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October 15, 2017

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

October 8, 2017

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

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)’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

September 3, 2017
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.


August 20, 2017

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

Click to view > Tabernacle Altar and Mosaics

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 :)”
Sounds Like Reign: A sonic exploration of faith in God. Original music inspiring the wandering mind to focus on our Creator and walk in the light of His son Yeshua (Jesus).

PROJECT // Sounds Like Reign is a “sonic exploration of faith in God” featuring sweeping soundscapes and passionate lyrics. This original music has been composed to inspire the wandering mind to focus on our Creator and walk in the light of His son Yeshua (Jesus).

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.



August 13, 2017

The 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.

August 6, 2017
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.

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

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)

July 23, 2017
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.


July 16, 2017
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.

July 9, 2017
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.

July 2, 2017
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.


June 25, 2017
Bishops need their Pope – Vatican Connections
For Albanian bishops, meeting the Pope brings consolation and encouragement, at a time when the Catholic Church in Albania is facing particular challenges. They aren’t the only ones in need of affirmation. The Venezuelan bishops sat with the Pope to discuss the current political, economic and social crisis of the country, and how they are dealing with persecution. In these situations, the Holy Father offers his bishops, especially his closeness.
Sisterhood is a special, 7-part series which gives viewers an exclusive look into the daily lives of these remarkable women betrothed to Christ. Vietnam, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda are just some of the countries where we visit with sisters who toil tirelessly in the vineyard of the Lord. Educators, health professionals, prayer warriors, catechists, counsellors, ministers to the poor — Sisterhood brings to light the myriad ways in which these wonderful women of the Gospel shine a light on the dark parts of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden, and neither can the infectious love of these sisters who bring hope and zeal to every soul they touch. Watch and be inspired by the beauty and the joy of Sisterhood.
Day in and day out, in every country, religious sisters provide an enormous service to the Church, giving life to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Without their prayer, their wisdom or their charity, the Church could scarcely begin to achieve its mission. Yet, the number of sisters in North America and in other countries is dwindling, and at a time when the world desperately needs their charisms.
WITNESS – Cardinal Gerhard Müller
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Gerhard Ludwig Müller was born in Mainz-Finthen, Germany in 1947. As the son of labourer, he grew up with his three siblings. Having completed secondary school in Mainz, he studied philosophy and theology in Mainz, Munich and Freiburg im Breisgau. He earned his doctorate in 1977 under Professor Karl Lehmann on the subject of “The Church and Sacraments in Religionless Christendom. He was ordained as a priest in Mainz-Finthen in 1978. He was then active in three parishes as chaplain and as religious education teacher at secondary schools in Büdingen and Nidda. He became professor in 1985 in Freiburg im Breisgau, again under Professor Karl Lehmann. One year later, he was appointed Professor of Catholic Dogmatics at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich where he remains honorary professor today. At the age of 38 in 1986 he was one of the youngest professors at Munich’s university.
Gerhard Müller has also been visiting professor at a number of other universities: in Cusco (Peru), Madrid (San Damaso), Philadelphia (USA), Kerala (India), Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca (Spain), The Lateran University (Rome), Lugano and Sao Paulo (Brazil). He has been active in the spread and preservation of the Catholic faith as a member of the Commission for Doctrine and Faith of the German Bishops’ Conference since 1990 and was also a member of the International Theological Commission from 1998 to 2002.
In 1999 he was appointed as peritus (theological consultant) to the Vatican’s Synod of European Bishops. In 2001 he was active as theological consultant to the International Bishops’ Synod in Rome on the subject of “The Bishop as Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for World Hope.” Following his appointment by Pope John Paul II as diocesan bishop on October 1, 2002, Professor Gerhard Ludwig Müller was consecrated as Bishop of Regensburg in the Regensburg Cathedral on November 24, 2002. In 2005 he participated in the International Bishops’ Synod on the Eucharist as a Synod Father.
The founding of the Pope Benedict XVI Institute is one of the highlights of his academic career. Bishop Müller has published more than 400 academic publications to date, the majority of which date from his 16 years as Professor of Dogmatics at the the University of Munich.
On July 2, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Müller as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and simultaneously was named Archbishop. As prefect of this important Vatican department, he became President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, the International Theological Commission, and the Pontifical Commission ”Ecclesia Dei”. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Francis on February 22, 2014.
Framing Papal Visits – Vatican Connections
In this episode of Vatican Connections, a scholar in Visual Communication from the University of Missouri School of Journalism explains how photojournalists’ cultural backgrounds will shape the way a papal trip is depicted. We also look back at the legacy of the late Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, former head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.
World Meeting of Families – Official Hymn
Salt and Light Media, June 2, 2017
“A Joy for all the Earth” is the official hymn for World Meeting of Families 2018 and was composed by young Irish composer Ephrem Feeley. The hymn found its inspiration in the document Amoris Laetitia – the Joy of Love, written in 2016 by Pope Francis following the Synods on the Family held the preceding two years.
A substantial portion of the document is a treatment of the famous Hymn to Love found in 1 Corinthians 13. and our composer felt that his piece should begin with this wonderful Pauline text.
To provide musical and textual symmetry, the introduction is repeated with these words as a coda, though with pared-back accompaniment to highlight their simplicity and elegance. The main focus of Amoris Laetitia is the domestic family and there are also theological parallels between this and God’s family in the Church.
Although the performing forces for this piece are substantial for regular parish situations, perhaps for special occasions, at least one trumpet (playing the uppermost line) could be used. The lyrical nature of the melody allows for this piece to be performed by smaller forces too, even a single voice and accompaniment, making it suitable for weddings.
The piece also is suitable for general use, and could be used as a strong stately entrance or communion processional hymn.

Love bears all things, endures all things
Love longs for all things good, love never ends
Love is patient, and love is kind.
Love is not resentful; it is not rude.
Love is not arrogant, nor boastful, nor jealous,
but love rejoices, rejoices in the truth


The joy, of love, a joy for all God’s family,
The joy of love transcending time and space.
Our Love for each other mirrors God the Father’s love.
The joy of love: a joy for all the earth.
Here in Gods family all find their home.
All can find salvation troubled souls find peace.
Here is found tenderness, compassion and justice
Here God reaches down to us and touches us with grace.


Love is our origin, our constant calling.
Love is our fulfilment, in God’s dwelling place.
Love is the mystery of Father, Son and Spirit,
Love is communion of blessed Trinity.


This is what God asks of us, to act with justice,
to love with tenderness, to walk humbly with God,
to give our lives in service to others.
The joy of the Gospel is the joyful love of Christ!


Love bears all things, endures all things
love longs for all things good, love never ends.
Building a Bridge by James Martin, SJ
In BUILDING A BRIDGE, Father James Martin argues that we need to build a bridge between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church.
“Brave, prophetic, and inspiring.”
—Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark
“A welcome and much-needed book.”
—Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life
Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins 1008 – The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)
Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins 1009 – New Life in Christ (Romans 12:1-21; 13:11-14​)
Bishop Barron on Kathy Griffin and the Vanishing of Argument
I would like to situate what Kathy Griffin did in a wider context, for it is but a particularly brutal example of what is taking place throughout our society, especially on university campuses, namely, a deterioration of rational argument.


June 11, 2017

Music video by Lee University students; well-done.
WITNESS – Fr. Eric Andrews, C.S.P., President of The Paulist Fathers
Paulist Fr. Eric Andrews has been president of the Paulist Fathers since May, 2014.
Fr. Eric previously served as president of Paulist Productions, their community’s film and television production house, from 2009 to 2014. Prior to that, he spent several years in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he was pastor and associate pastor of St. John XXIII University Parish at the University of Tennessee, as well as superior of the Paulist Fathers in Knoxville.
Ordained to the priesthood on May 13, 1995, Fr. Eric served early in his ministry as associate pastor of the Paulist Fathers mother church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City, and as part of the team at Paulist Media Works in Washington, D.C. He also spent seven years as a member of the Paulist Fathers General Council.
Prior to entering the novitiate, Fr. Eric was a junior producer at The Jim Henson Company. A native of the Hudson Valley, he is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he studied film and television production. While he was a student, he was active at the Catholic Center at NYU.
At the time he became president of the Paulist Father, Fr. Eric pledged that the Paulists would continue “to find new ways to communicate the Catholic faith so it may resonate with our culture.”
“We need to continue to open the doors to people searching for a spiritual home, to use the media and technology to bring Gospel values to our culture,” he said. “In addition, Pope Francis’ emphasis on mercy and compassion to all resonates with the charism of the Paulist Fathers.”
“Women Deacons” by Phyllis Zagano (Subject Matters S2.E11)
Pope Francis’ commission to study women deacons in the Catholic Church is quietly conducting their work. In this rare interview, commissioner and leading expert on the topic Phyllis Zagano discusses three of her books that build the case for admitting women to the diaconate today.
WITNESS – Deacon Dennis Rivest
Dennis Rivest is a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of London, Ontario.
A native of Windsor, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1983 and served for 9 years in the Forces before joining the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1992. His service in the Armed Forces and RCMP led to postings in six provinces in Canada. In the year 2000, Dennis entered the London Police Service. During his policing career, Dennis worked as an investigator in the criminal investigation division, as a secondary high school resource officer and also as the London Police Service media officer.
He began studies for his Masters of Divinity Degree in 2005 at St Peter’s Seminary in London. Dennis entered the Permanent Diaconate Program in London in 2008 and was ordained Deacon by Bishop Ronald Fabbro, CSB in 2013.
He is currently assigned to St George’s Parish in London and serves on the staff of the Permanent Diaconate and Lay Formation Programs for the Diocese of London. He is in a privileged position to give eloquent witness to his Catholic Christian faith in a very important and respected public service. Deacon Dennis is married to Cathy and they are celebrating their 24th wedding anniversary this year. They are the proud parents of two daughters: Christina and Danielle.




June 4, 2017
The Charismatic Renewal: a hope for Christian unity
Rev. Father Raniero CANTALAMESSA, Preacher to the Papal Household
Pentecost and the seven gifts
Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington discusses Pentecost and the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The Pope Video 06-2017 – Eliminate arms trade – June 2017
June 2017. The Pope Video. Let’s put an end to the arms trade. We can do this. And it’s urgent that we do it. The world does not need merchants of death who get rich on war. We need peace. Let us join the Pope in praying for peace.
“It is an absurd contradiction to speak of peace, to negotiate peace, and at the same time, promote or permit the arms trade.
Is this war or that war really a war to solve problems or is it a commercial war for selling weapons in illegal trade and so that the merchants of death get rich?
Let us put an end to this situation. Let us pray all together that national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade which victimizes so many innocent people.”
From the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer)
Reunited: A Short Film about Music and the Human Spirit
In this uplifting short film, directed by Max Thurlow and Nick Trumble, Noisey meets 93 year old jazz pianist Edward Hardy. Ed was given a new lease of life and relief from dementia and depression, when his care home discovered he was a talented pianist in his younger days. They reunited him with his ex-band members for a special performance, which proved the power of music for people suffering cognitive disorders.
“Conscience of a Nation” edited by Jacques Monet, SJ (Subject Matters S2.E9)
Discover how the Jesuits in English Canada have contributed to the building of the nation, through their spirituality, schools, works for social justice and ethical consciousness since 1842.
Cardinal Müller talks conscience rights – Vatican Connections
In this week’s episode, we got to sit down with Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He was in Toronto, Canada, to speak on the right to express one’s conscience based on religious convictions. We also look back at the Holy Father’s pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal, for the centenary of the Marian apparitions.
Development and Peace: 50 Years of Solidarity – Perspectives Weekly
Explore the extraordinary 50 year journey of Development and Peace with guests Fr. Bill Ryan, SJ and Anne-Marie Jackson, two long-time members and integral figures in the organization. Founded by the Canadian Bishops as an independent, lay, grassroots organization in 1967, D&P takes a unique approach to aid: working with partners in the Global South to enable peoples to be the protagonists in their own development. D&P seeks to educate the Canadian population about the causes of poverty and mobilize them towards actions for change. Hosted by Sebastian Gomes.
Pope to create new cardinals – Vatican Connections
In this episode of Vatican Connections, we look at those who were handpicked by the Holy Father to be made cardinal in June, and one Ontario bishop talks to us about his ad limina visit in Rome.
WITNESS – Cardinal Blase J. Cupich – Archbishop of Chicago
Cardinal Blase Joseph Cupich was born on March 19, 1949, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Blase and Mary (Mayhan) Cupich. He is one of nine children, with five sisters and three brothers. He obtained his B.A. in Philosophy from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1971. He attended seminary at the North American College and Gregorian University in Rome, where he received his Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology in 1974, and his M.A. in Theology in 1975.
Blase was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Omaha on August 16, 1975. He graduated from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where, in 1979, he received his License of Sacred Theology degree in Sacramental Theology. He also holds a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree in Sacramental Theology from the Catholic University of America (1987).
Cardinal Cupich was the pastor of two parishes in Omaha before being appointed Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, on July 7, 1998, where he was ordained and installed on September 21, 1998. He was appointed the sixth Bishop of Spokane, Washington, on June 30, 2010, and officially installed on September 3, 2010.
Blase Cupich was appointed by Pope Francis as Archbishop of Chicago on September 20, 2014, and was installed as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.
Cardinal Cupich has been Chair of the USCCB Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People from 2008 until 2011. He currently serves on many committees, including: The National Catholic Educational Association Board, Chair; The USCCB Subcommittee for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, Chair; The USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Scripture Translation, Member; Catholic Extension Society, Chancellor, Member of the Board of Governors, and Chair of the Mission Committee; The Catholic Mutual Relief Society, Executive Member; and The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Board, Member. He is also Chancellor of the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois. He has distinguished himself as a very articulate, courageous and respected Church leader and eloquent teacher on both the national and international levels of the Church.
Archbishop Cupich was a US delegate at the Synod of Bishops in October 2015. On October 9, 2016, Pope Francis named Archbishop Blase Cupich to the College of Cardinals. This interview took place in the studio of the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 1, 2017.
Who are the Swiss Guards? – Vatican Connections
In this episode of Vatican Connections: Pope Francis prepares for his pilgrimage to Fatima; new recruits are received into the Pontifical Swiss Guards; and the Holy Father ordains new priests for the diocese of Rome.
Bishop Barron on Pride, Humility, and Social Media
A recent article reminds us that social media can be a breeding ground for the unique type of spiritual distortion and dislocation that we traditionally call pride. What made all the difference for her was the arrival of her baby, in all of his densely-textured reality—a reality that she could appropriate only through humility.
WITNESS – His Excellency Scott McCaig, CC, Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada
His Excellency, Bishop Scott McCaig, CC, was born on December 12, 1965, in Kamloops, B.C.
After entering into full communion with the Catholic Church in 1987 and obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton University, Ottawa, he joined the Companions of the Cross in 1989. He had previously been involved in youth ministry and served with NET Youth Ministries. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from St. Augustine’s Seminary and the University of Toronto. He was ordained a priest in June 1995, elected Superior General of the Companions of the Cross in 2006, and re-elected for a second term in 2012.
On April 8, 2016, Fr. McCaig was appointed bishop by Pope Francis and named the Military Ordinary of Canada. The Military Ordinariate has 23 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 13,400 served by 41 diocesan priests, one priest who is member of a religious institute, eight permanent deacons and 40 lay pastoral assistants. Fr. McCaig was ordained bishop in Ottawa’s Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa on May 31, 2016.
Bishop McCaig serves on the Board of Renewal Ministries Canada and has participated in missionary outreach to over 15 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia. He also serves on the Board of Catholic Christian Outreach and is involved in the spiritual formation of the members of the movement. He regularly assists with training of missionaries with NET Ministries of Canada and is a co-Chaplain to the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests Apostolate in Ottawa.


May 28, 2017

No Updates Posted

May 21, 2017
Who are the Swiss Guards? – Vatican Connections
In this episode of Vatican Connections: Pope Francis prepares for his pilgrimage to Fatima; new recruits are received into the Pontifical Swiss Guards; and the Holy Father ordains new priests for the diocese of Rome.
Bishop Barron on Pride, Humility, and Social Media
A recent article reminds us that social media can be a breeding ground for the unique type of spiritual distortion and dislocation that we traditionally call pride. What made all the difference for her was the arrival of her baby, in all of his densely-textured reality—a reality that she could appropriate only through humility.
WITNESS – His Excellency Scott McCaig, CC, Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada
His Excellency, Bishop Scott McCaig, CC, was born on December 12, 1965, in Kamloops, B.C.
After entering into full communion with the Catholic Church in 1987 and obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton University, Ottawa, he joined the Companions of the Cross in 1989. He had previously been involved in youth ministry and served with NET Youth Ministries. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from St. Augustine’s Seminary and the University of Toronto. He was ordained a priest in June 1995, elected Superior General of the Companions of the Cross in 2006, and re-elected for a second term in 2012.
On April 8, 2016, Fr. McCaig was appointed bishop by Pope Francis and named the Military Ordinary of Canada. The Military Ordinariate has 23 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 13,400 served by 41 diocesan priests, one priest who is member of a religious institute, eight permanent deacons and 40 lay pastoral assistants. Fr. McCaig was ordained bishop in Ottawa’s Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa on May 31, 2016.
Bishop McCaig serves on the Board of Renewal Ministries Canada and has participated in missionary outreach to over 15 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia. He also serves on the Board of Catholic Christian Outreach and is involved in the spiritual formation of the members of the movement. He regularly assists with training of missionaries with NET Ministries of Canada and is a co-Chaplain to the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests Apostolate in Ottawa.
Reunited: A Short Film about Music and the Human Spirit
In this uplifting short film, directed by Max Thurlow and Nick Trumble, Noisey meets 93 year old jazz pianist Edward Hardy. Ed was given a new lease of life and relief from dementia and depression, when his care home discovered he was a talented pianist in his younger days. They reunited him with his ex-band members for a special performance, which proved the power of music for people suffering cognitive disorders.
“Conscience of a Nation” edited by Jacques Monet, SJ (Subject Matters S2.E9)
Discover how the Jesuits in English Canada have contributed to the building of the nation, through their spirituality, schools, works for social justice and ethical consciousness since 1842.
Cardinal Müller talks conscience rights – Vatican Connections
In this week’s episode, we got to sit down with Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He was in Toronto, Canada, to speak on the right to express one’s conscience based on religious convictions. We also look back at the Holy Father’s pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal, for the centenary of the Marian apparitions.
Development and Peace: 50 Years of Solidarity – Perspectives Weekly
Explore the extraordinary 50 year journey of Development and Peace with guests Fr. Bill Ryan, SJ and Anne-Marie Jackson, two long-time members and integral figures in the organization. Founded by the Canadian Bishops as an independent, lay, grassroots organization in 1967, D&P takes a unique approach to aid: working with partners in the Global South to enable peoples to be the protagonists in their own development. D&P seeks to educate the Canadian population about the causes of poverty and mobilize them towards actions for change. Hosted by Sebastian Gomes.

May 14, 2017
The Pope Video 05-2017 – Christians in Africa – May 2017
Africa is a continent full of life, with a great cultural and religious patrimony. We cannot abandon it. Let us join our voices to the voice of the African peoples.
WITNESS – Kate Hennessy. Author, granddaughter of Dorothy Day
In his historic address to a special joint session of the US Congress on September 24, 2015, Pope Francis singled out four great Americans. Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thomas Merton, and Kate Hennessy’s grandmother, Dorothy Day, a rebellious Catholic from Manhattan who, in the depths of the Great Depression, co-founded the Catholic Worker movement and the Catholic Worker newspaper, both of which continue to this day. Dorothy was a journalist and socialist whose conversion at age 30 propelled her into fierce advocacy for the poor and civil disobedience through World War II, the Cold War and the Vietnam War. In Pope Francis’ address to Congress, he praised Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement for her “passion for justice.” Kate Hennessy is a writer and the youngest of Dorothy Day’s nine grandchildren. She has worked in collaboration with the photographer Vivian Cherry on Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker: The Miracle of Our Continuance, and her writing has appeared in Best American Travel Writing. Kate attended New York University and the School for International Training in Vermont. She has traveled and worked around the world, including as a counselor at an international summer camp in the former USSR, and as an ESL Teacher in Guatemala and India. She has also worked as a curator at a small Vermont museum and has walked 750 kilometers on el Camino de Santiago in Spain.
Kate lives in Vermont with her husband. In this very personal interview, Kate speaks with Fr. Thomas Rosica about her remarkable, extraordinary and yet ordinary grandmother.
Cardinal Collins interview on sexual addiction
Paola Fraietta, a youth minister from Blessed Trinity Parish in Toronto, interviews Cardinal Thomas Collins about the harms of pornography and sexual addiction. The discussion took place on February 15, 2017, in advance of special event at the parish featuring author and speaker Matt Fradd. To learn more about Matt Fradd’s ministry and learn tools for overcoming an addiction to pornography.
What to expect from the Pope’s trip to Egypt – Vatican Connections
In this episode of Vatican Connections, we look at what we can expect from the Holy Father’s apostolic trip to Cairo (Egypt), and we talk to Deborah Castellano Lubov on what makes the Easter season at the Vatican so special.
Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins Episode 1006 – Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25: 31-46)
Season 10, Episode 6. Reflections on on Matthew 25: 31-46.
The Lectio Divina discourses given by Cardinal Thomas Collins are meant to work as a series of reflections. Visit for more information and links to past seasons and episodes.
Catholic blogging: a help or a hindrance – Perspectives Weekly
Rocco Palmo is a blogger. And an impassioned one at that. Rocco is the man behind Whispers in the Loggia, arguably perhaps the most referenced Catholic blog in the English language. This week Rocco joins S+L producer Kris Dmytrenko and Perspectives host Pedro Guevara Mann for a round table on the merits and perceived deficiencies of the Catholic blogosphere.
But they’re not the only ones making this assessment. The time is ripe for this discussion.
In one historic stroke, Archbishop Claudio Celli and the Pontifical Council for Social Communications held the first annual four-hour symposium for bloggers around the world.
So what do you think about Catholic blogging? Is it a help or a hindrance to the mission of the Church?
Should the Church be poor? – Perspectives Weekly
Does your church have a crying room for babies and young families? Are your kids going to World Youth Day? Do you have regular coffee socials? If you answered yes to most of these questions, chances are you are not in Whitehorse or rural Newfoundland.
Canadian Catholics who live “off of the grid” so to speak (away from Canadian city centres) have a completely different experience of the Church than the rest of us.
This week, host Pedro Guevara Mann is joined by Bishop Gary Gordon of Whitehorse, Yukon and Archbishop Martin Currie of St. John’s (and also Bishop of Grand Falls), Newfoundland. The two bishops will tell us how they have learned to be faithful in small things- that is-being good stewards of the amount they have been given.
Some Catholics (and the world at large) are critical of the material wealth of the Church as made manifest in our sometimes ornate Cathedrals. To these people, Bishop Gary says that the trouble with money is not possessing it but letting it possess you. Money (directed by good will) builds hospitals, feeds the hungry and clothes the naked. The key word here is good will.
Join us for a thoughtful reflection on the camel-needle phenomenon in a featured chat with these two Canadian bishops. It’s a discussion you won’t want to miss!
“One Ordinary Sunday” by Paula Huston (Subject Matters: S2.E8)
Award-winning novelist Paula Huston guides the reader through an ordinary Sunday Mass, explaining the gestures and symbols to reawaken a sense of mystery.

May 7, 2017

No Updates Posted.

April 30, 2017
If you see nothing else on this page today, watch this one.  “Preaching to the choir; no we need to get on soapboxes and proclaim the Good News!
‘The Revolution of Tenderness’: Pope Francis Gives Surprise TED Talk
“Tenderness is not weakness; it is fortitude. It is the path of solidarity, the path of humility.”
“Canada’s Catholics” by Reginald Bibby (Subject Matters: S2.E7)
Is religion and faith on the decline in Canada? Sociologist Reginald Bibby checks the pulse of Catholicism in Canada in, “Canada’s Catholics,” and the vital signs are very good.
The Therapeutic Benefits of Music w/Emma McGann!
Emma and I talk about music and how it can be a great way to express all that is going on. Emma has created an e-book to help with anyone out there who wants to get into song writing, or is feeling stuck with it. She is so motivating and positive and an amazing person to catch on younow! She tries to broadcast 2 times a day, so there will be a time that works for you. She also shares how song writing helps her vent about all that is going on with her and a great way to express what she is going through. Her advice to her younger self is to not compare, and I encourage each and every one of you to do the same.
Holy Week in Review – Vatican Connections
In this episode of Vatican Connections: Benedict XVI marked his 90th birthday like a true Bavarian; a new Shrine is opening its doors in Assisi; and we go over the Triduum and Easter celebrations at the Vatican.
WITNESS – Fr. William Ryan, SJ
Fr. William Ryan, SJ is a well-known Canadian Jesuit who holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University. He is the author of numerous publications, particularly on Catholic social teaching, globalization and interfaith dialogue. Fr. Ryan served as director of Social Affairs for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. He was missioned by then Father General of the Jesutis, Pedro Arrupe and the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin to establish the Centre of Concern in Washington, DC. After eight years as director of the center, Fr. Ryan returned to Canada to become Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus for English Canada and later General Secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Later he acted as Special Advisor to the International Development Resource Centre’s project on Culture, Spirituality and Economic Development. Fr. Ryan has been with the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice since 2007.

April 23, 2017
“Once And For All” by Lauren Daigle – The Wood Sisters (Live Cover)
Katie, Heather, and Emily Wood sing Lauren Daigle’s “Once And For All”
My cover of Jim Brickman’s Amazing Grace
This is my (Katie) cover of Jim Brickman’s Amazing Grace. I’ve been working on this for about two months now and am really enjoying this beautiful arrangement!

If you want something that will touch your heart, check out Justin Hines videos.
Justin Hines – Wish You Well
I love  Love!
Justin Hines – An Inspiration
You can’t help but help and admire this guy. Not only is he a great musician who has received a ton of critical acclaim, he has done it all with a severe physical disability. We had the privilege to speak with the charming Justin Hines before a recent performance.
WITNESS – Fr. Jonathan Kalish, OP
Fr. Jonathan Kalisch, OP
Director of Chaplains and Spiritual Development
Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus
Jonathan Kalisch grew up in New Jersey and joined the Knights of Columbus in 1991 as a freshman at Georgetown University. He served as the college council’s church director, deputy grand knight, and for two years as grand knight.
Working closely with the council’s two chaplains, he saw for the first time the full life of a priest, and the seed of a vocation was planted. After graduation, he worked for an international accounting firm in Warsaw, Poland, before going on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where he heard a strong call to discern a priestly vocation. He entered the Dominican order in 1996 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2003. He received a licentiate in sacred theology the following year from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. Over the years, he served as chaplain of the two councils he helped to found on campuses where he served in campus ministry: Quinnipiac University and Dartmouth College, and he also helped to start the council at George Washington University when he was seminarian in Washington, DC.
Father Kalisch now works at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council headquarters in New Haven, CT, as Director of Chaplains and Spiritual Development. He resides at the Dominican Priory at St. Mary’s Church, on the grounds where Father Michael McGivney founded the Order of the Knights of Columbus in 1882.
Father Kalisch also serves as Prior of his local Dominican community. He follows closely in the footsteps of Venerable Fr. McGivney, working at the Supreme Council of the Order that he founded. In 2016, Fr. Kalisch served as Director of the 2016 World Youth Day Mercy Centre Catechesis and Youth Festival Site in Kraków, Poland


April 16, 2017
The Good Shepherd
The story of the passion of Jesus Christ, from his Last Supper, to his arrest and crucifixion through the eyes and imagination of children.
Celebrating A Love That Cannot Wait
The following reflection on the significance of the Easter Vigil is written by Fr. Michael McGourty, Pastor of St. Peter’s Parish, Toronto.

Invitation to the Neophyte Mass
Rev. Ed Curtis, Pontifical Master of Ceremonies Cardinal Collins invites all of the newly baptized and those who will be received into the Church this Easter to our annual Neophyte Mass.
The Mass will take place on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Michael. Before the Mass begins, Cardinal Collins will offer a brief history of the cathedral and give an explanation of his vestments
“It’s not good enough to just be a ‘nice guy’ or a ‘nice lady’, that’s a good start but not good enough – YOU ARE CALLED TO HOLINESS!Jesus said, ‘You must be perfected as your Heavenly Father is perfect’ ..that is not an option, that is a DIVINE MANDATE!”
Cardinal Seán O’Malley: Serving the Sick | Chrism Mass (2017)
Cardinal Seán O’Malley preaches about the work of a priest, particularly anointing the sick.
WITNESS – Sr. Donna Ciangio, OP
Sister Donna Ciangio is a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, New Jersey. She holds a doctorate from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. She is the Director of Church Leadership Consultation and works internationally and nationally in promoting parish vitality and pastoral direction, congregational and leadership development, small Christian communities, and provides consultation and training to parish and diocesan staffs.
For many years, Sister Donna served as the Director of Pastoral Services at the National Pastoral Life Center focusing on formation for pastors, small faith community training, conference development, and diocesan and parish staff consulting and planning services. Sister Donna has also worked in parish pastoral ministry and education ministry in urban and suburban parishes. As the national coordinator and international coordinator of RENEW, a parish renewal process begun by the Archdiocese of Newark, she provided training and support to diocesan and parish leaders in over a hundred dioceses around the world.
Sister Donna serves as the Director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills, New Jersey. She is an adjunct faculty member in Drew University’s Doctor of Ministry program, is the Chairperson of the North American Forum for Small Christian Communities serving dioceses and parishes in the US and Canada, and a consultant for RCL Benziger Religion Publishing Company. She serves on the Caldwell University Board of Trustees and the Center for Ministry Development.
Sister Donna’s articles have appeared in Today’s Parish, Ligourian, CHURCH Magazine, and in publications from Crossroads, Paulist Press, and St. Anthony Messenger Press and The Parish as a School of Discipleship, in Catechetical Leader, May 2014. Her book for Small Christian Communities , co-authored with Rev. Thomas Iwanowski and published by Ave Maria Press, is “Open Our Hearts: A Small Group Guide for an Active Lent.”
“Towards Unity” co-edited by Nicholas Jesson (Subject Matters: S2.E5)
A collection of essays on the current dialogues among the Christian churches to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. All the contributors are “insiders” who have witnessed great progress, but remain realistic about full unity. Much will depend on personal relationships, prayer and common public witness.

April 9, 2017
“Ageless Wisdom” by Christopher Bellitto (Subject Matters: S2.E3)
Church historian Christopher Bellitto considers the old axiom “with age comes wisdom” from the perspective of the Bible and other ancient religious texts.
A day in Milan – Vatican Connections
This week on Vatican Connections, we take a look at the Holy Father’s pastoral trip to the city of Milan, where he met with families, priests and religious, prisoners, and young people. With Matteo Ciofi, we talk about what made this visit special.
The Pope Video 04-2017 – Youth – April 2017
April 2017 The Pope Video: Young people have in their hands the challenge of building a more just future, a future of solidarity. Let us support them. Let’s pray with the Pope that our youth will respond and work generously for the changes the world needs.
“I know that you, young people, don’t want to be duped by a false freedom, always at the beck and call of momentary fashions and fads. I know that you are aiming high. Is that true, or am I wrong?”
Don’t leave it to others to be the protagonists of change.
You are the ones who hold the future! I ask you to be builders of the world, to work for a better world. Do you accept the challenge?
Pray with me for young people, that they might know how to respond generously to the vocation God has given them, and immerse themselves in the great causes of the world.”
“Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty” by Kate Hennessy (Subject Matters: S2.E4)
The life and work of Dorothy Day—the iconic, celebrated, and controversial Catholic—told with illuminating detail by her granddaughter, Kate Hennessy.
Saint Augustine, Homily on Love.
“If you keep silent, keep silent by love:
if you speak, speak by love; if you correct, correct by love; if you pardon, pardon by love; let love be rooted in you, and from the root nothing but good can grow.
Love and do what you will.
Love enures in adversity, is moderate in prosperity; brave under harsh sufferings, cheerful in good works; utterly reliable in temptation, utterly open-handed in hospitality; as happy as can be among true brothers and sisters, as patient as you can get among the false one’s.
The soul of the scriptures, the force of prophecy, the saving power of the sacraments, the fruit of faith, the wealth of the poor, the life of the dying.
Love is all.
Saint Augustine of Hippo
I found this to be a very important topic for reflection and encourage you to watch it. – Deacon Alan
Perspectives Weekly – Can War Really Be Just?
“The Canadian soldier is another breed altogether.”
These were the words from Major Joseph Nonato as he offered us some anecdotes from on the ground in Afghanistan where he served in 2008.
Major Joseph told us about his moments of overwhelming gratitude on the ground. Once, while sitting in a plane with a dozen or so young men in transit, Major Joseph started listening in to these dirt-covered soldiers cradling their weapons. What is it that young men in their place say to one another in moments like this? To anyone listening in to their conversations, he said, they might mistake the army plane for a university philosophy class.
“The guys on the ground in Afghanistan are kids by years but they have a maturity about them. Because of what they’ve seen, they know what is important in life,” Major Joseph said. “You’d be surprised by the reading material in the barracks, these kids are the cream of the crop.”
But there are many people who take issue with war. So via Facebook we asked you, our viewers, if war could ever really be just and you had lots to say!
On this Friday’s edition of Perspectives we welcome Major Gillian Federico, a chaplain with the Canadian Armed Forces and Major Joseph Nonato, CD an Officer Commanding with the Royal Regiment of Canada.
Together with host Pedro Guevara Mann the two will talk about the demands of duty and the call to soldiering. A call which they say, is not for everyone.


April 2, 2017
Cardinal Collins on Conscience Rights and Bill 84
On March 23, 2017, Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, appeared before a Queen’s Park committee regarding Bill 84, Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act. To raise awareness on the critical issue of conscience protection, his address has been re-recorded for this video.
Full text of presentation:…
To contact your elected Member of Provincial Parliament and to learn more on this important issue, please visit:
Pope apologizes for Church’s role in Rwanda Genocide – Vatican Connections
In this episode of Vatican Connection, the Canadian Bishops from Atlantic Canada meet Pope Francis in Rome for their ad limina visit; the Holy Father receives the president of Rwanda at the Vatican; and, in Jerusalem, Jesus’ burial site reopens to the public.
Bishop Barron on Who Jesus Truly Is
Thomas Joseph White’s book “The Incarnate Lord” discusses the importance of Jesus’ identity. The classical tradition of Christology understood Jesus ontologically, that is to say, in terms of his fundamental being or existential identity; whereas modern and contemporary Christology tends to understand Jesus psychologically or relationally. The transition from an ontological Christology to a consciousness Christology has conduced toward all manner of relativism, subjectivism, indifferentism, and the attenuation of evangelical zeal.


March 26, 2017
175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese of Toronto
December 17, 2016 marks the 175th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Toronto, kicking off a year-long celebration of this historic milestone.
Today the Archdiocese of Toronto is Canada’s largest diocese, one of the most diverse faith communities in the world.
Join us as we honour the past, energize our present faith community and look forward to an exciting future!
Sharing St. Augustine’s
Archdiocese of Toronto
Mully Movie Trailer
An 80 minute film has been made documenting the life and work of Charles Mulli.
Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin)
After winning the competition of the harmonica festival in Hangzhou, China 2009, this was the first open performance that held in the celebration concert .
Let your imagination run free | Official Trailer | Anne
ANNE is a coming-of-age story about an outsider who, against all odds and numerous challenges, fights for love and acceptance and for her place in the world.
America’s Got Talent 2016 Edgar A Family Singing Trio Full Audition Clip S11E02
America’s Got Talent S09E02 The Willis Clan 12 Member Family Band Too Cute
WITNESS – Quinton Atkinson
Ancestry is a science and technology company with a very human mission.
It brings together science and self-discovery and helps everyone, everywhere discover the story of what led to them. Ancestry’s sophisticated engineering and technology harnesses family history and consumer genetics, combining billions of rich historical records, millions of family trees, and more than 2.5 million DNA samples to provide people with deeply meaningful insights about who they are and where they come from.
Quinton Atkinson has worked for over 20 years in the Content Department at Ancestry. Currently the Senior Director of Global Content Acquisition and Partner Development, Quinton has spent a number of years working in the International arena for Ancestry, where he has traveled to many countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, and China – working with local and national archives.
In this fascinating WITNESS interview with Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, you will meet Quinton Atkinson, a true pioneer in the field of connecting people and reinventing how people make family history discoveries. And these discoveries can give everyone a greater sense of identity, relatedness, and their place in the world.


March 19, 2017
When the Pope went to Rome’s Anglican parish – Vatican Connections
In this episode, we speak with Zenit correspondent at the Vatican, Deborah Castellano Lubov, on the Pope’s recent trip to an Anglican parish in Rome; we look at issues surrounding the resignation of Vatican anti-abuse commission member; and take a peak at the Holy Father’s Lenten retreat.
“The Seven Last Words of Christ” by Fr. Thomas Rosica (Subject Matters Ep.14)
A biblical scholar by trade, Fr. Thomas Rosica’s latest book of scriptural reflections focuses on the seven last words of Jesus hanging from the cross, and their contemporary significance.
Bishop Barron on Love and Tolerance
Love is tolerant, inasmuch as it respects the goodness of even those who hold errant points of view; and love encourages diversity, to the degree that it eschews the imperialistic imposition of one’s own ego upon another. However, sometimes love is exclusive, intolerant, and unaccepting of diversity—precisely because it wills the good of the other.
WITNESS – Bishop Emeritus Frederick Henry
It was a great privilege today to do a “farewell” WITNESS Interview for Salt + Light Media with Bishop-emeritus Fred Henry of Calgary on February 26, 2017, the eve of the installation of his successor, Bishop William McGrattan as the eighth bishop of Calgary. A native of London, Ontario, Bishop Frederick Bernard Henry was born on April 11, 1943, the eldest of five sons in the family of Leo and Noreen Henry
After finishing high school, he entered St. Peter’s Seminary, London. He was ordained a priest on May 25, 1968. In 1971, he earned a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and in 1973 a Licentiate in Theology with a Specialization in Fundamental Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. He was an Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at St. Peter’s Seminary from 1973 – 1986 and Dean of Theology and Rector of St. Peter’s Seminary from 1981 – 1986.
He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of London and Titular Bishop of Carinola and ordained the Episcopate on June 24, 1986. He was installed as the fourth Bishop of Thunder Bay on May 11, 1995 and installed as the seventh Bishop of Calgary on March 19, 1998.
Bishop Henry’s episcopal motto, ‘Dabo Vobis Pastores’ (I will give you pastors) is taken from Jeremiah 3:15 – ‘I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding’. He retired early from Episcopal ministry in Calgary on January 4, 2017 for health reasons, after serving that diocese for 19 years.
In this wide-ranging, personal interview, Bishop Fred revealed his boldness, courage, love of the Church and deep gratitude to God for many fruitful years of episcopal ministry in Canada – beginning in London, then Thunder Bay and finally in Calgary for 19 years. Combating abortion, euthanasia and the disregard of the poor ­ all characteristic of our ‘throwaway culture’ – were the hallmarks of his years of generous and prophetic ministry in Calgary.

March 12, 2017
Ashes to ashes – Vatican Connections
In this episode, Pope Francis celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at the basilica of Saint Sabina in Rome; we go back at his historic visit to the only Anglican parish in the Eternal City; and take a look at the relationship being rebuilt between the Vatican and a high-ranking Sunni university in Cairo.
Amish Grace
This year is the tenth anniversary of what the Amish people in Pennsylvania call “The Happening.”  In the village of Nickel Mines, in Lancaster County, a heavily armed young man – not Amish – entered an Amish schoolhouse and murdered five little girls, wounded five more and then killed himself.  Correspondent David Tereshchuk reports from Amish country both on what happened and on the extraordinary demonstrations ever since of faith and forgiveness.
Introduction to “Amish Grace,” Wilbur Award winner
“Amish Grace” produced by Kyle A. Clark and Marta M. Mobley won a 2011 Wilbur Award in the Television and Cable: Drama category. Executive producer is Larry A. Thompson; directed by Gregg Champion; and written by Sylvie White and Teena Booth.
Bruce Guthro – Falling
WITNESS: Cardinal Orlando Quevedo
Cardinal Orlando Beltran Quevedo, OMI, Metropolitan Archbishop of Cotabato, was born in Laoag, Philippines, on March 11, 1939 in a northern province but raised in the Muslim region in the South of his country. After studying at Notre Dame high school in Koronadal and at the minor seminary in Quezon City, he entered the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and professed his first vows in Mission, Texas, in 1957. Returning to the Philippines, he earned his teaching degree from the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He returned to the United States to study theology at Oblate College in Washington, where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1964. In his early years, he was the dean of student affairs at Notre Dame University in Cotabato, became becoming president of the university. Fr. Orlando was named bishop of Kidapawan in 1980 and archbishop of Nueva Segovia in 1986. Pope John Paul II named him archbishop of Cotabato in 1998. As Archbishop, he served as president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, 1999-2003, and served as general secretary of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, 2005-2011. Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of February 22, 2014, of the Titular Church of Santa Maria «Regina Mundi» a Torre Spaccata. Cardinal Quevedo has been a member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (now the Dicastery for Integral Human Development) and the Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.
In this wide-ranging WITNESS interview with Fr. Thomas Rosica, Cardinal Quevedo shares his rich, pastoral experience as an Oblate of Mary Immaculate in this bicentennial year of foundation of this major missionary congregation in the Church, as well as his experience as a seasoned shepherd who has the odor of the sheep.

March 5, 2017
Catholics and Jews working together in new Menorah exhibit – Vatican Connections
In this episode, we look at a meeting between Pope Francis and an international Jewish delegation; the Holy Father’s speech to university students of Roma Tre; his pastoral visit to a local parish; and the Secretariat of State’s recent decision to monitor the use of the Pope’s image.
Bishop Barron on Evangelizing Through the Good
Revealing the truth of God through rational arguments and displaying the beauty of God through artwork are two powerful means of evangelization. A third path, however, comes in the form of the good. The radicality of the Christian life concretely and heroically lived out draws people to the love of God.
WITNESS – David Delgado
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.
The Pope Video 03 -2017- Support for Persecuted Christians – March 2017
In many parts of the world, there are Christians who are persecuted simply because of the fact that they are Christians. They need not only our material help but also our prayer. Let us join with the Pope in praying for persecuted Christians.
“How many people are being persecuted because of their faith, forced to abandon their homes, their places of worship, their lands, their loved ones!
They are persecuted and killed because they are Christians. Those who persecute them make no distinction between the religious communities to which they belong.
I ask you: how many of you pray for persecuted Christians?
Do it with me, that they may experience the support of all the Churches and communities, through prayer and material assistance.”
From the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer):


February 26, 2017
WITNESS – Bishop William McGrattan
Most Reverend Bishop William McGrattan was born in London, Ontario on September 19, 1956 and received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario, followed by a Master of Divinity from St. Peter’s Seminary in London. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 2, 1987 for the Diocese of London. Following three years of pastoral ministry at St. Joseph’s Parish in Chatham, Fr. McGrattan continued his studies in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he received a Licentiate in Fundamental Moral Theology in 1992. He returned to London and served on the faculty of St. Peter’s Seminary in London as an associate professor, vice-rector, and dean of theology. He was appointed as rector of the Seminary in 1997. Pope Benedict XVI named Fr. McGrattan Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto in 2009 and Fr. McGrattan was Bishop in 2009.
As Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto, Bishop McGrattan was responsible for the Central Region that includes seventy-one parishes in the central part of the City of Toronto. In addition to his regional responsibilities, he also served as Vicar for Lay Movements and Associations, Vicar for Ethnic Communities, and the liaison bishop for the Catholic School Chaplains of Ontario, the Catholic Association of Religious and Family Life Educators of Ontario, the Catholic Health Association of Ontario, and the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada.
In the spring of 2014, Pope Francis appointed Bishop McGrattan as the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough. At the national level, Bishop McGrattan is a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; the CCCB Doctrine Commission from 2011 to the present; the Bishop Liaison for Catholic Health Alliance of Canada CHAC from 2011 to the present; the National Spiritual Director of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada CWL from 2013 to the present; a National Catholic Broadcasting Council Board Member from 2015 to 2017. He also served as the Chancellor of Sacred Heart College of Peterborough and a Board Member from 2014 to the present.
In early January 2017, Pope Francis appointed Bishop McGrattan the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Calgary.
Bishop Barron on Biblical Religion
According to Biblical religion, we are called to be holy as God is holy. The Holiness of God consists of pure love. Pure love shines on the good and the bad alike. What a revolution this is! Think how different your life would be were you to love this way all the time, rather than measuring out your love through calculative self-interest. Dedicate your whole life to divine Love and you will be truly holy, set apart, a sanctuary.

February 19, 2017
Bishop Barron Comments on Prayer
Studies have shown that everyone prays; even some atheists say that they pray. So what is prayer? What makes Christian prayer distinctive? Bishop Barron answers these questions and offers recommendations on how to improve your prayer life.
How do we dialogue with Muslims?
Description: In countries where the majority of the population is of Christian background, the question of dialogue with Muslims may not be such a pressing one. Although this very question is in the minds of many, especially now with the influx of refugees from the Middle East. It is also a question that is important for the Church.
Join Deacon Pedro and his guest Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, Archbishop of Cotabato, the Philippines, as they speak about inter-religious dialogue.
Lectio Divina with Cardinal Collins 1005: Merciless and Merciful (Matthew 18:15-35)
Season 10, Episode 5. Reflections on Matthew 18:15-35.
The Lectio Divina discourses given by Cardinal Thomas Collins are meant to work as a series of reflections.

February 12, 2017
JUST LET GO (2015) Official Trailer
Could you forgive? Would you forgive? Share if you believe in the power of forgiveness and the power of life. Check out the brand new trailer.
Spotlight on vocations – Vatican Connections
The Church marked the World Day of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis met with men and women religious as they held a plenary session on fidelity to one’s vocation, and we spoke to Vatican correspondent, Deborah Castellano Lubov, about the preparatory document for the Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment.

Synod 2018: Youth, faith and vocational discernment, 06.10.2016
The Holy Father, after the customary consultation with the episcopal conferences, the sui iuris Oriental Catholic Churches and the Union of Superior Generals, as well as hearing the suggestions of the Fathers of the last Synod assembly and the opinion of the 14th Ordinary Council, has established that in October 2018 the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held, on the theme: “Youth, faith and vocational discernment”.
The theme, an expression of the pastoral care of the Church for the young, is consistent with the results of the recent Synod assemblies on the family and with the content of the post-Synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Its aim is to accompany the young on their existential journey to maturity so that, through a process of discernment, they discover their plan for life and realise it with joy, opening up to the encounter with God and with human beings, and actively participating in the edification of the Church and of society.
Next synod to focus on young people, vocations
EWTN’s Mary Shovlain reports from Rome on the theme of the next Synod of bishops, set to take place in October of 2018.
Preparatory Document of the 2018 Synod of Bishops
Salt and Light Media
Here is the text of the preparatory document for the XV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “Young people, faith and vocation discernment,”to take place in Rome in October 2018.
Mark Shriver – Witness
Mark K. Shriver, born February 17, 1964, is the son of Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy, the sister of John, Robert and Ted Kennedy. He served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates for two consecutive terms, from 1995 to 2003. He is currently president of Save the Children Action Network in Washington, D.C. His New York Times and Washington Post bestselling memoir, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, was published in June 2012 and received a 2013 Christopher Award.
In this riveting WITNESS interview with Fr. Thomas Rosica, this young, articulate, distinguished member of the Kenney family openly shares how he grew “disillusioned” with the Roman Catholic Church until Pope Francis came along in 2013 and breathed new life into it for him. As Shriver followed the pope’s travels, gestures and words, he wrote: “I started to emerge from my Catholic funk.” He decided to embark on writing a book about Pope Francis by traveling to Argentina and Italy to discover how Jorge Mario Bergoglio grew into a change agent in one of the world’s most entrenched religious organizations. The result is Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis. In the process of writing the book, Shriver rediscovered a Church in which he could believe again and learned some powerful lessons in humility and mercy. Mark is married to Jeanne, and they have three children, Molly, Tommy and Emma, in Maryland.
Bishop Barron on the Charleston Tragedy and Forgiveness
On June 17, 2015 a man entered a church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed nine people, all African Americans, including their senior pastor and injured one other person. During his trial the murderer showed no remorse. In utter contrast to his wickedness, the victims’ families demonstrated a love so radical in forgiveness that they became an icon of the living God.

February 5, 2017
Deacon Alan’s Blog
Canadian Food For Children
Pastors Remarks: Video featuring Dr. Andrew Simone and his work through Canadian Food for Children
The Pope Video 02 FEBRUARY 2017 Welcome the Needy
Christian Unity, a long journey – Vatican Connections
In this episode, the Holy Father closes off the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity presiding an ecumenical prayer service in Saint Paul Outside the Walls Basilica; the Vatican releases the Pope’s message for the 51st World Day of Social Communication on the theme “Fear not, for I am with you: communicating hope and trust in our time”. And the Vatican Museums launches a brand new website.
Bishop Barron on Netflix’s “The Crown”
The Netflix original series “The Crown”, which has to do with the last months of the reign of King George VI and the first years of the reign of his daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, demonstrates how for any society to remain healthy it must be grounded in God-given moral values.

January 29, 2017
Blest Are They – The Beatitudes
“Blest Are They” by David Haas
© 1986 by GIA Publications, Inc.
Young voices key to preparing next Synod – Vatican Connections
This week on Vatican Connections, the Church marks the Week of prayer for Christian Unity. In Rome, the Holy Father kicks it off with an ecumenical delegation from Finland and Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, shares with Vatican Radio what ecumenism looked like last year. The Vatican clarifies the purpose of an investigation into the central direction of the Order of Malta. And it releases the preparatory document for the next Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment.

January 22, 2017
Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins – Episode S10E04 – Jonah 1-4
The Lectio Divina discourses given by Cardinal Thomas Collins are meant to work as a series of reflections.

Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All (Sweet Sacrament)
Performed by the Christendom College Choir and Schola Gregoriana
Rosie goes to Church (part 1)
The naturally inquisitive mind of a child wants to know the answers to so many questions. Churches are special places which can fascinate children. But how to answer them when they ask such questions as, “What is a tabernacle?” or “What are the stations of the cross?”
The Salesians of Don Bosco have produced a DVD written by a primary school teacher which attempts to answer such questions in a simple but attractive way, following Rosie and her family on their journey of discovery in church.
Beautiful watercolour illustrations by Martina Spinkova.
Used with full permission from the Salesian Fathers.
Music Heals 2016 Year In Review
A video recap of the music therapy programs that Music Heals funded in 2016.
Music & Health Panel at Toronto Rehab Part 3
Part 3 of a 3 part edited presentation of a panel discussion with doctors, music therapists, and musicians, who look at music and health from a scientific and personal perspective. The event was held at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Cardiac Centre, on October 22, 2009.

January 15, 2017
The Pope Video 01-2017 — Christians serving humanity — January 2017
In today’s world, many Christians from various churches work together to serve humanity in need, to defend human life and its dignity, to defend creation, and to combat injustice.
This desire to walk together, to collaborate in service and in solidarity with the weakest and with those who suffer, is a source of joy for us all.
Join your voice to mine in praying for all who contribute through prayer and fraternal charity to restoring full ecclesial communion in service of the challenges facing humanity.
What are the Highlights of 2016? Perspectives Weekly
That’s the question we’re asking on this special year-end edition of Perspectives. Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann is joined by Salt + Light producers Sebastian Gomes and Emilie Callan as they look at the Church in 2016.
Made for Freedom
This video is part of the series created for the “Marriage: Unique for a Reason” initiative of the USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. This initiative seeks to assist Catholics and all people of good will to understand the unique gift of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Its four themes are sexual difference (explored in “Made for Each Other”), the gift of children (“Made for Life”), religious freedom (“Made for Freedom”), and the common good (“Made for the Common Good”). Religious freedom after the redefinition of marriage in civil law is explored in this video.



January 8, 2017
Sr. Nuala Kenny, SC – Witness
Sr. Nuala Kenny, Medical doctor, renowned ethicist, professor, and Sister of Charity of Halifax, is deeply concerned with 2016 law allowing euthanasia and doctor assisted death in Canada. The dimension of the Paschal mystery of suffering, death and resurrection is absent from our end of life conversation and discussion. When people today speak about a “good death,” they usually refer to an attempt to control the end of one’s life, even through physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia. The Christian notion of a good death, however, is death not as a good end, but a good transition, that requires faith, proper acceptance and readiness. Join Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB and Sr. Nuala Kenny for a wide ranging interview on the this implications of this new law which has serious effects not only on Canadian Catholics but on the medical profession, on people of all faiths and walks of life and on the moral fabric of our society.
Homily at Christmas Eve Mass 2016 | Cardinal Thomas Collins
On Dec. 24, 2016, Cardinal Thomas Collins presided at Midnight Mass in St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica in downtown Toronto.
Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis
To bishops on the feast of the Holy Innocents
Homily Of His Holiness Pope Francis
Solemnity of Mary, Most Holy Mother of God
Looking to the future with hope – Vatican Connections
Each year, millions of people attend events at the Vatican. And despite heightened security, numbers were a little higher in 2016. That was mainly due to the Jubilee Year of Mercy. In this episode, we look at the final events which capped off the year, between Christmas and New Year’s, and what messages the Pope is giving the world as we’re stepping into 2017.

Re: Free Tools for Bible Catechesis
From: Alfred Yuen, Team Member
Our office would like to share two time-saving ministry tools with you: (1) a self-assessment of the state of bible catechesis in your parish and (2) a kit providing corresponding resources in response to your assessment. Church Bible Study Group Ministry Vitality Self-assessment:
By the end of the assessment I believe you will achieve a reasonable sense of where the parish is and what basic strategy or action plan may be appropriate for your parish and ministry.
Church Bible Study Group Ministry Parish Resource/Start-up Kit:
It offers ways for you to customize some aspects of your planning, training, and group experience. It includes, for examples,
Ø  study kits and editable posters for free download;
Ø  short videos for initial formation and for launching and leading Bible Studies,
Ø  Select commercial programs – which you may loan for free on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Please email if you would like to have me pursue this.


January 1, 2017
Made for the Common Good
This video is part of the series created for the “Marriage: Unique for a Reason” initiative of the USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. This initiative seeks to assist Catholics and all people of good will to understand the unique gift of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Its four themes are sexual difference (explored in “Made for Each Other”), the gift of children (“Made for Life”), religious freedom (“Made for Freedom”), and the common good (“Made for the Common Good”). The importance of marriage to the common good of society is explored in view of the redefinition of marriage in the law. It will be accompanied by a study guide.
Christmas Hope | Homily: Cardinal Seán O’Malley
Cardinal Seán O’Malley preaches about hope and beginning again during Christmas Mass.
December 25, 2016 | The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Away in a Manger
The Christmas story is told through the eyes, words and imagination of children in this delightful program by Salt + Light Television.
2016 : A year with Pope Francis
2016.12.25 Christmas Message and Urbi et Orbi blessing
Pope Francis gives his traditional Christmas message and the Apostolic Blessing “Urbi et Orbi” to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square and to those listening to him on radio and television.
Pope Francis: Christmas message “Urbi et Orbi”: full text
Message of His Holiness Pope Francis
For the celebration of the Fiftieth World Day of Peace
1 January 2017
Nonviolence: a style of politics for peace
Pope to Cardinals, personal conversion key to reform – Vatican Connections
With Christmas just a few days away, Pope Francis addressed the Roman Curia at the Vatican, saying that real reform happens first through personal conversion. He named the first female director to the Vatican Museums. And we look back at the Holy Father’s birthday as he just turned 80.
Take Courage: Same-Sex Attractions and the Church – Catholic Focus
A look at ministering to young people struggling with same-sex attraction.
Why I love you, o Mary !
Sanctuary of Lisieux – Poem of Saint Therese
Bishop Barron on “The Way of a Pilgrim”
The Way of a Pilgrim, whose author is unknown to us, concerns a man from mid-nineteenth century Russia who found himself deeply puzzled by St. Paul’s comment in first Thessalonians that we should “pray unceasingly.” How, he wondered, amidst all of the demands of life, is this even possible? With the Jesus Prayer on his lips, he seeks the answer on a pilgrimage. What he finds is a lesson for us all.
Exclusive: Martin Scorsese discusses his faith, his struggles, and “Silence.”
Director Martin Scorsese sits down with Fr. James Martin to discuss his faith, his films and his new movie SILENCE
Silence | official trailer (2016) Martin Scorsese

December 25, 2016
For Unto Us A Child Is Born Lyrics Handel s Messiah
Adeste Fideles!
Cardinal Cupich Christmas Message – 2016
Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, offers a Christmas message of hope, mercy and peace.
Vatican Connections – Christmas Special
In this episode of Vatican Connections, we go through our weekly headlines and look at what it’s like to experience Christmas at the Vatican. Zenit correspondent Deborah Castellano Lubov shares with us her own experience of this joyful season in Rome.
Marriage: Unique for a Reason is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Subject Matters Ep.13 – “Pilgrimage”
In this episode of Subject Matters, best-selling author Mark Shriver discusses his investigative and spiritual journey to Buenos Aires to uncover the story of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, in “Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis.”


December 18, 2016
You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban (with inspirational pics)
Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins S10E3 – The Great Prayer of Repentance (Psalm 51)
Catechesis series to focus on Christian Hope – Vatican Connections
In this episode of Vatican Connections, the Holy Father marks the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Rome; we begin a new series of catechesis in the run up to Christmas; and the Pope approves new decrees for causes of saints, including the martyr of an American-born priest.
‘Calvary’ is an unblinking, unforgettable film
Calvary Official Trailer #1 (2014)
Full movie available on NetFlix (Deacon Alan)
by Bishop Robert Barron
You’re Amazing with Justin Fatica – Ep. 01
A behind the scenes look at how Catholic evangelist, Justin Fatica, and his team of missionaries prepared their hearts and bodies for their mission trip around the United States.
Bishop Barron on “Arrival”
The new film, “Arrival”, meditates on the possibility of humans communicating with a higher intelligence. Drawing upon this motif, Bishop Barron reflects on God’s distinctive manner of communication and the process by which we come to understand it.
Robert Ellsberg – Witness
Robert Ellsberg is the son of Carol Cummings, the daughter of a Marine Corps Brigadier General, and the American military analyst and whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg. In 1975, at age 19, he dropped out of college, intending to spend a few months with the Catholic Worker Movement. He stayed at Catholic worker to become the managing editor of The Catholic Worker paper for two years (1976-8), a job that would introduce him to Dorothy Day and consequently would allow him to work with Day for the last five years of her life. This life-changing experience prompted him to convert to Catholicism. Robert returned to Harvard, and earned a degree in religion and literature, and later a Master’s in Theology from Harvard Divinity School.
In 1987 he began work as editor-in- chief of Orbis Books. He is the author of several books, many of which have received awards; his Blessed Among All Women tied a Catholic Press Association record by winning awards for Gender, Spirituality, and Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith. He is the editor of the published diaries and letters of Dorothy Day. Among his titles are the following books: All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time (Crossroad, 1997); The Saints’ Guide to Happiness: Practical Lessons in the Life of the Spirit, Doubleday, 2005; Blessed Among All Women: Reflections on Women Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time (Crossroad, 2006); The Duty Of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day (editor) Marquette University Press, Milwaukee, 2008; All the Way to Heaven: The Selected Letters of Dorothy Day. ISBN 978-0- 87462-061- 0 (editor) Marquette University Press, Milwaukee, 2010.




December 11, 2016
Subject Matters Ep.11 – “The Guardian of Mercy”
In this episode of Subject Matters, author and producer Terence Ward discusses his remarkable duel narrative, “The Guardian of Mercy: How an Extraordinary Painting by Caravaggio Changed an Ordinary Life Today”
“Full Of Grace” – Preview of New Catholic Film
Full of Grace Teaser Trailer
Historic Pilgrimage Documentary | Jerusalem, Israel: Christian Pilgrimage english subtitle
National Geographic – Jerusalem Full Documentary 2013 English Subtitle HD
Jerusalem Within These Walls
Our Lady of Guadalupe (Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Mexico)
December 1531, Mexico. The Virgin Mary appears to a Indian humble peasant, but nobody believes in him. On Her request the Indian wraps in his “tilma” some Castilian roses, mysteriously flowered on a bared scree. In front of the Bishop he opens the cap discovering the miracle: the image of the Virgin is impressed upon it.
The image is extraordinarily real. The results of analysis are amazing. In the Virgin’s eyes the 13 figures who witnessed the miracle are visible. The stars on her cloak are positioned exactly as they were in the miracle’s day (12.12.1531). The painting technique used is unknown. The colours keep intact, the cloth is uncorrupted.
And that’s not all: an extraordinary discovery reveals the Spanish origin (from Extremadura, Spain) of the name of Guadalupe and its incredible connection with the Evangelist Saint Luke.
Bishop Barron on Having a “Personal Relationship” with Jesus
Referencing the mystical prayers of St. Catherine of Siena, Bishop Robert Barron reminds us that “thou” is meant to be a more familiar and intimate form of the second person pronoun, “you”. So, it is with this affection we are to address our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. After all, the bishop explains, sharing a personal relationship with God is the awesome distinction of biblical religion and the real purpose of evangelization.
Dr. Carolyn Woo – Witness
Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo is currently the President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Her term will end in January 2017. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she immigrated to the United States to attend Purdue University, where she received her bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees before joining the faculty. She came to CRS in January 2012 after a distinguished academic career when she served from 1997 to 2011 as dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Her teaching, research and administrative leadership have been recognized around the world. She helped launch the Principles for Responsible Management Education for the United Nations Global Compact. From 2004 to 2010, Carolyn served on the Board of Directors of CRS. Her current board service includes Aileron Foundation; The Catholic University of America; the Archdiocese of Baltimore Independent Child Abuse Review Board; Migration & Refugee Services, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; and the International Policy Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In June 2015, Carolyn was one of five presenters at the Vatican for the release of Pope Francis’s landmark encyclical “Laudato Sì: On Care for our Common Home” on the environment in June 2015. Her faith journey and work at CRS are recounted in her book, “Working for a Better World,” published in 2015 by Our Sunday Visitor. Carolyn is married to Dr. David E. Bartkus. They have two sons, Ryan and Justin. In this wide-ranging WITNESS interview, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB engages one of the most significant lay women leaders in the Catholic Church.

Subject Matters Ep.12 – “Particles of Faith”
In this episode of Subject Matters, scientist and theologian Stacy Trasancos discusses a contemporary approach to engaging questions of faith and science in a reasonable and effective way in, “Particles of Faith: A Catholic Guide to Navigating Science”


December 4, 2016
What Is Advent?
Advent is a time of waiting, hope, and anticipation. We pray that this video will help you understand the meaning of Advent as we celebrate Jesus’ birth and look forward to a second advent, when Jesus comes again. Explore the story of our Savior and God’s plan for us. May you have a blessed Advent as you wait for Him.
“One Candle is Lit,” a song for Advent and Christmas
Our DIsciplesNet team invites you to join in the lighting of the four advent candles and the Christ candle, to the tune of the traditional Cradle Song and words of Mary Anne Parrott, 1988, to “One Candle is Lit.” The vocals and accompaniment are from Rev. Dean Phelps.
Francesca Battistelli – “Be Born In Me (Mary)” with lyrics
The Pope Video 12 – Child soldiers – December 2016
December 2016. The Pope Video: That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.
The Pope Video – Inter-religious Dialogue – January 2016
Where Are You Christmas? – The Piano Gal | #LIGHTtheWORLD (ft. Matt and Amber Plus 3)
Historic Pilgrimage Documentary | Lourdes, France:
Catholic pilgrimage english subtitles
This is long but I believe you should watch it before you watch anything else!
Salt + Light’s Christmas Catalogue Countdown
Producer and Host Sebastian Gomes counts down the top ten S+L productions for Christmas 2016, with original clips from documentaries and series.
Jubilee ends but mercy goes on – Vatican Connections
This episode of Vatican Connections is all about the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis concluded the Jubilee with the closing of the Holy Doors at Saint Peter’s Basilica, a Mass in Saint Peter’s Square, and the traditional release of an apostolic letter. With our Italian journalist, Matteo Ciofi, we look back at this past year and the many ways the Holy Year was celebrated in Rome.
Bishop Steven Lopes – Witness
Most Reverend Steven J. Lopes is the first bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter and pastor to all its members and clergy in the United States and Canada. He was born in 1975 in Fremont, California to Barbara Jane and (the late) Dr. José de Oliveira Lopes. The only child to two educators – Bishop Lopes was formed and educated by Catholic schools in the Golden State. In high school, he began to discern the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood. He continued his discernment during his studies at the St. Ignatius Institute at the University of San Francisco, where he majored in theology and minored in philosophy and German. Steven entered St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California for one year, then completed his seminary education at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He studied philosophy and liturgy at the University of Innsbruck. He then earned three degrees, including a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he has also served as an adjunct faculty member. On June 23, 2001, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of San Francisco by Cardinal William J. Levada (then Archbishop Levada). As a priest of the Archdiocese, he served as an associate pastor at two parishes: St. Patrick Catholic Church in San Francisco and St. Anselm Catholic Church in Ross, Calif. In 2005, he was named an official of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office responsible for promoting and preserving Catholic teaching. For seven of his 10-plus years at the Vatican, he served as secretary to the Cardinal Prefect. He was named a monsignor in 2010. Pope Francis named him the Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter on Nov. 24, 2015. He succeeded Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson […] as leader of the Ordinariate on February 2, 2016. For his motto, Bishop Lopes chose “Magna Opera Domini,” (Great are the works of the Lord.) By these words, the new bishop expresses his awe of God’s grace in drawing His people to the fullness of Eucharistic communion. Bishop Lopes is a chaplain to the Order of Malta and is a full member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The Miracles of Lourdes
Gianna Jessen Abortion Survivor
Part 1 of 2 Gianna Jessen, abortion survivor speaks at Queen’s Hall, Parliament House, Victoria. Australia – on the eve of the debate to decriminalize abortion in Victoria.

November 27, 2016
Hannah Kerr – Lord, I Need You (Matt Maher Cover)
Pope Francis finishes off the Year of Mercy with the homeless – Vatican Connections
This week, on Vatican Connections, the Holy Father welcomed 6000 people in precarious situations for a final Jubilee celebration in Rome, as part of the Year of Mercy. He also sent greetings to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. And we take a look at his Mercy Fridays this past year.
Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk – Witness
Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, was born on June 22, 1953 in Duivendrecht, The Netherlands. He was ordained a priest on June 1, 1985. He studied medicine and holds doctorates in medical bioethics research (thesis on euthanasia) and in philosophy. He has taught ethics and moral theology and served on the executive board of the association for pro-life doctors in The Netherlands. He was co-founder and president of an association which organizes conferences and publications on medical ethics. From 1997-2000 he was part of the International Theological Commission. On July 17, 1999, Willem Eijk was appointed Bishop of Groningen-Leeuwarden and received episcopal ordination on November 6, 1999. He chose as his episcopal motto “Noli recusare laborem” (Do not reject the work), taken from the last prayer of St. Martin. On December 11, 2007, he was appointed Archbishop of Utrecht. In May 2008 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Eijk a member of the Congregation for the Clergy in addition to his duties as Archbishop of Utrecht. After serving in various capacities in the Dutch Bishops’ Conference, he was elected President in 2011. On February 18, 2012, Pope Benedict elevated Archbishop Eijk to the College of Cardinals. He is Cardinal-Priest of the Church of San Callisto. Cardinal Eijk was also appointed a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis.
In the Beginning: Light
In this Advent series, Salt + Light’s Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann learns from Judaism as he prepares for the coming of the Messiah.
In the second week of Advent, Deacon Pedro and Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich look at the significance of and difference between signs and symbols in Judaism.
In the Beginning: Signs and Symbols
Hail, Favored One! – A Reflection On The Hail Mary
There is a prayer we all know well. A prayer that has been passed on to us from our mothers and grandmothers. The Hail Mary.
Hail Mary, full of Grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
It’s a simple prayer, the Hail Mary. A beautiful prayer. A prayer that has much meaning and goes far deeper than you can imagine. And it all began here, at the Annunciation.
Bobby McFerrin – Ave Maria
Bobby McFerrin sings Ave Maria like the angels


November 20, 2016 

TCDSB invites all residents of south Etobicoke to attend a public meeting regarding a boundary review for the area including Christ the King and St Teresa (soon to be The Holy Trinity), St Ambrose and St Leo. This meeting will take place on December 13, 2016 beginning at 7 p.m. at Christ the King, 3672 Lakeshore Blvd West. All are welcome.

Information about the boundary review will be published on the board’s website at is again an affiliate with St. Leo’s website.  Check out this link for Catholic gifts and resources.  Click Here to Search For Catholic Resources   ChristianBooks offers a large selection of well-priced products, combined with fast, inexpensive shipping, and no cross-border hassles or customs.  Your purchases from ChristianBooks or made from the parish website support the parish.

 Deacon Alan shares music videos with the kids at St. Louis and St. Leo’s schools. The playlists are included under Groups – Spirited Kids page.   Each month has a virtue theme that is a basis for the videos selected.  In the documents that follow you  can click on the link to view the video:
October – Gratitude – 
November – Peacemaking – rcia-peace

All the video pages has been modified to inform you that playlists are available on most pages (some pages have more than 100 videos that you will probably enjoy)
Mass of Thanksgiving for St. Michael’s Cathedral | Sept. 30, 2016
On Sept. 30, the day after the Rededication of St. Michael’s Cathedral, a Mass of Thanksgiving was held in honour of workers and tradespeople who laboured tirelessly on the church’s restoration. The presider and homilist was Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto. Video credit: Concrete Pictures.
Rededication Mass of St. Michael’s Cathedral | Sept. 29, 2016
St. Michael’s Cathedral was rededicated on Thursday, September 29, the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, patron saint of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Cardinal Thomas Collins presided at this historic liturgy, which marked the cathedral’s reopening after being temporarily closed for its historic restoration. Video credit: Concrete Pictures.
St. Michael’s Choir School Sacred Music Concert | Sept. 30, 2016
To celebrate the Rededication of St. Michael’s Cathedral, a sacred music concert featuring St. Michael’s Choir School and the new Opus 3907 Casavant Organ was held on September 30, 2016. Video credit: Concrete Pictures.
Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins – S10E02 – The Law that Guides Us (Exodus 20:1-20)
Season 10, Episode 2. Reflections on Exodus 20:1-20
Pope celebrates Year of Mercy with prisoners – Vatican Connections
This week on Vatican Connections, the Holy Father celebrates a Jubilee of prisoners in Rome, Church leaders comment on the US elections, and we begin to prepare for the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Perspectives on Consecrated Life: Missionaries of the Poor Sisters
Perspectives on Consecrated Life: Works of Mercy: For the last year we have all been hearing of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Perhaps the most well-known are caring for the sick, visiting those in prison and instructing the ignorant. Around the world, hundreds of thousands of religious sisters and brothers dedicated their every day to these tasks. But there are also others works of mercy that perhaps should be included in the list.
Join Salt + Light’s Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann and his guests, Sr. Joanne Belmonte and Sr. Ashley Spaulding of the Missionaries of the Poor Sisters of Jamaica to learn about their unique charism.
Jesus King of Angels – Fernando Ortega


November 13, 2016 

TCDSB invites all residents of south Etobicoke to attend a public meeting regarding a boundary review for the area including Christ the King and St Teresa (soon to be The Holy Trinity), St Ambrose and St Leo. This meeting will take place on December 13, 2016 beginning at 7 p.m. at Christ the King, 3672 Lakeshore Blvd West. All are welcome.
Information about the boundary review will be published on the board’s website at is again an affiliate with St. Leo’s website.  Check out this link for Catholic gifts and resources.  Click Here to Search For Catholic Resources   ChristianBooks offers a large selection of well-priced products, combined with fast, inexpensive shipping, and no cross-border hassles or customs.  Your purchases from ChristianBooks or made from the parish website support the parish.

 Deacon Alan shares music videos with the kids at St. Louis and St. Leo’s schools. The playlists are included under Groups – Spirited Kids page.   Each month has a virtue theme that is a basis for the videos selected.  In the documents that follow you  can click on the link to view the video:
October – Gratitude – 
November – Peacemaking – rcia-peace

All the video pages has been modified to inform you that playlists are available on most pages (some pages have more than 100 videos that you will probably enjoy)
Perspectives Weekly: AmericaVotes
This has probably been the most tiring and surprising US election in history. It’s been a bitter and divisive campaign and one that has divided even Catholics. But the election is over and we have to move on. How does it affect us as Catholics?
Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann of Salt + Light TV, sits with, S+L CEO, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB and with S+L producer, Sebastian Gomes to explore how the Church is called to respond to and move on after this election.
Coming Together As Faithful Citizens For The Common Good
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement regarding the election of Donald Trump as President-Elect.
Pope Francis addresses Joint Session of Congress – FULL SPEECH
Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting of Congress, the first pontiff in history to address both chambers.
37th Annual Cardinal’s Dinner
Full text of speech:…
On November 10, Cardinal Thomas Collins addressed 1,800 guests at the 37th Annual Cardinal’s Dinner. Dignitaries attending the event included the Federal Minister of Finance; the Ontario Premier; the mayors of Toronto, Mississauga and Barrie; and the Holy See’s Apostolic Nuncio to Canada.
Memorial Day (Amazing Grace Bagpipes)
No More War
Let There Be Peace On Earth – Pope Francis at 9/11 Memorial and Museum
Let There Be Peace on Earth, arr. Irwin Fisch
Performed by Young People’s Chorus of New York City
September 25, 2015 at inter-religious service for Pope Francis
at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, New York City
Faith Exposed – Resurrection of the Dead
Why the document signed by Catholics and Orthodox cannot be overlooked
Lutherans and Catholics dialogue in Sweden – Vatican Connections
This week, on Vatican Connections, we follow Pope Francis through Sweden as he commemorates the opening of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with Lutherans, and a Lutheran pastor from Toronto helps us unpack the significance of this trip.
Just short of Pixar: the new movie about the Fatima apparitions
‘Amazing Grace’ Flashmob in Tweede Kamer gebouw
A Little Girl Gives Coins To A Street Musician And Gets The Best Surprise In Return
The Cause Of Christ // Kari Jobe // New Song Café
Watch the acoustic performance, hear the story behind the song, and learn how to play ‘The Cause Of Christ’ from Kari Jobe. Get free charts and resources here:
Fatima with the Franciscan Friars
Word on Fire – Bishop Barron on Whiplash


November 6, 2016
The song that moved Pope Francis: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Listen to the song that moved Pope Francis during the interreligious encounter at the Ground Zero memorial in New York.
Performed by The Young People’s Chorus of New York City, the song says: “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me”.
“Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. With God our Creator, family all are we; Let us walk with each other, in perfect harmony. Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now. With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow: To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally, Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me”.
Written by Jill Jackson & Sy Miller

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Mister Rogers TV Hall of Fame Special Appearance by Jeff Erlanger 1999
Fred Rogers is inducted into the TV Hall of Fame. Jeff Erlanger, who appeared on Mister Rogers Neighborhood in 1981, surprises Rogers at this ceremony.
The Pope Video 11 – Countries receiving refugees – November 2016
November 2016. The Pope Video: That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity. For the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer –
No scattering of ashes – Vatican Connections
Venga, venga, venga a la fiesta de Jesús
Bishop Barron Comments on Why Christians Leave Church
The most recent Pew Study survey indicates that intellectual objections figure prominently when religious drifters are asked why they abandoned their faith. It’s time that we teachers, catechists, theologians, apologists, and evangelists do something about it!


October 30, 2016
The Pope at general audience: explains the relationship between justice and mercy in God
3 Feb 2016
The most BEAUTIFUL sacred choral music EVER written
Music of Inner Harmony sung by the world’s best choirs
Canonizations, Elections and Fast Food – Vatican Connections
This week on Vatican Connections, Pope Francis canonizes seven new saints; the Society of Jesus elect their new Superior General in Rome; and Cardinals disapprove of a new fast food restaurant coming to the Vatican.
Audrey Assad & Dan Burke: Onething 2015 Catholic Ecumenical Track
Day 1: “HIDE AND SEEK – PRAYER” – It seems often that God hides or camouflages Himself and we can not recognize His presence. As we seek Him, we search for the understanding of His ways through reading and meditating upon the Scriptures, prayer, and reflecting on existential circumstances. When our desire and determination grows, it is easier to stay attuned to the promises of our loyalty to Him but whenever we find ourselves in a spiritual desert or confused about happenings in our lives, we long for help. Can we be romanced to the fullness of Love or are we left with our human determination to wander around the garden of life, asking for enough grit to survive to the end? Audrey Assad led praise and worship time and Dan Burke shared his incredible testimony and talked about the invisible God who draws hearts to Himself through paths that became especially clear to St. Teresa of Avila.
What A Beautiful Name (Lyric Video) – Hillsong Worship
What A Beautiful Name (Song Story) – Hillsong Worship
Worship Series – Jesus Loves Me
Jesus Loves Me from the Hillsong Kids Album “Supernatural”.
This fantastic album is created to encourage you to live a life empowered by Jesus! Supernatural is the 3rd live worship album from Hillsong Kids, with 14 fresh songs, it is a voice of children who are passionately and unashamedly in love with Jesus Christ. The songs featured on this recording are heartfelt, sincere, and have been written by some of our incredible kid’s leaders, song writers and children as young as 5 years old.
We pray that this album “SUPERNATURAL” blesses you and your family, and that the children enjoying it will be inspired in their faith, passion and love for Jesus.’
God So Loved – Hillsong Kids (with Lyrics/Subtitles) (Worship Song)
The Lord Bless You And Keep You (Aaronic Blessing)
Y’ va-re-che-cha Adonai v’yish-mire-cha
Ya-er Adonai panav elei-cha vihu-necha
Yi-sah Adonai panav elei-cha
V’ya-sem l’cha shalom v’ya-sem l’cha shalom

The Lord bless you and keep you
May the Lord shine His Face upon you
And be gracious unto you; may the Lord look upon you
And give you peace, and give you peace

Yi-sah Adonai panav elei-cha
V’ya-sem l’cha shalom and give you peace
V’ya-sem l’cha shalom and give you peace
V’ya-sem l’cha shalom and give you peace

Words and music by Susanna © 2003 Susanna
Falling – Bruce Guthro
The song we adore even if it breaks our hearts. It’s so … it’s too … there are no adequate words to describe how it makes me feel. Enjoy this excellent song and video. Recorded on a VHS tape a long time ago, so the quality will not be the best. Here’s a bit about his work:
Bruce Guthro is an honest storyteller with a striking voice. His music excites, inspires and stirs in the tradition of great songwriters who can say what all have felt but few can express.
LouAnn Lee – Forgiveness And Mercy
Subject Matters Ep.10 – “Blessed Among Us”
In this episode of Subject Matters, award-winning author Robert Ellsberg discusses his popular new book “Blessed Among Us: Day by Day with Saintly Witnesses”


October 23, 2016
Perspectives on Christianity: Our Evangelical Neighbours
With the decline of mainline Protestantism in Canada, Evangelicals are more and more likely to be the non-Catholic Christians that Catholics encounter today. There are Evangelical churches, educational institutions, and service projects all across Canada, and they are growing and vibrant. Catholics also meet Evangelicals in the halls of power, where they are frequently on the same side of contentious social issues.
Most Canadian Catholics have met an Evangelical Christian. They are our neighbours, our co-workers, and our classmates. Sometimes they are members of our own families. Despite these interactions, Evangelicals remain something of a mystery to many Catholics. Who are these Christians? What do they believe? What do they believe about us? Catholics have concerns about several matters of faith and practice in Evangelical communities.
This past week, on October 18, 2016, the Canadian Bishops Conference published an important document that is one of the results of the very fruitful dialogue that exists with our Evangelical brothers and sisters. The document is entitled Our Evangelical Neighbours: A Catholic Reflection on Evangelical Christianity.
This resource on Evangelical Christianity was developed in close consultation with our dialogue partners at the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. The aim was to create a resource that reflected faithfully the Christian identity of our Evangelical brothers and sisters.
Today we are very happy to have with us two leaders of the Evangelical Fellowship in Canada who will help us to better understand who Evangelicals really are in our communities, and how we can continue to work together in our common Christian witness to the Gospel in a culture that grows increasingly distant from our Christian heritage in Canada and the values of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, hosts this special edition of Perspectives with guests, Rev. David Freeman , Vice President, Canadian Ministries, The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada and co-chair of the CCCB – EFC Dialogue, and Dr. Aileen Van Ginkel, Vice-President, Ministry Services, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and member of the CCCB – EFC dialogue.
For more information on ecumenical and interfaith relations, visit the official website of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops:
New cardinals to express vision of universal Church – Vatican Connections
This week, Pope Francis announced the creation of 17 new cardinals next November. We go through the list and take a look at the role of cardinals in the Church. In light of the Holy Father’s upcoming trip to Sweden for the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Lutheran pilgrims and an international Christian association met with the Pope. And finally, we come back to what happened during the Marian Jubilee celebrations at the Vatican.
Youth Engagement (Young Adult Ministry)
An excerpt from “Youth Engagement”, a talk by Héctor Acero Ferrer. Given at Faith Connections’ Young Adult Ministry Networking Gathering, June 2, 2016.
Faith Connections is a young adult (19-39) ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto
Subject Matters Ep.9 – “The Catholic Church and Argentina’s Dirty War”
In this episode of Subject Matters, Argentine sociologist Fr. Gustavo Morello, SJ discusses his new book “The Catholic Church and Argentina’s Dirty War”
Sr. Prima Pierick, MC – Witness
Sister Mary Prema Pierick, whose name in Sanskrit means love, is the Superior General of the Missionary Sisters Charity, the religious congregation founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, now St. Teresa. She was born Mechthild Pierick in a farming community in Reken, Germany. In 1980, after reading the biography of the foundress, Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge, she went to meet Mother Teresa in Berlin. She felt called to join her work and moved to India to join the Missionaries. Sr. Prema eventually became the Regional Superior of the institute for the Sisters in Europe. She returned to India to supervise the tertianship program of the institute, the last stage of training before final religious profession. She succeeded Sister Nirmala Joshi as Superior General on March 24, 2009, elected on the first ballot and heading an institute which had over 5,000 members worldwide at that time. This exclusive interview took place in the Dono di Maria Residence of the Missionaries of Charity in Vatican City on September 2, 2016, two days before the canonization of her predecessor, Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Henri Nouwen Being the Beloved sermon 1 of 8
Three messages by Henri Nouwen
Being the Beloved is part 1, 2
Becoming the Beloved is part 3, 4, 5
Disciples of the Beloved is part 6, 7, 8
Danielle Rose – Little Flower
The song ‘Little Flower’ radiates God’s love for people often considered to be unwanted, disposable, or of little value. In China, this mindset has led to a social crisis in the form of the One-Child Policy. Danielle Rose, Rob Kaczmark of Spirit Juice Studios, and a team of talented people traveled to China, where they were privileged to create this music video with China Little Flower orphanage in order to help build a culture of life.
Danielle Rose Holy Family
O loving Father, make our home
A Nazareth where you may reign,
A holy family of love
Where Jesus’ manger lays.
Help us to stay together, Lord,
In joy and sorrow as we pray,
Teach us to see Christ in disguise
Upon each other’s face.
Where two or more are gathered, you reside.
Mary, be our Mother;
Joseph, be our guide
To make your Son the center of our lives.
Jesus, may your name be glorified.
We gather round our table blessed
To share the Heavenly Bread He gave
To strengthen us that we might serve
Our family with grace.
To love each other as you love,
With humble hearts and patient faith.
And to forgive each other’s faults
As Jesus Christ forgave.
Help us to take whatever you give
And give whatever you take from us,
With smiles upon our faces
As we place our trust in you.
Music and lyrics written by Danielle Rose 

October is the month of the Rosary. These videos are a nice way to meditate on them (all 20 are available)
Let It Be Done Unto Me by Danielle Rose
This is a song from Danielle Rose’s album titled “Mysteries” on which she wrote a song for every mystery of the holy Rosary. This is the song she wrote for the first joyful mystery, the Annunciation.


October 16, 2016
“Something I’ve found over the years is that people use the word “Gospel” to mean all sorts of different things. People say, “I’m committed to the Gospel.” “I want preach the Gospel.” “I want to live according to the Gospel.” But what precisely do people mean when they say these things? The word literally means “good news.” But what good news? We have a wonderful text for our first reading today from Paul’s second letter to his disciple and friend Timothy. One of the many things that makes it wonderful is that it contains a very pithy summation of what St. Paul meant by the word “Gospel.” When we unpack this summation, we hold the key to transforming the world.”
Why do some young adults wander away from the Church and some do not?
Catholics and Anglicans together under one roof – Vatican Connections
Ecumenism, Dialogue, Synods, Papal voyage. All of these and more are covered in this week’s Vatican Connections featuring a special interview with Salt and Light TV producer, Sebastian Gomes, on the continuing conversation surrounding the post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia.–4CBZc_U8
Subject Matters Ep.8 – “The Rising Laity”
In this episode of Subject Matters, renowned church historian and contributing editor for Commonweal Massimo Faggioli discusses his new book “The Rising Laity: Ecclesial Movements Since Vatican II”
Witness – Audrey Assad
Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins – S10E01: The Temptation in the Garden
The Lectio Divina discourses given by Cardinal Thomas Collins are meant to work as a series of reflections.
Gratitude | Spiritual Leadership Workshops
Grow in Virtue | Spiritual Leadership Workshops
The Catholic Company Morning Offering
Starting the morning off with God is the key to strength and success in your day!
Why open a school? To close a prison | Nadia Lopez
Our kids are our future, and it’s crucial they believe it themselves. That’s why TED Fellow Nadia Lopez opened an academic oasis in Brownsville, Brooklyn, one of the most underserved and violent neighborhoods in all of New York City — because she believes in every child’s brilliance and capabilities. In this short, energizing talk, the founding principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy (and a star of Humans of New York) shares how she helps her scholars envision a brighter future for themselves and their families.
What’s the Solution to Climate Change?
Even if we disagree on the actual causes for climate change, we can agree that it’s taking place. But, do we agree of what we can do to help? What does the Church say? Is there a solution to climate change?
To offer a suggestion, on this new episode of the Weekly Edition of Perspectives, joining Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann is Luke Stocking, of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. His suggestion is probably not one you expect.
Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri – Witness (Oct 2016)
Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri was born in Barga, Italy and ordained a priest in 1963. He studied at the Vatican’s school for training diplomats, the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, and entered the Vatican diplomatic corps in 1973. Ordained archbishop in 1992, he served as nuncio for nearly 40 years in Brazil, Nepal and India, Paraguay and Haiti. He also served in Guatemala, Japan, France and Zimbabwe. In 2012 Pope Benedict appointed him secretary of the Congregation for Bishops. An accomplished pianist, he studied at an Italian conservatory near Florence as a young man and at Rome’s Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music. When then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected pontiff March 13, 2013 by his fellow cardinals in the Sistine Chapel, then-Archbishop Baldisseri was serving as secretary of the conclave. In his role as secretary, the former papal diplomat was among the first people to greet and pledge allegiance to the new pope before the pontiff presented himself to the world waiting outside. Baldisseri told journalists: “When I came before him, I knelt. And it was at that moment that the pope placed a hand upon my head and then eased onto it the red cardinal’s zucchetto that had belonged to the new pope.” He said the newly elected pope told him, “You are a half-cardinal!”
Cardinal Baldisseri has been a part of some of Pope Francis’ key preparatory meetings and discussions on the reform of the Roman Curia. Pope Francis appointed him to head the Synod Secretariat in September 2013 and in that capacity, Baldisseri has helped to reshape and reorient the Synod of Bishops. Baldisseri presided over the historic Synods on the Family in 2014 and 2015 which brought forth the Apostolic Exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia.” This exclusive interview took place in the offices of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican on September 1, 2016.
Bishop Barron on TV’s “Vikings” (Spoilers)
if you’re a bit tired of the dreary secularism that dominates so much of contemporary entertainment and politics, I might invite you to watch a program that makes religion—and Christianity in particular—the central theme.

October 9, 2016
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.–0Y
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.


October 2, 2016
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
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 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.


September 25, 2016
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 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.


September 18, 2016
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.


September 11, 2016
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 at

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!


September 4, 2016

Bulletin available again 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 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.


August 28, 2016

Choir Notice for September
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.

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.
Knights & Deacons By Bill Whelton ‘90.

I was just finishing up some paper work after a busy day when the telephone rang; the call was from a local funeral director seeking information about prayers for a knight of Columbus who had just died. When I asked who it was, I was saddened to hear that it was our own Walter Gabourie. Consequently, I told the funeral director that the deceased knight was also a deacon so other people needed to be informed. Thus, began a series of telephone calls as well as a flood of memories. Walter and I belonged to the same local Knight of Columbus Council, Our Lady of Grace, located in the southern area of Etobicoke, in Toronto. This particular Council is a very active one so it is no surprise that four of our members have felt called to service as permanent deacons. Yet, I cannot help thinking that there is something special about Our Lady of Grace Council for the Holy Spirit to call four of us forward to ordained ministry. It all started with a simple soul, Walter Gabourie. Walter was a member of the Class of 1974, these were our brothers who led the way for the rest of us, and they were the first of our Archdiocese’s permanent deacons. One of my first memories as a knight was responding to prayers led by Deacon Walter. I soon learnt that he was a hard working local small businessman with a wife and family. Walter was a good Catholic who dearly loved our Church and wanted to serve it, and so he did, first as a knight of Columbus and then as a deacon; he ended his liturgical service, I believe, at Mary Star of the Sea in Port Credit. A few months after my own ordination in 1990, I became a visiting deacon at Lakeshore Lodge Retirement Home at the request of my Pastor. This was an extra service assignment, since I was already a visiting deacon working with volunteers at Saint Joseph’s Health Centre, so I was very pleased when Walter offered to help me at the Retirement Home. For a few years we had a close association. Walter was a good man to have around; I certainly appreciated his talents and hard work. I did my best to keep in touch after Walter retired but the years passed and we only saw each other occasionally. One of the last times we were together he spoke of his achievements, and proudly showed me the special stole presented to him in recognition of his twenty-five years of service. The night before he was buried, I felt doubly blessed to be able firstly, to pray with my brother deacons for Walter, then, a little later I prayed for him with my brother knights: our association started with prayer and ended the same way, I will not forget him. The next brother knight who heard the call to the diaconate was Gordon Weiss. Gord moved away from our area some years back but is still fondly remembered locally as well as at our Council. Gordon entered the Seminary in 1984 and was ordained in 1987. As we know, Gord, is a talented, hard working person; he served in a number of local parishes during his early days as a deacon. Gord also managed to build a new career in chaplaincy, inspired, I believe, by his service work as a deacon. he completed his education with distinction in C.P.E. (the requisite for hospital care). Gordon was soon well respected in his new field of endeavor. Gordon became a Director of Spiritual Care at the former Riverdale Hospital, then he moved to the facility at Penetanguishene and now he is located at Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Orillia. An energetic and prayerful deacon, Gordon would be an ideal role model for a new Knight or any aspiring deacon. I was the third knight from our Council to aspire to become a deacon. I am an import from Ireland via London, England. My early years were difficult since I was an orphan at twelve, working at fourteen, a soldier at eighteen, a bank clerk at twenty -one, and an immigrant at twentytwo. Without realizing it, I was a person in search of a family and a community. I soon found both. Once established in a family, I was drawn towards community and church work, that naturally led me to the Knights of Columbus. As the years passed I found myself developing a deeper spiritual life, this in turn led me to investigating the permanent diaconate. Encouraged by my Pastor, family, parishioners and my brother knights, I entered the Seminary in 1986. Our Class was the first of those studying September, 2004 CONTACT— A Publication of the Diaconate, Archdiocese of Toronto 5 for four years. However, my family, friends and my brother knights sustained me in my studies. I was ordained in June of 1990. In a few short months, my life changed completely. We went from two priests in our Parish of Saint Teresa’s to just the Pastor and myself as deacon. An elderly priest told me: “Bill you will never need to go looking for work, it will come looking for you!” That is exactly what happened to me. Due to an upper management decision by my employers, I had to close our office in Toronto and then feeling disillusioned, and not wishing to move, I took early retirement without any clear idea about what I would do. Since I was serving with pastoral care volunteers, I decided to study chaplaincy (C.P.E) at Sunnybrook Health Centre which led to an offer of night work at Saint Joseph’s. My service with elderly seniors led to my volunteering as a deacon at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, located on Queen Street West not far from Saint Joseph’s Health Centre. An advisor then suggested that I go back to school and obtain a Master’s in Theological Studies. My experience of returning again to Saint Augustine’s Seminary as a graduate student was thoroughly enjoyable. Meantime my liturgical service had increased; the net result was that I was working as hard as I ever had before. . Interestingly, my duties as a night chaplain made everything worthwhile; there was definitely a deepening awareness of God in my life as well as an increasing depth of spirituality. The years since ordination have been challenging ones, yet I am profoundly grateful for all that has happened in my life; it all started with saying the Rosary with my brother knights of Columbus. Our fourth answer by a brother knight to the call of the diaconate was by David Sandford. David called at my house one morning for information about the Formation Programme. I thought that David would make a great deacon but I had to caution him that he would change and so he did. David had experienced hardship early in his life but went on to finish his education, marry and start a family. David is a go-getter and in his early days he had two careers, one in banking and the other in insurance. David held various sales positions before starting his own company, which he ran from 1989 to 1999. In my opinion what David really loved was politics and he served on our Etobicoke Council for thirteen years. Family and friends drew David into the Knights of Columbus. Due to the pressures of work and his political activities he could not be as active a knight as he wished. However, his membership in our Council was appreciated; David shared with me recently that, during his four years at the Seminary, the prayers and guidance of our brother knights made a difference to the outcome. I know that Walter and I prayed together for David during his time of formation. David was ordained in June 2000 and he deacons at Christ the King Parish where he particularly enjoys the task of instructing young people. As we all remember, David played a major role in our World Youth Day celebrations. Then, in 2003, David was given the added responsibility of serving our Cardinal as the Pontifical Master of Ceremonies. Truly a great honour for our brother and one which he fills with dignity. I have worked with all three of brother knights as deacons. Firstly, I served Gordon Weiss a s an extraordinary minister of communion at Saint Joseph’s Health Centre. Secondly, I served side by side with Walter Gabourie at Lakeshore Lodge Retirement Home. Thirdly, I worked with Dave Sandford during the World Youth Day celebrations as well as on special local ongoing Church initiatives. Our association has always been a blessing for me. While Walter Gabourie has gone to his Heavenly reward, each of my remaining brothers is ably using his talents in God’s service. In reflection, I have come to realize that all of us were well grounded in our faith. From that sound base, Our Lady of Grace Knights of Columbus Council prayed with us and for us, we were never forgotten. Apart from regular prayers and masse s, knights are encouraged to use their skills on behalf of the Church and our community. Finally, and most importantly, Our Lady of Grace Council is blessed by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Those gifts inspired Walter Gabourie, Gordon Weiss, David Sandford and I in service as permanent deacons. In turn, we pray for our brother knights and their families. We look forward to some day welcoming another brother knight from our Council into the diaconate, in truth that will be a great day for us all.

August 21, 2016
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.


August 14, 2016
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo – Witness
Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, sits down with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo. His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo is the metropolitan archbishop of Galveston-Houston and pastor to its 1.3 million Catholics (and over 4 million non-Catholics) and 440 priests in 146 parishes and 60 schools spread over 8,880 square miles. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Pittsburgh on July 16, 1977 and served as parish pastor, seminary professor, spiritual director, and in the chancery. From 1984 to 1991, he worked in Rome as a staff member for the Congregation for Bishops, as director of Villa Stritch (the house for American clergy), and as adjunct professor at the Pontifical North American College. In 1991 he returned to Pittsburgh, serving as pastor to several parishes and again in the chancery.
He was appointed coadjutor bishop of Sioux City, Iowa and ordained there as a bishop in October 1997. As his Episcopal motto he adopted: Ave Crux Spes Unica, meaning “Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope.” He was named coadjutor bishop (later coadjutor archbishop) of Galveston-Houston in January 2004. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in November of 2007 at St. Peter\’s Basilica in Rome. As a member of the Sacred College, he served as a Cardinal-Elector in the Papal Conclave of 2013, which saw the election of Pope Francis to the See of Peter. In November of the same year, he was elected by his brother bishops as the Vice-President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for a three-year term. He is a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, the Pontifical Council for the Economy, and is on the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Archbishop Martin Currie & Deacon Mike Walsh – Witness
Archbishop Martin William Currie was born in Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia, on December 11, 1943, and is a priest of the Archdiocese of Halifax, ordained on May 12, 1968. After serving as pastor in several parishes, he was appointed Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Halifax in 1992, then Chancellor of the Archdiocese in 1994. On December 12, 2000, Msgr. Currie was appointed, by Pope John Paul II, the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Falls, Newfoundland. As a member of the CCCB, he has served on the National Council of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development & Peace. Pope Benedict XVI named Most Rev. Martin Currie Archbishop of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador on October 17, 2007. Archbishop Currie is Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Broadcasting Council.
Michael Walsh, a permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Toronto, is President and Executive Director of the National Catholic Broadcasting Council. Deacon Mike is well known for his work with former prison inmates through the “Friends of Dismas”.



August 7, 2016
WYD Central Saturday July 30
The WYD Prayer Vigil was held at Campus Misericordiae. Pope Francis has some stirring words for young people and world leaders. Plus, we look at the different groups participating in World Youth Day, and look deeper at the life and death of St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross – Edith Stein.
What are Christian Life Communities?
On our journey of faith we need the company of each other – the friendship that develops not only in our small groups but also through our regional, national, and worldwide community.
Christian Life Community (CLC) is a group of people who meet together regularly to help each other know Christ better and to find what He is asking of us in our daily lives.
We focus on the three pillars of Spirituality, Community, and Mission.
Night of Mercy Festival at the Mercy Centre on Day 2 of WYD 2016
Night of Mercy Youth Festival Featuring XLT by Life Teen with Word on Fire’s Bishop Robert Barron, Life Teen’s Joel Stepanek and music by Matt Maher and Audrey Assad.
Cardinal Collins’ Homily – 134th International Knights of Columbus Convention in Toronto
Christ upon the Stormy Waters
Full text:… #kofc134
Bishop Barron on Confirmation and Evangelization
I recently had the enormous privilege of performing my first confirmation as a bishop, and that compelled me to do some serious studying and praying around the meaning of this great Sacrament. Confirmation is meant to set people on fire with the Holy Spirit, precisely so that they in turn can set the world on fire. Once again, the gifts that they receive are not for them.
Witness: Fr. Maxime Allard, OP
Fr. Maxime Allard, OP, is President of the Dominican University College in Ottawa and professor in the Faculty of Philosophy of the Dominican College. He also lectures in the Faculty of Theology. His areas of research include philosophy of the 17th century (Descartes, Malebranche and Spinoza), philosophy of religion, hermeneutics and political philosophy. He received his B. Ph, B.Th and M.A. Th from DUC, a Masters degree in philosophy from the University of Ottawa and his Ph.D. in theology from Laval University (Québec). He has been teaching at DUC since 1994. His teaching and writing has involved work in the areas of the history of philosophy, rationalism and theology.


July 31, 2016
Mercy in Continuity
S+L’s documentary short on the theme of mercy running through Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis’ pontificates. Produced for the World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, this film posits that an honest and careful look at the ministries of all the Popes since the Second Vatican Council reveals a sincere effort to make known God’s mercy to the world, and to allow it to penetrate the attitudes and actions of church leaders, in particular. As John Paul II wrote in 1980, “The genuine face of mercy has to be ever revealed anew.”
WYD Central – Monday, July 25, 2016
Salt + Light’s extensive coverage of World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow kicks off with episode one of WYD Central. Catch the show everyday during WYD at 7:00pmET.
WYD Central – Tuesday, July 26, 2016
WYD Central – Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Today on WYD Central: The Pope arrives in Poland! Plus we have details on the Canadian and Australian gathering, we look at the role of social media in the WYD Day experience, and much, much more
WYD Central – Thursday, July 28, 2016
Today at World Youth Day the young people of the world welcomed Pope Francis. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle gave a catechesis talk at the Mercy Centre. We have details on the pope’s day, plus our team caught up with some pilgrims, looked inside the famous pilgrim backpacks, and we have an indepth look at mercy in the eyes of Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis.
WYD Central – Friday, July 29, 2016


July 24, 2016
Bishop Barron on the Centrality of Christ
In our postmodern world, we are often tempted to see Jesus as one spiritual guru amongst many. However, Jesus makes it unambiguously clear that he is the one and only Son of God. As such, Jesus clarifies that all worldly goods find their value in relation to him. If we believe Jesus is who who he says he is, we must be willing to place our grudges, personal desires, and even our most sacred worldly obligations aside in order to walk truly and completely with him.


July 17, 2016

Online Faith Education
From: Rev. Chris Cauchi, Director
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Father Galea

Saint Leo Parish welcomes Father George Galea.

Father Galea is the past pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish. He celebrated his 50th Anniversary of ordination to the priesthood in June, 2016.   On his retirement Father Galea has chosen to live in residence at Saint Leo and assist Father Carpinelli.
Father Galea was raised in Mimico and Saint Leo when his family emigrated from Malta in the 1940’s.  He has fond memories of those times and is very happy to return “home”.
Perspectives on End of Life: Conscience Rights
On this edition of Perspectives on End of Life Issues we look at Bill C-14, the bill that regulates medically assisted dying in Canada. This bill affects all of us, but in a special way, it will affect our medical practitioners, many who argue the restrictions are not adequate. The issue is complicated further by the fact that the bill is a Federal bill, but how it will be implemented is a provincial jurisdiction. So, how will the new Assisted Dying Bill affect medical practitioners? Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann speaks with Larry Worthen, Executive Director of the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada.
Simple Acts of Kindness – Give it a try
In this montage we see five simple acts of kindness. I’ve asked a few people what their favorite/most impacting one was and the answers are all different. Its pretty interesting how we bring our own impressions to what we see. Which one works best for you?
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Fr. Robert Barron on Evangelizing Through Beauty
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Here are six practical ways to shepherd people back to the Church.



July 3, 2016
Leading with the Heart
What is an intrinsic feminine theology? One group of women set out to answer that question by bringing together women from around the world with insight into different aspects of women’s faith life. The result is Leading with the Heart, a look at what those things mean when it comes to developing a deeper theology of women.
Colour Conference 2016 Hillsong Brooke Ligertwood (Fraser) Testimony
Such a moving moment from the conference.
WOW! A profound look at life, in 4 minutes. You have to watch this — and share it. We literally welled up with tears — very rarely does that happen.
The camera wanders and shows the inner lives of people around us as they do their daily tasks. Most of it is set in a hospital, where there is so much worry, sadness, some joy, bad news, good news, no news, anxiety, fear — as in real life, but perhaps magnified.
We’ve all BEEN there – experienced at least one of these people’s lives. Hence, the tears! It’s so TRUE.
This short video is at once quiet, profound, powerful, true, simple — and so supremely human. It was produced by the Cleveland Clinic, as an example of their regard for empathy.
It’s a profound reminder: we ALL have our story. Others have theirs. We NEVER know. And to treat others with the benefit of the doubt, with courtesy, with compassion, with respect.
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Cardinal Loris Capovilla – Witness
Loris Capovilla was born at Pontelungo, near Padua, on October 14, 1915. He was ordained a priest of the Patriarchate of Venice in 1940 and did his military service in the Italian air force during the Second World War. After the war he was appointed editor of the Venice diocesan weekly newspaper as well as being a radio broadcaster. In 1953, when Angelo Guiseppe Roncalli (later Pope John XXIII) was appointed Patriarch of Venice, he made Capovilla his secretary. Elected Pope, John retained Capovilla as his personal secretary – and faithful supporter – and announced that he would convene a Vatican Council – the first in a century. Capovilla was behind some of the boldest initiatives of John’s papacy. He served John XXIII for 10 years, until the Pope’s death in 1963 from stomach cancer.
In 1967, Pope Paul VI appointed Capovilla archbishop of the Abruzzo diocese of Chieti and four years later transferred him to Loreto to take charge of that revered Italian pilgrimage site. The Archbishop chose as his episcopal motto: “Obedentia et Pax” (Obedience and Peace) – the same motto of Angelo Roncalli – Pope John XXIII.
In 1988 Capovilla made his final move to Sotto il Monte, the village near Bergamo where John had been born. There he opened a Pope John XXIII Museum and published his memoir of his time with him. Archbishop Loris kept alive the memory of the hopes aroused by the Second Vatican Council. He attended John’s beatification by Pope John Paul II in 2000. In 2014 Pope Francis announced that Capovilla would be a Cardinal but Loris was unable to attend the consistory where he was formally named cardinal. He was given the title Cardinal-Priest of the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere in Rome. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals traveled to Sotto il Monte and bestowed upon Capovilla the red biretta and cardinal’s ring on March 1, 2014.
Cardinal Loris could not attend the canonization ceremony of John XXIII on April 27, 2014, due to frail health, but he rejoiced quietly at his residence in Sotto il Monte as he saw one good Pope canonize two great Popes of the Second Vatican Council. In April 2014 and again in November 2015, Fr. Thomas Rosica met with Cardinal Capovilla in Sotto il Monte for two afternoons of long conversations about the Council and the Cardinal’s memories of John XXIII. This interview was done in Cardinal Capovilla’s study in Sotto il Monte November 2015.
Cardinal Loris Capovilla died in Bergamo on May 26, 2016. He was 100 years old
Pope Francis in Armenia – Vatican Connections
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Bishop Barron on College Campus “Safe Spaces”
There is, in many quarters, increasing concern about the hyper-charged political correctness that has gripped our college campuses. Might I suggest that it would help our public discourse immensely if all parties would return to the Thomistic method of debate rather than engaging in verbal violence or retreating to a “safe space” amidst controversial conversation.



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