Friday, 27 March 2020

Our New Normal

Good Morning, Please stand for our opening exercises. All those still in the hallways please stop and stand respectfully.
Let us begin with the sign of our faith.
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Well, that was the old normal...
         But what is the new normal???

Life has certainly changed a lot in the last couple of weeks, more than most of us could ever imagine. What many thought would just be an extended March Break has now become a new normal with new rules and some pretty big new challenges.

We would be crazy to say that not actually going in to school, physical distancing and the closure of all non-essentials didn't create some stress and anxiety. 
It does... let's just acknowledge that right off the bat. 
But is that it?? We just live with the unsettled, stressed out feelings??  NO!!

What we can do is work to establish a "new normal", as they say, and root ourselves again in the rituals of daily life just like we did when we were at school. Set up a routine that you follow during the week that helps to combat that aimless feeling. 
"We can feel mentally better if we are as physically well as possible," Aiysha Malik, a psychologist with the World Health Organization, told the news conference.
Malik's tips for self-care include:
  • §  Eat healthy foods
  • §  Stay physically active
  • §  Get regular sleep and rest
  • §  Create a sense of structure and routine in daily life
  • §  Connect socially with friends and family, while maintaining physical distance 

These are awesome tips to help us regain some of our rootedness and help us to feel like we have some control of our lives. Each one of these activities listed is important and I would add one more.

Take time to PRAY. 
Yep, I said it. PRAY.

Talk to God... 
Give over your fears and anxieties, 
Ask for patience and peace, 
Ask for strength in these times, 
Ask for help for others and 
Give thanks for what blessings we do have.

In John 14:27, Jesus says, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid."

Well... we will work on it with help from above,
We can do this. 

Peace.





   

Thursday, 23 January 2020

The Diocese of London posted this 

and it is well worth the read!  

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Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Faith Opportunity

Did you miss making your confirmation in Grade School?  Would you like to make it now?
Good Shepherd Parish is offering any of our students this opportunity to be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit!
All information is available online at
GSLakeshore.com/CONFIRMATION



Tuesday, 7 January 2020

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THE YEAR FOR CLARITY OF VISION

Lord, 
Help me to see things more clearly, 
to see those in need and those who suffer.

Help me to see you and your plan for my life 
as I journey through this new year.

And help me to see that I am exactly 
where I am supposed to be to learn 
and do your work in the world.
Amen


It's 2020 Welcome Back!!

Pope's Worldwide Prayer NetworkEvery year, the faithful from around the world suggest papal prayer intentions in each country to their national office, which selects some of them and sends those to the international office of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network in Vatican City. Through prayerful discernment the international office selects a large number of them and submits them to the Pope to help his discernment. After his prayer and discernment he entrusts to the International Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network the official set of monthly prayer intentions, which are then translated into the major world languages and published in print and digital formats. 
Here are our official prayer intentions for 2020.
JANUARY
Promotion of World Peace
We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world.
FEBRUARY
Listen to the Migrants’ Cries
We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered.
MARCH
Catholics in China
We pray that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.
APRIL
Freedom from AddictionWe pray that those suffering from addiction may be helped and accompanied.
MAY
For Deacons
We pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.
JUNE
The Way of the Heart
We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.
JULY
Our FamiliesWe pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance.
AUGUST
The Maritime World
We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families.
SEPTEMBER
Respect for the Planet’s Resources
We pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner.
OCTOBER
The Laity’s Mission in the Church
We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.
NOVEMBER
Artificial IntelligenceWe pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind.
DECEMBER
For a life of prayer
We pray that our personal relationship with Jesus Christ be nourished by the Word of God and a life of prayer.