For the past many years a Priest, the Pastoral Associate/Sacristan and volunteers from the Cathedral of the Holy Family have been going to Sherbrooke Community Centre for the Celebration of the Eucharist (Mass) on Fridays at 10:00am. It has been a faithful commitment to provide this service for the Catholic residents who live there and they are always very grateful to attend.

Sundays in Winter Ordinary Time

Thursday, February 2, 2017 Written by

Our liturgy recognizes that we live in time, and we observe the rhythm of time in a variety of ways. We acknowledge the seasons of the year; the natural rhythm of long and short days. These we are well acquainted with here in our northern hemisphere. Having just completed the Christmas cycle our Liturgical Environment is transitioning and refocusing on Winter Ordinary Time. This is the time between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday that varies in length depending on when Ash Wednesday falls.

Blessed are the Cheese Makers?

Thursday, February 2, 2017 Written by

You may have seen the old Monty Python movie "Life of Brian." It follows the misadventures of a hapless Jewish peasant as he keeps inadvertently crossing paths with the followers of an increasingly popular Jesus of Nazareth. One early scene in the movie shows a crowd gathered far into the distance as the Sermon on the Mount is being delivered. Over the noise of the crowd one of the people near the back asks the others what the Nazarene just said. 

Anything but Ordinary

Friday, January 27, 2017 Written by

While I have to admit that putting up the Christmas decorations is more enjoyable and exciting than taking them down, there is also something satisfying about packing the decorations away and settling back into an ordinary routine.

Holidays and celebrations add a lot to life. They give us something to look forward to and lend themselves well to special family traditions or memories that we can look back on for years. Recently, I have been reminded that there is also something special and beautiful about the in-between time. 

“...That is what we too, in the Church, are constantly called to do: to listen, to get involved and be neighbors, sharing in people’s joys and struggles, so that the Gospel can spread ever more consistently and fruitfully: radiating goodness through the transparency of our lives.” (Pope Francis, WYD 2016)

Oh my gracious - how sweet is our God! Yes, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we are all called BY NAME to serve Him - our Lord of lords and King of kings, because no matter where our walk of life may lead us, we have all been wonderfully made in His image.

How lucky are we to be the fruit of His vine? To be His disciples? To proclaim His word? We are called to not only serve Him, but to be an outpouring witness of His love to others, radiating, as Pope Francis said, His goodness through our lives!

O, What-The-Fonz? The O Antiphons!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Written by

I was introduced to the O Antiphons back when I was in the seminary. Something about them grabbed me. It was like I was holding a treasure, a piece of the depth and history of the Church, in my hands.

Has It Been Five Years Already?

Friday, December 9, 2016 Written by

Has it been five years already? When our Facilities Manager, Jim Nakoneshny, announced a few weeks ago that Holy Family Cathedral's five year anniversary was coming up on December 18th, it took me by surprise. Not in a shocking way, but a good way. I suddenly realized I had become very comfortable in my surroundings. The old church, office, and rectory on a 110th Street had become a bit of a blur. 

During Advent we must watch in our hearts and look at ourselves; how the year made us better or worse. The Lord is not finished with us.

If we stay alert to the presence of Christ, recognizing His authority and following His ways, we live in hope - not wishful thinking, but a hope that's based firmly in reality.

On December 18th, 2016 we will celebrate five years since moving into our new parish and diocesan home at the Cathedral of the Holy Family. Recently I was asked if there was anything I’d wished we’d done differently when designing and building the Cathedral. While there are a few minor tweaks that may have been helpful, I’m generally quite happy with how this new space has worked for us. Coincidentally, a few days later I came across a blog I had written five years earlier, shortly before we moved into the new building. In it I stated: 

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