Twenty - Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

I hope you all had a happy and restful thanksgiving long weekend. Once again, many thanks to Grace Manicone for the beautiful thanksgiving display in the sanctuary. Our thanksgiving dinner, in conjunction with The Compass Food Bank, was very successful last Sunday. I would like to thank all those who donated money, food and their time to make that happen. It was very rewarding for all our volunteers and by all accounts, our guests enjoyed a wonderful dinner too. We also had many children and young people helping throughout the day and they all did a fantastic job, not only serving and helping, but socializing with our guests and making them feel at home. I was very impressed with our young people and their willingness to greet and serve our guests. Perhaps this could be an annual event? I hope so.

On behalf of our St. Vincent de Paul Society, I would like to thank St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School and St. Paul Catholic Secondary School for their donations of food for distribution by the St. Vincent de Paul Society in our parish. Our food storage room is full to the brim! Thank-you!

Please remember the Halloween party sponsored by the Knights of Columbus on October 28th after the 5 pm Mass. All our families are welcome to attend. Tickets are on sale this weekend after all Masses and from the office during the week.

Feasts of All Saints and All Souls – Please note: Wednesday November 1st Mass at 9:15 am and 7:30 pm. Thursday November 2nd – Mass at 7:30 pm

CONFIRMATION – Confirmation registration for all grade 7 students will be in January 2018. As soon as the date is determined, I will publish it here.

I wish you all a good week!

Fr. Phil 

Twenty - Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our Annual Harvest Bazaar was a tremendous success last weekend. A lot of hard work went into making it a fun day too. Thank-you to all of our bakers, helpers and those who prepared and barbequed breakfast and lunch. A bazaar of this magnitude cannot happen without your help and I appreciate everything you did in support of the parish. Many young people came to help from St. Paul Catholic Secondary School and I was happy to see all of them pitching in to help the parish. My parish ‘Dream Team’ and their husbands worked behind the scenes for over 2 months, organizing, cooking, baking and shopping for the day and I am indebted to them for their hard work. The children enjoyed the kids’ corner and I would like to thank all the teachers, ladies and moms who made it fun for them. Thanks to the members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, our seniors group and resettlement, who supplied all the goodies and served in the tea room. The farmers market and the artisan home-made bread counter were both new this year and I would like to thank all those who baked, donated and sold the goods at these tables. Members of the Knights of Columbus also helped setting up the hall and serving lunch.  Last and certainly not least, many thanks to all of you who came to support the bazaar. Without your presence on the day, our event would not be a success. So I thank all of you who came, had breakfast and lunch, purchased our items and had a great time in the process. Your support is very much appreciated and realized $5104.00 for St. Dominic Church. Many thanks to all!

A Thanksgiving Prayer

For forests tall and oceans deep, for canyons wide and mountains steep
For sunset skies of pink and gold, for every sunrise we behold

For Winter's snow and springtime's thaw, for Summer's warmth and Autumn's awe
For roofs that keep the rain away, for walls that hold it all at bay

For work that puts food on the table, for health and rest to keep us able
For friends and family around us, for years to come, may they surround us

For soldiers fighting for our peace, for days to come when wars may cease
For hope, so burdens won't enslave us, for thy forgiveness which will save us

For feast, and those with whom we share it. for loving hands that did prepare it
For all that makes this life worth living, we take this time on this Thanksgiving

To bow our heads and bend a knee, and pause to look around and see
For all that was, is, and shall be, we have none to thank, Oh Lord, but thee.
By Eddie Mallonen

Many thanks to Grace Manicone for the beautiful thanksgiving display on the altar this weekend.

I would like to wish all of you, your families and friends a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend.

Fr. Phil

Twenty - Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus tells a simple story in today’s Gospel of two imperfect sons to illustrate the way of God's kingdom. The father amply provided for his sons food, lodging, and everything they needed. Everything the father had belonged to them as well. The father also rewarded his sons with excellent work in his own vineyard.  He expected them to show him gratitude, loyalty, and honor by doing their fair share of the daily work. The "rebellious" son told his father to his face that he would not work for him. But afterwards he changed his mind and did what his father commanded him. The "good" son said he would work for his father, but didn't follow through. He sought his own pleasure, contrary to his father's will. Now who was really the good son?  Both sons disobeyed their father - but one repented and then did what the father told him. Jesus makes his point clear - Good intentions are not enough.  And promises don't count unless they are performed. God wants to change our hearts so that we will show by our speech and by our actions that we respect his will and do it. God offers each one of us the greatest treasure possible - indestructible peace, joy, and friendship with him in his everlasting kingdom but we can lose that treasure if we refuse His grace.


As I mentioned last week, there will be a Thanksgiving Dinner, in conjunction with The Compass food bank, in our hall on Sunday October 8 from 5pm – 7pm.

Many people told me last week that they did not know about The Compass so I decided to explain a little of who they are and what we are doing on Thanksgiving weekend. The motto of The Compass Food Bank is: “Together we provide help for today and hope for tomorrow”. Recognizing the urgent need of our neighbours experiencing economic and social challenges, ten Christian churches in the Lorne Park / Clarkson area formed The Compass in 2002 to address this serious and growing concern within our South Mississauga community.
The Compass offers:
  •         The Compass market – a food market where qualifying customers can shop for no-cost food
  •  A listening ear, assistance in problems, referrals to other sources of support.
  •  Language and computer training
  • Social assistance inquiries
  • Spiritual and emotional support
  • Community events, meals, fellowship

The Compass is unique in our community in two important ways: We are an outreach established by partnering Christian churches in the Clarkson-Lorne Park-Port Credit and Mississauga area and The Compass is also unique in our community in being a food bank as well as a support centre. Understanding the importance of a food bank for those in need, we are also actively committed to providing support through other community services while offering a friendly, drop-in, with a non-threatening atmosphere. Here is the current list of partner churches:
Cawthra Park United Church. Chartwell Baptist Church, Christ Church United Church, Church of St. Bride’s Anglican Clarkson, Church of St. Mark Lutheran, Clarkson Road Presbyterian Church, ClearView Christian Reformed Church, First United Church Port Credit. Lorne Park Baptist Church, Park Royal Bible Church, Sheridan United Church, St Andrew’s Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, St. Stephen’s-on-the-Hill United Church, Trinity-St. Paul Anglican Church Port Credit, West Edge Community Church and St. Dominic’s Catholic Church.
I hope this gives you more of an insight as to what is happening here on  Thanksgiving Weekend. Many thanks to those who have given your name for turkey/food donations and to volunteer your time to help and wait on tables. I am expecting about 250 people and your help will be invaluable on the day.

Thanks again and I wish you all a good week!

Fr. Phil