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  • PARISH BULLETIN * May 10, 2020 – Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year A)

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    Rocky Mountain House - St. Matthew

    May 10, 2020 – 5th SUNDAY OF EASTER (A)

    ST. MATTHEW PARISH AND MISSIONS

    Rocky Mountain House - St. Matthew Church Caroline - St. Joseph the Workman Church

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    INTRODUCTION TO THE LITURGY OF THE SUNDAY Acts 6:1-7 * 1 Peter 2:4-9 * John 14:1-12

    We are living stones aligned with Christ, the cornerstone. Let the Church rejoice as we, the living body of Christ, have recently welcomed many sisters and brothers, new members of the household of faith. Let us encourage those newly joined to us in the sacraments of baptism and confirmation to fully live their new identity as part of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. In the first reading, the Twelve choose seven reputable men to be their assistants and serve at table. In his Letter, Peter writes that all who have faith are to be living stones, imitating Christ. In John’s Gospel, Jesus declares himself the way and the truth and the life, calling those who believe in him to do the works he does.

    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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    In the second reading today, Saint Peter provides one of the most beautiful, inspiring, and challenging definitions of what it means to be a Christian and part of the Church: You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. As the Easter season continues, Christians everywhere rejoice that the risen Christ has called us out of darkness into his wonderful light. We exercise our royal priesthood as a community of believers when we share our faith with others, inviting them to become part of God’s chosen race. This faith we share, this chosen race that unites us, is one that follows Jesus, who is the way and the truth and the life. It assures us that neither his story nor ours will end in death. The cross, once a symbol of torture, with Jesus’ holy hands nailed to it, becomes a trophy. It is a key with which Jesus unlocks for us the gates of heaven and gains access for us to the Father’s house, where there are many dwelling places.

    PRIVATE ADORATION IN THE CHURCH

    DAILY ● 3.00 PM - 4.00 PM (Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday)

    Adoration is not intended as public event. It is private with simple Exposition and Benediction, no public prayers and singing. We ask to exercise physical distancing when in the church. Do not come if you are sick!

    ADORATION ONLINE

    DAILY ● 6.00 PM - 7.00 PM ● ON OUR PARISH WEBSITE

    It is published feed each day of Adoration from St. Matthew Church from 03.00 PM to 04.00 PM

    PRAY THE ROSARY ONLINE DURING THE QUARANTINE

    ROSARY DURING MONTH OF MAY

    MONDAY - TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY - THURSDAY - FRIDAY - SATURDAY - SUNDAY

    IN THE CHURCH - 03.15 PM ● ONLINE - 06.15 PM

    Pope Francis asked Catholics to make a special effort in May to pray the rosary, knowing that by doing so they will be united with believers around the world asking for Mary’s intercession in stopping the coronavirus pandemic.

    FOOD BANK DONATIONS!

    We invite our parishioners to consider donation of food items for our local Food Bank. You can bring your donation during office hours. Collection boxes are placed in the church lobby. Thank you very much for your help! God bless!

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    INDIVIDUAL CONFESSIONS

    DAILY ● 3.00 PM - 4.00 PM (DURING ADORATION) (Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday)

    Confessions are not intended as Penitential Service. Approach Fr. Leon during Adoration if you would like to go to confession. We ask to exercise physical distancing when in the church. Any other time by appointment.

    FEED A FAMILY – Red Deer Catholic School District

    During this time of school building closures, we have been working to provide lunches for families in need. To date, the division has supported 52 families with basic lunch items, such as milk, bread, juice boxes, fruit, etc. These food items are delivered to the doorsteps of these families by our staff while maintaining social distancing. ● We are happy to provide continued support for our families through the Alberta Education school nutrition grant. We order food online from local grocery stores and it is then distributed to the families. ● Research shows students learn better and are able to achieve the goals of education when they have eaten a healthy meal. For the next 12 weeks, we hope to use the school nutrition grant to continue providing basic lunch items for these families.

    Would you like to help? We are accepting donations to help feed our families. If you would like to donate, please send an etransfer to erma.brady@rdcrs.ca with the password Montfort and a message with your full name - nutrition fund. Any donations will be given a tax receipt - please send erma.brady@rdcrs.ca an email with your full name, mailing address and phone number. Thank you and stay safe!

    PARISH LIBRARY!

    We have books, we have videos, we have audio resources, teaching resources! We invite all parishioners to come and visit our parish library and sign out a book or two. There are many books that explain and deepen our relationship with God. The library is opened during office hours.

    CHURCH OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER

    MONDAY - TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY - THURSDAY - FRIDAY ● NOON - 4.00 PM

    Our church will be open during office hours for people to come and pray and seek the Lord’s strength and comfort at this time. We ask to exercise physical distancing when in the church.

    OUR PARISH OFFICE HOURS ARE NOT CHANGED!

    Our parish office working hours are not changed. Office is opened from Noon to 4.00 PM from Monday to Friday. Check our parish website for any changes and updates.

    SPECIAL APPEAL FOR DONATIONS

    With the absence of regular Masses, we would like to highlight the option of Automatic Bank Withdrawal for regular and Together We Serve offerings. It’s simple to implement, just fill in the form that is available on our parish website and confirm when you would like to start the deductions. Changes or cancellations can be made at any time but must be in writing. You can also donate to parish by bringing your donation to our parish office during office hours or you can donate securely and safely on our parish website.

    mailto:erma.brady@rdcrs.ca mailto:erma.brady@rdcrs.ca

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    Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Faithful for the Month of May 2020

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view. For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May. This can be done either as a group or individually; you can decide according to your own situations, making the most of both opportunities. The key to doing this is always simplicity, and it is easy also on the internet to find good models of prayers to follow. I am also providing two prayers to Our Lady that you can recite at the end of the Rosary, and that I myself will pray in the month of May, in spiritual union with all of you. I include them with this letter so that they are available to everyone. Dear brothers and sisters, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial. I keep all of you in my prayers, especially those suffering most greatly, and I ask you, please, to pray for me. I thank you, and with great affection I send you my blessing.

    Rome, Saint John Lateran, 25 April 2020 Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist

    FIRST PRAYER OF POPE FRANCIS TO BE RECITED AFTER THE ROSARY

    O Mary, You shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the foot of the cross, were united with Jesus’ suffering, and persevered in your faith. “Protectress of the Roman people”, you know our needs, and we know that you will provide, so that, as at Cana in Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us. For he took upon himself our suffering, and burdened himself with our sorrows to bring us, through the cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

    We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God; Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

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    SECOND PRAYER OF POPE FRANCIS