Faith and Spiritual Growth

Faith and Spiritual GrowthIntentional Discipleship

INTENTIONAL.  Think about it.  We want an intentional doctor caring for us, an intentional accountant doing our taxes, an intentional electrician wiring our home and an intentional pilot flying the plane we board.  We want them to be committed to their calling.  How can we become more intentional as disciples?  How can we be sure that seeds of faith will take root in our hearts, our families, and our communities?  How do we break through to the next level of faith?  Say His name!  Jesus!  As often as you can, sometimes out loud so that His presence will be evident to your whole being, not just your mind.  Let’s work to be sure that all the seeds sown by God will fall on good soil.  Let’s be ‘intentional’.

Pray this Summer with the Saints of Canada for the 150th Anniversary

This summer, as we celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary, we will pray with a number of men and women who have in some particular way shaped the life of the Church in Canada.  Some gave their lives to ensure that the Good News was heard throughout North America.  Others, out of steadfast faith and profound love, dedicated their lives to the service of their brothers and sisters, who very often were among the most under-privileged.  These extraordinary people are lights on the journey and examples of holiness and charity that Catholics can follow.  Over the next seven weeks, a different saint or group of saints will be highlighted followed by a prayer.

See more on Canadian declared saints, blessed or venerable over the years at

Saint François de Laval (1623-1708)

Pastor, educator, seigneur, administrator and founder – a multi-faceted legacy was left by this figure of stature.  Québec’s first bishop was a pivotal force in this region’s social and religious history.  A number of boulevards, parishes, schools and monuments bear his name today.  This great bishop has now been elevated among the Saints.

We Pray:

God our Father, we thank you and praise you for entrusting us to François de Laval, first Bishop of your Church in New France.  Through the intercession of this great witness, with his faith and charity, guide us on the road of New Evangelization to spread the Good News of your Son Jesus Christ.  Give us pastors to answer the needs of your Church.  Make us a people of the Word of God so that we may bring the light of the Gospel in today’s world.  Amen

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place in the chapel most Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  Come spend some quiet time with the Lord!

Rediscovering the Mass: Download the complete text as published in parish bulletins (in pdf format).

Join Cardinal Thomas Collins in Lectio Divina on Salt and Light Television.  Participate in the live sessions or make use of the archives on the web site of the Archdiocese of Toronto.

Further information about the Faith and Spiritual Growth Ministry is available on the Ministries page.
To make suggestions regarding the development of personal faith and spiritual growth in our parish or to get involved, please contact Bonnie at 204-237-0540 or at