In my Milieu

trois photosThese last two Sundays, I had the grace of experiencing the Eucharist outdoors, next to the Basilica, following the invitation of Father Gilles Roberge, priest at Cap-de-la Madeleine, who says that, in these difficult times, his resolution for the year is to look at what he can do, rather than dwelling on what he can no longer do."

His response to civil authorities, who close churches as a precaution, is simply to celebrate mass outdoors even in the freezing cold. All health measures are of course respected: distancing and wearing a mask.

To our great surprise, many people, including small families, come to participate (a hundred at least) and are overjoyed with the experience. Those who are more sensitive to the cold stay in their car; they open the window and hear the celebration aired on loudspeakers. At communion time, a priest brings them communion to their car. Children play in the snowbanks while adults kneel in the snow to worship the Lord. Those who wish can go to confession anytime during mass. We sing while hopping about and clapping mittened hands to ward off the cold... and everyone is happy.

At these, I experienced real moments of solidarity and faith in love and joy. God is truly present at the heart of his Church. God has not forgotten us. And each time I am given this grace to go to Mass outside the Basilica, I bring all the Oblates with me! Looking at the tops of the trees not far from the little Sanctuary, I contemplate in faith in this blessed place the gift of all the Oblate vocations and I give thanks to the Lord for Father Parent who also carried this place in his heart.

No, God has not forgotten us; he is truly with us, as is Mary as well!

Violaine C.
North America East Region

Here is the testimony of a neighbor newly arrived in Marcelle C. and Françoise L.’s…
As I age, age, I no longer engage in scheduled activities. I try to live…
I am retired, teach as a volunteer professor of nursing and work at the Caritas…
A reflection by Bonnie Kirk following a team discussion.The discussion was sparked by the viewing…
I thank the Lord for having inspired our dear Father Louis-Marie Parent, founder of the…
Greetings! I would like to share with you my involvement in my parish. Since the…
This exclamation haunts me since the beginning of the epidemic in Belgium. One of the…
The organization Development and Peace was founded in 1967 by the Canadian Bishops. The objective…
Elizabeth (Betsy) Rockwood’s sharing on her recent attendance at the Annual Meeting of the United…
Having at heart the advancement of women’s place in the world I organized for the…
In the past six years a number of refugee families have settled in my neighborhood…
The week of April 15 the Maurician Popular Education Services Centre in Three Rivers, Quebec,…
Another certificate was given to the group of women (of which I am a member)…
An article by this title was published in Deepika, a daily newspaper in Malayalam, by…
Thresiamma, addressing the assembly   See as well:  We Would Like to Congratulate Thresiamma

Suscribe to mailing list

Follow Us on Facebook (french only)