At the end of the mass on May 24, I mentioned these prayers that I would post on the website. Please see them here.
It has been brought to my attention that some parishioners have received emails - seeming to be from me, Fr. Don Sanvido! If you know me at all, you know I don't know how to use a computer. This is a scam and other Catholic parishes in the area have been victim to it too. Please be very suspicious of email not from firstname.lastname@example.org. That is our valid email address. If you want to contact me, see this page.
Please do call me if there is anybody that you know of that is ill. I'd like to give them a ring and let them know I'm praying for them and ask how they are doing.
It saddens me that I cannot share the Holy Eucharist and the mass with you during this pandemic, but please do know that every day I say mass at 8:30am in one of our churches for all of us. Then at 9:00 I pray the Rosary. I encourage you to pray the Rosary too; with your family and beyond. Many people are meeting on Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype, Facetime etc. Please do pray together as a community using these tools. It's a poor substitute for doing it in person, but God only asks we do our best. Remember Him.
I hope and pray you are doing OK. I know your teachers are doing the best they can, never having taught like this before.
I miss coming to your classrooms, seeing your smiling faces and meeting with you. May I ask a favour please. Please email me how you are doing; what your are doing; anything you are doing to keep the faith. I feel disconnected from you and want to know how all this is affecting you. As you know, I'm not good on a computer, but Hilda will print out your emails and I WILL read them. Do let me know if I can share your stories on the weekend webcast. I will just use your first name. If you want to keep it personal, I will. Leave your phone number if you want a call from me.
On Palm Sunday, I spoke of a boy playing with a stick - not a Gameboy or TickTock - a stick. I asked you to do something for me. Do you remember?
I want you to make a crucifix with two stick; not too big; about 20cm tall. Put your name on it and keep it until we meet again. I'm going to put out a basket and collect them and do something very special with them. Please remember to do this. Send me a picture if you like.
For those unable to get groceries and medications during this time, please call Francesca at 647-473-5686. She will pick up and drop off at your doorstep.
If you want to receive Confession, please make an appointment with Fr. Don. The Sacrament will have to take place outside at a six-foot distance, but we can make it happen.