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UPDATED ON COVID-19 May 3, 2020

It is our great pleasure we announce that we will have our first virtual mass led by Father Al!!!! (via ZOOM)

When:  every Sunday, beginning May 3rd

Sign-in Time: 9:55 a.m.

Start Time: 10:00 a.m.

End Time: 10:35 a.m.

If you wish to attend, please send us your email address by private message to st.aloysius@bellnet.ca


Subject: April 28, 2020 - Commique to parishioners on the impact of COVID - 19

Subject: MESSAGE FROM THE FINANCE WARDEN

 

Dear parishioners,

 

As you know, we have not been able to celebrate the liturgy of the word and eucharist together as a community for the past 6 weeks as a result of the current pandemic.  The lack of our weekly Sunday mass also means that the weekly collections have not been happening and this has had a significant impact on the finances of the parish.  Several of you have continued to provide your weekly collection envelopes to us by dropping them off at the church or have made on-line contributions via the diocesan web site.  We are very grateful for your continued support during this challenging time.  However, the overall collections have been reduced, particularly given we were not able to have an Easter Sunday mass which normally provides a healthy collection offering for the church (one of two big collections we rely on during the year).  At this point, we are about $4000 behind in our revenues given our current budget.  In order to make up for this loss of much needed revenue, keeping in mind your respective means, I am asking all parishioners to make regular and additional contributions in the coming weeks to help us make up this current shortfall.

 

Contributions can be made by mailing your donation or collection envelopes to the church or dropping them off at any time by simply putting them through the mail slot at the office door.  Parish volunteers are also available to pickup your contributions at your residence by contacting the church via e-mail (st.aloysius@bellnet.ca) or telephone (819-663-5244).  Making an on-line donation via the diocesan web site (www.diocesegatineau.org/en/) is a safe and easy way to provide contributions to the church from your home.

 

On behalf of the Wardens Board, I thank you for your on-going support in this time of need.

 

Jim Brownrigg

Finance Warden.


Subject: March 25th, 2020 - Communiqué to parishioners on the impact of COVID-19

 

Dear Parishioners, 

 

Please take a moment to read the attached news release from Archbishop Durocher. 

http://diocesegatineau.org/sn_uploads/fck/New-Guidelines-for-these-times-of-coronavirus.pdf

Following the government directives, the church will no longer be open for personal prayer and private meditation on Sundays. Unfortunately, this also means that we will not be able to celebrate Lent and the Easter triduum together. As Mgr. Durocher suggests, parishioners are invited to pray and read scriptures of the day at the same time that Father Albanus celebrates his private masses. Please join in spirit on the following dates and times:

 

Palm Sunday: 10 am (NOTE: April 5th is Fr. Al’s 50th birthday so please be sure to celebrate Palm Sunday and his birthday with him in spirit)

Holy Thursday: 7pm

Good Friday: 2:30pm Way of the Cross

                       3:00pm celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday: 8pm (Easter Vigil)

Easter Sunday: 10 am

 

Father Albanus will be blessing palms on Palm Sunday and we are currently thinking of options on how to distribute the palms to those who wish to have one. If anyone has ideas on how we can “come together” during Holy Week while respecting government direction, please feel free to email Julie McCann (jdmccann@videotron.ca).

 

Sacrament preparation will continue however, the dates of First Communion and Confirmation will be rescheduled as determined by the Archbishop.

 

As noted above, given that the church will be closed, we invite you to make your donations to the church through the diocese website, delivered to the church (office mail slot) or sent by mail.

 

Lastly, in true community spirit and in the ways of Christ, we have a group of parishioners offering assistance to anyone who needs help with getting groceries or medication, dropping off food from the church pantry, or other assistance as needed. These volunteers will take every precaution to keep everyone safe and healthy. Please contact the church office at 819-663-5244 or Julie McCann at 819-598-2609 to make arrangements.

 

Thank you for your continued support and prayers through this ever changing and difficult time. Stay tuned for more reflections from Father Albanus and dont forget to visit the Diocese website or Facebook page for reflections from Mgr. Durocher.




Blessings, 

St-Aloysius Wardens Board and Father Albanus.


March 20th, 2020 – Communiqué to parishioners on the impact of COVID-19

 

Dearest parishioners:

 

As you know, our weekly Sunday masses have been cancelled until further notice during this time of global pandemic. However, your wardens board and pastor wish to keep you apprised of information from the diocese as well as useful information for the time that we will not be able to gather. We should continue our spiritual journey on our own, with family or friends. As stated by Bishop Christian Rodembourg of St-Hyacinthe, “In the exceptional circumstances that we are going through during this Lent, we are invited to live this time of confinement and privations by remembering the forty days lived by Christ in the desert. By this fast, by our prayer and our gestures of mutual help, we are united to Christ.”

 

In support of continuing pastoral ministries, we have agreed that the following will be offered:

- St-Aloysius church will be open every Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm for personal prayer and meditation:

-       Father Albanus will remain available for the needs of parishioners, offer comfort, communion at home and sacrament of the sick (practices recommended by the public health officials will be observed).

-       First Communion preparation continues using different means of communication with parents and candidates.

-       Confirmation preparation will begin shortly using online learning modules followed with calls to the candidates by the leaders. It is a wonderful program consisting of short videos that may be of interest to all Catholics. Here is the link to the free program: https://dynamiccatholic.com/confirmation

 

Given the government direction to avoid gatherings of people, there will be no social events planned, nor will the church hall be available for existing weekly use or private events, until further notice.  Any baptisms, weddings and funerals have or will be postponed.

 

More than ever, in this time of uncertainty and isolation, Pope Francis reminds us that the vocation of the Church is to be an outward bound Church, a community of disciples and missionaries. As we can no longer gather for the breaking of the Eucharistic bread, we are therefore invited to be creative in offering ways to pray with the Word of God, to support the elderly and sick, and to care for the poor. That being said, the weeks ahead may be difficult for some people, whether financially, physically or emotionally. Should you need help or know of someone who does, please contact the parish office (819-663-5244).

 

Should you wish to listen to a mass on-line, the Salt and Light TV (Catholic Media Foundation) can be found at https://saltandlighttv.org/live/?muid=1 or on the following channels:

Bell 654         Videotron 242

 

We will also keep our parishioners informed of any updates to the current situation affecting our activities through the parish website: http://www.staloysius-stcolumban.org/bulletins/ and our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/St-Aloysius-Parish-Community-Page-141740569252256/

You can always call the office at 819-663-5244 for information should you not have access to a computer.

 

Although Sunday masses are not occurring and thus regular collections are not possible, the church continues to have monthly expenses that are unaffected by the current circumstances.  Therefore, your continued donations are vital to keeping our community alive. There are a few options for you to provide your weekly contributions to the parish collection during this time:

 

-       drop it off in the designated basket at the entrance of the church on Sunday between 11:00 and 12:00;

-       mail it in to the church (300, rue de l’Abbé-Murray, Gatineau J8P 4Z4) or drop it off during office hours, or through the mail slot in the external rectory door ;

-       use the online donation capability through the Diocese of Gatineau website http://www.diocesegatineau.org/en/

 

Donations made through the diocese are easy and tax receipts are provided. Below are instructions for online donations.

 

1)            Once on the diocese website, click on DONATE NOW

2)            Click on the + sign next to DONATIONS TO PARISHES and then select CAMPAIGN FOR SUPPORTING PARISHES

3)            Select either a one-time donation or monthly donation, then scroll down to select St-Aloysius Gonzaga Parish as the recipient. Click NEXT and follow the steps for payment method.

 

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE WITH THE ONLINE DONATIONS CALL THE OFFICE AND SOMEONE WILL HELP WALK YOU THROUGH THE STEPS NOTED ABOVE.

 

Finally, we thank you, our parishioners for your patience and understanding in this difficult time. We hope to be able to regroup as a community as soon as possible, but in the meantime, reach out to your fellow parishioners, support each other, pray together for healing throughout the world.

 

God bless.