Friday, March 26, 2010

What Must I do?


(MARCH 28, 2010)

"If we look at the young man in the Gospel, we can see that he is much like each of you. You too are rich in talents, energy, dreams and hopes. These are resources which you have in abundance! Your age itself is a great treasure, not only for yourselves but for others too, for the Church and for the world".

"The rich young man asks Jesus: “What must I do?” The time of life which you are going through is one of discovery: discovery of the gifts which God has bestowed upon you and your own responsibilities. It is also a time when you are making crucial choices about how you will live your lives. So it is a time to think about the real meaning of life and to ask yourselves: “Am I satisfied with my life? Is there something missing?”
Like the young man in the Gospel story, perhaps you too are experiencing situations of uncertainty, anxiety or suffering, and are yearning for something more than a life of mediocrity. It makes you ask yourselves: “What makes a life successful? What do I need to do? How should I plan my life? “What must I do for my life to have full value and full meaning?” (ibid., No. 3). 

"Do not be afraid to ask yourselves these questions! Far from troubling you, they are giving voice to the great aspirations that you hold in your hearts. That is why you should listen to them. The answers you give to them must not be superficial, but capable of satisfying the longing you truly feel for life and happiness.
In order to discover the life-project that will make you completely happy, listen to God. He has a loving plan for each one of you. You can confidently ask him: “Lord, what is your plan, as Creator and Father, for my life? What is your will? I want to carry it out”. You can be certain that he will answer you. Do not be afraid of his answer! “For God is greater than our hearts and knows everything” (1 Jn 3:20).

"Jesus invites the rich young man to do much more than merely satisfy his aspirations and personal plans. He says to him: “Come and follow me! . . . Following the example of so many of Christ’s disciples, may you too, dear friends, joyfully welcome his invitation to follow him, and so live your lives intensely and fruitfully".

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Solemnity of St. Joseph with the Daughters of St. Joseph, Port Hood

The Daughters of St. Joseph at St. Peter's Parish, Port Hood held a special celebration in honour of St. Joseph for his feast day yesterday! A traditional St. Joseph's Altar was prepared and the girls provided some lovely entertainment for their families and guests including step-dancing, singing in english and gaelic, as well as jokes. We thank St. Joseph for his continued intercession and for his blessings upon these girls and their families!

Happy Feast of St. Joseph!!!

The Sisters in Barry's Bay celebrated this beautiful Feast with the Daughters of St. Joseph and Fr. Shalla of St. Hedwig's Parish. They began the evening with a spaghetti supper in the rectory and then proceeded to the Church for The Stations of the Cross with the parish and Holy Mass.

During the Mass, three girls became members of the Daughters of St. Joseph, with beaming faces and joyful hearts. May Good St. Joseph protect us all and obtain all the graces we need to become saints. Good St. Joseph, pray for us!

The three new members are (from left to right)

Susanna Ridout, Maria Helena Casta, and Sarah Ridout.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy Feast of St. Patrick!

 St. Patrick, Pray for us!

St. Patrick's Breastplate

I arise today through 
God's strength to pilot me,
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to see before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's host to secure me--
against snares of devils,
against temptations and vices,
against inclinations of nature,
against everyone who shall wish me 
ill, afar and anear,
alone and in a crowd...
Christ be with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, 
Christ above me, 
Christ on my right ,Christ on my left,
Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit,
Christ where I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man that thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man that speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me, 
Christ in every ear that hears me
Salvation if of the Lord,
Salvation is of the Lord,
Salvation is of the Christ.
May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.