THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT



Dearly Beloved,

Recently I have come across an interesting line about the Irony of Life. “Remember those days when people used to write diaries and got mad when someone read them…. Now they post everything on Facebook and get mad when people don’t read them….”!!! Very amusing, right?

Yes, this is how our social norms, expectations and life styles are evolving or changing. Whether we like it or not changes are bound to happen. Changes always brings mixed feelings and results. If concerned about the outcome, it may be wise to dig out the pearls from the treasury of history and adapt to the current time.

The rationale behind the publication of an Advent Calendar was just as stated above. In the whirlpool of secularized ‘Holiday’ madness, we have lost the soul of Christmas. Christmas has reduced to the season of parties and shopping starting from Black Friday to Boxing Day. We place the lawn signs suggesting “Keep Christ in Christmas” but forget to place him in our own hearts. Yes, we need to go back into the humble traditions of Christmas. We should make intentional simple steps to the manger. I hope our Advent calendar will help all families to do that. Please make every effort to do that.

May you be all are able to prepare the little manger in your heart for Baby Jesus.


Fr. James Cherickal, Pastor

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT




Dearly Beloved,

Parish Feast Celebration: Congratulations to Ms. Bernice Mascarenhas and her dedicated team for organizing a very successful feast celebration last weekend. The coordinated efforts from bereavement ministry & other organizations brought great enthusiasm, devotion, and joy for all. Special thanks to our former mayor Hazel McCallion, Fr.Edwin Gonsalves, and our guest priests and various ministries for your great efforts and presence. May God bless you.  

Thanks, Danny Rotheram: Many of you might have experienced how bright and beautiful our confessionals are now! Yes, we go there when hearts are heavy and feeling down. Sometime the ambiance also helps us to enter the proper spiritual footing. Thanks to Mr. Danny, for the help. 

Handmaids of the Lord
: Recently, it has come to my attention that there are some sections of our church needed greater care. The Altar, Ambo, statues, candle stands, chairs, pews and its surroundings. No single person can do this alone. Therefore, I have requested help from our weekday Mass attendees. It is a great joy to announce that we have a team of people now under the leadership of Norma Tan who are known as the Handmaids of the Lord. They will meet every Friday after the 8.00 a.m. Mass to do this most valuable duty to keep our sacred space dust-free and clean. If anyone else like to join this wonderful ministry, please contact the office or just meet this team after Friday morning Mass in the Church. I can assure, this will be much fun than anything.

May God bless you and have a blessed week.


Fr. James Cherickal, Pastor

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT



Dearly Beloved,

January 13, 2018 was a historical day in the life of our parish. Hundreds of faithful lined up day and night in freezing cold weather to get a glimpse of the sacred hand of its patron saint Francis Xavier. They venerated with great awe that same hand which baptized thousands in Goa, Japan and China and other parts of Asia. Indeed, it was a great blessing for the subsequent generation especially from those regions of the world.
St. Francis was born in Navarre (Northern Spain) at the family castle of Xavier on April 7, 1506. He was the third son of the president of the council of the king of Navarre. Francis grew up at Xavier and received his early education there. In 1525 he joined the university of Paris and in 1529 he met Ignatius of Loyola, and eventually followed his path of consecrated vows and became a missionary for Asia.
A great percentage of the parishioners of St. Francis Xavier, Mississauga and our Main Celebrant and homilist for this year’s Feast day Mass Rev. Fr. Edwin Goncalves as well are the direct fruits of his missionary labour. Therefore, it is so fitting to celebrate his memory with great solemnity, devotion and seek his intercession for our missionary responsibilities. I congratulate our parish Feast Day Committee for taking up that responsibility with a sense of mission. Let us come together and continue his mission and zeal in our generation.
We live in a culture and time, where many good souls are misled by attractive ideologies, political correctness and therefore, compromising the truth about Jesus Christ our saviour. It is time for a re-evangelization. Our young families and children need direction. We need committed and informed Catholics with the same missionary zeal of St. Francis. Let us seek his intercession so that we as a parish community form as a beacon of hope to all who seek the Lord.

Wishing you all the blessings of the Feast of our Patron Saint,


Fr. James Cherickal, Pastor