Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

“The Father has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13)

 

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On the last Sunday of every liturgical year, which this Sunday is, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Christ the King—King of the Universe. Next Sunday, we will begin a new liturgical year as we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent.

The Solemnity of Christ the King takes place on the last Sunday of the liturgical year to remind us that at the end of time, Christ will come to judge the living and the dead. The solemnity is intended to remind us that we are to be ready to meet Christ when He comes by being ready to meet Him today and always. While Christians have always believed that Jesus was their king, this liturgical feast was established in 1925 by Pope Pius XI. He instituted it in troubled times to remind Catholics that the worldly powers that were causing such political turmoil at the time were only temporary and passing. The true Kingship over humanity belonged to Christ and Christians ought to be more concerned with following Christ than those passing worldly powers. At the same time that Pius XI instituted the feast, he suggested that as it was celebrated all Catholics ought to renew their consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Pius XI’s motto as Pope was: “Christ’s Peace through Christ’s reign.”Continue Reading Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Lecture Series – Listening to Indigenous Voices

Decorative ImageThe Jesuit Form for Social Faith and Justice has recently published a dialogue guide, in partnership with Indigenous elders and knowledge keepers, ‘Listening to Indigenous Voices: A Dialogue Guide on Justice and Right Relationships’. It has been published by Novalis Publishing as a response to ‘Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ Calls to Action.

St. Peter’s Parish has invited Elder Bob Philips and Fr. Trevor Scott s.j., of the Jesuit Forum, to introduce our parish community, and those of our wider community who might be interested, to this dialogue process.

Through a selection of 4 Sessions from ‘Listening to Indigenous Voices’ interested participants will meet once a month to reflect upon past wrongs that have been inflicted upon Indigenous communities, and how we can move towards right relationships with Indigenous peoples as a society and as a church community based upon a renewed respect and celebration. These encounters will take place on the evenings of Thursdays, September 15, October 13 (Rescheduled),November 10, December 8 and January 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the parish auditorium.

There will be a registration fee of $45.00 for those who attend. This includes the purchase of the book “Listening to Indigenous Voices.” For those who already have the book, registration is $25.00. The registration fee will be waived for any who cannot afford to pay it. Please register in advance with the St. Peter’s parish office: 416-534-4219. Registration is limited to 40 persons. Please note, that our parish hall is not wheel chair accessible. For more information on the guide itself visit: LTIV.ca