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Around St. Mary's This Week (April 25, 2021)....

Posted : Apr-22-2021

Catholic Women's League logoCATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE

CWL is asking fellow parishioners to contribute to our drive for the Women's and Children's Shelter of Barrie on Mothers' Day weekend, May 8 and 9. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the shelter had to build two additional washrooms to accommodate all of their clientele.  As can be expected with the stress people are undergoing due to the pandemic, the shelter is full at this time and would be most grateful for your donations of cash or cheques. (Please make cheques payable to: The Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie).

Please enclose your donation in an envelope clearly marked CWL WOMEN AND CHILDREN’S SHELTER DRIVE.   You may leave cash or a cheque at the parish office drop box or mail your donation to St. Mary's Church, ATTENTION CWL, 65 Amelia Street, Barrie, ON L4M 1M7. Please add your name and address so that the shelter can issue you a tax receipt.  Thank you for any support you can give to this most important drive.


Question mark in a red bubbleDID YOU KNOW?

Our local Red Cross office are able to provide seniors with free transportation to their vaccine appointment.  You may call 705 721 3313 to arrange transportation.  For a minimal fee the Red Cross are able to provide transportation tosyringe for a shot medical appointments.  You are encouraged to book early.


AllelluiaChrist is Risen!  Alleluia!

As we continue to celebrate the season of Easter you are asked to pray in an intentional way for families preparing for Baptism, for our young people waiting to be confirmed and for all families preparing their children to begin to share in Holy Communion.

Gracious God,

I pray for the families preparing to celebrate

a sacrament during the Easter Season.

I ask for your blessing upon them.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph

pray for our families.


Cross and Easter flowersAn Easter Prayer

God, source of life,

Pour in our hearts the joy of Easter, and grant us to live the new life

that Christ has gained for us through his resurrection,

for he reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever. 


(adapted from Blessings and Prayers for Home and Family,           © Concacan Inc., 2004)



Hands holding up a crossYou are Invited to Join Us for Faith Nourishment

Tuesday, May 4th at 7:30 p.m.

Topic: The Holy Spirit


The Church calls all people to continue to grow in understanding and knowledge of our faith.  To assist all members of the parish we are offering a monthly session of prayer, catechesis (teaching) and discussion. During the time of lock down we shall meet on line.  Our next session will be held on Tuesday, May 4th and the topic is the Holy Spirit. Please email Catherine ( to get the link.  All are welcome to join Father Larry and Catherine for a time of faith nourishment! 


2 wedding ringsWedding Anniversaries: Living and Celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage

The expression a wedding lasts a day a marriage lasts a lifetime highlights the importance of celebrating and living marriage vows day after day. The married couples in our parish are a sign to us of God’s faithfulness and through their witness we are strengthened. If you celebrated a wedding anniversary in April we shall pray with you and share in your joy during our livestream Mass TODAY, Sunday, April 25th at 10:00 a.m. Please join us in thanking God for the gift of the married couples in our midst.


Water, Bread and Holy SpiritPreparing for Confirmation or first sharing in Holy Communion

All preparation meetings and celebrations have been suspended.  Please check your emails regularly for updates and consult the parish website and bulletin.  All questions about preparation and celebration of the sacraments may be directed to Catherine Ecker at




Mass is livestreamed each day at 10:00 a.m.  Cardinal Collins has suspended public Masses until further notice.

The church is OPEN for personal prayer Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  We are limited to 8 people. 

A priest is available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.



Tree representing Ministry with Maturing Adults


Christian Meditation meets weekly, online. The next session is on Tuesday, April 27th at 11:00 a.m. Christian Meditation is one form of prayer and is a discipline that requires practice, concentration and commitment. This ancient form of Christian contemplative prayer invites us into a time of sacred silence. All are welcome. No prior experience is needed. If you have any questions or to receive the link to the meeting please email Catherine Ecker at

The Next Chapter Network is a faith-based support network for women who are widowed.  The network encourages and empowers widows to move forward into a positive future. This group is not a bereavement support group and is not intended to replace the Bereavement Support Group at St. Mary’s Church. The next meeting will be online on Monday, May 3rd from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. To get the link or more information please contact Catherine Ecker at

Free Webinar! - The Office of Formation for Discipleship is offering a webinar on Saturday, June 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. with Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP, on, “Prescription for COVID: A Daily Dose of Faith, Hope and Love.”

These unprecedented times have been upsetting, unfair and challenging for maturing adults. We need our daily dose of faith, hope and love to fight off the fear, gloom and dread. As we reflect on what helped us through this past year, we discover that it was – and continues to be – the strength of the Gospel, which provides us with answers to the trauma and fears of the pandemic.

All men and women in the second half of life (50+), including volunteers, parish leaders, parish staff and priests are welcome to join this webinar.

To register, please visit:  If you have any questions, please contact Ella Okonkwo at: 416-934-3400 ext. 523 or


clip art youthYOUTH MINISTRY

YOUTH RETREAT – Save the REVISED Date!  We are excited to announce that prolific Catholic speaker, Paul J. Kim who currently resides in Texas, is joining virtually on Saturday, May 15th for a retreat for our young people.  It will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  For further details or to register for the retreat, please email or call (705) 229-7426.