This weekend and Monday, the Church celebrates the twin feasts of “All Saints” and “All Souls”. As early as the 4th century, the Church celebrated a solemn memorial of all martyrs. By the 9th century, this was extended to the whole Church as a way of honouringall the saints. Martyrs and confessors, monks and mystics, clergy and laity, men and women, famous or obscure, named or anonymous – all those whose lives and deeds inspire us, whose fidelity and holiness shine forth as examples of Christian life: all these are saints.
November is the month in which the Church commemorates our loved ones who have died. Secular culture, drawing on Celtic pagan rituals, has given us Hallowe’en: the night that the spirits run wild, that ghosts and goblins are on the loose.
“What is it you wish me to do for you?” Jesus asks each of us in today’s Gospel. What would we ask for? The culture we live in influences us as it did Jesus’ disciples. Would we ask for celebrity? More ‘likes’ on Facebook? More friends on social media? Would we ask to win the loto?
This afternoon we are celebrating a very special occasion, our annual Mass for the Sick. During this Mass we will celebrate as a community another sacrament, the Sacrament of the anointing of the sick. So in the name of the Pastoral Team here at St.
Today (Sunday October 4), the Synod of Bishops, gathered around Pope Francis, assisted by the expert advice of theologians, and inspired by the witness and personal experience of couples and individuals who minister to families, will continue the reflection it began last year, on “the pastoral ca
In today’s Gospel, Jesus issues what seems to be a simple invitation. “If you give even a cup of cold water to someone in need, you will receive your reward.” (Contrast this with much harder-hitting message in James). Doesn’t sound too onerous, does it? Surely, all of us can manage a glass of
Jesus would make a great pediatrician! He loved children as we see in today’s Gospel where he takes a child in his arms and uses a child as an example of how we should relate to each other. We need to serve one another, even the most fragile and vulnerable among us.
Our Mission: Sent Forth to Proclaim and Live God’s Mercy
Fr. Raymond LafontaineSeptember 6, 2015
As you entered church today, hopefully you noticed the new banner hanging over the altar. It will remain throughout the coming year, as a visual reminder of our theme in this, the third year of our journey to the heart of “The New Evangelization.” If you remember, in our first year, we were inv
Last Sunday, we interrupted our sequential Year B reading of Mark’s Gospel to hear St. John’s version of Jesus feeding the multitudes with the loaves and fishes. And now, for the next four Sundays, we are invited to meditate on the spiritual significance of this event: we meet Jesus himself as the living Bread come down from heaven. These texts, from the Bread of Life discourse in Chapter 6 of John's Gospel, seem at first glance to be very repetitive; Jesus seems to be going back and saying the same thing over and over. I remember becoming vividly aware of this the summer of my second year as a priest, when I had to preach five Sundays in a row on what seemed to be the same readings!
Today’s readings begin on a harsh note: God’s stinging condemnation of “shepherds who destroy and scatter, who have failed to care for God’s flock.” This is a hard message to hear – especially for those among us, clergy and lay leaders alike, who bear responsibility for shepherding. When we hear