Coronavirus Covid-19 News
In light of the declaration of a state of emergency by the Ontario Government, the following measures are now in place:
All celebrations of Holy Mass are cancelled, both on Sunday and weekdays. Archbishop Thomas Cardinal Collins grants the faithful dispensation from their Sunday obligation.
At this time, perhaps while watching Mass online or on TV, this prayer, an Act of Spiritual Communion, may be said:
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things and I desire You in my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
As though You were already there,
I embrace You and unite myself to You;
permit not that I should ever be separated from You. Amen.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass continues to be celebrated privately every day by our pastor and all of the priests of the Archdiocese for the intentions of the people.
Perpetual adoration at St. Francis Xavier Church is suspended.
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Anyone who wishes to receive the sacrament should contact the pastor. The sacrament will not be celebrated in the confessional but rather in another location, where confidentiality may be ensured and where the distance required by the health officials can be maintained.
Pray The Rosary Daily
Mike and Lorei-an Lewis are hosting a daily conference call at 7.30pm so that we can come together as a community to pray the Rosary. An invitation and joining instructions for computer or telephone is available here.
Meetings and events:
All are cancelled at this time including CWL & KofC.
The Bereavement Authority of Ontario offers the following information and links for help during the pandemic:
- The BAO is reminding families who may have been planning to go to a cemetery on Mother’s Day, that many cemeteries may be closed or have strict rules about gathering in place.
- All COVID-19 restrictions and BAO Registrar’s Directives remain in place, until further notice, during the Government of Ontario’s phased framework for reopening the province. The 10-max rule at funeral homes, and all directives, are still in place.
- Toronto Public Health has just published its COVID-19 Guidance for Funeral Homes, which you may find helpful.
- The Registrar’s Directive prohibiting in-person witnessing at cremations and all other COVID-19 directives, guidance and information are available for you at our Ready…together web section.
Holy Mass everyday from St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica
You can watch, via livestream, a Mass which will be celebrated every day at 7:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, which will be followed by the Angelus and the Rosary. Cardinal Collins will personally celebrate this Mass as much as is possible. This Mass, Rosary and Angelus will also be available at any time on the Archdiocese of Toronto’s YouTube channel for those who cannot join at 7:30 a.m. These Masses and prayers will be offered for the intentions of everyone.
Mass from Loretto Abbey Chapel, Toronto
Daily Mass TV produces daily mass available on Salt & Light TV, Vision TV, Yes TV and online on YouTube.
Mass from The Vatican
Holy Mass presided over by Pope Francis from the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican available in English from Vatican News by clicking here.
Why not pray before our Blessed Lord online? “So, could you not watch with Me one hour?” (Matt 26:40) Click here to view live perpetual adoration from Tyburn Convent in London, England, courtesy of EWTN.
Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Here is a link to the sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy on YouTube. Click here to watch.
SCAM ALERT: Unfortunately there are some unscrupulous people who are taking advantage of the current situation and the Archdiocese is aware that some parishioners are receiving requests, purportedly from the pastor, for gift cards. Please exercise caution and check with the parish office if you wish to verify any call, text or email.