To the faith communities of St. Joseph,

Blessings to you and your family on the Lord’s Day — a beautiful sunny day!!

The information I am forwarding is about a comprehensive, Catholic multi-media approach to religious education and adult faith formation: it is called FORMED. In this time of crisis — of isolation and anxiety for many — the St. Augustine Institute is offering a 40-Day free sign up. Normally it is a fairly expensive online approach to good Catholic content. I simply offer this opportunity to you: maybe you would like to look into the programs they have developed.

In a while, I will also forward the Salt and Light Mass times that are available daily on TV, Sundays and weekdays. It is one of many possibilities. I will also send you my short, very simple reflection on today’s Gospel, the 4th Sunday of Lent.

Beginning tomorrow, we, your parish priests, will be sending out by email a short daily reflection on the scripture readings of the day, as well as our videotaped reflections on Facebook.

I know we all miss being together on the Lord’s Day to celebrate the Eucharist, to receive Him in Holy Communion and to strengthen our belonging to the Body of Christ, the Church. We will do whatever we can to keep us united as a faith community in these difficult times.

The ministry of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in delivering food hampers has been forced to close but there are many people in our community in great need. They are not accepting food donations at the moment.: however, a monetary donation would be much appreciated. It could be dropped off at the rectory, using the mailbox slots in the parish office door. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is looking at new and creative ways to offer help to the most vulnerable.

We have ordered extra copies of the Living with Christ  Sunday Missal 2019-2020. We will find ways to get them to you if you want one.

Finally, if there are people in the community who are sick and suffering, and would appreciate a few prayers for healing. Please let us know their names. Not only will we pray for them during our private daily Mass but we will let others know, namely those who are part of our Payer Network.

If you have any suggestions about how we can continue to share and put into practice our faith along this journey, our way o the Cross this Lent, we would love to hear from you. We are extremely edified (and humbled) because w hear of many good things that parishioners are doing to help their neighbours.

Stay safe and healthy. Be hope-filled.

Fr. Brian

As requested by His Excellency, Bishop Crosby, OMI, Bishop of Hamilton, please see attached further directives regarding COVID-2019   –     2020 FURTHER DIRECTIVES March 18