Pastor’s Desk

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

Palm Sunday

Dear friends: With this Sunday we begin Holy Week. Palm Sunday records the triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the place where He would suffer and be condemned to death. It was the practice for kings after victory to enter the city on horseback. Jesus instead enters on the colt of a donkey. Does this not say something to our heart? He enters the city knowing full well that the road to Jerusalem was the road to defeat and death. But, was it really defeat and death? Only apparently, for by His apparent defeat and death, Jesus would conquer sin and death and free us from that bondage. Let us, in a spirit of deep faith and prayer, enter into this week remembering that Jesus went through it all, like a lamb led to the slaughter, not opening His mouth, suffering, surrendering and sacrificing Himself for you and me. As we enter this Holy week, I invite you to gather with the community to celebrate Christ’s passion, death and Resurrection.  

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Don’t Condemn Others

Dear friends: The Gospel of today speaks not of the forgiveness of God but of non condemnation. Jesus has no need to forgive the woman caught in adultery, because He has not condemned her. It is important to note, however, that Jesus also doesn’t condemn the condemners of the woman. This is the challenge of unconditional love, to condemn no one. Thus the readings are a consolation to everyone, no matter to which category we may belong. If we are like the scribes and Pharisees in the gospel story of today, quick to condemn others and point fingers at them, the readings are saying to us that God will not condemn us or point a finger at us. We have been forgiven for this sin and forgiven unconditionally. If we identity with the woman in the gospel story, then to us too, the message is that we are not being condemned for our sin.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Return to God

Dear friends: On this fourth Sunday of Lent, the Church rejoices in the coming of Easter. It is the Gospel of the return of the prodigal son that is proposed to us as today’s reading. This is indeed a Gospel of joy and peace, for it concerns a truly profound and lasting conversion: that of a son who returns to his father and throws himself at his feet, asking for his forgiveness for having squandered his entire inheritance. Here we are called upon to renew ourselves and experience the loving invitation of our Lord. In the early church, those candidates to be baptized, and public sinners, were called upon to understand that Jesus alone is the new life. As we enter into this penitential week, I invite you to join, and celebrate God’s unconditional mercy and love.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Looking forward with repentance

Dear friends: In this Season of Lent, we prepare for the feast of Easter by trying to purify our body and spirit, in order to abundantly receive the fruits of the Redemption of the Lord. Today the church invites us to reflect on the urgency of repentance in an attempt to enhance our Christian lives. For us Christians, Lent is a time for serious, disciplined self-examination, a time spent in intensive prayer and repentance before the cross of Calvary. God personally calls each one of us to return to Him with all our hearts, with fasting, prayer and total surrender to him.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Congratulations – Around 70 young people received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday. Congratulations.

We thank Bishop Crosby for invoking the gifts of the Holy Spirit on them. Thanks to all the principals from our schools, grade 7 teachers, parents, sponsors, volunteers who helped us to prepare children and organize the celebration, choir members, Altar servers and ushers.              The Pastor

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