I hope you are doing well, and during this challenging time, find hope and strength in faith, prayer and close relationship with Jesus. Our great patroness St. Teresa of Avila offers us the following words of consolation: “May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.”
Who could have suspected that this Lenten Season would become a time of challenge, a journey “through the desert”. We can certainly say that we have not had a Lenten experience quite like this one. This pandemic caused by the Coronavirus has not only changed our daily routine, but our external world has stopped for a moment. We realize how dark our world would be without God, without the sacraments and community. At the same time, we have an opportunity to rediscover the deeper meaning of prayer, family life, and our own life journey. It is a time of challenge, but also a time of grace and many opportunities.
I would like you to know that I am doing well and that I pray every day for you, not only during my breviary prayers but also as I celebrate the Eucharist …
· On Friday at 7:00 p.m., I will walk by myself to each Station of the Cross and pray for you and all those affected by the Coronavirus.
· Pope Francis has invited us to pray the Rosary every day at 9:00 p.m., in union with him and with many Catholics around the world to end this pandemic disease. Let’s be united in this prayer.
· The Mass intentions that you have requested for each particular day will be honoured as I celebrate Mass, privately.
· On Sunday, as is our tradition, I will celebrate Mass (albeit privately) at 10:00 a.m., for your intentions. I am also attaching the televised Mass schedule for every day, in our area.
· In order to remain connected with you, I will be sending you a short message, at least once a week. I will also be posting more information on our website: www.stteresakit.ca
· Please find attached some useful information and spiritual resources.
Thank you for your messages sent by email and left on our answering system. I really appreciate your words of kindness and support. If you need any help, please do not hesitate to call our parish office: 519-743-4525.
Let us pray for each other and stay united, as we journey together through this Season of Lent and our challenging times. Please share this message with your family and friends.
Yours in Christ and Mary Immaculate,Fr. Marian Gil OMI