OUR PIUS UPDATE - Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  • March 31, 2020
    OUR PIUS UPDATE
                                             TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020


    Dear Parishioners:
        Our Parish Updates
                                
    Parishioner feedback on the Archdiocesan sponsored Basilica online Masses is positive.  Please be encouraged to participate in this Mass [http://the basilica.net] or a daily Mass available from sources including local Masses. Last week’s bulletin (archived on this site) has a full list of televised Mass options.
     
        Archdiocese: Holy Week Resources

    Why don’t we continue to explore our pius curiosities these late days of Lent? Free of charge online access to many Holy Week Resources for the entire family are available at https:/holy week.pastoralcenter/


        Drive Thru Eucharistic Adoration

    We are a Eucharistic people and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is important to us.  St. Pius X is choosing to offer a drive-thru or a stay-in-your-car and park Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  

    The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the window at the main entrance of the Church on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:00-4:00 pm starting this week.  A Friday hour of adoration is 6:30-7:30 pm.  A priest will be present the whole time. Simple Benediction will take place every 15 minutes, (starting at 2:15 pm, ending at 4:00 pm  in the afternoon). He will also be available for Confession.

    Our parking lot will be empty other than for cars who participate in this devotion as our neighbouring schools, ANC and Rennie’s River Elementary School are not in session during our health crisis.

    Confession would be offered and social distancing respected in the following way.  Two chairs outside the church, near the entrance to the Parish Hall and with protection from precipitation will be provided.  Anyone is welcome to approach a priest by walking from their car.  There will be no line up waiting for Confession.

    Attached is a sheet of devotions during Exposition - copies will be available as well.  You could come alone or with people you are isolating with but please don't car pool.  

    Future scheduled Adoration will be confirmed and/or time adjusted via online parish updates.

    Also, April copies of Living with Christ will be distributed off outside tables (free of charge) to allow our parishioners to follow the Mass readings.  As well, the popular spring edition of Living  Faith for April-May-June  can also be picked up at no expense.  
        

        Parish Finances

    Thank you many times for considering how to financially support our parish during the current health crisis.  A trickle of weekly donations have been received at our parish office.  Everyone is undoubtedly squeezed to pay their expenses.  Be assured that your financial committee will search for creative means in paying our bills.  God provides.  Donations via Canada Post are most welcome if dropping an envelope through the parish office mail slot remains impossible.   God +bless.


        Our ‘Pius’ Smiles

    A parishioner reports from a grocery store.

    I was in a long line at 7:45 am today (Sunday) at the grocery store that
    opened at 8:00 am for seniors only.   A young man came from the
    parking lot and tried to cut in at the front of the line, but an old
    lady beat him back into the parking lot with her cane.

    He returned and tried to cut in again, but the old man punched
    him and kicked him to the ground and rolled him away.

    As he approach the line for the 3rd time he said," If you don't let me
    unlock the door, you'll never get in there."

    God bless and keep safe.


        Quotes to Amuse Us

    As COVID-19 spreads throughout the world, the disease is dominating everything – even Church affairs.
    And, yet, it's said that laughter is the best medicine. And we'll certainly all go crazy if we don't try to keep at least some sense of humour in the midst of all this.
    So allow me to pass on some advice from a few illustrious saints and even a couple of notorious sinners.

    -- "Stay calm and don't lose your head." – St. John the Baptist

    -- "This is not the Apocalypse." – St. John the Evangelist

    -- "Wash your hands often." – Pontius Pilate

    -- "Avoid greeting people with a hug and kiss." – Judas

    -- "Don't touch your eyes, nose, mouth or any open wounds." – St. Thomas the Apostle

    -- "Pets and other animals cannot spread this disease." – St. Francis of Assisi
        



        Our ‘Pius’ Blogs

    Bill Gates (of Microsoft fame) writes:  

    I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or being bad.

    As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the Corona/ Covid-19 virus is really doing to us:

    1)     It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally, perhaps we should too.

    2)     It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another. It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport. It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.

    3)     It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals. If we don’t look after our health, we will, of course, get sick.

    4)     It is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is most important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are old or sick. Our purpose is not to buy toilet roll.

    5)     It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how, when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials that we need (food, water, medicine) as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give value to.

    6)     It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is and how much we have neglected this. It is forcing us back into our houses so we can rebuild them into our home and to strengthen our family unit.

    7)     It is reminding us that our true work is not our job, that is what we do, not what we were created to do. Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other and to be of benefit to one another.

    8)     It is reminding us to keep our egos in check. It is reminding us that no matter how great we think we are or how great others think we are, a virus can bring our world to a standstill.

    9)     It is reminding us that the power of freewill is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other, to share, to give, to help and to support each other or we can choose to be selfish, to hoard, to look after only our self. Indeed, it is difficulties that bring out our true colours.

    10)     It is reminding us that we can be patient, or we can panic. We can either understand that this type of situation has happened many times before in history and will pass, or we can panic and see it as the end of the world and, consequently, cause ourselves more harm than good.

    11)     It is reminding us that this can either be an end or a new beginning. This can be a time of reflection and understanding, where we learn from our mistakes, or it can be the start of a cycle which will continue until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.

    12)     It is reminding us that this Earth is sick. It is reminding us that we need to look at the rate of deforestation just as urgently as we look at the speed at which toilet rolls are disappearing off of shelves. We are sick because our home is sick.

    13)     It is reminding us that after every difficulty, there is always ease. Life is cyclical, and this is just a phase in this great cycle. We do not need to panic; this too shall pass.

    14)     Whereas many see the Corona/ Covid-19 virus as a great disaster, I prefer to see it as a *great corrector*

    It is sent to remind us of the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten and it is up to us if we will learn them or not.

        Pius Prayers to Ponder

    ‘Our religious activities should be ordered in such a way as to have plenty of time for the cultivation of the fruits of solitude and silence.’
     A. W. Tozer

    Lord, during this time when we may not be able to physically wrap our arms around each other, let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours. Amen.    
    Fr. Michael Graham S. J.  


        Our Pius Prayer (Thought)

    One critical lesson awakened by the Coronavirus is our refocusing on who and what are our life priorities.  I’ve a special quote of Henri Nouwen  found in a beautiful book, titled, You Are The Beloved.  

    The Fundamental Truth of Your Identity (March 29)

    Jesus died well because he knew he was going to God and he would soon send his Spirit of Love to his friends.  “It is good for you that I leave.” he said, “ because unless I leave, I cannot send my Spirit who will lead you to the the full communion , to the full truth, to the full betrothal.” With that Holy Spirit he knew that his beloved apostles would live better, happier lives.

    This vision is not just about Jesus.  It is also about you and me.  Jesus came to share his identity with you and to tell you that you are the Beloved Sons and Daughters of God.  Just for a moment try to enter this enormous mystery that you, like Jesus, are the beloved daughter or the beloved son of God.  This is the truth.  Furthermore, your belovedness preceded your birth.  You were the beloved before your father, mother, brother, sister, or church loved you or hurt you.  You are the beloved because you belong to God from all eternity.   

    God loved you before you were born, and God will love you after you die.   In scripture, God says, “ I have loved you with an everlasting love.” This is a fundamental truth of your identity.  This is who you are whether you feel it or not.  You belong to God from eternity to eternity.  Life is just a little opportunity for you during a few years to say, “I love you, too.”
    Henri Nouwen, You Are The Beloved, page 97
        


    These words speak volumes about the heartfelt desires of our Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, these days of late Lent in anticipation of the sacred Triduum.  Let’s listen to God’s voice spoken deeper than our concerns, worries, and fears that sometime assail us!


                        





        









        
                                                               


     
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