From Fr. Rector's Desk | October 21, 2022

OCTOBER 22-23, 2022



9:00 AM

Only the 5:30 PM (Vigil Mass on Saturday) and the 11:00 AM (on Sunday) are LIVESTREAM via our Facebook Page and BROADCAST via FM Radio 102.5

For the FM Radio broadcast, you need to be within 1200 feet radius of the Church to tune-in.

At the initiative of Pope Pius XI in 1926, the second last Sunday during October became known as the World Mission Sunday. Catholics throughout the world are invited to pray for and give to the missions. The collection this Sunday is organized by the Pontifical Missions Society. The funds collected assist some 1,250 mission dioceses under the responsibility of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. As agreed by the Holy See and the Bishops of Canada, a portion of the Canadian contributions to this collection will continue to be used to assist six dioceses in Northern Canada which for many years had also been under the jurisdiction of the Congregation.

"How I long to find the right words to stir up enthusiasm for a new chapter of evangelization full of fervour, joy, generosity, courage, boundless love and attraction! ... I once more invoke the Holy Spirit. I implore him to come and renew the Church, to stir and impel her to go forth boldly to evangelize all peoples." - Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 261
(Reconciliation, Communion, Confirmation)

This coming Sunday, October 23, 1:30 PM children preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation will gather inside the Church for the first time with Father Rector. As in the past, children preparing for the Sacraments will undergo catechism classes with Father Rector on assigned Sundays in each month. 

Since this is the first meeting, parents are asked to attend with their child/children.

On October 4, the Church celebrated the Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Ecology. Traditionally on his feast day, blessing of the animals is observe. Since Father Rector was with the priests of the diocese at that time for the Priests' Convocation, he was not able to do the blessing of pets on October 4.

Some parents and children made the request for it. In response to that request, we will have blessing of the animals on Tuesday, October 25 directly after school in the 

We invite the school families to take their pets to school when they come to pick up their children in the afternoon. Due to allergies, we cannot have the pets at school during the day. Those with allergies can leave immediately after school. Please note, that dogs must be leashed or in an animal carrier. Similarly, cats and other small animals (rabbits, hamsters, etc.) will need to be contained. Sadly, snakes are not allowed. If need be, Fr. Rector will have a separate blessing of your pet if it happens to be a snake. Miss Nuala Power and Mr. Leo Durau from Sacred Heart School are coordinating this event. 

The Parish Finance Council will meet on Wednesday, October 26, 5:30 PM in the Hall, Lower Church. Parishioners are welcome to attend.

October is designated by the Catholic Church as the "Month of the Rosary" because in this month the Church celebrates the Marian advocation of "Our Lady of the Rosary" on October 7.

You are welcome to join Fr. Rector as he leads us in praying the holy rosary every day from the Cathedral. It will be livestream via our Facebook page and broadcast via FM Radio 102.5. The mysteries of the holy rosary are prayed in different languages English, Latin, Portuguese, Italian and Filipino.
On Friday, October 28, 8:15 AM Father Rector and Sacred Heart School staff and learners will pray the rosary together with each student and staff serving as a bead of the rosary. We will contemplate on the Five Joyful Mysteries.

Depending upon the weather that day, we plan to do it outside the school gym. Otherwise, we will have it inside the Cathedral. Parents of the students and parishioners are welcome to join us. 

Please see schedule above. If you are not available on the date and time you are assigned, please let Fr. Rector know ahead of time.

As announced last Sunday at Mass, individual parishioners and/or families are invited to sign-up their names to bring forward the gifts of bread, wine and the monetary offering during the Procession of the Gifts at Mass.

We encourage the participation of everyone who comes and attends Sunday Mass at the Cathedral. Please choose a particular Sunday and/or Mass time that you and your family want to bring forward the gifts. Sign-up sheet is in the foyer.  

Fr. Rector tries his best to regularly visit Catholic residents of Fort George Manor (Thursday) and Simon Fraser Lodge (Friday). If you have family members that you want Fr. Rector to visit, please inform him by calling the parish office.  During the visit, Fr. Rector celebrates Liturgy of the Word with Communion. At the request of the residents, he also listens to their confessions and of course, if needed, the Anointing of the Sick.
First Reading: Sirach 35.15-17,2022
The prayer of the humble pierces the heavens.
Responsorial Psalm:
The poor one called and the Lord heard. (Ps 34)
Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4.6-8,16-18
From now on, there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness.
Gospel: Luke 18.9-14
The tax collector went home justified; not so the Pharisee.


Priest will be available for confessions before the 5:30 PM (Vigil Mass) and the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Sunday Masses. Please see schedule below:  

4:45 PM Saturday
8:30 AM Sunday
10:30 AM Sunday  

If the schedule above does not meet your availability, please phone the parish office to arrange with your personal schedule of confession with a priest.



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Our gratitude to the organizers of the procession in honor of Our Lady of Fatima last Sunday. It was beautifully done and well organized. Thanks as well to those who had volunteered in carrying the image of Our Lady. Of course, thanks to everyone who had participated and joined the procession.

May our faithful devotion to Our Lady leads us to her Son, Jesus. Amen.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Tom Anderson, the father of Fr. Ken Anderson, who died in an accident on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

There will be prayers for Tom Anderson on Sunday night, October 23, at 7 PM at St. Andrew’s Parish in Fraser Lake.

The funeral Mass will take place on Monday at 10:30 AM at St. Joseph’s Parish in Vanderhoof.

We offer our condolences and prayers to the Anderson family and ask all the faithful to keep Tom, his family and friends, and his community in their prayers.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

NOTE: Fr. Rector will attend the Funeral Mass. Mass on Monday, October 24 at the Cathedral will be offered at 5:30 PM.

Canadian Bishops Release Pastoral Letter to Young People

The Canadian Bishops have released a “Pastoral Letter to Young People,” along with an accompanying video presentation and promotional material to help pastors and parishes make it more widely available.

The video presentation introduces the different themes contained in the letter:

  • Jesus encounters the teachers in the Temple
  • Walking and talking together
  • Technology and faith
  •  The presence of Jesus in your life
  • Growing in faith: Learning over a lifetime
  • Mary, an influencer among us
  • Saint Kateri: a model of courage and perseverance
  • Carlos Acutis: a role model for young people in the 21st century
  • Be unique!

To access the video and other material, please visit the CCCB website here: Pastoral Letter to Young People

Indigenous Reconciliation Fund Launches Website
The official website for the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund has been launched. It lists the amount raised so far, the goals and directors of the fund, and is expected to be further developed and expanded in due course. Those who wish to can also donate directly to the fund through the website.

Parent/Teacher Meetings took place last week at Sacred Heart School. It was lovely to welcome the school families to the school in face-to-face meetings which were not possible in recent years due to COVID.  Students were very happy to share their learning and positive experiences with family members.

Our Kindergarten/Grade 1 classroom received a bin containing red wriggler composting worms on October 17. The students learned about the anatomy of the worms and how to take care of their classroom visitors. The worms will consume organic waste ( fruit/vegetable peels)  generated in the classroom. Mrs. Anderson and the Grade 6/7 students are leading the school-wide recycling program this year. Hard/soft plastics, drink containers and papers are recycled rather than going to the landfill. Well done, Grade 6/7!

The AGM of Sacred Heart School is planned for Thursday, October 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  School families and parishioners are most welcome to attend.

Staff & students at Sacred Heart will pray a Living Rosary on Friday, October 28 beginning at 8:15 a.m. The students will stand in the shape of a rosary beads. Individual students and staff members will lead the prayers for one decade of the well-loved traditional prayer. This will be an outdoor event unless the weather is unfavourable. Parishioners are welcome to attend.

The Blessing of Pets is set to take place on Tuesday, October 25 beginning at 2:30 p.m. This is a tradition which recalls the care of St. Francis of Assisi for nature and the animal kingdom. Please make sure all dogs are leashed, and other small pets are contained.

The volleyball training program is in full swing with practice sessions and games taking place on a weekly basis. Thank you to Ms. Stewart and Mr. Durau for leading this program. The tournament will be hosted by Sacred Heart in late November.


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If you will come to the office, please try to come between 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM or 12:45PM - 2:00 PM. 

Father Rector is not available to open the door to let you in the office area between 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM.  At 11:30 AM he is already in the church preparing for the noon Mass.
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