SHIELD OF FAITH BLOG

What More Do We See? PART IV

WHAT HAVE WE SEEN? During this latest message series we have all been invited in different ways to look beyond the obvious and the surface level realities of things. We have been called to pause, observe and see the deeper understanding of what God has to offer us....

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WHAT MORE DO WE SEE? PART III

“HEROES OF FAITH” GOING BEYOND THE OBVIOUS In our last message series of the season, we continue to explore our faith and the pandemic we are in, looking beyond the obvious surface level realities. It has been a long and difficult journey for all of us. In many ways,...

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WHAT MORE DO WE SEE? PART II

LATE NIGHT SURPRISE Last weekend, after the Sunday morning live-streamed Mass at 11 AM, Jeff Regan (our computer/tech guru) and I chatted about the different ways we need to continue to reach out and cast the net using our technology and equipment trying to bring...

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WHAT MORE DO WE SEE?

By Fr. John Jasica   IT HAS BEEN TOO LONG It seems so long ago that we received the announcement from Bishop Fabbro that our churches needed to close for the safety of the faithful due to the pandemic. Many thought that this would be a short term reality and that...

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THE CHALLENGE OF LIVING IN A PANDEMIC

By Deacon Mark Castanier We are approaching three months of lockdown due to the pandemic. Did we all think it would be this long? I remember at the start of the lockdown hoping we would be celebrating Mass together on Pentecost Sunday. I am truly sad we won’t be...

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GOING THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC

Dear Parishioners, I am delighted to write to you knowing that at this time it is not possible to physically meet with you at St. George Parish. It is, however, a great honor to be connected online with all of you. From the first week St. George was on lockdown, I...

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NAVIGATING COVID-19

By Deacon Dennis Rivest Peace be you! Two months into this Coronavirus Pandemic “lockdown” has left me with many emotions. I am deeply saddened that our churches are closed and we are unable to gather and have access to the Sacraments. As a deacon I struggle with the...

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EMBRACING MY FAITH DURING COVID-19

By Mary Catherine Bishop--Pastoral Minister Hello everyone!! I would first like to share with you how much I miss all of you and I pray daily that God is taking care of you and your families. I also want to thank all of you who are our frontline workers for all the...

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POPE FRANCIS MAY 2020 LETTER TO THE FAITHFUL

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The...

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SHARING THE ROAD: Seeing Jesus in Each Other

CONTINUING MESSAGE SERIES As we continue in our new Easter message series—HE IS RISEN: SEEING JESUS TODAY, we are exploring the many different ways we can see Jesus in our lives here and now. Jesus is not only risen in our beliefs, but with the eyes of faith and our...

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HE IS RISEN: SEEING JESUS WITH THE EYES OF FAITH

By: Fr. John Jasica A NEW MESSAGE SERIES This weekend we begin a new message series during the Easter season. Despite the challenging time we face with the COVID-19 pandemic, we still need to seek and deepen our faith. In fact, we need to fervently seek out God’s...

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WHAT DOES THIS EASTER REALLY MEAN FOR US?

A VERY DIFFERENT EASTER There is no question that this Lent and Easter weekend is the most different and challenging of our lives. Our churches are closed, we have been not been able to go to confession or receive communion and we have not been able to gather as...

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BUILDING UP OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES AT HOME

By Fr. John Jasica As we journey through this most difficult time dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all making changes, adapting to various circumstances and realizing hopefully what are the most important people and things in our lives. With stores, schools,...

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FAITH IN THE TIME OF CRISIS

By Fr. John Jasica HOW THINGS CAN CHANGE SO QUICKLY How things have changed in the last week. Before the COVID-19 virus really hit our area I was concerned with so many other things. I am sure all of you, like me, knew that the virus would come our way and knew some...

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CATHOLIC ATHEIST – GOD LOVES US!

DRIFTING AWAY FROM GOD This new message series challenges us to reflect on what we believe about God and how our faith does or doesn’t connect with our daily lives. We can so easily and slowly drift from our faith dealing with so many other good and important things....

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WHAT AM I DOING FOR LENT?

THE SEASON IS HERE!! This Wednesday we begin the holy season of Lent, which for all of us brings many different thoughts. From giving up coffee, knowing that the Roll Up the Rim to Win contest will start, to thinking about what to give up during this season of prayer,...

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HOME ALONE – LONELINESS IN OUR WORLD TODAY

By Fr. John Jasica The latest message series being presented by Deacon Dennis, Fr. Pedro and Deacon Mark remind us of one of the most challenging struggles in our world today. It is quite evident especially in North America, and yes, even in our very city—loneliness...

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LENT IS COMING — REMEMBERING GOD

By Fr. John Jasica As we enter into the month of February, we draw close to the Lenten season which begins on Wednesday February 26 with Ash Wednesday. The Lenten season is a very holy time of prayer, sacrifice and service. It beckons us to the fundamentals of our...

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The Joy of Love

By Nico Tessel On Saturday, December 7th, 2019, Fr. John lead a Men’s Retreat organized at St. George Parish from 9 am until 2 pm. This retreat was open to all the Knights of Columbus members and all other men of St George Parish. The subject of the retreat was Pope...

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The Fear of Losing Stability

By Deacon Mark Castanier We continue our preaching series called INSOMNIA – THE LIES THAT KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT. Fr. John kicked off the series when he talked about the fear of abandonment and rejection. In the second week Deacon Dennis discussed money fears. In our...

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THE HEALING POWER OF FAITH

By Fr. John Jasica A WAY OUT OF DARKNESS As we journey through the latest message series called BAGGAGE: The Importance of Forgiveness, we have been reflecting on the power, grace and light of actually forgiving those who have hurt us—of letting go of that baggage...

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SHARING THE LIGHT OF CHRIST

By Mary Catherine Bishop As Christians we celebrate the Advent Season in hopeful anticipation of the birth of our Saviour. We put up lights and decorations; assemble our nativity scenes; shop for gifts; prepare food to share at our tables and gather as a community to...

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DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?

By Fr. John Jasica We continue our new message series (preaching series) called INSOMNIA - THE LIES THAT KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT. Last weekend we looked at the fear of abandonment and rejection. This weekend we look at the fear of death. WHAT HAPPENS AT DEATH? One of the...

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JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE

By Fr. John Jasica We continue our message series (preaching series) called INSOMNIA - THE LIES THAT KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT. Last weekend we looked at the fear of abandonment and rejection. This weekend we look at money fears. “SHOW ME THE MONEY” When I think about this...

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WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT?

By Fr. John Jasica This weekend we begin our new message series (preaching series) called INSOMNIA - THE LIES THAT KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT. This is on the heels of our first series which I think went very well — at least for us preachers!! We are excited about this...

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INVEST IN FAITH – YOURSELF & YOUR FINANCES

By John Craven Finance Committee Member One important way that parishioners can invest in St George’s is to provide their financial support. These investments are used to meet the parish’s short and long-term needs. In the short term the parish uses these resources to...

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CALLED AWAY TO A MOUNTAIN TOP

By Trish Parnham How does one describe the experience of being called away to the mountain top for an entire weekend? When I first saw the date of this Faithcation in Oxley I immediately thought that I could not possibly go. I had family coming from Victoria the...

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PRAYER & THE SACRAMENTS

PRAYER LINE By Connie Cote Jesus said, “When 2 or more are gathered in my Name, know that I am with you.” Matthew 18:20. How powerful it is to have over 400 faithful people gathered together online praying for us! This is how I feel about our Prayer Line, whether I am...

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THE CALL TO SERVE

CHALLENGED TO SERVE By Joanne Sequeira Over the past few years we have been hearing Fr John talk about growing as faithful disciples. This inspired me to make inquires about how I could be more involved in the parish. I was offered the opportunity to serve as a...

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PARISH FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES

FORMED.ORG By Wanda Crossman I started coming to St George Parish just 3 short years ago. I was part of the RCIA program that started in the fall of 2016. This is where I was first introduced to Formed.org! The Symbolon Program that was used for formation was easy to...

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THE SUMMER IS OVER!! A REVIEW

BACK TO SCHOOL I can’t believe that this weekend marks the end of summer. School starts on Tuesday which officially ends the summer holidays. The times of relaxation, rest and travel are now behind us. It brings some sadness but also some excitement and anticipation!!...

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EMMAUS ROAD — THE RCIA JOURNEY OF CONVERSION

NEW CATHOLICS—NEW LIFE SETTING US ALL ON FIRE!! We are so blessed to welcome into our parish family 17 new Catholics. What a wonderful blessing it has been to watch them grow in faith and experience God’s love through the Sacraments. It is such a privilege for our...

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STORIES OF FAITH & TRANSFORMATION – EMMAUS ROAD (RCIA)

Being a Sponsor for RCIA by Trish Parnham I have to say that my journey with the Emmaus Road R.C.I.A. was both unexpected and surprising. But most of all it was a great blessing.  This journey began in November when Mary Catherine asked me if I would like to be a part...

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THE PARISH: HOME OF OUR FAITH JOURNEY

ST. GEORGE OUR PATRON This weekend we celebrate the feast of our patron—St. George, who with complete trust in Christ placed his faith above everything else, even his own life!! As the patron of our parish, he beckons us to do the same—to always place Jesus above...

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THE MINISTRY OF HEALING

By Sharon Hunt - St. George Bereavement Team Six months ago, a newly formed Bereavement Team began its service providing support to families of our deceased parishioners. Team members are present for funeral home visitation and vigil prayers, attend the funeral Mass,...

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A FAMILY’S JOURNEY OF FAITH

By Gabriella Woodey It has always been a blessing for us that our child feels at home in our Church community.   This year we were fortunate enough to journey with James toward his First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. James has been looking forward to this...

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BECOMING CATHOLIC

My name is Debbie Hurley.  This is a brief look at my very long journey of faith to becoming a Catholic.  You may or may not know me but I have sat amongst all of you for over 30 years celebrating Mass.  I have experienced pride and great joy as my two children have...

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Answering God’s Call: A Journey of Faith

By Mary Catherine Bishop One of the greatest joys of my work in ministry is helping people discern their call to join the Catholic Church. This year we are blessed to have 16 men and women who have indicated their desire to join the faith, who are on a journey of...

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RECONCILIATION – A PLACE OF HEALING, LOVE & PEACE

By: Fr. John Jasica The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a true place of love, peace, strength and joy!! Lent is the season of healing and grace. There is no other place where Jesus meets us right where we are at — right in the midst of our mess, pain, sorry and...

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READY, SET — LENT: The Race to Easter Begins!!

By: Fr. John Jasica LACE UP YOUR SHOES TIGHT FOR LENT Several days ago, after a long day in the office, I looked forward to watching a very anticipated men’s college basketball game. It was Duke versus North Carolina. This is a very significant rivalry since the...

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Let’s Roll Up the Rim……For Lent

By: Fr. John Jasica IT’S ROLL UP SEASON!!! First, I just want to make it clear, this is not an endorsement for Tim Hortons. I do not have an advertising deal of any kind but am open to Tim Horton gift cards if you have any around!!! I have to say, I do love my large...

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SOWING GOOD SEED – RECEIVING GOOD NEWS

By: Fr. John Jasica Back in October of 2018, I introduced the new pastoral year of SOWING GOOD SEED which comes from the Gospel of Mark. We have a wonderful banner hanging to the right of our large crucifix above the choir area in our sanctuary. We need to check in...

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A LIFE LINE FOR MARRIED COUPLES

By Deacon Mark Castanier Retrouvialle and our story In 2001 I was dealing with a large amount of stress in my job and it was affecting our marriage. As a couple, we had become distant and were not communicating very well with each other. Our parish priest heard we...

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NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS & EMBRACING CHRIST

MERRY CHRISTMAS & THANK YOU!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!! Yes—it is still the Christmas season, all the way to next weekend, when we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. First and foremost, on behalf of the entire parish staff, I want to thank all...

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SOWING GOOD SEEDS OF CHARITY

Mary Catherine Bishop, Pastoral Minister, shares her experience of the Christmas spirit here at St. George Parish. The Christmas spirit of giving has certainly been alive in our parish family with our Christmas Outreach Programs. Each year we provide opportunities for...

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What Does It Mean to be a Faithful Disciple?

And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I...

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9 DAYS WITH ST. PEREGRINE

In September, many parishioners came together to pray the nine day novena to St. Peregrine — The patron saint of Cancer Patients and all those who are ill. We had nearly 500 names placed in our Book of Intentions to be remembered as we prayed each morning at 8 AM and...

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SOWING GOOD SEEDS

The new pastoral year in our parish begins this Thanksgiving Weekend. We are called to receive God’s grace, love and joy and then share it in our daily lives helping build the kingdom!! As we celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend with family and friends, I cannot help...

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MASS APPEAL — STRENGTHENING OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES!!

The weekend experience has to be one that inspires, comforts, strengthens and enriches the lives of those who attend. That they encounter the Risen Lord through it all!! Sometime in late March, I invited Fr. Pedro, Mary Catherine, Deacon Dennis and Deacon Mark for an...

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A SUMMER OF CHANGE

A SUMMER OF CHANGE This summer at St. George was truly a time to give thanks and say goodbye to some staff members and to welcome some new faces to St. George Parish GIVING THANKS & FAREWELL!! This summer was filled with opportunities to give thanks to some...

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FIATFEST 2018 – Part 2

FIATFEST 2018 ***PART TWO*** By Roberta Gibson - Coordinator of FIAT (This is a continuation from the last edition of the Shield describing FIATFEST with 200 young people involved with FIAT) Faith in Action Team members were able to participate in one of two...

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FIATFEST 2018 – Part 1

FIATFEST 2018 ***PART ONE*** By Roberta Gibson - Coordinator of FIAT On April 19th more than 200 Faith in Action Team members from 12 different schools from the London District Catholic School Board and 2 schools from the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board...

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The Spirit Transforms Us!!

THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT By: Fr. John Jasica This weekend we celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for 85 amazing young people and their families. This is a celebration for them but also the parish. It is good to be in the vicinity of the Spirit!! THE...

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Stories Along a Spiritual Journey

Stories Along a Spiritual Journey These are 2 stories as people reflect on their journey through EMMAUS ROAD - our RCIA program Anna Lam... 8 Year’s ago, I was so thankful to God for giving us our first child. We were very excited and happy to start our new journey....

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Lent: 5 Ways to Boost our Faith

By Fr. John Jasica “Faith is this: to touch Jesus and to draw from him the grace which saves...” (Pope Francis Sunday Angelus June 28, 2015) What does faith do for us? Why do we come to Mass or celebrate as a community of faith? Our lives are so busy, so full of good...

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THE WAY TO MORNING GLORY!!

By Marjorie Braatz “My Soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour...” (Lk 1:46). Never have I lived out these words more faithfully than when I led a small group of women in a retreat ‘33 Days to Morning Glory’ culminating in a consecration to...

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All’s WELL in the WELL

By Angela Mandich The Well is an awesome group of  high school students  and dedicated volunteers. We  look forward to meeting each week to enrich our  faith through community service, friendship, fun, and Chicago style popcorn! It’s a “wellcoming” group that allows...

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BUILDING BRIDGES OF FAITH

Our little Mosaic Faith Sharing Group started a couple years ago.  We love to discuss issues relevant to our times.  When the shooting at the Muslim Mosque in Quebec happened in January 2017 our hearts and prayers naturally flowed to our brothers and sisters of the...

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What about you?

I sat on my couch in front of my computer for most of this past weekend and I didn’t even feel bad – partly because it’s fall now and I had cold – but mostly because I spent the whole weekend watching Papa Francesco light up America. I watched mass, heard Matt Maher...

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Keeping Easter Alive

We are only just beginning the Easter season -- so to keep the flame from Easter Vigil glowing, we would like to share this story with you from one of our new Catholics! Welcome the family Brandy. Growing up we always had the Lords words and spiritual faith in our...

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5 Reasons Why Fasting is Still Important

First of all, welcome to our Lenten blog! Since the fall when were blessed with this new amazing website, we have talked about blogging together as a staff. I'll admit that as the millennial of the group, I'm the most excited. We will be sharing a variety of thoughts...

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