Sunday Bulletin 10/11/20
From the Desk of the Rector
A grateful heart. A homilist I encountered years ago while on retreat told the story of a missionary who was moving to a poor part of Central America. She brought an apple on the flight but never got around to eating it. That afternoon while unpacking, she was greeted by some neighbours. She realized the little girl of the family saw the apple in her bag and seemed to be fascinated by it so she gave it to her. The girl reverently held the apple in her hands and slowly walked out of the room, never taking her wonder-filled eyes off her gift. The missionary presumed that the girl went off somewhere to eat it, but she found out later that the girl took it back home, diced it, and walked around the poor neighbourhood giving everyone a taste of, what was to her, a rare and precious gift. Gratitude is the key to a happy and fulfilling life. If I live in gratitude for some particular gift God has given me, if I hold it as I would a sacred object to be treated with reverence, then I will not misuse it. Finding ourselves in a time of pandemic, although stressful and anxiety-producing, we can still be grateful. There has never been a time when your gifts and mine have been more needed – never a time when sharing our faith, hope and love could be more creative of renewed relationships, renewed community and rediscovered dignity and purpose in the lives of our sisters and brothers. We are moving into a new era in the world and in the Church. How can we play our part in being disciples of Jesus who share what we have been given? Together we can be thankful for the trials of the past, the blessings of the present and at the same time embrace with joy and hope whatever the future may bring us. Happy Thanksgiving! It shouldn’t take much to be civil. Earlier this year the bishops of the United States discussed the sharing of material goods as a kindness while pointing out there is another form of kindness that seems to be missing on a more regular basis. That is civility. We all have experienced that in the church, politics and other areas of influence. They suggested three things can be easily promoted if we were to decide to do so and invite others to do the same. They invited people to promote the following: “Civility--To recognize the human dignity of those with whom I disagree, treat others with respect, and rise above attacks when directed at me… Clarity--To root my political viewpoints in the Gospel and a well formed conscience, which involves prayer, conversation, study and listening. I will stand up for my convictions and speak out when I witness language that disparages others' dignity, while also listening and seeking to understand others’ experiences...Compassion--To encounter others with a tone and posture which affirms that I honor the dignity of others and invites others to do the same. I will presume others’ best intentions and listen to their stories with empathy. I will strive to understand before seeking to be understood.” Welcoming others. In today’s Gospel many are invited to dinner. There is a mixture of people – both good and bad – just like the church and society. We are given many chances to respond to the invitation and to be grateful all others are welcomed as well. It’s been asked… “how could we Christians continue to separate and divide ourselves according to race, gender, country of origin, language, newcomers and old timers, well dressed and poor?” Do we welcome each other and share with them our gifts and our presence?
New Weekend Mass Times beginning the weekend of October 17/ 18 Saturday: 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Attendance at Weekend Masses will be by Reservation. Reservations may be made by phone OR online through our parish website. Reservations by phone or online will be available each Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00a.m. -12:00 p.m. for the upcoming weekend. Reservations will be on a "first come first serve" basis, one weekend at a time. You may not register for more than one mass a weekend. The doors to the church will open 30 minutes before Mass. All those with reservations must arrive no later than 15 minutes before mass for registration, prescreening check, and seating. Arriving late may result in your seat being given away to those arriving without a reservation. Those arriving without a reservation are not guaranteed a seat. Prescreening at home is expected by everyone attending mass: If you have any of the following: Fever, Cough, Fatigue, Runny Nose, Chills involving shakes, Muscle aches, Shortness of breath, Loss of appetite, Been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, loss of sense of taste or smell, or Travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 day you must not attend. Masks or face coverings, covering the nose, mouth, and chin, are mandatory and are to be worn at all times in the church (exemptions include- children under 12, those with underlying medical conditions unable to wear a mask, etc.). As we move into this new form of registration, please be patient with our office staff and volunteers. We are all in this together! Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) General Absolution will be offered following each weekend Mass this weekend- Oct. 10/11 and the Wednesday noon Mass on Oct. 14. Beginning Oct. 21, individual Confession will be available following the noon Mass each Wednesday until 1:30 p.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is always available by appointment by contacting Fr. Jim or Fr. Peter through the parish office. Information regarding General Absolution is available here.
All are Welcome
In today’s Gospel, we hear the familiar parable of the wedding banquet that the King has prepared for his son. Many are invited, but no one comes. Four key points can be taken away from this richly symbolic parable: “First of all, express our deep thanks that we have been invited to the wedding banquet of our King. The knowledge and experience of God and Jesus that our faith and membership of the Church gives us should be the most precious gift in our lives. If that is not exactly how we feel, then perhaps we should ask God to give us a deeper understanding of just what Jesus can be for us in finding meaning and happiness in our lives. Secondly, we might reflect today on just how clean our wedding garment really is. To what extent have we really offered ourselves in love and service to Jesus and to his people? To what extent could we be considered purely marginal members of our parish community? To what extent do we give clear witness of our values and beliefs both inside and outside the community? And we might take a closer look at our lives and see if there are any behaviours or activities which are quite at variance with the kind of life and relationships the Gospel expects of us. Can I in good conscience continue wearing my wedding garment or am I living a lie in doing so? Or, on the other hand, isn’t it time I put one on? Thirdly, we must never forget that, while as Church members we are expected to contribute actively to its life and witnessing, the forgiveness of God and of the community is always available whenever we betray its ideals. Today’s readings tell us that God has wonderful things in store for us. Everyone, no matter what kind of past they have had, receives the same invitation to sit down at God’s table. However, having initially answered the invitation, we cannot take things for granted. There is no room for complacency. Almost more dangerous than being an obviously sinful person is being the “ordinary, run-of-the-mill Catholic”, the “Sunday” Catholic, the “I’m a good enough Catholic”, the “I’m a Catholic but not a fanatic about my religion”. These are all cop-outs. And it is not God but ourselves who are the losers. So let us pray that we may keep our wedding garments pure and spotless, that we become disciples who really hear and do the teaching of Jesus. Let us pray for a deeper faith and love and a better spirit of service and sense of responsibility to our community.” Excerpt from Living Space, Commentaries on the Daily Readings, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Last weekend we celebrated 1st Communion with some of our young children who’s 1st Communion had to be post-poned during our closure. These children also celebrated their 1st Reconciliation in February. Congratulations to Marcus Cardoso, Adellina Circelli, Gabriel Circelli, Mikaela Hodgson-Delle Donne, William Palma, Sébastien Richer, Alexander Ruksc, Dirk Vios, Sierra
40 Days for Life 40 Days for Life is a peaceful prayer and fasting vigil and community outreach for an end to abortion. In London, we pray on the corner of Wellington and Commissioners in front of Victoria Hospital where they perform abortions. This year the campaign runs from Sept 23 to Nov 1 (including Sundays). St Peter’s Cathedral has been asked to cover one day, Friday October 16, from 7 am – 7 pm. Each prayer volunteer is asked to commit to one hour. This year, you are asked to bring your own sign. Signs are available on Saturday mornings at the corner or by contacting Judy Balasch: call 519-641-4907 or email. To book your vigil time, visit this link. *** Volunteers for Mass A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who have come forward to assist with safely re-opening our doors. Without them, we could never have accomplished this. With our change in our Mass schedule beginning the weekend of Oct. 17/18 we will require more volunteers, especially for the 10:30am Mass. We need 15 volunteers for every Mass to assist with the various duties needed: welcoming and screening of our parishioners, seating of parishioners, directing of traffic flow in and out of the Cathedral and at communion, and sanitizing of the Cathedral after every Mass.Training will be provided in order to carry out all tasks safely and effectively. Please prayerfully consider how you might be able to contribute to this. Please contact Cathryn Hall. *** Feeding the Hungry Brothers and sisters, as most of you are aware St. Peter's has a long-standing tradition of holding a Thanksgiving Food Drive in support of St. Paul’s Social Services-Food Bank and Fellowship Centre. This year, in light of Covid-19, we will not do a physical collection of food items. To continue to support the needs of the poor we ask you to consider a donation of grocery store gift cards or monetary donations. Please place any gift cards, cash, or cheque in a separate envelope labelled as "Food Drive" and either drop them in the collection baskets after Sunday masses with your regular offertory over the next 2 weekends or drop off or mail to the parish office. Thank you all for your generosity and have a safe and joyful Thanksgiving. -Deacon Rudy *** St. Vincent de Paul Update During the month of September, your parish Saint Vincent de Paul Society visited 46 households, distributing $2310 in food vouchers and 22 vouchers for clothing and furniture to the needy in our midst. Your generosity has made this possible; both your prayers and donations are invaluable. We plan on making a special effort to help our poor neighbours at Christmas. In the past we have had the Angel Tree campaign to ask for your support in this but with the pandemic it will not be possible this year to have an Angel Tree. However, we still plan to have a Christmas fund-raising campaign; please check your bulletin in the coming weeks for details on how you can assist us in helping the poor. *** Parish Thanksgiving Appeal Each year, every parish in our Diocese participates in the annual Thanksgiving Appeal. All funds generated during this appeal remain in the parish and help us to meet our financial commitments and to support our many parish activities in ministry, liturgy, outreach, and special projects. It is through your generosity that will allow us to continue to attend to the ongoing maintenance of our buildings, rising costs of our various ministry initiatives, the increased demand for our outreach to the needy in our community, and to bring to life the pastoral priorities we have set for the years ahead. All donations are gratefully accepted. Donations will be accepted until the end of October. *** Come Pray With Us Join us each Sunday for our Sunday Prayer Service online. The service invites us into the Sunday scriptures and celebrates a time of prayer, music, and reflection led by members of our Pastoral Team. The service will be available at the following link each Sunday morning.