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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...

February 22, 2019

This was our routine every night when I was growing up.  Mother would gather the four of us children at my younger brother's bed, where we would kneel before the picture of an angel looking over two children crossing a river on a narrow bridge.  We prayed as a family, reciting prayers that we had committed to memory: Our Father, Hail Mary,...

December 8, 2017

The word 'Advent' is from the Latin 'Adventus,' which means 'coming.' Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year (in the Western churches), and encompasses the span of time from the fourth Sunday before Christmas, until the Nativity of Our Lord is celebrated.

Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas, just as Lent is a time of pre...

December 1, 2017

This Sunday we begin the holy season of Advent, a time of preparation for the Solemnity of Christ’s Nativity (Christmas).  The season of Advent is marked with the themes of joyful expectations, of active waiting for the coming of the Lord.  Waiting is not something that our present society is very fond of, but the theme of waiting is very...

October 20, 2017

After many recommendations I finally decided to read the book by Cardinal Robert Sarah entitled: “The Power

of Silence”.  I’m only about 100 pages into it, and I have to say that the theme of silence which is at the core of this work is one that I believe our world needs to rediscover.  We are living in a world filled with noise: so much mo...

September 22, 2017

Priests are expected to go on retreat at least once a year.  This is a canonical requirement that all priests must fulfill.  I guess the aim of it is to make sure that priests maintain their closeness with God and their own spiritual health even as they care for others.  A number of years ago I was on my annual retreat with Trappist Monks...

September 10, 2017

I am so excited to begin yet another busy year at St. Mary’s and the Missions.  Even though the summer is racing ahead leaving us behind, the prospect of building up the Kingdom of God in our beautiful community does not disappoint.  We welcome the new season with many blessings.

- As promised, Bishop Crosby has provided a third priest...

June 23, 2017

The summer has quietly arrived with a generous downpour of fresh rain followed by the gift of sun and warm temperature. The summer months offer us a time to rest and regroup for yet another year of activities.  At the parish office we will be using the summer months to regroup, evaluate, and plan for the next year.  Many of our churches wi...

June 2, 2017

Happy birthday to the Catholic Church! Happy birthday to you, who are the body of the Church! We

are all familiar with our own birthdays, and we celebrate them because they mark the day of the year in which we entered into this life. But did you know you have a second birthday?

Because you are part of the body of the Church, Pentecost is the...

May 26, 2017

The season of Easter ends next Sunday with the Solemnity of Pentecost.  Each year the Church gives us seven weeks after Easter Sunday to ponder the gift of Christ’s Resurrection.  Many of our readings during this sacred time speak of the change in the lives of first disciples of Jesus brought about by the miracle of Jesus rising from the d...

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Owen Sound, Ontario

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