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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
21 June 2020

Stage 2 Relaunch Update  as of June 15. Under provincial health guidelines, there is no longer a limit on attendance at worship services. All protocols regarding physical distancing, sanitization, screening questions, and contact recording still need to be followed. As of now we can accommodate 60 people for our Mass Celebration. 

Celebration of Sacraments: Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation are resumed. Please contact the Parish Office for more info.

Priestly Ordinations of Deacon JD Carmichael and Deacon Curtis Berube, June 29, St. Joseph’s Basilica. PLEASE NOTE that because of COVID restrictions, the celebration will be open only to their immediate family members. However, There will be a livestream Mass, detail at Caedm.ca. Please keep both of these faithful men in your prayer.

Summer Months - Please note that during July and August, the Parish Office will close at noon on Fridays, and there will only be one Sunday Bulletin per month: Jul 5 and Aug 2 (weekly Mass schedules will be posted).

Mark you calendar - Mass time during Jul & Aug  (starting Jul 1) will be as follows:
    Tuesdays - 7pm
    Wednesday to Fridays - 9am
    Saturdays (only one Mass) - 5pm
    Sundays - 9am & 11am
Jul 3, Feast of St. Thomas, Apostle & 1st Friday, Mass will be at 7pm.
 
MASSES THIS WEEK
Mass Time in Stage One

SATURDAY, June 20
12th Sunday in OT

5:00 PM (V) - +Frances
                       DeFord
7:00 PM (V) - Tara & Mark

SUNDAY, June 21
12th Sunday in OT

9:00 AM (V) - Bette Klatchuk
11:00 AM (V) - Parishioners

MONDAY, June 22
NO MASS

TUESDAY, June 23
7:00 PM (V) - +Irene Gulayec
7:30 M (V) - PPC Meeting

WEDNESDAY, June 24
Sol. Nativity of
St. John the Baptist

9:00 AM (V) - +Eamon
                      McCormack

THURSDAY, June 25
7:00 PM (V) - Eric Reinhart

FRIDAY, June 26
7:00 PM (V) - +Daryl Mudryk

SATURDAY, June 27
13th Sunday in OT

5:00 PM (V) - Anthony
                      Lawrence
7:00 PM (V) - +Katrina Batucci

SUNDAY, June 28
13th Sunday in OT

9:00 AM (V) - John Lawrence
11:00 AM (V) - Parishioners



 
Find livestream Masses link on the Parish website: “Masses & Calendar” or  follow our Facebook: @CatholicVermilion for news and livestream events.
PASTOR’S MESSAGE
"Fear no one: called to be courageous"
 
Dear friends, Blessings of the fathers Day!
 
      I wish that as we celebrate the Father’s day, may God inspire and strengthen all our fathers to be more courageous to follow Jesus in our times!  Indeed, Jesus suggests in the Gospel this weekend that his disciples should move from fear to courage through trust and reliance in God. He gives three reasons why neither his apostles nor we, as his disciples should be frightened. The first reason is that their and our opponents will not be able to prevent Jesus’ followers from succeeding in their mission because God will expose the opponents’ evil plans and deeds. The Lord “will bring to light the hidden things of darkness” (1Cor 4:5) and will vindicate the faithful. That God will not permit evil to win over us.  The second reason not to be afraid is the limited power of our opponents. They can kill the body, which dies all too soon anyway, but have no power over the soul. Only God has power over eternity.
 
We can identify in the Gospel, the two fears that the apostles had: fear of false accusation and conviction, and fear of bodily harm and death. Tradition has it that almost all the apostles died the violent death of martyrdom. Some of them ended up being crucified on the cross like Peter and Andrew; beheaded, like James and Paul; flayed alive, like Bartholomew; or thrown into boiling oil. When the Old Testament mentions fear of God (Psalm 2:11; 15:4; 19:9; 22:23; 25:12) “Fear” generally means reverence and awe of God and giving Him due respect. There is no reason to fear God because He does not wish that anyone should perish.  He has sent Christ to provide salvation for all. Fear of God overcomes human fear: “Perfect Love casts out fear” (1John 4:18).
 
The last reason we should not be afraid is because of God’s compassionate love. We are more important to God than sparrows or any animals. Matthew speaks of two sparrows sold for one penny. The God who cares for a small bird like the sparrow also cares about our smallest problems; even the hairs on our heads are counted. While this is an encouraging assurance, it may be difficult to believe in the midst of persecution or battles in our spiritual life. But God knows everything that we go through – nothing that happens to us escapes Him. When we feel lonely and abandoned, when it seems that our prayers are unanswered, God knows and cares. So Jesus concludes by saying: “Do not be afraid; you are worth much more than many sparrows.” In other words, the perfect antidote for fear is trust in God. God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So, we need not be afraid in witnessing Him!
 
May God bless us to be courageous to witness Christ, especially all fathers!
 
 

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