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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Weekly Updates – July 16, 2017

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Bishop Barron on the Sacrament of Marriage
Recently, I had the great good pleasure of presiding at the wedding of my niece, Bryna and her now husband, Nelson. While we rejoice in their love for each other, the fact that they have now become living symbols of Christ the Bridegroom’s ecstatic love for his Bride, the Church is reason, in the very deepest sense, to give thanks.

“I am a Child of God” by One Voice Children’s Choir
One Voice Children’s Choir, under the direction of Masa Fukuda, performs, “I am a Child of God” with bless4, a Japanese vocal ensemble. Performed December 2016 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Con te partirò (Orchestra and Kids Choir 2016
Children’s chorus of the Teatro Regio and the «Giuseppe Verdi» Conservatory of Torino,

“Overture of Hope”—Steve Bell and Tim Huff
Steve is a Singer/Songwriter
Tim Huff Incoming Executive Director of Hope Exchange / Author
Hope Exchange is a ministry that finds meaningful and creative ways to honour, encourage,
inspire and come alongside the hope-givers.

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Weekly Updates – July 9, 2017

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The Pope Video 07-2017 – Those distant from the Christian faith – July 2017
July 2017. The Pope Video. We all know someone close to us who has grown distant from the faith. Let us help them to live the joy of Jesus and pray with the Pope that they might rediscover the beauty of the Christian life.
“Let us never forget that our joy is Jesus Christ — his faithful and inexhaustible love.
When a Christian becomes sad, it means that he has distanced himself from Jesus.
But then we must not leave him alone! We should offer him Christian hope — with our words, yes, but more with our testimony, with our freedom, with our joy.
Let us pray that our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the beauty of the Christian life.”

The Church and Marian apparitions – Vatican Connections
In this final episode of the season, renowned Vatican journalist John Thavis is on the show to talk about how the Church approaches supernatural phenomena and, more specifically, Marian apparitions. In light of the Holy Father’s pilgrimage to Fatima last May, we also delve into the complexity of Medjugorje. But that’s not all we talk about in this episode. Lots happened at the Vatican this week: the Pope celebrated his episcopal anniversary, the Church received five new cardinals, and Cardinal George Pell returns to Australia to face charges of “historical” sexual abuse offences.

WITNESS – Fr. John Meehan SJ President of Campion College
Fr. John David Meehan, SJ, a young, outstanding Canadian Jesuit is president and professor of history at Campion College (University of Regina). He holds a B.A. Hons. (McGill), Dip.Theol. (Oxford), M.A. (Johns Hopkins-SAIS), M.Div./S.T.B. (Regis), Th.M./S.T.L. (Regis), and a Ph.D. (Toronto).
He has led Campion College, the only Jesuit undergraduate college in Canada. Many have considered him to be a Renaissance man- a priest of tremendous intelligence, pastoral sensitivity, organizational leadership and a man of great affability and warm humanity.
Fr. Meehan is a prolific author and sought-after speaker and lecturer and has published widely on Jesuit history, Asia Pacific studies and Canada’s relations with Asia, including The Dominion and the Rising Sun (UBC, 2004), which won the Prime Minister’s award (2006) for translation into Japanese, and Chasing the Dragon: Shanghai and Canada’s Early Relations with China (UBC, 2011).
He is assistant editor of the three-volume Jesuit History Series (Novalis, 2015, 2017) on the history of Jesuits in English Canada. Fr. John discovered his Jesuit vocation while working with physically and mentally handicapped people at l’Arche with Jean Vanier in France.
Since entering the Society of Jesus in 2000, he has worked with Indigenous people in Saskatchewan, gang kids in Mississippi and immigrants in Minnesota. In addition to his native English, he is fluent in French, Russian, Japanese and understands Spanish, Italian and Latin.

Find Your Spirituality Type
There is “no greater mistake in spiritual matters than to force others to follow one’s own pattern,” warned Saint Ignatius of Loyola. What draws you into a fuller and richer spiritual life may be very different from the pull felt by another faith-filled person on his or her spiritual journey toward a deeper relationship with God.
What is your spirituality type? Take the VISION spirituality quiz and consider your results an invitation to know yourself better and explore different forms of prayer, worship, meditation and ways of living.

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Weekly Updates – July 2, 2017

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God Bless You Canada – Lee Greenwood


Panama and the Next World Youth Day – Vatican Connections
Bishops of Panama were in Rome for their ad limina visit. As they prepare to host the next World Youth Day, in January 2019, part of their meeting with Pope Francis focused on that topic. They also discussed the challenges they face today, not only as a Church but also as a country. Vatican Magazine interviewed the Archbishop of Panama, and he shares what the bishops hope an event like WYD could do for the people of Panama.

WITNESS – Peter Mansbridge
Peter Mansbridge has been the chief correspondent of CBC News. He anchors CBC’s flagship nightly news program, “The National”, and all CBC News specials, especially major Church events from Rome and in Canada over his distinguished career. He has also been the host of the weekly feature interview program, “Mansbridge: One on One”. Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, has had the privilege of co-hosting events with Peter Mansbridge since 2002.
Mansbridge began his career in 1968 in Fort Churchill, Man., where he helped develop CBC Radio’s news service to Northern Canada. In 1971, he moved to Winnipeg as a reporter for CBC Radio, and in 1972, joined CBC Television. He became The National’s reporter in Saskatchewan in 1975, and, in 1976, was named one of the program’s parliamentary correspondents in Ottawa. He became chief correspondent and anchor of The National in 1988.
In almost 50 years with CBC News, Mansbridge has provided comprehensive coverage of the most significant stories in Canada and around the world. He’s interviewed countless international leaders and he remains the only Canadian journalist to have been to the White House to interview the then U.S. President, Barack Obama.
During a decorated career, Mansbridge has received more than a dozen national awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. He has received a dozen honorary degrees from universities across the country and has been recognized by leading universities in the United States and the United Kingdom.
In 2008, Mansbridge was made an officer of the Order of Canada by Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean. In 2009, he was named Chancellor of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. In 2015 he was named as a Member of the Canadian News Hall of Fame.
Peter Mansbridge was born in London, England in 1948 and resides in Stratford, Ontario. He retired from CBC on July 1, 2017. In this exclusive and rare interview, he speaks with Fr. Rosica about his long career and highlights in covering Church events.


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