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Around St. Mary's This Week (6 June 2021)

Posted : Jun-03-2021

Parish Feast Day Celebration!

Jesus and MaryOn December 15, 1872, the new Catholic Church in Barrie was blessed by Archbishop John Joseph Lynch and dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are celebrated on the third Friday and Saturday after Pentecost, for this year June 11th and 12th, 2021.      

In addition to our daily mass livestreamed at 10:00 a.m., in honour of the Feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary all are invited to participate in a Celebration of the Word on Friday, June 11th at 11:00 a.m. through our Facebook Live Page note, the parish will be open extended hours for personal prayer from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.



sacred heart of Jesus Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto are encouraged to read Cardinal Collins’ latest Pastoral Letter, “Heart Speaks to Heart”, a deep reflection on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Visit to read the letter and to access numerous resources that can be used in the home, school or parish setting. The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is observed in 2021 on Friday, June 11 and you are encouraged to offer a special focus on the Sacred Heart in the month of June. The theme of the Sacred Heart, however, is pertinent throughout the year and the resources, prayers and reflections are helpful tools to utilize year round.



every child mattersWe are profoundly saddened by the discovery of the remains of at least 215 children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation. Many people including the Catholic Church failed the children and their families. Those entrusted with the administration of the residential schools failed to respect the dignity of all people and to proclaim the Gospel of mercy, love and compassion.

Following the discovery of the remains we have seen memorials set up as a sign of our grief and solidarity with the Indigenous people. A memorial assists us in beginning to process the horror and grief. We must acknowledge the pain, the wrong doing and continue to pray for healing and justice.

We must put prayer into action and be engaged in working for justice for all of our Indigenous people. You are invited to bring a brand-new pair of children’s shoes to the parish. Recognizing that it is challenging to purchase new shoes when stores are closed we encourage you to take advantage of curb side pickup or wait for the re-opening of non-essential retail.  You may drop off the new shoes in the parish hall between 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. We shall ship the new shoes to an Indigenous community.



Seniors DancingSince 2007 St. Mary’s Parish has been intentional in supporting the spiritual growth of all parishioners in the second half of life. Throughout the pandemic some of our regular programs have continued. Although we cannot gather in person we are able to connect online and through the phone. We thank God for the many parishioners in the second half of life who contribute to the health of our parish and community.  This year Barrie Public Library is hosting their first virtual Senior’s Fair. You can find out more information by visiting'-fair


You are Invited to Join Us for Faith Nourishment

Tuesday, June 8th at 7:30 p.m.

Topic: The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Church calls all people to continue to grow in understanding and knowledge of ourMary and Jesus faith.  To assist all members of the parish we are offering a monthly session of prayer, catechesis (teaching) and discussion. During the time of lockdown we shall meet on line.  Our next session will be held on Tuesday, June 8th and the topic is the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

Please email Catherine ( to get the link. 

All are welcome to join Father Larry and Catherine for a time of faith nourishment! 



Tree representing Ministry with Maturing AdultsMINISTRY WITH MATURING ADULTS

Christian Meditation meets weekly, online. The next session is on Tuesday, June 8th at 11:00 a.m. This ancient form of Christian contemplative prayer invites us into a time of sacred silence. All are welcome. If you are new to Christian Meditation and would like some information or if you would like the link to the meeting please email Catherine Ecker (


prayers for Divine MercyWe are Called to Pray!

During the month of June each day Monday through Friday you are invited to come together in prayer virtually at 3:00 p.m. to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for those affected by Covid and all health care professionals. For those joining online the Zoom link will open at 2:50 p.m. and no one will be admitted after 3:00 p.m. as the leaders will be praying. You may find the link on our website. If you have questions please email Catherine Ecker at or call 705 728 2985 ext. 115 and leave a message.



Saturday, June 12 at 9:30 a.m.

estate planningJoin this webinar and learn about the importance of a Will, Powers of Attorney & Estate Planning as well as Catholic teachings and traditions around cremation.  The Archdiocese of Toronto estate planning team will share:
How to protect your loved ones with a proper Will
- How to ensure that your wishes are legally protected
- About Powers of Attorney
- Estate Trustee selection
- Finding lawyers and estate planning advisors
- Our Catholic traditions around wills, cremation, burial and funeral
An estate planning guide will be mailed to all attendees at no cost.  To register, email:  Please include ‘webinar June 12’ in the subject line and provide your name and mailing address in the body of a message (otherwise you will not receive the Estate Planning Guide) Also, we would be grateful if, for the sake of our statistics, you could let us know whether you are planning to watch this webinar alone or together with a family member. You will receive a link to the webinar on June 8th, and a couple of reminders closer to the date of the presentation.


confirmation cross and flameGolden ChaliceCompleting the Preparation for Confirmation or first Sharing in Holy Communion

All families who were planning to celebrate Confirmation or first sharing in Holy Communion during May 2021 have received an email with details regarding the next steps. 

IF you did not receive an email please contact Catherine Ecker at or call 705 728 2985 ext. 115 and leave a message.