COME TO ME ALL YOU WHO ARE WEARY and carrying HEAVY BURDENS
and I will give you rest !
This Sunday’s Gospel is really appropriate for our pandemic situation. How many people are really “weary and carrying heavy burdens” today. It is true that in our province of Ontario things are not bad at all, but then looking out into the world we see darkness and fear.
What can Jesus do for us? He responds by saying “learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart”. What does that have to do with all the pandemic which is out there?
Let me tell you my experience! Every morning as soon as I was opening the computer I used to run to the COVIT-19 update. I was curious to know how many people had died more that the previous day; I was checking Canada, Italy, USA and the rest of the world. Every time that the numbers were going higher, I felt threatened. (I have all the pre-conditions to be an easy victim of Covit-19).
One day in prayer I felt that I was trusting more my computer than Jesus Christ. So I decided to turn off the computer and spend some time in church. What a difference it made! Today the dark cloud is gone, I can do many beautiful things and enjoy the few friends who come to the office. I can still live my beautiful life as a priest and as a human being. Life is still joyful and interesting.
“Learn from me, – says Jesus – and not from the fake news of the world. After all these journalists didn’t do a thing to help the situation; they only make things look worse and increase the blood pressure of us simple people. “Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart”. Yes, this is what we really need! Let the scientists work to find a vaccine, but for us the important thing is to be “gentle” and “humble” of heart.
When you are gentle, you help people; you uplift people; you bring joy to the heart; you give hope for the future! And this is what we need especially today. And this attitude of “trust” can really make a difference in our life. Whom should we trust? Jesus or the computer? I am sure you know the answer.
HOLY COMMUNION only in the Hand.
The guidelines of the Cardinal are clear and we will follow his wishes with great faith and obedience. So Holy Communion, because of this emergency situation, can be given ONLY in the hands of the faithful both at mass or in private until we will receive instruction from the Archdiocese. “Obedience – says Jesus – is better than sacrifice or offerings.”
BACK TO NORMAL.
We are very happy to see that slowly people come back to their own mass. Last week we have a good participation on the 8:30am mass and a smaller participation to the other masses.
A GREAT THANKS to our faithful VOLUNTEERS. We are so happy to have 35 volunteers/ushers, plus the 12 Eucharistic Ministers and another 6 lectors, who make sure that the liturgical celebrations run smoothly, making it safe for everybody. We have a capacity of 150 people, between the church, the balcony and the Main Hall. We could (if needed) add also the other 2 Halls.
- AGAIN – The mask is required; sanitizing your hands both when you come in and go out of the Church; exiting the church maintaining the distance of 2 meters; the volunteers will sanitize all the pews of the whole church as soon as people are out, preparing for the next mass.
- THINGS ARE WORKING VERY WELL, and it is safe to come back to mass in person.
CONFESSIONS are not scheduled for Saturday at 4:30pm. The two confessionals are sanitized and adapted, so there is no communication between the penitent and the priest. You remain standing, so you don’t have to sit or kneel; you don’t touch any chair or kneeler.
- During the week you can request confession either in the office or in the crying room next to the sacristy.
Baptisms, Funerals and Weddings are back to normal. We will celebrate one sacrament at times, to avoid crowding the church.