Message From The Pastor – March 23, 2014

Beloved Parishioners and Guests,

We sincerely wish to extend the warmest gratitude and our love to Father Jack Kingsbury CSsR who truly has blessed us with a most delightful and inspiring Mission. His wonderful sense of humour and

his deep-abiding faith emenated forth as he meaningfully shared the Word of God each evening. His penetrating insights into many of Jesus’ stories and parables made the Gospel very much alive and relevant.

God has gifted you, Fr. Jack,  and you have gifted yourself to God

by preaching and living the Good News – for all of this, we give our heartfelt thanks! May the good Lord continue to bless your priestly work!

Believe it or not, we are already mid-way thru Lent – the Sunday of the Holy Cross. As you are aware, we always wear “bright” vestments on regular Sundays to commemorate the Resurrection of our Lord. However, on this Sunday, we wear red vestments to remind us that Jesus died on the cross, that He shared His blood for us so that we might live for all eternity. And thus – the red vestments and the decorated cross on the tetrapod are to remind us of the vastness of Jesus’ love for you and me! Wow! What a God we have! Let us truly praise and glorify Him!

After we sing the special hymn at the end of Liturgy, everyone is encouraged to proceed to the tetrapod, pay homage and kiss the cross as a sign of faith and gratitude to Jesus who suffered and died for us! Dear parents, show your children this holy prayerful custom which has been part of our religious tradition for over 1000 years….

 

                        A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO “FASTING”

    FASTS have a tendency to be orientated towards things, like giving up stuff

but there are many other creative ways we can welcome Jesus’ healing touch…

FAST from anger and hatred! Give your family an extra dose of love each day!

       “FAST from judging others. Before making any judgments, recall how

                                                Jesus overlooks our faults.

       “FAST from discouragement! Hold on to Jesus’ promise that He has a

                                                perfect plan for you.

 “FAST from complaining! When you find yourself about to complain, close your eyes and recall some of the little moments of joy Jesus has given you!

  “FAST from resentment and bitterness! Work on forgiving those who hurt you!

  “FAST from spending too much money! Try to reduce your spending by 10%

                        and give those savings to the poor!

       Warmly wishing everyone Peace, Love and Happiness during Lent!