23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

REAL LABOUR = REAL HEALING By: Leanna Cappiello I wonder what it must have been like to bear first-hand witness to the miracles of Jesus. Imagine seeing a mute man speak and a blind man see, simply by a touch and a whisper. I can hardly blame

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

LANGUAGE MATTERS By Fr. Chris Valka, CSB In our Gospel this weekend, we come to the end of John’s account of Jesus’ teaching on the “Bread of Life.” We are reminded that language is so very important. Just as the words of Jesus bring life to those

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE AWAKENING ECHO By:  John Dalla Costa It makes my heart smile to ponder today's reading from Paul. Before the big bang boomed, before atoms fused, galaxies constellated, or molecules formed, God knew each and every one of us, and chose us in Christ. Paul was a

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“DAUGHTER, YOUR FAITH HAS MADE YOU WELL” By Leanna Cappiello You may have noticed that there is a “short version” and an “extended version” of today’s Gospel. Whether or not you hear this extended version at Mass today, take a quick look at Mark 5:21-43. The shortened gospel

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

A FATHER’S TRUST By Fr. Chris Valka, CSB Our readings for this weekend are centered around our ability to trust God, especially when times get tough. Our first reading finds Job in the middle of his dialogue with God. In response to Job’s accusatory questions, God reminds

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE SMALLEST OF SEEDS By Tina Sibbald The connections between Ezekiel, Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, and Mark’s Gospel were not immediately evident to this brand new Catholic, but, on closer examination, they have worked together to inspire in me both wonder, and an understanding of God’s

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

BAPTIZED IN THE TRINITY By Emily VanBerkum Lately, I have been reflecting on my participation in our parish’s baptismal preparation program and what a great joy it is for me to meet parents that desire baptism for their children. Our program has changed a little in the

Pentecost Sunday

UNITING DIVERSITY by Lucinda M. Vardey What do we receive when we receive the Holy Spirit? The Spirit is often described as the Paraclete, which in the original Greek and Latin means comforter, consoler and advocate. St. Paul enhances our understanding by listing the diverse gifts and fruits