COVID - 19 UPDATES
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April 8, 2020
Video Mass Schedule & Reflection
As we enter further into Holy Week 2020, we are once again grateful to be able to connect with our Parish Community. We pray that you are staying safe and keeping well.
- We must first thank all of you for your gratitude and kind feedback regarding our Palm Sunday Video Mass. This is a time where we are all learning to adapt and learning new ways to connect with one another. Your encouragement was much appreciated and has spurred us on in this initiative.
- We will be sending Video Mass recordings for Holy Thursday, Good Friday & Easter Sunday. We hope that many of you will be able to watch and please know that we are celebrating with you in spirit. Please also be alert and watch your emails accordingly. A link for that day's liturgy will be included in each email. We will be emailing our the respective liturgies as follows:
- Holy Thursday - 6:00p.m.
- Good Friday - 12:00p.m.
- Easter Sunday - 7:00a.m.
- You are welcome to watch at your own preffered time but just know that it will be sent to you at the times indicated. The recordings will also be available on our website as of those times.
- Included in this email is the Easter Letter from Bishop Bergie. Please click on the link above to view it.
- Below you will find a reflection from Father Jim, CSC to help guide your prayer throughout the Easter Triduum. For each day he has included a reflection and a prayer. We encourage you to read it and pray these prayers over the next few days.
Please know that you continue to be in our prayers and our thoughts.
Blessings and peace,
The Parish Team
An Easter Meditation For an Extended COVID-19 Moment
by Father Jim, CSC
In my prayer, over these last few weeks, I have come to realize that the Holy Spirit’s gifts are without limit. Two of those gifts are MEMORY and GRATITUDE. Perhaps in the forced down time of isolation each of us might find the time to dig into our “memory” and retrieve three special experiences that gave meaning and have enriched you on your life journey. Doing that kind of digging into your life experience can lead you to “gratitude” --- to say “thank you” to the God who enfolds you and surrounds you”.
As a priest and liturgical minister, the high point for me each year is “the Sacred Triduum” – the holy days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. This year will be very different for me and for the Church. Churches are empty. There is no community worship. This is a moment to activate “memory”.
Celebration of the Lord’s supper! They were there in the Upper Room, Jesus and his friends. It was the Hebrew Passover feast they were celebrating. But Jesus incorporated three different twists into the traditional Passover ritual. Jesus took bread, blessed it and gave it to his friends ---TAKE AND EAT ---THIS IS MY BODY. And then he took a cup of wine and gave it saying --- TAKE AND DRINK, THIS IS MY BLOOD. And he said --- DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME. And the third twist --- he put on an apron, got a basin of water and washed the feet of each of his disciples. And he said --- AS I HAVE DONE THIS TO YOU SO YOU DO THIS TO ONE ANOTHER.
Authentic love, Lord, is service. That we may always remember that we are foot-washers, meant to serve each other. Amen.
Every Good Friday I must hear Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples singing O HAPPY DAY WHEN JESUS WASHED MY SINS AWAY. And that is why this Friday is “good”. No need to spend too much time enumerating sins. Sin is refusing to love. We do that a lot. Putting self before others. The day of the Cross reminds us that Jesus took all of sin upon himself and attached it to his Cross. We can make the good thief’s words our own – JESUS REMEMBER ME WHEN YOU COME INTO YOUR KINGDOM.
Gracious God, that we might have the strength to carry the cross and the generosity to help others bear the heaviness of their crosses. Amen.
Easter is the crown jewel of the life of the Christian community. It is best experienced in the exquisite worship of the Vigil of Holy Saturday night. Our very rich prayer tradition is some 2,000 years in the making. This Easter celebration touches each of the senses. Sight: the lighting of the fire and the new Easter Candle carried through the dark church; Sound: the magnificent proclamation in song of the Easter praise and the retelling from our Scriptures of the story of our salvation; Touch: the newly blessed waters of baptism sprinkled upon us as we renew once more our baptism vows; Smell: the incense blessed and used for blessing of the Easter Candle and the Book of the Gospels; Taste: the Eucharistic bread and wine that become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, our Risen lord. Easter culminates and celebrates that awesome mystery begun at Christmas!
Heavenly Father, the Resurrection of your Son Jesus fills us with hope. In our lives, as we journey, may we always be instruments of your joy and hope. Amen.
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again!
Tapping Into Our Irish Tradition – A Celtic Prayer
God to enfold me,
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my sleeping,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my hoping,
God in my life,
God in my lips,
God in my soul,
God in my heart.
|April 5, 2020
Good morning Parishioners,
As we enter into Holy Week, we have prepared a video recording of our Palm Sunday Mass here at St. Kevin Parish. Although we miss having you with us, and we are certain that you miss being here too, this video is a way for us to celebrate together.
We encourage you to watch our Palm Sunday Mass by simply clicking on the following link:
The Mass can also be accessed via our Parish website www.stkevin.on.ca
We did not anticipate having palms to distribute this year but we were fortunate to have received a limited amount. However, given the most recent update from the Diocese of St. Catharines, we have been instructed to not distribute any palms at this time. We will keep the limited quantity we received here at the Parish to be distributed at a later date. Although they may be dry by the time everyone can return to the church, we will save them for whenever that time might be. For the latest update from Bishop Bergie, please click here: Memo from Bishop Bergie April 3.
It is our intention to be able to also send a video recording of our upcoming Holy Week Liturgies (Holy Thursday, Good Friday & Easter Sunday). We will forward video links in the same format and hope that you will follow along in prayer.
We also ask that if you are in contact with fellow Parishioners and checking in on them, please urge them to sign up to our email list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or if they have already signed up and are not receiving, to please check their 'junk' or 'spam' folders. That way they can celebrate along with us. Of course they can also visit our website directly.
Wishing you all a very safe and meaningful Holy Week.
-The Parish Team
Further Update from Bishop Bergie
Good afternoon Parishioners,
At this time we must inform you that as per Bishop Bergie's latest directive surrounding the need to enforce stricter measures to protect our parish communities, effective immediately all churches are to be closed to visitors until further notice.
For the full notice from Bishop Bergie, please click here.
Here at St. Kevin's we will no longer be able to provide any time periods to visit for personal prayer nor will we have formal office hours.
Please know that we are still praying and thinking of all of you, and we will continue to do so.
We will be monitoring our parish emails and we will be working in partnership with our answering service. If you require assistance, please email email@example.com or call the rectory at 905.735.5885.
We will do our very best to stay in touch with our parish community and may God bless each of you.
-The Parish Team
March 24, 2020
Harvest Kitchen - Cancelled
The remaining Harvest Kitchen meals for this week have all been cancelled, including the meal scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 at St. Kevin's.
COVID-19 Pastoral Practices
The following is our directive from The Diocese of St. Catharines through a combination of updates.
The situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus is fluid and changing on a daily basis. Please continue to pray for those affected and for our healthcare workers and facilities. We have yet to see the full onslaught of the disease and the full impact on our people.
Effective immediately, the following Pastoral Practices in the Diocese of St. Catharines are in effect.
Sunday Liturgies, Weekday Mass, Chrism Mass and Holy Week
Out of an abundance of caution, all Sunday Masses are cancelled immediately until April 18th, 2020. Bishop Bergie grants all the faithful a dispensation from their Sunday obligation.
The celebration of daily Mass is also cancelled until further notice.
Holy Week & Easter Liturgies are cancelled.
The Chrism Mass, scheduled for April 7, 2020 is cancelled.
Arrangements are being made to live stream one Sunday Mass from the Cathedral. Liturgies for Holy Week will also be live streamed from the Cathedral. Further information will be forthcoming.
*All non-essential parish meetings, outside groups, educational seminars and social events are cancelled until further notice.
Funeral Masses and Receptions in parishes are not permitted until further notice. Rite of Committal may be celebrated at the cemetery with immediate family members present. A Funeral Mass or Memorial Mass can be celebrated at a later date. Vigil Prayers and Funeral Liturgies at funeral homes are permitted with the limitations given by public health guidelines.
All confirmations scheduled up to and including April 18, 2020 have been rescheduled. Dates for confirmations after April 18 may need to be rescheduled as circumstances dictate.
We will continue to monitor the situation, and be attentive to the direction and advice of our public health officials. If further measures are required or recommended, we will communicate this to parishes and post the information on the diocesan website www.saintcd.com .
UPDATES SPECIFIC TO ST. KEVIN PARISH:
All social groups (Senior Cards, Bridge Club) are cancelled until further notice.
Pasta Take-Out for March 24th has been cancelled.
Our Lenten Bible Study (How Not to Read the Bible) has been cancelled. We will consider resuming this at a future date.
All evening Lenten Masses and Stations of the Cross have been cancelled.
All Mass Intentions booked will be honoured and said by our Priests.
Parish Ministries (CWL, Holy Name, St. Vincent de Paul, Choir, Ladies Bible, Bereavement, Secular Franciscans) will not meet during this time period. Future meeting dates will be considered.
Our IGNITE evening scheduled for March 28th has been cancelled.
RCIA and RCIC sessions have been cancelled for the time indicated above. The reception of the Sacraments of Initiation for those catechumens and candidates will be rescheduled to a further date not yet determined.
First Communion Class Celebrations will be rescheduled to a further date not yet determined.
Harvest Kitchen will continue for the last two Wednesdays (March 18th and 25th) take-out only.
St. Kevin Parish Food Pantry has been cancelled until further notice.
St. Kevin's Parish will keep the Parish open for a few hours on designated days to allow personal prayer in the church.
The hours are as follows:
- Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays 10:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.
- Our office hours will also match these time periods, excluding Sunday.
- Please sanitize hands upon entry and keep a distance of two metres from other parishioners in prayer.
- For Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, please enter from the office entrance which is located from the parking lot between the church and the garage. The first glass door is open and the second one is locked. When you reach the second door, please ring the doorbell and our staff will invite you in.
- For Sundays please also enter through the office entrance (but both doors will be unlocked) or the Northcote foyer entrance.
Again we will continue to do our very best in keeping you informed and responding to any needs as they arise.
* For the full update from Bishop Bergie, Diocese of St. Catharines, please click here. Included is a wonderful prayer that we can each say during this time.
We thank you for your understanding.
Let us keep in our thoughts and prayers all those individuals, families, and communities and countries impacted by COVID-19 virus situation. May the situation be resolved soon and things may become normal by the grace of God.
-The Parish Team
The National Board of the Catholic Women's League of Canada is directing Diocesan and Provincial councils to cancel their May 2020 conventions and the annual National Convention for 2020 is cancelled until further notice.