Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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April 2, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

       Today, the 12th anniversary of St. John Paul II’s death, is the 3rd and final Scrutiny for our RCIA catechumens as they prepare for their Baptism at the Easter Vigil at the end of next week.  Today is also the Rite of Sending at our 9:00 A.M. Mass for those to receive Confirmation on April 19th at Sacred Heart Cathedral.  And today is also our April Buildings and Grounds 2nd collection.  Remember, too:  200 Club, Community Outreach Day volunteering, Parish Raffle & Dinner.

  Monday (Wayne Newton’s 75th birthday!), our Facility Committee meets at 3:30 P.M. at the parish office to address our ongoing attention to the upkeep of all the facilities that serve the ministries of our parish.  In the evening, are the interviews of our Confirmation candidates preparing for April 19th.  We keep them in our prayers.

  Tuesday is our April Mass at Brighton Manor at 10:30 A.M..  In the evening, our Bell Choir practices at 6:00 P.M. at St. Ambrose, and our Liturgy Committee meets at 7:00 P.M. at the parish office.

  Wednesday is busy.  Staff meets at 1:00 P.M., the Shawl Ministry at 2:00 P.M., Family Faith meets at St. James at 5:30 P.M., our monthly Bereavement session for all who have recently lost a loved one is at 6:30 P.M. at the parish office, the parish Combined Choir practices at 7:00 P.M. at St. Ambrose, the Pastoral Council meets at 7:00 P.M. at St. James in the Resource Room on the 2nd floor of the school, and the weekly Community Coffee Hour meets 7:00-9:00 P.M. at St. James in the Church Hall.  Come on down!

  Thursday (the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I), Fr. Bob Werth will celebrate our monthly School Mass at 9:15 A.M. at St. Ambrose.

  Friday, the 40th anniversary of the 1st Toronto’s Blue Jays game, is also my own 39th anniversary of ordination, thus the first day of my 40th year as a priest, and I pray in thanksgiving for all of you here at Peace of Christ Parish among whom I have spent fully 1/3 of that ministry over these past 13 years.  Here at the parish, this is First Friday, so we have Eucharistic Adoration from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00, Noon Benediction in St. Ambrose Church and Stations of the Cross immediately following 12:15 P.M. Mass.  Remember, if you’re 14 or over, this is a day of Abstinence from meat (there’s some great church fish fries around!).  And tonight, Jupiter is at its closest to Earth and is seen just above the blue star Spica—an anniversary present from God!

  Next weekend brings us to the beginning of Holy Week.  Palms are blessed at the beginning of each Mass, and St. Matthew’s Passion is the Gospel.  The Church divides this long passage up in several ways for proclamation at the liturgy.  At the 4:30 Saturday Mass, we use the method outlined in the missalette at St. James.  At the 5:00 P.M. Sunday Mass, we use another publisher’s 3-part method proclaimed by 3 voices from the sanctuary.  At the other four Masses, I am annually amazed and so appreciative of a group of our lectors who (having begun preparing for this last Fall!) proclaim with the priest not from pages in a book but totally by heart the entire authorized version of the Passion as found in the Book of the Gospels.  As you attend whichever of these Masses best appeals to your own spirit, may it begin your best Holy Week ever all the way to Easter.  Peace to all!

                 —Father Schrader