Our Holy Father Requests Prayers From ALL Catholics - March 25 Noon
He made the appeal after praying the noonday Angelus on March 22, broadcast from Apostolic Library in the Vatican.
The Pope also announced that on the following Friday, March 27, he will preside over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church, reported Vatican News.
“I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication”, he said.
The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication. The blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” is normally only given on Christmas and Easter.
The Director of the Holy See Press Office confirmed that the moment of prayer on Friday will be broadcast live from the Vatican, beginning at 6 pm Rome time. He noted that the plenary indulgence attached to the Urbi et orbi blessing is subject to the conditions foreseen by the recent Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary.
“In these days of trial, while humanity trembles because of the pandemic’s menace, I would like to propose to all Christians to unite their voices to Heaven,” the Pope said after Sunday’s Angelus. “I invite all the Heads of Churches and the leaders of all the Christian Communities, together with all the Christians of the various Confessions, to invoke the Most High, Almighty God, reciting contemporaneously the prayer that Jesus Our Lord taught us. I invite all, therefore, to do so several times a day, but, all together, to recite the Our Father next Wednesday, March 25, at midday – all together.
“On the day in which many Christians recall the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation of the Word, may the Lord be able to hear the unanimous prayer of all His disciples that are preparing to celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ. With this same intention, next Friday, March 27 at 6:00 pm, I will preside over a moment of prayer in the courtyard of St. Peter’s Basilica, with the empty Square. From now on I invite all to take part spiritually through the means of communication. We will listen to the Word of God, we will elevate our prayer, we will adore the Most Blessed Sacrament, with which at the end I will give the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, to which will be annexed the possibility to receive a Plenary Indulgence." MARCH 22, 2020 15:26
Greetings Parishioners of
Christ the King, St. John Vianney and St. Joseph Churches
I am attaching a memo I have just received from the Archbishop. It outlines our Archdiocese response to Covid-19 virus. I encourage all of you to stay tuned not only to the Archdiocesan Website but also to our own website at christthekingchurch.ca. It is my hope to contact parishioners at least weekly to keep everyone up to date on news but also to offer opportunities for prayer and faith development.
This is new territory for all of us! We will need to support each other through it. I am available to speak to anyone who needs a listening ear! Although we will not be going out to give Holy Communion, I am available for sacrament of the sick should someone be extremely ill. If we become aware of parishioners who need help with groceries or anything else, we will try to find someone to help them out. I am putting a list together of people willing to help volunteer in this capacity. I am open to ideas and suggestions.
Within the next few days I will be announcing times when we can go to our churches for silent prayer and reflection. In the meantime please feel free to contact me at (204) 467-9016 or email me either at the parish email, email@example.com or at my personal email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
May God bless us all, especially those suffering from illness. as well as all our health care workers! Be good to one another and Praise God always!
Fr. Barry Schoonbaert
- Fish Fry at Christ the King
- Christ the King Ladies' Group Meeting
- Knights of Columbus Meeting
- Stations of the Cross
- Mass Intentions (they will be rescheduled)
Church Visiting Hours:
For the immediate future, Christ the King Church in Stonewall will be open for private prayer and reflection from Monday to Saturday, beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020.
Those hours are as follows:
- Monday 7:00pm – 8:00pm
- Tuesday 9:30am – 11:00am
- Wednesday 7:00pm – 8:00pm
- Thursday 9:30am – 11:00am
- Friday 7:00pm – 8:00pm
- Saturday 9:30am – 11:00am