Weekly Update – June 17, 2018

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A Seed of Love
A Catholic Prayer Book
Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Although I have often abandoned you, O Lord, you have never abandoned me. Your hand of love is always outstretched towards me, even when I stubbornly look the other way. And your gentle voice constantly calls me, even when I obstinately refuse to listen. When the sins in my soul are increasing, I lose the taste for virtuous things. Yet even at such moments, Lord, I know I am failing you and failing myself. You alone can restore my taste for virtue. There are so many false friends willing to encourage sin. But your friendship alone can give the strength of mind to resist and defeat sin. What a good friend you are, Lord! You are so patient, willing to wait as long as necessary for me to turn to you. You rejoice at the times when I love you, but you do not hold against me the times when I ignore you. Your patience is beyond my understanding. Even when I pray, my mind fills with worldly concerns and vain daydreams. Yet you are happy if I give only a single second of honest prayer, turning that second into a seed of love. O Lord, I enjoy your friendship so much, why is it not possible for me to think of you constantly?

Kathy Hayes

A Father’s Day Prayer
A father’s love is a profound picture of the unconditional love of God.

Gary Valenciano

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Weekly Update – June 10, 2018

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Why the only future worth building includes everyone | Pope Francis
A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don’t, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail. “Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the ‘other’ is not a statistic, or a number,” he says. “We all need each other.”

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Weekly Update – May 27, 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.

Bishop Michael Curry’s captivating sermon – The Royal Wedding – BBC

ReImagining Faith Formation – Part 1
On February 3, 2018, parish leaders from across the Archdiocese of Toronto gathered at St. Edward the Confessor Parish for the first workshop of the Reimagine Faith Formation Project, presented by John Roberto from Vibrant Faith. The Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century workshop introduced parish leaders to the five elements of comprehensive approach for developing vibrant faith formation in the 21st century: 1) engaging all generations – intergenerationally; 2) nurturing family faith and equips parents to transmit faith at home; 3) addressing the unique needs of age groups – children, youth and adults; 4) developing mission outreach to the unaffiliated and uninvolved and inviting people into discipleship and; 5) utilizing digitally enabled and connected strategies for faith formation.

Holy Holy Holy
Hillsong United

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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.


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)

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
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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

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


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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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