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June 20, 2021

From the Desk of our Rector

On behalf of you I want to express my gratitude to Fr. Peter Amszej who will be leaving us at the end of June. Given the pandemic protocols he hasn’t encountered many of us except from the nose up. He has only been here a year but I have enjoyed getting to know him and work with him. He has served well in very difficult times and his sense of humour, patience and adaptability have been examples to imitate. While taking part in parish ministry he has also offered to be a parish connection with students in our Catholic Schools that operate online. Overhearing him speak to the students and listening to his homilies have encouraged me to look at things from a different perspective.  

Happy Father’s Day to our Dads!   It is always great to honour those at different stages of fatherhood. We celebrate those who are engaged with the growth of their children providing wisdom and reassurance. Some of you fill the role of father in the lives of other people’s children who are dealing with the loss of a father in their lives either through death, absence, or a strained relationship. We can think of fathers going through difficult times. We remember them all. You are prayed for, valued and loved.  May those who have died rest in God’s loving embrace forever and may those among us know they are loved by God. 

This past week the daily Mass readings included three from the Season of Lent. On Wednesday we heard the Gospel from Ash Wednesday. It signified for me everything we committed ourselves to in Lent is worthy of our attention every day of the year. Lent is a time for those preparing for Baptism to enter into a time of intense preparation while the rest of us renew our original baptismal commitment. What then were/are we encouraged to look at? We are invited to let our prayer become a daily practice of friendship with God, check that our charity will rid us of clutter while avoiding any desire to be praised while letting God’s love for us be imitated. Our regular fasting and voluntary self-denial will sharpen our appetite for God. Growth in the spiritual life is about changing – not overnight but gradually once you and I have made the decision to do it. Lent helped us  take an honest look at things in life…things that really need looking at, need attention, need letting go, things that need changing, reconciling and healing.  Every day when we wake God is calling us. And each day we are encouraged to listen. Ash Wednesday was 122 days ago. How am I doing? Am I still listening? Is my listening leading me to action? 


Fr. Jim Mockler


The Boat, the Storm, the Church, and Us

“During these Sundays we are reading from Mark’s gospel. In his gospel he brings the reader through a process by which the real identity of Jesus is gradually revealed.

In today’s passage he tells his disciples to cross over in a boat to the opposite shore of the Lake of Galilee. They get into the boat and, we are told, there were some other boats accompanying them. The Gospel also says they left the crowd behind them. The crowds frequently gather around Jesus but they are not really numbered among his followers. They listen to him, they marvel at his miracles but they are at the most only potential followers. They are never really with him. To which group do I belong: the inner circle committed to being with Jesus or just a hanger-on seeing what I can pick up for myself?

We can read the Gospel as a kind of parable or allegory of the Church and especially of the early Church but also of the Church in many places in our own time. We can see the boat, here and in other parts of the Gospel, as symbolising the Church. And in fact, as was mentioned above, there are a number of boats, representing the different churches or church communities in different places. Each one has to deal with its problems in its own way. In one boat are the disciples of Jesus and Jesus is with them. The water all around them represents the world. The Church then was like a small, fragile boat in a huge and often hostile world. Sometimes storms broke out and threatened the boat-Church. The early – and also the subsequent – Church suffered many persecutions and movements determined to wipe it out.

And, in such confused and frightening situations these small church communities must have been tempted to ask: where is Jesus? He seemed to be so far away; he seemed to be asleep; he did not seem to care what was happening to them. Nevertheless, their communities continued to exist. In their prayers they realised that Jesus was still with them. And then they began to experience an inner peace. They came to realise that the storm was not in the sea but in their own fears and anxieties. The peace, too, was in their own hearts. Because the world around them was still the same, it had not changed, it continued to persecute and oppress them. It was they themselves who had changed and had regained their confidence and trust in Jesus’ care for them.

Perhaps we at this time in our lives or in our society are experiencing some kind of fear or anxiety. Maybe we see some threats looming on our horizon. We badly need the peace of Jesus. Very often we have no control over the political and social developments of our society; we have little or no control over what other people are doing. But, no matter what we are experiencing, we can – with the help of Jesus – find peace. It is the peace which only he can give. And it is a peace which no person and no thing can take away from us.”


Excerpt from Living Space, Commentaries on the Daily Readings, 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time (www.sacredspace.ie).


The full commentary can be found here.

The Church with Open Doors


"The Church too must be a large room.

Not a small and closed circle,

but a community with arms wide open, welcoming to all.


Let us ask ourselves this question:

when someone approaches who is hurting,

who has made a mistake, who has gone astray in life,

is the Church, this Church,

a room large enough to welcome this person

and lead him or her to the joy of an encounter with Christ?


Let us not forget that the Eucharist is meant to nourish

those who are weary and hungry along the way.


A Church of the pure and perfect

is a room with no place for anyone.

On the other hand, a Church with open doors,

that gathers and celebrates around Christ,

is a large room where everyone – everyone,

the righteous and sinners – can enter."


Excerpt from Pope Francis’ homily on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, June 6, 2021.


The full homily can be found here.









from Fr. Peter Amszej

Dear friends,


Let me begin with a little passage detailing a conversation between Frodo and Gandalf from "The Fellowship of the Ring" by J.R.R. Tolkien:


“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”


If I had been told at some point that I would be spending ten months serving at the cathedral and had been asked what I would wish that time to be like, I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't have said "I'd really like that ten months to be adversely affected by the restrictions of a worldwide pandemic!" Alas, they were. But, I trust that, when I look back on these last ten months, I'll focus on what I was able to do with this time rather than what I wasn't able to do.


So, in that spirit, I just want to say Thank You to Fr. Jim and the whole team here at the cathedral for making this time as fruitful as possible. I pray that Fr. Chris will find "the time" more amenable to using his many gifts here in ministry.


And, as I depart to further investigate this "Capuchin thing" that God may be calling

me towards, I ask for your prayers that I might use this time of discernment well!



God bless,

Fr. Peter


National Indigenous History Month

In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month to recognize the history, heritage, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of our Indigenous sisters and brothers. As we continue to educate and understand our rich history of the Indigenous people in Canada, there are a number of resources, activities, and virtual events taking place on this day and throughout the month of June. Click here to access.


Annual Sherlock Lecture

The Office of Campus Ministry at King's University College will be hosting this year's Canadian Catholic Campus Ministry conference virtually. A part of the conference that will be open to the public is the Annual Sherlock Lecture; this year's lecture is entitled “Maybe you shouldn’t let Jesus ask you questions.” Join University of Notre Dame theology professor and author, Dr. Leonard DeLorenzo, to consider the disturbing, renewing, and potentially transformative power of the questions Jesus asks in the Gospels. The lecture series is named in honour of Bishop John Michael Sherlock, ninth Bishop of London and first Episcopal Liaison to the CCCM. The lecture will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, June 23 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and advance registration is required through this link. You will then receive an e-mail with info on how to connect to the lecture.


We have Re-Opened… Again!

With the surprise announcement last week by the government that included churches as part of Step One of the Re-Opening Plan, we welcomed back many of our parishioners and visitors last weekend and daily mass this past Wednesday. Let’s hope and pray this will be the last time we have to say “re-open”!

If you are planning on returning to in person worship, a reminder that though many of you have received your 1st and in some cases 2nd dose of your vaccine, all of our previous protocols are still in place and must continue to be strictly adhered to by everyone. We ask for your cooperation with our hard working volunteers in completing the self assessment at home, screening when entering, hand sanitising, use of masks at all times, following directions of our volunteers for movement keeping 6 feet physical distancing at all times, and communion protocol (exchange of dialogue from 6 feet, step forward to receive, step to the side 6 feet, remove mask to consume, replace mask, return to your seat).

Reservations for the weekend masses are open every Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00a.m.-12:00 p.m. by phone or online. The doors to the church will open 30 minutes before Mass. A reminder that all those with reservations must arrive no later then 15 minutes before mass for registration, pre-screening check, and seating. Arriving late may result in your seat being given away to those arriving without a reservation. Those arriving without a reservation are not guaranteed a seat.

Wednesday Daily Mass continues to be on a first come, first serve basis, no reservation is required.

Welcome Back!


Volunteers Needed-It’s Your Turn

Since our 1st re-opening last year, we have a dedicated team of 60+ volunteers come forward to assist in being able to celebrate our weekday and weekend masses, as well as baptisms, weddings, funerals, and other celebrations. Without them, none of this would be possible. If you are coming regularly or now beginning to return to in person worship, we can always use more volunteers to assist with greeting, registration, seating, providing direction in movement, and sanitising. Please consider how you can assist in our ongoing efforts to provide a safe environment to all those attending our celebrations. Please contact Cathryn Hall for more information.


St. Vincent de Paul

This past May, your parish St. Vincent de Paul Society made calls to 69 adults and 11 children in need who live in our midst, distributing $2950 in grocery gift cards. Its your prayers and financial contributions that have made this possible; both are greatly appreciated. Some of our neighbours would be going hungry if it weren't for your generosity.


Parish Trivia Night Hosted by the Knights of Columbus

You're invited to this virtual event using Zoom. Friday June 25th at 7 pm. Re-connect with fellow parishioners. We will feature General Knowledge questions. Door prizes available.

Please visit www.StPetersKnights.ca to register. Deadline is Thursday June 24th.


Year of St. Joseph Novena

In keeping with the celebration of the “Year of Saint Joseph”, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops National Liturgy Office has composed a Novena and an Act of Entrustment to Saint Joseph. The Novena begins on June 22 and ends on June 30, and is followed by the Act of Entrustment. Begin the Novena here.


Parking Available

St. Peter's has monthly day parking available in our North parking lot. The cost is $120/month which is substantially below our competitors in the area. Please email or call at basilica@dol.ca or 519-432-3475.


We remember in prayer all those who are sick.

We also pray for those who have died; and comfort those who mourn.

We pray for those serving in pastoral ministry throughout our diocese:

Deacon Dennis Rivest; Deacon George Sebok;

Mrs. Annette Donovan-Panchaud, Pastoral Minister;

Rev. Greg Blonde; Rev. Lucio Couto;

St. Vincent de Paul Society Volunteers


Requested Mass Intentions


June 23—Wednesday 12 PM

Arlene Mary White; John Dupre; Alonso Garcia;

Rita Clement & Gisele Korol;

Intns of Jemma Zafra;

Intns of April Therese Torrefranca


June 26—Saturday 5 PM

 Maria Paino; Olga Dias; Steve Dittrich;

Isabel Gomez de Gutierrez; Zenaida Peralta;

In Thanksgiving & Intns of Teresita Lloyd


June 27—Sunday 8:30 AM

For the intentions of the parishioners of St. Peter’s Cathedral


June 27—Sunday 10:30 AM

Kathleen Brunton; Louis Murray; Bill Kunz; Prince Philip; Deceased Members of the Gleason Family;

Intns of Joseph Andre Torrefranca


June 27—Sunday 12:30 PM

Ada Cecon Mattiussi; Anthony & Mary Pinto; Franz Marwitz; Mrs. Cecila Guzman de Mahecha;

Living & Deceased Members of the CWL;

Intns of Jana Zemanek & Family

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