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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...

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...

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 St. Mary's and the Missions Parish

tel: 519-376-0778 

554-15th Street East

Owen Sound, Ontario

N4K 1X3