March winds....

Thursday, April 11, 2019 Written by

March winds... April showers... Even though it is still early, I think we are all looking forward to the May flowers. After experiencing one of our coldest winters, and with spring just teasing us, I started a few seeds and already I am seeing results. The tomatoes however, I started for the second time but hopefully this time germination will be successful...

Almsgiving in Lent

Friday, April 5, 2019 Written by

As I have observed, ‘Catholics are always ready to give God all the credit, but not their cash!’ Thus, Jesus reminds all of us of our duties as Christians. The Code of Canon Law states: “Christ’s faithful have the obligation to provide for the needs of the Church, so that the Church has available to it those things which are necessary for divine worship, for works of the apostolate and of charity and for the worthy support of its ministers” (canon 222, par. 1). When Jesus said, “The laborer deserves his wages,” he is also telling us, ‘Just as you pay the carpenters who build your house, so also you must support my messengers who maintain the upkeep of your souls and build my Church.’...

Life just sometimes feels like a roller coaster, doesn’t it? My February was certainly not what I expected and March seemed to fly right by. Now, on the doorstep of April, I can’t help but look back (even on just these two months) and be surprised by all there has been and is and all there is yet to be...

It's so simple

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Written by

It’s Lent, the time when we give something up, a season for fasting. I remember the year my parents decided we were giving up TV for Lent. That felt like the longest Lent ever.

It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that we are now immersed in the season of Lent. Just listen to the conversations going on among Catholic folks: “I gave up coffee for Lent.”   “Oh no thanks, I gave it up for Lent.”  “No chocolate for me, it’s Lent.”  “What did you give up for Lent?”   

Lent, at times, sure can seem to be the season of “giving things up.” But in Bishop Mark’s Ash Wednesday homily, which I found extremely insightful, inspiring, and profoundly powerful, he encouraged us to go further. He “dared” us to take the journey further this Lent; to go further than just giving up salty snacks, or coffee, or whatever...

Learning to Breathe

Thursday, March 7, 2019 Written by

Here at the Parish office, a change in liturgical seasons is always a busy time. The last two weeks especially have been a little crazy: trying to get Ash Wednesday, Reconciliation times, our Penitential Service and Stations of the Cross organized and ready to go; looking forward to the Triduum and Easter and all the planning involved there – all of which goes on top of our regular weekly tasks and ongoing projects. It’s a bit of a wonder I’m still upright and coherent most of the time!

With all this busyness, I have been having a hard time getting ready for and in the mood of Lent...

A Sense of Ownership

Thursday, February 28, 2019 Written by

Have you noticed how common it is not to own stuff anymore? Increasingly, we’re paying only for the temporary use of things, rather than for the thing itself. For example, many of us now lease vehicles instead of buying them outright. With cars and trucks commanding ever-higher prices, perhaps there’s little choice in that. But a whole new segment of the population is taking that concept a step further and car-sharing only when they absolutely need it...

Go Team Red!

Friday, February 22, 2019 Written by

*Me on my armchair earlier this month: “Go Team Red! Go!” 

As I sit by the fireplace on this blustery, blowing snowy day, I am watching our oldest granddaughter from Calgary playing for gold in a ringette tournament in Richmond. Now, it may not be exactly like I am sitting in the cold rink but I am there in spirit and cheering from my armchair. With our family spread out across the country, I would envy all the grandparents enjoying their grandchildren. Our visits seemed to be too few and far between and I felt like we were missing so much. Our oldest grandchild is thirteen, our middle grandson is ten and our youngest is now four. And in a span of thirteen years, technology just keeps on advancing. Even in that time frame I have noticed the change...

A Personal Reflection on Priesthood

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Written by

What matters most in my priesthood?  It is not bringing people close to me or political hierarchy. It is not also confinement in the Rectory or office. It is not even reading what’s inside people’s minds. But, it is to convert sinners and to save souls...

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