St. John the Divine

Growing Together As Disciples To Serve Others

Welcome

Updated July 7, 2020

Hello my brothers and sisters in Christ,

May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you and with your family. This weekend at St. John the Divine Parish we experienced our first Sunday Mass since the temporary suspension of public Masses in our diocese due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Mass appeared a bit different than what we are use to: there was no music or singing of any kind, and seating was according to social distancing. We also had a number of volunteers, making sure our parish is following the protocols, and directives that the diocese has stipulated. Overall I have to say, it was a beautiful witness of Faith. Though we were small in number, due to social distance requirements, the people of God experienced the joy of participating in the Mass and being able to receive the Eucharist.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the many people that made this possible. Our volunteers who stepped up into the breach, and a special thanks to Brian, Bridget, Nives, and Pam who not only helped to keep our parishes spiritually uplifted during this pandemic, but also helped with the re-opening of our Church. Thank You!

On behalf of the parish team we invite you to come back to Mass if you are able to attend. If there is a serious medical condition, if you are elderly, if you are worried or anxious, or there are any other reasons why you can’t join us physically, we understand. Our Bishop has dispensed us from our Sunday obligation until the First Sunday of Advent, which means you have been spiritually looked after. You can also continue to watch our streaming of Mass found on our website at stjtd.ca.

For those of you who are open to attend, what you will find is a church that is ready to receive you – you do not have to register online or book a spot over the phone, we at St. John the Divine have a first come first serve policy. Please just come and be patient as you line up, and our volunteers receive you at the front doors. You will be asked some basic questions and then be ushered to your seat. It will feel a bit different, but at the same time it will feel remarkably familiar, because the Lord is with us especially in the Eucharist. This is Christ’s real presence for us. If you are finding life burdensome; come to the oasis of your Faith, come to meet the one who refreshes us and brings us to calm waters.

At the end of Mass our volunteers will ensure the Church is properly sanitized, as we take this seriously as St. John the Divine Parish. Thanks to a generous donator, as we purchased a disinfectant fogger, which disinfects all surfaces in a matter of seconds and dries within minutes. The chemical that is used in the Church is all natural, and requires no masks or gloves and its breathable. This is sprayed after each individual Mass, and allows our worship space to be properly sanitized. We as a parish team have put all of our effort into re-opening our parish because we love the Lord with all our hearts, souls and minds, and our neighbours as ourselves. May the peace of Christ be with all of you, and for those of you who are going to be entering the doors of St. John the Divine in the following weeks we say Welcome Home!

Yours in Christ,

Fr.Don Pumputis

Good News!!!  

Updated June 16, 2020

Hello Everyone,

I pray you are all doing well. This week we had a meeting on Microsoft Teams with the Bishops to go over the Diocesan documents on the re-opening of our parishes.

Much thought, planning, and decision making has gone into the re-opening of the London Diocese parishes. It is going to be different for a period of time, as we are in phase two of our opening timeline.

Our Bishop, our elected officials, and each and every one of us has the responsibility to maintain the health and safety of all present at the Mass. On Wednesday, June 24th on our parish YouTube channel, I will explain the procedures for attending Mass, social distancing, reception of Holy Communion, etc. Attendance at mass will be on a first-come-first-served basis. We have a seating capacity for 43 persons (maintaining a 6-foot distance at Mass). When capacity is reached, the doors will be closed, so you must come 45 minutes before Mass to be able to be seated.

       Click HERE on Wednesday June 24th at 1:00 to join me as I share the details of the reopening on our YouTube channel

Our Bishop has assured us of the continuation of Dispensation from our Sunday Obligation. If you have a compromised immune system, are elderly, anxious in any form about attending, rest assured you have been looked after. Please, if you are not feeling well, stay home.

Our Masses times will stay the same as before the ban as long as we have the volunteers to be able to clean the church afterwards.

Weekend Weekday
Saturday – 5:15 pm

Sunday – 9:00 am

Sunday – 11:00 am

 

Tuesday – 7:00 pm

Wednesday – 12 Noon (with 11am Adoration)

Thursday – 8:30 am

Friday – 8:30 am

 

Confessions are by appointment only. They will not occur before Mass, as they have before.

As I have talked about earlier, there will be no Holy Water in the font. If you need Holy Water, please call the Parish Office and I will be happy to bless some for you. The votive candles at the back of the Church will be unavailable. The family washroom will be open for emergencies only. The crying room upstairs will be closed. During the Mass there will be no singing of music for the time being, and no bulletins will be available. After the Mass, you will be asked to leave in an orderly fashion maintaining social distance as best as possible. Please, no gatherings are to occur in the church or outside of the church (i.e. parking lot).

Currently, we at St. John the Divine will be opening, with the Bishop’s permission, on the weekend of July 4 and July 5, not June 27 and 28 as previously stated. This will give us enough time to properly organize the volunteers. Your assistance, as volunteers, is crucial and much appreciated. I ask, if you are available to help us out, please say “yes” to Nives when she calls.

This is a phase two soft opening. We pray that soon we will be able to gather fully in our liturgical celebrations, as we did in the past, with voices of praise raised high to God almighty.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Don Pumputis

Fr. Don

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Please see an update from Bishop Fabbro at this link. The text of the update is also below. It will also be posted on the diocesan website, shared with the media and added to our social media channels.

8 June 2020

To:  The Faithful of the Diocese of London

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I pray that you and your families are safe and healthy during these challenging times.

Following Premier Ford’s announcement earlier today, I am happy to inform you that our Diocese is now beginning the process of reopening our churches. This is exciting news for us and all other faith communities in Ontario. The announcement, with the changes it makes to restrictions on gatherings, recognizes the importance of places of worship. We are grateful to Premier Ford and Minister McNaughton, the Minister designated to lead the coordination with faith communities during the pandemic.

With this news, I ask for your patience. We have been working hard to prepare for the reopening of our churches, but we will need some time to make sure our communities can worship safely.

As we move towards reopening as soon as possible, the following priorities guide our planning:

  • The health and safety of the faithful, clergy, staff and volunteers;
  • Proactive measures to avoid the potential of a second wave of this virus;
  • Recognizing the basic commandment – love of God and of neighbour – we have a responsibility to care for one another and protect our communities.

Be assured that a detailed plan to reopen is now being finalized. We have not yet set a date, but it will be communicated as soon as we are ready. Many things need to be put in place before we can reopen, including adjusting church seating plans, and training clergy, lay ministers, staff, and volunteers in how to be safe and keep our communities safe. We pray that these extraordinary measures will be temporary, but for this to be the case we must follow the advice of health authorities to minimize any potential transmission of the virus when we resume services.

I realize that not being able to celebrate Mass and not having access to the sacraments has been very painful for all of us. It has been encouraging to me to receive many messages from people who have used this time to grow spiritually as they found other ways to pray, worship online, and be closer to God. I thank you, our people, and our priests and pastoral teams, for the remarkable efforts you have made to support one another in the faith over the past several months.

Given the capacity restrictions of 30% that are in place when we reopen our churches, parishes will continue to live stream Masses wherever possible, recognizing all will not be able to gather at this time. Because some people may be sick, have a compromised immune system, or feel uncomfortable returning to church, the dispensation of the obligation for Sunday Mass remains in effect until further notice.

Approaching these uncertain days with a spirit of kindness and generosity to one another will help us all as we navigate the path ahead. I continue to be inspired by the countless acts of goodwill and charity taking place throughout our Diocese.

May we continue to pray for the sick, those who have died during this pandemic and for those caring for them. Be assured of my gratitude for your patience and faithfulness during this closure period.  You remain in my prayers.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Rev. Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B.

Bishop of London

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From: Fr.Don Pumputis

A message to my St John the Divine Family,

Join Fr Danny and me for Friday’s Divine Inspired on the St John the Divine YouTube channel. just click HERE at 10:00 on Friday’s and I invite you to send in your questions, comments, and your stories so I can share with everyone next  Divine Inspired. (Just click on dpumputis@dol.ca and it will open an email that you can send to me.)

Lectio Divina.

In a recent Divine Inspired, we talked about Lectio Divina and I have since been asked for further explanation. Please click on Lectio Divina which should address any questions you may have

Tuesday Morning Prayer Service

 Deacon Don St.Onge is now leading us on Tuesday mornings at 11 am with a prayer service on the St John the Divine YouTube Channel.  Just click onto the regular St John the Divine YouTube Channel Link on Tuesday at 11:00 (HERE)

Weekly Bulletins Available

We continue to produce weekly bulletins though I can tell you our printing costs have been reduced! If you are not receiving the bulletin by email, let’s change that right now! Just click HERE for a short subscription form and then you will automatically receive the weekly bulletin by email.

  • The June 2020 Schedule of Live Streams

This is the St John the Divine YouTube Chanel schedule of live streams for May which you can access at the times shown or anytime later by clicking HERE)

Divine Inspired, A conversation with Fr Don & Fr Danny

Sunday, June 7, 11:00 AM:      Mass, The Most Holy Trinity

Tuesday, June 9, 11:00 AM:      Prayer with Deacon Don St.Onge

Wednesday, June 10, 11:00 AM: The Eucharistic Adoration immediately followed by Mass at 12:00

Friday, June 12, 10:00 AM:         Divine Inspired, A conversation with Fr Don & Fr Danny

Sunday, June 14, 11:00:      Mass, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Tuesday, June 16, 11:00 AM:      Prayer with Deacon Don St.Onge

Wednesday, June 17, 11:00 AM: The Eucharistic Adoration immediately followed by Mass at 12:00

Friday, June 19, 10:00 AM:         Divine Inspired, A conversation with Fr Don & Fr Danny

Sunday, June 21, 11:00:      Mass, Twelve Sunday in Ordinary Time

Tuesday, June 23, 11:00 AM:      Prayer with Deacon Don St.Onge

Wednesday, June 24, 11:00 AM: The Eucharistic Adoration immediately followed by Mass at 12:00

Friday, June 26, 10:00 AM:         Divine Inspired, A conversation with Fr Don & Fr Danny

Sunday, June 28, 11:00:      Mass, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

I look forward and pray for the time when we can be together again in celebration of worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Again be assured of my prayers and our Bishop’s. We will get through this together through the intercession of our Blessed Mother.

Yours in Christ,

Fr.Don Pumputis

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Bishop Fabbro’s COVID-19 Update for May 26, 2020 is available here.  The text of the update is also included below and it will be posted on the diocesan website.
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Dear Freinds,
This letter (here in English and French ) announces a novena from May 22 until May 30 to bring to a conclusion our Year of Prayer.  I  invite you to enter into these nine days of prayer in preparation for Pentecost. The links to the prayer are here in English and French.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Bishop Fabbro

FAMILY OF PARISHES  – NEWS

…from Bishop Fabbro

May 7, 2020

Dear friends,

The following are two ‘clickable’ letters that I invite you to review.

A  Letter Announcing Changes_Families of Parishes in London and Lucan

A letter with the List of New Families of Parishes_London and Lucan

With the announcement of these changes, I encourage each of your Families of Parishes to have preliminary discussions among the members of your Family, particularly with parish leadership. This is a time to get to know the parishes and Catholic communities in your Family and even to collaborate on a project together. The coronavirus pandemic will, of course, limit what you can do. The discussions you have, for example, will have to occur through electronic means.

These conversations with the other members of your Family will help to prepare for the activation of your Family of Parishes. It is important to point out that this is not the time to change Mass times or to make other structural changes.

The plan is that the activation of your Family of Parishes will be announced in 2021 or in 2022.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+Bishop Fabbro

Bishop Fabbro’s COVID-19 Update for May 26, 2020 is available here.  The text of the update is also included below and it will be posted on the diocesan website.

COVID-19 Update #9

At the weekly teleconference with the Episcopal Council, we discussed the extension of the

COVID-19 lockdown. I direct the following be communicated to all people of the Diocese:

1.    Continuation of the Lockdown

We continue to follow strictly the direction of the Government of Ontario and local health authorities as to when the lockdown will be lifted. With other dioceses in Ontario, we are awaiting guidelines being prepared under the auspices of the Bishops of Ontario to safely reopen our churches. These guidelines will then be implemented at the diocesan level. We are mindful that preparations for the return to celebrations of the Mass and sacraments will take a great deal of organization and work, in order to maintain a healthy environment to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

In light of the above, our churches will remain closed at least until the end of June. If the government’s emergency orders are lifted sooner, we will adjust accordingly.

2.    Cancellation of Summer Gatherings

All social and other religious events normally held during the summer months will be cancelled, at least until Labour Day. This directive is contingent on governmental directions as noted above. It includes parish dinners and picnics; yard sales and bazaars; and national religious festivals and pilgrimages.

We continue to pray for an end to the pandemic, for all who suffer illness, for those who care for them and provide essential services, for those who have died and for those who have lost loved ones. May Our Blessed Mother continue to intercede for us, for God’s mercy and deliverance.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Rev. Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B.

Bishop of London

COVID-19  Update #8

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM BISHOP FABBRO

May 21, 2020

A printable PDF of this update is available here.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As many of us have heard, churches in other parts of the world are reopening for services as COVID-19 restrictions begin to be lifted. In the Diocese of London, we cannot reopen at this time as gatherings of more than five people are still not permitted under the provincial government’s emergency orders.

All of us are longing to return to our churches. I certainly am looking forward to that day when we will be able to gather and celebrate in our parish communities.

I want you to know that I am currently working with the other bishops of Ontario to coordinate plans for the safe return to our churches. Our foremost concern is the health of our parishioners and we know, if we work together with others in our communities to fight the spread of the coronavirus, we will once again be able to celebrate the sacraments safely.

Following these deliberations with the Ontario bishops, I intend to issue directives for the Diocese of London. These directives will provide all our parishes with clear instructions about how to reopen our churches as well as any changes required for the celebration of the Mass and the other sacraments, including the Sacrament of Penance.

If you are concerned about access to confession, please remember that Pope Francis granted the faithful a plenary indulgence during the pandemic and, though you are unable to confess to a priest, you can express your contrition directly to God and receive forgiveness.

I know that alternative celebrations are being offered in different places, such as parking lot Masses, Eucharistic adoration, drive-through confessions and Rosary rallies. The Diocese of London does not endorse these as necessary at this time or good liturgical practice. Instead, I encourage you to continue to take advantage of alternatives such as online Masses and prayers. There are many helpful links on the outreach page of the diocesan website https://dol.ca/outreach.

For now, our churches will remain closed until we can open them in cooperation with provincial and local officers of health.

I want to assure you of my prayers for your well-being. Through the intercession of Mary, may God bring an end to the pandemic; may you experience the merciful presence of Christ; may we soon be able to gather again in our churches to be nourished by the Eucharist.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B.
Bishop of London

Most Rev. Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B.
Bishop of London

Below is a prayer composed by the bishop and his diocesan team that I want to share with you.

 A Prayer in Time of Pandemic 

Look upon your flock, kind Shepherd. 

Though bowed down by our human frailty 

in the dark valley of this pandemic, 

we fear no evil, for you are with us, 

you hear us, and you comfort us. 

Grace with the wisdom of your Spirit 

political and religious leaders 

helping us. 

Guide with strength health care workers 

aiding the sick and dying. 

Give consolation to families and friends 

suffering with loved ones. 

Grant courage to all – from first responders 

to those who put food on our tables – 

providing essential services and the necessities of life. 

In this time of darkness and uncertainty, O God, 

may we be beacons of your goodness and mercy 

to all in need. 

Through Christ, our Lord. Amen. 

Yours in Christ,

Fr Don

Be with each other even with social distancing

During our time of social isolation, we all miss connecting with each other. While we can’t physically visit, we can enjoy time with each other at St John the Divine Photo Galley, reliving the events we have enjoyed over the last 5 years. This includes the most recent event, The Great Latin Night! Click HERE

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Do you want to be notified of St John the Divine News by email?

If you did not receive an email with the above information, please contact Pam at the office by email (click HERE) or by phone (519-471-7022) with your name and email address to be included in future St John the Divine email notifications. You will then be included on the new master list which will only be used for important notices from the church and only at the direction of Father Don. 

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Sacraments

Sacraments are celebrations of special moments of encounter between God and human beings. They are not, obviously, the only occasions when human beings consciously respond to God who is forever offering His love and friendship, but they are times when, the Catholic Church teaches, a person’s relationship with God is assuredly initiated or deepened or strengthened or healed.

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Our family is one that recognizes the importance of prayer in all that we do. Prayer is the common bond that we share as a family, regardless of our language, age or geographic location. From the child praying before bed to the prayer group at the parish, our family of faith continues to pray for those in our community and those around the world.

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