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Tag: Holy Land

Saint of the Month- St. Cyril of Jerusalem

St. Cyril of Jerusalem Born: Jerusalem, 315 A.D. Consecrated: Caesarea, 348 A.D. Died: Jerusalem, 387 A.D. Feast: March 18       Until one has had the immense blessing of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the ancient city of Jerusalem can seem like nothing more than a far-off place from a fairy tale. In… Read More ›

“Carmelite Retreat – Day 4: Recollection & ‘The Pilgrim’ – Retreat by Fr. Cristino

From June 8-15, 2018, Fr. Cristino had the distinct privilege of preaching the annual 8 day retreat to the sisters of the Carmelites of the Divine Heart of Jesus in Mississauga, ON. Several of these sisters ran a home for the aged in Father’s hometown of Medicine Hat and have known him since he was… Read More ›

“Smelling, Tasting & Touching God” – Homily by Fr. Cristino

This homily was preached at St. Albert the Great Parish, Calgary, on the occasion of the First Holy Communion of my goddaughter.  Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (Dt. 4: 32-34, 39-40; Rom. 8: 14-17; Mt. 28: 16-20) “Smelling, Tasting & Touching God” PDF Version

“Reluctant Shepherds Are Hired Hands” – Homily by Fr. Cristino

Fourth Sunday of Easter- Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood (Jn. 10: 11- 16) “Reluctant Shepherds Are Hired Hands” PDF Version

“The Naked Altar” – Homily by Fr. Cristino

Commemoration of the Passion of the Lord, Sacred Paschal Triduum “The Naked Altar” PDF Version

“Where God Became Flesh” – Homily by Fr. Cristino

Fourth Sunday of Advent (2 Sam. 7: 1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Lk. 1: 26-38) “Where God Became Flesh” PDF Version

Blessed Frédéric Janssoone, O.F.M.

Blessed Frédéric Janssoone   Birth: November 19, 1838 – Ghyveldge, France Ordained to the Holy Priesthood: August 17, 1870, in Bourges, France Death: August 14, 1916 – Montreal, Quebec Beatified on September 25, 1988, by Pope John Paul II Feast Day: August 5   Rarely do we know the impact of a person’s life, or appreciate… Read More ›

Great Summer Reads

There is something very appealing – as well as intensely satisfying – about a great summer read. For me, it conjures up images of lazy mornings lounging on the deck, coffee in hand, as the sun pours down and delicately kisses my cheeks. Or late nights sitting up in bed, feverishly turning those last pages… Read More ›

Jerusalem: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

After winding our way through the narrow streets of the Old City, we were excited to finally catch our first glimpse of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. I’m not really sure what I expected, but it was different nonetheless. From the outside, the church is rather plain and unadorned; some might even describe it… Read More ›

Jerusalem: The Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu

In the Holy Land, it seems there’s a church to commemorate just about every event from Jesus’ life. Yet I was still a little surprised when we discovered one dedicated to Peter’s denial and rejection of Jesus. The Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu (the word galli-cantu is Latin for “cock crow”) is built over… Read More ›