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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Soul Health: Livestream Mass, e-mission this week, e-resources and more

Greetings Parishioners and friends of St. Thomas More

During these difficult times, this is a first attempt at trying to communicate electronically, to provide you with online resources during isolation. St. TM is belatedly arriving in the electronic age. I anticipate have this and more info posted on the new parish website in the coming days, so do check and scroll down https://www.stthomasmoremtl.ca/

1 - This is a time more than ever to put our trust in our loving God to guide and comfort us and the world. Pope Francis yesterday offered some pertinent reflections and an extraordinary blessing:

https://www.catholicregister.org/faith/item/31356-urbi-et-orbi-covid-19-is-not-god-s-judgment-but-a-call-to-live-differently?mc_cid=8806734941&mc_eid=0da80e9c4

Video: https://www.romereports.com/en/2020/03/27/pope-gives-urbi-et-orbi-blessing-in-this-storm-our-facades-fall-away/

2 - Online Sunday English masses:

Today's invitation to tomorrow's mass from: St. Ignatius, NDG,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1GXlSSM03k

11am: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5AJFqxOIrs&feature=youtu.be

9am St. Luke's (West Island): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USTp6k9mn1w&feature=youtu.be

3 - Join me this week online at the much-anticipated St. Jean Brebeuf (Lasalle) parish Lenten mission!  FREE

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/101367601224

4 - And (men only), a major Catholic men’s conference beginning April 3 has gone virtual. Speakers include Fr. Larry Richards, Jason Evert, Fr. Mike Schmitz and many other well-known figures. And it’s FREE. I have signed up---why not join me?

https://www.virtualcatholicconference.com/Mensconference2020

5 - Tuesday evening I was invited to a prayer meeting with the rosary online, by the south shore group that played our mass last month. Open to all. If interested this Tuesday, email me.

6 - Some resources have been made free because of lockdown, which I subscribe to anyway:

- iBreviary is a free app with many prayers, including the Liturgy of the Hours— the Church’s official prayer prayed by priests five times each day, which many laypersons find spiritually nourishing.

- MAGNIFICAT is now offering complimentary access to its iOS and Android Apps throughout May. To register for free access in English, visit www.magnificat.com/free. Also, complimentary access to MagnifiKid www.magnifikid.com/free

- And https://formed.org/faithathome?fbclid=IwAR1d6xHYMa39gf_Am1ydx4F-5sNRkHkPwSmnfUDgVWEUZ04y9GnSCIqz29A

Finally, just to be reminded that (Spirit) inspired creativity and imagination can produce the divine gift of beauty, watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eXT60rbBVk&feature=youtu.be

On behalf of the wardens, I remind you that the parish’s expenses continue; your donations are much appreciated. Envelopes may be put in the parish door mailbox.

Please feel free to share this friends and family. If you wish to be removed from this list, just let me know.

In Christ,

Fr. Robert+ Pastor St. Thomas More

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