Mass as Heaven on Earth – Week Four Homily

Jesus is our Bread of Life (Liturgy of the Eucharist)

 

For the past few weeks, we have been doing a homily series on Mass as Heaven on Earth. I will give a little recap for the interest of our visitors or parishioners who have not been to Mass lately. In weeks 1, 2 & 3, we explained that at each Mass, God comes to meet us where we are here on earth. The Lord Jesus is present in the minsters – the priest, altar servers, readers, music …, in the people and in his Word. Most especially He is present under the Eucharistic species – The Bread and Wine. The CCC 1405 says, “There is no surer pledge or dearer sign of this great hope in heaven than the Eucharist. Hence, this week we want to focus on the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Continue reading “Mass as Heaven on Earth – Week Four Homily”

Mass as Heaven on Earth — Week Three Homily

Week 3 Homily: “Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me” (John 6:45).

Today we are on week 3 of our homily Series – “Mass is Heaven on Earth. Why are we doing this series on the Mass? Because  we’ve been reading the Gospel of John 6 where Jesus presents the discourse on Himself as the Bread of Life. He gives us himself in the form of Bread and Wine at Mass which is the greatest prayer we have as Catholics. It is the center and summit of our Christian faith. We would like all of our parishioners to appreciate the mystery we celebrate and receive all the graces that comes with encountering God at Mass. Continue reading “Mass as Heaven on Earth — Week Three Homily”

Town Hall Meeting – May 10, 2018

Nora Muise,  MC for the evening, asked Deacon Danny MacDonald to open the Town Hall Meeting with a prayer.
The meeting was called to order at 6:45 PM.

Presentations

1. Father Toochukwu spoke about returning to an apostolic age, the new evangelization and Divine Renovation. Continue reading “Town Hall Meeting – May 10, 2018”

Mass as Heaven on Earth — Week Two Homily

The Mass….we all serve together

In today’s Gospel, we hear the story of how once Jesus fed the five thousand with the loaves and the fishes, all the crowds gathered around him. They are hungry for more of the bread that he gave them yesterday, and they want to be near Him. They ask, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Then Jesus tells the crowds Continue reading “Mass as Heaven on Earth — Week Two Homily”

Mass as Heaven on Earth — Week One Homily

Introduction:

What makes Mass so special? Mass isn’t just something we come to on weekends—it should be the center of our entire lives. Why? Because Mass isn’t just some nice prayers. It’s the place where we encounter God, face-to-face. Mass is worth risking our lives for.

There’s an American priest who lived after World War II named Fr. Walter Ciszek Continue reading “Mass as Heaven on Earth — Week One Homily”

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

The Mass…..Heaven on Earth

Did you know that the Mass is Heaven on earth?
Did you know that Jesus is present to you in different ways at
Mass?
In the Gospel reading today Jesus goes up the mountain and there He sits
with His disciples. As we begin our five week series on the Mass, we will
first look at ways that Jesus is present to us in the Mass. I read a wonderful description on the Mass as it relates to Continue reading “SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME”

HOMILY SERIES – MASS AS HEAVEN ON EARTH

Dear Parishioners,
We would like to begin a Homily Series to enable us reflect thematically on the Word of God, the teachings of the
Church and other topics that will enhance the realization of our pastoral vision and goals, namely – personal
experience of God’s love, parish renewal, faith formation, service in community and fulfilling our primary mission of
going out to make disciples. The theme for the next five weeks is, “The Mass: Heaven on Earth.” Continue reading “HOMILY SERIES – MASS AS HEAVEN ON EARTH”

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Rest a while….and Pray

In the gospel reading this week Jesus says to his disciples, “Come away by yourselves
to a deserted place and rest a while.” I am sure that Jesus wanted his disciples
to take a rest from all the travelling and ministering to recharge physically, but I feel
that he wanted them to reconnect to the source, and have time for prayer. In our
busy schedules, prayer can be left behind and forgotten. Believe me I am speaking
from experience.
I would like to speak specifically about the Rosary this week and what I feel is the
key to a fulfilling experience of the Rosary. The key, I feel is the meditative aspect
of the
Rosary. Sometimes, I see people speaking of the Rosary as just a repetitive prayer.
However, when you add meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary as you pray, it
makes all the difference. The mysteries follow the life of Jesus and Mary, and how
their lives together were in total service of God. For me, it is a spiritual exercise for the soul, and our minds.
It’s funny how people will work on a Stairmaster for hours, which is extremely repetitive, but it is good to do
as a physical exercise. Well, the Rosary is a spiritual exercise for our souls so that the soul will remain
healthy as well.

Don’t forget to please go to the new section on prayer in our website, http://stm-parish.com/stm-prayerresources/.
I know you will be enriched by the resources there.

God bless you all, Deacon Dan MacDonald

PRAYER FOR BEGINNERS

For the last three weeks, Father has been talking about Prayer during each Homily, and about getting connected to
the source of power.
This week, we’re highlighting another great resource: an online audiobook called Prayer for Beginners. Whether
you’re a beginner at prayer or not, this book is for all those who feel that they struggle to pray, but desire to become
much better at it. Author Peter Kreeft’s practical, short, straight-forward words on prayer will inspire and encourage
you! Here are some of my favourite quotes from the book:
“Prayer is easier than we think. we want to think it is too hard or too high and holy for us, because that gives us an
excuse for not doing it. This is false humility. We can all do it, even the most sinful, shallow, silly, and stupid of us.”
“One moment of prayer, of weak worship, confused contrition, tepid thanksgiving, or pitiful petition will bring us
closer to God than all the books of theology in the world.”
“The single most important piece of advice about prayer is one word: Begin!”
This week, go to www.formed.org (if you haven’t registered yet, enter our code K3ZWQZ to create a free account)
and search for “Prayer For Beginners” to listen to the audio book or download the ebook!