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November 27, 2020

We have made it to another great season in the liturgical life of the Church, the season of Advent.  The word “advent” comes from the Latin word advents, which means arrival or approach.  This is very appropriate because the season of Advent is all about approaching and arriving at Christmas.  Advent is a time of preparation, and it benefi...

November 20, 2020

I would like to offer a portion of the article written by Fr. Ron Rolheiser and forwarded to all priests of our diocese by Bishop Crosby.  I think we can all benefit from this reflection.  Fr. Kuzma

Structure, Ritual, and Habit - So the question is: how do we sustain our initial enthusiasm, sincerity, affective energy, and good resolut...

November 13, 2020

When I first learned this year’s hunt would not be taking place up north, but practically in our own backyard – I headed to a quiet place to pray. I tried to erase those thoughts of many years ago; the last time the hunt took place down here; the time when it rained solidly for a week and I would come home to find damp, smelly camo gear sp...

November 10, 2020

The month of November begins with two special feasts: All Saints (Nov. 1) and All Souls (Nov. 2).  These make us stop and consider our lives, and the lives we want to live.  They help us to consider our mortality, our limited time here on earth.  These make us consider the blessing that is our faith.  It is so easy to get caught up in the...

October 30, 2020

Allow me to reminisce - I remember it very clearly. As a family we did it every year, and with no exceptions. My job, once I was old enough, was to buy all the candles that we were going to need. Sometimes I had to stand in a long line up as there were many others trying to make the same purchase. Then, around 5 in the evening we would hea...

October 27, 2020

As many of you know I am a fan of motorcycles, which is why in my free time I enjoy watching videos about motorcycles.  I haven’t watched TV in a long time, but I have consumed a considerable number of motorcycle videos on YouTube: everything from instructional repair videos to motorcycle adventure trip videos.  In watching these I have le...

October 27, 2020

A week ago Bishop Crosby sent a letter addressing the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.  You can read the entire letter on our website: under COVID-19 updates.  In his letter Bishop Crosby reiterated the importance of following the protocol we’ve had in place since our churches reopened.  I know that there are some who question the effecti...

October 13, 2020

                       

When the whole COVID-19 pandemic first reared its ugly head in Canada, I went around saying, I’m not afraid of this disease, I’m a healthy person, bring it on. Then the nightly news began to build with horror stories – numbers soared, death totals climbed. There...

October 1, 2020

COVID-19 has forced us to change the way we interact, by implementing social distancing and proper hygiene.  More of us stay home these days, as we try to be respectful citizens and responsible during these difficult times.  Churches had to find new ways to connect with people, and we have certainly tried our best to offer ways to still co...

September 18, 2020

There was a time in my life, perhaps it is with me still now, when I just wanted to run away and join a monastic community.  I don’t really know if this is because I want to run away from the difficulties of life or because I really like monasticism.  I wonder if other people have this experience as well, when they just wish they did somet...

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Owen Sound, Ontario

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