Father Julian Letter of invitation to return to church
FROM ST. PAUL’S CLERGY AND PARISH COUNCIL:
Dear Sisters and Brothers of St. Paul’s Parish,
We have all been greatly impacted by the Covid-19 virus which has kept us apart physically, nonetheless you have been in our prayers daily. We are reaching out to you and your family to let you know we are thinking about you and want to know how you are doing. Are you facing anything that we could assist with or do you have any prayer requests? St. Paul’s Parish Council, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Women’s League and other parishioners are looking for ways to support each other. If you, or if you know of anyone who needs some special help, or maybe is lonely and would like a phone call, please phone the office and leave a message.
Father Julian has been keeping busy. He has been streaming live masses on Sundays at 11:00 am and as well as other talks on our new YouTube Channel found on our website YouTube Channel . Please visit the site and subscribe to our YouTube channel by hitting the “Subscribe” button to grow our online community. We would like to thank the dedicated individuals that have been helping Father out in order for him to accomplish this while adhering to the Alberta Health Services guidelines. He also has been doing a weekly Benediction for the City of Airdrie from the parking lot of our Church and hears confessions in the “Visitation of Mary” room Saturdays 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm.
St. Paul’s revised hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to noon with limited staff; we’ve also gone to a monthly online bulletin St. Paul’s Bulletins . If you would like to spend some time with Jesus in the blessed Sacrament, pray the Rosary, make your Reconciliation or come in with your financial support, physical distancing and disinfection practices are in place. There is a limit of twelve visitors in the church at any time and if necessary, please wait in your vehicle until someone leaves to adhere to this limit.
Like many families and businesses in Airdrie, St. Paul’s revenue has diminished considerably. We ask that you give generously if you are in a position to do so and consider enrolling in the automatic Direct Bank or Credit Card Withdrawal system. For information on how to proceed, use the “Donations Brochure” found on our website under the Newcomers tab St. Paul’s Newcomers . If you need help filling out the form, please email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will contact you.
As we move forward, please continue to pray for each other and the safety of all. Let us practice our faith; be kind, be patient, and be forgiving during this difficult time as we wait for our Church to reopen its doors.
Blessings, St. Paul’s Clergy and Parish Council
A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM FATHER JULIAN:
The Easter peace and joy of the Risen Lord Jesus be with you.
This letter from the PPC and the Clergy of our parish of St. Paul’s is to assure you and your loved ones of our prayers during this pandemic. Our Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration groups are praying for all our parishioners every day. As your parish priest I remember all of you in the daily Mass I offer for all of you. I hope also that you and your household have tuned into the live-streaming of our Sunday Eucharist. In these difficult times I would to remind you of Jesus’ beautiful invitation when He says, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Mathew 11:27-30. He knows that we are all carrying a heavy burden, but He is with us, to help us, let us not lose courage but invite Him into our burdens to give us that strength and hope.
If it is needed here are some resources the Diocese has to offer for any emotional disturbance caused by the stress of being laid off work, financial strain or even having being affected by the virus.
The Spiritual Health Support: www.catholicyyc.ca/blog/keeping-the-lords-day-holy
The Community and Mental Health Support: http://www.catholicyyc.ca/blog/communitysupport
The following are commonly accessed:
Catholic Family Service for Rapid Access Counselling: 403-233-2360
Distress Centre (Support available 24/7): 403-266-4357
Kid’s Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
As your parish priest I know we are all living in new circumstances which have been suddenly thrust upon us and have locked us down in our homes. It is a good thing to be together and share each other’s company, but sooner or later it becomes boring, we run out of games and activities, we depend more on electronics and the emotional level rises. To help us regain our spiritual stability and learn to be patient, loving and caring, gather as a family; set aside a place in the house where each one can go to be alone with the Lord to be strengthened in prayer, reading of the scriptures or just remain in silence. In this regard our parish YouTube channel has some spiritual videos.
FORMED.ORG is another powerful spiritual resource, available through the following link: St. Paul’s Airdrie Formed.org
Amidst all this I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for your generous and loving financial support over the years to our parish and encourage you to continue this support even though all of us are facing a financial push back. The parish has devised different ways you can make your contribution and the information is on our website.
I would like to end this little note to you by recalling what Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me”. John 14:1 He is our strength our mighty fortress.
Blessings, may the peace of the Risen Lord be with you. ALLELUIA