Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ordination diaconale de Michael Hartney—le samedi 16 mai 2015


Ascension du Seigneur  (Année « B »)—Église Saint-Joseph, Orléans
                                               LE SEIGNEUR TRAVAILLAIT AVEC EUX
                 [Textes: Actes 1, 1-11; [Psaume 46 (47)]; Éphésiens 4, 1-13; Marc 16, 15-20]
Le Seigneur Jésus après leur avoir parlé, fut enlevé au ciel et s’assit à la droite de Dieu. C’est en ces termes que Marc décrit l’ascension de Jésus et que se conclut son évangile. C’est comme si nous mettions la boucle sur le passage de la vie de Jésus en notre monde. Jésus est venu dans ce monde nous traduire en mots humains l’amour et la promesse du Père.
Sa mission étant accomplie, il retourne auprès du Père et partage avec lui la plénitude de la vie, dont il fait partie intégrante. Tout semble fini pour les Apôtres. Jésus, le Seigneur est enlevé au ciel. Tout a été dit.
L’évangile de ce jour débute par un envoi en mission. Le Seigneur a donné ses instructions à ceux qu’il avait choisis. Il les exhorte à se mettre au travail et à propager la Bonne Nouvelle à leur tour. Les Apôtres ne comprennent pas. Ils sont lents à saisir la portée du message.
Mais ils font confiance au Seigneur. Ils se réconfortent les uns les autres. Ils se souviennent des enseignements de Jésus. Graduellement ils prennent conscience de ce que le Seigneur attend d’eux. C’est la fin de la présence corporelle de Jésus, mais c’est le début de la mission pour les disciples. Le Seigneur ne leur a-t-il pas promis son Esprit ?
La dernière phrase de l’évangile insiste sur la présence active et pleinement efficace du Seigneur pour que cette mission soit un succès : Le Seigneur travaillait avec eux et confirmait la Parole par les signes qui l’accompagnaient. Et depuis l’ascension, le Seigneur travaille toujours avec nous. Il parle et agit par notre intermédiaire.
Saint Paul nous donne de bons conseils pour que nous soyons des témoins crédibles de l’Évangile : l’humilité, la douceur et la patience. Vivre dans l’amour et garder l’unité. Il y a aussi, bien sûr, les dons accordés à chacune et chacun de nous pour que se construise le Corps du Christ que nous formons. Ensemble, nous grandissons dans l’amour pour nous élever jusqu’au Seigneur et atteindre « l’état de l’Homme parfait », nous dit saint Paul. 
Oui, cette mission nous est également confiée. Nous sommes appelés à porter une bonne nouvelle aux femmes et aux hommes de notre temps. Comme les disciples nous sommes des êtres fragiles, imparfaits, lents pour apprendre. Nous manquons de confiance en nous et surtout en Dieu.  La promesse que Jésus a faite aux disciples compte également pour nous.
Dans quelques instants, Michael, je vais t’imposer les mains. Tu vas être ordonné diacre. Le diaconat constitue le premier degré du sacrement de l’ordre qui marque, pour toujours, celui qui le reçoit. Ce n’est pas une institution. On ne fait pas le diacre. On est diacre. Le diacre est configuré au Christ serviteur. Il est la présence sacramentelle du Christ serviteur au milieu de nous.
Pour comprendre le diaconat, il ne faut pas partir de ce que fait le diacre. Il peut faire des choses, très diverses selon les charismes personnels, les besoins de la mission, les étapes de la vie. Il faut partir de ce qu’il est : présence sacramentelle du Christ serviteur. Autrement dit, ce n’est pas quelqu’un qui serait plus serviable que les autres ou plus généreux, ou plus disponible.
Quand on se situe uniquement dans le faire, on se place dans des questions d’organisation du religieux. L’Église n’est pas une organisation du système du religieux. Elle est Mystère d’Amour, voulue par Dieu pour le Salut du monde. Sa raison d’être est de permettre à l’être humain de goûter l’amour de Dieu révélé dans le Christ.
Et donc, quand tu seras diacre, c’est-à-dire serviteur de Jésus Christ qui s’est montré serviteur au milieu de ses disciples, accompli de tout cœur et dans la charité la volonté de Dieu, servant avec joie en même temps le Seigneur et les personnes. Et puisque personne ne peut servir deux maitres, considère l’amour de l’argent et l’impureté comme un asservissement aux idoles.
Au moment où tu accèdes librement à l’ordre du diaconat, il faut, comme les disciples choisis par les Apôtres pour le ministère de la charité, que tu cherches à être toujours un homme estimé de tous, rempli d’Esprit Saint et de sagesse.
Tu choisis librement de vivre le célibat ecclésiastique : il est à la fois signe et aiguillon de la charité pastorale et source de fécondité dans le monde. En effet, poussé par une charité sincère envers le Christ Seigneur, et vivant dans cet état avec un parfait dévouement, tu seras plus facilement attaché au Christ d’un cœur sans partage, tu te donneras plus librement au service de Dieu et des personnes, et tu seras plus disponible pour travailler à l’avènement du Royaume.
Enraciné et fondé dans la foi, montre-toi pur et sans reproche devant Dieu et toute personne, comme il convient à un serviteur du Christ et à un intendant des mystères de Dieu; ne te laisse pas détourner de l’espérance de l’Évangile dont tu seras non seulement l’auditeur mais aussi le ministre.
Gardant le mystère de la foi dans une conscience pure, témoigne par tes actes de la parole de Dieu que ta bouche annoncera, de telle sorte que le peuple chrétien, vivifié par l’Esprit, devienne une offrande pure agréable à Dieu, et que toi-même, quand tu te présenteras devant le Seigneur au dernier jour, tu puisses l’entendre te dire : « Très bien, serviteur bon et fidèle, entre dans la joie de ton Maître. »
En ce jour de ton ordination diaconale, je t’invite, Michael – toi qui a su mettre temps et talents au service de l’Église et de la communauté depuis déjà longtemps, et qui arrive à ce grand moment dans ta vie après un long et sinueux cheminement à nous aider à donner place au plus pauvre et au plus fragile au cœur de nos communautés, à nous aider à entendre et à faire entendre la parole des plus pauvres.
Enfin, je t’inviter à la joie, à la confiance et à la simplicité du cœur.
Chers frères et sœurs, que l’ordination de notre frère Michael aujourd’hui soit aussi pour nous une invitation à répondre à l’appel de Dieu et à nous interroger sur ce qui est le moteur de nos propres vies.
Jésus compte sur nous pour porter la Bonne Nouvelle de son amour, de sa vie, d’un monde meilleur. Comme pour les apôtres, il nous assure de sa présence. Si nous sommes moins habiles avec les mots, nous pouvons traduire son message par nos actions, par des gestes, par des signes, par des attitudes : l’humilité, la douceur, la patience, l’espérance, le soutien mutuel, l’amour du prochain. Voilà des attitudes qui conviennent à ceux et celles qui ont été baptisés. Ainsi Jésus est toujours là !
En cette fête de l’Ascension, notre regard est fixé sur celui qui est assis à la droite du Père pour que nous puissions découvrir sa présence au cœur du monde.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Mgr Denin GRONDIN est le nouvel Archevêque de Rimouski/is the New Archbishop of Rimouski



Aujourd’hui, Sa Sainteté le pape François a nommé S.E. Mgr Denis Grondin, présentement Évêque Auxiliaire de Québec, Archevêque de l’archidiocèse de Rimouski.

Félicitations, Excellence!


Today in Rome, it was announced that His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed The Most Reverend Denis Grondin, currently Auxiliary Bishop of Québec, as Archbishop of Rimouski. 

Prayers and best wishes!

Friday, April 17, 2015

What do Charlton MA, Fargo ND Haddon Hts NJ, Huntley IL & Saginaw MI have in common?

Answer: With Houston, Oklahoma City and Syracuse (and 11 dioceses in Canada), they are satellite host sites for the NEW EVANGELIZATION SUMMIT taking place on Friday evening, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, being broadcast from the Ottawa Convention and Events Centre.

NEW EVANGELIZATION SUMMIT is a conference to inspire Catholics and help them live out their personal call to evangelize. 

Featuring world-class Catholic speakers such as Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Michael Gaitley, Dr. Ralph Martin, Patrick Coffin, JoEllen Gregus, Fr. James Mallon, Ken Yasinski and Michael Dopp.


To find inspiration, encouragement, training and connect with other Catholics, check out this video: (http://youtu.be/iZd-1n5-x4U). 

For details and register for any site go towww.newevangelization.ca.

From St John's to Vancouver, 11 sites will simulcast Ottawa's NEW EVANGELIZATION SUMMIT


NEW EVANGELIZATION SUMMIT is a conference to inspire Catholics and help them live out their personal call to evangelize. 

Featuring world-class Catholic speakers such as Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Michael Gaitley, Dr. Ralph Martin, Patrick Coffin, JoEllen Gregus, Fr. James Mallon, Ken Yasinski and Michael Dopp

Friday evening, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, transmitted live from the Ottawa Conference and Event Center, which is sold out.  

The following dioceses and locations will be host sites in CANADA for the SUMMIT; details for schedule in respective time zones, locations and cost, consult:
Vancouver, BC (Archdiocese of Vancouver) - www.newevangelization.ca

Cornwall, ON (Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall) - www.newevangelization.ca

Saskatchewan, SK (Diocese of Saskatoon) - www.newevangelization.ca

St. Thomas, ON (Diocese of London) - www.newevangelization.ca

Chelmsford/Sudbury, ON (Diocese of Sault Ste Marie) - www.newevangelization.ca

St. John's, NL (Archdiocese of St. John's) - www.newevangelization.ca

North Bay, ON (Diocese of Sault Ste Marie)- www.newevangelization.ca or call: 705-724-1368

Prince George, BC (Diocese of Prince George) - www.newevangelization.ca

Amherstburg, ON (Diocese of London) - www.newevangelization.ca

Terrace, BC (Diocese of Prince George) - www.newevangelization.ca

Winnipeg (Archdiocese of Saint Boniface) - www.archsaintboniface.ca/main.php?p=571 (Francais)  www.archsaintboniface.ca/main.php?p=569 (English) OR www.newevangelization.ca


To find inspiration, encouragement, training and connect with other Catholics, check out this video: (http://youtu.be/iZd-1n5-x4U) and register for any site atwww.newevangelization.ca.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Eight Sites in USA (Camden, Houston, Oklahoma City, Syracuse...) to host New Evangelization Summit April 24-25

NEW EVANGELIZATION SUMMIT is a conference to inspire Catholics and help them live out their personal call to evangelize. 



Featuring world-class Catholic speakers such as Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Michael Gaitley, Dr. Ralph Martin, Patrick Coffin, JoEllen Gregus, Fr. James Mallon, Ken Yasinski and Michael Dopp. 

Friday evening, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, transmitted live from the Ottawa Conference and Event Center, which is sold out.  

The following dioceses and locations will be host sites in the United States for the SUMMIT; details, times in respective geographic zones, locations, cost, consult:

Oklahoma City, OK (Archdiocese of Oklahoma) - www.newevangelization.ca 

Haddon Heights, NJ (Diocese of Camden) - www.newevangelization.ca 

Fargo, ND (Diocese of Fargo) - www.newevangelization.ca

Huntley, IL (Diocese of Rockford) - www.newevangelization.ca

Saginaw, MI (Diocese of Saginaw) - www.newevangelization.ca

Syracuse, NY (Diocese of Syracuse) - www.newevangelization.ca

Charlton, MA (Diocese of Worcester) - www.newevangelization.ca

Houston TX, (Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston) - www.newevangelization.ca


To find inspiration, encouragement, training and connect with other Catholics, check out this video: (http://youtu.be/iZd-1n5-x4U) and register for any site at: www.newevangelization.ca.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Father Béla Somfai, Jesuit Moralist


Father Béla Somfai, S.J. died on April 6, 2015 at the Jesuit Infirmary, René Goupil House, in Pickering, Ontario.  He was in his 83rd year of life and had lived nearly 63 years as a Jesuit.
 
Béla Somfai was born in Hungary on August 5, 1932.  He entered the Society of Jesus in Hungary on September 14, 1952.  After his initial formation, he began his study of philosophy at the Gregorian University in Rome where he earned a licentiate. 

In 1959 he came to Regis College, then located at 403 Wellington Street, to begin his theological studies.  When Regis moved up to Bayview Avenue, he moved to Willowdale and was ordained a priest on June 18, 1961 by James Cardinal MacGuigan in the large, beautiful chapel of the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, Morrow Park. 

Father Somfai taught for a year (1965-66) at Loyola High School in Montreal and then went on to do doctoral studies in moral theology at the University of Ottawa, where he earned a PhD.  He was awarded an S.T.D. degree from St. Paul University.  While still working on his doctorate, in 1967 he was a member of the faculty of theology of Loyola College in Montreal.  In 1969 he began teaching moral theology and medical ethics at Regis College in the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto. 

During his service at Regis, he became the Dean of Theology and also Prefect of Studies in the English-Canadian Jesuit Province.  When he retired from Regis in 1994, he returned to Hungary where he taught moral theology in the diocesan seminary of Szeged and at Sapientia College in Budapest for ten years.  
In 2014, he returned to Canada and took up residence at St. Elizabeth Parish in Toronto, where over the years he had done occasional pastoral ministry.  Ill health caused him to be assigned to René Goupil House in Pickering in early 2015.

Father Béla Somfai was a very careful thinker, rooted in church teaching, keenly aware of the latest scientific developments and philosophical approaches, and always attentive to contemporary problems and pastoral needs.  He taught his students to think and to pastorally care for people in their struggles.  For 25 years at Regis College, the responsibility of forming young Jesuits as pastoral ministers fell largely upon his shoulders.  He taught moral theology after Vatican II, at a time when textbooks were not available, and so he made the latest and most credible journal articles on contemporary issues the basis for much of his teaching. After his return to Hungary, in order to assist his students, he wrote three books in Hungarian – on ethics, on sexual ethics and on medical ethics.

A wake service will take place at Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home (Sherbourne & Wellesley, Toronto) from 11am-3pm on Sunday, April 12; there will be a wake that same evening from 7-9pm at St. Ignatius Chapel, Manresa Retreat House (Prayers at 8 o’clock).

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, April 13 at 11am at St. Ignatius Chapel of Manresa Retreat House, Pickering, ON, with a reception to follow.  

At a date to be determined, there will be a Memorial Mass in Hungarian at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Toronto; burial will be in the Jesuit plot in Courtland, Ontario.

Requiescat in pace.



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Homily & Photos of St Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day Liturgy—St. Patrick’s Basilica—Ottawa, Ontario—Tuesday, March 17, 2015

 
     ST. PATRICK, EVANGELIST OF IRELAND: OUR MODEL
[Texts: Isaiah 61.1–3 (Psalm 98.1–3, 7–8a, 10); 1 Peter 4.7–11; Luke 5.1–11]


Last weekend, I was in Toronto where revellers celebrated St. Patrick on many street-corners. On-line, I saw photos of the St. Patrick’s Day parade here in Ottawa. Leading the images was one of St. Patrick himself. Irish traditions, dancing, and celebration attract many people.


Today, we come together to celebrate the basic reality of St. Patrick. He grew up in a Christian family in Roman Britain. He suffered hardships as a youth captured by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland. He miraculously escaped. He returned to Ireland with the good news of Jesus Christ, which he had come to embrace in the desert of his solitude when a slave.


The principal scriptural readings today help us understand Patrick’s vocation to take good news to the Irish. Our Lord called Peter, James, and John to leave family, possessions, and professions, to catch people in God’s great fishnet. Patrick had to leave his family, homeland, and former way of life to serve as the herald of Good News in Ireland. He gave himself utterly to shepherding his flock, the flock of Christ the true Good Shepherd.


Patrick shared the gospel of life with those who had been oppressed, broken-hearted, captives and prisoners. Fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah, Patrick the foreigner offered the liberty and the true freedom issuing from the way of life proclaimed by Jesus. He declared the blessing of God’s year of grace and favour, of comfort to those in mourning, God’s gift of a garland instead of ashes, and a mantle of praise in place of a faint spirit.


In his brief Confessions, Saint Patrick says that he grew up as an “unbeliever.” He was from a wealthy family in Roman Britain, and his forebears were Christians. Although the priests of the Church tried to “remind us of our salvation,” Patrick and his companions paid no mind to God. They lived according to their wishes. They were like the people of our day who abandon their Catholic Christian upbringing and who need the New Evangelization.


During his comfortable and dissolute early years, Patrick ignored God. But, everything changed after he was captured by pirates. In his days of slavery, he cried out to God from his loneliness, shepherding his master’s flock in a wild and strange land. He found God in Christ in this time of grace. In the silence of the fields and forests, he prayed and “more and more did the love of God and my fear of him and faith increase,” for “the Spirit was burning in me at that time.”


In the company of the local people, he learned the Gaelic language fluently. The same Christ who drew him in prayer impressed the faces of the pagan people of Ireland upon his soul.


When he escaped and returned to Britain, he was determined to dedicate his life to Christ. Then, Christ called out to Patrick. In a mystical experience, he heard the Irish people calling him back to the edge of the world: “We beg you, holy youth, that you shall come and walk again among us.” This calling drew Patrick, but fear and love of his own homeland and family inhibited him. He had reason to fear. His subsequent mission was full of grief and opposition, despite its awesome success.


Patrick was often tempted to flee the struggles and return home. But, he knew that Christ was present for him in the Irish people to whom he had been sent.


Today, our consideration of St. Patrick’s vocation leads us to keep in mind the struggles of the Church in Ireland. The Church seeks to be purified of past sins and failings. The Church strives to present again the Good News of Jesus Christ as a brilliant jewel worth embracing. We are mindful of the many confused young people among us. Like Patrick, they heard the gospel story, both at home and in school, without yet encountering Christ. Please pray that St Patrick’s Lord may draw them to himself and to His Church.


On several occasions, Pope Benedict spoke of the spiritual “desertification” of our age. In his opening homily, at the beginning of the Year of Faith, the Holy Father told us, “This void has spread. But it is in starting from the experience of this desert, from this void, that we can again discover the joy of believing, its vital importance for us, men and women. In the desert we rediscover the value of what is essential for living; thus in today’s world there are innumerable signs, often expressed implicitly or negatively, of the thirst for God, for the ultimate meaning of life…Today, more than ever, evangelizing means witnessing to the new life, transformed by God, and thus showing the path.”


Pope Francis challenges us to joyfully help people to come to know Jesus Christ. He encourages us with these words: “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not for him or her” (EG, nr. 3).


The purpose of evangelization is not the transmission of a doctrine, but an encounter with a person, Jesus Christ. We witness it in the great arc of history, from the time of the apostles to the great evangelizing bishops like Patrick and Boniface, through the periods of zealous missionary outreach by congregations of men and women in the 16th and 19th centuries to the new lay movements of our time.

That personal encounter is possible only because Jesus is risen and alive. He desires to walk alongside every believer, as on the first Easter afternoon he walked with two disciples on the road to Emmaus. They recognized him in the “breaking of the bread,” and they shared their joy with others.



The best place to end our reflection on this annual observance of St. Patrick is to see this Eucharist as the culmination of the gratitude we have for God’s presence to us here this morning. As we feed on Christ’s Body and Blood, the heavenly food we receive to strengthen us in living our faith and commitment to Jesus, we treasure the centrality of our Lord Jesus Christ in our lives. This profound relationship links us to Patrick and all the saints and scholars of Erin.



In the prayer known as Saint Patrick’s Breastplate, we decree that God’s Providence rules over us through Christ’s abiding presence on our daily pilgrimage to the Kingdom of the Father:

            Christ with me
            Christ before me
            Christ behind me
            Christ in me
            Christ above me
            Christ on my right
            Christ on my left
            Christ when I lie down
            Christ when I sit down
           Christ when I arise.


Photos: Paul Lauzon