April 18th, 2021
JESUS IS ALIVE … IN US!
The disciples in this Sunday’s gospel story have heard about the empty tomb. They have heard the report of how two of their company had met the risen Lord on the road to Emmaus and how Jesus “had been made know to them in the breaking of the bread.” They have heard these stories and have listened – yet they do not believe. And when Jesus appears and greets them with the gift of peace, they hardly recognize him and think him to be a ghost.
We, too, have heard stories about Easter – but do we really believe in Jesus as risen? Is it a second-hand story, or is it our story? Is it just an article of the creed we hold to be true or is it a conviction based on personal experience? In other words, is our faith second-hand, a family tradition, a social habit, …?
If we have doubts, if we must admit that our faith is only second-hand, we don’t have to give up! First-hand experience of the risen Lord is a gift of the risen Christ himself. Our doubts and restlessness can be the door through which Christ enters, and when he does we will know! This gift is given within the context of a believing and doubting community.
Just as Jesus had to prove he was risen by eating in front of his disciples, so do we as witnesses have to prove to the world that Christ is alive and at work in the world. Our lives are perhaps the only ‘gospel’ that some people will ever read. Are we proof that Christ is alive in us? Are we credible witnesses? Can others look at us and say – indeed, can we look at ourselves and say – “Christ has risen : he is alive; he is alive in us! Alleluia!”
April 11th, 2021
BELIEVERS WHO HAVE NOT SEEN
“Seeing is believing” – or, is it? Thomas thought so – the “doubting Thomas” of today’s gospel story who becomes the Thomas of such awesome faith, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus seems to contradict Thomas’ basic premise, however, when he tells Thomas, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Jesus speaks of our faith and the faith of those countless others who have believed in the reality of the resurrection since the time of the first Easter to our present day. Faith is faith in the reality of the resurrection : Jesus is alive!
This faith cannot and does not have to be proven by any tangible evidence. This faith is a gift received from eye-witnesses, many of whom ultimately laid down their lives for the truth of their witnessing. This faith is surrender and adoration in front of Jesus as Lord. And this faith opens up to us today, as it did to the early disciples of Jesus, a source of abundant life in us.
This is the evidence and the true proof of the reality of the resurrection. This Jesus who is risen and is alive, this same Jesus is alive within us and among us as a community of believers. And, as a community of faith we can share this new life with others as we testify to the risen Lord by our proclamation and example. We share this new life with others by our way of living and by the style of life we have at home, at work, at play, in the political and economic arenas, in our relationship’s, and, indeed, in every aspect of our lives.
It is in the knowledge of this awesome fact that we can truly sing, “The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!”
Roe V. Wade Movie – Available for Streaming until April 26, 2021
From all of us here at Life's Vision, Happy Easter! We are thrilled to present the new movie ROE V. WADE for streaming right in the comfort of your own home! ROE V. WADE shares the true story of how the modern-day abortion movement began and how one of its founders, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, became prolife. It is a must-see! Due to COVID restrictions, this incredible movie was not able to have a theatrical release. Thanks to technology, this film can be shown in living rooms across North America until April 26! To stream, please click the following link: Watch Roe V. Wade
The Diocesan Chrism Mass, celebrated on Tuesday, March 30th at the St. Boniface Cathedral, was a moving event, particularly in this time of pandemic. Blessed by bishop LeGatt during the Mass, the holy oils have now made their way to our parishes, where they will be a significant part of the life of the faithful.
The Chrism Mass was attended mostly by pastors, deacons and religious, with some lay people at hand to help organize. While many of the faithful who would normally have attended the celebration in person could not be there on account of the provincial health restrictions regarding church capacities, this did not deter them from participating in a meaningful way, thanks to the livestreaming on two different platforms. Our thanks to all whose industrious participation helped to make this beautiful celebration a success. To view the Chrism Mass photo gallery, click here
Bishop LeGatt Video Message - Holy Week: Alone, Yet United
The past year has been defined by challenges and acute suffering as a result of pandemic and world instability. Many have lived through particularly trying moments in this past year : mourning the death of a loved one or suffering from sickness, alone, or experiencing emotional distress, alone, or even not being able to live life’s high points as they would have loved to. We are all living this pandemic and its effects in different ways, but one particularity that is underscored with all is this continued and sometimes overwhelming sense of solitude: of loneliness.
Likewise, Christ was also alone on his way to Calvary. He accepted his cross, and until he breathed his last, he was alone. Let us therefore journey through this holy week, even if we are alone, with Christ, in the isolation and solitude that were his final hours. Together, albeit physically apart, let us hold each other in prayer as we all journey through these high holy days. Christ truly walks with us in the silence of our hearts. And let us not forget Mary, who also journeyed silently with Jesus on his way of the cross, and who also walks with us, intercedes for us, and comforts us. This will truly be a particular Holy Week, which we will never forget. May we, in these times of pandemic and of isolation, be united with Christ, in the aloneness and the silence of the cross, in hopes of the resurrection.
Masks during religious services
Persons attending a religious service at a place of worship must wear a mask at all times, except when they are seated. They must wear a mask when singing.
We encourage people to continue to wear masks until all Manitobans are vaccinated.
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