IMPORTANT – MESSAGE (St. Mary & Our Lady of Hope)
NEW COVID-19 Restrictions – Public Health Orders
150 people or 50 per cent of usual capacity – whichever is lower – can attend indoor faith-gatherings. This means that 75 people can now attend Masses at St. Mary and Our Lady of Hope. Those who attend must sign a contact tracing form at the church entrance. (Unless all attendants are vaccinated, only 25 people can now attend indoor gatherings for funerals, weddings and baptisms.) Masks are mandatory for indoor gatherings. Please continue to practice social distancing and 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).
December 5th, 2021
PREPARING THE WAY
Last Sunday’s gospel began with violence in nature; this Sunday’s offers violence of a different sort. Fill in the valleys… make low the mountains and hills… straighten out the ways! John the Baptist has arrived with all his usual Advent force.
Nothing must stand in the way of the coming of the one John proclaims, not nature, and certainly not sin. So he preaches repentance, conversion, is short, a complete turnaround in the way we live.
Only in this way can we become pure and blameless and be prepared for the day of Christ…
November 28th, 2021
THE SIGHT OF SALVATION
Science suggests that the world was born in violence and strife, in a “big-bang” at the dawn of time. This new Church year begins in violence as well : frightful portents or signs in the heavens and “people fainting from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world”. But look at the result, the Son of Man coming with power and great glory. Suddenly the terror is swept away by hope.
Do we need to fear? Yes – but not the signs in the heavens. Rather we need to be concerned about the things of this earth that can weigh us down and cloud our sight : hardened hearts and an over-anxious lifestyle. Be on guard. Stay alert (that is, watchful and faithful) to see the coming kindness and salvation of God…
The Good Shepherd Campaign 2021
UNITED MORE THAN EVER IN CHRIST
Sincere thanks for the participation of Archdiocese’s parishes in the presentation of the 2021 Good Shepherd Campaign. As of November 15th, donations to the campaign received by the Archdiocese totalled $175,251, slightly more than 50% of the goal of $350,000 set for the year. An excellent start! Thank you to the 659 individuals, families and organizations who have already sent in their gift!
If you have not made your donation, please consider making it now. Your gift will make a difference in helping us reach the diocesan goal.
And most importantly, we invite you to pray for our seminarians as they continue to discern God’s will in their lives as they journey toward the priesthood.
** 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
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.
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; …
Our Lady of LaSalette … pray for us.
Our Lady of Hope … pray for us.