23 September, 2020

From the Pews to the Polls: Greater Devotion Linked to Higher Levels of Civic Participation

From the Pews to the Polls: Greater Devotion Linked to Higher Levels of Civic Participation| National Catholic Register:

22 September, 2020

Vatican says those who choose euthanasia cannot receive sacraments

Vatican says those who choose euthanasia cannot receive sacraments

25 July, 2020

Growing in Reverence of the Blessed Sacrament

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction follows each of our streamed weekday Masses. Why not spend a Holy Hour with your fellow parishioners online and take advantage of this opportunity to pray in the virtual presence of the Blessed Sacrament? This book review outlines just some of the graces and benefits that flow to us from such a spiritual activity.



Growing in Reverence of the Blessed Sacrament

28 June, 2020

Catholic Bioethicist Warns Against Gene-Editing Experiments

Catholic Bioethicist Warns Against Gene-Editing Experiments: Joseph Meaney, PH.D., speaking Friday in an interview on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly, said that the experiment gone wrong was predictable, because “science, as it emerges into new areas, makes a lot of mistakes.”

25 June, 2020

Everywhere Statues Are Torn Down By The Mob, People Are Next

The promise of bloodshed coming alongside or following shortly after, however, is an historic certainty. The symbols of a people never satisfy.



Everywhere Statues Are Torn Down By The Mob, People Are Next:

09 June, 2020

Finding a ‘Wizard of Oz’ lesson in Pope Francis

The Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Lion can help illustrate three 21st century spiritual maladies that Pope Francis identifies in his Joy of the Gospel.



Finding a ‘Wizard of Oz’ lesson in Pope Francis:

05 May, 2020

New report finds nonreligious people face stigma and discrimination

This should disturb those of us who do believe. We cannot authentically argue for our right to believe and worship as we choose if we don’t support the rights of those who have decided not to believe.



New report finds nonreligious people face stigma and discrimination:

How the Plagues of Egypt Exposed False Gods & Revealed the Truth

Plagues have a way of stripping away what is superfluous, revealing the naked truth. In the biblical account of the plagues that decimated Egypt, the plagues exposed the civilization’s false gods and their utter impotence in the face of the one true God (see Exodus 7 through 11). That might not be obvious.



How the Plagues of Egypt Exposed False Gods & Revealed the Truth:

25 April, 2020

Pope: Faith is shared with others or it’s not faith

Let us pray today for those who offer funeral services. What they do is so painful, so sad. And they experience so deeply the sorrow of this pandemic. Let us pray for them.



Pope: Faith is shared with others or it’s not faith:

24 April, 2020

Priests seek ways to anoint the sick during coronavirus pandemic

As hospitals adjust their procedures due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, some Catholic priests are departing from prescribed liturgical practices to administer the anointing of the sick, earning opposition from Church leaders who say the adaptations could invalidate the sacrament.



Priests seek ways to anoint the sick during coronavirus pandemic:

11 April, 2020

Pope leads 'Way of the Cross' service in deserted St. Peter's Square

Shortly after assuring of his closeness amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak on an Italian television program, Pope Francis on Good Friday yet again appeared in a nearly empty St. Peter’s Square to lead a livestreamed Via Crucis with meditations written by prisoners.



Pope leads 'Way of the Cross' service in deserted St. Peter's Square:

10 April, 2020

Raymond De Souza: In this time of lament, a prayer for the people

This Passover, this Easter is a return home, to where it began. It is not a joyful homecoming, but a painful one, for we cannot gather to worship together.



Raymond De Souza: In this time of lament, a prayer for the people | Pembroke Daily Observer:

9 Things You Need to Know About Good Friday

9 Things You Need to Know About Good Friday:

After a Holy Week disrupted by death, an honest Easter

We are heading into an Easter that stares straight into the eyes of death and empire and still declares love stronger than the grave.



After a Holy Week disrupted by death, an honest Easter:

The Pandemic of Fear and Agony

Opinion | The Pandemic of Fear and Agony - The New York Times:

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis recalls priests dying amid pandemic

Pope Francis recalled the priests who have lost their lives during the coronavirus crisis as he offered the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in a nearly empty St. Peter’s Basilica.



On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis recalls priests dying amid pandemic:

06 April, 2020

As coronavirus death rates multiply, these monks are giving away caskets

The Trappist monks of New Melleray Abbey have always given away child caskets. Now they're offering adult caskets to people in need.



As coronavirus death rates multiply, these monks are giving away caskets:

Australia's highest court to judge cardinal's abuse appeal

Australia’s highest court on Tuesday will judge Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against convictions for molesting two teenage choirboys more than two decades ago. But the legal battle over the world’s most senior Catholic convicted of sexually abusing children may not end there.



Australia's highest court to judge cardinal's abuse appeal:

30 March, 2020

Why Catholics Can Believe in Evolution: Adam and Eve Were Given Souls

St. Augustine, Pope Benedict XVI: the Bible is not a science textbook. Popes Pius XII, St. John Paul II: ensoulment, critical in creation of Adam and Eve.



Why Catholics Can Believe in Evolution: Adam and Eve Were Given Souls:

Why Catholics Can Believe in Evolution: Part I: God's Gift of the Periodic Table - Catholic Stand

“A common-sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature. The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.” 



Why Catholics Can Believe in Evolution: Part I: God's Gift of the Periodic Table - Catholic Stand:

29 March, 2020

Jesus is resolute in the face of death. Are we?

Nothing is more certain than death. Yet normally, nothing is more hidden from our view. We do most everything that we can to not look death in the face.



Jesus is resolute in the face of death. Are we? | America Magazine:

25 March, 2020

What does the Bible say about quarantine?

In recent weeks, the Jewish community has been hit hard by the novel coronavirus. The good news is, we’re old hands at dealing with quarantines. COVID -19 seen from a Jewish perspective. Remember folks, those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat its failures. We'd do well to consider their understanding of how to successfully defeat a plague. They know wherefore they speak on this subject. We should listen.



What does the Bible say about quarantine? – The Forward:

Finding the ‘Common Good’ in a Pandemic

The Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel offers his take.



Opinion | Finding the ‘Common Good’ in a Pandemic - The New York Times:

24 March, 2020

A pastoral letter from +Michael Mulhall, Archbishop of Kingston and Apostolic Administrator of Pembroke

Pastoral letter from Archbishop Mulhall
Fourth Sunday of of
March 22, 2020
My dear faithful from the Archdiocese of Kingston and the diocese of Pembroke,
I'm writing to you on the fourth Sunday of Lent. In each of our dioceses, provinces, countries and continent, Sunday Mass was celebrated privately by our priests. This Sunday was a unique experience as we feel the absence of a Sunday mass together. Many other ordinary activities in our communities have been cancelled while citizens are invited to stay at home as much as possible. It is becoming increasingly aware that this state of affairs could continue for some time.
With this letter, I would like to ask you your prayers for all those who work in all areas and aspects of health care. The vocation of health care has always been dear to the ministry of the Church and these people will be invited to give themselves generously to treat those who are likely to be infected with the virus. Let us also pray for those in public office and for those who hold positions of authority in homes, homes, religious institutions, parish and dioceses as they fight many challenges, including health and financial care of all of them. These are unprecedented moments in our lives, and we pray that the wisdom of the Lord is abundantly granted.
The speed at which these events have developed is breathtaking. The most disturbing and disturbing aspect of last week has been the feeling of uncertainty and insecurity that has created. In the face of the perspective of living in such uncertainty for a while, we each experience the anxiety of the unknown. Knowing that no simple answer is available, it is vital that we ask the Lord to grant the grace to heal this anxiety with a true sense of consolation. Let us first be grateful to the Lord for his continued blessings and never stop singing his praise. And let us pray for the grace to place our absolute trust in providence and in the hands of the Lord. We know with faith that He wishes us to receive His abundant gifts. We also know that it is difficult to accept such gifts unless humble in His presence. I warmly invite you to pray with me the psalm given to us this week in the Sunday liturgy, the well-known and beloved Psalm 23
What a paradoxical gift to be faced with this reality in the heart of Lent! This season of grace offers a blessed opportunity to experience our total dependence on the Lord, as well as form a true religious feeling of petition. May this feeling of petition be strong and pure. Let this be the petition of the people of Nineveh so beautifully supported by the Lord in the Gospels. With such grace, there can be no room for division. May our communion be strong, our constant charity and humility a scented offering to the Lord.
The cancellation of our public Easter celebrations is difficult to imagine; yet, it is a clause that will most likely be in effect. Our Holy Father has provided guidance and assistance for the life of our faith in these days. The bishops of Ontario will continue to help each other and the Archdiocese / diocese will provide guidance in the coming days and weeks for the life of faith, as well as the financial concerns of our parishes.
My dear faithful, please know my blessings and prayers on these difficult days.
+ Michael Mulhall
Archbishop of Kingston
Apostolic Admin of Pembroke
Psalm 22 (23)
The Lord is my shepherd: I have no lack of anything. * *
On fresh grass, he makes me rest. He leads me to the quiet waters
and makes me relive; * he leads me by the right path for the honour of his name.
If I go through the ravines of death, I fear no evil, * for you are with me: your stick guides and reassures me.
You prepare the table for me in front of my enemies; * you spread the perfume on my head, my cup is full.
Grace and happiness accompany me all the days of my life; * I will live in the house of the Lord for the duration of my days.

20 March, 2020

Praying the Stations of the Cross Amidst COVID-19

The Stations of the Cross are a beautiful expression of our faith, which is that Jesus Christ is Emmanuel (Matt 1:23)—God with us. In praying the Stations we accompany the Lord on his journey to Calvary.



Praying the Stations of the Cross Amidst COVID-19:

18 March, 2020

Charitable Canadians unite under “caremongering” movement

Charitable Canadians unite under “caremongering” movement

Churchmanship: George Weigel

Churchmanship | George Weigel | First Things

Churches, other non-profit organizations look for help as they prepare for COVID-19 donation crunch | National Post

As a pastor of three rural parishes, I know all too well how much of a financial crisis the suspension of Church services will affect us. We still need to pay our bills but we have no revenue coming in to pay them with. While we have some limited savings to draw upon, these will soon be exhausted if this suspension lasts more than a few weeks.
Perhaps the answer lies in setting up something like a GoFundMe campaign so that parishioners can provide some financial support. Or perhaps asking parishioners to make electronic transfers will be the way to go. But either way, we will need to come up with an answer... and soon!
Your feedback here will be greatly appreciated in helping decide which way to proceed.
Thank you.
Fr. Tim Moyle
Parishes of the Upper Pontiac


Churches, other non-profit organizations look for help as they prepare for COVID-19 donation crunch | National Post

On the coronavirus, rapid aging, falling fertility and Humanae Vitae

On the coronavirus, rapid aging, falling fertility and Humanae Vitae

15 March, 2020

My thoughts in these difficult times.

On January 27th, Canada had its first confirmed coronavirus case. That number rose slowly but steadily to where it stood at 93 last Thursday. Since then the numbers have started to explode exponentially both in terms of confirmed cases and those requiring hospitalization. It stood at 313 this morning. If you plot the numbers on a graph, it looks just like what transpired in Italy and Spain with the number projected to double every day or two. Unfortunately for we Canadians, it's going up even faster in our neighbours to the south. So the threat is real and present from within and without our borders. These figures were taken from the WHO website and are easily available for anyone to read. If you want to know the facts, I highly recommend checking their site out.
I post this not to try to gin up anymore panic or stress for people, but only to try to reinforce just how dire our potential future looks if we ALL don't get with the program and hunker down in our homes until we are told it's safe to come out. If we do so, it will not only be to our individual benefit by keeping us away from any chance of contracting the virus, it will benefit our communal task of stunting the current exponential growth rate of those who are infected and in need of medical assistance. It's the approach that worked in China which now only has a handful of people infected. It will work here too.
So folks, keep calm and carry on! Check-in by phone on your neighbours, friends, and family and reach out to others for help if you are in need and believe it too much of a risk to venture out into the public square. I KNOW there are many people who are able and willing to help those in need. All they need is to be asked. Don't be afraid to reach out if you're in need. Contact me if we are local to each other you don't know who to call. If I don't know who right away, I can soon find out quick enough and get someone to help you out.
Above all people, pray and be safe. There's no reason that any of us need to search out an early ticket to the next life prematurely. Together, we're stronger than any bug!
You are all in my prayers. I trust you will offer the same in return. Thanks.
Fr. Tim


Help Flatten the COVID-19 Curve with Faith and Reason

Help Flatten the COVID-19 Curve with Faith and Reason

For Italians, this may be among Pope Francis's finest pastoral moments

For Italians, this may be among Pope Francis's finest pastoral moments

Pope to celebrate Holy Week without the presence of the faithful

Pope to celebrate Holy Week without the presence of the faithful

05 February, 2020

Euthanasia law survey prompts backlash from Canadian bishops

 The Canadian government is coming under increasing fire from critics for how quickly it is moving to change the regulations around assisted suicide.



Euthanasia law survey prompts backlash from Canadian bishops:

04 February, 2020

Cardinal Pell's Innocence or Guilt - now a matter for the High Court

Cardinal George Pell the most senior Catholic to have been convicted of child sex abuse charges will get his final chance to prove his innocence next month.



Cardinal Pell's Innocence or Guilt - now a matter for the High Court:

01 February, 2020

Catholic bishops urge Trudeau to scrap changes to assisted dying legislation

The president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to voice "very serious concern" about proposed changes to medical assistance in dying legislation.



Catholic bishops urge Trudeau to scrap changes to assisted dying legislation | CTV News:

28 January, 2020

As coronavirus spreads, churches outside China take preventive measures

The Chinese respiratory coronavirus has spread to almost every province in mainland China, which extended its Spring Festival holiday by three days to delay travel by up to 500 million people.



As coronavirus spreads, churches outside China take preventive measures: