We look forward to hosting events as circumstances permit.
Our decorating team did a great job getting us ready for Christmas.
Most Remembrance Day gatherings could not be held this year, but we preceded Mass and Eucharistic Adoration with a service: O Canada, Last Post, two minutes of silence, Rouse, Flander's Field, and God Save the Queen.
Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles
October 28 is the Feast Day of St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles. We celebrated Mass with additional solemnity, and followed it with Eucharistic Adoration. We concluded the Novena to St. Jude, and had the Litany to St. Jude. The Processional Hymn was performed by the choir of St. Jude's College in Kurana, Negombo, Sri Lanka. The homily appears below.
Homily for Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles
Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude
October 28, 2020
Fr. Rick Lorenz
Today is the Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude. We don't know a lot about St. Jude. Some proposed that he wrote the Epistle of St. Jude, but biblical scholars aren't convinced. Others hold that he is the cousin of Jesus, but they're not sure about that either. We do know that he is the patron of lost causes and impossible situations. Barry Mullin tells me that his aunt suggested him as patron of the parish since it seemed so unlikely to establish an English parish in a French area. We turn to him in our needs and necessities.
We do know that he spoke at the Last Supper. He asked "Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world (Jn 14:22)?" In other words, "why do you reveal yourself to us in your power and glory and not to every individual in the world?" After all, that would achieve the conversion of the world without great difficulty.
I think this question arose before he began his ministry. After his baptism, when he went to the wilderness, he was tempted by Satan three times. He was hungry, and offered the power to turn a stone into bread. But he said, "Man does not live by bread alone." However, he did later multiply the loaves and fishes. He was taken to the Temple, and offered the power to jump off and be borne by angels. This would impress the Jews who would proclaim him to be the Messiah. But he said, "You shall not tempt the Lord." However, he did later cure the sick and raise the dead. Then he was taken to a high mountain, and offered power over all dominions and authorities. He could compel conversion without having to offer himself as sacrifice. But he said, "Get behind me Satan."
Conversion has to be freely chosen. Jesus established the Church and sent the apostles to the ends of the earth, to offer each one they met the opportunity to love him. He described the choice to St. Jude: "If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me (Jn 14:23-24)."
St. Jude's parish faces a choice as well. Our expenses are about $2000/week. Our Lady of Divine Love parish gives $225/week. Our donations are about $1250/week. This leaves a shortfall of about $525/week. The parish will have to choose to increase donations for us to continue to flourish, to gather, to receive the sacraments.
But through the intercession of St. Jude, we put our trust in God. He works in mysterious ways. Today we received an Interac eTransfer of $500 from a lady in Cambridge, ON who was giving thanks to St. Jude for prayers answered. For this Eucharist, we put our trust in God.
Holy Land Christians
Following the 4:00 pm and 9:00 am Masses on 12-13 September 2020, a representative from Handicrafts Holy Land Christians briefly addressed the issues and concerns regarding the Christian presence in the Holy Land. They asked for your support through prayer and the purchase of religious art. Proceeds generate much needed employment for our brothers and sisters in Bethlehem. May God bless you for your generosity, help, and prayers. For more information, please see www.HolylandChristians.ca.
Installation of Pastor
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, SJ installed Fr. Rick Lorenz as Pastor of St. Jude's Parish on Sunday, 30 August at the 9:00 am Mass. An outdoor gathering followed the Mass before they left for Our Lady of Divine Love Parish in Pendleton.