Meals

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Recently, I was chatting with some friends when one posed the question “If you could have dinner to celebrate an important occasion at any restaurant (with money not being part of the decision) where would you have the meal?” One friend selected an expensive restaurant in St. Catharines while another chose an Italian restaurant with a great reputation in Niagara […]

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Another Mother’s Day

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Last Sunday (May 8) was Mother’s Day. You could tell it was Mother’s Day because a larger than normal number of guys showed up at Mass (husbands and sons) and most were nicely dressed. Mother’s Day is a day when Hallmark, florist shops and restaurants make a lot of money. I am certain that mothers appreciate the cards, flowers, dinners and […]

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In the World

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Today, as I was flipping through my Liturgy of the Hours the book opened at the “Letter to Diognetus” which was the second text in the Office of Readings from a while ago. The text is one of my favorites because it makes an important point about how Christians are to be identified in the world. Devout members of certain […]

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Vocations Fair

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Yesterday (May 5) I attended a “Vocations Fair” at the high school in Welland. The event was designed to educate students about vocations to the diocesan priesthood and religious life and perhaps spark interest in a few of them to consider the possibility God may be calling them to serve the Church in one of these ways. The day consisted […]

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My First Day

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This is Catholic Education Week in Ontario. Last night (May 4) Fr. Tom Rosica (President of Salt and Light Television) spoke at our local Catholic high school about the value of Catholic education to our Church. As he was talking I was thinking about my first day at school. I only have one memory of that day. After my mother […]

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Diocese of St. Catharines Day of Discernment

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God is Calling. Will You Answer? Join us on Saturday, June 4th at the Catholic Centre, St. Catharines, for a Diocesan Day of Discernment. This is a great opportunity for high-school and post-secundary students to learn about the different religious communities at the Diocese. Recently ordained priests, seminarians, religious men and women will share their personal vocation stories, life in the diocesan […]

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Ordinations to the Holy Order of Priesthood

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On Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:30am, Ronald Angervil, Stephen Innamorati, Trevor Plug and Gregory Schimidt will be ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood by the Most Reverend Gerard Bergie, Bishop of Saint Catharines. From that day forward they will be able to bring healing and comfort in the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, they will be able to forgive […]

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Firsts

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Today (April 25) I returned home from a few days off in Rochester, NY followed by a Marriage Encounter Weekend in nearby Canandaigua which ended last night. This weekend was notable for several firsts. It was the first time a local team couple presented their talks on a weekend. They had just finished writing and having them approved. It was […]

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Relationships

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I have different kinds of relationships with various categories of people. Acquaintances are people I recognize when I see them but do not know very well. They may be parishioners who show up for Mass occasionally, parents with kids in the school or people with whom I worked years ago. I might know where they live, what they do for a […]

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Mental Illness

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When I was pastor of another parish I knew a family whose son suffered from severe schizophrenia. Since the side effects of his medication were unpleasant he would often not take it. Periodically, the phone would ring at the rectory and I when I answered it I could hear breathing on the other end of the line. Eventually I realized […]

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