IMPORTANT – URGENT – MESSAGE (St. Mary & Our Lady of Hope)
Due to the surge of COVID-19 cases, new Code Red Alert restrictions for all of Manitoba come into effect this Sunday, May 9th, and will be applicable until at least Sunday, May 30th. The new restrictions now prohibit indoor religious gatherings. (As the time frame indicates, these restrictions clearly and deliberately target – among others – indoor religious gatherings.)
Though there is to be no gathering in the church, (in Beausejour) the St. Mary church door will be open during the day. The parish office remains open. For more information or assistance, do not hesitate to call Father René at the Parish Office (204-268-2453).
During the next few weeks (as long as the restrictions last), we plan to livestream the dominical Mass and have it available on our Website on Sunday.
May 16th, 2021
LIVING IN A NEW WORLD
All three scripture readings this Sunday have the same theme : “the Lord Jesus … was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.” This is the final stage of Jesus’ glorification and exaltation. Now Jesus can be referred to as ‘Lord’. The time of earthly companionship is over. Christ is now ‘seated at God’s right hand’ with power to be “the head of all things for the Church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1.23). He is no longer physically present in this world and will not return before the parousia, his second and final coming. Christ, the Redeemer, is now living in perfect unity with the Source of all Being and with the Holy Spirit.
Does this mean that God is in ‘his heaven’ and all is well with the world? Not at all! On the one hand, this mystery gives us the basis for real hope because from now on we live in the reality of the new world, the reign of God in our midst. As Paul says, we are already raised up by God with Christ (through our faith and baptism) and given a place with him in heaven, in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2.6). On the other hand, however, we also still live in the world, which is in need of complete transformation and full conversion to God. We have the task to “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.” This means, ultimately, that we have to put our money where our mouths are and let the faith we profess in Christ overflow into our lives and relationships with others. It means that we really have to love others as Jesus loved his disciples – as he loves us.
This might seem like an impossible task. But, in the risen Lord we have the power to live in a new way that helps the whole world and all creation to become glorified like God wants it to be.
May 9th, 2021
LOVE OF GOD = LOVE OF NEIGHBOUR
This Sunday’s gospel continues the vine image from last week. But, whereas the passage last week seemed to focus on the union between Christ and his disciples, the central point for today’s gospel seems to be the union of love between the followers of Jesus. He calls his disciples his friends. Friends are equals, and love more than anything else is the basis of authentic friendship. And he tells his disciples, now as he did then, “Love one another as I have loved you”.
This Christ-love is limitless; its only limit is to love without limit! And yet, is not one of the sadly unfortunate criticisms of our Christianity the fact that so often we have lost sight of the Christ-command? And are not some good people, even so-called non-Christians, a constant reproach to us for our lack of neighbourly love?
There is no real difference between love of God and love of neighbour. The love we have for our neighbours is a direct continuation of God’s love. Reconciliation with our neighbour is a sign of the reality of our reconciliation with God. Thus, neighbourly-love, brotherly/sisterly love is not just one sign among many of the community of Christ’s disciples; it is the mark of the Church.
How authentic are we in carrying out the command of Jesus, “Love one another as I have loved you”?
BEWARE OF FRAUDULENT EMAIL
being circulated using my name or the name of other Pastors (priests).
This is the present email going around :
Subject: Peace Unto You …
Good Morning, how are you doing?
I need a favor from you, email me as soon as you get this message.
I did not send this email and do not send this type of email.
Do not reply to this email or similar emails requesting a reply, donation or favour. Crooks are using the names of priests (myself included) to entice and deceive you – and get money from you. Please inform me if you get this kind or similar emails.
Father René E. Chartier
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.
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 :
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