Wednesday, October 31, 2012

monster mash

"i was working in the lab late one night
when my eyes beheld an eerie sight
for my monster from his slab began to rise
and suddenly to my surprise
he did the mash
he did the monster mash [gangnam style] (Bobby "Boris" Pickett - Monster Mash, 1962)
today, i won't be dressing up as PSY - though i do like the all-black-look!  all he is missing is a collar, white that is.  anywho, tonight, while many are dressing up, dancing in the streets gangnam style, threatening "trick or treat", i have my last get together with the Ottawa Challenge, Cursillo for da youth!  i look forward to this mass + meeting, before the weekend retreat!  please pray for the youth of Ottawa who will be going deeper in the Mystery of Faith, in the knowledge and love of God in Our Lord Jesus Christ!  we have been working on this for months, and the time is here.  i helped out where i could, but i also look forward in experiencing my First Challenge Weekend.  after the weekend, the English priests will be away on Study days, so blogging will be, again, at a minimum.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

don't you worry child

St. Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us!
"there was a time, i used to look into my father's eyes
in a happy home, i was a king i had a gold throne
those days are gone, now the memories are on the wall
i hear the sounds from the places where i was born

up on the hill across the blue lake,
that's where i had my first heart break
i still remember how it all changed
my father said:  don't you worry, don't you worry child
see heaven's got a plan for you
don't you worry, don't you worry now!" (Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child, 2012)

St. Kateri, who we canonized last Sunday, had trouble seeing, not unlike Bartimaeus from today's Gospel.  she was somewhat blind due to small pox.  don't you worry child, 'cause Heaven's got a plan for you:  North America's first Aboriginal Saint!

more on my sister a bit later, since she is helping me understand my own identity.  last week i called my dad to share the good news!  you see i may not be aboriginal, but there is Metis in the family.  Dad (born in Mud Lake, near Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL) is about 25%, making me ... so that makes me ... ?  what am i?  i'm a mess, and a mystery!  Canadian, French, English, Bilingual, Quebecer, New Brunswicker, Ontario-er, Metis, ... and most important of all, Catholic.
"Jesus said to him in reply, 'What do you want me to do for you?' The blind man replied to him, 'Master, I want to see.'" (Marc 10:46-52)
however, back to Bartimaeus, the blind man who wanted to see God in Our Lord Jesus Christ, but was bullied by people who knew better.  don't you worry child, 'cause Heaven's got a plan for you!  on the spiritual journey, we are all born blind!  we see, once we know God in Our Lord Jesus Christ.  many people today continue to be obstacles to those who want to see.  for example, children preparing for baptism, first confession, first communion, are often stopped by their parents, by schools, by parishes.  don't you worry child, 'cause Heaven's got a plan for you.  other faithful seek to know Christ, and too often throughout the history of the Church, priests, religious, brothers, sisters, have prevented them from coming closer to Him.  don't you worry child, 'cause Heaven's got a plan for you!  today, priests, religious, brothers, sisters, and all the faithful - the Church - seek conversion and new evangelization, but rumours, intimidation, etc. continue to bully us.  don't you worry child, 'cause Heaven's got a plan for you.  finally, this digital continent (see great webisode on Catholic Blogs, with Kris Dmytrenko + Rocco Palmo) they call the Internet, also has a right to see God in Jesus Christ, just as Bartimaeus did!  don't you worry child, 'cause Heaven's got a plan for you too.  let's keep proclaiming, sharing, evangelizing the Good News through all types of languages and media.  happy Sunday!  bon dimanche!


Saturday, October 27, 2012

anything could happen

"but now I've seen it through
and now I know the truth
that anything could happen
anything could happen
anything could happen
anything could happen
anything could happen
anything could happen
anything could ... " (Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen, 2012)
"i don't think i need You."  that seems to be the prayer of most people today, with respect to God in Our Lord Jesus Christ.  they don't think, but maybe they are wrong?

i am officially hypnotized, mesmerized by this song.  last week, after Region IV Pastoral Meeting in Treadwell, i was headed home trying to wake myself up - late meeting, and i had 45min of driving.  so at 10pm at night i looked for one of my favourite SiriusXM channels, and of course got connected to BPM.  i heard Ellie a few times, and she started singing a song of songs.  i was moving, sick moves like Jagger, you should have seen me in da car! :)  good times.  i love this song, especially this particular remix.

anywho, i thought i'd pop by the blog, since it has been a while.  my video project for the Year of Faith is not over.  my goal is still one a week.  in fact, i think the diocese is now interested in helping this project idea!  however, even if i thought anything could happen with my ubercool phone, today, i am asking myself "why did i get a Google Nexus again"?  there's a system issue and it is now on its way back home to get looked at.  in the next few weeks i'll have a spare phone.  all this to say that my phone - primary video taker for my new cool idea - is now on the injured list.  stay tuned, though, since i think i have a video up my sleeve to share with you.

in the Year of Faith, anything could happen!  anything could happen, and everything will happen if you let God in Jesus Christ!  enjoy the ups and downs.  and never doubt in the one in whom we put our trust.
i know it's gonna be
i know it's gonna be
i know it's gonna be
i know it's gonna be
i know it's gonna be
i know it's gonna be
i know it's gonna be
i know it's gonna be [alright.]

Thursday, October 11, 2012

pump up the volume

"brothers and sisters
pump up the volume
we're gonna need you" (MARRS - Pump Up the Volume, 1987)

1, 2, 3, go!  the Year of Faith is underway!  as i've alluded to, i have a project in mind for this particular year.  videos on faith!

today is the start of the Year of Faith, as well as the Synod on the New Evangelization (how to proclaim the Gospel using new methods, ... technology for example).  a couple weeks ago i watched ABp Lacroix's conference on the subject.  i also watched a few more videos from the Archdiocese of Montreal.  a few months ago i was talking with my classmate, Fr. Craig Cruikshank, Director of Youth + Vocations for the Diocese of Peterborough.  he gave me a great idea, .. that of videos on faith!

over the next year, i plan to have monthly, weekly?, videos on faith!  on my own journey, i am always encouraged to hear the testimony of others on how they've met God in Our Lord Jesus Christ!  isn't that the goal this year? - to know Him better, to love Him more, to follow Him more closely?  therefore, i will try to talk to as many people as possible - French, English, bilingual, young and young at heart, single, married, ordained, brothers, sisters, and families!

i already have many people in mind - including you, :)!  you interested?  last night i had an executive meeting for Ottawa Challenge Cursillo, and someone already signed up for the project!  stay tuned!  also, before the meeting i was at the Cathedral's residence for supper with His Grace and the brothers!  i talked about my idea with everyone, and over the year i'm sure there will be a few more that volunteer!

today, the first that i volunteered, was Mgr Gilles Lavergne!  the Year of Faith also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.  Mgr Gilles lived through it, and has now celebrated 50years of priestly ordination!  he has been everywhere in the Archdiocese of Ottawa - Cumberland, secretary to ABp Plourde, St. Charles, St. Sebastien, Annunciation, and more!  it was great to talk to him today about his journey of faith.  everytime we talk, he is always joyful - striving to grow deeper in love with God, and neighbour!  it is contagious!  i am happy to share with you his testimony today.  if you have ideas for others in the future, please let me know!

often, when i see His Grace, he reminds me to keep the faith!  however, the only way to do that he adds, is to give it away, that is to share it with others!  i hope you enjoy the rollercoaster that will be the Year of Faith.


Tuesday, October 02, 2012

so what'cha want

Regional Eucharistic Congress, 1942, my backyard!
"so what'cha what'cha what'cha want what'cha want
so what'cha what'cha what'cha want what'cha want
i said what'cha what'cha what'cha want what'cha want
i said what'cha what'cha what'cha want what'cha want
so what'cha want" (Beastie Boys - So What'cha Want, 1992)
calm down der boyz, i want God in Our Lord Jesus Christ, truly present in the Eucharist - body, blood, soul and divinity!  plain.  simple.

check it - pics!  i've written about this before (ArchOttawa, blog), and here we go!  we are in the middle of our celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Regional Eucharistic Congress of 1942 (26 - 30 August).  instead of underling this party in the middle of summertime, we decided to wait a bit, and celebrate it in style with Radio-Canada's Jour du Seigneur, live mass this coming Sunday, 10am!  don't forget to press record, and see if you can spot me! :)  here's the dealio this week:
Le dimanche 7 octobre 2012, à l’occasion du 70e anniversaire du Congrès Eucharistique Régional de Hawkesbury, nous avons le privilège, une fois de plus, d’accueillir chez nous à la Paroisse de Saint-Pierre-Apôtre, l’émission Le Jour du Seigneur de Radio-Canada. Cette présentation se concrétise grâce à la rencontre harmonieuse de la communauté chrétienne en prière, une équipe de la télévision, et les téléspectateurs. Votre participation est de très grande importance pour que cette émission soit des plus accueillante, pieuse, chaleureuse et inoubliable pour notre communauté. Il y a 70 ans que l’église Saint-Alphonse accueillait des chrétiens du diocèse de Hull et d’Ottawa pour célébrer ce Congrès eucharistique régional de chez nous. 
Afin d’assurer le succès de cette cérémonie, nous avons retenu le programme ci-dessus; lundi le 1 octobre Célébration eucharistique à 9h – Temps d’adoration de 9h30 à 16h;   mardi le 2 octobre Célébration eucharistique à 9h – Temps d’adoration de 19h à 20h; mercredi le 3 octobre Célébration eucharistique à 9h – Temps d’adoration de 19h à 20h; jeudi le 4 octobre Célébration eucharistique à 9h – Temps d’adoration de 19h à 20h; vendredi le 5 octobre Temps d’adoration (1 premier vendredi du mois) à 8h;   Suivi de la célébration eucharistique à 9h; samedi le 6 octobre Célébration eucharistique à 16h; dimanche le 7 octobre Célébration eucharistique à 8h; Célébration eucharistique à 10h, l’émission Le Jour du Seigneur de Radio-Canada. Suivie de Procession du Saint-Sacrement, et d’un court temps d’adoration.
last time Jour du Seigneur was here, i was in Dublin for IEC2012.  this time i will be here!  we have been praying for the success of our celebrations, including adoration and a Eucharistic Procession in the streets of Hawkesbury if the weather permits.  yesterday was a great success.  please continue to pray for us, our community, and that we all may enter more fully into the Mystery of the Eucharist.  peace.

Monday, October 01, 2012

i think we're alone now

"i think we're alone now
there doesn't seem to be anyone around
i think we're alone now
the beating of our hearts is the only sound" (Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now, 1987)

i'm back from my retreat, refreshed through prayer.  last week the French priests of the Archdiocese of Ottawa gathered at Notre-Dame-du-Cap for our annual retreat.  it was preached by Jacques Gauthier, a man of prayer.  the theme, of course, was just that, prayer!  we all need help with our prayer life, because, as scripture puts it, we do not know how to pray (Romans 8:26).

Jacques Gauthier is well known.  he has written many books (many translated in several different languages) from theology, saints, and poetry.  i enjoyed the retreat for many reasons - from his examples using his love of running, quoting songs, love of the Saints (he's an expert on St. Thérèse who we celebrate today), and also his love of poetry and play on language.  it was great retreat (see pics).  of course, he was there not necessarily to teach us to pray, but rather to inspire us to pray more.

he quoted several things from several books, but one that jumped out at me was a type of theology of prayer using the example of The Little Prince.  le Petit Prince (FR, EN), by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, has always been one of my favourties because of its simplicity, and now it continues to climb the ladder of awesomeness!

priests spend their time helping others pray.  but do they pray?  do i?  the dialogue that Jacques quoted last week is from Chapter 21, and begins with the Little Prince and the fox (translation from the original French into English, by moi!):
"fox:  Bonjour.
Petit Prince:  Bonjour, répondit poliment le petit prince, qui se retourna mais ne vit rien.
(Yo yo ma, says he in reply, turning around seeing nothing.
fox:  Je suis là, dit la voix, sous le pommier ...
(dude, I am right here, under the apple tree
Petit Prince:  Qui es-tu?  Tu es bien joli ...
(wtf(ox)? who are you, says the little prince.  you are neat-o!
fox: Je suis un renard.
(dude, I am a fox.
Petit Prince:  Viens jouer avec moi, lui proposa le petit prince.  Je suis tellement triste ...
(let's chill, eh? suggests the little prince.  i'm so freakin' like Charlie Brown - walkin' around all depressed!) 
fox:  Je ne puis pas jouer avec toi, dit le renard.  Je ne suis pas apprivoisé.
(no can do.  you have to get to know me first.)"
extracting from this short diaologue, ... the theology of The Little Prince, i see God playing the part of the humble fox, while i, playing the Little Prince.  Jacques Gauthier continued using the book to describe our prayer life with God.  before following Him, we need to love Him.  before loving Him, we need to know Him.  and this journey takes time.  often times people say that nothing happens during prayer.  something always happens at prayer, it is just that we might not be aware of it.

i remember a priest once preaching about his ministry.  he started off addressing God, reflecting on what He was hearing through prayer:  "you used to love me.  now, you just work for me."  ouch!  he was describing his own relationship with God - after all these years, we stop spending time with the fox, and we wonder why we are lonely.  ministry is important, leading people to Christ is important, but i have to take that same time for myself too.  these annual retreats help me with that initial spark, that encounter with God in Jesus Christ.  we always have to get to know God better.  we pray for those searching, that they may find Him.  and that those who have found Him, continue to search for Him.

"i think we're alone now
there doesn't seem to be anyone around
i think we're alone now
the beating of our hearts is the only sound" (Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now, 1987)
these words sounds like St. John Vianney's.  he went into the Church one day to pray and was surprised to see one of his parishionners.  he asked him want he was doing.  the man replied, "i am watching Him, and He is watching me."  that seems to be the start of prayer.  just to be present.  we then begin to realize that we too need to be tamed, as the fox reminds us.  anywho, today, we have all day adoration.  i will pray for you, and your intentions.  please pray for me too, as together we walk this journey of Faith.  peace out.