Refugee Blanket Event

Friday, March 3, 2017 Written by

Share the Warmth! 

 

All are invited to come together to make 50 no-sew fleece blankets in the coming week. These blankets will be given to our new refugee neighbours who are crossing the border into Manitoba:

 

Monday March 6, 9am – 12pm - Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre, 601 Taylor Street West

 

Tuesday March 7, 7pm – 9pm - St. John’s Anglican Cathedral Hall, 816 Spadina Crescent East

 

Wednesday March 8, 10am – 12pm - Congregation Agudas Israel* 715 McKinnon Avenue South

*Please do not bring any outside food or drink into the synagogue

 

Thursday March 9, 7pm – 9pm - Holy Covenant Evangelical Orthodox Church* 1426 Alexandra Avenue

*Sorry, this facility is not wheelchair accessible

 

Friday March 10, 9am – 12pm - Holy Family Catholic Cathedral 123 Nelson Road

 

Friday March 10, 6pm – 9pm - Baitur Rahmat Mosque* Hwy 16 & Boychuk Drive

*Please note: this event is for women only

 

You can help by working, donating money, or both. Everyone is welcome and the locations are wheelchair accessible unless indicated. Parking is free. Coffee & goodies will be provided by your hosts! For more info and to reserve your spot please email: Cecilia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Klaus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 306-242-5146. Tax receipts will be given for donations $10 or more.

Fat Thursday…. Enjoy your Paczki

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Written by

Last week, while I was scrolling through Facebook, I came across this page. Now Carnival, Shrove Tuesday, I am familiar with, but Fat Thursday was totally new to me. I discovered the day is a traditional Catholic Christian feast marking the last Thursday before Lent and is associated with the celebration of Carnival. Being of Polish descent, I had no recollection of ever celebrating this day and decided to investigate a little further. Apparently the day is also called Thusty Czwartek in Poland whereby people purchase their favorite pastries, including paczki, which are large deep-fried pieces of especially rich dough traditionally filled with plum or rose hip jam. 

Many people stop coming to Sunday Mass because they find the celebrations boring and dry. They come to Mass with lots of expectations that have not been met. For instance, many of them expect to be entertained. They want the priest to always have jokes, stories and new gimmicks. They demand contemporary and more upbeat music from the choir. They want something new and spectacular every time. No wonder the most attended Masses are Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday – there are added attractions: ashes, palms and Easter eggs. 

Praying With Young Children

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Written by

I remember reading from a children’s bible every night after supper growing up. By the time I was a teenager, I had a pretty decent understanding of the major stories in the bible (whether I wanted to or not). It gave me a great foundation for my faith life.

Jane and I have tried several times to do the same thing with our children. But we failed spectacularly (usually around day number 2 or 3).

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!

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