Friday, July 15, 2022

Soul Health LXXXVII

Soul Health LXXXVII

New Mass Schedule Now In Effect

Saturday, 4:30pm (Confessions at 4:00pm)

Sunday, 8:30am (said Mass – no music)

Confessions are also available by appointment
 (please call the parish office)

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

In this Sunday’ Gospel, we’re introduced to Martha and Mary – two sisters with two different approaches to following Jesus.  Martha's desire to serve Jesus in her home overwhelms her to the point where she becomes “worried and distracted,” as Our Lord puts it.  On the other hand, Mary’s radical desire to learn from Jesus places her directly at his feet, defying all of society’s expectations of her. 

Martha’s solution to her problem is to have Jesus send Mary to her – away from his side.  Jesus’ solution, though, is for Martha to realize that she has a place next to him, too – that perhaps if she were to join Mary there, Martha would also have a share in “the better part.”

Serving God and serving others is a noble endeavor, but without a personal relationship with Jesus even our most valiant effort to be of service can leave us worried, distracted, and distanced from Our Lord. It is only by being radical in our pursuit of a close and personal relationship with Jesus that our efforts to serve can bear the most fruit for ourselves, for our parish, and for our community.

Called Forth to Dallas:  Divine Renovation Conference Team
This coming week, please keep Angela, Terrel, Shawna, and Mark in your prayers as they head off to Dallas, Texas, to participate in the Divine Renovation Conference!  Representing the English Roman Catholic Parishes of Verdun and Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the Conference Team will spend three days immersed in Divine Renovation culture where they’ll gain valuable knowledge, insights, and connections to help guide our parishes towards our mission-focused goals. Come, Holy Spirit!

Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, July 16-July 22
Saturday, July 16 (4:30pm):  For All Parishioners
Sunday, July 17 (8:30am):  Adolf Schweighart by Mrs Violet Huggins
Tuesday, July 19:  Anniversary of Elizabeth Poirier by Bill & Denise
Thursday, July 21:  Anniversary of Theresa McGoldrick by Her Family

Parish Givings Snapshot 2022:  January - June
2021:  Budget – $37 500
Regular Collections - $36 899

2022:  Budget – $40 000
Regular Collections - $32 679

Remembering the Church during the summer months 
During the summer months, parish expenses are ongoing and we rely on our weekly offerings to meet them.  Our offerings this year have gone down substantially, so we’d like to remind all parishioners that even if you’re away during the summer you can still make your regular contributions by dropping them off at the rectory. Thank you for your continued support! 

The August Magnificat is in!
Subscribers to Magnificat will be able to pick up the August instalment at the back of the church this weekend.  Your copy will be indicated by a sticky with your name on it.

Franciscus venit!
“Walking Together” is both the theme of the Papal Visit and the title of a new documentary from Salt+Light Media premiering on Salt+Light TV this Sunday, July 17 at 8:30pm. This documentary focuses on the Vatican meetings in March 2022 between Pope Francis and the Indigenous Peoples Delegation from Canada.    

As the Pope's visit to Canada draws nearer, you're invited to pray for the fruitfulness of this important event in Church and Canadian history!  Prayer cards for the Papal Visit, courtesy of Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, are available in the parish this weekend!  If you're paperless or want to share the prayer card online, an electronic copy of the card can be found at

More information about the Papal Visit can be found at

Bishop Barron bids farewell to the West Coast 
Last month, it was announced that Bishop Barron was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester in Minnesota after almost seven years of serving the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  This weekend, he celebrated his last Mass at Mission Santa Barbara – catch the replay at

The dignity of human life
Made not for death, but for life:  the Roe reversal is a call to move away from a culture of death towards a society that supports pregnant women and mothers, especially those in difficult situations.  Read more at

Get to the heart of the issue of the US Supreme Court’s recent rulings about Roe v. Wade with the Archbishop of Cincinnati:

Gain more insight on Medical Assistance in Dying (set out in Federal Bill C-7 and Quebec’s Bill 38) with the Catholic Register:

Catholic Summer Camps for Children, Youth, and Families!
Nurture faith and fellowship in the next generation of disciples this summer at the following camps throughout the Archdiocese!

Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+


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