Catholic Mass Today | Daily TV Mass, Saturday January 23 2021

ANNOUNCER: From the historic Loretto Abbey Chapel, with the kind cooperation of the Toronto Catholic District School Board, the National Catholic Broadcasting Council presents… the Daily TV Mass Good day, and welcome My name is Msgr. Sam Bianco The televising of this Mass is made possible by the contribution from Gladys and Peter Pinto from Mississauga, Ontario This Mass is offered in thanksgiving for their 60th wedding anniversary, and for the gift of their children and grandchildren Today, we also remember the intentions of all Loretto Sisters and the Loretto Community worldwide on this anniversary of the birth of their founder, Mary Ward, in 1585 Since her first companions gathered in 1609, Mary Ward’s vision has inspired women from every continent to join together to serve where “the need is greatest” across 43 countries Today, Loretto Sisters and their community work closely together, educating women and men so that they might live their particular call from God and contribute to a better world Mary Ward did not know the coronavirus, but she certainly experienced limitations and detention in time of illness and infectious disease In 1847, Loretto Sisters from Ireland brought Mary Ward’s vision to Canada when Bishop Michael Power invited them to Toronto They arrived in the midst of the typhus epidemic that claimed many lives We welcome the Loretto Sisters and the Loretto Community from around the world to the celebration of this Mass, being especially celebrated in this, their most precious chapel, at the Loretto Abbey In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit ALL: Amen The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God our Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all PARISHIONERS: And with your spirit Coming together as God’s family, we seek the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness for our sins MSGR. BIANCO: You were sent to heal the contrite of heart Lord, have mercy PARISHIONERS: Lord, have mercy MSGR. BIANCO: You came to call sinners. Christ, have mercy PARISHIONERS: Christ, have mercy MSGR. BIANCO: You are seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us Lord, have mercy PARISHIONERS: Lord, have mercy May almighty God have mercy on all of us, forgive us our sins, and bring us all to everlasting life PARISHIONERS: Amen Let us pray O God, from whom all good things come, grant that we, who call on you in our need, may, at your prompting, discern what is right and, by your guidance, do it We ask this through Christ our Lord PARISHIONERS: Amen A reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews The first covenant had an earthly sanctuary For a tent was constructed, in which there was a lampstand, a table, and the bread of the Presence; this is called the Holy Place Behind the second curtain was a tent called the Holy of Holies But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent, not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining redemption For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God! The Word of the Lord PARISHIONERS: Thanks be to God (Organ playing) # God ascends with songs of joy # # The sound of trumpets # # Greets the Lord # # Clap your hands all you peoples #

# Shout to God # # With loud songs of joy # # For the Lord, the Most High # # Is awesome # # A great king # # Over all the earth # # God has gone up # # With a shout # # The Lord with the sound # # Of a trumpet # # Sing praises to God # # Sing praises # # Sing praises to our king # # Sing praises # # For God is the king # # Of all the earth # # Sing praises with a psalm # # God is king over the nations # # God sits on his holy throne # (Organ playing) # Alleluia, alleluia # # Alleluia # # Alleluia, alleluia # # Alleluia # # Open our hearts, O Lord # # To listen eagerly # # To the words of your Son # # Alleluia, alleluia # # Alleluia # The Lord be with you PARISHIONERS: And with your spirit A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark PARISHIONERS: Glory to you, O Lord Jesus and the disciples went home, and the crowd came together again so that they could not even eat When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” The Gospel of the Lord PARISHIONERS: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ “They tried to restrain him.” Here’s a quotation that’s an event that’s an event that happened over 400 years ago Um, bare with me It’s about something that happened to a woman 400 years ago “Without doubt, however, she went through “all the mixed feelings that we discover in ourselves “Am I safe? “What if I’ve already contracted the illness? “What could I do to help others without endangering myself? “How are my friends, my family? “What is happening with my work while I am sitting here, unable to get anything done?” And that’s an imaginative description from a student and one of the associates of the Sisters of Loretto Her name is Annette Haseneder And she wrote it about Mary Ward being in the city of Bologna in the midst of an epidemic And Mary Ward was on her way to Rome to speak directly to the Holy Father about what was happening to the community, the institute that she had founded Mary Ward was born in 1585

in England on this day, and she had this vision of organizing and bringing together a group of women who would go out in a different way that had been done in the past, to work in the world and to serve people and to educate Instead of women just being in a convent or a cloister– That was a legitimate vocation– She wanted the women to be out in the world, out working where people were, and not necessarily wearing a particular garb Being dressed as ordinary people were and working with them and close to them She also wanted a certain degree of autonomy for women She was loyal to the Church, but she believed that women could direct, very much, their own institutes and their own lives in communion with the Church And she hoped they would have a spirituality very, very closely aligned with the Jesuits, with the Jesuit Fathers She began and attracted many women to her organization and to her insight Alas, both the culture and the Church weren’t ready for Mary Ward They put up practically every obstacle they could find They said, “No. The women must go back to the convent “No. They must always wear this certain kind of habit “No. They must be under the direct control of the bishop No, they can’t do this No, they can’t do that.” And Mary Ward worked vigorously and very tirelessly to say, “We have a charism We have something that the world needs, that women need,” and she pursued it In an attempt to stop her from doing it, they went so far as to ban her, and at one point, the Inquisition put her in a women’s prison under the Poor Clares Locked her up And while she was in that, she tried to go and make an appeal to the Pope And hence, her journey down from being in person in Germany through to Italy, where she got caught in the city of Bologna for a long time, in an epidemic– I know that’s not like ours She needed a passport She needed a health clearance She was trapped, and that’s why those words are written: “What can I do? There’s nothing I can do “I can’t help my sisters I can’t help me What am I to do?” But she stayed and was persistent, and remarkably, she made contact with the Holy Father Now, it wasn’t all beautiful after that, because although the Holy Father and many of the cardinals supported her, lots of other people, lots of religious men, opposed her and made it very, very difficult for her institute and her ideas to survive In fact, she was condemned in so many ways And it wasn’t until 1909, if you can believe it, under Cardinal Merry del Val, that the ban was lifted from her; that all the good works that she had begun started to come forward She had three visions: a vision that is of her own personal vocation; loyal to the Church as she understood loyalty; and most importantly, the full potential of women was to be recognized and organized And in that, she met lots of obstacles, as I’ve described them The first obstacle is the one that was there She was in the midst of a difficult epidemic time And yet, in the midst of that epidemic, she was still able to fight, to imagine, to work to do all the very best she could It’s said in the Scriptures that they thought Jesus was “out of his mind.” Well, Mary Ward must’ve thought then, as we sometimes think now, the world has gone out of its mind What can we do? A world that’s in turmoil with sickness and confusion and dishonesty And that didn’t stop Mary Ward from continuing to work And the second most powerful thing Mary Ward did is this Nothing could restrain Mary Ward John the Baptist couldn’t be restrained Jesus couldn’t be restrained Good people, with a deep sense of humility and a vocation, can never be restrained Humility doesn’t mean we do nothing, we’re a pushover Humility means we recognize we have gifts from God, and with the power of the Spirit, we exercise those gifts

We praise God for the inspiration of Mary Ward: for her persistence, for her fidelity, for listening to the Holy Spirit And yes, we need to say that the hope she had, that the full realization of the potential of women in the Church, we’re some distance from that even today And we need to have that recognized and brought to the fullness, to the kind of vision and dream that Mary Ward brought to all of us and to our Church Let us now offer our prayers and petitions to the Lord For all of those in the Daily TV Mass community who have asked to be included in our prayer intentions book, especially for those seeking peace for their family We pray to the Lord PARISHIONERS: Lord, hear our prayer We remember the intentions of Gladys and Peter Pinto, in thanksgiving for their 60th wedding anniversary and for the gift of their children and grandchildren We pray to the Lord PARISHIONERS: Lord, hear our prayer For the intentions of all the members of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Congregatio Jesu, as well as their alumni, colleagues and peoples, that they remain faithful to the call to live and work in the guiding light of Mary Ward We pray to the Lord PARISHIONERS: Lord, hear our prayer A prayer for Mary Ward’s beatification God, creator of all that is good, we thank you for giving Mary Ward to the Church and to the world Inspired by the fire of your love, she did not shrink from risks, labours or sufferings She lived and worked for your greater glory, for the good of the Church, for the nurture of faith and for the dignity of women She was a pilgrim who spread the joy of the Gospel; a woman for our times Grant that, through the solemn testimony of the Church, the example of her life may be a light for all who seek God’s will We ask this through Christ our Lord PARISHIONERS: Amen Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation For through your goodness, we have received the bread we offer you, fruit of the earth and work of human hands It will become for us the bread of life PARISHIONERS: Blessed be God forever (Whispering) By the mystery of this water and wine, may we come to share in the divinity of Christ, who humbled himself to share in our humanity Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation For through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you, fruit of the vine and work of human hands It will become our spiritual drink PARISHIONERS: Blessed be God forever (Whispering indistinctly) Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father PARISHIONERS: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good, and the good of all his holy Church Look kindly upon our service, O Lord, we pray, that what we offer may be an acceptable oblation to you and lead us to grow in charity We ask this through Christ our Lord PARISHIONERS: Amen The Lord be with you PARISHIONERS: And with your spirit Lift up your hearts PARISHIONERS: We lift them up to the Lord Let us give thanks to the Lord our God PARISHIONERS: It is right and just It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation to praise your mighty deeds in the exultation of all the saints, and especially as we celebrate the memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary to proclaim your kindness, as we echo her thankful hymn of praise For truly, even to the earth’s end, you have done great things and extended your abundant mercy from age to age When you looked on the lowliness of your handmaid, you gave us through her the author of our salvation, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord Through him, the host of angels adores your majesty and rejoices in your presence forever May our voices, we pray, join with theirs in one chorus of exultant praise, as we acclaim: (Organ playing) # Holy, holy # # Holy Lord, God of hosts # # Heaven and earth # # Are full of your glory # # Hosanna in the highest # # Blessed is he # # Who comes in the name of the Lord #

# Hosanna # # In the highest # You are holy indeed, O Lord, the fount of all holiness Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall, so that they may become for us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into his Passion, he took bread and, giving thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my body which will be given up for you.” (Bell ringing) In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took the chalice and, once more giving thanks, he gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take this, all of you, and drink from it, “for this is the chalice of my blood, “the blood of the new and eternal covenant, “which will be poured out for you “and for many for the forgiveness of sins Do this in memory of me.” (Bell ringing) The mystery of faith (Organ playing) # Save us # # Saviour of the world # # For by your cross # # And Resurrection # # You have # # Set us free # Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of his death and Resurrection, we offer you, Lord, the bread of life and the chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you Humbly we pray that, partaking of the body and blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit Remember, Lord, your Church, spread throughout the world And bring her to the fullness of charity, together with Francis, our pope, Thomas, our bishop, all the clergy and all the people of God Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the Resurrection, and all who have died in your mercy Welcome them into the light of your face Have mercy on us all, we pray, that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with Blessed Joseph, her spouse, with the blessed apostles and with all the saints who have pleased you throughout the ages, we may merit to be coheirs to eternal life, and may praise and glorify you through your Son, Jesus Christ Through him and with him and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours forever and ever PARISHIONERS: Amen At the Saviour’s command and formed now by divine teaching, we dare to say ALL: our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil Graciously grant peace in our days, that by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ ALL: For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your apostles, “Peace I leave you My peace I give you.” Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will, who live and reign forever and ever PARISHIONERS: Amen The peace of the Lord be with you always PARISHIONERS: And with your spirit Let us offer one another a sign of the peace of Christ (Organ playing) # Lamb of God # # You take away # # The sins of the world # # Have mercy on us # # Lamb of God # # You take away # # The sins of the world # # Have mercy on us # # Lamb of God # # You take away # # The sins of the world #

# Grant us peace # Behold the Lamb of God Behold him who takes away the sins of the world Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb ALL: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed ANNOUNCER: Would those of you at home join with me now in this act of spiritual Communion? (Bell ringing) # Let us pray May your healing work, O Lord, free us, we pray, from doing evil and lead us to do what is right, through Christ our Lord PARISHIONERS: Amen Again, our congratulations and thanks to Gladys and Peter Pinto from Mississauga on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary Continued, continued blessings to both of you and your family Pray for us And our thanks to the Sisters of Loretto for their extraordinary contribution not only in this country and this city, but around the world We are extremely grateful to you for the use, the continuing use, of this beautiful chapel It’s so lovely to pray and be here The Lord be with you PARISHIONERS: And with your spirit May almighty God bless you, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit PARISHIONERS: Amen Let us go in peace to love and to serve the Lord PARISHIONERS: Thanks be to God ANNOUNCER: Our thanks to our donors for the gift of this Mass (Organ playing) # # To Jesus Christ # # Our sovereign king # # Who is # # The world’s salvation # # All praise and homage # # Do we bring # # And thanks # # And adoration # # Christ Jesus # # Victor # # Christ Jesus # # Ruler # # Christ Jesus # # Lord and Redeemer #