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MOUNTING A “COMEBACK”

MOUNTING A “COMEBACK”

MOUNTING A “COMEBACK” Last week I preached the first of a three homily message series called “THE COMEBACK”.  I shared what a message series was and how we are overwhelmed by many serious storms in our lives, world and Church.  These real and seemingly insurmountable...

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“THE COMEBACK” MESSAGE SERIES

“THE COMEBACK” MESSAGE SERIES

WHAT IS A MESSAGE SERIES? One summer about three years ago I gathered together with my associate pastor and two deacons at a cottage in Grand Bend for a few days to reflect on how we could be more relevant, effective and meaningful in our preaching. In preparation for...

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CHANGE IS A BLESSING

CHANGE IS A BLESSING

CHATHAM IS HOME UNPACKING & EXPLORING It has now been just over two months since arriving in Chatham.  After nine years at St. George Parish in London I had a lot to pack and a lot to purge in the transition.  There were some things that I knew I needed to take...

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COME BACK TO ME – WALK THE LINE

COME BACK TO ME – WALK THE LINE

ENTERING HOLY WEEK Our Lenten journeying is coming to a close very quickly as we enter into Holy Week with the celebration of Palm Sunday.  Of course, this year will be again different than past years.  Due to the pandemic, we could not even gather as a community to...

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COME BACK TO ME – SHARING MERCY

COME BACK TO ME – SHARING MERCY

WHAT IS MERCY? As we journey through this Lenten season, we have been reflecting on this call for us to return to the Father. Why would we want to do that? What is the incentive or the reason for us to change our ways and trust God? I think it is because of mercy....

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COME BACK TO ME – LENT NEEDS DISCIPLINE

COME BACK TO ME – LENT NEEDS DISCIPLINE

YES—REFEREES TRAIN Most of you know that I have returned to being a certified basketball referee the last few years and I have to say, I have really missed it during the pandemic. Although getting yelled at from the sidelines during a game isn't the most fun part of...

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COME BACK TO ME – LET GO AND LET GOD

COME BACK TO ME – LET GO AND LET GOD

WHAT DO WE CONTROL? We continue in our journey during this Lenten season to come back to the Father in heaven.  Our Lenten message series attempts to help us run back to the Father who loves us and wants to fill out hearts with joy, peace, love and hope.  Will we let...

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COME BACK TO ME – THE RIGHT TIME FOR LENT

COME BACK TO ME – THE RIGHT TIME FOR LENT

TIMING IS EVERYTHING This past week, we began the season of Lent somewhat differently than in years past—yet that is the “new normal” during these pandemic times.  We are doing things differently because we have had to adapt our lives to combat this deadly virus that...

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WE REALLY NEED CHRISTMAS – PART 3

WE REALLY NEED CHRISTMAS – PART 3

LAST DAYS TO PREPARE We are now in the last days of preparation for Christmas.  We again know all too well that this Christmas will be very different and very challenging.  The pandemic is getting worse despite the good news that vaccines are here.  There is light at...

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FAMILY TIES – PART THREE

FAMILY TIES – PART THREE

By Fr. John Jasica WE WILL CHANGE & THIS IS A GOOD THING Everyone fears change, yet this is the one constant in our lives and the Church. All of us constantly grow, adapt and adjust. This occurs at work, school, home and yes in our faith. If we grow then we will...

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FAMILY TIES – PART TWO

FAMILY TIES – PART TWO

By Fr. John Jasica WE ARE FAMILY One of the exciting things that has been taking place over the last two months is that pastoral teams from St. John the Divine and St. George meet via MS TEAMS on Thursday afternoons.  We have been sharing our experiences, our hopes...

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FAMILY TIES – PART ONE

FAMILY TIES – PART ONE

By Fr. John Jasica THE 1980s SITCOM Do you remember the show FAMILY TIES that premiered on NBC in September 1982?  Of course you do!!  I think everyone’s favourite character was Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox).  The sitcom lasted 7 seasons winning a number of awards...

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BUILDING FAMILY

BUILDING FAMILY

By Fr. John Jasica JOHN THE DIVINE & GEORGE PARISHES BEGIN THE JOURNEY TOGETHER “FAMILY OF PARISHES” Back in May 2020, Bishop Fabbro made the final decisions regarding the re-organization of families in the city of London and Lucan.  After several months of...

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YEAR ROUND RCIA

YEAR ROUND RCIA

Embracing the gift of technology to teach the faith. By Mary Catherine Bishop, Pastoral Minister   The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), or known in our parish as The Emmaus Road, is the process for individuals to become Catholic and receive the...

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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? — IS IT IN YOU?

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? — IS IT IN YOU?

WE KNOW THE ROAD As we journey through this message series we are discovering that we do know the direction we need to go, so that all the things happening in the world do not overwhelm us.  We know that we need God and must take that road of faith so that we not only...

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WHAT MORE DO WE SEE? PART III

WHAT MORE DO WE SEE? PART III

“HEROES OF FAITH” GOING BEYOND THE OBVIOUS In our last message series of the season, we continue to explore our faith and the pandemic we are in, looking beyond the obvious surface level realities. It has been a long and difficult journey for all of us. In many ways,...

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WHAT MORE DO WE SEE?

WHAT MORE DO WE SEE?

By Fr. John Jasica   IT HAS BEEN TOO LONG It seems so long ago that we received the announcement from Bishop Fabbro that our churches needed to close for the safety of the faithful due to the pandemic. Many thought that this would be a short term reality and that...

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GOING THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC

GOING THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC

Dear Parishioners, I am delighted to write to you knowing that at this time it is not possible to physically meet with you at St. George Parish. It is, however, a great honor to be connected online with all of you. From the first week St. George was on lockdown, I...

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NAVIGATING COVID-19

NAVIGATING COVID-19

By Deacon Dennis Rivest Peace be you! Two months into this Coronavirus Pandemic “lockdown” has left me with many emotions. I am deeply saddened that our churches are closed and we are unable to gather and have access to the Sacraments. As a deacon I struggle with the...

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EMBRACING MY FAITH DURING COVID-19

EMBRACING MY FAITH DURING COVID-19

By Mary Catherine Bishop--Pastoral Minister Hello everyone!! I would first like to share with you how much I miss all of you and I pray daily that God is taking care of you and your families. I also want to thank all of you who are our frontline workers for all the...

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WHAT DOES THIS EASTER REALLY MEAN FOR US?

WHAT DOES THIS EASTER REALLY MEAN FOR US?

A VERY DIFFERENT EASTER There is no question that this Lent and Easter weekend is the most different and challenging of our lives. Our churches are closed, we have been not been able to go to confession or receive communion and we have not been able to gather as...

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FAITH IN THE TIME OF CRISIS

FAITH IN THE TIME OF CRISIS

By Fr. John Jasica HOW THINGS CAN CHANGE SO QUICKLY How things have changed in the last week. Before the COVID-19 virus really hit our area I was concerned with so many other things. I am sure all of you, like me, knew that the virus would come our way and knew some...

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CATHOLIC ATHEIST – GOD LOVES US!

CATHOLIC ATHEIST – GOD LOVES US!

DRIFTING AWAY FROM GOD This new message series challenges us to reflect on what we believe about God and how our faith does or doesn’t connect with our daily lives. We can so easily and slowly drift from our faith dealing with so many other good and important things....

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WHAT AM I DOING FOR LENT?

WHAT AM I DOING FOR LENT?

THE SEASON IS HERE!! This Wednesday we begin the holy season of Lent, which for all of us brings many different thoughts. From giving up coffee, knowing that the Roll Up the Rim to Win contest will start, to thinking about what to give up during this season of prayer,...

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LENT IS COMING — REMEMBERING GOD

LENT IS COMING — REMEMBERING GOD

By Fr. John Jasica As we enter into the month of February, we draw close to the Lenten season which begins on Wednesday February 26 with Ash Wednesday. The Lenten season is a very holy time of prayer, sacrifice and service. It beckons us to the fundamentals of our...

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THE MINISTRY OF HEALING

THE MINISTRY OF HEALING

By Sharon Hunt - St. George Bereavement Team Six months ago, a newly formed Bereavement Team began its service providing support to families of our deceased parishioners. Team members are present for funeral home visitation and vigil prayers, attend the funeral Mass,...

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A FAMILY’S JOURNEY OF FAITH

A FAMILY’S JOURNEY OF FAITH

By Gabriella Woodey It has always been a blessing for us that our child feels at home in our Church community.   This year we were fortunate enough to journey with James toward his First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. James has been looking forward to this...

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MASS APPEAL — STRENGTHENING OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES!!

The weekend experience has to be one that inspires, comforts, strengthens and enriches the lives of those who attend. That they encounter the Risen Lord through it all!! Sometime in late March, I invited Fr. Pedro, Mary Catherine, Deacon Dennis and Deacon Mark for an...

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A SUMMER OF CHANGE

A SUMMER OF CHANGE This summer at St. George was truly a time to give thanks and say goodbye to some staff members and to welcome some new faces to St. George Parish GIVING THANKS & FAREWELL!! This summer was filled with opportunities to give thanks to some...

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The Spirit Transforms Us!!

THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT By: Fr. John Jasica This weekend we celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for 85 amazing young people and their families. This is a celebration for them but also the parish. It is good to be in the vicinity of the Spirit!! THE...

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Stories Along a Spiritual Journey

Stories Along a Spiritual Journey These are 2 stories as people reflect on their journey through EMMAUS ROAD - our RCIA program Anna Lam... 8 Year’s ago, I was so thankful to God for giving us our first child. We were very excited and happy to start our new journey....

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THE WAY TO MORNING GLORY!!

THE WAY TO MORNING GLORY!!

By Marjorie Braatz “My Soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour...” (Lk 1:46). Never have I lived out these words more faithfully than when I led a small group of women in a retreat ‘33 Days to Morning Glory’ culminating in a consecration to...

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All’s WELL in the WELL

By Angela Mandich The Well is an awesome group of  high school students  and dedicated volunteers. We  look forward to meeting each week to enrich our  faith through community service, friendship, fun, and Chicago style popcorn! It’s a “wellcoming” group that allows...

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What about you?

What about you?

I sat on my couch in front of my computer for most of this past weekend and I didn’t even feel bad – partly because it’s fall now and I had cold – but mostly because I spent the whole weekend watching Papa Francesco light up America. I watched mass, heard Matt Maher...

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5 Reasons Why Fasting is Still Important

5 Reasons Why Fasting is Still Important

First of all, welcome to our Lenten blog! Since the fall when were blessed with this new amazing website, we have talked about blogging together as a staff. I'll admit that as the millennial of the group, I'm the most excited. We will be sharing a variety of thoughts...

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