Parish Mission – March 27, 28 & 29

‘COME BACK TO ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART’ is the theme of our Lenten Mission this year. Many of you will know our mission leader, Fr Anthony Mary Ibeazor, as he has celebrated Mass for us numerous times. He is from Nigeria and is studying philosophy at Dominican College in Ottawa. He and Fr Bob will lead us on a Lenten journey back to our loving father. Each evening will begin at 7pm.  Monday and Wednesday will be at St Philips and Tuesday will be at St Clares.  On our final evening, there will be four priests available for those who would like to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Fr Bob Writes – March 26, 2017

Fr Bob writes : Fr Denny Dempsey has some interesting comments about our first reading this weekend, where the prophet Samuel is sent by God to anoint a king in place of Saul who disobeyed God.  Here is what he says:

“As the apostles would later think the blind man in our gospel this Sunday lacks God’s favour because of his malady, Samuel judges God’s favor based on physical appearance.

Young Samuel had been placed in the service of the Lord under the priest Eli at the sanctuary of the Lord in Shiloh. 1 Samuel 3 recounts how he learned to listen to the voice of God: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”   In today’s passage, as Samuel is to select the next king of Israel and Judah, he does what we often do … neglects to ask God’s guidance, trusting in his instincts to guide his decision-making process, thus judging “as man sees.”  Before Samuel acts, God quickly corrects him to see as God sees … looking not at the appearance but into the heart.

Samuel was operating under some stress at the time.  Saul, whom he had anointed, was still king. If news got out that Samuel was anointing a replacement without the king’s knowledge, the prophet’s life would be on the line.  We, too, make some of our worst decisions under stress, forgetting to consult God.  May God catch our attention as quickly as he did Samuel’s when, under whatever stresses that may affect us, we forget to consult God for the decisions we must make in life.”

Fr Bob Writes March 19, 2017

A Hymn to God the Father

…………………Ben Johnson

Hear me, O God!

…..A broken heart

…..Is my best part;

…..Use still thy rod

…..That I may prove

…..Therein, thy love


If thou hadst not

…..Been stern to me,

…..But left me free,

…..I had forgot

…..Myself and thee.


For sin’s so sweet,

…..As minds ill bent

…..Rarely repent,

…..Until they meet

…..Their punishment.


Who more can crave

…..Than thou hast done:

…..That gav’st a Son,

…..To free a slave?

…..First made of nought;

…..With all since bought.


Sin, Death, and Hell

…..His glorious Name

…..Quite overcame;

…..Yet I rebel,

…..And slight the same.


But I’ll come in,

…..Before my loss,

…..Me further toss,

…..As sure to sin

…..Under His Cross.

Fr Bob Writes – March 12, 2017

To Keep A True Lent

                          Robert Herrick

Is this a Fast, to keep

The larder lean ?

And clean

From fat of veals and sheep ?


Is it to quit the dish

Of flesh, yet still

To fill

The platter high with fish ?


Is it to fast an hour,

Or ragged to go,

Or show

A down-cast look and sour ?


No: ’tis a Fast to dole

Thy sheaf of wheat

And meat

Unto the hungry soul.


It is to fast from strife

And old debate,

And hate;

To circumcise thy life.


To show a heart grief-rent;

To starve thy sin,

Not bin;

And that’s to keep thy Lent.