PLEASE NOTE : As of this Sunday, July 25th, and for the next 3 weeks I may be absent (during the week).    In the case of an emergency – if you can’t reach me – please call Father Joshua Gundrum (204-482-4197)  or Father Sylvanus Omali (204-268-9020).

 

IMPORTANT – MESSAGE  (St. Mary & Our Lady of Hope)

NEW COVID-19 Restrictions – Code Red Alert Changes

The provincial government has further loosened some of the restrictions brought about by the pandemic.  As of July 17th: 150 people or 50 per cent of usual capacity – whichever is lower – can attend indoor faith-gatherings.  This means that 100 people can now attend Masses at St. Mary and Our Lady of Hope.  Those who attend are to sign a contact tracing form at the church entrance.  (25 people can now attend indoor gatherings for funerals, weddings and baptisms.)  Practicing social distancing and wearing a mask are still mandatory.  Remain cautious!  (If you have any symptoms of illness, you should stay at home.)

For more information or assistance, please call Father René at the Parish Office (204-268-2453).

 

July 18th, 2021

COME TO A LONELY PLACE

            When we have been away on a trip, we come back filled with stories to tell.  These disciples of Jesus whom he trusted enough to send out with his message must have been overwhelmed with what happened.  The babble at their return must have been like a noisy cocktail party.

            The best story-tellers would have soon taken charge, telling of all the highlights of how they won the day with nothing of apparent value with them to sell their position.   It was like scaling a high mountain bare handed and in sandals!  Each one begins jumping in with his wondrous encounter, unbelievable by all human standards.  They’re beginning to believe in themselves, because Jesus trusted them.

            But it’s also a precarious moment, a moment of truth that needs to be grasped even more deeply lest it become – “I did it my way.”  So Jesus invites them to relish the joy of their success and the joy of that fantastic trust in some quiet peace – a lonely place – where they could taste that aloneness, taste the selves that Christ trusted.  A place to know themselves, their vulnerability, their accountability to the others who follow them, thirsting and hungry, not leaving them much time to rejoice in their newly relished successes!

 

 July 11th, 2021

TRUSTED

            One can hardly imagine what it must have felt like for the apostles as Jesus “sends” them out in twos.  When you are sent, a task or quest is to be accomplished.  I’ll be held accountable.  What if I fail?  He sends them out, even without the trusty old backpack.  What is he trying to prove?

            They are certainly going to be accountable to themselves.  They’ll have no advantage of better equipment or financing.  It’s going to be themselves and what they carry within themselves.  No external signs of power or domination, or position.  They are naked before the world and must trust that what Jesus sent them to do will have a power and authenticity in itself.  They must have felt that Jesus trusted them incredibly.  They must have felt incredibly happy about that, and terrified.  Christ trusts us that way too.  Incredible!...

 

** BEWARE OF FRAUDULENT EMAIL **

Fraudulent emails requesting a favour or money are once again being circulated using my name or the name of other Pastors (priests).  Do not respond to them!

 

New Web Page on Residential Schools and Reconciliation

Visit the Archdiocese's website to view videos by Bishop LeGatt on various facets of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, or to find prayers, thoughts and statements about residential schools and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. To access the page, click here, or visit the home page of the diocesan website at www.archsaintboniface.ca

 

Bishops’ Statement: Delegation to the Holy See

On June 10th, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) published a second statement following the report of a recent discovery of children’s graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.  “In conversation with Indigenous people and communities, both at the local and national levels, and bilaterally with the First Nations, Métis and Inuit national organizations, the Bishops, sponsors of this project, have been preparing, for over two years now, a delegation of Indigenous people to meet with the Holy Father to foster meaningful encounters of dialogue and healing.”  To read the full statement, click here.

 

Diocesan Ordinations Photo Galleries

Paul (Hung Tuan) Nguyen was ordained to the Diaconate on Friday, June 4, at Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens Parish.

To view photos of this happy event for our diocese, click here.

Christian Illunga Mutombo was ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, June 5, at St. Boniface Cathedral.

Access the photo gallery of this solemn celebration by clicking here.

 

Bishops’ Statement on the Discovery of Children’s Graves at former Kamloops Residential School

On May 31, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) published a statement following the report of a recent discovery of children’s graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation. “The news of the recent discovery is shocking. It rekindles trauma in numerous communities across this land.  Honouring the dignity of the lost little ones demands that the truth be brought to light.”  To read the full statement, click here.

 

BEWARE OF FRAUDULENT EMAIL

being circulated using my name or the name of other Pastors (priests). 

 

News from the CCCB  (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)  Web site: www.cccb.ca/site/eng

We Can and Must do Much Better – Religious Leaders oppose Bill C-7

More than 50 religious leaders from across Canada released an open letter on October 14, 2020 to all Canadians in opposition to Bill C-7 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying). This ecumenical and interfaith message is a response by religious leaders to the legislation introduced by the federal government on October 5th, 2020, which seeks to expand the eligibility criteria for euthanasia and assisted suicide by removing the “reasonable foreseeability of natural death” criterion currently in the Criminal Code.
The religious leaders’ message reflects a unity of thought.   “We are convinced that a robust palliative care system available to all Canadians is a much more effective response to suffering and to protecting the sacred dignity of the human person.  Palliative care addresses pain in a loving and caring environment, wherein people go out of their way to offer comfort and solace.  It makes everyone into a better person.” To read the letter, click here.
The development of the message was initiated by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka, CM, Ph.D., the Canadian Council of Imams (CCI), the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) and Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada.

For more information, visit the Marriage, Family & Life “News and Activities” page on the diocesan website at https://www.archsaintboniface.ca/main.php?p=401 We have also created a one-page information sheet for you. You can download it here.  

We must act now to protect all persons, including future generations from Bill C-7 

 

WARNING  -  BEWARE  OF  SCAMS 

Be advised that fraudulent emails have been going around using the name of our priests (Pastors) as bait.

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.

 

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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.

 

Livestreaming of the Diocesan Sunday Masses

The English Mass at 10 am from Holy Cross Parish, can be followed on the diocesan Facebook page at :

https://www.facebook.com/ArchSaintBoniface/live.

The French Mass at 10 am (Sts-Martyrs-Canadiens Parish), can be followed on the YouTube channel at : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFLbnkM6HlRYpb4QjiXeBOg/live