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
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.