THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER




Aren't we like the apostles? We won’t believe unless we can see with our own eyes. The Gospel accounts attest to the reality of the resurrection of Jesus from the grave. Jesus goes to great lengths to assure his disciples that he is no mere ghost or illusion. He shows them the marks of his crucifixion and he explains how the Scriptures foretold his death and rising.

Jerome (347-420 AD), an early church bible scholar, comments:
"As he showed them real hands and a real side, he really ate with his disciples; really walked with Cleophas; conversed with men with a real tongue; really reclined at supper; with real hands took bread, blessed and broke it, and was offering it to them... Do not put the power of the Lord on the level with the tricks of magicians, so that he may appear to have been what he was not, and may be thought to have eaten without teeth, walked without feet, broken bread without hands, spoken without a tongue, and showed a side which had no ribs." (From a letter to Pammachius against John of Jerusalem 34)

The centrality of the Gospel message is the cross - but fortunately it does not stop there. Through the cross Jesus defeated our enemies - death and Satan and won pardon for our sins. His cross is the door to heaven and the key to paradise. The way to glory is through the cross. When the disciples saw the risen Lord they disbelieved for joy! How can death lead to life, the cross to victory? Jesus shows us the way and he gives us the power to overcome sin and despair, and everything else that would stand in the way of his love and truth. Just as the first disciples were commissioned to bring the good news of salvation to all the nations, so, we, too, are called to be witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus Christ to all who live on the face of the earth. Do you witness the joy of the Gospel to those around you?

"Lord Jesus, open our minds to understand the Scriptures that we may fully comprehend the truth of your word. Anoint us with your power and give us joy and boldness to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed."
(Servants of the word, 2018)

   DATES TO REMEMBER

April 21st and 22nd  First Holy Communion Masses
        5pm Saturday evening
        11:30 Sunday Morning
        2pm Sunday Afternoon

I hope you have a great week...


Fr. Phil

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER



I hope you enjoyed our Easter Liturgies and they were meaningful for you. Many people helped in the process and I would like to thank them. The Ministers of Welcome, Lectors, Ministers of Communion and the Altar Servers did a wonderful job. The palms on Palm Sunday and Good Friday added to the ceremonies and I would like to thank Jennifer Theile and Carmen Jansz for their generosity in making the palms. The flowers were contributed by The Applemarket and I would like to thank James Tiveron for his generosity once again. The flowers were arranged by Ellen Kolwich and Norma Dac and I thank them for their hard work in making the church look so nice for Easter. Thank you to our Youth Group for doing the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. Our webmaster, Luis Gomes, is to be thanked too for keeping our website up to date. Thanks to Barbara-Anne Krampart and Silvio Fernandes for leading the RCIA candidates, Gary Grant, Shenese Gibson and Stevan Kraguljac, to the church.  Thanks to the Dream Team for preparing the reception after the Easter Vigil. The food was delicious.  I would like to thank our 2 choirs for their wonderful music over the last three days: The Senior Choir, directed by Anthony Bastianon and the Folk Choir, directed by Sean Bator. Your music was a great addition to our Easter Liturgies. Thanks to Fr. Roger for his help on Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday. Finally, I would like to thank all the parishioners who came out to experience our Easter Liturgies and hope that they were very meaningful for you. Thanks to all who contributed to our Holy Week Schedule.

Thomas was the apostle who didn’t believe the woman that Jesus had been raised from the dead. Thomas loved the Lord but he lacked to courage to stand with him in his passion and crucifixion. He ran away and stayed by himself after Jesus died and preferred loneliness rather than fellowship with the others. When Thomas finally got the strength to join the other Apostles, he recognized Jesus and immediately said, “My Lord and My God”.

I hope you have a great week!

Fr. Phil

EASTER SUNDAY 2018



Happy Easter! 

A special welcome to the new members of our St. Dominic Community received into the Church at the Easter Vigil last evening.

Ø  Shenese Gibson                                      
Ø  Gary Grant                                       
Ø  Stevan Kraguljac

Many thanks to Barbara-Anne Krampart, and Silvio Fernandes for their dedication and spiritual guidance in leading these new parishioners into the Faith in the RCIA program. Welcome to you all!

The Resurrection of Christ is the cornerstone of our Christian faith. St Paul tells us in his letter to the Corinthians, (15:14), that  if Christ has not been raised from the dead, our faith will be empty and useless. But the Resurrection of Christ is not merely something "out there," not merely an historical fact at which we gaze admiringly. It is a present reality in which, through Baptism, we are intimately involved. "If we have been united with him through likeness to his death, so shall we be through a like resurrection" (Romans 6:5). 

Our sharing in the crucifixion-Resurrection of Jesus brings about a mysterious change in our very being. Paul expresses it in a startling way: "I have been crucified with Christ, and the life I live now is not my own; Christ is living in me" (Galatians 2:20). The English poet Andrew Young, in his poem "Nicodemus," arrives at the same conclusion:  Why do I kneel before your empty tomb? You are not here, for you are everywhere; the grass, the trees, the air, the wind, the sky, Nothing can now refuse to be your home; nor I Lord. Live in me and I shall live. 

This intimate union between Christ and ourselves calls for a new way of life. We must change our behavior. Saint Paul writes that we should put to death whatever in our nature is rooted in earth, (see Colossians 3:5), precisely BECAUSE we share the new life of Christ. Corruption and wickedness must yield to sincerity and truth.  He invites us to put teeth into today's annual renewal of baptismal promises. Recalling our baptismal promises seriously, will challenge each of us in different ways. The goal is "Easter Living" all year long.  

I sincerely hope that our Holy Week celebrations were meaningful for you. There are so many people to thank and I will do that in the bulletin next week. 

Easter Is THE GIFT...
Easter is the gift of HOPE …
Easter is the gift of PEACE…
Easter is the gift of LOVE.

Let us rejoice in Him, who gives all these gifts to us. May God bless you at Easter, and keep you all year through. May God give you all the faith it takes to make your way. 
May His light shine down upon you now to bless your Easter Day. 

I wish each one of you, your families and friends all the joys of the Risen Christ.    Happy Easter!

Fr. Phil