Prayer During Coronavirus Pandemic
Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.
Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.
Jesus Christ, heal us.
LIVING OUR BAPTISMAL CALL
As Jesus is at prayer after submitting to John's baptism, his true identity is revealed. He is God's beloved Son, the one filled with the Holy Spirit. This powerful experience marks the beginning of Jesus' public ministry, his work of proclaiming and making present the Reign of God. It forms the overarching context for all that Jesus will say and do.
On this feast of the Baptism of the Lord, each of us is invited to reflect on our own baptism. In that sacrament our true identity was received and affirmed. Each one of us is a beloved daughter or son of God. As we come to realize our identity more deeply, we are changed. That experience is transformative. It changes the way we envision our lives, other people, and what is really essential in life.
Jesus' experience of living as God's beloved Son impelled him toward his mission of proclaiming the Reign of God. As God's beloved daughters and sons, we are commissioned to continue the mission of Jesus. It is by strengthening our relationships with God, with our sisters and brothers in Christ, and with the people we are sent to serve, that we realize our identity – that we become who we really are. Along the path of that journey, God speaks in the hearts of each one of us: "You are my beloved son/daughter; with you I am well pleased."
GOING ON VACATION?
If you are planning to be away on vacation and are a user of weekly envelopes, we encourage you to include those envelopes for those weeks you will be absent from the parish. We depend on your regular contributions to maintain our weekly, ongoing expenses. Remember, postdated cheques can be used anytime in the collection basket or by the Pre-Authorized Giving Plan. Support can now be automatic through a pre-authorized giving plan available to our parish. Brochures are available at the entrance of the church and at the parish office. To participate please complete the authorization form. Forms are on bookrack at the entrance of the church. Forms may be returned in the collection basket next week or mailed to the parish office. Thank you for your continued, generous support!
Have a safe and happy holiday!
Family of Faith Campaign and Upcoming Projects
First of all, I want to thank you for your on-going commitment to the Family of Faith campaign and for honoring the pledge that you have made. As you are aware a substantial portion of the funds raised will be used right in our parish and we are using some of it to pay for renovations and accessibility facilities. After discussing and getting the approval of our finance council I have requested for $30,000 dollars from parish's share for a couple of projects. The funds will be used to replace the shingles on the rectory roof and for improved lighting in the church. The shingles on the rectory roof is in a bad shape and needs to be replaced. We will also be replacing the present light bulbs with LED lights in the church and rectory and will be doing some electrical upgrade as requested by our insurance company.
These two projects are expected to be completed by the end of the month.
Fr. Jinto, C.S.C.