Joe Gunn’s Reflection and a Parish Update on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The parable of the worker in the vineyard is hard to understand if we receive it as a message about strict justice or progressive labour laws. But what happens if we accept it as an invitation to comprehend God’s totally outrageous generosity?
Fr. Jim’s Reflection and a Parish Update on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
We exist only in relationships: with God the Creator, with our brothers and sisters as members of a common family, and with all of God’s creatures within our common home…
Joan O’Connell’s Reflection and a Parish Update on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, Nelson Mandela and Ghandi — They were described as living their lives on the edge of the inside – they were just enough on the inside of the dominant culture or social system to know it with all its strengths and faults, but not at the centre where they would be too invested with much to lose.
Mark McCormick’s Reflection and a Parish Update on the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
The canvas of need in our world is large. It’s PRIDE Week here in Ottawa and leaders are encouraging us to proclaim loudly and proudly what we know to be true — every child of God deserves love in their lives.
Eleanor Rabnett’s Reflection and a Parish Update on the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
I persist in trying to look at this new and challenging way of being…I learn how to smile through my mask and to recognize the smiles of each of you as you wear your masks and let your eyes do the smiling. Transformation! I’m looking at a new world…
Donna Rietschlin’s Reflection, Liturgical Resources and a Parish Update on the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
I remember when I was an adolescent, probably about 16 years old; I was talking with my friend Eileen’s mom. I told her I was not sure I believed in God. I had never said this out loud before. Mrs. McGrath did not act surprised.
Fr. Jim’s Reflection, Liturgical Resources and a Parish Update on the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear St. Joe’s parishioners, On this 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Fr. Jim explores the biblical understanding of the term compassion. Compassion, as presented in Scripture, is more than an expression of empathy. It involves us sharing in the suffering of each other in a real way. In his reflection, available as a video below and in person at Masses this weekend, Fr. Jim tells us the story of an Indigenous woman he met while in pastoral ministry in the north, and what he learned from her act of...
Andrew Pump’s Reflection, Liturgical Resources and a Parish Update on the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Kingdom of Heaven is within, and that no matter what the economic or political order of the day, we all have access to the love and grace of God in our hearts.
Liturgical Resources and a Parish Update on the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time & Mass Registration
We have learned a lot about the faults and the strengths of our society and of ourselves as individuals, families, and communities. The parable of the weeds in the wheat has never been more relevant.