Parish News:

Donations to the Parish during COVID-19:

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

In an effort to slow and mitigate the COVID 19 pandemic Archbishop Smith communicated to us on March 16 that all parishes will be closed to public masses until further notice.  As much as possible parish offices will continue to be open to serve the needs of parishioners.  As your pastor, I wish to accompany you through this difficult time as much as I can while being conscious of the guidelines provided by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer. I pray that the Lord protects us and particularly those who are vulnerable or care for the sick.

Each week you are invited to contribute in the Sunday Collection and offer the fruits of your labor to our Lord in thanksgiving.  In the absence of Sunday mass, our parish will suffer financially.  As good stewards, it is important to realize that many of the everyday expenses to run our parish will continue.

I know that these are financially challenging times. You may have lost your job, or your business viability may be threatened. Your savings may have been diminished by market conditions. And I understand that your primary financial responsibility is to your own home and family.

I write today to ask that you also remember your spiritual home, our parish.  In prayer, I invite you to consider how you can continue to support our parish operations, to the extent possible during this extraordinary time. A suggested guideline to follow when considering what to give to support the parish is to consider giving back your first hour of your weekly wage – the first fruits.  In the current circumstances it maybe less than just a few weeks ago.

In the midst of these unprecedented times, we are blessed to have various ways to continue to support our parish in the absence of the Sunday Offertory.  I invite you to review the following methods available to our parish and to pray how you might be able to help.

  1. If you would like to donate using a credit card, please visit the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton website(caedm.ca) and click on the Donations button to find “Donate to your Parish.
  2. If you wish to mail your donation envelope in weekly or monthly to the parish office, the church address is St. Martin of Tours Parish, 5437-43 Street, Vegreville AB T9C 1C8
  3. If you would like to drop your donations off at the office, please do so.  Gyna is in the Church Office on Mondays from 10-12 pm. And Barb is in the Church Office on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your parish office 780-632-3272. Leave a message and Father Vu or one of us will return your call. You may also call the Archdiocese Development Office at 780.469.1010.

Please be assured that you are always in my prayers. If there is any way I can be of service, please do not hesitate to call me at the parish office. If no one answers, please leave a message and your call will be returned.  In an emergency call 780-632-7454

In Gratitude,

Father Luan Vu.

Pastor

All celebrations of Baptism, First Eucharist, First Reconciliation, Confirmation and RCIA

are postponed until the Chief Medical Officer has advised that the pandemic has ended.

Sermon Reflection Questions:

March 15: “For what do you thirst? How do you try to satisfy your thirst?”

March 8: “In what ways may fear stop you from fully following Jesus and sharing His love with the people in your life?”

March 1: “Is whatever you “give up” for Lent, that is, something of the world that you are doing without, bringing you closer to God and His ways?”

February 23: “Do you remember to pray each day to ask God to help you to live a holy life and to bring others to holiness as well?”

February 16: “Who does Jesus see, when He looks into your heart?”

February 9:  “Jesus is asking us to allow the light in us to shine. How many of us can truly boast that someone has found the Light of Christ through us?”

February 2: “How do you understand Jesus is truly human and truly god?”

Confirmation: 6 pm Wednesdays at St. Martin of Tours:

February 26, Session 7: The Eucharist”.

March 11, Session 8: The Holy Spirit

March 25, Session 9: The Church

April 15, Session 10: Confirmation

April 22, Session 11: Made for Mission

May 6, Session 12: Holiness is Possible

May 15 Retreat- place and time to be determined. 

We are using the Decision Point Program from Dynamic Catholic. You can preview the videos by logging on to Dynamic Catholic.com and link to Decision Point.

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the Reconciliation Class on completing their First Reconciliation!

Save the Date: First Communicants Parent Meeting is at 6:30 pm, on Thursday, April 2, 2020

First Holy Communion will be celebrated on May 10, 2020 at the 11:15 Mass.

RCIA:  

Friday, March 6, 2020: Scrutinies: Looking Within and The Way of the Cross:

Brunch:

The Our Lady of the Highway Council 4249 Knights of Columbus host a Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm on the third Sunday of the month (except July and August) at Holy Trinity Church, 5705-51 Street, Vegreville, AB.

Day of Confessions:

Tuesday, March 3: 10:00 am -Noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at St. Martin of Tours, Vegreville.

Easter Triduum: 

Holy Thursday, April 9, 2020: 6:00 pm at Holy Heart of Mary, Viking; And at 8:00 pm at St. Martin of Tours, Vegreville;

Good Friday, April 10, 2020: 11:00 am at Holy Heart of Mary, Viking; And at 3:00 pm at St. Martin of Tours, Vegreville

Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 11, 2020: 9:30 pm at St. Martin of Tours, Vegreville

Easter Sunday, April 12:  9:00 am at St. Gregory the Great in Holden;

at 11:00 am at Holy Heart of Mary in Viking;

                               And at 1:00 pm at St. Martin of Tours in Vegreville.

Blessing of Easter Baskets:

Saturday, April 11: at 9:00 am at St. Gregory the Great in Holden and at 11:30 am at St. Martin of Tours in Vegreville.