​​St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church

Wednesday, August 26, 2020:  I M P O R T A N T    A N N O U N C E M E N T !


My dear parishioners and friends,

            I want to thank you all for your prayers and well wishes during my stay in hospital and during my ongoing recuperation from gall bladder surgery. For me, as for anyone who’s gone through a hospital experience, it was a trying time. I especially want to thank Fr. Edward Jackman, O.P., for substituting for me, and all who’ve been so kind as to pray for me, to send food, get well cards and other encouragement. Ours is a small parish, but one with a big heart that I can say loves its parish priest — for which I am most sincerely and humbly grateful.

And now some announcements.

            1) This coming Friday is August 28th. But on the Old or Julian Calendar, which some of our parishioners continue to follow in their spiritual life, that Friday is August 15th, the great feast of the Dormition or Assumption of the All-Holy Theotokos. (The Old Calendar is 13 days behind the New or Gregorian Calendar, the calendar that society presently follows.) The good Lord has progressed my recovery to the point that I feel strong enough to resume celebrating the Divine Liturgy (Holy Mass), which I will do this Friday at 7 p.m. for the feast. I invite all who are able to attend and to join with me in thanksgiving for my recovery and in thanksgiving for all the prayers and help extended to me by our parishioners. The Liturgy will be followed by the festal Blessing of Flowers in honour of the Mother of God.

            2) This coming Saturday, August 29th, I will conduct a baptism (the Torelli Family), without the Liturgy, at 4 p.m.

            3) This coming Sunday, August 30th, the 13th Sunday after Pentecost  — and going forward on all Sundays until further notice — there will be only one Sunday Divine Liturgy which I will celebrate at 11 a.m. Only one Sunday Divine Liturgy because I still cannot stand for long periods of time and sometimes tire easily. The surgeon who performed my gall bladder operation told me that recovery would take from 4 to 6 weeks. I seem to be on course, but will keep a chair near the Holy Table so I can sit down if need be.

            4) Also, until further notice there will be no public weekday Liturgies. I hope to resume public weekday Liturgies on Labour Day, Monday, Sept 7th, but we’ll see.

            From the bottom of my heart I thank you all for your prayers and help, and through the intercessions of the all-immaculate Mother of God, I call down God’s blessing on each of you and your families. Thank you again, dear friend Father Ed, for filling in for me, and parishioner Markian Holowatyj for sending out our e-mails.  Stay healthy and see you in church!

— Father Conrad.