Weekly Updates – October 9, 2016

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Thank You My Lord
Beth Nielsen Chapman

Laura Story

Want to be happy? Be grateful | David Steindl-Rast
The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.

Henri Nouwen: 1994 COMISS Award
The COMISS Award is presented to Henri Nouwen in 1994. Henri Nouwen then discusses pastoral care, ministry and vocation.

Being the Beloved (FULL) by Henri Nouwen
Henri Nouwen preaches his first of three sermons on the Hour of Power with Robert Schuller.

Bishop Barron on Thomas Merton, Spiritual Master
Thomas Merton was not perfect, and he might not have been a saint. But he was indeed a master of the spiritual life, and his life and work had a profound effect on me and an army of others around the world. Bishop Barron offers a tribute to him on the 100th anniversary of Merton’s birth.

The Pope Video 10 – Journalists – October 2016

Retrospective on papal trip to US and Cuba – Vatican Connections
This week on Vatican Connections, Pope Francis remembers former president of Israel Shimon Peres after he passes away at the age of 93; the theme for the 51st World Day for Social Communications was announced this week; and we look back at the Pope’s trip to the United States and Cuba.

Homily at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica Rededication
Cardinal Thomas Collins’ homily at the Solemn Mass to celebrate the rededication of St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, mother church of the Archdiocese of Toronto. The Mass was held on September 29, 2016 – feast of St. Michael the Archangel, patron saint of the diocese.

Homily at Mass of Thanksgiving – Celebrating St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica Rededication
Cardinal Thomas Collins’ homily at the Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Rededication of St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, mother church of the Archdiocese of Toronto. The Mass was held on September 30, 2016.

The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation Version 2.0 DVD Highlights

The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation Version 2.0 – “The Manger and the Tomb”

Gaudium et Spes: The Right Reading of Vatican II by Fr. Robert Barron
Second talk in St. Procopius Abbey’s The Documents of Vatican II lecture series (given on 9/24/13 at St. Procopius Abbey). The well known Catholic author, speaker, theologian, and commentator, Fr. Robert Barron, gives an excellent talk on Gaudium et Spes, the Council’s pastoral constitution on the Church in the modern world. (This event was co-sponsored by Benedictine University)

Gaudium et Spes: The Right Reading of Vatican II by Fr. Robert Barron
Second talk in St. Procopius Abbey’s The Documents of Vatican II lecture series (given on 9/24/13 at St. Procopius Abbey). The well known Catholic author, speaker, theologian, and commentator, Fr. Robert Barron, gives an excellent talk on Gaudium et Spes, the Council’s pastoral constitution on the Church in the modern world. (This event was co-sponsored by Benedictine University)

Pope in Jubilee for Catechists: Don’t impose truth, but live the joy of the resurrection

Original webseries gets youth to think about the bigger questions in life

Francis: The Pope From The New World – Full Documentary
Francis: the Pope From the New World unveils the personality, passion and extraordinary faith of the new Pope. Shot on location in Buenos Aires, and featuring interviews with close friends, collaborators, and his official biographer—this documentary paints an indelible portrait of a towering figure of our time.
On March 13, 2013 the world was introduced to Pope Francis. He was the first Pope from the Americas, the first Jesuit, and the first to take the name Francis. Within days he had captured the hearts of the world through his gestures of humility and care for the common man. Yet he remained largely unknown. Francis: The Pope From the New World unveils the personality, passion and extraordinary faith of the new Pope. Filmed on location in Buenos Aires, and featuring interviews with close friends, collaborators, and his official biographer — this documentary traces the remarkable rise of Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
From growing up surrounded by soccer games and tango music to his defense of the poor and marginalized of Buenos Aires during his time as Archbishop, Francis: The Pope From the New World explores the abiding compassion and unwavering resolve of a priest, a bishop and now a Pope seeking to bring the Church to the frontiers of society. From overcoming the challenges of the day — including Argentina’s Dirty War, to his tireless advocacy for the poor, this film paints an indelible portrait of a towering figure of our time.

Saint Francis of Assisi ~ Fr John Corapi
Fr Corapi gives a capsule of the life of St. Francis of Assisi, certainly one of the greatest and best loved saints. Father Corapi points out some little known facts about this saint. He was not only the saint that loved creation, but he was vehemently opposed to those who rebelled against church teaching—prescribing a severe thrashing at the hands of Brother John the Pugilist (one of the early brothers) for anyone convicted of disobedience to the Church or sins of the flesh equally.

NCYC 2013 – Epic Promo
The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) provides a special opportunity for youth and adults to share a powerful experience of Christ and the Church. Youth ministry leaders, chaperones, parents, and clergy all have a unique role to play in faith lives of adolescents and during NCYC. Learn more about how you can have a positive influence on the lives of young people.
NCYC is an exciting, biennial three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. The schedule includes keynote addresses, concurrent and workshop sessions addressing a wide variety of topics. There are also opportunities for liturgy, reconciliation, prayer and worship, recreation and special activities such as concerts, exhibits, and the interactive thematic park.

Archbishop Philip Wilson – Witness
On this episode of WITNESS, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB sits with Archbishop Philip Wilson

Connect5: Cardinal Peter Turkson on the pertinence of Laudato Si’
Cardinal Peter Turkson, the head of Vatican’s office for Integral Human Development argues that Laudato Si’ is much more than an encyclical on climate change.

Archbishop James Weisgerber – Witness
Archbishop of Winnipeg and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Dr. Robert J. Camargo – Witness
February, 2010 – Fr. Rosica talks to Dr. Robert Camargo, a Catholic and a Psychologist about his faith, his practice and the importance of both in his life.
Part of the discussion deals with “internet addiction”.  Parents should take note.

Fr. Hans Zollner, SJ – Witness
Fr. Hans Zollner, SJ, born in Regensburg, Germany in 1966, is a member of the Society of Jesus, currently serving as Academic Vice Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Fr. Zollner, a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist is professor in the Gregorian University’s Institute of Psychology. He is also Honorary Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion of the University of Durham (England) and serves as President of the “Centre for Child Protection” at the Gregorian. He is also a Member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Over the past decade, Fr. Zollner has become an articulate, leading, sought after expert and prolific author in the area of the Safeguarding of Minors and Child Sexual Abuse Prevention as well as in the area of Spirituality of Priesthood and Consecrated Life. He has visited over 35 countries and addressed the ecclesial leadership of each country on these topics.

Connect5: Sr. Veronica O’Reilly, CSJ on the amalgamation of the CSJs in Canada
The Congregational Leader for the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada reflects on a new beginning for the religious community.

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? Forgot the video?

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Henri Nouwen

I felt I needed to share this now; not in a Weekly Update.

Father Nouwen speaks very little in this talk of religion or theology, but he speaks clearly of Christian love.  Please give the short time to hear his message, a message of what it means to love and be loved.

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Weekly Updates – October 2, 2016

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Hi everyone…VIDES (volunteer international development education & service) Canada is hosting a fundraising dinner/dance @ end of October…for those of you that don’t know VIDES, it’s the organization that I volunteered with in 2014 when I taught english in Vietnam for 2 months.
I know some of you will be attending this fundraising event @ St. Benedict’s catholic church (esp.if ur a parishioner there and already heard of it)…extending this invite to friends who like to support humanitarian causes, churchie peeps and family!…I hope you’ll be able to come out and support!!  This year’s funds are going towards orphans of Madagascar…how about we get a table going that night?…if you’re interested, the details are found in the attachment…for tickets, I have quite a few so please connect with me.
Patricia Soscia

Come & See Weekend, November 4 to 6, 2016 at St. Augustine’s Seminary
From: Fr. Chris Lemieux, Director, Office of Vocations
We are hosting a Come & See Weekend for men 18 years and older at St. Augustine’s Seminary from Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m. to Sunday, November 6 at 1:30 p.m. This weekend offers a way for men to discern a possible call to priesthood at our seminary. We encourage you to promote this in your parishes, connect with men who would make good candidates and contact us with their names. Thank you in advance for your generosity as we work together to build a culture of vocations. For more information, please call us at 416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org.

A sneak peek at St. Michael’s Cathedral renovations – Perspectives Daily
Tonight on Perspectives: we go inside the Cathedral of St. Michael in Toronto, Ontario to see what it will look like when renovations are complete.

St. Michael’s cathedral was re-dedicated on September 29, 2016.  If you haven’t been to the cathedral recently, you should!  As videos become available they will be shared here.

St. Michael’s Cathedral reopens with great fanfare after 5 years of restoration work
The church also has a new designation from the Vatican: minor basilica

Print copies of A Cathedral Reborn are available for purchased for $4.99 + S&H. For more information on how to purchase or for special pricing on orders of 10 copies or more, email cathedral@catholicregister.org or call us at 416-934-3410 (ext. 404) or toll free 1-855-441-4077

Casavant – St. Michael’s
Casavant Organ Factory, 2015.

A message from the Cardinal

An Invitation
Knights of Columbus Supreme Council
The latest membership recruitment video that was debuted at the 133rd Supreme Convention. This video can be used during membership drives in your parish or in conjunction with other membership recruitment techniques

Canadian Bishops gather for Annual Plenary 2016 – Perspectives Daily
In Rome, this past weekend, Pope Francis met with families of victims of the terror attack in Nice. He also celebrated Mass with catechists for their Jubilee celebrations and offered prayers for clergy members killed in Mexico. In Canada, the Canadian Catholic Bishops attend their annual assembly in Cornwall, Ontario, and Salt + Light TV is on the ground to bring you up to date on their meetings.

Cardinal Eijk of Utrecht warns of snowball effect of legalizing euthanasia – Perspectives Daily
On this second day of the CCCB’s Plenary, Bishop Noël Simard of Hearst discusses issues surrounding Amoris Laetitia, Canadian Jesuit and member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Fr. Michael Czerny addresses the Bishops on Laudato Si, and Cardinal Willem Eijk of the Netherlands expresses his concern on the legalization of assisted suicide.

Michael Dyckerhoff – Witness
Father Thomas Rosica, CSB, hosts an in-depth discussion with Michael Dyckerhoff, the organizer of the once-in-ten-years the Passion Play put on by the inhabitants of Oberammergau, Germany. The Oberammergau Passion Play was first performed in 1634 and is the result of a vow made by the inhabitants of the village that if God spared them from the effects of the Bubonic plague sweeping the region, they would perform a passion play every ten years. The play involves more than 2,000 actors, singers, instrumentalists and technicians – all residents of the village.

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Weekly Updates – September 25, 2016

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Protection of minors commission offers expertise around the world – Vatican Connections
This week, the Council of Cardinals ended their 16th plenary meeting and the Commission for the protection of minors provide procedures to prevent abuse in the Church.


The Pope Video 9 – For a more human society – September 2016
September 2016. The Pope Video: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center. For the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer )


Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for March 2016
The Pope Video is a global initiative developed by the Pope World Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) to assist in the dissemination of monthly intentions of the Holy Father related to the challenges facing humanity.


The Pope Video
The Pope Video is a global initiative of the Pope’s World Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) to spread the Holy Father’s monthly prayer intentions related to the challenges facing humanity.  Every month we accompany Pope Francis in his prayer requests. We invite you to join. Visit www.elvideodelpapa.org to learn how.  The Pope’s worldwide prayer network

CATHOLIC FOCUS | Way of the Heart: Remembering Henri Nouwen
Henri Nouwen was a Dutch Catholic priest. He was a professor and an author and for the last 10 years of his life, he lived in Canada, in Richmond Hill, Ontario, at the L’Arche Daybreak community.
He is described as one of the greatest spiritual thinkers of our time. For this episode of Catholic Focus, Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann speaks with two people who lived with Henri at l’Arche: Sr. Sue Mosteller, CSJ and Joe Egan.

Connect5: Fr. Tom Smolich on the responsibility for refugees
The new director of JRS reflects on the attitudes and responsibilities of influential countries on the global refugee crisis.

Subject Matters Ep.7 – “A Call to Mercy”
In this episode of Subject Matters, the postulator for Mother Teresa’s cause for sainthood discusses “A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve,” a new collection of never before published writings of Mother Teresa and eye-witness testimony collected during the process leading to her canonization.

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Weekly Updates – September 18, 2016

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Pope: Encounter is seeing, hearing, and touching with the heart
We need to work to construct a true culture of encounter, which can overcome the culture of indifference, with our gaze fixed on the encounter of God with His people. Be attentive to wicked attitudes which, even in families, prevent us from hearing others. That was the message of Pope Francis in his homily at the daily Mass celebrated at the Casa Santa Marta. The Holy Father based his reflection on the Gospel account of Jesus’ encounter with the widow who was weeping over the death of her only son. Too often, the Pope said, we see a difficult situation and simply say “Too bad,” without actually doing anything. Jesus doesn’t just say “Poor woman,” and move along.


Cardinal Tagle at Flame 2
Archive footage from CYMFed’s Flame 2


Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle: The Family: A Home for the Wounded Heart
Everyone struggles with painful situations such as loneliness, poverty, disability, illness and addiction, and unemployment. In our families and churches, we must walk with each other in love and support, even carrying those with great need. The Church, too, as our mother and teacher, comforter and guide, is a family – a family of faith. How can we help each other? And how can the Church bring the healing power of God’s grace to us? Join this session and learn practical ways that we can grow in love, including participation in charity, prayer and the spiritual disciplines, scripture, and the liturgical and sacramental life.


Connect5: Fouad Twal on Christians in the Holy Lands
The newly retired Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal reflects on the current state of Christians living in the Holy Lands, and praises Canada for opening its doors to refugees.


Fr. Gustavo Morello, SJ – Witness
Fr. Gustavo Morello, S.J., an Argentine Jesuit, is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston College. His main area of research has been on two Latin American topics: the relation between religion and political violence and secularization. Professor Morello’s most recent book explored these complicated links by examining why in 1970s Argentina, honest religious people didn’t protest against massive violations of human rights. After an exhaustive analysis of the existing literature, he did a case study analysis on political violence using Argentina’s Dirty War as a focus. This study focused on a group of persons who were kidnapped and tortured in 1976, and the reactions of Catholics to this particular event and to similar instances of political violence across the country. He discovered that the reactions of Catholics to political violence were varied, and were primarily caused not by their theological background but by a broad range of positions taken toward secularization and modernization. In the process of writing this book, Morello developed so much expertise on the 1976 incident that the prosecutor asked him to testify in court when the perpetrators were finally brought to trial in May of 2015. Morellos’ participation in this WITNESS interview is especially timely in light of the Petrine Ministry of the current Bishop of Rome, also an Argentine Jesuit, who experienced much of what Fr. Morello has uncovered in his extensive research.



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Weekly Updates – September 11, 2016

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Bishop Barron on Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa)

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta was elevated to sainthood on Sunday, September 4.
A website celebrating her local impact through stories and photos can be found athttps://www.archtoronto.org/motherteresa

Intake for the Next Diaconate Formation Class, September 2016 – March 15, 2017
From: Deacon Steve Pitre, Coordinator of the Permanent Diaconate
The intake for the next formation class for the diaconate is now open. If you know of anyone who you believe may have a vocation to the Permanent Diaconate, or has expressed an interest, please have them call Deacon Steve Pitre at 416-934-3400, ext. 304.
You can also suggest that they go to the vocations section on our website. There they will find information on the intake process and the formation process, as well as articles written by Cardinal Collins about the diaconate.


ShareLife Curriculum featuring the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations
For the last three years, ShareLife, along with our five Catholic English school boards, have been diligently working to create Wonderworkers – A ShareLife curriculum.
Wonderworkers recounts the powerful true stories of everyday people being raised up and supported by ShareLife agencies with justice and love. It highlights three of the over 40 unique ShareLife agencies serving poor and marginalized people in our communities. In doing so, Wonderworkers presents real-life examples of how ShareLife embodies the values of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGE).
Wonderworkers is intended for students from Grades 1 to 12, as well as educators, and was created to promote the good works of ShareLife member agencies through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching and the OCSGE. It is our hope that this curriculum resource will foster a deeper understanding of charity and service in our students.
While working and ministering to your school communities, please promote the ShareLife curriculum as a tangible way to learn about ShareLife and make a difference in the local community.
We thank all those who generously shared their gifts and talents to create the videos and curriculum.

Ideas For Ministry To Young Adults


The office of catholic youth (ocy) is focused on cultivating relationships and providing support to those who minister to young people in the parish communities within the archdiocese of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.


Prodigal by Casting Crowns *w/ lyrics*

Prodigal Song by Laura Story

JESUS OF NAZARETH (Scene The Prodigal Son).mov


The Movement | Playing For Change
Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music.
Playing For Change began with a small film crew and a mobile recording studio. From there it grew into a movement encompassing a non-profit organization that operates music schools in 7 countries, and a touring band composed of musicians from around the world.
This video will bring you along for the ride– Join Playing For Change’s musical journey!

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Weekly Updates – September 4, 2016

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September 4, 2016

Bulletin available this weekend.

The intake for the next Formation Class for the Diaconate is now open. If you know of anyone who you believe may have a vocation to the Perma-nent Diaconate, or may have expressed an interest, please have them call Deacon Steve Pitre at 416-934-3400 ext. 304. You can also suggest that they go to our vocation website at www.archtoronto.org/our-catholic-faith/vocations/permanent-diaconate. There they will find an outline of the Intake Process, as well as a link to the Formation Process on St. Augustine’s website. There are also five articles by Cardinal Collins about the Diaconate which will be very helpful to them in starting their discernment process. We are only too glad to talk to them and help them get started on their jour-ney.


Bishop Barron on the Scandalous Cross of Jesus
“As I continue to reflect on Fleming Rutledge’s extraordinary book “The Crucifixion”, I look more closely into her treatment of Anselm’s “satisfaction” theory which offers an explanation as to why Jesus had to die.”

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Weekly Update – August 28, 2016

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Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) LIVE — of Dirt and Grace — Hillsong UNITED
“We couldn’t miss the opportunity to film Oceans on the Sea of Galilee – right where Jesus called Peter out onto the Water!
We were up at 4am and had a boat and a enough power to run a few channels – It ended up being a glorious morning and right as the sun rose we worshipped!”

Casting Crowns – Broken Together (Official Music Video)

Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk – Witness
Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC, is the postulator of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. He is also Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity Fathers. Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Brian Kolodiejchuk obtained a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Michael’s College of the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1977, and his M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Manitoba, Canada, in 1981. He received a M.Div. in Theology from St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, New York, USA, in 1985 and went on to obtain a Ph.D in Organizational Psychology from Saybrook Institute, San Francisco, USA, in 2001. Fr. Kolodiejchuk’s 20-year association with Mother Teresa began in 1977 when he joined a new group of contemplative brothers she was then starting. He later joined the priestly branch of Mother Teresa’s religious family, the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, at the time of their foundation in 1984. He was ordained to the priesthood in June 1985 in the Ukrainian Catholic Church of St. John the Baptist in Newark, New Jersey, USA, by the late Metropolitan-Archbishop of Winnipeg, Maxim Hermaniuk, C.Ss.R. In March 1999 he was appointed Postulator of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and had the joy of seeing her beatified on October 19, 2003 and canonized on September 4, 2016. 

Knights & Deacons By Bill Whelton ‘90.
Copied from “Contact”, September, 2004,  a newsletter of the Archdiocese of Toronto Diaconate Community
Copied in respect of 1 surviving, and in memory of 3 deceased deacons, who served St. Leo’s Parish, who were also Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Grace Council.

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Weekly Updates – August 21, 2016

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Kyle Neilson – Witness
Kyle Neilson holds a BA in Christianity and Culture from Trinity Western University, and a MA in Theology and Christian Ministry, with a Catechetics Certification from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He has taught catechetics at the seminary level and has published articles on evangelization and catechesis. Formerly Director of the Adult Evangelization and Discipleship Office of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, Kyle brings to consulting a wide range of experience and expertise. He is passionate about helping apostolic organizations become “smart” and “healthy” so that the Church’s missionary thrust can be unleashed and Catholics come alive in the process. He is particularly interested in accompanying pastors and developing lay leaders in order to help them more effectively and happily function as leaders of the apostolate. He approaches his work with intensity, frankness, empathy, and humor, convinced that if teams are not having fun, something’s not right

Bookmark Brief – The Fulfillment of all Desire
Ralph Martin, drawing upon the teaching of seven acknowledged “Spiritual Doctors” of the Church, presents an in-depth study of the journey to God. This book provides encouragement and direction for the pilgrim who desires to know, love, and serve our Lord. Whether the reader is beginning the spiritual journey or has been traveling the road for many years, he will find a treasure of wisdom in The Fulfillment of All Desire. It is destined to be a modern classic on the spiritual life.


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