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A few weeks ago, I wrote about how heavily the cathedral has come to be used since we’ve moved in, and how having that many people coming through the doors impacts the costs of maintenance and upkeep on our facility. While many of you said how much you appreciated the insights into what is involved in keeping this space running, we’ve also heard people talking about what we do (or what they suspect we do) spend our money on.
Someone recently speculated that one of the reasons we’re running a deficit must be because we’re spending huge sums of money on flowers and other decorative items. According to their calculations, since someone they knew had recently spent several thousand dollars for flowers at their wedding, we must surely be spending at least that much here each month, given the large array of plants and flowers we use to decorate the Cathedral.
As the 100th anniversary of the visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three shepherd children in Fatima is only days away, my strong memory of actually visiting the spot becomes ever stronger.
Last year my husband and I had the opportunity to visit Fatima. As I stepped down from the bus, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace despite the fact that we were surrounded by other pilgrims. Tour operators trying to corral their charges, buses coming and going and the hum of whispers did not detract from my sensing that we were in the presence of something very special. I broke away from our group to what I knew was a once in a lifetime experience.
I often get asked the question: “How are things going with the youth groups?” or “what exactly do you do in youth ministry” or (my personal favorite) “why so much pizza???”
Youth ministry exists in our church to provide our youth with opportunities for evangelization, discipleship, and community. This takes flesh in many ways; from taking selfies with a cardboard cutout of the Pope, to leading a group of high school students through Eucharistic Adoration, to ordering in enough pizza for 100 youth on a Tuesday night – the Holy Spirit moves in many ways!
We are fast approaching the month of May, wherein we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Apparition of the Blessed Mother to three children – Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. Blessed Francisco and Jacinta may be canonized within this Jubilee Year of Fatima as the Holy Father Pope Francis has accepted and approved the needed miracle for their canonization. We also pray for the beatification of Sr. Lucia also within this blessed jubilee year.
In order to worthily celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Apparitions of Fatima, by the mandate of Pope Francis, a Jubilee Year has been granted, with the inherent plenary indulgence, from November 27th, 2016 to November 26th, 2017.
A plenary indulgence of the jubilee is also granted:
Palm Sunday is the last Sunday of Lent. The liturgy has a peculiar mix of emotions. It begins with the commemoration of the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem in the form of a procession. The people of Jerusalem took what was near at hand, namely palm branches from their local trees. Many countries have splendid customs of creating elaborate "Palms" which are clusters of branches decorated with strings of red berries, ribbons, even coloured eggs, a sign of anticipation of the resurrection. These "Palms" form a wonderful bond between home and church.
After the liturgy, the blessed palms receive a place of honor in our homes, usually by a cross. For the entrance rites on Palm Sunday, the processional cross is also suitably decorated.
Easter is the oldest and most important feast on our church calendar. The Easter cycle, also called Paschal cycle, has three components:
First there is LENT , 40 days of preparation leading to the high point, the THREE HOLY DAYS of the Paschal TRIDUUM. The celebration of Easter continues for 50 days to Pentecost.
A lot of events take place at the Cathedral of the Holy Family. A lot of events.
This always surprises people who come here outside of Sunday Masses for the first time. They are amazed at the steady stream of visitors coming through the doors on their way to meetings, school functions, faith formation activities or other events. Some folks are still surprised that anything at all happens in a church during the week. A handful of these activities are rental events, but the vast majority are functions put on by and for our own parishioners, ranging from weekly Eucharistic Adoration to Moms’ Morning Out sessions to Pancake Breakfasts put on by the Knights of Columbus.
Share the Warmth!
All are invited to come together to make 50 no-sew fleece blankets in the coming week. These blankets will be given to our new refugee neighbours who are crossing the border into Manitoba:
- Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre, 601 Taylor Street West
- St. John’s Anglican Cathedral Hall, 816 Spadina Crescent East
- Congregation Agudas Israel* 715 McKinnon Avenue South
*Please do not bring any outside food or drink into the synagogue
- Holy Covenant Evangelical Orthodox Church* 1426 Alexandra Avenue
*Sorry, this facility is not wheelchair accessible
- Holy Family Catholic Cathedral 123 Nelson Road
- Baitur Rahmat Mosque* Hwy 16 & Boychuk Drive
*Please note: this event is for women only
Last week, while I was scrolling through Facebook, I came across this page. Now Carnival, Shrove Tuesday, I am familiar with, but Fat Thursday was totally new to me. I discovered the day is a traditional Catholic Christian feast marking the last Thursday before Lent and is associated with the celebration of Carnival. Being of Polish descent, I had no recollection of ever celebrating this day and decided to investigate a little further. Apparently the day is also called Thusty Czwartek in Poland whereby people purchase their favorite pastries, including paczki, which are large deep-fried pieces of especially rich dough traditionally filled with plum or rose hip jam.