Sunday Mass - August 9, 2020. 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time LIVE at 10.00 AM
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Sending you out the livestream link from the Sunday, 10.00 am Mass for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time.
The Mass will be live-streamed on Sunday at 10.00 am and will be available on our YouTube channel (ST MARTIN OF TOURS PARISH) onwards.
Let us also pray for the victims of the explosions in Beirut and for their families; and let us pray for Lebanon so that, through the dedication of all its social, political and religious elements, it might face this extremely tragic and painful moment.
Wishing you all a good weekend.
Humanitarian Relief - Lebanon Relief Effort
An enormous explosion devastated the city of Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, in what the local mayor called “a national catastrophe.”
The situation in Lebanon is dire. At least 154 people died in the explosion and 5,000 were injured – those numbers are expected to rise over the coming days. The explosion also destroyed vital food stores and left 300,000 people homeless (representing roughly 12 per cent of the city’s population). Five hundred hospital beds, as well as important medical supplies needed for the country’s COVID-19 response, were also damaged in the blast.
At this time, we ask the faithful to please donate to the Lebanon relief effort, if they are able.
The Archdiocese of Toronto will send donations to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), a papal agency with extensive on-the-ground networks in Lebanon. CNEWA staff are currently working to send food, water, medical supplies and hygiene products to Beirut. Spiritual and psychological support will also be provided to those who lost everything in a blink of an eye. Later, CNEWA will rebuild housing and help re-establish those who lost their livelihoods in this disaster.
Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:
- Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website (click on the “Donate Now” button at the top of the page): www.archtoronto.org
- By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
- Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
Parishes, please remember that the humanitarian relief envelopes should not be distributed at this time, because of COVID-19 restrictions.
(Parishes, please gather funds and send one parish cheque to the Development Office, made out to Archdiocese of Toronto – Lebanon Relief Effort – Disaster Relief)