Mark McCormick offers us this weekend’s reflection. In it, Mark shares: “Jesus asks us today to be on the leading edge of change, for we cannot escape the conclusion that human hearts outside of God make enemies of the other. When we watch unfolding tragedies and say “no more” and “not again”, the pattern still endures and emerges with another group suffering under our oppressive ways.
In Christ, our hearts are tamed and taught in the gentle and humble ways of peace, understanding and friendship. These are the ways that Jesus lived. His sacred heart reaches out to us today to imitate his compassion for one another.” Continue reading Mark McCormick’s Reflection and a Parish Update for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
One of my hobbies is gardening and I think I am pretty good at it! Here’s one example- as many of you will know, this is a peony. It’s the time of year when peonies bloom- they are over the top in terms of their beauty and profusion, with multiple blooms in any one bush.
I have taken time and care, nurtured my plant with rich soil, added fertilizer to spur growth and ensured just the right amount of water. I am proud of my gardening skills!
Jesus’ story for us today about the tiny but mighty mustard seed makes us think. Within the mustard seed, any seed, is contained all that is required for the seed to grow, to blossom and flourish. The Gospel reminds me that I have had nothing to do with producing that seed. When I think of my time and labour and my outsize pride and boasting, Jesus tells me that God does the growing, not me- “we sleep and we rise each night and day and the seed would sprout and grow- without us knowing how”- the earth produces plants with seeds sown by God. Continue reading We are gardeners, whose role must be to tend to the seeds that God has planted
Fr. Jim offers the reflection for Pentecost and shares: “There is only one way to believe in the resurrection of Jesus. And that is to believe in the spirit being alive in our midst today. Like the first disciples, gathering together in faith and prayer, we experience the presence of the risen Christ.” Continue reading Fr. Jim’s Reflection, Zoom Liturgy of the Word and a Parish Update for Pentecost
On Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. we once again invite you to attend our Liturgy of the Word service on Zoom. Please register here. Eleanor Rabnett offers the reflection for Ascension Sunday in video format, as well as in full-text version here: Ascension Sunday May 15, 16 2021. In her reflection. Eleanor shares:
“Paul’s letter to the Ephesians reminds us how we have been called to live and maintain a new relationship of peace; by invoking the qualities of deep humility, gentleness, enduring patience, and love. He speaks of the unity of the Christian community with Christ as the head and the Church as the body. One God, one faith, one baptism. Different gifts are given to different people; some are to be apostles, prophets, preachers, pastors, teachers, parents just to name a few: all to build up the Body of Christ. All to serve God, the Church and each other.” Continue reading Eleanor Rabnett’s Reflection, Zoom Liturgy of the Word and a Parish Update on Ascension Sunday
The reflection for this Sunday is offered by John Mark Keyes, available as a video recording and also at our Zoom Liturgy of the Word service on Sunday, May 9th, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. (Please register here.) In his reflection, John Mark explores the different ways that we have come to understand the concept of both love and friendship. What does it mean to see God as a friend, rather than as a stern, distant figure? What does it mean to see God as love? Continue reading John Mark Keyes’ Reflection, Zoom Liturgy of the Word and a Parish Update for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
Fr. Jim offers us the reflection for this weekend, when we will once again hold a live Liturgy of the Word service on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. (Please register here to receive your Zoom link.) In his video reflection, Fr. Jim shares: “We hear the call to abide in Jesus, as he abides in us; that he is the vine and we are the branches. The image of Jesus as the vine and us as the branches explains that we are an intimate and inexplicable part of him, and of one another. For the author of John’s gospel, this blessing and choice marks us as disciples of Jesus. Most of the time, we consider discipleship of Jesus to be a following after him. This is a consistent image in the Synoptic Gospels. However, in John’s Gospel, discipleship is not an action or a movement, but a permanent dwelling in Jesus. ” Continue reading Fr. Jim’s Reflection, Live Zoom Liturgy of the Word and a Parish Update for the Fifth Sunday of Easter
On Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., we will be holding a Liturgy of the Word service live over Zoom. While the current provincial restrictions do not make it possible for us to gather on weekends, we look forward to seeing you each Sunday during this period on Zoom. Please register here to receive the Zoom link. We are also offering weekday noon Mass on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with a reduced capacity of 10 people. If you would like to attend, please register here.
Andrew Pump offers the reflection for this weekend, exploring the concept of the good shepherd. He references Fratelli Tutti, where Pope Francis reminds us that we are called to meet people wherever they are; to be with them in their lives, no questions asked. Francis notes that our communities still have a problem with Pharisees, yet as members of the Church, we are always called to seek out the lost and injured. Continue reading Andrew Pump’s Reflection, Live Zoom Liturgy of the Word and a Parish Update for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
St. Joseph’s Parish remains open for Mass on the weekend of April 17-18, 2021 by registration. (Please register here to attend.) Fr. Jim offers the homily for the Third Sunday of Easter. Our Pastor shares: “We can only begin to discover the truth of Jesus having been raised when we allow ourselves to be grasped by the power of the Risen One; when we allow ourselves to be transformed by Him. The truth of the Resurrection of Jesus will only begin to dawn on us when we act and speak in the power of the Risen One. ” Continue reading Fr. Jim’s Homily and a Parish Update for the Third Sunday of Easter
Fr. Jim offers the homily for the Second Sunday of Easter, sharing: “Questions and doubts are an integral part of any faith process. It is important to remember that the opposite of faith is fear, not doubt. This is most likely the reason Jesus often tells the disciples not to be afraid. Notice how Jesus is not upset with Thomas’ refusal to accept the testimony of the other disciples. He offers him peace and invited Thomas to touch him. Thomas yields completely to the experience. His statement, ‘my Lord and my God,’ is one of the most powerful acknowledgements of Jesus’ real identity in the whole Gospel, and the only time anyone directly calls him God.”
The illustration above, and seen in full at the bottom of this page, is the work of Fr. Ronald Raab, CSC. entitled “My Lord and God.”
Continue reading Fr. Jim’s Homily, Liturgical Resources and a Parish Update for the Second Sunday of Easter
Fr. Jim offers the homily for Palm Sunday. In his reflection, Fr. Jim shares:
“We enter these liturgies with a heart touched by the suffering caused by the pandemic. People grieving the loss of loved ones, jobs, their freedom of movement and the ability to gather together in meaningful ways that enrich our sense of belonging. Also, we have seen and heard how the pandemic has caused many people to see the other as a stranger and a threat — resulting in cruel words and violent actions, which have weakened our sense of unity and harmony in our world. The news is full of stories of how people of colour have been spat at, while walking down the street, of racist comments directed towards people of Asian descent, reports of the many injustices inflicted on Indigenous peoples, and pronouncements that rob the LGBTQ2S+ community of their dignity and rights — both in the Church and the broader community…We enter into the Passion of Christ, who once more invites us to bless our community and world with God’s justice, truth and love.” Continue reading Fr. Jim’s Reflection, Liturgical Resources and a Parish Update on Palm Sunday