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February 21, 2020

As we are nearing ever closer to the construction of the 2nd phase of our building project, namely the new rectory as residence for our priests, it is not a bad time to give an update on the progress of our construction.  The offices are close to being completed.  I’m told by the workers that we are a few weeks away from completion.  The o...

February 14, 2020

When I was a student in university, in the States, back in the 70s, there were rallies and protests everywhere, against the Viet Nam war. I went to a lot of them, we all did. I haven’t joined many protests since then (any, I have not joined any since then). But I think it’s time to become a feisty senior citizen and get politically involve...

February 7, 2020

While on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, I had the privilege of spending time with an old friend who is a priest and an exorcist.  You can only imagine how interesting the conversations at dinner table were, as all of us priests were interested in hearing about the ministry of exorcism.  The most interesting thing is the realization that th...

January 31, 2020

My latest brainchild - Teaching Thursdays.  The idea is to offer an opportunity for ongoing Catechesis for the members of our parish.  Thursday is also a special day, because it commemorates the institution of the priesthood, so what better day than Thursday for people to gather with their priests in order to discuss, study, and deepen the...

January 24, 2020

I just came back from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where along with 17 priests from the United States and with Cardinal Raymond Burke from the Vatican, we journeyed to the places where Jesus once lived.  Our journey began in the region of Galilee, where Jesus ministered.  Countless sites are marked by Churches, some dating back to the ea...

January 22, 2020

I got a Fitbit for Christmas – doesn’t just about everyone have one? I was home for several days over the holidays and it praised me constantly for my many steps, my calorie burn, my determination! Since I’ve been back to work I’m getting constant reminders…gentle nudges…little zaps, actually, telling me to get up and get moving. It got me...

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...

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 St. Mary's and the Missions Parish

tel: 519-376-0778 

554-15th Street East

Owen Sound, Ontario

N4K 1X3