St. Michael's Parish - Cobourg

An appointed time for everything


A little while ago I was in Toronto taking lessons to improve my English. One day a teacher asked how we felt about being in Toronto. My classmates were from different countries and were in Toronto, because they needed to learn English.

Some of them said that they felt great, while others were homesick because they did not have family in Canada.

I shared with them that I have a large family in Cobourg. Even though I arrived here one and half years ago, I can say that my family is big and beautiful. I have met in each one of you a brother or a sister.  Some of you often say: We are your Canadian grandma, grandpa, parents, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, friends.

It is true: you are my family in Christ!

All of us follow Jesus and we recognize each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. We have the same Baptism, the same Faith and the same Hope. We love each other in Christ!

When I left Greece to come here I knew little about Canada and even less about Cobourg. But, during this time here, Ive come to feel at home. I can say Cobourg, Saint Michaels is my home and wherever I am going I'll bring you with me in my heart.

I want to thank all of you, priests, members of the staff, members of the different groups and associations of the parish and all parishioners, for all your help and support during this time.

The Bible says that for everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; time to keep silence, and a time to speak.

However, there is also a time to arrive and a time to leave. Today we reached this time to leave.

In the life of Jesus, there were moments of joy and moments of sorrow.

- For example, his Passion, his sufferings, his cross and death. Those are moments of sorrow!

- The moments of Joy were his hidden life in Nazareth with Mary and Joseph, the meetings with his friends and apostles, the wedding feast at Cana, and ultimate joy of his Resurrection.

The same happens in our lives. I shared many of these moments with you.

- For example all the wonderful moments of Joy: Baptisms, Weddings, and the happiness after a good confession; also when some of you became father, mother, grandfather or grandmother.

- But I have also shared your sorrows and pains, during sickness or when facing the loss of one of your loved ones.

We priests, for a time are sent here to be with you, then for a time with another parish. But we all know that we don't follow a priest, we follow Jesus.

Jesus must be the centre of our lives. He is our forgiveness! He is our Joy! He is our peace!

Today we are celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus.

He is not dead!

He is risen!

His Resurrection has defeated death.

During this Paschal time I wholeheartedly wish you all to have a lot of peace and joy!

Pray for me! I will pray for you!

Thanks for all!

Let us ask Our Lady to help us to experience the peace and joy of the Risen Christ.

Fr. Higinio, IVE Easter, April 5, 2015