Soul Health CXIV
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
"The people of darkness have seen a great light," proclaims the prophet Isaiah in this Sunday's First Reading. He's followed by the Psalmist who identifies that light as the Lord, and by St Paul who is swift to remind us that we should be united in the divine sacrifice of the Cross instead of taking sides in the human hierarchy the Church.
Light and unity are woven into these readings as common threads, and we too are woven in with them. All of humanity is brought out of the darkness of sin by the light of Jesus Christ, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the infinite love of the Father. Heaven isn't only a select few who decide to follow one leader instead of another.
Finally, we're also reminded is weekend that Kingdom is built up not only through our works alone, but rather our works offered up to the transformative power of God's love for all of us. The longer version of the Gospel reading this weekend includes Matthew's account of Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John meeting Jesus and immediately deciding to follow him.
By their example, we are reminded that is our response to His call that allows God to work in us and through us for the greater glory of the Kingdom. Most of us may not be called to quit our jobs and leave our families to do God's work, but that only means our mission field is the familiar territory of our daily lives. That's half the battle won -- winning the other half requires that we commit to building up our faith from something we do for an hour once a week into something we truly live as we go about our daily business.
February 5th 2023
Mass at 10:30am followed by Coffee
**No Masses at St Thomas More
Saturday February 4th & Sunday February 5th**
A Mini-bus will leave from the front stairs of the church at 10am to take us to St Willibrord and will return us back to St Thomas More. To reserve a seat on the bus please call the parish office.
Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, January 21-27
Sunday, January 22: Anniversary of Andrew Thompson Sr by His Wife & Family
Tuesday, January 24 (St Francis de Sales): Hazel Boyce by Eileen Ford
Thursday, January 26 (St Timothy & St Titus): Anniversary of Peter McGlynn by His Family
The Sanctuary Lamp
This week the Sanctuary Lamp is lit for Deceased Members of the Gomez & Olaguera Families by Agnes Olaguera
Requiescat In Pace
The funeral Mass for Julie Boulet will be held on Saturday, January 28th at 11:00am.
At last weekend’s Annual Meeting of Parishioners, Debbie Warren & Derek Mott were elected as Wardens. Claudette Asselin & Raymond LaRouche were re-elected for a second term. Along with Louise Dorais & Paul Lafontaine, they will be our Wardens for 2023.
We thank all of these individuals for standing for election and agreeing to fill this vital role in our parish.
Coffee Break Catechesis
Bishop Barron faces the challenge of growing the Church head-on and invites all Catholics to do the same through four realistic, accessible, and practical ways.
Add a bit of brightness to tax season
Parishioners wishing a receipt for income tax purposes are asked to fill out the card in their envelope sets or email the parish office with their name, address, postal code, and envelope number. Receipts will be ready in a few weeks.
Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+