We received the following important notice today. Until the situation has changed, we will be suspending all scheduled parish Masses and events except as outlined below.
Thank you for your ongoing prayers and cooperation during this time of great caution. Please consider your neighbours, particularly those who are sick, in need of assistance, or who will be isolated during this period. Remember to contact us at the Rectory, (613)-259-2155, should you require immediate assistance or have questions, particularly if a parishioner or family member is hospitalized.
The Gospel according to Matthew reminds us in Chapter 25:
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’
Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’“
We pray that our time apart will be limited.
In the 1700s, St. Alphonsus Liguori wrote a special prayer for spiritual communion: “My Jesus, I believe you are really here in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you more than anything in the world, and I hunger to receive you. But since I cannot receive Communion at this moment, feed my soul at least spiritually. I unite myself to you now as I do when I actually receive you.”
Let us add that simple prayer to our daily devotions.