12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 20 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends, As we continue into the second half of the month of June and celebrate the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, I would like to provide you with a reflection that can help us to enter into our Sunday readings: “Mark is writing his gospel for a community suffering persecution, Christians who feared that any […]

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 13 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends, We have been back in the liturgical season of Ordinary Time since we concluded the season of Easter, but the past two Sundays we celebrated important Solemnities that constitute the core of our Christian faith. This Sunday we are back, so to say, on the regular schedule as we celebrate the 11th Sunday in […]

Corpus Christi Sunday, June 6 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends, This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known to us under the Latin term Corpus Christi. As we find ourselves in a moment of history when most of us cannot receive the Blessed Sacrament because of the pandemic restrictions in place upon gatherings, we […]

Holy Trinity Sunday, May 30 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends, Right after the conclusion of the Easter Season we are invited to contemplate and celebrate the most important mystery of our faith – the Holy Trinity, God who reveals Himself to us as a unity of three Persons. “Ronald Rolheiser has written: “The most pernicious heresies that block us from properly knowing God […]

Pentecost Sunday, May 23 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends, This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost, reminding ourselves that Christ did not leave us alone after ascending to heaven, but continues to remain with His Church by the power of the Holy Spirit. At the same time this Sunday brings to a conclusion the season of Easter for 2021. “The gospel […]

The Ascension of the Lord, May 16 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends, We have only one week left until the end of the Easter season. This Sunday, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord as we read the Gospel passage in which Christ commissions his disciples to “go into all the world…” “In their different ways, all the gospel writers want […]

Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 9 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends, The season of Easter is gradually drawing to a close, as this Sunday we celebrate the sixth Sunday of Easter. But we still have two important Solemnities ahead of us. This weekend we continue to read from the Gospel of St. John, which draws our attention to Jesus’ discourse at the Last Supper. […]

Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 2 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear friends, Still being in the lockdown due to the pandemic that has changed our lives so much, we are continuing to celebrate the season of Easter as we gather virtually this weekend to reflect on the passage taken from St. John’s Gospel, in which Christ says: I am the vine, you are the branches.  […]

Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 25 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends, This Sunday we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter, and the Liturgy of the Word focuses on the image of Christ as the Good Shepherd.  “This Sunday’s gospel presents us with one of the most loved images of Jesus when he says of himself, “I am the good shepherd.” We are sometimes seduced […]

COVID-19 Update

Dear Friends, We have received a memorandum from the Chancellor of our Diocese, Monsignor Murray Kroetsch, informing us that: 1. Masses and other liturgical celebrations scheduled for Saturday, April 17th and Sunday, April 18th are to take place in Parishes provided that the 15% capacity limit and all other Covid-19 protocols are observed. 2. Beginning […]