Monday, 12 June 2017

STM Patronal Concert


Saturday, 10 June 2017

Scottish Catholics becoming largest worshipping group in Scotland

The Catholic Herald reports that at the same time that a handful of representatives of the tiny Scottish Episcopal Church has passed "gay marriage" rules, and purportedly changed a Sacrament of the Church, the Catholic population is set to become the largest group of worshippers in the country for the first time since the Reformation.

A small Ordinariate group exists there, but the Church of Scotland (by law established) has been on the rails for years as  Presbyterianism generally declines.



http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/04/21/catholics-to-become-largest-group-of-churchgoers-in-scotland/

Friday, 9 June 2017

STM PATRONAL CONCERT, TORONTO - Friday, June 23

An organ and choral concert on 
Friday, June 23
8:00 p.m. 

St. Vincent de Paul Church 
(Parish of St. Thomas More)
263 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto

 

The Adelphi Vocal Ensemble
directed by Peter Bishop

will present

"More Music for St. Thomas"

in honour of Saint Thomas More

 
The programme will include a polyphonic Mass
 
“Western Wind” 
by John Taverner;
 
“Mass for St. Thomas More” 
by Matthew Larkin;
 

Motets by
 
Taverner, Orlandus Lassus, Palestrina and Healey Willan.
 
Organist Andrew Adair will join us once again.
 

Admission is free, but a $20+ donation suggested and encouraged.


Saturday, 3 June 2017

Five Year Strategic Plan 2017 - 2022

STM, Toronto is finalizing a five year strategic plan for growth and development.  The goals are as follows with detail to be defined and confirmed as we enter the stewardship campaign.


Parish Strategic Plan Goals 2017 – 2022

I
Part-time priest to become full time 2018 – 2021


II
Choral Music Programme

     a)    SATB Parish Choir – paid leads with volunteers

  b) Organ upgrade in association with St. Vincent’s


III
Wiring for Live Streaming of Sunday Mass & Events


IV
$645,000 in pledges (over five years)


V
Children’s Music Programme

A Visit to Washington, D.C.

Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Blessed John Henry Newman in the Gerogetown U. Chapel

Blessed J.H. Newman next to St. Thomas More, Georgetown U


Jesuit Foundation


St. Matthew's Cathedral, Washington for Mass on Ascension Day
National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception with Our Lady of Ireland



With our great Canadian saint at the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception -- the Lily of the Mohawks.

Annie (daughter) and I dropped by the White House but Donald was doing something in Rome.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Butchart Gardens, Victoria -- God's handiwork . . . with a lot of co-operation

DAILY DW MASS AT OUR LADY OF FATIMA, VICTORIA

 BUTCHART GARDENS
 BUTCHART GARDENS -- SUNKEN GARDEN -- I resisted  turning on the sprinkler system.  One learns a little in sixty years.







 Canada's 150 Anniversary is being celebrated with a new planting.







 Spring at last!
THE SUNKEN -- A quarry turned into a horticultural gem.  A last look.

A Visit to Victoria, B.C.

Starting the day at Our Lady of Fatima with the daily DW Low Mass celebrated by the Blessed JH Newman Ordinariate Quasi-parish, signs of the patronal celebration of 100 years are visible everywhere.

You know you are in B.C. when . . . 
It is the "Left Coast" after all.



 My mother spent time here in her youth and it was here that she trained after entering the CWAC (Canadian Women's Army Corps).  

I was seven years old the last time I visited and managed to turn on the sprinkler system at Butchart Gardens sending  people running in every direction.  Apprehended by a fierce looking gardener who started to laugh as he turned off the sprinklers I was let off with a minor reprimand.  I hope to return . . . and behave properly! 

 One can only wonder what kind of language they use at this school?

 Major renovations at the Empress Hotel still feature its namesake.


Lady Chapel in Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria


B.C. Legislature recalls the Imperial history.

A late spring but the flowers are everywhere.