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August 4, 2020

I had an interesting conversation with one local tradesman about the state of affairs in the world today.  He said to me that even though he is not religious, he is convinced that what people are missing in their lives is religion.  I was intrigued by his assessment of current events, and wanting to know more about his hypothesis I asked a...

August 4, 2020

Before I was married, I spent a year on an island, teaching in a one-room school house. The population of the island was about 100 and there was no church of any denomination. The school teacher (me) and my aid lived in the ‘parsonage,’ which was where the minister would come and stay in the summer months.

      The island is approximately...

August 4, 2020

The life of the Spirit is central for followers of Jesus.  We commonly refer to this as spiritual life, because it indicates that we are open to the Spirit of God dwelling within us, and guiding us towards our call of holiness.  It is recommended that we continue to reflect on our spiritual life in the midst of ever changing circumstances...

August 4, 2020

“The wait is over, the battle won!”  These words of an Easter Hymn have been playing in my head all this week.  Why, you may ask? Well, we (priests) have finally moved into the rental house, and our offices are fully functioning and are now open.  Yes, we are back.  Thank you to everyone who helped us, especially my friend Roger and his so...

June 26, 2020

An update is in order.  Our first weekend offering Sunday Masses went well.  As expected, we did not see as many people at church.   Many are still choosing to stay at home and keep their distance from crowds.  Throughout our churches we averaged about 30-40 people per Mass.  Thank you to all who assisted me in setting up our churches.  We...

June 26, 2020

Safety Measures for Returning to Church:

As of Tuesday, June 16th, we will begin to offer public Masses once again in our churches.  Given the number of restrictions still in place, Bishop Crosby has extended his dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for those who may feel uncomfortable to attend at this point.  Please make...

March 13, 2020

Prayer, fasting and alms giving can seem daunting to us as we begin our 40 days of Lent.  And how does it feel right about now?  Have you lost sight of your original intentions?  Fr. Dave once told us to ‘give things up mindfully, not mindlessly.’  Those words have stuck with me all these years later and, from time to time, I attempt to ch...

March 6, 2020

During the holy season of Lent we are invited to “turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel”.  Here are some practical ways of entering into this season and benefiting from it: 

  1. Stations of the Cross - this is an ancient practice of reflecting on the passion and death of our Lord.  True friendship is proven when we are willi...

March 4, 2020

Lent - a holy season of penance and preparation.  We need balance in our lives, which is why the Holy Church offers us opportunities for rejoicing and penance.  We must be careful that we accept both penance and joy in a balanced way so that our spiritual life may be healthy.  It’s too easy to focus on one or the other.  Some Christians te...

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...

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 St. Mary's and the Missions Parish

tel: 519-376-0778 

554-15th Street East

Owen Sound, Ontario

N4K 1X3