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   

Fourth Sunday of Easter


The Good Shepherd
God used the image of a shepherd to describe his covenant relationship and care for his chosen people who were called by his name. God called David, who shepherded his father's flock in his youth, to be the anointed king and shepherd for his people Israel. Jesus, God's anointed Messiah and King, born from the tribe of David, called himself the Good Shepherd of the people whom his Father had entrusted to his care (John 10:29). 

Peter the Apostle tells us that the Lord Jesus is the Good Shepherd and Guardian of our souls in 1 Peter 2:25. He keeps a close and personal watch over every one of his sheep - his disciples who belong to him. He calls each of us personally by name to follow him. And he promises to be our guardian and protector from the snares of all our enemies.  The Lord leads us each day to good pastures - places where we can feed on his word and drink from the well-springs of living water which is his Holy Spirit. If we feed on his word and drink from the living water of the Holy Spirit, we will find the nourishment and strength we need to live each day for his glory and honour. The question that we all need to ask ourselves is, do we recognize the voice of our Shepherd and Guardian who calls to us each day?  If we hunger for his word, he will give us understanding, wisdom, and guidance for our lives.

First Holy Communion Weekend
Congratulations to all those children who received their First Holy Communion last weekend. Your participation in the homily was awesome and very animated too! Thank-you to our parish catechist, Bev O’Grady and her helpers for the entire program of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. I look forward to seeing you come to celebrate the “Saviour’s Happy Meal” every Sunday.

SOCIAL DATE TO REMEMBER

Mother’s Day Dinner Dance – Saturday May 13th, 2017.  Cocktails - 6pm and  dinner 7pm. Tickets are on sale after each Mass on the weekend and from the office during the week. Adults $25.00 dinner and raffles. Children under 12 $10.00 under 5yrs free. Please consider coming out and supporting this parish fund-raiser and have a great dinner and dance with fellow parishioners. Our DJ for the evening is our own Sean Bator.
Wishing you all a great week!

Fr. Phil