Weekly Updates – October 15, 2017

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October is the Month of the Rosary and this October 17 is the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal.

The weekly updates will focus on:

  1. The Rosary and Fatima
  2. A virtue of the month as used by the schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (October – Gratitude)

International Rosary – Glorious Mysteries
International Rosary – Sorrowful Mysteries
International Rosary – Luminous Mysteries
International Rosary – Joyful Mysteries

Join EWTN as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Fatima.


USCCB / For Your Marriage

Want to be happy? Be grateful | David Steindl-Rast

Give Thanks ( With A Grateful Heart )

♫ My Thankful Song ♫ | Thanksgiving Song for Children

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Archdiocese of Toronto

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Weekly Updates – October 8, 2017

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October is the Month of the Rosary and this October 17 is the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal.

The weekly updates will focus on:
The Rosary and Fatima
A virtue of the month as used by the schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (October – Gratitude)

International Rosary – Glorious Mysteries
International Rosary – Sorrowful Mysteries
International Rosary – Luminous Mysteries
International Rosary – Joyful Mysteries

Join EWTN as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Fatima.


The Pope Video 10-2017 – Rights of workers and the unemployed – October 2017
This month, Pope Francis asks us to pray that the rights of workers and the unemployed will be respected. Work is one of the fundamental human rights. Let us make an effort so that everyone has access to employment in dignified conditions.
“We should always remember the dignity and rights of those who work, condemn situations in which that dignity and those rights are violated, and help to ensure authentic progress by man and society. Let us pray that all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.”

Food For Thought:
“Joy is one of the best safeguards against temptation. The devil is a carrier of dust and dirt and he uses every opportunity to throw what he has at us. But a joyful heart protects us from this dirt. That is because Jesus is there in our joy. Jesus takes full possession of our soul when we surrender to him joyfully. St. Francis de Sales said, ‘A sad saint is a bad saint’. St. Teresa of Avila worried about her sisters only when she saw them lose their joy. Joy is a source of power for us.”— St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Bishop Barron on “Ingrid Goes West” (Spoilers)
Matt Spicer’s dark comedy “Ingrid Goes West” is a telling and penetrating critique of the iPhone culture that has swallowed up so many young people today, and it artfully explores the shadow side of living in virtual reality.

Blessings – Laura Story (with lyrics)

A Gift To You

THANKFUL- Josh Groban

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Weekly Updates – October 1, 2017

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Archdiocese of Toronto

The Knights of Columbus presents
The Luke E. Hart Series
Basic Elements of the Catholic Faith

Sacraments 101: Matrimony (why make it Catholic)
BustedHalo.com’s fantastic introduction to the Sacraments series: Why do we have to have a Catholic wedding? Why does it take so long to get married in the Church? Why does the Church insist we have children?
These questions and more are answered in this edition of “Sacraments 101,” a web video series geared for those who’d like an introduction or refresher course on these important, tangible Catholic experiences of God.

Let the Healing begin
Song by Michael John Poirier

Echoing Angels – Give You Peace

BENEDICTA: Marian Chant from Norcia by The Monks of Norcia

“When You Believe” cover by One Voice Children’s Choir
One Voice Children’s Choir, under the direction of Masa Fukuda, performs “When You Believe.” Filmed on-location at Omaha Beach and Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial in Normandy, France. Performed in English, Hebrew and French. This song is dedicated to all the soldiers who fought in World War II, including those who fought at Normandy’s Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword Beaches in the D-Day Invasion; and to the millions of Jewish victims who lost their lives during the Nazi Holocaust.

Witness – Kevin Tuerff and Maureen Basnicki
Maureen Basnicki
Founder, Canadian National Day of Service Foundation
Twenty-four Canadians were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. There were 19 men and 5 women. The youngest was 30 years old, the oldest 70. Two of them were brother and sister. Two were a newly married couple. Three never got to hold the babies their wives have given birth to since the attacks. Most worked in business or computers. There was also a hockey scout, an electrical engineer, a nurse. In their sparetime they were avid travellers, athletes and volunteers, and had passions for playing bridge, watching Broadway musicals and pulling off practical jokes. Most were in the World Trade Center, and many managed to contact family and friends while trapped inside. Three of them were on the planes that crashed into the towers. Ken Basnicki, was on one of the Canadians who perished in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in Manhattan on September 11. Soon after 9/11, Ken’s wife, Maureen Basnicki, became one of Canada’s most outspoken advocates for victims of terrorist attacks. Maureen, a Catholic, is founding director of the Canadian Coalition Against Terror. Her untiring efforts led the Canadian Government to designate September 11 each year as an official day to remember the victims, not through somber ceremonies, but by performing good deeds. She is also fighting to have legislation introduced that would allow individuals, organizations or states to be sued for funding terrorism.
Kevin Tuerff
Social Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Kevin Tuerff was returning from a Paris vacation with his partner, to their home in Austin, Texas. Their Air France flight was two hours from landing when a plane crashed into the first World Trade Center building. Then 17 minutes later a plane hit the second tower. Another 20 minutes later, all air space was closed. His plane, and 37 other diverted flights, were headed to a small Canadian town in Newfoundland. Nearly 7,000 strangers descended on Gander, nearly doubling its 10,000 population. Kevin fondly and gratefully recalls the locals from Gander cooking tons of food and hundreds of strangers doing random acts of kindness on that day of infamy. Now 16 years after the September 11terrorist tragedy, Kevin has pledged to transform the world around him. Kevin is the inspiration for the character Kevin in the hit musical Come from Away. He wrote about the journey from Gander to the present moment in his personal memoir, Channel of Peace.

10 Beautiful Lines
1). Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout life.
2). Why is a car’s windshield so large and the rear view mirror so small? Because our past is not as important as our future. So, look ahead and move on.
3). Friendship is like a book. It takes a few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.
4). All things in life are temporary. If they are going well, enjoy them, they will not last forever. If they are going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either.
5). Old friends are gold! New friends are diamonds! If you get a diamond, don’t forget the gold! To hold a diamond, you always need a base of gold!
6). Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, God smiles from above and says, “relax, sweetheart; it’s just a bend, not the end!”
7). When God solves your problems, you have faith in his abilities; when God doesn’t solve your problems, he has faith in your abilities.
8). A blind person asked God: “can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?”  He replied: “yes, losing your vision!”
9). When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
10). Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles; it takes away today’s peace.

“Same Kind of Different as Me” Coming to Canadian Theatres

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Weekly Updates – September 17, 2017

The website is being managed from Safety Harbour in Florida during and after Hurricaine Irma.  The challenges have made it unreasonable to provide other than updating the Church bulletin.

Things should be back to normal next Sunday.


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Weekly Updates – September 3, 2017

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The Pope Video 09-2017 – Parishes at the service of the mission – September 2017
The doors of our parishes are always open, not waiting for people to come in but ready to go out to meet them. Let us pray that parishes continue in the service of others and in the transmission of the faith.
“Parishes must be in contact with homes, with people’s lives, with the life of society.
They have to be houses where the door is always open so as to go forth toward others.
And it is important that this going-forth follows a clear proposal of faith.
The doors must be opened so that Jesus can go out with all of the joy of his message.
Let us pray for our parishes, that they not be simple offices, but that animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen”.

Witness – Bishop Donald Bolen
Most Rev. Donald Bolen, from rural Saskatchewan to becoming a priest of the Archdiocese of Regina, working at the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity in Rome, then becoming the Bishop of Saskatoon in 2010.

Witness – Dan Heffernan and Alain Cayer
Alain Cayer
Immediate Past State Deputy – Ex-Député D’État
Alain Cayer was born on February 10th, 1970, in Winchester, Ontario and raised on the family dairy farm. In 1992, he married Sheryl and together they have four beautiful daughters; Marie-France, Gabrielle, Natassja and Karine. They now own a garden center, L’Arbrerie Cayer, in Casselman, just east of Ottawa. Alain joined the Knights of Columbus, days after his 18th birthday in Council 7743 Ste-Thérèse d’Avila in Marionville. He has served as Trustee, Chancellor, Advocate, Deputy Grand Knight, and three terms as Grand Knight. He has served as a District Warden, and four years as District Deputy of District 58. At 19, he became Sir Knight of the 4th Degree with J. Urgel Forget Assembly 1999. In May 2008, he was elected as the Ontario State Warden. Alain has always been involved in sports; hockey, baseball, curling, golf, volleyball, and bowling. He also stands on the sidelines watching and supporting his daughters as they engage in volleyball, and cheerleading.

Dan Heffernan, State Deputy – Député D’État
Dan was born in southern Ontario – the 9th child of Irish parents who farmed near Arthur, Ontario.  Dan attended a one room country school house until Gr 6, and then St John’s Separate School in Arthur. He graduated from Norwell District SS in the technology program before being hired by Ontario Hydro as a Millwright Apprentice in 1973. He married his high-school sweetheart, Rita, in 1972, and together they raised their 2 sons, Daniel and Christopher.  During his career, as an Industrial Millwright, and then, Vice-President over the Nuclear, Thermal and Construction Divisions of the Power Workers, they moved around Ontario – now in their 18th home near Iron Bridge! In 1988, Dan joined the Knights of Columbus Council in Alliston, and quickly achieved Charter Deputy Grand Knight position to the newly formed Council in Angus where he performed Council Executive positions for many years before starting 2 new Councils, and accepting the District Deputy role.
His passion for his Faith and the Knights of Columbus shone when he was first appointed Pro-Life Chairman for Ontario, then was elected to the Ontario State Board in 2006. He was elected to the position of State Deputy of Ontario in April, 2017.

Witness – Fr. Richard Leonard, SJ
Fr. Richard Leonard, SJ, is a writer and film critic who has written and spoken about cinema, culture, and faith on four continents. Born at Warwick, Queensland, and growing up in Toowoomba, Fr. Leonard directs the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting for the Bishop’s Conference. He holds undergraduate degrees in arts, education and theology, as well as a master’s degree in systematic theology. After ordination to the priesthood at St Mary’s Church, North Sydney, on 11, December, 1993, Richard was apprenticed to Albert Street Productions where he wrote, produced and directed documentary films for Australian television.
In 1996 Richard undertook the graduate course in film production at the London Film School, Covent Garden. In 2004 he graduated with a PhD in cinema studies from Melbourne University in Australia. Fr. Leonard lectures in cinema and theology at the United Faculty of Theology and has been a visiting lecturer in Australian cinema at the University of Melbourne.
In 2003 he was a visiting scholar within the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of California in Los Angels (UCLA). In 2006, 2008 and 2010 he was a visiting professor at the Gregorian University in Rome. Since 2007 he has been an honorary fellow of the Australian Catholic University. He is a member of the Australian Catholic Media Council and a film critic for all the major Australian Catholic newspapers. He has served on juries at the Venice, Berlin, Hong Kong, Montreal, Brisbane and Melbourne International Film Festivals and has lectured on film, faith and culture across Australia and the Pacific, Asia, the UK and the USA. Fr. Leonard is the author of numerous books and articles in magazines and reviews around the world.

Witness – Fr. Peteris Skudra
Pēteris Skudra, Diocese of Riga, Latvia, was born in 1990 in Riga, Latvia. The oldest of four children, he was educated in Riga and began studies for the seminary in Riga in 2008. Ordained a priest in 2014, he served as vicar in five small parishes until 2015 when he was appointed chaplain of the diocesan youth centre in the nation’s capital. On behalf of the Episcopal conference of Latvia, Fr. Skudra has led delegations of Latvian youth to International World Youth Days. An avid and proficient communicator, he heads up Radio Marija Latvija in his country and has joined us at Salt and Light Television in Canada in our pastoral outreach to young adults.


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Weekly Updates – August 20, 2017

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“Rebuilding Project In Pictures” has been updated to include new tabernacle altar and mosaics added in 2017.

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

To The River // Living Room Session

“Here’s another soothing Living Room Sessions music video, recorded entirely in our Tiny House!
It blends that old Spiritual “Down to the River” with Brian Doerksen’s “To The River”, and features our 7-year-old Forrest :)”
MUSICIANS // Brackin Kirkland is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and sound engineer who has been saved by the grace of God and is compelled to draw others to Christ through personal story-telling and biblical narratives set to captivating music. Lindsay – beautiful wife and wonderful mother – has an angelic voice and brings a simple, grounded aesthetic to the music.



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Weekly Updates – August 13, 2017

Link To Weekly Updates PageThe Parish Yard Sale will take place Saturday August 12th from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.


Witness – Fr. Michel Côté
Michel Côté was born on August 8, 1941 at Brive-la-Gaillarde, in France, of Canadian (Albertan) parents. He grew up in the bilingual area of downtown Montréal (Notre-Dame de Grâce) from 1942-1961. Upon completion of high school and two years of studies in Social Sciences at the University of Montreal, he entered the Dominican Friars in 1961 and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Theology at the Dominican Faculty of Studies in Ottawa. Michel was ordained to the priesthood in 1969. For ten years (1969-1979), he lived and worked with a missionary team of Dominicans within a blue collar, immigrant, city core area of Ottawa as a community organizer working with the poor. From 1970 – 1973, Fr. Côté served as Ottawa Archdiocesan coordinator for Social Development and was a founding member of Development and Peace and 10 Days for World Development in the Archdiocese.
Since 1970, he has served as conference interpreter for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, The Canadian Religious Conference, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, The Canadian Council for International Co-operation, The Catholic Health Association of Canada, The Canadian Canon Law Society and many other groups in the field of religion or development. He is founder of the Canadian Religious Conference’s Theological Committee on the Future of Religious Life. Founding theologian for the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. Fr. Côté is sought after as an excellent interpreter, acclaimed speaker, seminar facilitator and preacher at retreats or workshops in parishes and with many varied groups. He has also co-authored books on spirituality and social justice topics.
From 1969-1985, he has served his own religious congregation in the role of Prior of several communities as well as serving on the Provincial Council for several terms. Has also worked in the area of vocation promotion and currently resides in downtown Toronto with his Dominican Brothers and serves as House treasurer and Vocation Director.
This interview took place at the Salt + Light TV broadcast center in Toronto on May 16, 2017.

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Weekly Updates – August 6, 2017

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The Pope Video 08-2017 – For artists – August 2017
The arts and nature express the beauty of creation and bring joy to the soul. Let us join the Pope in praying for artists, so that with their creativity, they continue showing us the greatness of God.
“The arts give expression to the beauty of the faith and proclaim the Gospel message of the grandeur of God’s creation.
When we admire a work of art or a marvel of nature, we discover how everything speaks to us of Him and of His love.
That artists of our time, through their creativity, may help us discover the beauty of creation.”

CANADA150 – The First Bishop of Toronto
It’s Canada’s 150th anniversary and for the next year, we Canadians are celebrating the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation.
You can’t talk about the Catholic Church’s contribution to Canada over the past 150 years without talking about the first Catholic Bishop of Toronto, Bishop Michael Power.
Archbishop Cardinal Thomas Collins takes a moment to talk to us at the crypt chapel underneath St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica , about the legacy of this great man to Toronto and to Canadians, and why the Archdiocese of Toronto is working towards his beatification.

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Weekly Updates – July 30, 2017

Restless (by Audrey Assad) Covered by Jennifer Langley

Witness – Fr. Paul Shelton, S.J & Fr. Ryan Duns, SJ
Paul J. Shelton, SJ, is a native of Columbus, Ohio, where he attended St. Mary German Village Catholic grammar school and St. Charles Preparatory High School. The Shelton family, headed by a single mother, went through periods of financial hardship, but there were many blessings along the way as friends and neighbors were quick to lend a hand. Growing up, Shelton saw God at work in the people who helped the family through the hard times, and the fatherless boy began to consider a vocation to the priesthood because of the tremendous example and support of the priests in his parish. At Marquette University in Milwaukee, Shelton studied history and classical languages and, importantly, met the Jesuits for the first time. After graduating from Marquette in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree, he entered the Society of Jesus. Following the novitiate, Shelton was missioned to Loyola University Chicago, where he earned a master’s degree in social philosophy. Missioned next to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, he earned both a Master of Divinity degree and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology while serving as a deacon at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
Fr. Ryan G. Duns, SJ, grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He first encountered the Jesuits when he was 14 and was playing Irish music in a band with a Jesuit, but he came to know the Society more deeply at Saint Ignatius High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. and a master’s degree in religious studies at John Carroll University in Ohio. Ryan entered the Society of Jesus in 2004 and earned a Master of Theological Studies degree at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2015 and is currently living in Cleveland, Ohio, where he is writing a dissertation on the thought of the philosopher William Desmond. In addition to doctoral studies, Ryan is a professional Irish musician and plays throughout North America at Irish dancing competitions. He also teaches a course entitled “A Jesuit\’s Introduction to the Tin Whistle” via his Youtube Channel

Spirituality for Your Personality Type
Knowing your personality type can be useful to determine what form your spiritual practice might take.
With the election of Pope Francis, there has been a lot of attention paid to Ignatian spirituality. Your personality may lend you to a different type of spirituality, such as Franciscan, Augustinian, or Thomastic.
This article might be a good starting point.

Incredible video shows dog rescuing a young deer

Noelle and Ryland sing “The Prayer” (Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion)

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Weekly Updates – July 23, 2017

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Prayer for Home by Fernando Ortega
a beautiful song of Mr. Fernando Ortega…..

WITNESS – Catherine Kamp
Cathy Kamp is a Pastoral Associate at St. Joseph’s Church in Penfield, N.Y. where she has served since 2006. She is responsible for a mission-driven model of parishioner-led ministry, adult formation including the RCIA and small Christian communities, stewardship and evangelization, and some aspects of pastoral care and social outreach. She has a passion for creative uses of social media and other communications to share the Good News.
Cathy received a Master of Divinity at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Rochester, NY in 2012 and enjoys teaching in the classroom and offering workshops. Working closely with her pastor and pastoral team, she is committed to bringing the spirituality of Pope Francis to life at the parish level and has offered a variety of courses to explore practical implementation of the Pope’s emphasis on becoming a Church of mercy.
Cathy current serves as Chair of the Diocese of Rochester Pastoral Associates/Pastoral Ministers Association. The focus of the association is to provide spiritual renewal and professional development for lay pastoral leaders in the Diocese.
Prior to lay ecclesial ministry, Cathy was a writer and communications consultant for Rochester area non-profits including the University of Rochester Medical Center and the Diocese of Rochester. Earlier in her career, she was vice president of a public relations firm in New York City and an accounts manager manager for Procter & Gamble. She has a B.A. in English from Adelphi University. Married with four adult children, Cathy enjoys writing, photography, yoga and dogs!

WITNESS – Fr. Michael Pace, SDB
Fr. Michael Pace is Salesian priest, a member of the religious congregation founded by St. John Bosco. Upon ordination in 1999, he served as associate pastor and youth minister for seven years at Montreal’s Missione Maria Ausiliatrice and Don Bosco Youth Leadership Centre.
From 2007- 2016 he was pastor at St. Benedict Parish in Toronto where he devoted much pastoral care to youth ministry, sponsorship and resettlement of refugees, and parish team building. He peached parish retreats, and diocesan missions, and to date has led eight World Youth Day delegations for the Salesian Youth Movement.
Fr. Mike’s current assignment is in Orange, New Jersey, where he is Director of the Salesian house of formation for future Salesian priests and brothers. While awaiting his US Religious Worker’s Visa, Fr. Mike spent six months in Tijuana, Mexico. From October 2016 to March 2017 he worked closely with the thousands of Haitian migrants who flocked to Tijuana in the hopes of gaining entry to the United States. As one of the Salesian team members at the Desayunador Salesiano, he helped over 5,000 Haitian migrants find a warm, safe, attentive welcome in the Salesian refuge after their three month journey from Brazil.
Prior to entering the priesthood, Fr. Pace was lawyer in Ontario. He was also a highschool teacher and chaplain. As a Salesian he is committed to living Don Bosco’s charism of evangelizing and educating youth with joy and optimism.


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