Friday, July 20, 2018

Visiting Grandpa and Grandma


Emilee shows us the Shuffle


Our youngest granddaughter Eden visiting grandpa and grandma 


Eden doing a jigsaw puzzle

A day at the museum 


Meet Our New Priests

  • Fr. Rob Arsenault, Pastor

    I am from Summer Side, PEI, born into a military family so I have lived almost everywhere. My family final settled in Kingston. After high school I had been studying electrical engineering (poorly) when I began discerning the call to the priesthood. I was originally ordained for the Kingston Archdiocese in 1994, but I have been living with the Companions of the Cross Community since 2005. I made my final promises with the Companions on Sept 14th 2011. My personal interests are a bit varied; I have a sailboat and was involved in racing during my time in Halifax. I hope to get back to skiing now that I am living closer to the mountains and at one time was into white water canoeing. I do play golf, but primarily as a penance for past sins! I joined the Companions because I was interested in parish renewal and I was not so interested in the prospect of living and working alone for the remainder of my priesthood. I have served as a pastor for most of my priesthood in both the Archdiocese of Kingston and of Halifax. I was chaplain at Dalhousie and St. Mary's Universities and Director of Evangelization for Halifax prior to being appointed Vocations and Admissions Director for the Companions of the Cross. Two years ago was also elected to the Companions Executive Council and given the role of Secretary General. I look forward to getting to know you all as your priest at Annunciation and in serving you as best as I am able and as the Lord would have me.

    Pax, Fr. Rob

  • Fr. John Likozar, Associate Pastor

    I am originally from Toronto, having lived there for 27 years. Before joining the Companions of the Cross I was working at a food distribution company in Ottawa. I also have experience as an auto mechanic. While I was living and working in Ottawa I joined St. Mary’s Parish and became involved with the Young Adults community. After taking a Life in the Spirit seminar I began to hear God asking me to consider the priesthood. After months of prayer and personal discernment I approached Fr. Bob Bedard who encouraged me to explore this call further and to move into the Companions household. This I did the following September 1993. I spent the next 7 years studying and discerning the call and each year seemed to confirm my vocation to priesthood and to the Companions of the Cross. I was ordained to the priesthood June 10th, 2000 and spent some time ministering at St. Timothy’s in Toronto. I recently served as the associate pastor of St. Mary's Parish and before that at St Maurice’s in the West end. I like to do wood working, and although I am trying to keep this quiet, I can cook (man style)! I am very happy to be with all of you at Annunciation and look forward to getting to know you better.
    God bless, Fr. John

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Catholics Need to Educate Catholics

I know Practicing Catholics who believe that there is a Constitutional Right to have an abortion in Canada .
What else are they unaware of?

Since most Catholic Parishes have a website what better way to educate one another in Pro Life and Pro Family Issues then by this means.

Below is a list of Sites that I am going to send to the Leadership Team of my Parish which hopefully they will add to our Parish website with a link from the Home Page for easy accessibility.  I am hoping that our priests will periodically encourage parishioners to have a look at this PRO LIfe  Page to check out the different excellent websites and articles.

Many Catholic Parishes it seems have very little information in this regard and I think it is time for all of us to step up to the plate and be more pro active in educating one another before it is too late:

The way Catholics and all People of Faith  have been discriminated against in Canada over the past few years is atrocious. We have been stripped of our rights right under our noses and I believe it is only going to get worse .

Emerging Assault of Freedom of Conscience
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Protecting People from Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Very Important 
Below are links for  Women in Distress / You are not alone

Action Life
Abortion Pill Reversal
If you've taken the abortion pill it may not be too late
Call 877-558-0333
Birthright Ottawa - Pregnant and Distressed? We are here to help you 
Saint Mary's Home
Miriam Centre -
Miriam Centre - Miriam Centre  Pregnant? Need Help? Pregnancy loss?  Help with your baby?
Rachel's Vineyard Ottawa - Healing the pain of abortion - one weekend at a time.

Croatia Honors Life to be Born


Friday, July 13, 2018

Pro-Choice or Anti-Difference: Why Is Offering Another Choice Seen as an Act of War?

Pro-Choice or Anti-Difference: Why Is Offering Another Choice Seen as an Act of War?: Across the world, peaceful pro-life prayer vigils that offer support to women seeking abortion have been legislated out in the argument that it is distressing women. The reality is that these vigils are there to support the women and offer her an alternative to ending her pregnancy.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Overcome evil with good

Overcome evil with good
Milena Kindziuk, Andrzej Tarwid

‘He was a persevering and tireless witness of Christ: he overcame evil with good and he shed his blood for that’ – people gathered in Pilsudski Square in Warsaw rejoiced hearing these words of Pope Benedict XVI.

Once they had his phone number and now they participated in the beatification of his friend, colleague and acquaintance. This was an exceptional situation. That’s why those who had known Fr Popieluszko personally were deeply moved that day. And when Archbishop Angelo Amato began recollecting his own visit to the Museum dedicated to Fr Jerzy and shared how much he was impressed by the photos of ‘the deformed face of this mild Priest, resembling the flogged and humiliated face of the crucified Christ, the face that lost its beauty and dignity’ many people began crying. But the most moving picture was the figure of Marianna Popieluszko, a woman who was slightly bent, with a walking stick, standing in her Sunday best dark cherry costume close to the altar, staring at the portrait of Fr Jerzy, which was just in front of her. And then she walked slowly after the reliquary with the relics of her son. Humanly speaking, it was hard to experience. From the perspective of faith one can experience it with joy. And one can experience it like her, the saint’s mother. Since as Archbishop Amato said ‘the sacrifice of the young priest was not a defeat. The blood of martyrs is indeed the seed of Christians.’

In the history of the Church it must have been the first situation when a mother participated in her son’s beatification. And the first situation that she heard her being quoted in the beatification homily. It happened when Archbishop Amato said, ‘The testimony of the Mother of our Blessed is very moving. Marianna Popieluszko said, «My son, Fr Jerzy, was a strong believer all his life… When he served in the army he prayed the rosary despite his superior’s command. I never heard him complaining about God. He tried to accept every unpleasantness in the spirit of faith and love for Lord God.»’

Standing close to one another in the square The sun was shining on the Sunday morning of 6 June in Warsaw. The Polish people who gathered in Pilsudski Square felt that they were a community. United in prayer, reflection and joy they came to pay tribute to the Martyr; pay the debt, express their gratitude and they came to honour him.  

The first pilgrims arrived on Saturday. Some of them gathered at the grave of Fr Jerzy Popieluszko in Warsaw-Zoliborz and others gathered in Wilanow, at the Divine Providence Church, which is being contracted. But the majority gathered in Marshal Jozef Pilsudski Square. 31 years ago John Paul II celebrated Mass at this very place. A crucifix was put there to commemorate that event. And just next to the papal cross a white-red altar, crowned with the symbol of the Holy Spirit and the inscription ‘Overcome evil with good’ was constructed. Around this motto several dozen thousand people gathered in Masses celebrated by Fr Jerzy for the Homeland in the 1980s. About 150,000 people gathered around the altar with the motto, ‘Overcome evil with good’ on 6 June 2010. 
‘I like this altar very much. White refers to chastity. The most important thing is that the words proclaimed by Fr Jerzy were quoted. If all people followed these words the world would be better’, Marianna Popieluszko told ‘Niedziela’ just before the beginning of the beatification ceremony.
Parishes from all over Poland organised special pilgrimages but there were numerous individual pilgrims, too. An old man with a walking stick came from Grodno and going around the altar he asked the passers-by whether they had an extra invitation for the beatification Mass. Some woman took such an invitation out of her handbag and gave it to him.   

Among the crowds there was also a group of 11 people from the region of Silesia. They ran from the monument to the Killed Miners of the Wujek Coal Mine. They were members of the Catholic Action from Knurow, marathon runners, miners and charges of Caritas. Within two days they covered over 320 km to take part in the beatification ceremony. 

Just before the Sunday Mass many people said that they recollected the 1980s. ‘Then we also felt we were one. First. When ‘Solidarity’ was founded and then after marshal law had been imposed we felt unity during the Masses celebrated by Fr Jerzy. That’s why we felt we must be here.’ 
Like in the 1980s there were artists and workers, the young and the old. They spoke about their encounters with Fr Jerzy; how they listened to the fragments of his sermons broadcasted on international radios. The phenomenon of those homilies continues to fascinate us today. Even those people, like the solicitor Maciej Bendarkiewicz, who participated in the Masses Fr Jerzy celebrated.  
‘Fr Jerzy uttered beautiful short sentences. His thoughts were ordered. Participating in the first Masses he celebrated I was absolutely convinced that he read his sermons. My conviction was based on the fact that he visited my family and then he spoke differently.’ Fr Jerzy was cautious not to introduce any shadow of hatred during his Masses. Every Mass celebrated in the intention of our Homeland ended with an appeal to remain peaceful. It ended with prayers for the government. The participants left the church in the mood of reflection and need to do good in order to overcome evil.
‘People followed him from parish to parish since he had such a gift that they saw themselves better in his eyes’, said Maja Komorowska, an outstanding Polish actress.  

In Pilsudski Square there was another person without whom the beatification would not have happened. It was Cardinal Jozef Glemp who made the decision to let Fr Popieluszko stay in Poland. He did not force him to go to Rome, to escape. If he had done so he would have saved his life. But then we would not have had a saint today… 

The Primate spoke about his dilemma in public in the year 2000 when he apologised for not having saved the life of Fr Jerzy Popieluszko in spite of all attempts to do that. ‘May God forgive me but perhaps it was his holy will’, the cardinal said in his famous sermon at the Theatre Square in Warsaw.
It was Cardinal Glemp that took the decision and supported the process of beatification of Fr Jerzy, about which Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz mentioned thanking the Senior Primate.  

The Mass held in Pilsudski Square was co-celebrated in Latin by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Polish Bishops’ Conference and foreign hierarchs, including Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. The following cardinals were present: Stanislaw Dziwisz, Jozef Glemp, Henryk Gulbinowicz, Franciszek Macharski as well as Adam Maida from Detroit (USA) and Kazimierz Swiatek from Belarus. There were also people from the sphere of politics, including Prime Minister Donald Tusk, former president Lech Walesa, MPs and senators and the presidential candidates: Jaroslaw Kaczynski and Bronislaw Komorowski.
During the beatification of Fr Jerzy the prayers also embraced the perpetrators of his death. The celebrants asked God ‘to show his mercy for the dead and a grace of conversion to the living.’

Timeless message 
The beatification ceremony of Fr Jerzy resembled the joyful days of the papal pilgrimages to Poland. When Archbishop Nycz, presenting the life of the Candidate for the altars, said that in 1987 the Servant of God John Paul II prayed at Fr Jerzy’s grave and the Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, prayed there in 2005, silence fell over the square. The gathered felt that history was happening before their eyes. Their reactions were similar when they heard the words of Archbishop Amato who also reminded them that the Polish Pope John Paul II prayed at the Martyr’s grave in 1987.

The words of the homily about the motto of Fr Jerzy’s life were also meaningful, ‘He realised that the evil of the dictatorship had its source in Satan and that’s why he encouraged people to overcome evil with good and God’s grace.’ Archbishop Amato mentioned the Marxist ideology as evil and a system based on lies, rejecting the evangelistic values that Fr Jerzy defended. ‘Religion, the Gospel, dignity of human person and freedom were not consistent with the Marxist ideology. That’s why the destructive wrath of the big liar, God’s enemy and torturer of mankind, the one that hates the truth and spreads lies, broke out against him. In those years, as it happened in history, in the big area of Europe, the light of reason was overcome by darkness and good was replaced by evil’, he said.
Archbishop Amato paid attention to the universalism of the Blessed’s message, ‘Facing another wave of persecutions against the Gospel and the Church the timeless message, which must rule in our hearts today, is the one expressed by the Holy Father Benedict XVI, presenting a synthesis of the martyr’s testimony of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko. The Pope says that he new Blessed was a priest and martyr, an enduring and tireless witness of Christ; he overcame evil with good and shed his blood for that.’

The beatification ceremony ended with a procession during which the reliquary of the Blessed Martyr was carried to the Divine Providence Sanctuary in the district of Wilanow in Warsaw.
"Niedziela" 24/2010

Truth Never Changes

The following quotations are taken from the excellent documentary
Messenger of the Truth

"It seems tom me that in the history of the Church, the history of Christianity,
there are many examples showing how you have to defend the truth. You have to defend it to the end."

'Justice and the right to know the truth require us from this pulpit to repeatedly demand a limit on the tyranny of censorship."

" That we may be free of  dread and fear but also of desire for revenge , we pray to the Lord."

" The workers of Huta Warsaw asked the Bishop to appoint a church for them so that they could consider it "their " church .
I work and live in this parish so the bishop suggested that the church of St. Stanislaws Kostka become such a church for Huta, Warsaw."

" We are bowing our heads today due to the tragic deaths of our brothers, the miners who perished at the hands of traitors. They perished because they defended a worthy place for God in human work. They defended Justice, Truth, Freedom and Dignity. They defended Love and the ideals of Solidarity."

"Of course, the help of well-meaning people who send us donations from abroad plays a great role too.
In fact I would like to use this opportunity to thank the organization " Medical Aid for Poland."

" Today I would like to talk or rather address the Holy Father in the form of a letter. I hope the penal code does not contain any penalties for writing a letter to the Holy Father.
'During the enslavement of our Nation, you were and continue to be the one who strengthens in us the hope for the victory of good over evil, love over violence, truth over falsehood '"

"Month after month the turnout of people coming to the mass kept increasing. Nowadays thousands of people come. People arrive from different cities. What do they get from the mass. Here people pour out their grief, their pain. They pour it out in prayer, in spontaneous singing, and in silence which is also a great prayer. That experience of community, silence and discipline: and this is probably our main objective, that the suffering that people experience everyday, at work, in prisons, on the streets, that their suffering is not wasted. The role of the priest is to direct, through a Holy Mass, the suffering of the people towards God.`

`Be with them Holy Mother. Be with them, to those condemned to forced isolation without a trial, with all those who suffer from the imprisonment of their loved ones. When it was suggested to our Polish brothers to leave the country, you were saying with pain in your voice, It is impossible that there is no place for Poles in Poland. Everyone has the right to live in their homeland. No one should be condemned to exile.``

`I thank all our guests who come from other cities to get together in prayer, to build solidarity of hearts.
I thank the representatives of the working class from Glowow, from the mines, `Jurjan`and Àndalusia` from Piekary in Silesia, from the plants in Turbet.

`To live in Truth is the basic minimum of human dignity, even if the price to defend the Truth could be costly. `
You need to always remain faithful to the Truth. Truth can never be betrayed.

`I am addressing all those who recently have been threatening me in their letters with - I quote_ `a bullet in the head, a cut throat, or being hanged on the cross.`
Since they are capable of such threats, I urge them also to have the courage to sign their letters instead of cowardly sending them anonymously, or providing fake addresses.`

`To triumph evil with good and maintain human dignity we cannot fight with force. The country can`t be strong if it feels any force. He who is unable to succeed by using the heart and mind has to win by force. Let us pray that we may be free from the fear of intimidation but most of all against the desire for revenge and violence.`

God instilled in man the desire for truth. This is why man thirsts for the Truth and despises falsehoods . Truth, like Justice is connected to Love and Love has a Price. Truth always unites people, it moves them. The weight of Truth frightens and unmasks lies; lies of little people, people who are scared. The continuous battle against Truth had gone on for ages, but Truth is immortal, and lies die a quick death. Hence comes the saying as told by Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski: one needs only a few people to tell the Truth. Christ has chosen but a few to declare the Truth.`

`It seems to me that in the history of the Church, in the history of Christianity, there are many examples showing to what extent you have to defend the Truth. You have to defend it to the end. Jesus Christ sacrificed His life in order to announce his Divine Truth. Likewise, the apostles sacrificed their lives. Therefore the role of the priest is to proclaim the Truth and suffer for the Truth...... If necessary, even to die for the truth. Such examples are plenty in Christianity, and from these examples we should draw conclusions for ourselves.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Amen I Believe

Annunciation of the Lord Parish in Ottawa, Ontario has always been blessed with wonderful priests.

Last week we bid farewell to Father Yves Marchildon C.C. and Father Dennis Hayes C.C.

This past weekend we welcomed our two new priests Father Rob Arsenault C.C. and Father John Likozar C.C. and I know in my soul they will be awesome too. First impressions and all that.

 Below, Father Rob Arsenault with Pat Maloney

 Father Arsenault says the Amen sometimes when he mentions an Article of our Catholic Faith . I like that. And he invites the congregation to do so too. I REALLY like that. Amen says "so be it" and Creed means "I believe" right?
 Whoever says "I believe" says "I pledge myself to what we believe." taken from the Vatican website at this link on the THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

I know Catholics who actually voted for Justin Trudeau who as we all know is the most pro abortion Prime Minister in Canadian History. How can this be then? How can someone say they believe in the teachings of the Church and promote the killing of innocent children at the same time. And why would you say Amen to something that you don't believe in? I cannot comprehend this.

Anyways I'm thinking and hoping that maybe eventually in our parish the Amen will take hold: that is "we will pledge ourselves to what we believe"


I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
 I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

"The Apostles' Creed is so called because it is rightly considered to be a faithful summary of the apostles' faith. It is the ancient baptismal symbol of the Church of Rome. Its great authority arises from this fact: it is 'the Creed of the Roman Church, the See of Peter, the first of the apostles, to which he brought the common faith."

- from the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 194.

"This Creed is the spiritual seal, our heart's meditation and an ever-present guardian; it is, unquestionably, the treasure of our soul."

- Saint Ambrose.