April 2020 COVID-19 Update from Fr. Glass

Dear parishioners,

I hope and pray that you are staying healthy - both physically and spiritually. Please let me know if the parish can help you during these difficult times.

The words of St. Augustine are particularly pertinent at this time: "Pray as much as you can. The times are evil, the times are troubled — that is what people say. But let us live good lives, and the times are good. We ourselves are the times. Whatever we are like that is what the times are like."

It is truly a great tragedy to be deprived of the Sacraments, but God is not therefore withholding his grace. As St. Paul says, where evils abound, God’s grace “super-abounds.” Although we cannot come together physically, we can still be together spiritually. Cardinal Collins will be live-streaming Palm Sunday Mass and the Holy Week and Easter liturgies from the Cathedral. If possible, we should participate in those liturgies from our own homes, united in spirit. I am continuing to celebrate Mass everyday for you and for an end to the pandemic.

No doubt you are aware that our parish relies on the support of our parishioners to operate - parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) - are funded through the generosity of our parish community. It will be a challenge for our parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection.

In response to many requests that I have received from parishioners, here are the ways that you can continue to support our parish at this time:

· Drop off or mail your regular weekly offertory contribution to the parish front door letter box.

. You can contribute online by clicking on the 'Donate Now' link at the top of this site.

· Contribute to our parish offertory by credit card. Please click here. You will then be able to select our parish in the drop-down menu. You can make a one time or recurring contribution to our parish offertory or other special funds.

· Contribute through pre-authorized giving. Click here for more information on pre-authorized giving. You can obtain a form from the parish office or you can click here to download an enrollment form which can be printed and completed. Return the completed form and a voided cheque to your parish office. Or e-mail the form and a scanned copy or photo of a voided cheque to development@archtoronto.org for processing. Contributions are withdrawn from your bank account on the 20th of each month.

· You can contribute to the offertory via online banking. To do this, the archdiocese will need to send you a unique account number. Please send an e-mail to campaign@archtoronto.org. In the body of the email provide: Your name; Address; Parish name; Municipality. You will be emailed account information which you can use to set up the Archdiocese of Toronto as a payee in your on-line banking. Your gift will be forwarded to our parish. You can make a one time or recurring gift to our offertory.

If you have any questions please contact the Development Office at the Archdiocese of Toronto, 416-934-3400, ext. 540 or development@archtoronto.org.

Thank you for your many contributions to our parish community. I miss seeing all of you at the Mass and I pray daily that we will be able to gather together again soon.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Alan Glass