Living Jesus among us.
June is a dreaming time for many young people who think about their future. There are many ways and vocations to chose from. Jesus is still in need of disciples who would carry on his Good News to the world. Priesthood is different from other vocations not only because it is not a career but service, and not only because you must sacrifice your family plans in favour of your ministry. A vocation to the priesthood is not a man's choice but a God's calling. We pray for young men and women so that they can hear this call and answer 'yes' to it. I have a feeling that God is calling our youth also, please pray for them, even more at this time
The Diocese of Boston have prepared a video series to help young people to discern their vocation, particularly this one to the priesthood. - "Scivias: Know the Ways of the Lord.” is a vocational discernment series coming Easter 2021 that will help you answer these questions and more. Over the course of 27 short episodes, join Fr. Michael Zimmerman as he explores the Archdiocese of Boston and the depths of our souls. Be inspired and receive the practical tips you need to discover who God has made you to be."
You can always recommend a young person you know these short messages,
Thank you, Diocese of Boston!
Heart Speaks to Heart
It is my pleasure to present to you a Pastoral Letter on the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Cardinal Thomas Collins Archbishop of Toronto. June, traditionally is dedicated to the devotion of the Scared Heart of Jesus, and this letter provides most needed explanation and interoperation for this devotion. I am certain you will enjoy reading it.
(download the letter, or read it below)
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Devotion to the Sacred Heart is a wonderful historical expression of the Church's piety for Christ, her Spouse and Lord: it calls for a fundamental attitude of conversion and reparation, of love and gratitude, apostolic commitment and dedication to Christ and his saving work.
Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus are numerous. Some have been explicitly approved and frequently recommended by the Apostolic See. Among these, mention should be made of the following:
Personal consecration, described by Pius XI as "undoubtedly the principal devotional practice used in relation to the Sacred Heart" (Miserentissimus redemptor).
Family consecration to the Sacred Heart, in which the family, by virtue of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony already participating in the mystery of the unity and love of Christ for the Church, is dedicated to Christ so that he might reign in the hearts of all its members (Aliae concessiones).
Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, approved for the whole Church in 1891, which is evidently biblical in character and to which many indulgences have been attached (Aliae concessiones).
Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart
The act of reparation, a prayer with which the faithful, mindful of the infinite goodness of Christ, implore mercy for the offences committed in so many ways against his Sacred Heart (Aliae concessiones).
The Practice of the First Fridays
The pious practice of the first Fridays of the month which derives from the "great promises" made by Jesus to St. Margaret Mary. At a time when sacramental communion was very rare among the faithful, the first Friday devotion contributed significantly to a renewed use of the Sacraments of Penance and of the Holy Eucharist. In our own times, the devotion to the first Fridays, even if practised correctly, may not always lead to the desired spiritual fruits. Hence, the faithful require constant instruction so that any reduction of the practice to mere credulity is avoided and an active faith encouraged so that the faithful may undertake their commitment to the Gospel correctly in their lives. They should also be reminded of the absolute preeminence of Sunday, the "primordial feast" (Sacrosanctum Concilium), which should be marked by the full participation of the faithful at the celebration of the Holy Mass.
Excepted from the Catholic Culture, Liturgical Year, read the full article here
Bishop Wayne Lobsinger
The Episcopal Ordination of the Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton, the Most Reverend Wayne Lobsinger, took place at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton, Ontario, on April 18, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. The Most Reverend Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, was the principal celebrant, with concelebrants including Bishop Emeritus Anthony Tonnos, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Matthew Ustrzycki, and Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus and Bishop of the Diocese of St. Catharines, Bishop Gerard Bergie.
What is an auxiliary Bishop? (read here)
Bishop Crosby (right) with newly ordained Bishop Lobsinger (left)
In the Name ...
Just a short note of gratitude: Thank you for every Holy Mass Intention booked for "Fr. Lukasz Kopaniak" in recent days. The month of May is so special to me, and I appreciate every prayer gift. Holy Mass Intention is always the best gift ... for every occasion, :) Thank you!
The Holy Trinity Sunday reflection:
Untroubled in her devotion
The Season of Easter concluded with the Feast of the Pentecost. We are now back to the Ordinary Cycle in the liturgy that begun after Christmas and gave way to Lent and Easter time. The readings are taken again from the Old Testament and New Testament alike, and in this 8th Ordinary Week they come from the Book of Ecclesiastes and the Gospel of Mark.
The prayers designed for this time of the liturgical season are very meaningful. Today’s opening prayer is one of my most favourite prayers.
Grant us, O Lord, we pray,
that the course of our world
may be directed by your peaceful rule
and that your Church may rejoice,
untroubled in her devotion.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.
We trust in the peaceful rule of God that prevails over chaos, despite the distraction that our decision and activities bring upon the world. We know that if necessary God will send us a new Moses to lead us through the waters of the seas and keep us safe from oppressors. If we persist in our devotion, in our prayer and trust ... nothing will trouble us, and we will rejoice.
Holy Mass Explained
As we prepare for the Feast of the Precious Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Corpus Christi) it is good to walk through all rites of the Mass and understand them better ... Thank you, the Diocese of Wichita.
Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
The Sisters of the Carmel of Saint Joseph will pray for you during the
Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
July 8th to July 16th, 2021
Are you troubled? Do you need spiritual support?
You can participate in the Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Send your prayer intention slip with your name and address to:
Carmel of Saint Joseph
1127 Carmel-Koch Road, R.R. #1
St. Agatha, ON N0B 2L0
Monsignor Paul A. Boucher R.I.P.
"I regret to inform you that Monsignor Paul A. Boucher died at St. Joseph Villa, Dundas on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Please pray that Monsignor Boucher may receive the reward of a good and faithful servant and that his family and the many former parishioners may be consoled in their faith in Christ risen from the dead."
Father Paul Boucher was one of the pastors at St. Mary's: 1983-1986.
Please see details regarding the funeral attached here
The closed door is not a barrier for prayer and love!