Pastor's Corner

Christ - The Servant King

As our liturgical year draws to a close, we celebrate Jesus as King. The title of “king” is one Jesus accepted only with great reluctance. In fact, whenever people tried to project their own hopes for a political-military Messiah onto Jesus, he ran as far away as possible! Before Pilate, Jesus does not explicitly refuse the title of King, but he insists that his kingdom is “not of this world.”

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Catholic Funerals: A Reflection

In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks to his disciples “about the end which is to come.” Two weeks ago, we welcomed the families and loved ones of our parishioners who have died in the last year, remembering them and surrounding them with the prayer of the Church.

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The Widow’s Mite: A Model of Stewardship

In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus praises the generosity of a widow whose gift, though small in monetary value, was of immense spiritual value. Although grieving a painful loss – one which left her both humanly and financially vulnerable – she still found it in her heart to be generous in supporting her community. What a wonderful steward she was!

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Stewards of Time, Talent, and Treasure: In Life and Death

Hallowe’en. All Saints’ Day. All Souls’ Day. As November reveals the signs of death in nature, so too it invites us to reflect on our own mortality, finitude, and vulnerability. Our Catholic faith takes death seriously. But it also teaches us that death is not the final answer. For Christians, death is not the end, but the final transition: it is the movement from the realm of time into eternity, from the imperfect vision of this world to the encounter with God “face to face”.

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Our Commitment - Stewards of Time, Talent, and Treasure

Over the past few weeks, we have reflected on the spirituality of stewardship from many different angles. We have listened as Marcelle, Iain and Simon gave witness to the way in which they share their time, talent, and treasure with our faith community. This week, we are all invited to commit ourselves anew to the support of our parish, by reading and praying over the commitment card placed in this week’s bulletin, and by returning it next week.

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Stewards of God’s Gifts (Part 5) – The Gift of Families

This coming Wednesday (October 21) at 7:00 p.m., we will have a panel discussion entitled “Families Reaching Out to Families: A Conversation about Family Life.”  I am grateful that my friends Cathie and Tony, Claire, Corey and Cathy, and Corey-Anne and Cal, who represent a diversity of family configurations, will enter into dialogue with us about where they meet God in their family, why belonging to the church is important to their family, and what we as church can do to reach out with greater sensitivity to people in their life situation

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Stewards of God’s Gifts (Part 4) – An Attitude of Gratitude

With the exception of Christmas, no other holiday conjures up the image of family life as does Thanksgiving. Mother, father, children – perhaps grandparents and a few uncles and aunts as well – gathered around a table, sharing the traditional turkey and pumpkin pie, thanking God for his bountiful generosity: for food on the table, for love around the table. If only it were such for all families!

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Stewardship of God's Gifts - Part 3: Our Treasure

Things are starting up in a big way at St. Monica’s! Two weeks ago, Brent Walker led an inspiring retreat day, inviting us to embrace our mission to live as “people of the Way.” Last weekend, we began a new year of Faith First, welcoming back the children, sharing with the whole community the many ways in which we as adults can grow and deepen our faith through the coming year.

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Stewards of God’s Manifold Gifts – Part 2: Our Time

As I sit writing this reflection, Pope Francis is on the lawn of the White House in Washington D.C., addressing President Obama and the American people on some of the major challenges facing North American society.  He invites us to be good stewards of the earth, “our common home”; to defend and promote authentic religious liberty; and to cultivate solidarity and integral human development, so that the freedom and dignity of all God’s children may be honoured and respected. 

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Stewards of God’s Manifold Gifts – Part 1: Our Talents

Things are happening at St. Monica’s! Two weeks ago, we unveiled our new banner and presented our theme for the upcoming pastoral year: OUR MISSION – SENT FORTH TO LIVE AND PROCLAIM GOD’S MERCY. Last weekend, as we celebrated our “Welcome Back” Sunday with coffee, muffins, hot dogs and lemonade after each Mass, Brent Walker preached an inspiring homily, calling us to ponder our response to Jesus’ question “Who do you say that I am?”, and inviting us to come away for a retreat day in which we “put ourselves in the Way of God’s love.” What a great way to begin our new pastoral year!

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