Last night of Rich in Mercy, our parish mission in Lent

 

Father calls us, not only to receive His mercy, but to practice mercy.

Father calls us, not only to receive His mercy, but to practice mercy.

Fr. Ian Duffy dedicates our newest art work.

Fr. Ian Duffy dedicates our newest art work.

Listen to Fr. Ian Duffy’s talks in our homilies section.

Laetare Sunday at St. Thomas – we welcome Fr. Ian Duffy

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We’re all very much in the pink, er, rose as St. Thomas welcomes the Very Rev. Ian Duffy (far left) to lead our parish mission.

 

Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr. Scott Whitfield

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Deacon Whitfield is presented as his family looks on.

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Our bishop, His Excellency Douglas Crosby OMI, preaches.

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The Litany of the Saints, Deacon Whitfield lies prostrate (at centre of picture).

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ArcelorMittal Dofasco Male Chorus & Ladies’ Choral Ensemble – Christmas Concert 2015

Father introduces the chorus.

Father introduces the chorus.

In good voice.

In good voice.

Nancy Bullivant, music director, conducts.

Nancy Bullivant, music director, conducts.

A joyful celebration of the season.

A joyful celebration of the season.

Knights of Columbus Christmas Party, December 13, 2015

A jolly lunch is served

A jolly lunch is served

The jolly man arrives.

The jolly man arrives.

Deacon Victor seems optimistic after visiting with Santa.

Deacon Victor seems optimistic after visiting with Santa.

 

Crafty kids doing elves' work.

Crafty kids doing elves’ work.

Catholic Women’s League Annual Advent Dinner

The ladies of our parish CWL gathered Monday night for good food and good cheer. CWL president, Sr. Pat presided over the festive occasion. CWL executive Wendy Poole gave a presentation on Choices, the community outreach to adults with developmental and physical challenges. This year our CWL participated in a drive to provide personalized Christmas bags to those who receive care and support through the Choices program. The ladies were also treated to a brief video on the “Red Cups” controversy, animated by CWL executive Carrie Trudeau.

Not all was business though. Caroling and door prizes featured in making it a fun occasion.

CWL President Sr. Pat confers as the ladies convene.

CWL President Sr. Pat confers as the ladies convene.

Making joyful noise.

Making joyful noise.

Gift bags for Choices.

Gift bags for Choices.

Some thoughtful time to consider our mission in Advent & Christmas.

Some thoughtful time to consider our mission in Advent & Christmas.

Dedication of the Christmas Creche – December 1, 2015

Parishioners gathered in the cold damp of the first day of December to dedicate through prayer and song our outdoor Christmas creche (stable scene). After warming themselves with something hot to drink, they joined Fr. Lobsinger in an Advent carol sing in the nave of the church.

Keeping warm by song in the chill of the night.

Keeping warm by song in the chill of the night.

Father Ron Cote helps spread the cheer with a warm beverage and a smile.

Father Ron Cote helps spread the cheer with a warm beverage and a smile.

Hymning away with Fr. Lobsinger at the organ!

Hymning away with Fr. Lobsinger at the organ!