Palm Sunday: Saturday at 5 p.m. & Sunday at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, at 10 a.m. Holy Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. Good Friday, April 10, at 3 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 11, at 8:30 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 12, at 10 a.m.
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Weekday Masses: Tuesday to Friday at 10 a.m. Weekend Masses: Saturday at 5 p.m. & Sunday at 10 a.m.
30 March 2020 To: The Faithful of the Diocese of London
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
A month ago when we began our Lenten journey, we could hardly have imagined how that spiritual journey would be drastically altered by the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic. We expected to enter the desert of our familiar Lenten practices of abstaining from certain foods or pleasures and striving to be more considerate to each other and conscious of the needs of the poor. Instead, we have suddenly entered an unknown new desert filled with fear, sickness and even the spectre of death.
Yet, these unexpected and confusing circumstances do not nullify our customary Lenten practices. We are still called to fasting, but from that which is most dear to us, namely, the Eucharist, the sacraments and the solace of gathering as a community of believers to celebrate them. This fast, this absence, has made us appreciate even more how precious they are to us.
The fruit of fasting is to make us aware of our hunger for God and to lead us, as we draw closer to our loving God, to works of justice and the care of others. Now, in this moment, our fasting from that which nourishes us is for the sake of service to the common good of our wider community. And our prayer, which is the hallmark of our Lenten repentance, is not simply for ourselves and our deepening in our baptismal commitment but also for the sick, those who are courageously caring for them and our public leaders who must guide our nation through this crisis.
In our new Lenten journey, one thing remains the same. Lent is intended to be a sacred time when we discover anew who we are in Christ and recommit ourselves to our consecration in him. As Jesus came to understand in his forty days in the desert, he was the beloved Son of the Father designated to proclaim the kingdom of God. The desert in which we now find ourselves is not only a place of anxiety and darkness but also a means for us to realize anew that we, too, are the beloved sons and daughters of God and as such sent out as missionary disciples of Jesus to proclaim the Gospel to a world desperately in need of it.
But we are certain of God’s choice of us as his own and as such, like St. Paul, we can say:
If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? […] Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? […] No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:31-32; 35; 37-39).
At this difficult time, I am holding all of you in my heart and prayers, longing with you for that day when we can gather together again in our churches to sing the praise of our God!
Sincerely yours in Christ, Most Rev. Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B. Bishop of London
We have great news to share with you! The restriction on some parishes being able to live stream their masses has now been lifted. Click here to read more about that decision and other updates from Bishop Fabbro. To that end, please join us on YouTube on Sunday, March 29 at 10 a.m. for Mass!
Tonight’s the night! We’re wrapping up the winter 2020 session of Alpha at Holy Family Parish. We want to thank each and everyone of you for continuing with this course, albeit online, despite the current climate in our country and around the globe. Your patience during the transition from in-person discussions to hosting the sessions online has been appreciated.
If you haven’t done so already, we strongly encourage you to watch the video from session 11 before viewing the final video: What About The Church? Watch these two videos below.
The COVID19 crisis that we find ourselves in today gives us a sense of the fear and insecurity that so many of our brothers and sisters in the global south live on a regular basis. Each lent we show of concern and support for these brothers and sisters by supporting the Share Lent campaign of Development & Peace – Caritas Canada.
This year a crucial part of Share Lent, the Solidarity Sunday collection that would have been taken up on (DATE HERE), will have to be postponed to a later date to be determined once the COVID19 crisis is over.
Until that later date is announced, I encourage the faithful to still show their generosity on Solidarity Sunday by giving to Development and Peace – Caritas Canada in the following ways:
Mail your donation to: Development and Peace, 1425 Rene-Levesque Blvd. 3rd floor, Montreal, QC, H3G1T7
Your support for Share Lent is especially important in a global context where the potential spread of COVID19 to the global south in a significant way would be devastating. In more than 30 countries, Development and Peace supports the integral human development of communities that makes them more resilient in the face of challenges like COVID19.
In addition to making a financial gift as you are able, you are also invited to visit the Share Lent website: www.devp.org/sharelent to enjoy the many videos and other online Lenten resources that can help make your Lenten journey a meaningful one.
Even though we may not gather together in a physical church over the next while, this period of time can be a great testimony to our faith and the presence of God witnessed in our care for our neighbor, including our brothers and sisters in the Global South who in many cases are the most vulnerable in our world today.
During these uncertain times because of the COVID-19 crisis, Development and Peace has made the decision to cancel or postpone all of its in-person meetings and events across Canada. Lent is a vital time of year for the organization, and so we invite you to participate to our virtual Share Lent campaign and act in solidarity with our partners in the Global South and the most vulnerable populations that will be all the more affected by this pandemic. This Lent, give from the heart. Donate to Development and Peace today by making a DIRECT donation:
Living Faith is offering free online access to Living Faith Daily Catholic Devotions, Le Fe Viva and Living Faith Kids for the rest of March in order to help you feel at peace during this health crisis.
Click here to access the January/February/March 2020 issue of Living Faith.
Click here to access the January/February/March 2020 issue of La Fe Viva.
Click here to access the January/February/March 2020 issue of Living Faith Kids.