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Farewell

Dear parishioners: This June marks seven years spent as your pastor here at St. Aloysius Church. I have been spending a lot of time lately thinking about my past seven years here. Everyone was so welcoming the first weekend June 24, 2012 when I moved to Kitchener from Vancouver. Many of you came to help me settle in, and some of you even provided a hot meal when I didn’t know where to find Indian groceries. I remember all of the Baptisms, weddings and funerals I have had the privilege and honour of serving, celebrating and being able to be part of that celebration. The most cherishing memories were when I joined you to celebrate our 60th parish anniversary in 2013, as well as the Stained Glass Guild coming up with the stunning idea of preparing stained glass for the church. We have achieved, accomplished and completed so many projects in the past few years. Today I am simply writing to say thank you. You are such an amazing congregation and it has been such a blessing to be your pastor. Thank you to all the different committee members, ministries, associations, groups, volunteers and the staff. I can only hope that I have inspired all of you as much as you have inspired me. As I am moving to St Patrick’s Church in Caledonia Ontario, pray for me and my congregation as I assure you are in my prayers. Thank you so much for all that you do. You make this great place possible. See you at the parish picnic.     

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

The Holy Trinity

Dear friends: The Feast of the Holy Trinity celebrates one of the fundamental beliefs of Christianity. We believe in one God, composed of three distinct persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, united in love and generous self giving, who work together for the salvation of humanity. As human beings, we are persons who come from different backgrounds and cultures, have different temperaments and opinions. These differences in human considerations alone, give rise to jealousy, competitiveness, discord and conflict. But, as Christians we are to take the Holy Trinity as the model for our interpersonal relationships. Our differences, instead of being a cause of division, become a richness to be accepted, encouraged and celebrated. May our faith enable us to rise above human divisions to reflect God’s boundless love and generosity.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Come Holy Spirit

Dear friends: Today we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. On this day the Holy Spirit descended with power upon the Apostles in the image of tongues of fire, and thus began the mission of the Church in the world. Once they received the Spirit, they went out boldly and preached to all in Jerusalem and elsewhere. Jesus Himself, prepared the Eleven for this mission, appearing to them on many occasions after His Resurrection. Prior to His Ascension into Heaven, He ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father; that is, He asked them to stay together to prepare themselves to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The disciples followed the command of Jesus. They as a community gathered together in prayer along with Mary in the Upper Room, waiting for the promised gift. It is here they all received the Holy Spirit. This feast of Pentecost is the culmination of the Paschal mystery which tells us of the sending of the Spirit of the Father and the Son on the disciples.

Secondly, today’s feast also indicates that the Holy Spirit is an ongoing reality, which still touches our lives every single day. During His apparitions, Jesus gives two gifts to His followers, the gift of His abiding peace and the power to forgive sins. He commissions them to carry on His work, empowered by the gift of the Holy Spirit and peace. The same call has been given to all the baptized to preach and teach the message of salvation. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit may renew our commitment to Christ to bear witness to Him.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Feast of Ascension

Dear friends: The Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord is a Mystery. Scripture tell us that Jesus left His disciples to go back to the heavenly Father, and promised to return at the end time. He concluded His earthly ministry and with this began the mission of the church. In today’s gospel, the disciples were saying goodbye to Jesus and we heard the intimate moment of farewell between friends. As He prepared to depart from the earth He offered them His parting gift: the gift of understanding so that they were able to know the meaning of the Scriptures. He did promise that they would receive the power of the Holy Spirit. Luke tells us that they returned to Jerusalem with great joy, praising and worshipping God. Now they were transformed into new persons, strengthened with faith and with the hope of the future. The Lord instructed them to be His witnesses from Jerusalem to the ends of the world. The Lord who ascended to heaven asks us to be His witnesses in today’s world. Let us pray to the Lord for the promised Holy Spirit to come upon and empower us. 

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

God the Father’s Love

Dear friends: Jesus said, “as the Father has loved me so I have loved you.” How blessed indeed we are to be loved by Jesus. We don’t deserve His love, we can not earn His love, and we can not merit His love. We can only receive it with humble gratitude.  When we feel depressed and discouraged with vice and evil, remember Jesus still loves us. Jesus never stopped loving us. This is the good news that we need to hear when we are feeling low. Jesus not only loves us, but He wants us to remain in His love. He shares with us the secret of remaining in His love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love. The commandments are not burdens that break us, but blessings that bind us to Jesus. They unite us to Him; they deepen our bond with Him. Therefore, let us strive to keep God’s commandments with faith and love. As we approach the Feast of the Holy Spirit, let us seek also the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

New Commandment

Dear friends: During the Easter season the liturgy brings us closer to the resurrected Jesus and makes us realize that we are always united to him and he is united to us. The theme that dominates the readings of today is love and service. Jesus told his disciples to love one another as he himself had loved them. He showed the type of love they ought to have: he served them and washed their feet during the final meal. During the Last Supper he told them that there is no greater love than one giving his life for his friends and he gave his life for all, calling them his friends. He also defined for us the meaning of God’s love which is sacrificing and self-emptying love. God emptied himself and gave his only son for our sake that we may have life in him.

Fr Jerome Mascarenhas

 

Capital Campaign

I have a set up a meeting on Wednesday, May 29th at 7:00pm with the Steier group manager Bob McDonald to set the stage before I leave the parish to kick off the capital campaign in September 2019. I have a few who have accepted to be on the committee to volunteer to launch this initiative. If anyone who would be willing to help, call me at 519 893 1220. I appreciate and thank those who have committed to this important cause.          

Fr. Jerome

 

 

 

I Am the Good Shepherd

Dear friends: Today we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday, and this is the second I Am statement of Jesus recorded by St.John. Jesus is not only a shepherd, He is the Good Shepherd. The shepherd provides for his sheep. He leads his flock to green pastures and along flowing streams. He protects his sheep from harm and danger. He knows his sheep. He pursues the sheep that go astray, till he finds it and brings it home, joyfully carrying it on his shoulders. How blessed indeed we are to have a shepherd in Jesus. He provides for us by feeding us with His word. His word nourishes us and satisfies the thirst of our soul. His word guides and enlightens our path lest we lose the way. When we go astray He does not abandon us but seeks us out, and on finding us He rejoices and brings us back.

The good shepherd does not only provide for his sheep, he protects them from harm and danger. Unlike the hireling who runs away as soon as he sights danger, the good shepherd gives his life for his sheep. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who has laid down His life for us. To save us from sin and death, He died on the cross at Calvary. At every Mass we commemorate and celebrate His death, the supreme sacrifice of His love.  

Fr. Jerome

Welcome to our new Pastor

Fr Melvin Pinto was born on January, 9 1972 in Mangalore, Southern part of India. He is the son of the late Mr. Alexander Pinto and Mrs. Celine Pais. He comes from a family of eight, six boys, one deceased, and has two sisters and he is seven in his family. Fr Melvin joined the Carmelite order after completing grade 10, in the year 1987. He made his simple Religious Profession on 15/10/1991.

After completing philosophical studies in India, he decided to go to Tanzania for mission, so he did his theology in Tanzania. While there he made his final vows as a Carmelite on 16/07/1997 and was ordained as priest on 11/07/1999. He served in Tanzania Africa in different capacities, as associate priests, parish priests until 2012. Father opted to come to Canada in view of supporting the mission so he arrived to Canada in August, 2012, and was appointed as associate pastor of St Thomas More church in Calgary, Alberta. From 2014-2017 he served as the rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Prince George Diocese, British Columbia. At present serves as an administrator at Little Flower Monastery at Carmel Hill Deroche, British Columbia. We welcome Father Melvin to our parish and wish him Gods choicest Blessings.

 

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

My Lord and My God

Dear friends: The post resurrection story tells us how Jesus appeared to different groups of people instilling in them faith in Him. The readings of today inform us, that JESUS is the beginning and the end, the first and the last. He who was dead is alive forever and it is He who holds the keys of the kingdom. It is the same Lord who gave Peter and the first disciples the power to heal and make whole. It is the same Lord who gave Peter and the disciples the power to reach out in love. It is the same Lord who gave Peter and the disciples the power to make Him manifest in their every word and action so that others will be brought to believe.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

We will welcome Rev. Fr. Johannes Gorantla, the Definitor General of Discalced Carmelites, who will be visiting us on May 4th and 5th 2019. He will also celebrate Mass with us.       

 

Christ is Risen Alleluia

Dear friends: Easter is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. It is celebrated on Sunday, and marks the end of Holy Week, and end of Lent. As we know from the gospels, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day following His Crucifixion, which would be Sunday. His resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin and death. This is one event which proves that those who trust in God and accept Christ will be raised from the Dead. Since Easter represents the fulfillment of God’s promises to mankind, it is the most important day in a Christian life. The gospel for Easter Sunday morning is from John, which unravels God’s promises that Jesus will be raised on the third day. The empty tomb and rolling away the stone from the tomb brought some anxious moments in the life of the women and the disciples.  Soon they experienced great Joy when Jesus met them. Jesus’ first command was “go to my brothers and say to them, I am ascending to my father and your father, to my God and your God”. Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.” As we experience the Joy of Easter let us go and announce to others.

This will be my last Easter celebration here as your pastor. I thank you all for your love, care and support in the past seven years. I will be moving to Caledonia, part of St Catherine’s Diocese. I wish you all a Blessed EASTER and the Risen Christ’s abundant blessings.     

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

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