Pastor’s Desk

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time – The Gospel reading today starts with a question: “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” Jesus offers only a simple reply: Strive to enter through the narrow gate. Many will try to enter and will not be able. Good stewards know there is only one, narrow gate. Not everything will fit. This narrow gate has no room for our accomplishments. No room for our money. No room for our possessions. No room for anything else but those who’ve been good stewards of the Gospel. We can’t custom build our own gates either. There is only one, narrow gate that happens to be open for a time, but for how long? What is our plan of action to get through that gate?

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – In today’s second reading, we hear the author of the letter to the Hebrews liken the daily life of the Christian steward to a race, a long-distance race perhaps, certainly not a sprint; requiring endurance and a single-minded focus on Jesus at the finish line. Good stewards are firmly committed to running the race, to live the Christian life to the fullest, to keep their eyes focused on Jesus. They don’t grow weary. They don’t lose heart. They know there is immense joy waiting for them at the finish line. Are you fully committed to living each day for Christ? Are you running the race, or are you simply jogging? Just walking? Sitting? Going backwards? Going nowhere? Some of us may want to reflect on what we can do to run the race with even more conviction. Others may want to reflect on how to simply enter the race and start running.                                                                   ICSC August 2019 – ebulletin

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 27/28, 2019

 A prominent theme in today’s Gospel parable is generosity. Late at night, a sleepy friend responds to his neighbor’s request for food for an unexpected guest. Jesus suggests that it would be unthinkable for a friend to deny a friend in need. A friend would most certainly give what is asked and more. Through this story, Jesus illustrates God’s generosity. Good stewards realize the extraordinary love and graciousness with which God showers us. We need never convince God to be generous. God is already that generous friend. His abundant love bathes us in goodness. This week, prayerfully reflect on God’s generosity to us. What should our response be to that generosity.      

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 20/21, 2019

Martha and Mary are the focus of this weekend’s Gospel, which abounds with rich themes about hospitality, service, and finding the right balance between action and prayerful attention to the Lord. Christians who are good stewards of their faith life realize that if they are too busy to enjoy peaceful, private time with the Lord, then something is out of balance in their spiritual lives. If we make time for Mass, but then carry on with our busy schedules without prayer, meditation and reflection, we are missing out. If we find ourselves anxious and harried by life’s routines, could it be a sign that something in our spiritual life needs some serious attention?            

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus inviting His disciples to be evangelizers. “The harvest is abundant,” Jesus says. But those who are willing to invite others to a deeper relationship with the Lord are few. Good stewards who are willing to witness their Catholic faith to others know they are “like lambs among wolves.” They are encouraged to be gentle, patient and loving, knowing they may face rejection and even fierce opposition. Jesus invites us to be better stewards of our faith, to give positive, courageous, joyful witness to others who have turned away from their relationship with Him. Is there someone we should be reaching out to this week?

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Thank You

Dear parishioners: This year’s Parish Picnic incorporated a farewell to me, as your Pastor and a welcome to the new Pastor.  It was such a memorable event and touched me deeply. 

Certainly, I want to extend my sincere thanks to all who worked so hard to make this Picnic such a success; as well, thanks to all who came to celebrate with us.

It has been a blessing to serve this Parish for the past seven years, which went too quickly. With all of your support, we have accomplished much in this time.  No doubt you will extend the same encouragement to Fr. Melvin.

Your best wishes, cards and gifts are so appreciated.

As I go to my new destination in Caledonia, I will continue to cherish the wonderful memories of St. Aloysius. Please feel free to visit anytime.  I would also ask that you continue to support me with your prayers.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Corpus Christi

Dear friends: Today we are celebrating the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. This special Feast is celebrated in remembrance of Jesus who gave His life for our salvation and commanded us to celebrate the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist in His memory.

The Feast owes its existence to Blessed Juliana of Liege, who began devotion to the Blessed Sacrament in around 1230. Largely through her insistence, in 1264 Pope Urban 1V commanded its observance by the universal church. The Feast sums up three important confessions about our Faith. First is that God became physically present in the person of Christ, True God and True Man. Secondly, God continues to be present in His people as they form the Mystical Body of Christ in His church. Thirdly, the presence of God under the form of bread and wine is made available to us on the altar at Mass and preserved there for our nourishment and worship.

Our liturgy today recalls the scriptural origins of this devotion. In the first reading of today we hear of Abraham asking his high priest, Melchizedek, to offer sacrifice to give thanks for a major victory that he had won. Instead of the usual sacrificial offering, the priest offered bread and wine, the full significance of which came to light at the Last Supper.

St Paul, in the second reading, points to the importance of the Eucharist as a reminder of Christ’s passion and death finally leading to the building of the mystical body. In the Gospel we have the miracle of the multiplication of loaves where Jesus generously gives food to the people and makes them partake in the thanksgiving meal. We who have come to receive the Body and Blood of Christ imply that we need to make an effort to become like Jesus Himself.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas


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

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