Due to the COVID-19 virus, all parish activities
are cancelled until further notice.
The Parish Office will be closed until April 6th.
If you need anything, please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail
with the office at 905-827-2373 ext.1
In case of emergency ONLY call extension 4
All Parish activities are cancelled until further notice.
For background information, please read the March 16 letter from Most Rev. Douglas Crosby, OMI, Bishop of Hamilton.
This is a difficult time in our life. Such times help us to build our inner spiritual strength. Let us make use of this time to open up ourselves to God in prayer, observe our Lenten practices. Before His public ministry, Jesus went to the desert for a God experience which shaped His ministry. Desert experiences are important for our spiritual life. Abraham, Moses, Elijah, St. Paul and many other great figures in scripture and in church history have passed through this experience before they began God’s work. Let this “time-out from everything — desert experience” help us to grow in spirit.
Father Ranjan D’Sa, OCD, Pastor
The Cathedral bells will ring out each day at 9:00, 12:00, 15:00 and 18:00. Please say an Our Father for healthcare workers on the front lines of this pandemic.
Bishop Crosby’s March 23 Decree on Holy Week & the Sacred Triduum – 2020 Holy Week events are no longer public
Invitation to Pray – ALL CHRISTIANS are invited to pray the Our Father together on the Solemnity of the Annunciation – March 25, 2020 – at noon
Rewatch the Pope’s special prayer/Urbi et Orbi blessing on Friday, March 27 – Plenary indulgence
Fifth Sunday of Lent — Sunday Reflection
With the Fifth Sunday of Lent, instruction to the catechumens reaches its climax. The catechumens will be made aware — that the day of their approaching Baptism is also the day of their resurrection. After they have proven their grasp on this essential Christian teaching, they will join the ‘faithful’ to pray the ‘Our Father’ for the first time during this mid-week. Let us then try to understand the teaching that is presented in today’s liturgy.
The scripture begins with a rather strange family. Mention is made of a brother living with two of his sisters and nothing is spoken about their parents (unusual for a Jewish writer). John, in a strange way, speaks about Christian family. All believers in Christ are one family — brothers and sisters in Christ and there is no superior among them. This family is “of one heart and one mind”. The death of one person (a brother) has affected all of them.
John is using Jesus’ words to help the early Church understand what it means to have ‘life in Christ’. Believing in Christ does not stop us from facing our natural death. John emphasises that Jesus waited for two more days to allow Lazarus to die so that He could give Lazarus new life. Saint Paul explains beautifully this mystery in the second reading. Paul implies that Jesus is part of God, and God has no beginning nor end. As a human person, Jesus dies on the cross — a sacrifice for the salvation of humanity. God the Father raised Jesus and gave Him His divine Glory. Saint Paul says that every believer receives in Baptism the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. Therefore, when we believe in Christ even though we die, we will live.
The early Church firmly believed that our death is the beginning of a much greater and fuller life. It celebrated the deaths of the Saints. The divine life which a believer receives in Baptism cannot be seen or touched, but it will fully manifest at his death. His faith in Christ will lead him to eternity. Jesus ordered the bystanders to remove the stone which blocked Lazarus’ tomb. In Jesus’ resurrection, death has been conquered, the stone is removed and we have the pledge of eternal life.
There is a pleasant scene in today’s scripture which teaches us the basic, yet very important step in the growth of our faith. Jesus waited for Mary and Martha to come to Him before He entered the village. Jesus did not want Mary and Martha to grieve aimlessly or to look inwardly for consolation. Rather, He wanted them to initiate the movement to go to Him. He waited for them to come to Him first, before He gave Lazarus his life back. It is an invitation for all of us to find Jesus in our times of struggle. Our struggles bring meaning when we face them in Christ. He is our ‘Resurresction and our Life’.
Fr. Ranjan D’Sa, OCD
Featured Faith Resources
Formed.org is offering 40 days of access free – it’s like Catholic Netflix
The Institute of Catholic Culture has free self-paced courses, webinars, live events, resources
Catholic Answers Live – weekday radio show answering questions about Catholicism. Archived shows available – scroll down to radio calendar.
While we can’t attend Mass together, we can watch the Mass on TV and the internet. When the time comes for communion, you can make a spiritual communion (On the right):
Watch Mass on the internet:
Watch Mass on television:
Vision TV: Sunday 8:00 a.m.; Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. & 12:00 noon; Saturday 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Salt+Light: Sunday 11:00 a.m. & 10:30 p.m.; Monday-Saturday 6:30 am. 9:30 a.m. (with Pope), 11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Regular Mass Times
All church activities are currently cancelled.
The times below will resume after the threat of COVID-19 has passed.
"We must sow the seed, not hoard it."
"A man who governs his passions is master of his world. We must either command them or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil."
"Arm yourself with prayer instead of a sword; be clothed with humility instead of fine raiment."
"To love is to will the good of the other."
-Saint Thomas Aquinas - Dominican friar, priest, philosopher, Doctor of the Church
"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire."
-Saint Catherine of Siena - third order Dominican, theologian, Doctor of the Church
"When we serve the poor and the sick we serve Jesus. We must not fail to help our neighbours, because in them we serve Jesus."
-Saint Rose of Lima - lay tertiary member of the Dominican Order
"He who wishes to paint Christ's story must live with Christ."
-Blessed Fra Angelico - Dominican friar, painter