Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Portuguese Parish of Senhor Santo Cristo - Thursday in Lent Week II

Prayer for Thursday of the Second Week of Lent
O God, who delight in innocence and restore it, direct the hearts of your servants to yourself, that, caught up in the fire of your Spirit, we may be found steadfast in faith and effective in works. Through our Lord.

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  On Sunday, the episcopal vicar Father Joseph Muldoon and I went over to Gloucester to the Portuguese Parish Senhor Santo Cristo to share with the faithful officially the news that some already knew, that Father Gimy, their spiritual father for the last several years, would be returning to Angola for health reasons and to take on a new assignment there.
I presided and gave the homily in English and French; Fr. Gimy gave a summary and added his own details afterwards.  The readings and most of the ordinary parts were in Portuguese; the rest of the Mass in English.
Father Gimy will leave Ottawa on April 4, after serving here since 2007; he leaves many grateful people behind. Interim measures are being put into place by the archdiocese to assure pastoral care until more permanent arrangements can be made for another Portuguese-speaking priest. Please pray for Fr. Gimy as he leaves us and for a suitable replacement to be found.

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