1 – THOUGHT OF THE DAY – Go to the YOU TUBE channel of our parish and click on: Easter Monday – Drop 1.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSxLcUD19_uw_8E6q0JUXKQ

2 – ADULT SPIRITUAL FORMATION Let us read a book together.

I have started a series of conferences on the book of Benedict XVI and Cardinal Sarah: “From the depts of our hearts” on the celibacy of the priesthood in the Catholic Church. Go to the YOU TUBE channel and click on the “From the depths of our hearts’, No. 1

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSxLcUD19_uw_8E6q0JUXKQ

3 – FINANCES – Dear parishioners, I am sure that in your mine, at times you are worried about finances; yes, at times I am too! As you know our church is big with many halls and facilities, and we need to maintain them constantly. On an ordinary day we need one thousand dollars a day to keep the operation going.

      For the past 5 weeks we did not have any substantial income, and as you know we depend a lot on the weekly collection. If this will continue as they say for another month or two, it means that we will not have a considerable income during this time. We are talking of a loss of 120/150 thousand dollars.

     No panic! Luckily in the past parishioners have been very generous, but surely this poses a bit of preoccupation in the long run.

    I want to THANK those parishioners who have managed to support their church even during these difficult times. There are 2 ways in which you can help: 1 – ELECTRONICALLY through our WEB PAGE.

https://stcatherine.ca/donate/ You go to: stcatherine.ca and at the button of the page you see: ”DONATE TODAY” – You click that and it will bring you to a page, where you can fill in your info and your donation.

2 – DROPPING YOUR ENVELOPES IN THE MAIL BOX.

We have built a “MAIL BOX” purposely for this situation in the door that goes to SCALABRINI HALL. You deposit your envelopes and we collect them every day. THANKS.

4 – TALK TO A PRIEST – Office is open BY PHONE from 11:00am till 12:00noon and from 3:30pm till 5:30pm. Would you like to talk to a priest? He is there for you, just call: (905) 272-1454. (St. Catherine of Siena Parish).

5 – DON’T’ PICK UP ALL THE GARBAGE THEY FEED YOU IN THE NEWS.

There is not much more that you have to know about the pandemic; and the authorities will tell you what you have to do and what you cannot do. So really you don’t have to fill your mind and heart with all the scientific jargon that the news give you. They only make you worry for something that you cannot do anything about. Before I used to check every day how many people were dead the day before, but then I stopped completely searching for sad news and now I feel much better. Sure I follow all the instructions, I pray for all the dead and the families affected, but I don’t have to get depressed by all these bad news.

Try it!!!

SUGGESTIONS FOR KIDS.

I know that your children are engaged in remote schooling, but maybe once a week you could also play a few QUIZZES through the program here below. Do you pray every day with your children? Do you teach them to say the ROSARY? Let’s educate not only the mind but also the soul.

Fr. Walter

About Fr. Walter

Father Walter Tonelotto was born in Italy in 1947 and entered the Scalabrini Seminary at an early age. At 20 he was sent by his superiors to study Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York and then to the Toronto School of Theology. He holds a Master in Divinity from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa and a Master in Moral Theology from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, New York City.