Church closed for public celebrations except for funerals until further notice.
Follow the Live Stream Mass: Monday to Friday at 9am
Sunday 10 am
I trust that you and your loved ones are doing well and keeping safe. You have been kept in my prayer. I also thank everyone for their patience, prayer and support.
Christmas is right here. Though this year’s Christmas celebration is different it feels like we are much closer to each other as a parish community. You know that all I want for Christmas is your physical presence in the church. But 2020 looks a lot different from 2019. With the restrictions of 25 persons in the church, and another lockdown looms in the air, this Christmas invites us to concentrate on the heart of the celebration: “Do not be afraid; for see-I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Christ, the Lord.” (Luke 2.10-11)
Fr. Shyju and I continue praying for you and your loved ones as we journey together through these challenging times. Know that priests are not immune from what you experience. We have suffered with you and for you and have been experiencing our own challenging moments at times. Along with St. Paul we can all say: “suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” (Romans 5: 3-4)
Therefore, I am truly grateful to our Lord during this Christmas time, for guiding us with hope and joy. Let us look at the example of our Blessed Mother visiting her cousin Elizabeth. When both Mothers in our salvation history had met each other John the Baptist in his mother’s womb leaped with Joy. (Luke 1.44.) This is the Joy of Christmas.
I am deeply humbled by the commitment of our band of volunteers without whom the parish could not function at the level it does now. I also give thanks to God for your sacrificial financial generosity to continue the mission and ministry of our parish.
Let us count our blessings in this Christmas and remain hopeful. The Child in the Manger is not just a human baby. He is our LORD, He is our SAVIOUR. He can change your lives.
May this Christmas bring you the gift of Love, Peace and Happiness.
Fr. Shyju Jose, Dn. Jeff Gagne, the wardens, Liturgical team and staff of Holy Name of Jesus Parish, join me in wishing you all a very merry CHRISTMAS.
Fr. Joy Abraham-pastor
Christmas is a very special time for us as Catholics. Traditionally we celebrate the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ by going to church to celebrate the Eucharist with our families and friends. We also usually share a special Christmas meal all together. Christmas 2020 celebrations will be different due to the restrictions in place caused by the Covid19 pandemic. Of course, nothing can take away the spirit and joy of Christmas from any of us. Therefore, I encourage you all to keep up your Christmas spirit and celebrate with your near and dear ones through the different technologies available. Share with them the great and joyful Christmas proclamation – for unto us a Saviour is born, who is Christ the Lord.
Here at our parish we are going to make good use of technology to reach out to all our parishioners and friends for Christmas. I invite you all to join us for our live streamed Christmas Mass which can be found on our YouTube channel on Christmas Eve at 4:30pm (you can re-watch at any point after the live event). I encourage you all to transform your homes into your own private chapel and to participate as a family in our live streamed Mass as if we were all gathered together as one community in church.
Though I wanted all our parishioners and friends to come and participate in Christmas celebrations in the church, this year it is not possible. We can only accommodate 25 people per Mass. The registration for Christmas Masses will be opened on Thursday December 17. If you are among the 25 for Christmas Masses, I invite you to allow others to register for the following weekend's Masses. Please do not be disappointed if you are not able to get a spot at Mass as we are making every effort to make our live stream experience special.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
United in prayer, Fr. Joy Abraham.
Faith First Registration:
Registration has been going well! If you have emailed a question and have not received an answer back yet, please be assured that I will do my best to answer you as soon as possible. Please remember the deadline to sign up is December 21st.
On Gaudete Sunday we wear Rose ( or Pink) parish challenge:
As we light the rose candle this weekend on the Advent wreath and celebrate Gaudete Sunday (Rejoice Sunday), we are inviting all parishioners to take a picture of themselves or a picture with their family wearing a pink coloured t-shirt and to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or to our social media pages. We want to make a collage of our parishioners celebrating Gaudete Sunday & post it on our social media account & send it out to parishioners.
Gaudete Sunday Video Reflection:
Check out our latest video! It is a special Gaudete Sunday reflection by Chris Borrelli. Learn more about the 3rd Sunday in Advent and where does true Joy come from! : https://youtu.be/y0bwz_jTCBk
Advent Rosary On Zoom-Sunday, December 13th at 5PM
Let's join together as a community each week throughout the Advent season on Zoom to pray the rosary together. Our rosary leaders will be preparing special advent reflections for each week. Our next time of prayer takes placetomorrow Sunday December 13th at 5:00PM. Sign up to receive the Zoom link. https://9t2sppew.paperform.co
Church Schedule Starting August 10 until further notice
Monday: Church closed-but live Stream Mass 9 am continues
Tuesday to Friday: Pubic Mass at 9 am
Saturday: Public Mass at 5 PM (Note that there is no live stream mass at 9 am on Saturdays)
Sunday: Public Mass at 8.30 and 11 am
Note that for Weekday Masses No Registration needed.
For Weekend Masses registration needed.
Monday – Closed
Tuesday to Friday – 9.30 to 12.30 PM