St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church

March 24, 2020

Dear Parishioners of St. Ignatius Loyola Church,

In order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus and so as to comply with the Government of Ontario’s new regulations requiring that all non-essential workplaces be closed, we are sorry to inform you that the church and the parish office must remain closed until further notice.

This is a deeply painful, but necessary, decision for our faith community.

However, we are still here for you during this difficult time. You can still leave a voicemail at the parish office: 905-820-1444. Or you can email us at: office@st-ignatius-loyola.com. We will return your message as soon as possible.
In an emergency, you are welcome to contact Fr. Tim via email at tkhanley@st-ignatius-loyola.com.

Visit www.archtoronto.org/covid19 for updated information from the Archdiocese of Toronto and for links to view the Daily Mass online. Please also visit the parish website at www.st-ignatius-loyola.com for parish updates.

Please continue to pray for those sick and those caring for them. Be assured of our daily prayers for you.

Yours in Christ

Fr. Timothy K. Hanley
Pastor, St. Ignatius Loyola Church

 

From the Desk of Fr. Tim …

 

 

 

CANCELLATION OF FIRST COMMUNION MASSES (April 26 and May 3) and CONFIRMATION MASSES (May 6 and May 7)

Due to the ongoing closure of the church and also the delay in return to school for our students we have decided to cancel our First Communion Masses and Confirmation Masses, as well as the rest of the RCIC classes for both sacraments. We will be in touch with each family once we are able to gather as a community of faith and celebrate this important moment in the lives of our young people.

CONFESSION PRIOR TO EASTER

We have had to cancel not only our Saturday confession times each week in Lent but also our Day of Confessions on Thursday April 4. Cardinal Collins writes the following in his letter of March 25, 2020:

The only ordinary way of attaining forgiveness for sins is participating in individual and integral confession and absolution. Nevertheless, if a person is unable to make an appointment with a priest for the Sacrament during the current pandemic, it will suffice for the moment to pray the Act of Contrition as best as one can intending it truthfully, and to commit to participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation as soon as possible when conditions allow. There will be no permission granted for General Absolution.

HOLY WEEK 2020

Due to the current pandemic, the liturgical celebration of the paschal mysteries of Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter will be celebrated without the physical participation of the faithful here at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish and in each parish church of the Archdiocese of Toronto.

While we will not be livestreaming our own parish celebrations of Holy Week, we will provide a short video homily after each of the celebrations have taken place. Please consult our website throughout Holy Week for these updates.

You are strongly encouraged to watch the celebrations of Holy Week livestreamed from St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica https://www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live/ at the following times: (these will also be archived for viewing later in the day)

LET US CONTINUE TO SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER…

I hope and pray that you are staying healthy – both physically and spiritually. Fr. Mauricio and I continue to offer mass for you each day and to pray for you. Even though the church and parish office are closed please do let us know by e-mail if the parish can help you during these difficult times

Until we can once again gather for the Eucharist, I would recommend that you include in your daily prayers

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You
Amen.

Countless saints incorporated this type of prayer into their daily lives, not being satisfied with receiving Jesus in the Eucharist once a week or even once a day. Making an act of spiritual communion for them was an essential part of life and drew them closer to God on a daily basis…which for us is especially important during these challenging times!

This is a difficult time for many financially as well. We thank those who have continued to support us financially by mailing your offertory and ShareLife envelopes to us at the parish, or by signing up for monthly Pre-Authorized Giving (Page 1 and Page 2) and mailing the PAG form and cancelled cheque to the parish office as soon as possible. Please also visit Archdiocesan website: https://www.archtoronto.org/covid19/Pages/support your parish for other ways to support St. Ignatius Loyola Parish (such as Credit Card donations). If you have any questions- call the Development Office at the Archdiocese of Toronto, 416-934-3400, ext. 540.

Regarding ShareLife, a revised collection schedule will be released when Masses are once again celebrated in our parishes. Parishioners can still contribute by credit card through the ShareLife website, or by mailing their contribution to the parish.

Prayer for Protection in Time of Pandemic…

O Mary, you always brighten our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you,
Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in faith. O loving
Mother, you know what we need, and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee.
Intercede for us with your Son Jesus, the Divine Physician, for those who have fallen ill, for those who are
vulnerable, and for those who have died. Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health
and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure. Help us, O Mother of
Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who took upon
himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows, so as to lead us, through the Cross, to the glory of the
Resurrection. Amen. † Under thy protection we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God. In our needs,
despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen. †

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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