Thursday, 24 October 2019

Our Building Blocks for Justice

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The Catholic Church has a history of social teaching that goes back centuries and provides a compelling challenge for living responsibly and building a just society. Modern Catholic Social Teaching, rooted in Scripture and articulated through a tradition of written documents, has evolved over time in response to the challenges of the day. 
The following are several of the key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition.
Life and Dignity of the Human Person
The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.
Call to Family, Community, and Participation
The person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society in economics and politics, in law and policy directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially poor and vulnerable people.
Rights and Responsibilities
The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities–to one another, to our families, and to the larger society.
Preferential Option for the Poor
A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition instructs us to put the needs of poor and vulnerable people first.
The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected—the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions, to private property, and to economic initiative.
We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI taught that “if you want peace, work for justice.” The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers. Our love for all our sisters and brothers demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.
Care for God’s Creation
We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is a requirement of the Catholic faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.

Welcome Back to a New School Year

Micah asks the question ‘With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high?  I think it’s a question we ask ourselves too because we often don’t feel worthy to come before the Lord.  We think we aren’t good enough to actually be loved by God. But in the reading we heard from Micah it says: He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what the Lord requires of you is to act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

This is our 3 year theme. 

Act Justly, Love Mercy
and Walk Humbly with your God.

This years' focus is on acting justly. 

But what does that mean really??
Well, everyone wants justice — equality, fairness, rightness… but life isn’t fair. 
Hard workers lose their jobs;
Drunk drivers kill innocent people;
Powerful people manipulate the system;
Cheaters lurk everywhere. 
So how do we act justly??
How do we seek justice?  
These familiar words help to explain what acting justly means:

Justice is Impartial. As disciples of Jesus, acting justly means making fair decisions in our business and personal lives. We do not to show favoritism to beautiful, “important,” or rich people.  We treat everyone the same whether they are well dressed or homeless. God stamped His image on every human being and we acknowledge that truth when I treat all people with dignity.

Justice is Accurate. Truthful living means we are honest, we don’t lie about others, we refuse to exaggerate to make ourselves look better than our actions prove we really are.

Justice is Lawful. God commands us to obey both the rules of the land and of the road, and to respect everyone in authority, regardless of whether or not I agree with them politically.

Justice is Righteous. Scripture provides our moral standard; it defines right and wrong. The words and actions of a person of integrity align with God’s truth. He or she does what is right even when no one is watching — even when it takes more time or costs more money.

Acting justly requires action, not mere talk. Speaking about injustice — abuse, human trafficking, displaced people, bullying — may make us appear caring, but words alone just won’t do it.  Acting justly is never separated from acts of love and mercy.  

And the idea that justice is for just us is not acceptable! It is for everyone. If we have an expectation that we should be treated justly everyday then we must expect everyone to be treated with fairness. And we have to be part of that.  We must treat others fairly, with justice. 

So let’s begin this year well and act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. 
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Monday, 17 September 2018

Welcome Back!

We always start the year with a plan and a theme. this year's theme is pretty straight forward.

It’s not a new idea and I am not the brilliant one that came up with it but I believe it.  
With every fibre of my being I know that I was made for a purpose…
And so are you!  We all are. We just need to be convinced sometimes.  Scripture tells us that we all, yes... I mean ALL of us, are made in the image and likeness of God and that we all have a reason to be here.  
You know... here in this school,
here in your family,
here wherever you are.

But honestly…  we talk ourselves out of “our purpose” because we think we are not special enough or not good at anything.  And sometimes we think that if we can’t identify our purpose this minute that we are never going to find one, but that’s not real life either. Did I know that my purpose was to be a wife and mother, or Campus Minister when I was 16, No!
But I did know I had one.
If you do not know what your purpose is, find your passion. Your passion will lead you to your purpose. My passions were people and faith and I found the perfect purpose for me.

Do not assume that your purpose must be to run the country or do brain surgery,  It may be, but it might also be to be an amazing parent, or build houses, or work with kids or animals or be a teacher. And right now, your purpose may be to be a good friend or teammate, student, son, daughter, artist, musician, justice team member, whatever it is, you need to be passion about it.  

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Mark Twain said The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why. It is a bit of a journey to figure it out and sometimes it takes a bit of time.

I heard a saying that goes something like this…
Not working to find your purpose is like having a perfectly good lamp in a dark room and refusing to plug it in.  We’ve got to plug in our light… everyday. Each one of us has to work to find our gift, and then we need to give it away.  That is your purpose.

Don’t waste your life standing around, unplugged with a lampshade on your head.  
God has bigger plans for you than that.

Our theme is Made For A Purpose. 
And as always…   
Fiat Lux - Let there be light.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Local Mass Schedules

Good Shepherd Parish
Holy Thursday - March 29,  7pm Mass of the Lord's Supper

 Good Friday - March 30, 
     11am Children's Stations of the Cross
     3pm Passion of Our Lord Solemn Service

Easter Vigil Saturday, March 31    8pm

Easter Sunday April 1       9am & 11am  

St. Simon & St. Jude Parish

Holy Thursday

Thursday, March 29:             7:00 pm
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 pm

Good Friday

Friday, March 30:                  3:00 pm

Easter Vigil

Saturday, March 31               8:00 pm

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 1                       9:00 am & 11:00 am         

St. Anne’s Parish Tecumseh
 March 29, 7:00 pm – Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper
8:30 pm - 12:00 am (Midnight): Reposition in the Parish Hall

GOOD FRIDAY - March 30, 2018
11:00 am - Children's Service
3:00 pm - Passion of Our Lord (Bilingual)

EASTER VIGIL - Saturday, March 31, 2018
8:30 pm – Mass of New Life, Light & Water

 EASTER SUNDAY –  April 1. 2018 7:00 am, 8:30 am (Fr.), 10:00 am, 12:00 Noon

St. John the Evangelist and St. Mary’s
HOLY THURSDAY –  Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper
March 29, 2018 7:00 pm – St. Mary’s

GOOD FRIDAY –  Passion of Our Lord
March 30, 2018 3:00 pm – St. Mary’s

EASTER VIGIL – Mass of New Life, Light & Water
Saturday, March 31, 2018 7:00 pm – St. John’s

 EASTER SUNDAY –  April 1. 2018
9:00 am – St. Mary’s
11:00 am – St. John’s

Visitation Parish - Comber
Holy Thursday - March 29,  7pm Mass of the Lord's Supper

Good Friday - March 30, 
           3pm Passion of Our Lord Solemn Service

Easter Vigil Saturday, March 31    8pm

Easter Sunday April 1       9am(francais) & 11am  

Holy Week 2018 is here!

As was said today at our Holy Week Prayer Service, this is the holiest week in our Church year.  This is the culmination of a lifetime of work, Jesus' work... His ministry. 

He knew…
      He knew from the time he could think rationally that the cross was his destination.  He knew he was the sacrifice, that he was the one who would willingly travel that road to Calvary, reach out his arms and give his life … for us.

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What kind of courage does that take…

what kind of strength …
      what kind of Love…
It was and is…  an all encompassing, you are my person, you are my people, I give my life for you, I love you beyond compare, I know your secrets and I don’t care I love you anyway ...kind of love
In Scripture John wrote, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Bloody, beaten, and bruised he looked out onto all the world, those who mocked him, beat him, and hated him.
Yes even those who hated him.
He looked out on all those people and He...loved them.

He came and walked on this earth knowing...
...Knowing that his purpose was to love.
He spoke of love when he said
“No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

He made a promise, and that’s what he did.
He climbed on that cross…
stretched out his arms...
and willingly laid down his life for us.

He knew…  He was Love.      He is Love.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Epiphany Sunday!

Image result for chalking the door 2018This past Sunday we celebrated Epiphany, the arrival of the three wise men to the stable in Bethlehem.  
We recognize this day and this NEW YEAR with our own Epiphany Blessing. 
This is a traditional Catholic blessing for your home and all you need is the prayer and some chalk.
We ask God’s blessing on this home and on those who come here. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest, part of our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.
A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk to write above the entrance  
20 + C + M + B + 18.
The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus Mansionem Benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross and 2018 is the year.

Let us begin with the sign of our faith.  In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Blessing the Chalk

Let us pray.
Loving God, bless this chalk which you have created, that it may be helpful to your people; and grant that through the invocation of your most Holy Name that we who use it in faith to write upon the door of our home the names of your holy ones Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, may receive health of body and protection of soul for all who dwell in or visit our home; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Instructions for Blessing the Home

Using the blessed chalk mark the lintel of your front door (or front porch step) as follows  20 + C + M + B + 18 while saying:
The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar followed the star of God’s Son who became human two thousand and sisteen years ago. May Christ bless our home and remain with us throughout the new year.

Visit, O blessed Lord, this home with the gladness of your presence. Bless all who live or visit here with the gift of your love; and grant that we may manifest your love to each other and to all whose lives we touch. May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace, O Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen
Good St. Anne, Pray for Us.
In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

“Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home. With time the chalk will fade. As it does we let the meaning of the symbols written sink into the depths of our heart and be manifest in our words and actions the Latin words, Christus Mansionem Benedictat, “May Christ bless the house.”

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Have a safe, healthy, prosperous and faith-filled new year.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

New in Campus Ministry!!!

New in Campus Ministry!!!

I always love highlighting students and their AMAZING TALENTS!!  
Today I was blessed  to receive this truly beautiful painting for my office from 
Gr11 student, Daniel Golovenko.  

Daniel is a terrific and talented young man with a passion for the arts and for faith!

Thanks Daniel, I love it!