This Sunday, June 21, the Church celebrates the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
“It’s nearly the end of June and we are celebrating “Ordinary Time,” the Twelfth Sunday of such. Easter is over; Pentecost and the feasts that follow have concluded. Now we enter the liturgical period wherein we will read primarily from the Gospel of St. Matthew, accompanying Jesus throughout this story, growing in our knowledge and awareness of him. Throughout the gospels Jesus makes it clear to his disciples that following him will entail hardships and maybe even persecution. And yet we have nothing to fear, for the God of life holds us in the palm of his hand and has counted every hair on our heads.” (Living Liturgy 2020)
This Sunday, for the first time in 3 months, we will be able to gather in person for the celebration of Mass and the reception of the Body of Christ.
Sunday Masses will be celebrated at the regular times but with some restrictions in place due to COVID-19. Details about how things will work for the reopening of our parish were emailed to you earlier this week and can also be found in the News section of the parish website.
Please know that those who cannot or are not yet comfortable joining us at the altar of worship physically here at St. Francis Xavier Parish can be with us spiritually by participation in the 9AM Sunday Mass, which will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel. Before the 9AM Sunday morning Mass we will pray the Rosary at 8:30AM. To access the live-steam please click on the picture below.
Happy Father’s Day!
Prayer of St. John XXIII – for Fathers
Saint Joseph, guardian of Jesus
and chaste husband of Mary,
you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty.
You supported the holy family of Nazareth
with the work of your hands.
Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you.
You know their aspirations,
their hardships, their hopes.
They look to you because they know
you will understand and protect them.
You too knew trial,
labour and weariness.
But amid the worries of material life,
your soul was full of deep peace
and sang out in true joy
through intimacy with God’s Son entrusted to you
and with Mary, his tender Mother.
Assure those you protect that they do not labour alone.
Teach them to find Jesus near them
and to watch over Him faithfully as you have done.