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January 10, 2020

Now that the new year is upon us, and our Christmas celebrations are finished, it’s time for an update.  Here are a few things I look forward to at the start of this new year: 

* Our parish hall addition is coming along.  We are now looking at the end of January as the new completion date, though that may still move a bit depending on...

January 3, 2020

What can I wish you in this New Year?  The first Sunday of the New Year is the Solemnity of the Epiphany.  On this feast we commemorate the revelation of Jesus to the entire world through the mysterious visit of the three kings, or wise men.  The Church sees in these mysterious figures from the East a recognition of non-Jewish encounter wi...

January 3, 2020

Christmas season is not only short (if you discount the commercial lead up to it), but it is also filled with stories and traditions we know so well.  There is something comforting, I think, in celebrating that which is old, well known, and so so familiar.  Like slipping into a pair of old comfortable shoes.  In a world that seems to be mo...

December 20, 2019

What should I wish you for Christmas? There are so many needs in the world, in our families, in our own lives.  How can I possibly wish our world, our families, and you my dear friends, everything that you need, everything that we need.  The world needs peace, love, food, safety, security, sustainability, and so much more.  How do I choose...

December 6, 2019

Last Saturday, when our family gathered to celebrate the American Thanksgiving, I sat down with three of my four grandchildren to look through the Chalice Christmas Gift Catalogue. This is not like the old Sears Christmas Wish Catalogues of the past. Since my grandchildren were very small, I have given gifts to third world countries throug...

November 29, 2019

Examen Prayer - As we begin a new Liturgical Year, it is a good time to renew our practice of prayer.  One of the best ways to enter into a deeper awareness of God in our lives is through an Examen Prayer.   This prayer comes from St. Ignatius of Loyola and his Spiritual Exercises.  I have modified it slightly for our purposes.  Follow the...

November 22, 2019

The history of philosophy can be divided into three distinct periods: ancient, medieval, and modern.  Each period has a unique focus.  Ancient philosophy focused on the cosmos as the centre of all inquiry, we call it cosmological approach.  In this cosmological approach people saw beauty and wonder in all that surrounded them, and looked f...

November 15, 2019

I have been introducing to all of our parish worshipping communities two prayers that have been presented to the Catholic communities across the world by two very holy Popes. The first comes to us from Pope Pius XI, and it is entitled: “Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.” While the second prayer comes from...

November 7, 2019

A wise person once told me not to worry about problems which are beyond my capability to solve.  Suppose you have a job that pays well but that does not offer you much satisfaction.  Instead of worrying about it each day, the question you should ask is: “Can I do something about it? Is there a possibility for me to make a change in order t...

November 7, 2019

The month of November begins with two great feasts: All Saints and All Souls.  These feasts point towards the end of our lives and the promise of life in Heaven.  As we come to the end of the Liturgical Year, the Church invites us to reflect on our own mortality and on the reality of death and that which comes after death. These themes cor...

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 St. Mary's and the Missions Parish

tel: 519-376-0778 

554-15th Street East

Owen Sound, Ontario

N4K 1X3