In order to accommodate our faithful, while complying with the limitation, we will adjust some Mass times and add extra Masses on Sunday as follows:
Schedule of Mass in St. Catherines:
|Friday, March 5th||First Friday||5:20pm
|Stations of the Cross
|Saturday, March 6th||First Saturday||9am||
|Sunday, March 7th||3rd Sunday of Lent||10am||Low Mass|
|Friday, March 12th||Ferial||6pm||Low Mass|
|Saturday, March 13th||Ferial||8am||Low Mass|
|Sunday, March 14th||4th Sunday of Lent||10am||Low Mass|
|Friday, March 19th||St Joseph||5:20pm
|Stations of the Cross
|Saturday, March 20th||Ferial||9am||Low Mass|
|Sunday, March 21st||Passion Sunday||10am||Low Mass|
|Friday, March 26th||Ferial||5:20pm
|Stations of the Cross
|Saturday, March 27th||Ferial||9am||Low Mass|
|Sunday, March 28th||Palm Sunday||10am||Low Mass|
Mass stipends. The priests have been literally swamped with mass requests in the last few months so please be advised that all Fathers can only accept very few masses, masses that will be said well into fall. Do not put any stipends in collection plates but ask a priest directly.
Confirmations. Until the border opens without the need of quarantine, we cannot hope in the visit of one of our bishops, but we should be ready when that happens so if yourself or your child is in need of the reception of the sacrament of confirmation, please register with Fr. Boulet and start the preparation so that we can test quickly when the time comes.
St Joseph Bursary collection. There will be a special collection for the St Joseph Bursary on March 21. To remind everyone, the St Joseph Bursary have for goals to help Canadian families to send their children to Traditional schools (affiliated with the SSPX), by helping those in need to cover the tuition fees for their children. The funds are entirely coming from the collections done in the mass centres in
Canada. At this occasion, we will restart in Orillia the habit of a second collection for the Bursary, that was stopped at the time of the first wave of CO-VID. Starting in April, this collection will be on the fourth Sunday of the month.
Building Fund for Orillia. As the faithful in Orillia know, our church is becoming too small for the size of the parish and we have been looking at other venues for some time. Some generous souls have already started giving towards this goal and a Building Fund has been established to save in order to provide the funds for an expansion. As we do in many other mass centres, we will also have a second collection once a month for the building Fund, on the second Sunday of the month (March 14).
Live streamed Masses. Masses are available on the YouTube channel “SSPX Church of the Transfiguration”.
COVID-19 rules. Please do pay attention to follow the provincial or local rules concerning the limitation of the spread of COVID-19 while in our properties. We do not want to have to stop saying the Mass because of carelessness that could have been avoided. The lock-down will affect all of us for most of the month, so let’s pay attention to not linger on church property after we come for confessions and communions. Even if our church is not in the grey zone, social gathering outside are limited, so pay attention when outside.
Prayer Crusade. We are entering the last month of the Crusade so let renew our efforts for multiplying Rosaries for the intentions of the Crusade: the freedom to celebrate and attend Holy Mass and for Vocations.
Adult catechism. You can register for online catechism (YouTube videos) by Fr Boulet. Click here to register.
40 hours in Orillia. Providentially, we were able to do a shorter 40 hours in Orillia on February 15 and 16. A big thank you to all the generous souls who came during the night in spite of the snow falling. The next all-night adoration will be June 4-5, God willing.
Fast and abstinence during Lent. Under pain of mortal sin (present legislation):
Fast (one meal a day and two small snacks permitted)and abstinence (no meat or meat juice): Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
The fast obliges those aged between 18 and 59 (inclusively), and abstinence all those above 14. The other Fridays in Lent are like the rest of the year, where abstinence is the norm but can be replaced by another act of penance, prayer or charity.
Under the general obligation to do penance, the traditional norms used in Canada before World War II are most recommended and encouraged; to spurn them without reason could be a venial sin:
Fast: All days of Lent, except Sundays.
Abstinence (starting at 7 years old): Ash Wednesday and every Friday, and also on Ember Wednesday and Saturday. If meat is taken on the other days, it can be only at the
Other customs also may be followed, as in the Society seminaries, fast being done only on Fridays in Lent and Ember days because of the studies, but the important point is to do more than the bare minimum.
Those that cannot physically fast(pregnant and nursing mothers, those with diabetes or who have very arduous physical work, etc.) are exempted, but they should consult with a priest to find the appropriate replacement. As even if we cannot fast, we are still seriously obliged to do penance in Lent. (“If you do not do penance, you will all perish”, said Our Lord.)
Other practises for Lent. To come to Mass as often as possible (or spiritual Communion in our times), spiritual reading, meditation, the Way of the Cross are good acts of prayer for Lent. Other acts of penance are to renounce distractions and excitements like going out to movie, theatre, etc. (or watching movies at home for that matter). To watch sparingly an appropriate movie like "The
Passion of Christ" is good but to see the latest blockbuster would be against the spirit of Lent. As for almsgiving, it is done not only with money, but also by giving time to help others, by visiting the sick and all other acts of mercy.
Easter duties. The Easter duties consist in the worthy reception of Holy Communion once between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday (for Canada). This will include a good confession if it is necessary to be in state of grace for the Communion, and obliges all Catholics who have made their first Communion. If it proves impossible to receive Communion during this period because of distance or other serious similar reason, there is still an obligation to receive Communion as soon as possible. A longer trip than usual to go to Mass (or to receive Communion if Mass is impossible) should be done nevertheless during that time if distance is the only difficulty. That is why the time to fulfill this duty is so long in Canada! The normal time in the Universal Church is from Palm Sunday until Low Sunday.
Bookstore. There is a selection of books for sale in Orillia, but you can also order online at the Toronto bookstore and the priests can bring your order to your mission the next time they come. St. Michael’s Bookstore at https://stmichaelsbookstor.wixsite.com/stmichaelsbookstore. You can browse the site, then email the bookstore your order and ask them to give to the priest coming your way.
Remember in your prayers the souls of all the faithful departed but especially those of deceased parishioners and relatives that have passed away in March: Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (1991).
Prayers for the sick. If yourself or anybody in your near family is sick, you can give me a name and I will post it here for 2 months, except if you renew the request.
Eucharistic Crusade intention for the month. In March 2021, the intention given by the General Superior is: That Christian souls might be more generous in their sacrifices.
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