1st Sunday in Lent

DAYS OF TRAINING By:  John Dalla Costa When studying corporate scandals, my business students tend to look for some villainy as the root cause. There are, inevitably, individuals who operate with purposeful disregard for others, bordering on evil. But usually the failures of integrity are not so

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

MERCY PERSONIFIED By Leanna Cappiello My thoughts have admittedly been lingering on doubt lately. For me, this usually signifies the beginning of the Lenten season. For many of us, doubt could manifest according to our circumstance, our insecurities, even our wounds. I’m glad I can read Luke

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

ANOINTED WITH MERCY By Fr. Chris Valka, CSB Our Gospel this Sunday picks up from last Sunday’s reading. After Jesus reads the Scroll of the Prophet Isaiah about the one who God has anointed to bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to the captives, recovery

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE MERCY OF ACCEPTANCE By Tina Sibbald Rejection, according to Psychology today, manifests itself in one’s mind, body and spirit in profound and crushing ways. Chances are the pain is physical if you stop and think about the last time you faced rejection. In our hunter/gatherer

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

HEARING THE VOICE OF GOD By Emily VanBerkum Today as we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, our parish community joyfully welcomes some of the children baptized in 2015- along with their parents and Godparents- for a special blessing at the 10:30am Mass followed

The Epiphany of Our Lord

ENCOUNTERING JESUS by Lucinda M. Vardey It is understandable that the wise men, who had travelled so far on their ancient pilgrimage to give homage to the new born king, would be “overwhelmed with joy” when the star indicated they had arrived.   One could speculate the cause

The Feast of the Holy Family

WHOLLY FAMILY by John Dalla Costa My favourite image of the Holy Family is by the 14th century painter Giotto. In the flat style that preceded the Renaissance innovations with perspective, Giotto shows the prone Holy Mother reaching to lay the newly swaddled Jesus in a manger.

Fourth Sunday of Advent

NEW BIRTH, NEW LIFE By Leanna Cappiello The Visitation is one of my favourite Gospel stories. Between Mary and Elizabeth is a palpable excitement – they are both pregnant and waiting the birth of their children. In a physical sense, the Visitation reminds us of this