Pastor’s Desk

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

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

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