Weekly Update – May 20, 2018

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POPE FRANCIS – A MAN OF HIS WORD – Official Trailer [HD] – In Theaters May 18
“Pope Francis – A Man of His Word,” is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. The pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions. From his deep concern for the poor and wealth inequality, to his involvement in environmental issues and social justice, Pope Francis engages the audience face-to-face and calls for peace.

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Pentecost Sunday
Encountering the Word video, Jeff Cavins reflects on the readings for Pentecost

Love Is…1 Corinthians 13 – The Wedding Song –
Love Never Fails by Bernie Armstrong

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Weekly Update – May 13, 2018

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Ascension Day HD
We are celebrating the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes, we look at the Feast of the Ascension in the wrong way – as sort of an intermission if you will. Jesus came, lived his life for us and with us, offered his life on our behalf, he was raised from the dead, and now he ascends to the Father. And until he returns, we just kind of wait.

I Can Only Imagine – Wynonna Judd

Laura Story Grace (Lyrics)

HAGOOD HARDY – THEME FROM ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
Anne of Green Gables is a 1985 television movie based on the novel of the same name by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Great entertainment for all ages; love, forgiveness, relationships.
Available in a box set from Amazon.ca, not on Netflix, but may be available from your provider.

Anne of Green Gables (Official HD Trailer)

Don’t Worry Be Happy
Playing For Change
Song Around The World

Musicians for a Cause was founded to foster active involvement by the music community in social causes. Our goal is to ensure that every nonprofit organization that wants music to help their cause has access to it.
We team songwriters and other musicians with non-profit organizations, using music to bring life to the causes they support.
Since music is a medium that reaches people in ways that others can’t, we facilitate using music to help worthy causes develop more awareness and support for the work they do, using songs to deliver the messages.
Musicians for a Cause engages songwriters, performers, and various music industry professionals, working with non-profit organizations whose causes they’re passionate about. When you engage people through their passion good things happen!

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Weekly Update – May 6, 2018

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Bible Study
We are considering setting up a bible study group if there is sufficient interest.  Please go online to complete a brief survey (takes about 1 minute).  The survey can be found at:
https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/SZNSDHW

Your Child VS Your Smartphone
Technology is booming! With so many ways for us to connect and share with family, friends and strangers across the world. But how do children view technology? A wealth of knowledge is at our finger tips with our smartphones in hand…BUT AT WHAT COST?

Reflections From The Holy Lands – Alicia’s Reflection on Mary Magdalene (from Salt and Light)
We are the Galilee region of Israel. Specifically, in Magdala, the same town that was home to Mary Magdalene, the woman we know as the apostle to the apostles. We know very little about the woman who is described as the apostle of the apostles, so this village helps fill in some background.

Shroud of Turin (part 1)
A historical backgrounder on the Shroud of Turin, believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus. “The Shroud is a challenge to our intelligence… The Church urges that the Shroud be studied without pre-established positions that take for granted results that are not such… For the believer, what counts above all is that the Shroud is a mirror of the Gospel… The image of human suffering is reflected in the Shroud… The Shroud is also an image of God’s love as well as of human sin… (of) the powerlessness of death.. of silence….The Shroud shows Jesus at the moment of his greatest helplessness and reminds us that in the abasement of death lies the salvation of the whole world” (John  Paul II in the 1998 Exposition of the Shroud of Turin). This video is from the official website of the Philippine exhibit which started last July 2007

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Weekly Update (Update), March 26, 2018

This wasn’t available for the March 25 update, but should be viewed before Easter Sunday.

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Holy Week Message from Cardinal Collins
Cardinal Thomas Collins, the Catholic Archbishop of Toronto, shares his thoughts and personal insights on Holy Week, one of the most significant weeks in the Christian calendar.

 

Lent Reflection (Year B): Holy Thursday by Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB
The Bare Facts and Bare Feet if the Last Supper
This lent, Salt and Light brings you Lenten Reflections from Fr. Thomas Rosica who is the CEO of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation

Pope Francis explains Holy Week

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Weekly Update – March 25, 2018

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Who is this Mary of Magdala?
Was she a poor prostitute on the street? Why does she have seven demons? Well scholars have all different types of opinions and theories but when we walk around ancient Magdala I think we get a few clues and insights into who this person was and what might have influenced her. 

Henry Nouwen 

Grace by laura story

Matt Maher – Palm Sunday (1 of 7 Easter Week Videos)
Matt Maher discusses Palm Sunday in his first of seven Easter Week Videos.

The Donkey That No One Could Ride
Narration of The Donkey That No Could Ride by best-selling author, Anthony DeStefano

MATT MAHER – LORD, I NEED YOU (WYD:RIO)

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Deacon Alan In Magdala, Israel

Deacon Alan & Olivia are about 1/2 through their volunteer visit.  The video is an interview with Father Eamon Kelly who is almost always at Magdala giving tours and promoting support to continue the project.

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Weekly Update – February 4, 2018

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Deacon Alan & Olivia have been volunteering in Magdala, Galilee,Israel since January 16, 2018.  The update is an interview of David Delgado, Project Manager of the Magdala Project.

WITNESS – David Delgado
(Magdala Project)

Born in Mexico in 1989, David ́s family moved to Toronto when he was 9. He attended high school at Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School and thereafter graduated from the University of Toronto receiving an HBA in International Relations. While completing his last year of studies at U of T, in 2013, David received the opportunity to participate in a summer exchange program to Israel. From there everything changed for him. The vast history, rich culture, and diverse practice of faiths in the Middle East captured his full attention. He fell in love with the Holy Land and returned a year later to volunteer in a new and exciting project in Galilee called Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. As part of the Magdala and Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center team, David is in charge of leading the coordination and development of communication channels, seeking new opportunities to spread Magdala ́s message abroad and working with his team to ensure the vision of Magdala is brought to life. Currently David is working on completing his MA in Latin American, Iberian and Israeli Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Weekly Updates – January 28, 2018

Deacon Alan & Olivia have been in Magdal, Galilee, Israel, foir one week.  It is beautiful (despite the cold & rain).  Pictures/videoswillbe  available as soon as Deacon Alan can figure out the technology.

If anyone is considering a great spiritual experience, and is willing to “rough it” a litttle living in community, check out  magdala.org/getinvolved & consider volunteering.

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Weekly Updates – January 7, 2018

A virtue of the month as used by the schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (January – Courage)

The “Spirited Kids and Fun Facts” page now includes videos for the Virtue of the Month as well as videos for First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

WITNESS – Dr. Ernie Allen, Chair of the WePROTECT Global Alliance
Dr. Ernie Allen is a global expert on the digital economy; the dark side of the internet; public-private partnerships and child protection including the issues of child abduction, sexual exploitation, sexual violence and human trafficking. He frequently speaks to global audiences on these issues serves as an advisor to governments, law enforcement, technology companies and nonprofit organizations. He currently chairs a global effort for the British government to combat online child abuse that was created by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015, the WePROTECT Global Alliance.
This interview took place at the Child Dignity in the Digital World Congress in Rome on October 3, 2017

The Pope Video 01-2018 – Religious Minorities in Asia – January 2018
Sometimes we might think that being Christian is difficult. But what’s certain is that it is much more difficult in some places than in others. Asia is one of these places. Here, Christianity is a minority religion, and like other minorities, Christians often suffer persecution. Let us pray that all religions, also those that are minorities, are given the freedom that sometimes today on the Asian continent, they are lacking.
“In the vastly diversified cultural world of Asia, the Church faces many risks and her task is made more difficult by the fact of her being a minority.
These risks, these challenges are shared with other minority religious traditions, with whom we share a desire for wisdom, truth and holiness.
When we think of those who are persecuted for their religion, we go beyond differences of rite or confession : We place ourselves on the side of the men and women who fight to avoid renouncing their religious identity.
Let us pray for all of them, so that Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom.”

WITNESS – Sr. Prema Pierick, MC – Witness
Sister Mary Prema Pierick, whose name in Sanskrit means love, is the Superior General of the Missionary Sisters Charity, the religious congregation founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, now St. Teresa.
She was born Mechthild Pierick in a farming community in Reken, Germany. In 1980, after reading the biography of the foundress, Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge, she went to meet Mother Teresa in Berlin. She felt called to join her work and moved to India to join the Missionaries.
Sr. Prema eventually became the Regional Superior of the institute for the Sisters in Europe. She returned to India to supervise the tertianship program of the institute, the last stage of training before final religious profession. She succeeded Sister Nirmala Joshi as Superior General on March 24, 2009, elected on the first ballot and heading an institute which had over 5,000 members worldwide at that time.

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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Archdiocese of Toronto

 

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Weekly Update – December 24, 2017

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A virtue of the month as used by the schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (December – Charity)

The “Spirited Kids and Fun Facts” page now includes videos for the Virtue of the Month as well as videos for First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

One Candle is Lit,” a song for Advent and Christmas

He Came Down
“Welcome to all of you, please take a seat,
We want to now share a nativity treat.”
Discover more at http://speaklife.org.uk/HeCameDown

Hannah Kerr “Breath of Heaven” Official

“Hail Holy Queen” by Danielle Rose & Matt Maher with Lyrics – Sunday 7pm Choir
Recorded live on October 23, 2016 at St. Francis De Sales Church in Ajax, Ontario and sung by the Sunday 7pm Choir.

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy
Our life our sweetness and our hope
To thee do we cry, poor banished children
poor banished children of Eve
To thee do we send, send up our sighs
Mourning and weeping in this valley of tears
Turn then most gracious, most gracious advocate
Thine eyes of mercy toward us
And after this our exile show unto us
The blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ
Amen

Danielle Rose – The Saint That is Just Me
This is probably Danielle Rose’s most beautiful, most heart-felt song yet written.
After living at the Convent of the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in Prayertown, Texas for nearly three years, Danielle Rose discerned that Jesus is calling her to a vocation other than the Religious Life. She is now back on the road, fufilling God’s call to praise Him through her music.

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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Archdiocese of Toronto

 

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