IN ORDINARY TIME
June 26, 2022
From the Desk of our Rector
Friday is Canada Day. The message contained in the opening prayer for Mass on Canada Day is for our hearing: “Eternal God, whose reign extends from sea to sea and whose care endures throughout the ages, hear our prayers for our country: grant wisdom to those who govern it and respect for human life and dignity to every citizen, so that justice may flourish and all peoples live in unity and in peace.” On the day that celebrates our country we have another opportunity, as we do every day, to reach out and show our care for all who call this country home, acknowledge where we have made mistakes in the past and reflect on what we need to do in order to become who God want us to be in the future.
You have noticed on the cover we celebrate the anniversary of our beautiful building this weekend. 137 years ago the cathedral was dedicated as a place of worship. As the principal church in the Diocese of London, it serves as the home of Bishop Fabbro in his role as bishop and chief teacher in the diocese. Major liturgical celebrations of the diocese are always held here. It is a privilege to regularly host our diocesan family. These events are over and above the liturgical schedule and ministry of a busy downtown parish serving parishioners and visitors.
This is the last bulletin published prior to the summer break. Of course, should there be something you need to know it will definitely be communicated.
I appreciated the attendance of all of you who dropped into my retirement reception on June 12th. The organizing committee of Cathryn Hall, Debra Majer, Michael Wojtak, Martin Healy and Julie Sans along with numerous volunteers, provided a welcoming atmosphere that allowed many people to re-connect. I was both pleased and surprised and most of all grateful. As well, this weekend will be my last at St. Peter’s although on the 2nd and 3rd weekends of July I will be covering for vacation periods. As I conclude my ministry at St. Peter’s I have an overwhelming feeling of being blessed and grateful. If you remember anything of my ministry here, let it be you hearing me say “Thank you” to all of you. The pastoral and administrative staffs have both been wonderful to work with. All of our gifts came together to carry out our task of serving the parish to the best of our ability. You, as parishioners, have allowed me to journey with you over these years and it has been an enriching time filled with many surprises and amazing experiences. The blessings and struggles have been meaningful. The opportunities for growth have been many. I thank you all for the love and support you have shared with me.
Now that I will have fewer administrative responsibilities, I am looking forward to having some less-pressured time for prayer, friendship and family and various forms of ministry that will occur in the future along with resting, relaxation and yet-to-be-determined experiences.
I truly appreciate your friendship, prayers and support these past years.
Fr. Jim Mockler
Celebrating 137 Years
On February 15, 1880 Bishop John Walsh, second Bishop of London announced plans for a new cathedral to be built. On June 28, 1885, almost five years after the turning of the first sod, the new St. Peter’s Cathedral was formally opened and dedicated by Bishop Walsh on the vigil of the Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul, June 28, 1885. At the opening of the Cathedral Bishop Walsh said:
“The Cathedral is the expression in stone of the great zeal and love for the religion of the noble clergy and generous laity of the whole Diocese; and of their cordial union and co-operation with their Bishop, and it will stand for ages an eloquent and enduring monument of their faith, hope and charity.”
Today, 137 years later, St. Peter’s Cathedral continues to grow and flourish as a parish, mother church of the Diocese of London, and a place of worship and spiritual nourishment for all those who pass through its doors. May our cathedral continue to be “an enduring monument of faith, hope, and charity of the apostolic people who planted the mustard seed of the Catholic faith in this country”. (Bishop John Walsh)
Prayer for the Anniversary of the Dedication of St. Peter’s Cathedral
O God, who year by year renew for us the day when this,
your holy temple was consecrated,
hear the prayers of your people and grant that in this place for you
there may always be pure worship and for us, fullness of redemption.
In this visible house that you have let us build
and where you never cease to show favour
to the family on pilgrimage to you in this place,
You wonderfully accomplish the mystery of your communion with us.
Here you build up for yourself the temple that we are
and cause your Church, spread throughout the world,
to grow ever more and more as the Lord’s own Body,
till she reaches her fullness in the vision of peace,
the heavenly city of Jerusalem.
May we continue to be sustained by the intercession
of the blessed Apostle St. Peter, our patron saint
through whom you gave your church the foundations of her heavenly office
so through him we may have eternal salvation.
Adapted from the collects for Anniversary of Dedication-Roman Missal
Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul; June 29, 2022
June 29th marks the feast day of St. Peter and St. Paul. On this day we recognize the patron saint of our parish and Cathedral. We also join in prayer with the Anglican Diocese of Huron and our neighbour St. Paul’s Cathedral.
“The Apostles Peter and Paul stand before us as witnesses. They never tired of preaching and journeying as missionaries from the land of Jesus to Rome itself. Here they gave their ultimate witness, offering their lives as martyrs. If we go to the heart of that testimony, we can see them as witnesses to life, witnesses to forgiveness and witnesses to Jesus.
Having met Jesus and experienced his forgiveness, the Apostles bore witness to him by living a new life: they no longer held back, but gave themselves over completely. They were no longer content with half-measures, but embraced the only measure possible for those who follow Jesus: that of boundless love. They were “poured out as a libation” (cf. 2 Tim 4:6). Let us ask for the grace not to be lukewarm Christians living by half measures, allowing our love to grow cold. Let us rediscover who we truly are through a daily relationship with Jesus and through the power of his forgiveness. Just as he asked Peter, Jesus is now asking us: “Who do you say that I am?”, “Do you love me?” Let us allow these words to penetrate our hearts and inspire us not to remain content with a minimum, but to aim for the heights, so that we too can become living witnesses to Jesus.”
Excerpt from the Homily of Pope Francis, June 29, 2019
London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes Update
We are happy to announce that our London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes has a new website! Both the websites of St. Michael’s and St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica will no longer be active. As a Family this new website celebrates our unity. We would like to thank Vianca Kmet for her hard work in creating this website from scratch! The website is mostly complete, however there will be some ongoing updates. Please check out the new website at: www.lncc.dol.ca
The new Mass times for the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes was announced earlier this month. Effective July 5, 2022 the mass times are as follows:
St. Michael’s: Sat.: 5:00 p.m.; Sun: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.
St. Peter’s: Sat.: 5:00 p.m.; Sun: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.
St. Josephine Bakhita: 4th Sunday of the month, 2:30 p.m. (St. Michael's)
St. Michael’s: Tues.-Fri: 8:00 a.m.;
St. Peter’s: Tues.-Fri.: Noon
Please continue to pray for the Transition Team as we discern the future direction of the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes.
St. Josephine Bakhita, St. Michael, St. Peter… Pray for us.
This will be the last bulletin before summer. A special edition of the bulletin for the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes will come out on our inaugural weekend, July 9/10. We will not publish a bulletin each week over the summer but communicate updates as needed via special editions, website, and social media. A new format for the bulletin will be created over the summer and come out in September under the Family name. Stay tuned!
The May-June issue of the Diocesan newsletter Missio is now available here. For a hard copy of the newsletter, please contact the parish office.
Together on the Road-Diocesan Synod Report
The Summary Report on the Diocesan response to the Synod was released last weekend. Please click here to access. If you would like to paper copy, please contact the office.
Celebrating the Sacraments in June
We welcomed into God’s Family through the waters of Baptism:
Leni Arvai; Nixxon Arvai; Mila Miranda-Barnett; Luca-John Carteciano; Willa Da Silva; Vera Edmond; Mikiah Jonca; Brooks Moons; Scarlett Swan; Zendayah Springer; Ariyah Springer; Zara Pavia; Anicia Azores; Anthony Iwu
Congratulations to Sofia Escaf who celebrated her
First Communion, and to the following who have recently
received the Sacrament of Confirmation:
Francis Franco; Vince Galivo; Caleb McKeown; Thiago Mendez; Gabrielle Vander Ploeg; Alessia Cabral; Cristiano Inacio
We congratulate the following couples who have committed their lives to each other and God through the Sacrament of Marriage.
Michael Brzuskniewicz & Bernadette Lambert
Daniel Magier & Sarah De Cicco
Kevin Lopez Bermudez & Mia Valastro-Irwin
Altar Linen Care
We are in need of volunteers to tend to the weekly laundering and ironing of fine linens used at every Mass. This is an important behind the scenes ministry, done in your home. The linens are picked up one weekend and returned the following weekend. Access to a washing machine and dryer is required.
You will be provided with some personal instruction, laundering & ironing notes and folding instructions.
If you are interested in being a part of this worthwhile ministry, please contact our Parish Office for more information.
The London North Central Catholic Families of Parishes is hiring a Business Manager. The job posting can be found here.
National Indigenous History Month
In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month. During this month, take time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Canada. The Government of Canada has created a learning portal that provides access to various resources to learn more about Indigenous history, languages, cultures and experiences. This learning material is Indigenous created or co-created. The portal can be accessed here.
Pow Wow Guide
The Anishinabek Nation has released their 28th Annual Great Lakes Pow Wow Guide for the summer and early fall. Links to the guide in two formats and several social media sites to follow are on https://dol.ca/indigenous-peoples. In the guide, Pow Wow listings start on page 25 and there is a helpful glossary and etiquette guide on page 24 for those who want to know more before attending.
Some of the Pow Wows in the Diocese of London this summer include:
-Aamjiwnaang First Nation 59th Annual Pow Wow - June 18-19
-Kettle and Stony Point 50th Annual Pow Wow - July 9-10
-Munsee Delaware Nation 27th Annual Lunappe Traditional Gathering - July 2-3
-Chippewas of the Thames First Nation In-Person Pow Wow - August 20-21
You can follow the Anishinabek Nation on Twitter @AnishNation, like/follow the Anishinabek Nation Facebook page, or check out the events calendar on www.anishinabek.ca
St. Peter's has monthly day parking available in our North parking lot. The cost is $125/month which is substantially below our competitors in the area. Please email or call at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-432-3475.
We remember in prayer all those who are sick including Joe Murphy.
We also pray for those who have died including Ronald Norman St. Cyr;
and comfort those who mourn.
We pray for those serving in pastoral ministry throughout our diocese:
St. Vincent de Paul Society Volunteers; Rev. Tom Ferrera;
Laura Lee, Pastoral Minister; Rev. Paul Baillargeon; Deacon Charles (Chuck) Stevens;
Colleen Hanley, Pastoral Minister