Pastor’s Blog

March 2, 2017Presentation - Kerygma

Come and Learn!  Last week, we offered our fourth Kerygma session.  Kerygma is a Greek word used in the New Testament meaning “preaching the basics of the faith”.  Earlier this week, we also offered the first session in the 4-part video series: Forgiven.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about the power of forgiveness and the opportunity to be truly transformed.  Stay tuned for the next Kerygma session in the coming months and join us every Tuesday in March, following the Novena Mass (7:45 pm) for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th presentation on Forgiven.  All are welcome to participate! 

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March 1, 2017

LENT: A time to ready ourselves for a true renewal in our life in Christ. By revisiting the Christian disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we strengthen our Christian identity by commiting to live these attributes more perfectly all year long. 
Ash Wednesday liturgy 2017

Way of the Cross 2017

 

 

 

 

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Left: Our Faith Formation families participate in burning and grounding the Palms from last year’s Palm Sunday celebrations, to make the ashes used at this year’s Ash Wednesday liturgy.  Above: The Way of the Cross – Fridays at 7:00 pm during Lent.

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January 8, 2017

Celebrated three infant Baptisms and welcomed the newest members of our faith community, on the eve of the Baptism of the Lord!

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December 2016

Merry Christmas to all who came to worship with us this Advent and Christmas season!
December 2016

 

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November 28, 2016

Symposium collageOur first “Walk with Christ” Symposium was held on Saturday, May 28, with the participation of over 60 parishioners. Our Parish Symposiums were introduced to form our faith community in the New Evangelization and what it means to be disciples in the world today.  We held our final “Walk with Christ” Symposium on Saturday, November 26, and over the course of the nine Symposiums, we had the participation of nearly 300 parishioners. Thank you to all who participated and thank you for being a ‘part of something great!’

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November 20, 2016

Church Blessing5At our Sunday 11:00 a.m. liturgy, we began outside for the blessing and dedication of our new outdoor cross, which now stands on the church grounds near the corner of Columbia Drive and McGillivray Blvd. We are grateful to Peter Mignacca of Subterranean Ltd., Terry Collyer of C.W. Engineering Ltd. and Michael Boreskie of Vision in Form Architecture, for their generous donation of the cross that now graces our property.

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 Terry Collyer and Michael Boreskie
(Peter Mignacca could not attend) Cookie crossCross reception

 

 

 

Thank you to everyone who contributed
the cross-shaped cookies for our celebration!

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November 13, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
The month of November once again gives the opportunity, through the liturgy’s prayer and ritual, to journey through our experience of mourning and grief.  So often after the death of a loved one, we remain with feelings and emotions of unfinished business.  We continue to Fr Darrin - Eucharistreplay all the things that we could have done or should not have done, as well as the things that we said or should have not said.  Often, we virtually feel like exploding from the inside out because of our inability to communicate all that still needs to be said.
In this month of the remembrance, we recognize that our dead, though gone from us, are still very near.  We learn to speak to them and to ritualize the unfinished business that we might still carry deep within.  During this time, we learn to express the words that need to be said, and to do the things that still need to be done.  As the Preface from the Mass of the Dead reminds us, “Lord, for your faith people life is changed not ended” and so there lies our ability to still make known to those who have died all that will make peace and reconciliation possible.
During these days of November, I encourage all to take time to speak with those whom we grieve and mourn.  I encourage all to allow the Sunday Mass to be an encounter with those who now share in the Risen Life of Jesus Christ.  I also suggest visiting the grave or tomb, offering a Mass for the deceased, as we all as spend extra time in prayer.  In doing these things most of all know, that those who now make their home in the Lord now share in his very own glory.  A glory that has overcome all sin and death, thereby gracing  those who have died with new life and peace to be shared with all who mourn them still.
“Eternal Rest, grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual Light Shine upon them.
May their souls (and the souls who mourn them) to the mercy of God, rest in peace.”
Blessings,
Fr. Darrin J.G. Gurr
Pastor

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