Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time. We will all have that day when we are standing before God and our life is played out like a movie. When this happens and God asks each of us, “What have you done with the gifts that I have given you?” How will you respond? The good news – it’s never too late to live and grateful and generous lifestyle. As we come towards the end of the Liturgical Year, let us continue to thank God for the gifts, talents, and treasures He has shared with us.
Last weekend we had our ALPHA “Come Holy Spirit” Retreat Weekend. It was a wonderful experience for all those present. Thank you again for your prayers for our team, and all candidates who discovered, and rediscovered the Holy Spirit in their lives! God is good.
I too was overwhelmed by joy by this experience. We continued the weekend with a last minute supper with a few leaders Saturday night after everything was over. Again, if you have not yet tried ALPHA, please think about joining us in the new year.
Finally, next week, most English-speaking priests will be away on retreat. After almost 2 years of not seeing some of my brothers, it will be good to gather once again. The Archbishop will also be there all week. The theme of our retreat – “The Joy of the Priesthood” – will be given by Fr. Paul Pearson, rector of St. Philip’s Seminary in Toronto. Also, there will be no daily masses scheduled next week. However, the Basilica will remain open daily for private prayers & Rosary at 8am, and there will be a Liturgy of the Word, 8am Friday morning, followed by Adoration, from 8:30am to 4pm. All are welcome. Please pray for your priests next week. Please pray for me. Have a great week. Peace.