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

Sixth Sunday in Easter

IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ULTIMATE LOVER By Leanna Cappiello There is no doubt that the word “love” is over-used in our society today. We liberally toss the word around, “I love that decor,” “I love a good cigar,” “I am in love with this country!” If

5th Sunday in Easter

SPRING GARDENING By Fr. Chris Valka, CSB The Gospel this week speaks of Jesus as the vine and ourselves as the branches. Those branches that do not bear fruit, we are told, will be cut off. But even those that do, will still be pruned so that

A Reversal of Expectations     By Emily VanBerkum Today’s readings are very much in keeping with the spirit of the Easter season, by inviting us to continue to reverse our expectations. Eastertide is all about letting go of what we thought we knew and embracing possibilities of what

Third Sunday of Easter

PERFECTING PEACE by Lucinda M. Vardey Fr. Tim was pastor of my parish in England before I came to Canada. A Catholic convert, he held rather unorthodox ideas regarding sin and penance. He argued that most wrongdoing among his parishioners was because we did not know any better: we

The Second Sunday of Easter

THE BENEFIT OF A DOUBT by John Dalla Costa Only one week after the exuberance of Easter the Church presents us with the gospel story of Thomas and his doubts. Why this juxtaposition between the glory of Resurrection and the hesitation from suspicion? And why now? The obvious