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.

Feast of St. Calungsod

April 2, 2017

Today we celebrated the feast of St. Pedro Calungsod, Filipino saint and martyr. This young man's story is an inspirational one. He is the patron of Filipino youth, altar servers, the Philippines, Overseas Filipino Workers, Guam, and Cebuanos. Born in 1654, he was killed while doing missionary work in Guam in 1672 -- he was just 18 years old when he died doing the Lord's work.

A skilled sacristan and teacher of cathecism, he was a companion of Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores to the Marianas Islands. Through their efforts many received the sacraments, especially that of baptism. A plot to kill them both was began with false accusations that the missionaries were spreading poison through the ritual of the pouring of water (i.e. baptism), and through the ritual of Catholic Masses. Calungsod and Diego San Vitores were both murdered after baptizing an infant and mother who had converted to the Roman Catholic faith.

We thank the Filipino community for helping our parish get to know St. Pedro, and for serving at today's Mass. The many voices providing music ministry were surely a blessing to all!

After Mass we were treated to a delicious luncheon -- the tables were groaning under all the homemade Filipino dishes and scrumptious desserts. It was such a temptation to try some of every dish on offer, but sadly that challenge proved impossible.