Divine Mercy Sunday

Mass Schedule
**Yes, we are continuing to celebrate Mass with a maximum of 70 people in attendance.**

Saturday at 5:15 p.m.
Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. (Please enter through the Edgemont St. doors.)
Thursday at 8:30 a.m. (Please enter through the Edgemont St. doors.)
Sacrament of Reconciliation
– by appointment only. Please call the office.

April 11 to 17, 2021
Sanctuary Lamp
Burns in memory of †Mary Crechiolo – requested by the Gibbons family

Mass Intentions for Wednesday, April 14
† In memory of Chesina Ciapanna – Bruno and Nicole Pichelli
For the personal intentions of Grace

Mass Intentions for Thursday, April 15
For healing and thanksgiving for Zbigniew Paplinski – Joanna Paplinski

Mass Intentions for Saturday, April 17
† In memory of Jack Springstead – Mike and Frances Potter
† In memory of John Rooney – Jim and Elizabeth Di Cecca
† In memory of Tommy Simon Hoang – Loving family
† In memory of Leanne Thompson – John and Mary Fioravanti

Please contact the Parish Office if you wish to have a Mass said, or have the Sanctuary Lamp burn, in memory of a loved one or for a special intention.

From the Pastor’s Desk – March 2021
Dear parishioners,
Peace be with you!
I continue to pray for you and your families. We pray for a better life than before and trust God to see us through the pandemic successfully.
We continue our journey of preparation in Lent to celebrate the great feast of Easter. This Lent I have suggested that we reflect on “Living Anew Our Baptismal Life.” Through our baptism we have been saved by Jesus and are given a life of grace with God. Baptism calls for a new way of living as Disciples of Christ and Children of God. I hope that through reflection on the readings of our Liturgies we may learn to deepen our relationship with God through Christ, and also learn to be the best of ourselves in the world.
As you know we all seek a better life, a better world and a better life after death. All of these are fundamentally rooted in our relationship with GOD. May Easter bring new and better life to us all.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Andrew

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Volunteers Required –
After being “penned up” for the last year, we hear people saying “I need to get out of the house and do something”.  Parishioners with this thought in mind, we ask you to consider volunteering at our 200 Parkdale Avenue North store. There is a range of ways you can help, including sorting, pricing, cleaning up, and greeting people. You may start immediately by calling the Store Manager at 905-549-3902. We do have a great team at the Store and you will be trained for the different tasks. We are also looking for “driver assistants” to help with lifting and moving furniture pieces during “pick-ups” as well as in the Store. PLEASE CALL 905-549-3902 to sign up.
Shoppers –
We invite you to visit our store at 200 Parkdale Avenue North to experience that “feel good shopping” atmosphere as you walk among our numerous “Next to New” items of clothing for men, women and children. We also have a wide range of furniture for any room in your home, including small appliances, books, magazines, kitchen wares and unique “one of a kind” items. Again, these are all “Next to New” and you will be amazed at the great quality to choose from. SEE YOU at the Store at 200 Parkdale Ave North, on the Parkdale bus route.

PARISH PRAYER NETWORK
If you have loved ones on the Prayer Network, please call Ginette at 905-746-9976 or the office at 905-544-2100 during the last week of the month to update your prayer request if you would like it to continue. Call anytime for new prayer requests. If you would like to join the Prayer Network, please forward your email address to the Parish office.

CATECHETICAL CORRESPONDENCE COURSES
These programs are interactive parent-child programs, designed to assist families in the Diocese whose children are enrolled in public or private schools, are home-schooled or for other reasons unable to attend Catholic schools. Programs are available for children from Kindergarten to High School, including programs designed to assist children preparing for the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. For more information visit the Diocesan website here. CCC Parent Brochure rev-Nov2020.pdf (hamiltondiocese.com)

ANNIVERSARY MASS 2021
The Anniversary Mass scheduled for June of 2021 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. We invite you to register your 25, 40, 50, 60 and 60 plus years of marriage on the Diocesan website at www.hamiltondiocese.com, simply click on the Anniversary Mass icon on the home page. We will send you the certificate you would have received from Bishop Crosby at the Mass. If you have questions contact familyministry@hamitondiocese.com

DIOCESAN NEWS
Latest Heart to Heart from Bishop Crosby, OMI – Diocese of Hamilton (hamiltondiocese.com)

REEL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL
The Reel Justice Film Festival is back for another year! A partnership between the Bishop Farrell Library & Archives and Development and Peace, the Reel Justice Film Festival shines a spotlight on issues of social, political, and economic injustice. Films are screened once a month and provide an opportunity for community discussion about ways we can all support actions for change. Details and the full schedule can be found at: reeljusticefilmfestival.wordpress.com. This year the festival is going virtual! All of the films will be available online. RSVP online or by email at library@hamiltondiocese.com.
Life On Our Planet – April 22 at 7 pm – Celebrate Earth Day with this beautiful film.
End of Immigration – May 27 at 7 pm – A shocking look at the life of temporary foreign workers.
Get In The Way: The John Lewis Story – June 24 at 7 pm – Political action and civil rights.
RSVP to secure your spot at any of the virtual screenings. No charge.

PARENTING TIP OF THE MONTH: TIP 128
The amount of time spent together as a family during COVID might be considered by some to be too much, but it may also be filling a real need. Past research has shown that children consistently identify a desire to spend more time with their parents and family. Time for them means direct, active engagement. The long-term benefits to family relationships are proven: children grow up healthier in mind, body and spirit. Enjoying quality time with their family means children are more likely to turn to their family for love and support, keeping them healthy. So play with your kids, watch a movie together and discuss its message, pray together, be active together, cook together and clean together; the possibilities are endless. So remember, time with family is powerful when it is interactive, shared by all and fun!

MARRIAGE TIP OF THE MONTH: TIP 108
At the heart of every relationship there needs to be a foundation of love and respect. When couples respect each other, including their differences, they continually build each other up and enjoy time together. When we respect the other in relationship, we can accept their desire to influence us with their understanding of what is true, good and beautiful. When we are open to our spouse’s view of things, we not only grow, but we grow together. When we grow together, we cannot help but grow in love.

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
God, the source of creation and love, you invite each of us to serve you through the life which is your gift. May your grace encourage men and women to heights of holiness through service to the Church as priests, sisters, brothers and lay ministers. Make me an instrument to encourage others to give themselves and challenge me to do the same. Amen.
April 12 – Rev. Francisco Sardo
April 13 – Very Rev. Wojciech Kuzma
April 14 – Permanent Deacons
April 15 – Rev. James McSharry
April 16 – Rev. Francis Hubilla
April 17 – Rev. Joseph Okoko, i.v.Dei.

VOCATIONS
Easter! Resurrection and new life; a new life shared from an earthen tomb. This has been the meaning of life for Christian people for two thousand years. There is nothing more secure, nothing more lasting. Come and share the thrill of proclaiming this truth through your life as a priest, religious or deacon. Call Fr. Michael King, Director of Vocations, Diocese of Hamilton, 905-528-7988 ext. 2246.
Email: vocations@hamiltondiocese.com                           Website: https://hamiltondiocese.com/vocations/

DIRECTIVES FOR OUR SAFETY
Attendance at Mass is limited to 70 people.
We ask that you continue to do a self-assessment before coming to Mass. If you feel unwell and have symptoms of Covid-19, have travelled outside the province or country within the last 14 days, or have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19, please do not attend Mass.
As you enter the Church, you will be asked the above questions and your name and contact number will be recorded.
Please do not remove your mask during Mass.
Offertory envelopes will be collected as you exit the Church at the end of Mass.
Parishioners sitting nearest to the doors should exit first, and please remember to physically distance inside and outside the Church.
We are always in need of volunteers, as it takes many people in order for all of us to share in the celebration of Mass. Please call the parish office if you are willing to help.
Thank you for adhering to these safety directives.