Count Your Blessings!
is a good time to give thanks. A year of thanksgiving, the end of the academic
year and the beginning of summer. The more you give thanks to God, the more you
receive from him, because he sees that his blessings move us closer to him by
thanksgiving. We have not to be people who remember God only when something bad
happens. We have not to be people who realize how much they have only after
they have lost it. Let us give thanks to the Lord! He has been good to us in
me first just mention the material blessings that come to my mind, and then
some other blessings. Despite being so many, the fact that I may forget important
things is just another proof of how much God loves us.
For the Parish Centre: a new fridge, a new stove, a flat screen TV, a new door,
an air hockey, a foosball, a piano, balls and supplies for the children. For
the Church: a whole stain glass window, sacristy supplies (an extra Mass book,
cruets, candle lighter), various clothes and linen, a stair case for the
towers, new fans. A very important donation to the cemetery is at present being
arranged. Can you imagine the cost of all these things? Why all these to us?
Because we deserve it? No! Because God is a good Father.
and Maintenance. Thanks to the second collection we started this year and your
continuous and generous support, the following projects could be completed: the
brick work of the upper part of the Church, works in the basement of the parish
centre and green areas, repair of the lamps in front of the Church, cement
works, and many others. If we can give something to others, it is because we
have first received from God. Thanks be to God, who allows you to be generous!
Even our health and our very lives depend on him.
work has been also donated to the parish in the above said projects and others
like: re-installation of the statue of St. Joseph, repair to the bust of John
Paul II (donated to St. Mary School), repair of the statues of the nativity
scene and donation of a new cupboard to keep it safe, repair of the Celtic
cross, etc. Thanks be to God for giving generosity, health, and time to those
who work for the parish! May God always bless them!
a more pastoral view, there are also many things we need to thank God. We are
in the process of editing a book with the history of our parish; the
re-starting of the Parish Pastoral Council; a new Seniors Social Club; an Oratory
with activities and games for our girls; the appointment of new Eucharistic
Ministers for the visit to the sick; another trip to the CN Tower with the
children; etc. We need to give thanks to God also for the works accomplished by
Bishop De Angelis during his almost 12 years in our Diocese, and for our new
Bishop, the Most Rev. William T. McGrattan.
is behind all these things? Our volunteers, the parish committees, the Sisters,
the members of so many parish organizations, the staff, the sacristans and
liturgical groups, the choirs, our parishioners, even those who cannot attend
church and support and pray for us from their beds. Thank you to all! Thanks be
to God for you all! The most beautiful gift from God is your life, your
presence here at St. Michael’s. I would like you all to give thanks to God for
everything you are and you have, and for everything our parish is and has.
the one who is behind all these things is our God. If there is something to give
thanks even more to him, is his presence among us, his real presence in the
Eucharist. -Fr. Andrew