Given in Trust

“You entrusted me with five talents; here are five more that I have made.” – Mt 25.20 Last week, the church community was likened to bridesmaids waiting for the bridegroom. This week, the one who is in a relationship with Jesus, ‘the bridegroom,’ is personified in the poem of the perfect wife. We should see…

2020 Sight

“By those who love her, Wisdom is readily seen, and found by those who look for her.” – Wis 6.12 Our liturgical year is coming to an end. We have moved through the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, and as we approach the Feast of Christ the King, our readings direct us to…

The End of the Parish?

“It was with the joy of the Holy Spirit that you took to the gospel, in spite of the great opposition all round you.” –  Thess1.6 During the week, I read an article in the online magazine La Croix written by an Australian deacon, Justin Stanwix. In the article, the author poses the question, Has…

Ongoing Discernment

“Worked for love and persevered through hope…” – 1Thess1.3 We have a unique model of parish here at Toronto. We value collaboration and the exercise of co-responsibility in ministry and decision making. To faithfully exercise these values, I meet regularly with our Parish Team, Parish Vision Team and the Parish Finance Council. To the best…

A Culture of Invitation

“The wedding is ready…invite everyone you can find.” – Mt 22.8,9 Something that is quite apparent in today’s gospel is that God takes the invitation seriously. Perhaps we should too. Last week, I shared about creating a culture of invitation. Just like the servants in the parable, we have a responsibility to extend an invitation…

New Welcome

Welcome to the St Joseph’s, Toronto website. We’re glad you’ve found us. This is truly an interesting time in the life of our community. The COVID 19 pandemic has affected everybody. As a society, we’ve had to adapt and learn new ways of doing things. It’s the same for us. Our Church is open throughout…

New Ways

“Lord, make me know your ways.” – Is 55.6 NEW WAYS AND NEW SPACES On Tuesday night, a small team got together online to keep planning our first ALPHA ONLINE experience. What is new and wonderful about stepping into this space is that participation is no longer limited by location and accessibility – one of…

Journeying On

“Seek the Lord while he is still to be found…” – Is 55.6 JOURNEYING ON It is becoming apparent that the coronavirus and its effect on our way of life will be with us for some time. Many of us have found ourselves caught in a place of uncertainty. What will happen next? Do we…

MOVING FORWARD

LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD On 13th September, the Church in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese celebrates Perpetual Day of Remembrance Sunday. This feast has been inscribed in our liturgical calendar as a way for us to ‘live in remembrance’ of the pain and suffering caused by child sexual abuse within our community. This is not an easy…

Father’s Day

FATHER’S DAY I have just finished reading the book, The Father Factor, by Peter O’Shea and Robert Falzon. The book examines the effect of father figures in today’s world. The book is filled with science-based evidence and anecdotal stories that celebrate the critical role of fathers in the life of every person. I’ll share just…