The biblical origins of our Jubilee Year


by FR. CRAIG MORRISON, O.CARM. The Book of Leviticus, the third book of the Old Testament, announced to the ancient Israelites the specifics of their Jubilee Year observance: “You shall consecrate the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you.” (Leviticus 25:10) So during the Jubilee Year, our Israelite […]

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Message by Pope Francis for Lent 2016


MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2016 “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13). The works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee 1. Mary, the image of a Church which evangelizes because she is evangelized In the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, I asked that “the season of Lent in this […]

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Parishioners at Star of the Sea are gearing up for the arrival of a Syrian refugee family


Father Richard Kowalchuk, pastor of Star of the Sea church in Port Dalhousie, says he is elated, but not overwhelmed, by the success of his parish’s initiative. “I’m not overwhelmed because of the long tradition of social justice involvement here,” he says. “It made me confident about the outcome.” The small, 700-family parish is closing in on the fund-raising goal […]

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St. Martin Celebrates Breaking Ground on a Brand-New School


It was a day that was a long-time coming for the St. Martin Catholic Elementary School community. On December 9, students, staff and parents from the school were joined by the Honourable Elizabeth Sandals, Minister of Education, West Lincoln Mayor Doug Joyner, local town councillors, Senior Staff, Trustees and other dignitaries for the official sod turning for the new school, […]

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A New Home for Claudia Palma of Our Diocesan Refugee Ministry


It’s a home being built at Niagara College, one seen by its future residents as “a new beginning in everything.” People crowded into that half-built house at the college’s Welland campus to write good wishes in the woodwork to the family that will eventually occupy that Habitat for Humanity home. Habitat Niagara Monday held a wood-signing ceremony at the college’s […]

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