18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, 

Praised be Jesus Christ!

I would like to invite all of you to join me for Mass on Saturday evening at
5 p.m. or Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m., as we celebrate the Eighteenth
Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The Sunday Mass, at 10 a.m. will be live-streamed, on Zoom. If you are not
attending this Mass, and you wish to join Father online, please click on the
following link:  <https://zoom.us/j/5887658626https://zoom.us/j/5887658626

Password: 274733

Mass Schedule:

Mass is celebrated on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Wednesday to Friday at 8:30 a.m.;
Saturday at 9:00 a.m.; Saturday Vigil in anticipation of Sunday at 5 p.m.,
and on Sunday at 10:00 a.m., in the church. Please refer to the bulletin for
any changes.

Upcoming Events:

Civic Holiday – The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, August 3, 2020
for the Civic Holiday and reopen on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 is the Memorial of St. John Mary Vianney (Curé
d’Ars), Patron Saint of Parish Priests. Please pray for our priests and
remember them in a very special way, this day.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 is the Feast of The Transfiguration of the Lord.

Prayer Vigil – Thursday, August 6,  2020,  from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – in
front of Freeport Hospital,   3570 King St. E., Kitchener, for babies being
aborted. See the bulletin for more details.

Please find attached the bulletin and the most recent copy of In the Midst
of Trials
. In this week’s edition, our parish, St. Teresa of Avila is
featured! Make sure that you take a look! 

I wish to, once again, thank you for your prayers and continued support of
our parish community. 

Wishing you the blessings of Our Lord, and Mary Immaculate,

Fr. Marian Gil OMI
St. Teresa of Avila Parish

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, 

Praised be Jesus Christ!

I would like to invite all of you to join me for Mass on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. or Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m., as we celebrate the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The Sunday Mass, at 10 a.m. will be live-streamed, on Zoom. If you are not attending this Mass, and you wish to join Father online, please click on the following link: https://zoom.us/j/5887658626  

Password: 274733

Mass Schedule:

Mass is celebrated on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Wednesday to Friday at 8:30 a.m.; Saturday at 9:00 a.m.; Saturday Vigil in anticipation of Sunday at 5 p.m., and on Sunday at 10:00 a.m., in the church. Please refer to the bulletin for any changes.

Upcoming Events:

As we do not have a bulletin this week, here are a couple of upcoming events for your reference:

Virtual Pilgrimage August 1-8, 2020

Ever thought about going on a Pilgrimage, but didn’t have the time or thought you couldn’t physically do it.  Now is your chance.  The Guelph to Midland Walking Pilgrimage is going virtual.  From Saturday, August 1st to Saturday, August 8th you can join us on line as we virtually recreate the journey from Guelph to Midland.  Each day will include opportunities for Mass, prayer and reflection.  You can participate in as much or as little as you want but you must register to have access.  Check out the virtual Pilgrimage at 

https://ignatiusguelph.ca/programs/walking-pilgrimage/guelph-virtual-walking-pilgrimage-2020/

Prayer Vigil – Thursday, August 6,  2020,  from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – in front of Freeport Hospital,   3570 King St. E., Kitchener, for babies being aborted. All are welcome to pray quietly for those who have no voice, but our own! Parking – across the road at Schneider Park. Any queries, please contact Cathy at:    kwc.prayervigil@rogers.com

      ***Note:  We will all observe 2 meters distance from each other***

Please find attached the most recent copy of In the Midst of Trials.

I wish to, once again, thank you for your prayers and continued support of our parish community. 

Wishing you the blessings of Our Lord, and Mary Immaculate,

Fr. Marian Gil OMI
St. Teresa of Avila Parish,

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, 

Praised be Jesus Christ!

I would like to invite all of you to join us for Mass on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. or Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m., as we celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

As there is no bulletin this week, I just wanted to communicate to you some things that are happening in the parish in the next couple of weeks.

Mass Intentions for the next several weeks are still available. Please call the Parish Office to make a request.

I am away for the next 2 weeks. Mass will be celebrated daily and on the weekend as per our usual schedule. Confessions however, will be by appointment only, during this time. Please call the Parish Office. 

As you probably are aware, effective July 13, 2020, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo passed By-Law (Number 20-036) requiring the wearing of face masks or protective shields in all public places in the region, including places of worship. As such, you will be required to wear a mask when coming to Mass or to the church. 

As Mass will not be live-streamed while I am away, please refer to the following for assistance, if you are not coming to the church:

TV Mass

Salt and Light (Channel 240 – Rogers Cable)

Monday to Saturday: 6:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.; 11 a.m.; 3 p.m.; 10:30 p.m.   

Sunday: 11 a.m.; 10:30 p.m.

Vision TV (Channel 27 – Rogers Cable)

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m.; 12 p.m.

Sunday: 8 a.m.

Joy TV (Channel 173 Rogers Cable or Channel 656 Bell Satellite)

Monday to Friday – 10:30 a.m.; 4 p.m.

Sunday: 10:30 a.m.

Online Masses – www.dailytvmass.com                                                                    

The Church is also open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., for private prayer. Come and spend some time with Jesus!

Please see attached a copy of Volume 3 of Blessings in the Midst of Trial.

As mentioned above, I am away on vacation for the next 2 weeks. Please keep me in your prayers.

Wishing you the blessings of Our Lord, and Mary Immaculate,

Fr. Marian Gil OMI

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, 

Praised be Jesus Christ!

I would like to invite all of you to join me for Mass on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. or Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m., as we celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

In the bulletin this week, you will see a section dedicated to our renovations and the opening of our parish office. Please be sure to read both sections. Thank you to our volunteers who worked so hard to assist the roofing company by completing the preliminary works. Your dedication to the Parish, is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

As the church is now open for public Mass, I just want to remind you that only Mass this Sunday will continue to be live-streamed. For your convenience, I have again included the link and password for the online streaming:       

https://zoom.us/j/5887658626?pwd=Y1Y1UjN0c3NwdElUQ1pOUnpEVUR0dz09

Meeting ID: 588 765 8626

Password: 274733

The Church is also open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., for private prayer. Come and spend some time with Jesus!

For Mass Schedule and any changes please refer to our bulletin.

Attached are the following documents:

I wish to, once again, thank you for your prayers and continued support of our parish community. Welcome back! Welcome home!

Wishing you the blessings of Our Lord, and Mary Immaculate,

Fr. Marian Gil OMI

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, 

Praised be Jesus Christ!

I would like to invite all of you to join me for Mass on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. or Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m., as we celebrate the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

In the bulletin this week, you will see a section dedicated to the Grade 8 Students at St. Teresa School. Their school year was interrupted by the coronavirus and yet they found a unique way to celebrate their Graduation. Make sure you take a look at the bulletin!

You will also, see a section dedicated to our return to our Parish Home after the coronavirus interrupted our regular worship. Hopefully soon, we will ALL be able to gather and worship together. 

As the church is now open for public Mass, I just want to remind you that we will no longer be live-streaming all of the Masses. Mass will continue to be live-streamed on Sunday, at 10 a.m. and The Divine Mercy Devotions will continue to be live-streamed Tuesday to Friday at 3 p.m.

For your convenience, I have again included the link and password for the online streaming:       

https://zoom.us/j/5887658626?pwd=Y1Y1UjN0c3NwdElUQ1pOUnpEVUR0dz09

Meeting ID: 588 765 8626

Password: 274733

Mass Schedule:

Mass is celebrated on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Wednesday to Friday at 8:30 a.m.; Saturday at 9:00 a.m.; Saturday Vigil in anticipation of Sunday at 5 p.m., and on Sunday at 10:00 a.m., in the church. Please refer to the bulletin for any changes.

Attached are the following documents:

      Bulletin for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Handout for children

      Blessings in the Midst of Trials

I wish to, once again, thank you for your prayers and continued support of our parish community. Welcome back! Welcome home!

Have a blessed Sunday and Happy Canada Day!

Wishing you the blessings of Our Lord, and Mary Immaculate,

Fr. Marian Gil OMI

Body and Blood Sunday

Dear Parishioners, 

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine!

I would like to invite all of you to join me for Mass on Sunday at 10:00 a.m., as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). 

In the bulletin this week, you will find a section dedicated to the Most Blessed Sacrament, as we celebrate this great Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Please take some time to read it and see how important this sacrament is, in our lives.

This week, we received communication from Bishop Crosby, that our parishes will begin to open, on June 16, 2020. Please see Bishop Crosby’s attached letter and the bulletin for further information. With permission from the diocese we will continue to live-stream Masses and Devotions in order to provide spiritual support for those who can’t attend celebrations in the church.  

To receive the link for Sunday Mass contact st.teresa@stteresakit.ca.

Schedule of upcoming online events:

Mass is celebrated on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 9:00 a.m., Saturday Vigil in anticipation of Sunday at 7 p.m., and on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

As of Tuesday, our regular Mass schedule will return (please consult the bulletin).

On Friday, June 19th we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. I have included an article in the bulletin. Please remember to always pray for your priests, and in a special way, on this day.

Attached are the following documents:

      Bulletin for Corpus Christi 

      Bishop Crosby’s Letter to Parishioners

      Handout for children

I wish to, once again, thank you for your prayers and continued support of our parish community.  We are very blessed to continue to maintain a strong parish family – a family of faith and mutual support.

Wishing you the blessings of Our Lord, truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament,

Fr. Marian Gil OMI

Pentacost Sunday Message

Come Holy Spirit, Come! 

This Sunday, we celebrate Pentecost, and with evening prayer (Vespers) on Sunday, we will end the Easter Season and begin Ordinary Time. I would like to invite all of you to join me for Mass on Sunday at 10:00 a.m., as we celebrate the birth of the Church. 

This week, in the Parish Bulletin, you will find a section dedicated to the Holy Spirit – The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit and how we can be transformed by the workings of the Holy Spirit, in our lives. May we  grow in Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Counsel, Piety, Fortitude, and Fear of the Lord.

Pope Francis to pray the rosary with the Shrines of the world this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. (Toronto time)

The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization announces that Pope Francis is to join Marian shrines across the world, to pray to the Virgin Mary for help amidst the pandemic. The Pope will once again be close to humanity in prayer, to ask the Virgin Mary for help amid the pandemic. The prayer will be broadcast live to the world from the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens at 5:30 p.m., Rome time.  The largest sanctuaries of the five continents will be connected online. These include Lourdes, Fatima, Lujan, Milagro, Guadalupe, San Giovanni Rotondo and Pompeii. You may join this event following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-RFWoMT574&feature=emb_title

I continue to celebrate Mass and the Divine Mercy Devotion, according to the schedule below, so I hope you will join us, on Zoom. Please contact st.teresa@stteresa.ca to obtain the link and password.

Schedule of upcoming online events:

Mass is celebrated on Tuesday to Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 9:00 a.m., Saturday Vigil in anticipation of Sunday at 7 p.m., and on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and streamlined on Zoom, as is the Divine Mercy Chaplet, at 3 p.m. (Tuesday – Friday).

Please take note of the following documents:

I wish to, once again, thank you for your prayers and continued support of our parish community.  We are very blessed to continue to maintain a strong parish family – a family of faith and mutual support.

      Wishing you a blessed Pentecost,

Fr. Marian Gil OMI

Ascension Sunday Message

Dear Parishioners, 

Christ has risen, and Ascended into Heaven, Alleluia! 

As we enter this final week of the Easter Season, it is hard to believe, that we have not been able to gather, to celebrate this very special Liturgical Season.  I wish to, once again, thank you for your prayers and continued support of our parish community.  We are very blessed to continue to maintain a strong parish family – a family of faith and mutual support. 

This week, in the Parish Bulletin, you will find a section dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. May, is traditionally a month dedicated to honouring her. I encourage you to read the article and make use of the suggestions, in a special way, during this month. Usually, this is also a time when the School Children gather for a May Crowning. This, unfortunately, will not happen this year, but I have included an activity in this week’s bulletin for the children. I hope that they will respond to my request, so that we may have a large “bouquet” of creations to display in front of the statue of Our Lady, in the church, on May 30th.  Please see the bulletin for more details. Pope Francis, is also encouraging us to pray the Rosary, during the month of May and so I invite you to join us for our Marian Devotions, following the Eucharist, Tuesday to Saturday. 

This Sunday is World Day for Social Communications. Please refer to the bulletin for the Message of His Holiness, Pope Francis, to mark this occasion. 

Today marks the beginning of the Novena for Pentecost. I invite you and encourage you, to join me during the Marian Devotions, as we pray together, to prepare for Pentecost. For those who are unable, please take advantage of the attached PDF, to pray at home, for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. 

For those, who wish, you may also want to access a Novena Retreat for Pentecost, prepared by St. Augustine Seminary, in Toronto. The talks are approximately 30 minutes and will be available each day, after 7 a.m., on YouTube and Facebook. Here is the link to St. Augustine Seminary:https://staugustines.on.ca/about/events/novena_retreat_for_pentecost  You can click on the format you wish to use.

I continue to celebrate Mass and the Divine Mercy Devotion, according to the schedule below, so I hope you will join us, on Zoom. It is encouraging to see that more and more people are following us every day. Please contact st.teresa@stteresakit.ca for our Zoom information.

Schedule of upcoming online events:

Mass is celebrated on Tuesday to Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 9:00 a.m., Saturday Vigil in anticipation of Sunday at 7 p.m., and on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and streamlined on Zoom, as is the Divine Mercy Chaplet, at 3 p.m. (Tuesday – Friday).

Marian Devotion will take place during the month of May, following the Eucharist, from Tuesday to Saturday.

Novena for Pentecost will take place during the Marian Devotion. The Novena starts today, May 22, 2020.

Please take note of the following documents:

·       Bulletin for The Ascension of the Lord.

·       Novena to the Holy Spirit

Wishing you all a blessed Easter Season,

Fr. Marian Gil OMI

6th Sunday of Easter

Dear Parishioners, 

Christ has risen, Alleluia! 

As we enter the Sixth Week of Easter, I wish to, once again, thank you for your prayers and continued support of our parish community.  It has been quite some time, since we have been able to gather together, here in the church, and yet, we are very blessed to continue to maintain a strong parish family – a family of faith and mutual support. 

This coming week, marks the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of St. John Paul II. Please take some time to read the article in the bulletin. A live-streamed Mass will be celebrated from Rome, on May 18th at 7:00 a.m. Also, in the bulletin this week, I give you the opportunity to learn more about the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and the founder of the order, Saint Eugene de Mazenod, whose liturgical commemoration falls on May 21st.

In these days, many of us are probably spending more time on our media devices. This is especially good, if you are joining us for Mass, the Divine Mercy Chaplet or the Marian Devotion, or reading our bulletin and my messages. 😊  Unfortunately, given the times we are in, there is also the possibility for unwanted and unsolicited material coming through. Please be aware of this SCAMif you received a message, supposedly from me, asking you to purchase anything or any other message, that is not related to pastoral ministry, please contact me by phone. 

During the month of May, Pope Francis is encouraging us to pray the Rosary.  Please join us for our Marian Devotions, following the Eucharist, Tuesday to Saturday.

I continue to celebrate Mass and the Divine Mercy Devotion, according to the schedule below, so I hope you will join us, on Zoom. It is encouraging to see that more and more people are following us every day. 

Email st.teresa@sttteresakit.ca to obtain the link and password for Masses.

Schedule of upcoming online events:

Mass is celebrated on Tuesday to Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 9:00 a.m., Saturday Vigil in anticipation of Sunday at 7 p.m., and on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and streamlined on Zoom, as is the Divine Mercy Chaplet, at 3 p.m. (Tuesday – Friday).

Marian Devotion will take place during the month of May, following the Eucharist, from Tuesday to Saturday.

Please take note of the following documents:

·       Bulletin for the Sixth Week of Easter

·       Handouts for children

Wishing you all a blessed Easter Season,

Fr. Marian Gil OMI

Support for Isolated Seniors

Student Senior Isolation Prevention Partnership – A group of students at McMaster and the University of Waterloo have started the Mac-Waterloo-Niagara Student Senior Isolation Prevention Partnership (SSIPP) to assist socially isolated seniors during the COVID outbreak. Our program pairs student volunteers with socially isolated older adults to check-in via weekly phone calls in order to provide social comfort and standard patient education about COVID-19. Older adults living in the Hamilton, Waterloo, or Niagara regions can be referred through a member of their healthcare team or community organizations to the program. At the moment, we have over 100 healthcare professional students signed up to help us (many of whom speak different languages).  Many older adults are looking to have someone to speak to and are interested in this type of program, however we need help identifying them.  If you would like more information about the referral process contact MacSeniorIsolationPrevention@gmail.com for more information on the simple referral process. We will call all referred patients to determine interest and explain the program, assign them to volunteers, and provide you with updates on our program!  For more information on the impacts of social isolation and our program, check out our website: https://www.ssipp.info/ Please note this program is not affiliated with McMaster University or University of Waterloo.