certain of the faithful who
are  consecrated  in  a  special  manner  to  God  by  the
profession of the evangelical counsels: chastity or celibacy,
poverty, and obedience.

179. Why did Christ institute a Church hierarchy?

Christ  instituted  a  Church  hierarchy  with  the  mission  of
feeding the people of God in his name and for this purpose
gave  it  authority.  The  hierarchy  is  formed  of  sacred
ministers:  bishops,  priests,  and  deacons.  Thanks  to  the
sacrament  of  Orders,  bishops  and  priests  act  in  the
exercise of their ministry in the name and person of Christ
the  Head.  Deacons  minister  to  the  people  of  God  in  the
diakonia (service) of word, liturgy, and charity.

180. How is the collegial dimension of Church ministry

carried out?

After the example of the twelve Apostles who were chosen
and  sent  out  together  by Christ,  the  unity  of  the Church’s
hierarchy  is  at  the  service  of  the  communion  of  all  the
faithful. Every bishop exercises his ministry as a member of
the  episcopal  college  in  communion  with  the  Pope  and
shares with him in the care of the universal Church. Priests
exercise  their  ministry  in  the  presbyterate  of  the  local
Church in communion with their own bishop and under his
direction.

182. What is the mission of the Pope?

The  Pope,  Bishop  of  Rome  and  the  Successor  of  Saint
Peter, is the perpetual, visible source and foundation of the
unity  of  the Church.  He  is  the  vicar  of Christ,  the  head  of
the College  of  bishops  and  pastor  of  the  universal Church
over  which  he  has  by  divine  institution  full,  supreme,
immediate, and universal power.

184. How do the bishops carry out their mission of

teaching?

Since  they  are  authentic  witnesses  of  the  apostolic  faith
and are invested with the authority of Christ, the bishops in
union  with  the  Pope  have  the  duty  of  proclaiming  the
Gospel  faithfully  and  authoritatively  to  all.  By  means  of  a

supernatural  sense  of  faith,  the  people  of God  unfailingly
adhere  to  the  faith  under  the  guidance  of  the  living
Magisterium of the Church.

186. How do Bishops exercise their ministry of

sanctification?

Bishops  sanctify  the  Church  by  dispensing  the  grace  of
Christ  by  their  ministry  of  the  word  and  the  sacraments,
especially  the  Holy  Eucharist,  and  also  by  their  prayers,
their example and their work.

187. How do the Bishops exercise their function of

governing?

Every  bishop,  insofar  as  he  is  a  member  of  the  college  of
bishops,  bears  collegially  the  care  for  all  particular
Churches and for the entire Church along with all the other
bishops  who  are  united  to  the  Pope. A  bishop  to  whom  a
particular Church has been entrusted governs that Church
with  the  authority  of  his  own  sacred  power  which  is
ordinary  and  immediate  and  exercised  in  the  name  of
Christ, the Good Shepherd, in communion with the entire
Church and under the guidance of the Successor of Peter.

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.

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              The Ascension of The Lord                     May 24, 2020 

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CHALICE CHILDREN’S COLLECTION

February Collection: $266.50

MASS INTENTIONS

Mon, May 25: 7:30AM

+Fr Bob Reddy

Tues, May 26: 7:30AM

+Ernesto Vallejo

Wed, May 27: 7:30AM
       

+Felisa Tolentino

Thurs, May 28: 7:30AM

+Rebecca & Rodolfo Donado

Fri, May 29: 7:30AM
       

Black Nazarene Devotees—Thanksgiving

Sat, May 30: 7:30AM 
      

Available

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Sunday, May 31
7:30AM
The Parishioners

Thanksgiving of Katelyn Wordbec

+Kyrie Brequillo

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.c

om

WEB: www.torontoretrouvaille.co

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PREACHING STEWARDSHIP

CONFERENCE FOR CLERGY

AND LAITY - WEBINAR

June 9, 8AM

St. Augustine's Seminary, in its

continuing series of Preaching

Seminars and Conferences, is

hosting a Webinar on Preaching

Stewardship with Dr. Scott

Hahn, His Eminence Thomas

Cardinal Collins, Dr. Josephine

Lombardi, and Dr Mary Callan on

Monday June, 29. This webinar

replaces the in-person conference

that was scheduled at the same

time.

Full details and registration are

available at

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/st-

augustines-seminary-online-

preaching-stewardship-

conference-tickets-102782398922

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              The Ascension of The Lord                     May 24, 2020 

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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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SAINTS THIS WEEK

ST  BEDE  THE  VENERABLE,  PRIEST,  DOCTOR:
Optional Memorial; Monday, May 25—

ST  GREGORY  VII,  POPE:  Optional  Memorial;
Monday, May 25—

ST  MARY  MAGDALENE  DE’PAZZI,  VIRGIN:
Optional Memorial; Monday, May 25—

ST PHILIP NERI, PRIEST: Memorial; Tuesday, May 26
St  Phillip  Neri  is  the  Patron  Saint  of  Canadian
“Home  Mission  Work”  as  it  is  supported  through
Catholic Missions in Canada.

Philip  Neri  was  a  sign  of  contradiction,  combining
popularity  with  piety  against  the  background  of  a
corrupt  Rome  and  a  disinterested  clergy:  the  whole
post-Renaissance malaise.

At  an  early  age,  Philip  abandoned  the  chance  to
become  a  businessman,  moved  to  Rome  from
Florence,  and  devoted  his  life  and  individuality  to
God.  After  three  years  of  philosophy  and  theology
studies,  he  gave  up  any  thought  of  ordination. The
next 13 years were spent in a vocation unusual at the
time—that of a layperson actively engaged in prayer
and the apostolate.

As  the Council  of Trent  (1545-63)  was  reforming  the
Church  on  a  doctrinal  level,  Philip’s  appealing
personality was winning him friends from all levels of
society,  from  beggars  to  cardinals.  He  rapidly
gathered  around  himself  a  group  of  laypersons  won
over  by  his  audacious  spirituality.  Initially,  they  met
as an informal prayer and discussion group, and also
served poor people in Rome.

At the urging of his confessor, Philip was ordained a
priest  and  soon  became  an  outstanding  confessor
himself,  gifted  with  the  knack  of  piercing  the
pretences and illusions of others, though always in a
charitable  manner  and  often  with  a  joke.  He
arranged  talks,  discussions,  and  prayers  for  his
penitents in a room above the church. He sometimes
led “excursions” to other churches, often with music
and a picnic on the way.

Some  of  Philip’s  followers  became  priests  and  lived
together  in  community.  This  was  the  beginning  of
the  Oratory,  the  religious  institute  he  founded.  A
feature  of  their  life  was  a  daily  afternoon  service  of
four  informal  talks,  with  vernacular  hymns  and
prayers.  Giovanni  Palestrina  was  one  of  Philip’s
followers, and composed music for the services. The
Oratory was finally approved after suffering through
a  period  of  accusations  of  being  an  assembly  of
heretics,  where  laypersons  preached  and  sang
vernacular hymns!

Philip’s advice was sought by many of the prominent
figures of his day. He is one of the influential figures
of the Counter-Reformation, mainly for converting to
personal  holiness  many  of  the  influential  people
within  the  Church  itself.  His  characteristic  virtues
were humility and gaiety.

After  spending  a  day  hearing  confessions  and
receiving  visitors,  Philip  Neri  suffered  a  hemorrhage
and  died  on  the  feast  of  Corpus  Christi  in  1595.  He
was  beatified  in  1615  and  canonized  in  1622. Three
centuries  later,  Cardinal  John  Henry  Newman
founded  the  first  English-speaking  house  of  the
Oratory in London.

Reflection:  Many  people  wrongly  feel  that  such  an
attractive and jocular personality as Philip’s cannot be
combined with an intense spirituality. Philip’s life melts
our  rigid,  narrow  views  of  piety.  His  approach  to
sanctity  was  truly  catholic,  all-embracing,  and
accompanied  by  a  good  laugh.  Philip  always  wanted
his  followers  to  become  not  less  but  more  human
through their striving for holiness.

ST  AUGUSTINE  OF  CANTERBURY,  BISHOP:
Optional Memorial; Wednesday, May 27—

ST  PAUL VI,  POPE:  Optional  Memorial;  Friday,  May
29—

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              The Ascension of The Lord                     May 24, 2020 

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This  Sunday’s  Readings:  First  Reading:  Acts  of
the Apostles  1:1-11—Jesus  is  taken  up  to  heaven
in  the  presence  of  the  apostles;  Responsorial
Psalm:  Psalm  47:2-3,6-9—Sing  praise  to  God  as
he mounts his throne; Second Reading: Ephesians
1:17-23—God  raised  Jesus  from  the  dead  and
seated  him  at  his  right  hand;  Gospel  Reading:
Matthew 28:16-20—Jesus charges his disciples to
make  disciples  of  all  nations  and  promises  to  be
with them forever.

Background on the Gospel Reading
Today’s Gospel  is  taken  from  the  conclusion  of
the  Gospel  of  Matthew.  Matthew’s  Gospel
quickly  moves  from  the  disciples’  discovery  of
Jesus’  empty  tomb,  to  Jesus’  appearance  to
Mary  Magdalene  and  the  other  Mary,  to  the
commission  that  Jesus  gives  his  disciples  in
today’s Gospel.

The  Final  Commission,  as  this  Gospel  is
sometimes called, is given on the mountaintop.
Throughout  Scripture,  the  most  important
events  happen  on  the  mountaintop,  and
Matthew  has  used  this  motif  throughout  his
Gospel.  Earlier  in  Matthew’s  Gospel,  Peter,
James, and John had seen Jesus transfigured on
the  mountaintop  (Matthew  17:1-8).  Also  in  the
Gospel  of  Matthew,  Jesus  taught  the  crowds
from  the  mountaintop  in  what  we  now  call  the
Sermon on the Mount.

Here we are told that the eleven disciples go the
mountaintop  in Galilee,  as Jesus  had  instructed
through  Mary  Magdalene  and  the  other  Mary
(cf. Matthew 28:9-10). They see Jesus, and both
worship  and  doubt  at  the  same  time.  Jesus
approaches  them  and  commissions  them  to
baptize  and  teach,  "to  make  disciples  of  all
nations." It is a task which Jesus had previously
prepared  his  disciples  for;  recall  that  Jesus  had
sent the twelve apostles to preach the Kingdom
of  God  and  to  heal  (cf.  Matthew  10:1-15).
However,  earlier  the  Twelve  were  sent  only  to
the  House  of  Israel;  in  this  Final  Commission,
the  eleven  are  told  to  go  to  "all  nations."  The
mission of Jesus is now to be taken to all people;
the task now is to baptize and to teach.

Jesus commissions his disciples to baptize in the
name  of  the  Trinity,  one  of  the  clearest
attestations  found  in  Scripture  for  baptism  in
the  name  of  the  Trinity.  In  the  Acts  of  the
Apostles  and  in  the  Letters  of  Paul,  baptism  is
more frequently offered "in the name of Jesus."

The  ending  of  Matthew’s  Gospel  can  be
understood  as  the  beginning  of  the  Church.
Jesus  commissions  his  disciples  to  continue  to
teach  in  his  name  and  to  bring  others  into  the
community  of  disciples  through  baptism.  The
Gospel ends, as it had begun, with the promise
that Jesus  will  continue  to  be  Emmanuel,  "God
with us" (cf. Matthew 1:23), for all eternity.

“And Remember,

I Am With You Always To The End Of The Age”

JESUS

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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—750.

ShareLife to Date—$2000.

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

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the Deaf community

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parents don't know sign language.

Your parents could gesture in a basic

way, but how do you share your

joys, fears and needs?

Silent Voice, a ShareLife agency,

teaches American Sign Language

and Deaf culture to families so they

can share a common language.

“I'm so passionate about Silent

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“because your Family

Communication Program rescues

children from social isolation.”

Last year more than 700 Deaf

people and their family members

received help through Silent Voice.

June 7 is the next

ShareLife Sunday.

Please give generously.

VOCATIONS

Ascension Sunday

Jesus said, “Remember, I am with you always,

to the end of the age.”

If you are discerning God’s call for the priesthood, diaconate

and consecrated life, contact Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocation

Director, Archdiocese of Toronto at 416-968-0997.

vocations@archtoronto.org www.vocationstoronto.ca

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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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              The Ascension of The Lord                     May 24, 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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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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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.

POPE FRANCIS

“It is very clear: if you cannot find a priest to whom you

can confess,” explained Pope Francis, “speak with God,

He is your Father, and tell Him the truth: ‘Lord, I have

done this, this and this.... I am sorry”, and ask Him for
forgiveness with all your heart, with the Act of Contri-

tion, and promise Him: ‘Later I will go to confession, but

forgive me now”. You will return immediately to God’s

grace. You yourself can approach God’s forgiveness as the

Catechism teaches us, without having a priest at hand.
Think about it: this is the moment! And this is the right

moment, the appropriate moment. An Act of Contrition,

made well. In this way our souls will become as white as

snow”.

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 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

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.

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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.

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