Message from Fr. Earl Smith, SJ Regarding COVID-19 - March 17, 2020

  • March 22, 2020
    Dear Parishioners of St. Pius X:

    Today, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day and a memorable one it certainly is as we are launched into a new world.  This was also the experience of St. Patrick himself, first being brought as a slave from England to Ireland, then later returning to this same country as a missionary priest.  Each time his world was turned upside down as he faced a totally new reality.  
    Today, we too are facing a brand new reality.  Our parish staff met this morning to discuss how our parish moves forward in new ways, both as individuals, families and as a parish as we support one another.

    Our Church Remains Open

    In accordance with Archbishop Hundt’s directive, dated March 16, there will be NO weekday or weekend Masses for the foreseeable future, yet, our church will remain OPEN as a place of prayer during day light hours.  Please continue to practise the ‘sacred trust’ that is prayerful support of one another.  We are a prayerful faith community.  Let’s demonstrate it during the coming weeks and months ahead!  Let’s all pray, whether in church or at home.  We might meditate, make the Stations of the Cross, say the rosary, our own personal prayers, or just sit in the quiet with God who is always in and around us.

    Our church is large and spacious.  We are therefore able to pray undisturbed at safe distances from one another.  Sanitizing  dispensers for our use are at its entrances and along the front pews.  Signs will show where they are found.  Please use them.  

    Monday, day time, adoration of the +Blessed Sacrament continues.  If you wish to receive Holy Communion as an individual please contact the parish office. Holy Communion is available in the hand, not on the tongue as per the directive of our Archbishop. Likewise, you may approach a priest to participate in Sacramental Reconciliation.

    Parish Office Hours

    The parish office will remain open at regular hours for this week.  A change of hours might be necessary if/when parish staff are invited to work from home.   

    Sunday Collection

    Some parishioners have kindly inquired about Sunday collection. Your parish, like yourselves, has bills to pay.  If you could continue your weekly donations it would be greatly appreciated.  This we hope will continue in three ways.  One way is to bring your donations to our parish office. It can be left in the mail slot of our Rectory front door if not given to Michele, our Parish Administrative Assistant.  Donations can also be safely placed under the Sacristy door in our church.  The third way is to mail your donation by Canada Post.  

    Mass Intentions

    Our parish intends to honour it’s already scheduled Mass intentions.  This we can do as Frs. Wayne Bolton and Earl Smith offer daily Mass.  Phoning the Parish Office to re-schedule a Mass intention is also possible. A third option is to send the Mass intention to Canadian Jesuits International.  Please phone or email Michele Lawlor to let her know your preference.  

    Ongoing communication with our parishioners

    We are also looking at ways to   continue the pastoral and spiritual care of all of our parishioners.  COMMUNICATION is a priority; by phone, e-mail, the parish web page, MyParishapp and other social media.  God has given us the ability to create these tools.  Let us use them to continue to love God, others, ourselves and creation.  

    For now – so not to bombard anyone with too much information – we invite you, our reader, to consider accessing these online sources recommended in our weekly bulletin:  www.jesuits.org, www.ignatianspirituality,com, www.jesuitresources.org, and www.aleteia.org

    We welcome suggestions, questions and other concerns via email and/or phone call to our parish office.

    An update will be downloaded on Friday, March 20.

    Sincerely,

    Fr. Earl Smith, SJ
    Pastor
    St. Pius X
    Tel.#    709-754-0170
    Email:    earlsmithsh@gmail.com    
                  stpiusx@gnl.rogers.com