5th Sunday of Easter

Dear Parishioners, 

Christ has risen, Alleluia! 

It is hard to believe, that we are already entering the Fifth Week of Easter. I wish to, once again, thank you for your prayers and continued support of our parish community; and even though we are still isolated, it is so wonderful, that we continue to maintain, a strong parish family – a family of faith and mutual support.

Contact the parish office for the link and password for Sunday’s Mass. st.teresa@stteresakit.ca

This Sunday, in a very special way, we remember our Mothers – those who have gone before us and those who are with us. We recognize and honour our Mothers, for the gift of their Vocation to Motherhood and the love, encouragement and support they give to our families. This Sunday, you will see white roses on the Altar and white roses beside the tabernacle – take a look at the bulletin for further details and for a wonderful section, to assist us, in celebrating this special day!

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.  It is a wonderful opportunity to pray together, but this time together also gives us an opportunity to show each other and tell each other that we want to be part of this faith family. For your convenience, I have again included the link and password for the online streaming:       

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:

Wishing you all a blessed Easter Season,

Fr. Marian Gil OMI

4th Sunday of Easter – Message from Father

Dear Parishioners, 

Christ has risen Alleluia! 

Thank you for prayers and continued support of our parish community. Your sincere testimonies that you share on-line, move us – sometimes to tears.  Even though we are isolated, we maintain a strong parish family – a family of faith and mutual support.

I wish to share with you some news of a very special day in the life of the Church, here in Canada. On May 1, 2020, the Catholic Bishops of Canada will consecrate their individual dioceses or eparchies to Mary, Mother of the Church, seeking her protection during the Coronavirus pandemic. Please see the bulletin for more details and information on how you can participate, in your own home. We will consecrate our parish family during the Mass at 7:00p.m. tonight. Please join us!

Pope Francis encourages us to pray the Rosary especially during the month of May. Please see the letter of His Holiness, enclosed in our bulletin.

I continue to celebrate Mass and the Divine Mercy Devotion, according 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.  It is a wonderful opportunity to pray together, but this time together also gives us an opportunity to show each other and tell each other that we want to be part of this faith family.

For the link and password to Mass email st.teresakit@stteresakit.ca

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:

Wishing you all a blessed Easter Season,
Fr. Marian Gil OMI

Divine Mercy Sunday Message

Dear Parishioners,

Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia!

As we continue to celebrate the great Solemnity of Easter, I once again, wish to thank you for your continued support, prayers, email messages, phone calls and Easter cards. I am humbled by your generosity towards our parish community, especially during this difficult time.

Parish life continues, even though we are isolated, and I would like to share with you some of things taking place:

I have had 2 online meetings with the Finance Committee to address our financial situation. I will share a bit more with you, next week, regarding these discussions.

I also continue to celebrate Mass and the Divine Mercy Devotion, according the schedule below, so please join us on Zoom. It is encouraging to see that more and more people are following us every day.  It is a wonderful opportunity to pray together, but this time together also gives us an opportunity to show each other and tell each other that we want to be part of this faith family. 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

On Easter Sunday, I blessed water and we renewed our Baptismal Promises. Anyone who would like to pick up a bottle of Holy Water can do this beginning on Saturday, April 18th and all week, in front of the Parish Centre, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Special Holy Water containers are used for this purpose, so you do not have to bring your own. Please see the picture attached and learn how we make holy water! 🙂

Schedule of upcoming online events:

Saturday, April 18 at 3:00p.m. – Divine Mercy Novena

Divine Mercy Sunday – Mass at 10:00 a.m. and Divine Mercy Novena at 3 p.m.

Mass is also 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).

Wishing you all a blessed Easter Season,

Fr. Marian Gil OMI

3rd Sunday of Easter

Dear Parishioners, 

As we journey with our Risen Lord, and continue to celebrate this Easter Season, I once again, wish to thank you for your prayers, email messages, phone calls, letters and continued support of our parish community, especially during this difficult time.

As I mentioned last week, even though we are isolated, parish life continues, as does the life of the Church throughout the world, and so, I wish to share with you some news of a very special day in the life of the Church, here in Canada. On May 1, 2020, the Catholic Bishops of Canada will consecrate their individual dioceses or eparchies to Mary, Mother of the Church, seeking her protection during the Coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), in fraternal communion with the leadership of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has agreed that this Marian consecration will be held on the same day, in both countries, making this a most meaningful and powerful intercession throughout North America, to the Blessed Mother. Please see the bulletin for more details and information on how you can participate, in your own home.

Also, Fr. David Perrin, who is very well known to our parish community, was asked by Novalis, the publisher of his book: The 20-Minute Retreat to prepare a brief video with a message related to COVID-19. It’s kind of a “message of hope” related to the crosses in our lives.  Enjoy watching this short video: https://youtu.be/SJKmjyPNonc

I continue to celebrate Mass and the Divine Mercy Devotion, according 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.  It is a wonderful opportunity to pray together, but this time together also gives us an opportunity to show each other and tell each other that we want to be part of this faith family. 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

The password can be obtained by emailing the parish office. st.teresakit@stteresakit.ca

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).

Wishing you all a blessed Easter Season,

Fr. Marian Gil OMI

A Message for Easter Weekend

Happy Easter 2020!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Christ is alive!

He is our Hope, Truth and Life.

May the Risen Christ, who open the doors of the tomb, open our hearts to the needs of the disadvantaged, the vulnerable, the poor, the unemployed, the marginalized, and all those who knock at our door in search of bread, and the recognition of their dignity.

May we let ourselves to be renewed by Him!

May this Easter bring comfort to the people who lost their love ones because of COVIT-19. May the Living Christ grant His peace to us and the entire world.

May the Risen Lord accompany us in our straggles and challenges during this difficult time.

May the joy of the resurrection fill our hearts the hearts of those who are experiencing the effects of difficult economic situation.

Fr. Marian Gil OMI

A Message for Palm Sunday and Holy Week

Dear Parishioners, 

I would once again, like to thank you for your prayers and support. It has been wonderful, as well, to be a part of your sharing online and on the telephone – the challenges, as well as the moments of joy you are experiencing in these days. Thank you for sharing. 

With Palm Sunday, we begin Holy Week, one of the greatest events in our Parish and in our Liturgical Calendar.  This year, it will have special meaning to each one of us.  As the name suggests, it is a holy time, a time of grace. As such, I have dedicated a good portion of the bulletin this week to this. I hope this will be informative, and help you to learn a little more about one of the many treasures of our faith. Along with the bulletin, I am also attaching several documents:

Since we will not gather as a community for any of the celebrations during the Paschal Triduum, we are invited to dedicate substantial time to prayer and spiritual reading. I would especially like to invite you to join us, online, as we livestream the celebrations taking place in the parish, during this sacred time. 

Holy Week Celebrations:

Saturday, April 4th, Mass at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00p.m.

Palm Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – Mass

Tuesday to Thursday at 3:00 p.m. – The Divine Mercy Chaplet

Tuesday to Thursday at 7:00 p.m. – Mass

Good Friday: 3:00 p.m. – Passion of Jesus and Divine Mercy Novina

Good Friday: 7:00 p.m. – Station of the Cross

Holy Saturday: 3:00 p.m. – Divine Mercy Novina

Easter Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – Resurrection Mass

Please join us on ZOOM by clicking the following link: https://zoom.us/j/5887658626 This link is active only during the celebrations listed above.

As the church remains closed, I would also ask you to continue to keep our parish community in your prayers and prayerfully consider continuing your donations either by mail, or drop off through the slot in the Parish Office door. You can also, if you choose, make your donations by credit card by following this link: https://hamiltondiocese.com/give/ Further instructions can be found in the bulletin. Thank you.

Lastly, I would also like to continue to invite you to send in any prayer requests you may have. It is good to be able to pray with and for each other, and if you need any help or assistance, please do not hesitate to call the office or send us an email message at st.teresa@stteresakit.ca

As we journey together through this Holy Week and these uncertain times, let us continue to be mindful of each other and be united to each other through prayer.

With prayers,Fr. Marian Gil OMI

March 24th Message

Dear Parishioners

In light of our continued separation due to COVID-19, and in anticipation that our current situation will last at least a few more weeks, I am hoping to reach out to as many of you as possible, to keep our St. Teresa Parish family connected.

As such, I would ask that you all give some thought as to what your needs are at this time and also what sort of items would assist you that could be added to our bulletin. The bulletin will be uploaded to our St. Teresa Parish website. We will also keep our webpage updated as we receive news from the Diocese of Hamilton, so you know what is happening, as quickly as possible. 

Some possible items that could assist everyone, would be links for families with children; links to assist with schooling; links for free movies; links for spiritual help, especially at this time. These are some examples, please share your ideas.

I will be celebrating Mass, Tuesday to Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Please join me on Zoom starting tonight by clicking on this link: https://zoom.us/j/5887658626

If you are using a mobile phone, you will first need to download the App (Zoom Cloud Meetings). As well, I would ask you to join me in praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, at 3 p.m. (Tuesday – Friday).  Let’s stay united through prayer. 

If you know of anyone who is not receiving our parish notifications at this time and would like to be a part of the live broadcast and receive further communications, please let us know. 

To get started, here are a few websites that you may find helpful at this time:

https://hamiltondiocese.com/
http://www.vatican.va/content/vatican/en.html
https://saltandlighttv.org/
https://www.ewtn.com/
https://formed.org/

With prayers,
Fr. Marian Gil OMI
St. Teresa of Avila Parish,
44 Leonard St.
Kitchener, ON N2H 6C8
Tel.: 519-743-4525; 519-743-4505
gilm@catholicradio.ca
www.stteresakit.ca

5th Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners,

Thank you for your prayers and support during this challenging time. 

As I mentioned in last week’s communication, I will try to stay in contact with you, using different means of communication, and at least once a week, using written communication. Please see the attached Diocesan documents and parish bulletin. As you probably already know, the Liturgies of Holy Week will be celebrated without the participation of our congregation: https://hamiltondiocese.com/coronavirus-updates

I would like to let you know that 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 join me by clicking on this link: https://zoom.us/j/5887658626 This link is active only during the celebrations listed above.

If you are using a mobile phone, you will first need to download the App (Zoom Cloud Meetings). 

At this time, I would also like to invite you to share any intentions you may have; and if you know of any parishioners who are in need of support, let us know that, as well. Please call the Parish Office at 519-743-4525 or email: st.teresa@stteresakit.ca

We have received enquiries about how parishioners might support our parish without being able to be physically present. To support our parish via credit card, please visit the diocesan special Parish Offertory Giving Page: https://hamiltondiocese.com/stewardship-and-development/supportmyparish  This method of giving will provide you with an electronic tax receipt immediately upon making your gift. You may also send a gift directly to our parish through the mail. Continuing support of our parish at this time is an act of generosity and faith. We are very grateful for any contributions you may be able to make at this time.

During this Season of Lent, which has become and extraordinary journey through “the Desert”, let’s stay united in prayer and take every opportunity to deepen our faith and relationship with Jesus. 

Have a blessed Lenten Season.
Fr. Marian Gil OMI
St. Teresa of Avila Parish,
44 Leonard St.
Kitchener, ON N2H 6C8
Tel.: 519-743-4525; 519-743-4505
gilm@catholicradio.ca
www.stteresakit.ca

Helpful Resources: https://hamiltondiocese.com/coronavirus-updates

Vatican Media Live:

https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html

Urbi Et Orbi: Extraordinary blessing of Pope Francis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le1pR1h2j3o

Catholic Podcasts: 

https://zoom.us/j/5887658626  – St. Teresa of Avila, Kitchener 

Catholic Stuff You Should Know – lots of funny gabber from these guys, but also deep and you learn a lot

Pints with Aquinas

Abiding Together

Catholic Feminist

St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology – Scripture Study in the Catholic Tradition

Fr. Mike Schmitz

Word on Fire – intellectual and deeply spiritual  

Catholic Answers Focus – explains reasons behind Church teachings

Let Love Podcast – beautiful, with the Sisters of Life

All Things Catholic – with Dr. Edward Sri

The Catholic Hipster

Some Catholic Books: 

St. Teresa of Avila: https://d2y1pz2y630308.cloudfront.net/15471/documents/2016/10/St.%20Teresa%20of%20Avila-The%20Life%20of%20Saint%20Teresa%20of%20Avila.pdf

Anything by Father Jacques Phillippe, – especially recommended is Searching For and Maintaining Peace

St. Augustine’s Confessions – a recent edition by Maria Boulding reads like a contemporary novel 

Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa by Immaculee Ilibagiza – fascinating account of the apparitions of Our Lady in Rwanda 

The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton 

My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell – a contemporary conversion story from an influential journalist

The Power of Silence by Cardinal Sarah 

The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day – autobiography of the Catholic activist and renowned American figure 

Nazareth Family Spirituality by Catherine Doherty – a spiritual book on living marriage and family life in Christ 

Rome Sweet Home by Scott Hahn – the witness of a Protestant pastor who became Catholic 

Three to Get Married by Fulton Sheen

The World’s First Love by Fulton Sheen

Anything by Henri Nouwen 

Catholic YouTube Channels: 

The Journey Home – amazing witnesses on YouTube of people who converted to Catholicism or had deep conversions back to the Catholic Church

Ascension Presents

Paul J. Kim

Life Teen Lectio Live – an online, live Scripture study group for the teens in your life!

Salt and Light

Chris Stefanick – Catholic apologist, husband, father

Bishop Robert Barron

Opportunities for Catholic Mass Online Daily: 

https://zoom.us/j/5887658626  – St. Teresa of Avila, Kitchener

Bishop Robert Barron – Mass from his Chapel each day

Live from the Campus of the University of Notre Dame

St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica

Daily Gospel Reflections:  

From Notre Dame 

Bishop Robert Barron

All of the reflections from Pope Francis are online on the Vatican website – speeches, homilies, etc.