Archbishop Joins Celebration for Fr. Jose

January 21, 2018

Last weekend, Archbishop Don Bolen joined in our Little Flower community celebrations. Not only was he on hand for our two masses, he also joined parishioners in wishing Father Jose all the best as he celebrated his anniversary of ordination at a supper on Saturday evening.

Twenty-two years in the priesthood, Father Jose said, has gone by in a flash. Although his parents and siblings are far away and they miss him very much, he reminds them that we, his family in Christ, also love him and make him feel at home here in Canada.

And while His Grace wasn’t making any promises, Fr. Jose did mention his desire to remain in our parish for a good many years to come.

We once again wish Fr. Jose a very Happy Anniversary!

Thanks, St. Augustine Staff!

January 12, 2018

Sugary sweets were the order of the day last Sunday! The two platters of donuts were continually refilled, and the coffee and juices provided extra fuel for the community gathered for conversation.

 Special thanks to our awesome friends at St. Augustine school who are never too busy to stop by and help out – here's Tricia Shynkaruk, Vice-Principal, and Paul Van Betuw, Principal, with Fr. Jose.

Parish Mission

December 10, 2017

Harley Packer, Prodigal Son

If you weren’t able to attend our parish mission on Dec. 8 & 9 with Harley Packer, you missed an entertaining and enlightening presentation on how to make this your best Advent yet.

Here’s Harley in the final stages of preparation.

Advent of mercy, peace and joy

This Advent, Harley suggests we work on changing our mindset. Our thoughts, he says, can be our best friend or our worst enemy, depending on the mindset we choose. Are you overwhelmed by the negativity, or do you see the positive hand of God in all things? Do your perceptions keep you in chains, or do you keep searching for light?

Do you pray as if your prayer is already answered? With a glass-half-full perspective and an attitude of gratitude?

When we can look at things from a more optimistic point of view, we are easier to be around. We become the kind of charismatic Christians people are drawn to. We recall that a society whose centre was our church gave the world the first hospitals and universities. And we begin to understand that the problems in North American parishes aren’t the same problems as our southern counterparts face. In churches south of the equator, Harley explains, they’re struggling to build seminaries fast enough for the many young men who want to enter the priesthood.

A different calling

There is reason for being more optimistic about the church, and hopeful about our future. As we move forward in evangelization, let’s work on one person at a time. A friend, family member, neighbour or colleague that the Holy Spirit has pointed to – if we’re but open enough to see. We are the only ambassadors the Catholic church has, and we need to get this right.

We are Christ’s hands on earth.