Alpha Testimony: Kim Ingalls

September 15th/16th

A little bit about me

My name is Kim Ingalls. I am happily married for almost 12 years.  My husband and I have 2 beautiful daughters, Sara and Emily.  I am a Medical Laboratory Technologist at the QEII, specializing in Peripheral Blood and Bone Marrow morphology.  

I grew up Catholic. Our family went to church regularly.  As I got older and left home, I drifted away from the church.  I became a holiday church goer (Christmas and Easter). When I got engaged, like many couples, we went to church more often.   Once married we again drifted away. Then we had children and we knew we wanted them to have something to believe in, so we started making church more of a priority.   Continue reading “Alpha Testimony: Kim Ingalls”

The Art of Hospitality: Week Two Homily

Who Do People Say That I Am?

Reflection by Bill Grady, an Aspirant to the Permanent Diaconate

Mark 8.27-35

September 15th, 2018

Last weekend we started a homily series on Hospitality. Fr. Toochukwu began his homily by reiterating the Saint Thomas More Vision Statement.  Do we remember what the three statement components were? (a) Come Encounter Christ. (b) Joyfully Share His love; and (c) Go Make Disciples.  

To live out this vision statement, we must demonstrate love, joy and excitement as we venture through the community(s) mission of making disciples. We must sacrifice ourselves in doing so. As Father expressed, it is us taking the initiative to make some sacrifices in order to accommodate others, welcoming people to our parish in a more hospitable manner, to enable them have a sense of belonging to the Church and the community.   Continue reading “The Art of Hospitality: Week Two Homily”

The Art of Hospitality: Week One

God Shows no Partiality, He Heals all, He wants a Church Full with People.

Week One: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
Readings: Isaiah 35:4-7; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37

Last week we talked about the vision for St. Thomas More parish – “Come encounter Christ! Joyfully share his love! Go make Disciples!” This week we begin another homily series on “The Art of Hospitality.”  Why hospitality? Because we want those we invite to our weekend Masses and other celebrations, to truly encounter Christ, and experience his love through each one of our parishioners.

What is hospitality?

What is hospitality? It is from the Greek word “philoxenia” which means “to love strangers”. Continue reading “The Art of Hospitality: Week One”

Homily: The Vision for Saint Thomas More

Jesus’ Vision of True Spirituality and Our Vision for St. Thomas More Parish

22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B.

Dt. 4:1-2, 6-8; James 1:17-18, 21-27; Mk. 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Michael White in his book, “Tools for Rebuilding” defines a vision as a picture of what could be and what should be”. What does Jesus want us to be as his disciples and what do we want to become as a parish?  Continue reading “Homily: The Vision for Saint Thomas More”

Mass as Heaven on Earth – Week Five Homily

The Moment of Decision-Making

Homily by Fr. Marcellinus Onyejekwe, CMF.

21st Sunday, Ordinary Time, Year B.

Readings: Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18; Ephesians 5:21-32; John 6:60-69

Each day of our life, we are faced with the challenges of decision-making, based on the different circumstances we go through. Some decisions are easy to make, some are tough. The readings of today, especially the first reading and the Gospel, talk about decision-making, not merely on the physical but spiritual level.

For the past five Sundays we have been reading and reflecting on chapter 6 of the gospel according John, where Jesus speaks about the Bread of Life. Jesus identified himself with this Bread, came down from heaven. The 1st Sunday was the Sunday of miracle. Jesus multiplied the five loaves and two fish to feed the crowd. It was the moment of glory, the time of joy based on the physical appearance. They wanted to crown Jesus King so that he would continue to do such miracles for them and give them bread to eat free of charge. Continue reading “Mass as Heaven on Earth – Week Five Homily”

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”

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”