ASCENSION OF THE LORD


Why did Jesus leave his disciples forty days after his resurrection? Forty is a significant number in the scriptures. Moses went to the mountain to seek the face of God for forty days in prayer and fasting. The people of Israel were in the wilderness for forty years in preparation for their entry into the promised land. Elijah fasted for forty days as he journeyed in the wilderness to the mountain of God. For forty days after his resurrection Jesus appeared numerous times to his disciples to assure them that he had risen indeed and to prepare them for the task of carrying on the work which he began during his earthy ministry. Jesus' departure and ascension was both an end and a beginning for his disciples. While it was the end of Jesus' physical presence with his beloved disciples, it marked the beginning of Jesus' presence with them in a new way. Jesus promised that he would be with them always to the end of time and promised to send them the Holy Spirit who would anoint them with power on the Feast of Pentecost, just as Jesus was anointed for his ministry at the River Jordan. When the Lord Jesus departed physically from the apostles, they experienced joy and anticipation for the coming of the Holy Spirit. 
Jesus' last words to his apostles point to their mission to be witnesses of his saving death and his glorious resurrection and to proclaim the good news of salvation to all the world. Their task is to proclaim the Gospel - the good news of salvation - not only to the people of Israel, but to all the nations as well. The Gospel is the power of God, the power to release people from their burden of guilt, sin, and oppression, and the power to heal, restore, and make us whole. This is the great commission which the risen Christ gives to the whole church. All believers have been given a share in this task - to be heralds of the good news and ambassadors for Jesus Christ, the only savior of the world. We have not been left alone in this task, for the risen Lord works in and through us by the power of his Holy Spirit. 

CONFIRMATION: Next weekend we will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation here at St. Dominic. We are very proud of all our Confirmandi and continue to pray that they will be open to the wonderful gifts of the Holy Spirit. Next weekend our Masses will be: Saturday 5 pm, Sunday 9:30am, 11:30 am and 2 pm.  You are invited to celebrate with us at any of these four Masses.

I wish you a great week ahead!

Fr. Phil

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Although I was not able to be there, I understand that the Mother’s Day Dinner Dance was a complete success in every way. That sentiment has been told to me over and over again and I received some emails expressing those same thoughts. The main goal of any parish function is to bring people together, have a great time and enhance your overall parish experience. The people I have spoken to this week tell me that this was indeed accomplished. I was able to see photos of the hall and it looked spectacular. I would like to thank all of you, 115 in total, for coming to the dinner and supporting the parish. It is very much appreciated. Many thanks to all those who put together such a wonderful evening: the kitchen staff, the decorators, the servers, the Knights of Columbus and those who set up and cleaned up. None of this happens without you. I would like to send a special thanks to the 6 grade 8 students from St. Dominic Catholic School who volunteered their time. I have been told over and over again that they were so pleasant to have with us and that they were a great help throughout the day and evening. Thank-you St. Dominic students!  Many thanks to our DJ, Sean Bator. I heard that the music was terrific and kept people on the dance floor all evening. Thanks again to all!

In terms of our newly refurbished hall and kitchen, I am indebted to Henry van Driel, Paul Cantlon and his grandson, Andrew and Mike Spadafora who volunteered their time to paint the hall and kitchen and do the tiling and counters in the kitchen.  We are all now benefitting from your great generosity to the parish. The hall looks amazing and it is my hope that we will be able to rent it to other groups for meetings, gatherings and receptions. Our new hall manager, Diane Padzic, will meet with me soon to begin this process. Please pass on the word that our hall is available to rent. Thanks again for all your efforts.

Confirmation weekend – June 3rd and June 4th
Mass times - the Sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred on June 3 at 5pm, June 4 at 9:30, 11:30 and 2pm.
Please continue to pray for all of our Confirmandi preparing to receive this special sacrament.

SHARELIFE: bake sale, white elephant table and used books sale after all 4 Masses on June 3rd and 4th. We would appreciate any books that you wish to donate. Sign-up sheets for bakers are at all entrances of the church.  We are striving to meet our goal of $60,000 so your help with baking for this event is important. Please consider signing up. Thank-you!
Fr. Phil  

Fifth Sunday of Easter




I would like to wish all Mothers in our parish many blessings on this Mother’s Day. I have included a prayer for you all here:

Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,
so you watch over your Church.
Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

CONFIRMATION REMINDER:
To all Confirmation students. Please make sure that your journals are complete by May 24th. All students, parents and sponsors are expected to attend a meeting with Bishop Boissonneau on Wednesday May 24th at 7 pm in the church.
Please put this date on your calendar!!

Wishing you all a good week.

Fr. Phil