May 31st, 2020
WE ARE SENT
Today’s liturgy concludes our fifty-day meditation on the mystery of the risen Lord. It is indeed a spectacular conclusion. It is a day of powerful winds and noise, and tongues of fire and bewilderment and astonishment.
In the Old Testament, human beings tried to move into the heavens and were scattered over the face of the earth. Now the heavens open, the Spirit descends and humans speak as if with one voice. The gospel presents us with a quiet and peaceful version of the same gift of the Spirit.
But whether the Spirit comes in fire or in a peaceful breath, there is no doubt about the result. We are sent! There is work to be done; “varieties of services” and “varieties of activities” to undertake or assume. The characteristic of the kind of Christian work – we have come to call it ministry – is that it be done in unity, like a well-functioning body. In fact, now that the Spirit of God moves among the people, we have become what indeed we are – the Body of Christ.
WARNING - BEWARE OF RECENT SCAM
Be advised that fraudulent emails have been going around using the name of our priests (Pastors) as bait.
Recently, some people have received emails claiming to be from their Pastor (or a priest) asking for money. In reality, criminals have collected the names of priests and are using their name/identity to deceive people.
It is up to each person to identify fraudulent emails and eliminate them.
We remind you to always use caution when dealing with email. Hackers use all sorts of tricks including identity theft and current news to try and bait people.
Below is information about identifying questionable emails:
How do you determine if you should open an email or not? Please find below tips to help identify questionable emails. If the authenticity of an email is questioned, it may be wise to simply delete it without opening it.
A few questions to help you identify bad emails:
1) How did they get my email address?
2) Do I know the sender?
3) Does the email really come from the sender and could his email address have been compromised?
4) Do I recognize the sender's email address?
5) Is there a way to verify if the information in the email is legitimate without clicking links from the email and without having to reply to the email?
6) Are they promising money or benefits?
7) Are they making it sound urgent to answer immediately?
8) Would this person/company contact me by email for such a request?
9) Is there errors in the text?
10) Are the links really going to bring me where I should go?
11) Is the attachment safe to open?
These are a few questions that can help reflect before responding to an email.
Scammers and spammers usually want:
1) Your personal information (bank account, PIN, email account and password, credit card number, confirmation of your name or email, etc.)
2) Infect your computer and gain control over it. They can then add it to their arsenal to collect names, accounts, passwords, to make SPAM attacks, to redirect you to Internet Sites, and for other possible reasons.
3) Money – they usually give a sense of urgency, appeal to your good nature to help someone in distress, or even promise a great deal of money if you respond.
As of May 31st, the 11:00 am Sunday Mass in Our Lady of Hope Church has resumed. However, in compliance with the revised protocol, a maximum of 25 people can attend. If you wish to attend, you are to inform Father René beforehand by calling 204-268-2453. Respecting the present health safety measures, social physical distancing is still to be observed. (If you have flu-like symptoms – please stay home!)
May the Spirit of the Risen Lord be with you!
Ordinations – June 5, 6 and 13, 2020
To the Diaconate - Christian Illunga Mutombo: Friday, June 5, at 9:30 AM
To the Priesthood - Deacon Jean-Baptiste (Anh Duy) Nguyen : Saturday, June 6, at 7 PM.
- Deacon Brian Trueman : Saturday, June 13, at 10 AM
These ordination masses will be livestreamed. The liturgies can be accessed via the YouTube channel of the parish of Saints-Martyrs-Canadians : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFLbnkM6HlRYpb4QjiXeBOg/live
Liturgies will start precisely at the indicated broadcast time.
Fraternal Benefits Night
6:00 pm – Saturday, June 13th, 2020
St. Mary Lower Level after 5:00 pm Mass
Are you aware of all the benefits that you have access to as a member of the Knights of Columbus?
Ulysse Poirier will be in attendance to discuss all the benefits and answer all your related questions. A pizza supper will be provided.
Open to all Knights and Parishioners
Please RSVP Gerry Geall
204 268 4529
Let us “come together” in praying the Rosary
We know of the power of prayer and that in the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, we have the greatest of intercessors. Like a loving mother, Mary, who cares for us and listens to us, carries our prayers to her beloved Son, Jesus, our risen Lord and Saviour. Our Lord hears every sincere prayer! In these trying times let us place our hope and trust in Him.
I invite all parishioners (families, couples, individuals) of St. Mary and Our Lady of Hope, from your homes, to unite in praying the Rosary every day at 11:00 am. If you wish, you can have a different intention for each decade. Here are some suggestions. Let us pray : for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic; that all people in our communities be kept safe; for all who have died due to the virus and those who mourn their death; for all infected by COVID-19 and those who care for them; for the protection of all frontline health-care workers; that God’s Spirit may lead those involved in research to the discovery of a cure (vaccine); …
Our Lady of LaSalette … pray for us.
Our Lady of Hope … pray for us.
PLEASE NOTE : Till further notice, the St. Mary Church main entrance door is open on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 am till 6:00 pm so you can stop in and pray for a moment. Please do not come to the church if you have flu-like symptoms.
If you need assistance or spiritual help please call the office (204-268-2453). God bless you!
IMPORTANT NOTE : The Mass intention for each day will appear in the bulletin whether the Mass is celebrated privately or with a few people in attendance.
Masses are livestreamed via the diocesan Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ArchSaintBoniface/ As well as on the Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens Parish YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFLbnkM6HlRYpb4QjiXeBOg/live
Diocesan Offices and Services available to the Faithful during the Pandemic
Despite having closed the Diocesan Centre to the public, all diocesan services, including the Office of the Archbishop, Administration, and Pastoral Services, continue to be offered remotely with as few service interruptions as possible. Diocesan employees will be working from their homes. Calls received at the diocese will be forwarded directly to the employees. Please note that the Archdiocesan Centre’s business hours remain 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM (closed from noon until 1 pm). The reception desk at 151 Avenue de la Cathédrale remains open to receive deliveries and the mail. Unfortunately, visitors will not be granted access to the building (including those wishing to visit the resident priests).
“You are calling on us to seize this time of trial as a time of choosing. It is not the time of your judgment, but of our judgment : a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others.”
Excerpt From Pope Francis’s homily on March 27th, 2020