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Sunday Bulletin 10/4/20

From the Desk of the Rector

From Pope Francis. Last week Pope Francis released an apostolic letter dedicated to Sacred Scripture. He said that Christians can learn new things from the countless translations of the Bible that exist. “The variety of translations of the Bible in the world today teaches us that the values and positive forms of every culture represent an enrichment for the whole church...The different ways by which the word of God is proclaimed, understood and experienced in each new translation enrich Scripture itself…”

What attitudes are we passing on? It was encouraging to see the support last week for Orange Shirt Day as it put into focus the tragedy of residential schools in Canada. It is good to see we are taking to heart the need for better understanding and awareness. Each day we should ask what are we remembering about the past and what are we are we passing on to future generations.

Grateful of our staff. I attended a meeting of our parish administrative staff. Brian Galea, our business manager, holds them regularly so we can all keep in touch. Our Cathedral parish is very fortunate to have the staff we do to look after administrative, cleaning, food and maintenance responsibilities. A valued team has been assembled and has worked together extremely well during this time of pandemic in which we find ourselves.

Making adjustments. In today’s Gospel Jesus informs us that God will never give up on us. Even should we turn away from Him, He will not turn his back on us. Our love for God may change from time to time but His love is always faithful. As I grow in my awareness of that fact there are times when adjustments need to be made. Who in my life has been sent to me by God to encourage me to change and grow? Join me in prayer. Lord, as I reflect at the end of each day, may it be a time to recognize that I have brought more peace than discord to every person or situation. And if I haven’t, let me answer truthfully the question, “Why not?” Fr. Jim Mockler


Catholic Health Care Week Oct. 4-10, 2020

Catholic Health Care: A Ministry ~ A Mission ~ A Movement

“At the heart of Catholic health care is a deep respect for the intrinsic value and dignity of every human being and an unwavering commitment to serving all people, from all backgrounds and faiths – especially society’s most vulnerable.

Awaken: revealing the courageous gift of Catholic health care is a joyful celebration and a mindful call to action. We celebrate the determined, audacious women of faith who started a revolution in Canada before Canada was even a country. They laid the groundwork for what we now know as health, education and social services. Today, we continue to serve with the same core of deep-hearted desire. The courageous gift we offer—and the one we receive—is the ability to be part of one another’s humanity. Our call to action is to give voice to Catholic health care, cultivating a groundswell of stories and deepening realization of the impact of our work in Canadian society.

Nationally, Catholic health care serves over 5 million Canadians each year and employs over 88,000 people. Our footprint is big. Our hearts are even bigger. And our belief that we are part of each other’s journey, there to support and transform one another, is the foundation it’s all built on. It’s time.”

Canadian Health Care Alliance, 2020

For more resources and prayers for Catholic Health Care Week click here for our Diocesan Resource page.



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 the weekend of Oct. 17/18 we will require more volunteers. Ideally 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. As well we will need volunteers for our baptisms, weddings, funerals, and daily Mass each Wednesday. All safety protocols must be in place every time we open our doors. 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.

Finding Christian Meditation

Christian Meditation has been a faith deepening practice for centuries. Join us for a brief introduction Wednesday, October 7 at 7-7:40 pm. We will meet via video conference or phone. Send your email to behall2@gmail.com and you will receive a link just before the meeting. All are welcome.

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.

Adult Faith Formation from the Comfort of Your Own Home

The Diocese of London continues to partner with Dayton University to provide parishioners with affordable, high quality formation opportunities. Parishioners can nourish their faith and continue learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many online courses are offered for a reduced price. The next cycle of classes starts October 18. Registration is open and closes October 12. For a selection of course offerings click here. For a printable PDF of the three-week and five-week options, click here.

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 & balls. Please email basilica@dol.ca or call 519-432-3475.

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.

New Weekend Mass Schedule

Beginning the weekend of October 17/18 the schedule will be as follows:

Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

We will be moving to a Reservation System for those attending Mass. Reservations will be by phone or online. More information will be available next weekend.

Weekday Mass

Weekday Mass will be celebrated on Wednesdays at noon. Seating will be by first come first serve basis. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions)

General Absolution will be offered following each weekend Mass this weekend-Oct. 3/4 and Oct. 10/11. General Absolution will be offered following Wednesday noon Mass on Oct. 7, and Oct. 14. Beginning Oct. 21, individual Confession will be available following the noon Mass each Wednesday until 1:30 p.m. Of course, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is always available by appointment by contacting Fr. Jim or Fr. Peter.

Information regarding General Absolution is available here. If you require a printed copy, please contact the parish office.


Celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism

We welcome into God’s Family through the waters of Baptism:

Kalvin Jiro Gallanes

Francesca Constance Bishop

Eli Howard Legge

Luka Darren Lewis

Heather Laurie Lucas

Anasofia EncisoDelarosa

Maxwell Andrzej Storonianski

Robert David Swinden

Capri Naccarato

Roderick Anthony MacDougall

Annistyn Josephine Begin

Valentina Dalia Marques Escobar

Monique Ashton Miller

Hailey Ann Wright

Maximus Rowan Ceccacci

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