The Solemnity of the Ascension: Disciples Sent to Build the Church in a COVID 19 World

Decorative ImageIn the days following Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples of Jesus locked themselves away in self-isolation for fear that the Romans and Jews might arrest them for being followers of Jesus. This self-isolation was very similar to that which many people today have had to experience on account of the COVID 19 restrictions that are in place. Throughout the entire time of the disciples’ isolation, Jesus appeared to His disciples and strengthened them with assurances of His resurrection, peace, and the gift of the Holy Spirit by which He would always be present in their lives.Continue Reading The Solemnity of the Ascension: Disciples Sent to Build the Church in a COVID 19 World

World Communications Day – May 16, 2021

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“You – the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese – haven’t forgotten the needs of your neighbours.

“Thank you to our pastors and parish staff who have continued to educate the faithful about the work of ShareLife agencies.”

 – Cardinal Thomas Collins

 Thank you for supporting ShareLife!

A Mother’s Day Story and Blessing

Every year on Mother’s Day, I love to tell the story of an episode of Sesame Street that I recall from many years ago.

The muppet puppets were featured in a story in which a little boy was separated from his mother. As the boy was crying in the town’s piazza because he could not find his mother, the king of that town came upon him and asked him why he was crying. The little boy responded that he had been separated from his mother and could not find her.

The king asked the little boy what his mother looked like and promised to send his entire army out to find her. The boy exclaimed that his mother “was the most beautiful women in the world.” The king dispatched his army to find the most beautiful women in the world so that she might be re-united with her son. The soldiers in the army brought back all of the beautiful women in the kingdom to be re-united with the child. Each time the boy was presented with another person to ask if this was his mother, he said “no, that is not her.” They continued to bring all of the women in the kingdom. Finally, the king said to the boy, we have brought you every beautiful women in the kingdom. And the boy said, but I told you “my mother is the most beautiful women in the world.

When it seemed like all of the women in the kingdom had been brought, everyone was beginning to lose hope that the boy would ever be re-united with his mother. Finally, a worn down and poorly dressed women made her way in to the king’s court and the boy shrieked in gladness at the sight of his mother.

Surprised that this was the boy’s mother, the king said, “I thought that you said that your mother was the most beautiful women in the world.” The boy exclaimed that “she is indeed the most beautiful women in the world. What took you so long to find her?”

Today we celebrate and give thanks for the gift of our mothers. I will offer Mass for the mothers of all the parishioners of St. Peter’s Parish—those living and deceased.

Thank you to all the mothers of the parish who are to their children the most beautiful women in the world.

May God bless the mothers of our parish today and always.

Fr. Michael

“I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him” (Acts 10:34)

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St. Peter’s First Communion Class 2019

Normally, at this time of year, in our parish, and in the parishes around the Archdiocese of Toronto, many young people would be celebrating their First Communion. Sadly, this year, due to the restrictions of COVID 19, these celebrations are being delayed until it is safe to have such gatherings in our Church.

Recently, because of parish based catechesis and preparation, the focus at First Communion has been taken off of the school class and put where it belongs; on the family of the child who is preparing to receive the Eucharist. This has brought about a change in our First Communion celebrations that I just love. In the parishes that I have served in, we have taken to inviting the entire family of the young person making his or her First Communion to come up and receive the sacrament with the young person. I think it is so beautiful to see these young people coming forward, to receive Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist, while he or she is also surrounded by the family that loves and cares for this young person so much. Each family is filled with such joy as they witness the reception of First Communion for the young candidate. The experience of witnessing so many different families coming up with their young person to receive his or her First Communion has really emphasized something that all of us share in common, no matter what our backgrounds, and that is love and the desire for happiness for our friends and families.Continue Reading “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him” (Acts 10:34)

“By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples” (John 15: 8)

Decorative ImageMany of the movies that come out these days are based upon sequels of previous movies. Throughout the fifty days of the Easter Season, the Church has been focusing its attention on one of the greatest sequels in human history—The Acts of the Apostles. The Acts of the Apostles is the second part of a two part series known as Luke—Acts. The first part of this series is the Gospel of Luke. In his Gospel, Luke, like the other three evangelists, presents the life of Christ and speaks of the way in which Christ revealed God’s love and salvation for all people who place their faith in Him. In the Gospels, we see how Jesus made God present to humanity, saved them and touched them through His divine person.Continue Reading “By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples” (John 15: 8)