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SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER



Reflection   from the desk of Fr. Terry

The Sixth Sunday of Easter comes just before the Lord's Ascension. It makes Jesus' last presence with His disciples. The gospel reading contains Jesus' tender farewell to His disciples. This gospel starts with a very beautiful statement: "if anyone loves me, he will keep my word." This is what we see between a happily married couple. Any decision one makes has the consideration for the word of the other, hence there is unity. There are even happy surprises. For example, the husband, doing dish washing or laundry spontaneously for the sick or tired wife, shows a comforting and assuring sign of affection and the wife feels she is truly loved. Today Jesus assures us that he will dwell within us, and the Holy spirit will teach us and remind us of what he taught. This is good news for us, because it means we are not making the Christian journey alone. We are today like the early Church of Jerusalem, taught and guided by the Spirit. We need only to listen and have faith in his working in us.

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER




Reflection   from the desk of Fr. Terry

In today's Gospel we see a Scribe, the student of the law invites Jesus to become a part of the long-standing conversation about the greatest law of them all. Jesus replies in an interesting way, citing not one law, but two, love of God and Love of neighbor. By choosing these two laws, Jesus is saying that we can't have one without the other. We must love vertically - looking up to God with love because of who God is. We must love horizontally - looking around at the people who surround us and loving them because they are God's. And if you take a vertical line and a horizontal line, what do you have? The Cross! the emblem of the love of God for humanity a love that vertically connects heaven's and earth and horizontally connects all of us with each other. We love because God first loved us. We love all because Jesus loved all of us enough to die for us all.

CHILDREN'S MASSES:

This weekend its a regular Mass as usual. However instead of the usual Children's liturgy of the word, we will be celebrating special Children's Masses on Saturday evening, May 18th, and Sunday, May 19th. Please bring your kids.


FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER


Reflection from the desk of Fr. Terry

The Idea of the Shepherd is very, very long and deep in history of salvation. And so the idea of the shepherd leading the sheep, was a very responsible task and a very responsible job. Jesus said to the people" I am the good shepherd. I know mine and they know me. They hear my voice and they follow me."  Jesus, the good shepherd walks in great silence through your life, every morning, all day, day after day, month, year after year. But you have to listen and hear and open your heart to the wonder of the good shepherd's silence caring for you, worrying about you, guiding you through all kinds of situations and yet you know that he will never leave you, he will always be there and his joy his to be the center of the silence in our own living.

Please Pray…..

Please pray for all the children of our parish who are receiving their First Holy Communion and for our young people who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. May the Lord Jesus always watch over them and guide them.

Congratulations

We congratulate all the young children who received their First Holy Communion  this weekend. May Jesus bless you and your parents who journeyed with you encouraging and supporting you. Thanks to our Lay Pastoral Associate Beverly O'Grady in preparing you for this big day of your life.

Congratulations and Thank You

Our Lay Pastoral Associate Beverly O'Grady was honoured by the Archdiocese of Toronto on April 29th, for her 20 years of service at St. Dominic's Parish. We the St. Dominic's Parish community congratulate you and extend our sincere thanks for all that you do for St. Dominic's Parish. May God bless you.

First Eucharist Party

Those children who have celebrated their First Communion this past weekend, are invited to gather with their families on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 - 8:00 pm in the parish hall. 
This is an evening for families to enjoy their accomplishment and take time to celebrate together with friends and special refreshments.