Homily – May 17, 2015

May 17th, 2015

One of the big events the city and the province are preparing for is the upcoming Pam Am and Parapam Games. The games begin on July 10 and whole event will end Aug 15th. Stadiums and the athlete’s village are all under construction. Commuters are going crazy with all the road work being done to be ready when the games start. Athletes will be here from Canada, the U.S., the Caribbean and Latin America. There will be an extraganza at the opening and closing of the games.

The high light of each event will be when the athletes go to the podium to receive their medals in recognition of their years of the hard work of training and discipline. It is then they know it was all worthwhile.

Stretch your imagination a bit and see today’s feast of the Ascension of Jesus as His going to podium to receive his gold medal and the praise of his father. His great feat was obeying the Father’s will and emptying himself of his divinity and taking to himself our humanity. Jesus humbled himself by enduring a humiliating death of a common criminal. Because of this the Father raised Jesus up in the Resurrection and gave him a name above every other name that can be named, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Jesus’ medals are his five wounds, blazing badges of his undying love for each of us.

Maybe we could also imagine that standing on the podium with Jesus are his Mother Mary and her husband Joseph both of whom made their lives available to God so that the Word could be made flesh and dwell amongst us.

The resurrection of Jesus and this feast of his Ascension to the Father are inseparable. The church separates their celebration so that we better grasp the meaning of two aspects of a single, indivisible event.

But what has all that to do with us?

In our first reading, Paul’s letter to the Christian community in Ephesus, he prays for his converts that God give them a spirit of wisdom and revelation as they come to know him, so that with the eyes of their heart enlightened they may come to know what is the hope to which Christ calls them, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance, what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for those who believe. Paul is praying that these good people come to appreciate and embrace the deep relationship they have with the Father Son and Holy Spirit because of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Paul calls them to live a life that is worthy of the calling to which they have been called.

A number of years ago I attended a funeral for one of our priests and the homilist was using the example of an up and coming baseball pitcher. The pitcher never realized his dreams. As the homilist said, pointing to his head – he had it here – and then pointing to him arm – but he didn’t have it here.

When it comes to our faith in Jesus our Christ most of us have it here – in our heads, we know all the prayers, we can recite the apostle’s creed, but how many of us have it here – in our hearts? How many of us know, as St. Paul says, with the eyes of our hearts what is the hope to which the risen Christ calls us? How many of us open our lives to a loving, life giving relationship with Christ? How many of us really trust in the love of the crucified Christ? How many of us see our faith as a reality that is meant to grow and deepen in and through our relationship with other people? Do we really believe we meet Christ, serve Christ and love Christ in every person who comes into our lives?

On this feast of the Ascension, this feast of fulfillment we can all ask for that spirit of wisdom and revelation as we come to know him, so that with the eyes of our hearts enlightened we may come to know what is the hope to which Christ calls each one of us and what are the riches of his glorious inheritance, what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for we who believe. May we have it here and most importantly have it here.

Bulletin – May 17, 2015

May 16th, 2015

VICTORIA DAY

Monday, May 18th is Victoria Day. The Parish Office will be closed.
There will be no 9:00 AM Mass that day.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to the following children from our parish attending the Children’s Faith Program, Private and other Catholic Schools who received their First Communion as a group on Sunday, May 10th, 2015.

Leilani Bumanglag
Claire Burke
Maya Contway-Chand
Carina D’Souza
Mathew Durante
Mayven Farinha
Natalie Fung
Maximiliano Golshenas Rad Campuzano
AthrunHui
Coco Victoria Muradali
LaurynRamirez
Lilith Rhee
Jeremiah Thomas Saguil
Audrey Seymour
Catharina Tibau
Maximilian Wong
Sabrina Wong

It was a beautiful celebration. Let us promise to support these young people with our prayers as they continue on their journey of faith.

ST. GABRIEL’S YOUTH GROUP TEA AND FLOWER SALE

St. Gabriel’s Youth Group would like to thank you for your generous support of their tea and flower sale. They raised $1,085 which will go towards the group’s expenses for the World Youth Day to be held in Poland in July, 2016.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

May 18th to May 23rd 2015

MONDAY – VICTORIA DAY – No 9:00 AM Mass
TUESDAY – ANA SOFIA NASCIMENTO &
DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY
– Requested by the Family
WEDNESDAY – SR.VIVINA DECK I.B.V.M – Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie
THURSDAY – CECILIA MANALANG – Requested by Plutarco Manalang
FRIDAY – PATRICK & NANCY YEUNG – Requested by Paul & Wai Chin Hwang & Family
SATURDAY – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE HOLLOHAN
& STAPLETON FAMILIES
– Requested by the Family

CONFIRMATION

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday, May 24th at 7:30 PM at St. Gabriel’s Church. In preparation for this Sacrament, a Confirmation Retreat will be held on Saturday, May 23rd from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at St. Gabriel’s Church.

All candidates must attend. Candidates are reminded to bring a signed letter from the service coordinator or a parent stating the completion or anticipated date of completion of volunteer service hours.

PLANNING TO BE A CATHOLIC TEACHER?

It is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic School Board in Ontario, as part of your application for employment, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor. If you are planning to apply to teach in a Catholic School, a contact with the pastor is highly recommended. Please plan to have a conversation with your Pastor early in the process, well before applications are to be submitted.

FEED THE HUNGRY

Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall or the Good Shepherd Centre. With everyone struggling at this time, these donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your ongoing support.

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF

The Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting financial contributions for humanitarian relief following the catastrophic effects of a serious earthquake on April 24th The earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, and aftershocks have devastated huge areas of the country, with more than 7,000 people reported dead, many more injured and thousands of families displaced from their homes.

Relief workers from the official Catholic relief agency on the ground, Caritas Internationalis, say the victims most need temporary shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene supplies as relief operations gear up. So far, Caritas organizations around the world have pledged $3.3 million to the relief effort as well as providing 10,000 shelter kits and 3,000 tarps.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org

By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411

Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
St. Gabriel’s Parish – Nepal Earthquake – Humanitarian Relief

Donations to Date: $5,946
Donations made before May 25th will be matched by the Canadian government.

SHARELIFE

Working wonders for our new arrivals in Canada…

Within one year of arriving in Canada, large numbers of immigrants who had no prior mental health problems experience mental health challenges that often impede their ability to settle in Canada. In addition, there are few culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services. Last year, ShareLife agencies helped to meet this challenge by providing advocacy programs for more than 40,000 immigrants and refugees in the GTA.

ShareLife, 2014: $220,250.
ShareLife to Date: $120,860

Thank you for your generosity.
Together we can work wonders!

JUST COFFEE

Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.

Regular ground coffee: $5.50
Decaffeinated: $6
Whole Beans: $5.50
Chocolate Bars: $4 incl. taxes
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $4.75
Teas: $4.25

MILK BAGS

Did you know that milk bags can be cut, looped and woven into sleep mats for individuals or families in developing countries? Schools churches and senior homes throughout the Greater Toronto Area would welcome your contributions. Please drop the colourful outer bags in the bin located in the gathering space. Please make sure that the bags are clean and dry.

For further information about this program please visit www.milkbagsunlimited.ca or contact Sharon Gusz at sharongusz@gmail.com.

CELEBRATE YOUR MARRIAGE WITH A WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND!

May 22nd to 24th

Married couples: You deserve a weekend to cherish being together; to rediscover each other and focus on ways to make your relationship even better. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend offers this opportunity. Consider giving each other or another couple you know the gift of a weekend away from daily pressures; time to be with each other and with God on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.

The next weekend will be held on May 22nd to 24th, 2015

For more information and application, please go to www.wwme.org or contact: Gerard & Marge McCauley at gerard.marge@rogers.com or (905) 792-1925.

SPRING MEN’S ACTS RETREAT

May 28th to May 31st, 2015

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre

A Men’s ACTS retreat will be held at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre on the weekend of May 28th to May 31st.

Men are invited to come deepen their Faith.
Private rooms with 2 piece ensuite.
Excellent Food for the Soul and Body.

For more information, please call Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre at 905-278-5229.

DAY OF PRAYER AND HEALING FOR WOMEN

Saturday, May 30th

Do you know someone who is carrying the grief of a past abortion? Hope and healing are possible and God’s mercy endures forever. The Sisters of Life will be hosting a Day of Prayer and Healing for Women in Toronto on Saturday May 30th.

For confidential registration please call the Sisters of Life at 845-357-0258 or email hopeandhealing@sistersoflife.org. Visit http://www.sistersoflife.org/days-of-prayer-healing-testimonies-faqs for additional information.

SEEING WITH HEART – DAY OF REFLECTION

Catholic Parents of Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons

Saturday, June 6th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Scarboro Missions, 2685 Kingston Road

A retreat for Catholic parents of lesbian daughters and gay sons will be held at the Scarboro Missions, 2685 Kingston Road on Saturday, June 6th.The cost for the day including lunch is $40.00.

For Brochure and information call John Montague at 416-523-6449.

DYNAMIC WOMEN OF FAITH BREAKFAST WITH DR. JOSIE LOMBARDI

Saturday, May 23rd, from 9:00AM to 11:00 AM

Markland Wood Golf Club

Join them for an inspiring morning at Markland Wood Golf Club (245 Markland Drive) for a fantastic hot breakfast, an engaging speaker, amazing women & tons of ideas for women wanting to grow spiritually! You will also discover the joy of hosting a mother’s group and the importance of ministering to moms. Tickets are $28 and available at www.dynamicwomenfaith.com or by calling 905-279-7702.

Tickets must be purchased before May 19, 2015 and will not be sold at the door.

FINANCE CORNER

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for Last Weekend
Envelopes 419 $ 7,934
Loose Change 938
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 166 3,153
Total 585 $ 12,025
Papal Charities $ 2,508

Homily – May 10, 2015

May 10th, 2015

In today’s scripture readings the word ’love’ is used 18 times. Jesus makes it clear that the authenticity, the ‘realness’ of our life as Christians, as his followers, stands of falls on our efforts to love other people as we have been loved by God.

This word ‘love’ is the most overuse and abused word in the English language. We often say,’ I love this or that. What we really mean is I like, I admire, I want, I envy or, I wish I had what you have. In our relationships we use the word ‘love’ to entice or to lure another person into a casual kook-up but not honest and committed relationship. We toss the word love around so much that we’ve trivialized and cheapened it.

Love is a costly word, a demanding word, it is a ‘never give up’ word. Love demands fidelity and commitment from us. We see loved lived in a husband and wife celebrating 50 or 60 or more years married having lived through the good and the bad and maybe even the ugly but hung in there and still love each other.

We see love lived in the son or daughter, the husband or the wife caring for a parent or a child who doesn’t even know who they are, who slip in and out of reality. We see loved lived in the spouse who sits day after day at the bedside of the love of their life slowly, ever slowly slips away. We see love lived in the mother and father who will not give up on a prodigal son or daughter who have abandoned the faith or the values on which they were raised. We see love lived as each one of us tries and tries again to live the great commandment, ‘love one another as I have loved you.’

Love is not the same as like. There are people we get along with, people whose company we enjoy. There are people we can work with, spent time with, people with whom we are comfortable. We can love such people.

Then there are people we can’t stand, people who annoy us and drive us crazy. We know bossy people, controlling people, intruding people, people who talk behind our backs or put us down, people who are so negative about everything in life. We brush shoulders with people who belittle our faith, our church. We may work with people who have no respect for our culture and traditions, people who do not respect our life style nor try to understand it, people who wouldn’t give us the time of day. These are the men and women we are called to love. If we love only the people who love us there is no challenge to love. As Jesus taught us ‘if we love those who love us this is not enough, as Jesus said, ‘even the Gentiles do that. He said you are to love your enemies and do good to those who harm you. Love calls us to pray for the well-being of others. We try to respect them even though they do not respect us. We pray that God be good to them even though they are not good to us. Love demands we do them no harm and do not belittle them even though they do not offer us the same courtesy. It is not easy to turn the other cheek but our faith tells us these people we don’t get along with, people we don’t want in our lives are as loved by God, precious to God as we are. We know in our hearts that Christ died on the cross for them just as surely as he died for us.

Because of our inbred prejudice, bigotry, mindsets, deep seated opinions about other people it is a constant battle to be respectful of other people’s cultural backgrounds, their faiths and their life styles. It is not easy to love and pray for religious fanatics who hate our faith and freedom but we have to try.

In one of his recent talks Pope Francis said ‘it isn’t a matter of whether or not we will fall, it is a question of whether or not we will get up? Will we get up after we fall admitting our words, our thoughts, our actions toward others were not worthy of Christ. Will we get up and keep on trying to love others as Christ has loved us?’

Bulletin – May 10, 2015

May 9th, 2015

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

To all the Mothers, Grandmothers and Stepmothers, we wish you a very happy Mother’s day. May you be blessed with the graces you need, with courage, compassion, patience and peace.

ST. GABRIEL’S YOUTH GROUP TEA AND FLOWER SALE

After the Masses this Sunday

Today, Mother’s Day, the St. Gabriel’s Youth Group is selling flowers and tea which would make lovely gifts for mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters.

The money raised will go towards the group’s expenses for the World Youth Day to be held in Poland in July, 2016. Please help and support the efforts of our youth!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

May 11th to May 16th 2015

MONDAY – RICHARD CHUCHRA – Requested by the Family
TUESDAY – EDWIN PINTO – Requested by Anne Pinto & Family
WEDNESDAY – JOHN HONG – Requested by the Family
THURSDAY – BONA KIM – Requested by Susan Kim
FRIDAY – VICTOR ATHAIDE – Requested by the Family
SATURDAY – EDNA & GERRY HATCH – Requested by the Family

PLANNING TO BE A CATHOLIC TEACHER?

It is important for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic School Board in Ontario, as part of your application for employment, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor.

If you are planning to apply to teach in a Catholic School, a contact with the pastor is highly recommended. Please plan to have a conversation with your Pastor early in the process, well before applications are to be submitted.

FEED THE HUNGRY

Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall or the Good Shepherd Centre. With everyone struggling at this time, these donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your ongoing support.

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF

The Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting financial contributions for humanitarian relief following the catastrophic effects of a serious earthquake on April 24th The earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, and aftershocks have devastated huge areas of the country, with more than 7,000 people reported dead, many more injured and thousands of families displaced from their homes.

Relief workers from the official Catholic relief agency on the ground, Caritas Internationalis, say the victims most need temporary shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene supplies as relief operations gear up. So far, Caritas organizations around the world have pledged $3.3 million to the relief effort as well as providing 10,000 shelter kits and 3,000 tarps.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org

By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411

Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
St. Gabriel’s Parish – Nepal Earthquake – Humanitarian Relief

Donations made before May 25th will be matched by the Canadian government.

SHARELIFE

Working wonders for the elderly…

Retired long-term and recently experiencing the passing of his wife, Jamie has adjusted his life again by moving to Les Centres d’Accueil Héritage.

As CAH is the only French-speaking retirement home in Toronto, Jamie is drawn by the camaraderie of other French–speaking friends. He may be alone at this time in his final senior years, but the activities and friendship there give Jamie the love and support he needs to live happily as he freely shares his life stories with those around him. Last year ShareLife-supported agencies provided outreach programs that met the needs of over 2,200 seniors.

ShareLife, 2014: $220,250.
ShareLife to Date: $117,845

Thank you for your generosity.
Together we can work wonders!

MILK BAGS

Did you know that milk bags can be cut, looped and woven into sleep mats for individuals or families in developing countries? Schools churches and senior homes throughout the Greater Toronto Area would welcome your contributions. Please drop the colourful outer bags in the bin located in the gathering space. Please make sure that the bags are clean and dry.

For further information about this program please visit www.milkbagsunlimited.ca or contact Sharon Gusz at sharongusz@gmail.com.

MOSAIC INTERFAITH

Mosaic Interfaith are entering a team in the Big Bike Ride for Heart and Stroke on June 25th and are looking for more riders. If interested contact thisisfran@yahoo.com for more information and let her know you are from St. Gabriel’s. Each rider would be expected to raise a minimum of $25.

INSPIRATIONAL TALK ON MARRIAGE AND ANNULMENT

May 11th at 7:00 PM

Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge Street, 4th Floor

New Beginnings and Catholic Family Services invite you to join them for an inspirational talk entitled Marriage and Annulment. Fr. Brian Clough, Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Toronto will provide you with an understanding of the Catholic Church’s teachings on marriage and annulment.

The Catholic Pastoral centre is located at 1155 Yonge Street, adjacent to the Summerhill Subway Station. Free underground parking is also available. For more information, please call 416-921-1163, Ext. 2227 or email alopechuk@cfstoronto.com

CREATING A VISION FOR MINISTRY WITH MATURING ADULTS

Wednesday, May 13th from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

St. Bonaventure’s Parish Centre

This is a one day workshop to raise awareness of a new vision for Senior Adult Ministry. It is for men and women in the second half of life who are interested in developing ministry for the “New Generation” of older adults. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 13th at St. Bonaventure’s Parish Centre, 1300 Leslie St. from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Please bring a “brown bag” lunch. The Facilitator will be Sister Mary Rose Marrin CSJ, graduate of the Johnson Institute for Spiritual Gerontology and Lifelong Faith Development.

Pre-registration is necessary. To register, call 416-462-1331 Ext. 4224 or email mrmarrin@csj-to.ca.

ST. MICHAEL’S CHOIR SCHOOL ANNUAL CONCERT

Friday, May 15that 7:00 PM

St. Paul’s Basilica
83 Power St., Toronto

Celebrate spring with St. Michael’s Choir School at their annual concert!
Free-will offering. No reserved seating.
For more information call 416-397-6367.

CELEBRATE YOUR MARRIAGE WITH A WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND!

May 22nd to 24th

Married couples: You deserve a weekend to cherish being together; to rediscover each other and focus on ways to make your relationship even better. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend offers this opportunity. Consider giving each other or another couple you know the gift of a weekend away from daily pressures; time to be with each other and with God on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.
The next weekend will be held on May 22nd to 24th, 2015

For more information and application, please go to www.wwme.org or contact: Gerard & Marge McCauley at gerard.marge@rogers.com or (905) 792-1925.

EAST YORK BARBERSHOPPERS 65TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW

Saturday, May 23rd at 8:00 PM

Salvation Army Citadel

East York Barbershoppers will present their 65th Anniversary Show will be on Saturday, May 23rd at 8:00 PM at the Salvation Army Citadel, 2021 Lawrence Avenue East.

Tickets are almost sold out. Please call Jerry Beckerle at 647 220-8407 to order yours.

SPRING MEN’S ACTS RETREAT

May 28th to May 31st, 2015

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre

A Men’s ACTS retreat will be held at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre on the weekend of May 28th to May 31st.

Men are invited to come deepen their Faith.

Private rooms with 2 piece ensuite.

Excellent Food for the Soul and Body

For more information, please call Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre at 905-278-5229.

DAY OF PRAYER AND HEALING FOR WOMEN

Saturday, May 30th

Do you know someone who is carrying the grief of a past abortion? Hope and healing are possible and God’s mercy endures forever. The Sisters of Life will be hosting a Day of Prayer and Healing for Women in Toronto on Saturday May 30th.

For confidential registration please call the Sisters of Life at 845-357-0258 or email hopeandhealing@sistersoflife.org.

Visit http://www.sistersoflife.org/days-of-prayer-healing-testimonies-faqs for additional information.

SEEING WITH HEART – DAY OF REFLECTION

Catholic Parents of Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons

Saturday, June 6th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Scarboro Missions, 2685 Kingston Road

A retreat for Catholic parents of lesbian daughters and gay sons will be held at the Scarboro Missions, 2685 Kingston Road on Saturday, June 6th.The cost for the day including lunch is $40.00.

For Brochure and information call John Montague at 416-523-6449.

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT WEEKEND

Queen of Apostles Retreat Centre
1617 Blythe Rd., Mississauga

Consider joining a Marriage Enrichment Weekend for married couples focused on improving communication skills, refreshing and renewing your marriage.

The weekend is hosted by a team of three married couples and a priest.

For more information contact Gerard and Marge McCauley at gerard.marge@rogers.com or by phone at 905-792-1925.

FINANCE CORNER

Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for Last Weekend
Envelopes 398 $ 7,415
Loose Change 1,207
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving 164 3,117
Total 56 2 $ 11,739

Homily – May 3, 2015

May 3rd, 2015

Last week I drove from Niagara Falls back to Toronto and driving along the QEW through the wine country I could see long stretches of grape vines. They showed little signs of growth and we wondered how our severe winter would limit their new spring growth. Years ago when I studied in Italy I remember farmers pruning the vines in the early spring. The farmer cuts off those branches that are basically useless and in doing so he makes the vine and the other branches more fruitful. I remember too seeing the farmer going home at the end of the day leading a donkey loaded down with the dead branches to be used as firewood for cooking his meals.

The imagery Jesus uses in today’s gospel is so very powerful. He is the life giving, life sustaining vine and we are the branches, branches that draw our life from the vine. When a branch is snapped off the vine it is separated from it source of life it withers and dies.

This images our life as Christians. It is only when we are united to Christ, the life giving vine that we, the branches, grow in our relationship with Christ. Through his life giving grace we are enabled to live lives that image the life and love of Christ. United to Christ the vine we are able to face and cope with the challenges the come our way each and every day. It may the strength and patience we need to cope with chronic illness, our own of that of a spouse or a child. It is a reality, a pain, a weakness that won’t go away but we can live with it because we are sustained by the life force that is ours through are union with Christ. That same union, that same life giving abiding in Christ is what helps us admit to and cope with our own limitations; our impatience, our intolerance, our pettiness, our gossiping, our need to accumulate things we really do not need, our wastefulness and so many other faults that bother us at the end of the day.

Christ, the life giving vine gives the grace to start all over at the beginning of a new day. When we abide in Christ, when Christ is the source of all we do and think and say then we can bear much fruit; the fruit of love, the fruit of forgiveness, the fruit of coping with our own faults and failings, be they great or small, the fruit of being there for those who need us, the fruit of a sensibility to the sufferings of neighbours living down the street next or strangers living in refugee camps around the world. Christ, our life giving vine gives us an attitude of gratitude toward all the blessings by which our lives are blessed.

Our life giving union with Christ gives us the openness to accept and respect the dignity and the worth of every person who comes into our lives. Those signs we saw carried by the peaceful protestors in Baltimore ‘ Black Lives Matter’ can make us think about our own openness to men and women of different color, culture, faith or lifestyle, people for whom Christ died on the cross with the same love as he has for each of us. Black lives matter. All life matters.

I am the vine and you are the branches are written in Latin on the doors of our tabernacle. It is through our reception of Holy Communion that our oneness with Christ the vine is strengthened. As we continue our Mass we pray for ourselves and for each other that through the life and love that is ours by our union with Christ the life giving vine we may, in the ordinary living of our ordinary lives we may all bear much fruit in and thru the lives we live, the works we do, prayers we pray and the service we give.