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  • Mass Times

    • Sunday: 9:00 AM EnglishEnglishEN 11:00 AM EnglishEnglishEN "All Masses are suspended, effective March 24, 2020 until further notice because of Covid-19"
    • Saturday: 5:00 PM EnglishEnglishEN
  • Confession Times

    • Sunday: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Suspended until further notice
  • FR. AIDAN'S REFLECTION

    5th Sunday of Lent:  GOD’S TIME IS THE BEST  
     
    By Fr. Aidan Dasaah   
    To his parishioners in self-isolation.   
    March 29, 2020  
       
    1.    Are you disappointed with God over COVID-19? Is he too slow to take action in our favor? Do you think that God has abandoned us? Is your faith in his love, goodness, mercy and providence on the decline?  
     
    2.    In our current situation of Covid-19 crisis, life is really difficult and uncertain. We are cut off from other parishioners, friends and in some instances, relatives. We cannot socialize.  Even in a free country, we are not free to move as we want. Some people’s jobs are hanging in the balance and there is fear of retrenching. We are worried we cannot make ends meet. More significantly, we fear of being infected with the virus and we worry about our loved ones who may be infected.  
     
    3.    Yet, we do not see light at the end of the tunnel; the solution to our predicament isn’t in sight! So understandably, we may feel desperate, gloomy, confused and wonder - “Where is God?” Why is he allowing all this to happen to people he loves? Why does he not answer our prayers by coming to our help right away? Now, not later!  
     
    4.    If you read the Gospel of Sunday March 29, 2020 (Jn 11:3-7,17,20-27,33-45), you will realize that your frustrations, feelings and emotions are exactly those of Mary and Martha. These sisters could not understand why Jesus delayed 4 days on learning of the critical sickness of his bosom friend Lazarus. The sisters could not hide their feelings, disappointments and pain: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (Jn 11:21). Under our present circumstances, many of us also question why God allowed many thousands to be infected and die of the Covid-19 virus.  We just can’t understand. God is a mystery; his ways aren’t ours! He seems apathetic to our need and understandably in varied ways we express our frustrations and disappointments.  
     
    5.    Happily, however, God is not indifferent to our pain. We see this clearly in the Gospel.  Jesus is divine yet he feels with us. He openly wept at the death of his friend Lazarus. He wept when he saw Mary’s tears rolling. He felt sorry for them. He is moved by human pain and suffering. Clearly, the Lord is not oblivious or insensitive to our pain. What we are going through currently – our pain, fears, uncertainty and anxieties – he shares in them. Each one of us is close to his heart! Be encouraged. Soon, he will roll back the stone of Covid-19 and let us out of our isolation, but in his time, not ours!  
     
    6.    Further, unlike the sisters and the people who were overwhelmed by the death of Lazarus, the Lord did not allow grief to cloud or unsettle his Faith in his heavenly Father. He remained calm, recollected, confident and peaceful. He might have been 4 days late, yes, but he was just right on time!  God’s time is the best. Under our Covid-19 circumstances, we need very much to be calm, confident and at peace with God and with ourselves.  
     
    7.    If Jesus is the LORD as we profess together with Mary, Martha and Peter, then, we can confidently place everything including Covid-19 crisis in his able hands. Let us allow the Spirit of the LORD to make his home in us as St. Paul suggests. Guided by this Spirit, during this Covid-19 crisis, we can learn to reach out to our brothers and sisters in new ways using the internet, digital and social media.  

     

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  • Prayer of the Day

    Dear Jesus, I pray that all I do today helps others along the way to see you, and that I may see you in them. Amen.

    —Fr. Chris Manahan, SJ

  • Mission Statement

    With grateful hearts for God’s grace of one faith, one baptism, one hope and one Lord Jesus Christ, the  Good News of God’s unconditional love for all, we stand united as a community of God’s people in the  Archdiocese of Kingston. Conscious of our equality in God’s eyes and His personal love for us and  imbued with the evangelical zeal of our patrons and Mary, the Mother of the Church, we reflect God’s  goodness in our community and in our dealings with others. Guided by the Spirit and assisted by prayer  and the Sacraments, we strive to deepen our personal relationship with Christ Jesus and to share him  with others.

  • Saint of the Day

    Blessed Maria Teresa Casini

    Born to a wealthy family, the eldest daughter of Tommaso Casini, an engineer, and Melania Rayner, she was baptized at the age of two days at the cathedral of Frascati, Italy. Her father died when Teresa was about ten years old, and she and her mother moved in with her maternal grandparents. In 1875 she began studying at the school at Santa Rufina in Rome, Italy, which was run by Society of the Sacred Heart nuns. Teresa early felt a call to religious life, and though she had a number of set-backs due to health problems, and faced some family opposition, she entered Poor Clare Sepolte Vive monastery in Rome on 2 February 1885, taking the name Sister Maria Serafina of the Heart of Jesus Pierced.
    Poor health caused her to leave the cloister on 2 December 1886. She returned to her family, and spent as much time as she could in prayer in the chapel of the Sacred Heart in the parish church of San Rocco in Frascati. The church and chapel were badly neglected, and Sister Maria worked to restore them. All the while, she kept hearing in inner voice calling her to console the sufferings of the Heart of Jesus, particularly those caused by faithless or undisciplined priests. With this as her goal, and on the advice of her spiritual director, she became part of the community called True Lovers of the Heart of Jesus. When the group’s leader died, Sister Maria gathered everal like-minded sisters, and using her inheritance, on 2 February 1894 she founded the Victims of the Sacred Heart as a cloistered community. They received diocesan approval on 1 April 1896.
    With the encouragment of their bishop, Cardinal Francesco Satolli, in the early 20th century the Victims moved from being a clositered order to an active one, working to help priests in their parishes. They founded a school for girls in 1910. On 1 November 1916 changed its name to the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to better reflect their status and mission. In 1925 she starting working with the Little Friends of Jesus, which educated boys, helped support vocations, and later expanded to assist priests with health problems.
    Late in 1925 Mother Maria’s health collapsed completely, and she was eventually paralyzed for the final decade of her life. She never stopped working, running the Sisters from bed, meeting, teaching and consoling sisters, priests and seminarians until the end. The Oblate Sisters continue their good work today, assisting and supporting priests and vocations in Italy, the United States, Brazil, Peru and Guinea-Bissau.  
     

     
  • Bp. Barron's Lent Reflections

    • Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus declares, “The Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Charles Williams stated that the master idea of Christianity is “coinherence,” mutual indwelling. If you want...