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Tuesday Prayer: Travellers

Heavenly Father,  I am presently embarked on a journey in pursuit of some good.  Grant that I may travel in safety,  without undue disturbance or worry, and ultimately attain the goal I seek. 
Let me also keep in mind  that I am on another and more important journey-through life.  Keep me ever safe and close to You  as I travel the sometimes hazardous road toward your kingdom in heaven. 
Enable me to follow the guidelines given us by Your Son Jesus  so that I may arrive safely at my eternal destination  with You in heaven. 
St Anthony, Pray for us! St Raphael, Pray for us! St Joseph, Pray for us!
Amen
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Just a quick note: 
     Early this morning I have left on a Mission trip to El Salvador. I will be their for two weeks!  I will be working in one community and assisting them. I am going with a group of people from multiple schools. Posts about the trip, and pictures will be published when I get back on July 14th. Normal Sunday posts have been schedule…

A Touch of Faith

A couple years ago a long time parishner had left this world, to join the heavenly father. She was an elderly lady and was a parishner since the openings of the parish. She sat in the same second pew every day when she came for Mass, and would be behind everyone in saying the responses. She was a lively women who had loved to talk to people and extend a warm smile to everyone. One thing in particular that I remember about this women was her faith. When she walked in to the church, she had a routine, and she stuck with it. Before she would say hello to anyone, she would walk in, mark herself with holy water, walk over to the blessed sacrament chappel bow, and has she headed to her spot she would bow to the Altar. Only then, would she start to smile, wave and talk to people already their. She had placed her faith first and it was so evident.

      Today, we hear, in the Gospel, two healing stories that took place. We are firstly introduced to the situation for the second miracle at…

Tuesday Prayer: St Anthony of Pauda

Holy Saint Anthony, gentle and powerful in your help, your love for God and charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were always ready to request for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (request). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle. Even so, you are the Saint of miracles. Gentle and loving Saint Anthony, whose heart is ever full of human sympathy, take my petition to the Infant Savior for whom you have such a great love, and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours.
Amen.

"Thy Will Be Done"

For the first time this year, my family has started a nice sized garden in our backyard and I was quick to go out and help seed it. Personally, I love to see the development of plants from their initial seed to their final product. This process has always struck me. Don't know why, but it has.Of course, my favourite thing to do is to eat the food that was grown in our own garden.  It is not only because I like to eat, but also, there is something special and unique, I find, about being able to eat the food that we have laboured to grow.

 In parables Jesus would take something that is familiar to the people and compare it to something that they don't know. A parable uses figurative speech to express an idea of a link in likeness between two concepts. Normally, Jesus is connecting something ordinary  in peoples lives to his heavenly father and the kingdom of God. A parable isn't suppose to make total sense. It was left a mystery for people to ponder and to access it'…

The Jaw-Dropping Feast

For the past couple of years I have had the pleasure of  being one of multiple teachers that prepare the grade twos of the parish for First Communion.  Without a doubt, this is one of my favourite sacraments to teach, because I can share my joy of the Eucharist with the children. Every year, I take the children on a tour of the church, and one of the first places is the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Their jaws drop in amazement when I describe to them what is contained within the tabernacle.  The kids may not fully understand the full extent of transubstantiation but they do know, and are amazed that Jesus is in that tabernacle.

     I can remember one of the first times I heard of the feast of Corpus Christi when I was a kid. I was sitting down in a pew of the church with my family  and the parish priest at the time had come forward to me and said, “ Hi Michael, do you know what feast day it is today?” I replied, “No” and the priest had replied, “ It is a feast called Corpus Chris…

Tuesday Prayer: St Jane Frances de Chantal

Lord,  What is Your Will that I do?  I am completely open to Your plan for me.  I desire to live only in you and to be guided by your forever! Grant that Your holy will may be carried out perfectly in me!
AMEN