SHIELD OF FAITH BLOG

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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