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Sunday, November 29 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, November 29 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends, With this Sunday’s celebration we enter into a new liturgical year and we begin the season of Advent. “Be watchful! Be alert!” are the first words with which Mark greets us at the beginning of this new year of the church. They are also the last words spoken by Jesus in Mark’s gospel […]
Sunday, November 22 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, November 22 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends,                And so, we have arrived at the end of the Church’s Liturgical Year as this Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the last Sunday in Ordinary Time.                “Like climbing to the top of Mt. Everest, today’s gospel reading is the pinnacle of Jesus’ […]
Sunday, November 15 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, November 15 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends, We are only one Sunday away from the end of Church’s Liturgical Year as we celebrate the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time and reflect on the Gospel that presents us with the Parable of the Talents. “The parable in today’s gospel follows immediately upon the parable we read last week. Both the parable of […]
The Sacrament of Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation

UPDATE ON THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION (February, 2021) HOW ARE THINGS WORKING AT THE CHURCH RIGHT NOW? Currently, for each gathering in the church, we can accommodate 30% of the full seating capacity. What this translates to for the celebration of Confirmation is that each family will have one pew reserved, and may have a maximum […]
Sunday Homily, November 8, 2020

Sunday Homily, November 8, 2020

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A: by Fr. Claude Perera, OMI First Reading: Wisdom 6:12-16 Characteristics of Wisdom in the OT Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 63:2,3-4,5-6,7-8 Human Heart’s Longing for God. Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (shorter form: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14) The Dead Will Be Raised Back to Life. Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:1-13 The Parable […]
Sunday, November 8 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, November 8 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends, The Church’s Liturgical Year is gradually drawing to a close. This Sunday we celebrate the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time and ponder the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids.               “The parable Jesus tells in today’s gospel may seem at first glance to be un-Christian. Why wouldn’t the five who have oil share […]
Sunday, November 1 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, November 1 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends,                This Sunday we enter into the month of November and celebrate the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, which this year is also the Solemnity of All Saints.                “The gospel for All Saints’ Day is always taken from the beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount where, through the Beatitudes, he introduces […]
Sunday, October 25 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, October 25 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends, We can see the signs of the fall all around us, especially as we notice that the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer, and the cold weather is beginning to become a constant. This Sunday we celebrate the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time and ponder the question: Which commandment in the […]
Sunday, October 18 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, October 18 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

We find ourselves already in the second half of October as we celebrate the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time this weekend. We hear in the Gospel how Jesus’ opponents question him about the lawfulness of paying taxes.                “As we continue to follow and witness Jesus’ activities as events in Jerusalem march closer to that […]
Sunday Homily, October 11, 2020

Sunday Homily, October 11, 2020

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle Aby Fr. Claude Perera, OMI First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10a The Messianic Banquet Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23:1-6 The Good Shepherd Psalm Second Reading: Philippians 4:12-14,19-20 God Provides us in Our Needs Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:1-14 (shorter form Matthew 22:1-10) Parable of the Wedding Feast. Background to the Readings We have […]
Sunday, October 11 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, October 11 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

We are already almost in the middle of October, celebrating the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time and reflecting on the parable of the wedding feast.                “Now we come to the third of three parables in three weeks. After learning about the two sons and the evil tenants, we now hear about the royal wed­ding […]
UPDATE ON COVID -19 PROTOCOLS

UPDATE ON COVID -19 PROTOCOLS

Diocese of Hamilton, October 7, 2020 Dear Parishioners: Given the recent rise in numbers of those who have recently contracted the COVID-19 Virus, and what appears to be the beginning of a second wave of infections, it is opportune to remind everyone of the protocols in force in our churches in the Diocese of Hamilton. […]
Sunday, October 4, at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, October 4, at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends, This Sunday greets us with the Parable of the Vineyard Owner, as we celebrate the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.                “In a little less than two months we will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent. As we approach the feast of Christ the King and the end of this liturgical year, our readings […]
Sunday, September 27 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, September 27 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends, We are approaching the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the last Sunday in the month of September, when we hear the Gospel parable about two sons. I invite you to ponder the following reflection.                “The teenage daughter said that she was staying out late and not to expect her home until midnight. […]
Sunday Homily, September 20, 2020

Sunday Homily, September 20, 2020

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle Aby Fr. Claude Perera, OMI Readings: First Reading: Isaiah 55:6-9 My Ways Are not Your Ways. Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145:2-3,8-9,17-18 The Lord is Near to Those Who Call on Him. Second Reading: Philippians 1:20c-24,27a For Paul both Living and Dying Was to Be ith Christ. Gospel Reading: Matthew 20:1-16 […]
“Let us return to the Eucharist with joy!”

“Let us return to the Eucharist with joy!”

Letter on the celebration of the liturgy during and after the Covid-19 pandemic to the Presidents of the Episcopal Conferences of the Catholic Church The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has sent a letter to the presidents of Episcopal Conferences on celebrating the liturgy during and after the pandemic. The […]
Sunday, September 20 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, September 20 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends, In preparation for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, I invite you to spend some time pondering the Gospel that will be read in the liturgy this Sunday, which is the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard.                “Jesus was a master teacher. His parables inspired and they were remembered in part […]
Sunday Homily, September 13, 2020

Sunday Homily, September 13, 2020

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle Aby Fr. Claude Perera, OMI Readings First Reading: Sirach 27:30—28:9 To expect God’s mercy, one must show mercy to others. Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 103:1-4,9-12 In praise of God who is kind and merciful. Second Reading: Romans 14:7-9 Both in life and death, we belong to the Lord Gospel Reading: […]
Sunday, September 13 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, September 13 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends,                This Sunday we celebrate the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the Gospel we hear Peter come to Jesus with a question about forgiveness. In preparation for Sunday Mass, I invite you ponder the following reflection.                “Though chapter 13 in Matthew is commonly known as the “parables chapter,” for the seven […]
Additional resources and information for First Reconciliation and First Communion

Additional resources and information for First Reconciliation and First Communion

Dear Children and Families, We are so looking forward to seeing you over the next few weeks for the celebrations of your First Reconciliation and First Communion!  For those families who have chosen not to have their children participate in the sacraments this fall, please disregard this message. We would like to provide you with […]
Sunday Homily, September 6, 2020

Sunday Homily, September 6, 2020

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle Aby Fr. Claude Perera, OMI Readings First Reading: Ezekiel 33:7-9 The Son of Man Is Appointed the Guardian Over Israel. Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 95:1-2,6-9 Praising God for the Gift of Salvation. Second Reading: Romans 13:8-10 The Commandment to Love One’s Neighbor as Oneself Is the Summary of the Law […]
Sunday, September 6 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, September 6 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends, We are at the beginning of the month of September when things normally would begin to pick up in regard to parish activities, but this year may be much different than before. As we approach the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, I invite you to enter into our celebration by pondering the readings […]
Sunday Homily, August 30, 2020

Sunday Homily, August 30, 2020

By Deacon John Girolami Last week I met a family who were bringing their little daughter to church to be baptized. She was maybe 6 months old. She wore a pretty little white dress and little shoes and around her neck she wore a cross. She would soon be a Christian. With that she would […]
Update – 1st Communion Celebrations at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Update – 1st Communion Celebrations at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Parents,We hope that you and your families are all doing well. This is a follow-up to the initial information that went out a couple of weeks ago regarding the upcoming celebrations of First Reconciliation and First Communion for your child/children. Since that time, some families have expressed their preference to wait until a later […]
Sunday, August 30 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, August 30 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends,  And so we come to the conclusion of the month of August. This summer many of us, including myself, did not have a chance to go away to visit our families and relatives due to the obvious, but hopefully we have still had the chance to slow down and enjoy this beautiful season. […]
Sunday Homily, August 23, 2020

Sunday Homily, August 23, 2020

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle AFr. Claude Perera, OMI First Reading: Isaiah 22:19-23 Deposing of Shebna from His Office and Substituting Him with Eliakim Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 138:1-3,6,8 In Praise of God’s Steadfast Love Second Reading: Romans 11:33-36 Paul Praises Divine Wisdom. Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:13-20 Peter’s Confession of Jesus as Messiah and His […]
Novena in preparation for the School Year 2020-2021

Novena in preparation for the School Year 2020-2021

Introduction We begin our Novena with the Gospel of Jesus and the woman at the well. The story of a woman whose own encounter with the Lord is so transforming that she is compelled to tell her whole community. Many came to believe because of her testimony. This is the story of Catholic Education in […]
Sunday, August 23 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, August 23 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends, The summer months are passing so quickly as we find ourselves already in the second half of August. This Sunday we celebrate the 21stSunday in Ordinary Time, where our focus is on St. Peter’s profession of faith.  “In today’s gospel Jesus asks his disciples to report on the rumors and gossip of the […]
Sunday Homily, August 16, 2020

Sunday Homily, August 16, 2020

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle ABy Fr. Claude Perera, OMI Readings: First Reading: Isaiah 56:1,6-7 Salvation Is for All. Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 67:2-3,5 6,8Corporate Act of Thanksgiving of the Whole Humanity for the Gift of Salvation                                                                          Second Reading: Romans 11:13-15,29-32 God’s Irrevocable Grace to Israel and Gentiles as well. Gospel Reading: Matthew 15:21-28 Healing […]
Sunday, August 16 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, August 16 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends,  Wow, we are already in the middle of the month of August and the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time is upon us.  As we are preparing for the celebration of the Sunday Mass as a parish community, I invite you to ponder the Gospel of this Sunday and the reflection that is provided […]
1st Communion Celebrations at St. Francis Xavier Parish

1st Communion Celebrations at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Parents of our Grade 3 students,Greetings to you and your families. I hope you have been well during this difficult time. I’m sure it has been a time of much upheaval for you in many ways. We have certainly experienced this at the parish as well. As you know, last year’s Grade 2s did […]
Sunday Homily, August 9, 2020

Sunday Homily, August 9, 2020

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle ABy Fr. Claude Perera, OMI Readings First Reading: 1 Kings 19:9a,11-13a The Lord mMkes Himself Known to Elijah in Silence. Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 85:9-14 A Prayer for Peace Second Reading: Romans 9:1-5 Privileges of the Israelites Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus Walking on Water Background on the Gospel Reading […]
Sunday, August 9 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, August 9 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends,                We are in the middle of the summer months already! This Sunday we celebrate the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and the Gospel presents us with the story of Christ walking on the water. “The episode in the gospel appears in two other gospel accounts, but Matthew has a unique version of […]
Sunday Homily, August 2, 2020

Sunday Homily, August 2, 2020

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A.by Fr. Claude Perera, OMI Readings First Reading: Isaiah 55:1-3 An Invitation to the Banquet of True Life Vs. Worthless Things Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145:8-9,15-18 God’s Providential Care for His People. Second Reading: Romans 8:35,37-39 What Can Separate Us from the Love of Christ? Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:13-21 Miracle […]
Sunday, August 2 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, August 2 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends, We are already in the middle of summer months (almost) and this weekend we celebrate the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time. “After three weeks of hearing Jesus preach and teach in parables, we now move into the next chapter of Matthew’s gospel, one in which Jesus performs the miracle of the multiplication of […]
Sunday Homily, July 26, 2020

Sunday Homily, July 26, 2020

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A: Sunday, July 26, 2020 The First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5,7-12 Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom The Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 119:57,72,76-77,127-130 The Law of the Lord Is of Highest Esteem. The Second Gospel Reading: Romans 8:28-30 God Predestined Us to Be Conformed to the Image of His Son. The Gospel Reading: […]
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, July 26, 2020 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends,We are at the end of the month of July, and in the liturgy this Sunday we celebrate the 17th Sunday in the Ordinary Time.  “Today’s reading gives us the third Sunday in a row where we hear from Mat­thew’s chapter on parables. Seven parables of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew appear in […]
Sunday Homily, July 19, 2020

Sunday Homily, July 19, 2020

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle Aby Fr. Claude Perera, OMI Theme: Humanly Incomprehensible Mercy of God Who Gives Evildoers Time to Repent Readings: First Reading: Wisdom 12:13,16-19 Philanthropy of God. Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 86:5-6,9-10,15-16 A Plea for God’s Mercy Second Reading: Romans 8:26-27 The Spirit Intercedes on Our Behalf. Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:24-43 (shorter […]
Sunday, July 19, 2020 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, July 19, 2020 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

This Sunday is the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time as we have entered the second half of the month of July. “The shorter gospel reading today is about the weeds and the wheat, whereas the longer reading includes other parables. The parable of the weeds and the wheat occurs only in Matthew. No other gospel […]
Sunday, July 12 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, July 12 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

This Sunday, July 12, is the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and in the Gospel of St. Matthew we read the beautiful Parable of the Sower. “In the middle of summer, we continue reading from the Gospel of Matthew (Cycle A). Today we begin chapter 13, sometimes referred to as the chapter on parables, for […]
Sunday Homily, July 5, 2020

Sunday Homily, July 5, 2020

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Cycle Aby Fr. Claude Perera Readings: First Reading: Zechariah 9:9-10 Messiah Will Come to Reign in Zion in a Humble Manner. Second Reading: Romans 8:9,11-13 The Need to Live according to the Spirit, and not according to the Flesh. Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:25-30 Jesus Thanks the Father, for Revealing Himself […]
Sunday, July 5, 2020 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, July 5, 2020 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear friends, The image of a yoke is often lost on us in our modern culture: It’s that wooden crosspiece that harnesses oxen and other beasts of burden and keeps them together as they plough a field or haul goods. In today’s Gospel, it is the central image Jesus uses to invite us into union […]
Sunday Homily, June 28, 2020

Sunday Homily, June 28, 2020

Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle Aby Fr. Claude Perera, OMI Readings: First Reading: 2 Kings 4:8-11,14-16a Hospitality Given to Elisha Rewarded Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 89:2-3,16-19 Hymn of Infinite Praise of the Soul That Experienced God’s Benevolence Second Reading: Romans 6:3-4,8-11 At Baptism We Died and Rose with Christ. Gospel Reading: Matthew 10:37-42 The Cost […]
Sunday, June 28, 2020 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, June 28, 2020 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

This Sunday, June 28, is the thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, and in the Gospel reading Jesus tells his apostles that “whoever does not take up his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me”. Once again Jesus discusses the challenge of living the Gospel. Faithful discipleship comes with demands. But we are […]
Sunday Homily, June 21, 2020

Sunday Homily, June 21, 2020

Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle A: by Fr. Claude Perera Readings: First Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13 Jeremiah surrounded by enemies expresses confidence in the Lord. Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 69:8-10,14,17,33-35 God hears the pleas of the distressed. Second Reading: Romans 5:12-15 Sin and death came into the world through one man; salvation also  came through one […]
Sunday, June 21, at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Sunday, June 21, at St. Francis Xavier Parish

This Sunday, June 21, the Church celebrates the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time. “It’s nearly the end of June and we are celebrating “Ordinary Time,” the Twelfth Sunday of such. Easter is over; Pentecost and the feasts that follow have concluded. Now we enter the liturgical period wherein we will read primarily from the Gospel […]
Some details about returning to Mass at our parish

Some details about returning to Mass at our parish

As we prepare to re-open our church this week, I would like to request that all parishioners who are considering coming to the church for Mass please review the letter from Bishop Crosby that was shared earlier this week that you can access in the News tab on this site. Below is a summary of […]
Sunday Homily, June 14, 2020

Sunday Homily, June 14, 2020

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ 2020 by Deacon John Girolami                             The Hunger of Man – the food that satisfies. For the past 3 months, our church here at St Francis has sounded her bells at 9 am, noon, 3 and 6 pm. every day. Since I live close to the church, […]
Letter to Parishioners, June 10, 2020

Letter to Parishioners, June 10, 2020

B I S H O P  of  H A M I L T O N June 10, 2020 Dear Parishioners: Thank you for your patience during these difficult times, and for your support of your Pastors and Parishes. The Premier of Ontario recently announced that all churches in the Province of Ontario are permitted to […]
Plans for reopening the Church

Plans for reopening the Church

Dear friends “As you are aware, Premier Doug Ford announced that all churches in the Province of Ontario are permitted to open for prayer and worship. In order to ensure that our churches are prepared to open for personal prayer and for Mass, according to the 30% capacity seating restriction, churches in the Diocese of […]
Knights of Columbus Founder Father Michael McGivney Moves Closer to Sainthood

Knights of Columbus Founder Father Michael McGivney Moves Closer to Sainthood

The Vatican announced that Pope Francis approved the promulgation of a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, a Connecticut priest who served his flock during the pandemic of 1890, before himself becoming ill and dying of pneumonia. The pope’s action […]
Knights of Columbus – Open House

Knights of Columbus – Open House

You and your spouse are cordially invited to join us for our council’s Fraternal Benefit’s Night at:June 18, 2020 – 7PM to 8:15PM in Zoom:  https://zoom.us/j/98103244392 Our events are typically well-attended, and seating is limited, so please guarantee your space now by RSVP. Come learn how the Knights of Columbus can protect your family financially! […]
Sunday Homily, June 7, 2020

Sunday Homily, June 7, 2020

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Cycle A; by Fr. Claude Perera Readings: First Reading: Exodus 34:4b-6,8-9 Moses begs God’s forgiveness for the sinful people on Mt. Sinai. Responsorial Psalm: Daniel 3:52-56 Glory and praise to God forever Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Paul exhorts the Corinthians to live in peace so that the […]
On Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

On Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XII HAURIETIS AQUAS ON DEVOTION TO THE SACRED HEART May 15, 1956 Venerable Brethren: Health and Apostolic Benediction. 1. “You shall draw waters with joy out of the Savior’s fountain.”(1) These words by which the prophet Isaias, using highly significant imagery, foretold the manifold and abundant gifts of God which the […]
Sunday Homily, May 31, 2020

Sunday Homily, May 31, 2020

Pentecost Sunday, Cycle A: Sunday, by Fr. Claude Perera First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11 The Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 104:1,24,29-31,34 Spirit Will Renew the Face of the Earth. Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13 The Holy Spirit Unites All in Christ Jesus. Gospel Reading: John […]
Email-“Flock”

Email-“Flock”

Dear Parishioners, Greetings to you all. I hope you are staying well and healthy. As it now appears that this period of being unable to gather together for Masses and other parish events will be lasting longer than it was initially thought, I am hoping to create an email directory which myself and our parish […]
Sunday Homily, May 24, 2020

Sunday Homily, May 24, 2020

The Ascension of the Lord, Cycle A, by Fr. Claude Perera First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11 Lucan Account of the Ascension of Jesus in the Acts of the Apostles Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 47:2-3,6-9 Sing praises to God Who Has Gone up. Second Reading: Ephesians 1:17-23 God Raised Jesus up from the Death and […]
Pope Francis adds feast of Saint Faustina to Roman Calendar

Pope Francis adds feast of Saint Faustina to Roman Calendar

Pope Francis makes the feast of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska an optional memorial for the universal Church, celebrated on 5 October. By Vatican News The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a decree on Monday, 18 May, inscribing the celebration of Saint Maria Faustina (Helena) Kowalska, virgin, in the General Roman […]
St. Eugene de Mazenod, Bishop of Marseilles

St. Eugene de Mazenod, Bishop of Marseilles

St. Eugene de Mazenod, Bishop of Marseilles (1782 – 1861): The Founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) by Dr. Claude Perera, OMI Early Life French Nobleman, the President of the Parliament of Aix-en-Provence and to Marie-Rose Joannis of the French bourgeois merchantry had a son on 01.08.1782 at Aix-en-Provence, […]
Sunday Homily, May 17, 2020

Sunday Homily, May 17, 2020

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Cycle A by Fr. Claude Perera First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 8:5-8,14-17 Philp Converting the people of Samaria Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 66:1-7,16,20 Shout Joyfully to God, All the Earth. Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:15-18 Be Ready to Defend Your Faith Convictions. Gospel Reading: John 14:15-21 Jesus promises to Send His […]
Our Lady of Fátima

Our Lady of Fátima

Written by Fr. Claude Perera The Time of the Apparitions: May 13 – Oct 13, 1917 Ecclesiastical Approval: On Oct 13, 1930 by Bishop JosŽ Alves Correia da Silva, Diocese of Leiria, Portugal Feast Day: May 13 ************ In the early spring of 1916, three shepherd children named Lúcia  dos Santos (nine years old) and […]
Sunday Homily, May 10, 2020

Sunday Homily, May 10, 2020

Fifth Sunday of Easter, Cycle ABy Fr. Claude Perera First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7 The Choice of the Seven Deacons for the Distribution of Food among the Poor Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5,18-19 Those Who Trust in God Are Shown Mercy by Him. Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-9 You are a Chosen Race, […]
Virtual National March for Life, May 10-15, 2020

Virtual National March for Life, May 10-15, 2020

2020 Virtual National March for Life Week kicks off this Sunday. As you have probably already heard, this year, we’re bringing the National March for Life from the streets of Ottawa to the comfort of your own homes with our first ever Virtual National March for Life, which kicks off this Sunday night! We hope you will […]
Interreligious dialogue

Interreligious dialogue

Dr. Claude Perera, OMI, BTh (Pontifical Urban University, Rome; LSS, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome; PhD and DD, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; Masters in Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka PART 1 Buddha Founder of Buddhism: His Life and Teachings On the full moon day of May (this year on 07.05.2020), Buddhists world over […]
Sunday Homily, May 3, 2020

Sunday Homily, May 3, 2020

Fourth Sunday of Easter, Cycle A, May 3, 2020 by Deacon John Girolami First reading: Acts 2. 14a, 36b-41 Responsorial Psalm: 23.1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 Second Reading: 1 Peter 2. 20b-25 Gospel: John 10. 1-10 Homily Today we celebrate the world day of prayer for vocations to ordained ministry and religious life. I would normally […]
St. Joseph, the Worker (May 1)

St. Joseph, the Worker (May 1)

By Fr. Claude Perera The feast of St. Joseph the Worker which falls on the first of May is only to an optional memorial or a memorial in the Catholic liturgical calendar. On the other hand, today is also the beginning of the May devotions to the Mother of God. In many parts of the […]
Catholic Education Week 2020

Catholic Education Week 2020

Message for Catholic Education Week The theme of this year’s Catholic Education Week is “Igniting Hope”. Even in the midst of difficulty, we are a people of hope – hope for the world, hope for the future, hope rooted in Christ. We all need hope. As we look around us, we see many struggles and […]
Consecration of Canada to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Consecration of Canada to the Blessed Virgin Mary

At the invitation of our Bishop, who will consecrate our Diocese this Friday, May 1st, we are encouraged to consecrate ourselves and our families to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, as we pray for her maternal protection during this pandemic. Please use the text provided below.Fr. Mariusz Prayer of Consecration Most Blessed […]
Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis  to the Faithful for the Month of May 2020

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Faithful for the Month of May 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to […]
Fr. Martin’s 40th Anniversary of Ordination

Fr. Martin’s 40th Anniversary of Ordination

This coming Sunday, May 3rd, is the 40th anniversary of the ordination of our former pastor, Fr. Martin Vallely.To give his past and present parishioners the opportunity to express their congratulations and celebrate this great milestone with him, but still ensure that the required social distancing measures are being observed, a drive-by procession has been […]
Catholic Bishops Consecrate Canada and the United States to Mary, Mother of the Church

Catholic Bishops Consecrate Canada and the United States to Mary, Mother of the Church

On Friday 1 May 2020, the Catholic Bishops of Canada will consecrate their individual dioceses or eparchies to Mary, Mother of the Church, seeking her protection during the Coronavirus pandemic, similar to what other Episcopal Conferences throughout the world have already done. Along with the Bishops, pastors, families, groups, individuals and other faith communities may […]
Sunday Homily, April 26, 2020

Sunday Homily, April 26, 2020

Third Sunday of Easter, Cycle A, April 26, 2020 by Fr. Claude PereraFirst Reading: Acts 2:14,22-33 Peter with the other Apostles interpret the Jesus event.Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-11 God will show us the path of life.Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-21 Christ’s paschal sacrifice saved Christians.Gospel Reading: Luke 24:13-35 Jesus encounters the two disciples on the […]
Do you have 38.05 minutes to spare?

Do you have 38.05 minutes to spare?

My dear friends, today I watched this interesting video from Bishop Barron and I would like to invite all of you to see it. Fr. Mariusz “Jesus has naturally been a key person of interest for Western thought, but over the last few hundred years, there have been some major shifts in what scholars describe […]
Sunday Homily – April 19, 2020

Sunday Homily – April 19, 2020

Second Sunday of Easter, Cycle A (Sunday of Divine Mercy) by Fr. Claude Perera First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 2:42-47 The first community of Christians that cared for one another prays together and its membership increases Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24 God’s love is everlasting. Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9 The new hope that Jesus’ […]
Easter Message

Easter Message

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” (Luke 24:5) Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Greetings in the name of the Risen Lord Jesus! This Easter message arrives amidst the seemingly unending news cycle we have all experienced over the past weeks. At times, despite […]
Easter Sunday Homily – April 12, 2020

Easter Sunday Homily – April 12, 2020

Easter Sunday Morning Mass homily by Fr. Claude Perera First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 10:34a,37-43 An Early Proclamation (= Kerygma) of Peter about Jesus’ Life, Death, and Resurrection. Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23 Rejoice in This Day of the Lord. Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8 Col 3:1-4: Those Raised by Christ at […]
Good Friday Homily – April 10, 2020

Good Friday Homily – April 10, 2020

Good Friday homily by Fr. Claude Perera First Reading: Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12 (Fourth Song of the Suffering Servant of the Lord) Responsorial Psalm: Ps 31:2-6, 12-13, 15-17, 25 (David facing a death-threat from his own son Absalom) Response: “My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?” – Luke 23:46) Second Reading: Hebrews 4:14-16; […]
Holy Thursday Homily – April 9, 2020

Holy Thursday Homily – April 9, 2020

Holy (Maundy) Thursday by Fr. Claude Perera First Reading: Exodus 12: 1-8, 11-14 How the first Passover was celebrated by the Israelite slaves led by Moses who were about to leave Egypt Second Reading:1 Corinthians 11: 23-26 St. Paul narrates to the Corinthians the early Apostolic tradition about the Last Supper of Jesus during which […]
Paschal Triduum at St. Francis Xavier Church

Paschal Triduum at St. Francis Xavier Church

Below is our schedule for Sacred Triduum Masses and other Liturgies which will be livestreamed and/or posted on our YouTube channel. Please click on the picture below. Thursday, April 9, 2020 Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:00 PM, livestreamed* Friday, April 10, 2020 Good Friday, Solemn Liturgy – 3:00 PM, livestreamed*Stations of […]
Learn the Bible in a Month with Jeff Cavins LIVE.

Learn the Bible in a Month with Jeff Cavins LIVE.

Thursday, April 8 at 8 PM ET — Join Jeff Cavins for Session Four of the Bible in a Month on Ascension LIVE. Where: Live on Ascension’s Facebook page, right here. (You do not need a Facebook account to tune in! Simply visit our Facebook page at 8 PM ET, and you’ll see Jeff Cavins speaking live on video.)   Mark […]
Sunday Homily – April 5, 2020

Sunday Homily – April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord (Passion Sunday) by Fr. Claude Perera Gospel Read at the Procession with Palms: Matthew 21:1-11 Jesus entered Jerusalem as the crowd waved palm branches, shouting, “Hosanna!” First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7 The Suffering Servant of the Lord will stand firm, even when persecuted. Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 22:8-9,17-20,23-24 A […]
The Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross

Bishop Barron has recorded and released his reflections on the Stations of the Cross, an ancient Christian devotion that draws us into the spiritual space of Jesus’ suffering and death. These beautiful and powerful video reflections are the perfect free resource for this upcoming Holy Week.
Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

In this week’s Encountering the Word video Jeff Cavins discusses the readings for Palm Sunday, reflecting on the Tree of Life and Jesus being sentenced to death: At The Procession With Palms: Matthew 21:1-11 First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11 Verse Before the Gospel: Philippians 2:8-9 […]
Sunday Homily – March 29, 2020

Sunday Homily – March 29, 2020

Reflection on the Readings of the Fifth Sunday in Lent Year “A” by Fr. Claude Perera The First Reading Ezekiel 37:12-14 God will restore the exiled nation of Israel who were living an experience of death. The Responsorial Psalm Psalm 130:1-8 With the Lord is forgiveness and mercy. The Second Reading Romans 8:8-11 Paul contraposes […]
Spiritual Communion

Spiritual Communion

Spiritual communion was defined by St Thomas Aquinas as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Holy Sacrament and a loving embrace as though we had already received Him”. In the present context it means for most of us not receiving the Blessed Sacrament physically.  The following prayer might be useful in making a […]
Urbi et Orbi Blessing

Urbi et Orbi Blessing

On Friday, March 27, 2020, Pope Francis presided over a moment of prayer at the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.  He invited everyone to participate in this prayer by means of communication.  The celebration consisted of readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  At the conclusion of […]
A Message from Development and Peace: Update on 2020 Share Lent Campaign

A Message from Development and Peace: Update on 2020 Share Lent Campaign

As the global human family faces the COVID-19 pandemic, Development and Peace — Caritas Canada wishes its members, donors and partner organizations the best of health and resilience. Our thoughts are especially with communities of the Global South whose hardships are compounded by this crisis. A virtual campaign During this difficult time, the need to […]
A Faithful Response to  Canceled Masses amid COVID-19

A Faithful Response to Canceled Masses amid COVID-19

by Taylor Tripodi I was driving to daily Mass at the Cathedral in Cleveland a few days ago when I got the call from my mom who painfully related the message that Mass is to be suspended indefinitely in our area, with most dioceses in the country issuing similar mandates and dispensations for our Sunday […]
Invitation to Pray

Invitation to Pray

During these Lenten days, and mindful of all who are affected by the COVID-19 Virus, we are called to be more fervent in prayer.  Since we are not able to gather publicly for prayer at this time, we are encouraged to pray with our families in our homes, our “domestic” churches, and to draw on […]
Decree regarding Holy Week and the Celebration of the Paschal Triduum

Decree regarding Holy Week and the Celebration of the Paschal Triduum

“Having reviewed the Decree: In Time of COV/D-19, issued by mandate of Pope Francis and published by the Offices of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (Prot. N. 153/20) on March 19, 2020, I, Douglas Crosby, OMI, hereby decree the following to be observed during Holy Week and the Sacred […]
Church Bells For Healthcare Workers

Church Bells For Healthcare Workers

From Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, OMI “The bells of the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton will ring out each day at 9:00 a.m.; 12 Noon; 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to invite parishioners … and all who hear the bells … to pray (an “Our Father”) for our healthcare workers dealing with […]
Sunday Homily – March 22, 2020

Sunday Homily – March 22, 2020

Homily for the Fourth Sunday in Lent – Fr. Claude Understanding the Readings of the Fourth Sunday in Lent: Cycle A First Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1b,6-7,10-13a Samuel chooses David the youngest son of Jesse and anoints him king. Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23:1-6 The Lord is my shepherd. Second Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14 Paul exhorts Ephesians are […]
Pray the rosary LIVE with thousands of Catholics around the world

Pray the rosary LIVE with thousands of Catholics around the world

Pope Francis has invited all Catholics to pray the Rosary together at the same time for a swift end to the Coronavirus pandemic.  The time he has invited Catholics to pray is 9 p.m. Rome time, which is 4 p.m. for the Eastern United States (3 p.m. Central, 2 p.m. Mountain, 1 p.m. Pacific). Please […]
A resource to deepen your prayer life during this time of distancing

A resource to deepen your prayer life during this time of distancing

Brothers and sisters, This is an incredibly busy and challenging time. With many businesses, schools, and parishes suspending services, we wanted to share a digital faith resource that can help us stay connected during this time of social distancing. Hallow is a Catholic prayer and meditation app that guides users in deepening their relationship with […]
Bishop’s Letters

Bishop’s Letters

“Many  years  ago,  when  I  was  Bishop  in  Labrador,  I  was aware that parishioners  in  smaller  more  isolated  villages  did  not  have  access  to  the  Eucharist  for  several months  at  a  time. It is still the reality there today. We can learn from them.  Pray the Rosary – it is a powerful prayer and a […]
Canonization of John Henry Cardinal Newman

Canonization of John Henry Cardinal Newman

In anticipation of John Henry Newman’s canonization that took place on Sunday, October 13, 2019 Bishop Barron’s John Henry Newman: The Convert film is FREE to watch for a limited time! In this beautiful feature length film, travel through England where Newman left his mark and sparked an English Catholic revival.
Formed

Formed

Many parishes in the Hamilton Diocese are subscribed to the exciting new online platform, FORMED.org. This “Catholic version of Netflix” can be streamed to your TV or mobile device and contains some of the best
Church Library

Church Library

The Church Library located in the Narthex of our church for your use!  Take a look!  There are many books that will help inspire you in your faith and help you to learn more. Take a few minutes after Mass to check it out!
Marian Prayer Garden

Marian Prayer Garden

Give the gift of everlasting love… Purchase a brick paver with the name of your loved one who has passed away, honour your parents on their special birthday or anniversary with a stone that lasts forever. Or keep your own family name alive in a garden that will be seen for years to come.

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