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Sunday Bulletin 10/18/20

From the Desk of the Rector

Talking about it.  What would happen if we committed to more dialogue on matters of concern? Along with others I’m attending more meetings than ever before but now most of them are online. I prefer in-person meetings. They allow greater interaction among participants. However, there is one benefit to virtual meetings. When the meeting concludes I don’t have to drive home. I’m already there. While some meetings are more productive than others, I’ve come to the conclusion that there really isn’t any matter that cannot be resolved by talking it out.  I recall a reflection Pope Francis shared with an organization whose responsibility it is to address people who find they are isolated and have nobody with whom to dialogue. He said: “Dialogue enables us to know one another and to understand our mutual needs. In the first place, it manifests great respect, because it puts persons in an attitude of mutual openness… Dialogue is an expression of charity because, although not ignoring the differences, it can help to seek and share ways in view of the common good. We can learn to see the other not as a threat but as a gift of God, who challenges us and asks to be recognized… in families, in work environments, in politics, so many issues would be resolved more easily!  Problems grow, misunderstandings and divisions grow, when there is no dialogue." Of course, precondition to dialogue is listening. A listening heart could go a long way to establishing honest and open communication. 

Prayer can help. Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, former Archbishop of Chicago, once prayed the following prayer to open a meeting. “Grant us, Lord, the gift of modesty. When we speak, teach us to give our opinion quietly and sincerely.  Help us in success to realize what we owe to you and to the efforts of others, in failure to avoid dejection, and in all ways to be simple and natural, quiet and manner and lowly and thought through Christ our Lord.“ 

A good memory helps. Today’s reading at Mass from St. Paul’s letter reminds the hearer that God is active in our history and has pulled us through some difficulties in the past. Remembering this can help us today especially in these uncertain times. Is there anyone we know who could use an encouraging word from us? How often do I remind others of God’s presence and support? 

Enjoy your week…

Fr. Jim Mockler


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Give to God What Belongs to God “The dynamics of today’s encounter of Jesus with the disciples of the Pharisees and some Herodians are as instructive as the issue itself of paying taxes to the emperor. One thing that is remarkable is the questioners’ hypocrisy, as they start by flattering Jesus, who calls their bluff: why you hypocrites... show me a coin. The Pharisees were purists and purists were not supposed to carry with them Roman currency, though they would keep it at home to pay their taxes. But the most striking element of the encounter is Jesus’ masterful answer ―Houdini would have admired it: give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, a statement most of us would have no difficulty accepting, since people do pay taxes, abide by zoning and building codes, vote to elect leaders. It was the second part of Jesus’ answer that makes people balk: give to God what belongs to God.      An interesting detail in the first part of the answer is the fact the Jesus’ reply is prompted by the emperor’s image being carved in the coin. If we recall the creation narrative, we are reminded that God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him [Gen. 1: 26]. We are reminded that we bear God’s image in ourselves. If we bear God’s image, we belong to God and we must give back to God what belongs to God. We are called to return ourselves to God, whose image we bear, and to help others to return themselves to God, whose image and inscription they also bear.” Daily Reflection, Fr. Luis Rodriguez, SJ, Oct. 18, 2020 https://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/101820.html


ANNOUNCEMENTS Fratelli Tutti –On Fraternity and Social Friendship On Oct. 3, 2020 Pope Francis released his new encyclical Fratellti Tutti-On Fraternity and Social Friendship. “It is a call to our better selves, an astute reading of the "signs of the times", and a reminder that simple virtues like love, compassion, kindness and openness to the stranger are essential ingredients to the healing of our common woes. The parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10) and the Golden Rule (Matthew 7) are the staples of basic Christian moral teaching form the foundation for his appeal. Francis also finds common cause with other faith traditions -- with references to Mahatma Gandhi, Rabbi Hillel and Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb – to underline the universal reach of his message.” (La Croix International) Click here to read this new encyclical. ***

Development and Peace-Caritas Canada Virtual Workshops in Southwestern Ontario These one-hour workshops “COVID – 19 Recovering Together” will give participants an understanding of the principles of a ‘just recovery.’ You’ll be able to hear directly from those engaged in the COVID-19 crisis in the global south and walk away with concrete ideas of how you can live a just recovery in your communities and lives. You can register for one of the two remaining planning workshops (Oct 19 or 20) or the regional workshop (Oct 24), use the information on the poster at this is link.” ***

St. Peter’s Seminary “Come and See” Virtual Weekends Due to the Pandemic, this year's Come and See will be a virtual experience. This online retreat is planned for three separate Saturdays and each has an individual topic and theme. Nov 14th from 7 p.m. -10 p.m. (Discernment) Nov 21st from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Priesthood) Nov 28th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Seminary) This retreat is for single, Catholic men 17 years of age and older, that are in good health and psychological maturity, and are considering a call to priestly life and service. If you know any men that are interested in discerning a priestly vocation or open to attend the Come and See please have them email vocations@dol.ca. See the attached poster with additional details. ***

Feeding the Hungry Brothers and sisters, as most of you are aware St. Peter's has a long-standing tradition of holding a Thanksgiving Food Drive in support of St. Paul’s Social Services-Food Bank and Fellowship Centre. This year, in light of Covid-19, we will not do a physical collection of food items. To continue to support the needs of the poor we ask you to consider a donation of grocery store gift cards or monetary donations. Please place any gift cards, cash, or cheque in a separate envelope labelled as "Food Drive" and either drop them in the collection baskets after Sunday masses with your regular offertory over the next 2 weekends or drop off or mail to the parish office. Thank you all for your generosity and have a safe and joyful Thanksgiving.  -Deacon Rudy *** Volunteers for Mass A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who have come forward to assist with safely re-opening our doors. Without them, we could never have accomplished this. With our change in our Mass schedule beginning this weekend we will require more volunteers, especially for the 10:30am Mass. We need 15 volunteers for every Mass to assist with the various duties needed: welcoming and screening of our parishioners, seating of parishioners, directing of traffic flow in and out of the Cathedral and at communion, and sanitizing of the Cathedral after every Mass. Training will be provided in order to carry out all tasks safely and effectively. Please prayerfully consider how you might be able to contribute to this. Please contact Cathryn Hall. *** 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 519-432-3475. *** Pickleball Anyone? St. Peter's Cathedral now has a pickleball court which has been installed in the gym and is available for booking from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm Monday to Friday in 1 1/2 hour increments. The rental cost for a court is $25 for the 1 1/2 hours. Free Parking is available and a change room is available if needed. Players will need to bring their own paddles and balls. Please contact basilica@dol.ca or 519-432-3475. *** Parish Thanksgiving Appeal      Each year, every parish in our Diocese participates in the annual Thanksgiving Appeal. All funds generated during this appeal remain in the parish and help us to meet our financial commitments and to support our many parish activities in ministry, liturgy, outreach, and special projects. It is through your generosity that will allow us to continue to attend to the ongoing maintenance of our buildings, rising costs of our various ministry initiatives, the increased demand for our outreach to the needy in our community, and to bring to life the pastoral priorities we have set for the years ahead.      All donations are gratefully accepted. Donations will be accepted until the end of October. *** Come Pray With Us Join us each Sunday for our Sunday Prayer Service online. The service invites us into the Sunday scriptures and celebrates a time of prayer, music, and reflection led by members of our Pastoral Team. The service will be available at the following link each Sunday morning.


New Weekend Mass Times beginning the weekend of October 17/ 18 Saturday: 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. Attendance at Weekend Masses will be by Reservation. Reservations may be made by phone OR online through our parish website. Reservations by phone or online will be available each Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00a.m. -12:00 p.m. for the upcoming weekend. Reservations will be on a "first come first serve" basis, one weekend at a time. You may not register for more than one mass a weekend. The doors to the church will open 30 minutes before Mass. All those with reservations must arrive no later than 15 minutes before mass for registration, prescreening 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. Prescreening at home is expected by everyone attending mass: If you have any of the following: Fever, Cough, Fatigue, Runny Nose, Chills involving shakes, Muscle aches, Shortness of breath, Loss of appetite, Been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, loss of sense of taste or smell, or Travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 day you must not attend. Masks or face coverings, covering the nose, mouth, and chin, are mandatory and are to be worn at all times in the church (exemptions include- children under 12, those with underlying medical conditions unable to wear a mask, etc.). As we move into this new form of registration, please be patient with our office staff and volunteers. We are all in this together! Daily Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) Daily Mass is celebrated at 12pm every Wednesday. Attendance is first come, first serve. Doors open at 11:30. Beginning Oct. 21, individual Confession will be available following the noon Mass each Wednesday until 1:30 p.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is always available by appointment by contacting Fr. Jim or Fr. Peter through the parish office.

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