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Transubstantiation: A Big Change

There are certain fundamental precepts or teachings about our Catholic faith that we must know. The teaching of transubstantiation is one of them. It’s a big word, with tremendous meaning and powerful implications for our life. Whenever someone complains about a...

The Christmas Story and Abortion

In a recent conversation with a friend of mine who is an accountant, she lamented how this time of year is her busiest season.  In contrast, my job of being a pro-life educator means year end is my slow season: people generally don’t want to hear about a negative...

Heartfelt Gratitude for the Gift of a Priest

I will never forget the heavenly joy filled my heart during a Mass at Toronto’s Holy Angels Church. My family had arranged our schedules to be at a special Mass, as Fr. Peter Gioppato, the pastor, celebrated 50 years in religious life. Fr. Gioppato has many God-given...

Jubilee of Mercy in the Archdiocese of Toronto

The Jubilee of Mercy was announced by Pope Francis as a year to be lived intensely in each local Church throughout the world, allowing every person to encounter the mercy of God. The most evident sign of this pastoral care is the chance to open a Door of Mercy in...

Confessions of an Early Advent Advocator

I love Christmas! I start my shopping in July, I plan Christmas events in September. If I could skip right over Halloween and set up my Nativity set in October, I would! (Honestly, I have actually done that last one). When they start advertising the 25 days before the...

Pope Francis in the USA

  Tuning into the coverage of the our Holy Father’s visit to the USA, has been such an incredible blessing. Moments of joy, spectacular welcoming crowds, political speeches, blessings of children, devotional prayers, homilies and an overwhelming spirit of...

Helping Women Help Themselves

On August 19, the Church in the United States observes the optional memorial of St. John Eudes, French preacher and vociferous opponent of Jansenism. . St. John devoted himself to helping France’s “fallen women,” eventually founding a new religious order for them, the...

Do You Know – it is Really Him?

I can remember many books, places, moments and people along my journey of Faith, that solidified my Catholic Faith, one book in particular made me think and rethink the true Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist as taught to me by my mom and the Felician Sisters, namely...

Apologetics – Unapologetically

  I am a Catechist.  I have been a Catechist for over thirty years.  I could no sooner stop teaching the Catholic Faith than I could rip out my own heart.  It is who I am and it gets me into trouble, but this wasn’t always the case.   I had an...

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