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  • Mass Times

    • Saturday: 5:00 PM EnglishEnglishEN St. Edmund
    • Sunday: 10:00 AM EnglishEnglishEN St. Carthagh
    • MonFri 9:00 AM EnglishEnglishEN
    • Thursday: 6:30 PM EnglishEnglishEN
  • Confession Times

    • Sunday: 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM Saturday night and Sunday morning just before mass
  • Where to Find St. Carthagh's, Tweed, Ontario

  • Bp. Barron's Reflections

    • Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus demonstrates his authority over nature by walking on the sea. Water is, throughout the Scriptures, a symbol of danger and chaos.
  • Sunday Reflection

    Receiving and Passing On Divine Mercy

          This weekend, the Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday. Today, more than ever, the world needs mercy, compassion, and forgiveness. The world is so fragmented because of competition, insecurity, selfishness, discrimination racism, indifference, the desire for power over others. Because of pride and selfish desires, wars, and conflicts are raging. Wars often start from within our homes, communities, and even within ourselves. We lack compassion and forgiveness in our own lives. The irony is that we are living in a world where everyone needs mercy and forgiveness, but few  are ready to offer it.
         Therefore, the first step is for us to receive God’s mercy and healing. Our Lord showed his mercy to his disciples, who were hiding behind closed doors in the Upper Room. They had failed the Lord by denying Him. They were ashamed for having disowned their master. They also failed to recognize Jesus as the Lord, and hence they were also hiding behind closed doors for fear of the Jews. They lived in fear and anxiety for their lives. They had no peace.   
        This is the case for many of us. We are also ashamed of our failures in life. We give up hope for ourselves, just as the disciples did. We give up hope on God too, just as the disciples gave up on our Lord. When we must rely only on ourselves, we cannot but live a life of fear and anxiety.  
        What did the risen Lord do? He took the initiative of offering them the gift of peace. He did not wait for them to reach out to Him. Such is the mercy of our Lord. Even though they abandoned and aggrieved him, yet, he reconciled them to himself. He felt with them in their guilt, fear, and anxiety. Instead of seeking revenge, Jesus offered them peace and forgiveness. He went beyond his pain.
        Thus, we are called to go beyond our own pains and sufferings. We are called to feel with others by using the pain and suffering we have gone through to identify ourselves with the sufferings of others, including our enemies. When we put ourselves in the shoes of others, even our enemies and those who hurt us, we will empathize with them and will forgive their actions or inactions because we know that they too were driven by fear, pride, and greed.  
        Not surprisingly, Jesus appeared to Thomas with his crucified marks, making us remember he shares in our suffering, and he knows our pains. Like him, we are called to be patient with those who cannot live up to the gospel. In the gospel, we read of how Thomas was heartbroken and depressed because of the atrocities meted out to Jesus. Instead of looking for support in the community, he wanted to be alone to grieve his loss and pain. But Jesus was compassionate. he understood the sadness of Thomas and gave him a      second chance. He was prepared to wait until he joined the Twelve.
        
    Jesus never gives up on us. He will wait for us until we are ready, just like Thomas. Thomas had his weaknesses, but the Lord was patient with him and gave him every help to grow his faith. This is divine mercy. God does not      withhold his mercy from us even when we are incorrigible. No one is beyond the reach of God’s mercy. God will wait for the opportunity to intervene in our lives. So too, we must be patient with those who are slow to respond to God’s grace and mercy. We must not write them off, especially      young people or our loved ones who have lost their faith in God.

  • Prayer of the Day

    Lord Jesus, may I never doubt your saving help and your watchful presence in my life, especially in times of trouble. Fortify my faith with courage and give me enduring hope that I may never waver in my trust in you.


    From the desk of Don Schwager
  • Sacramental Preparation

  • Mission Statement

    With grateful hearts for God’s grace of one faith, one baptism, one hope and one Lord Jesus Christ, the  Good News of God’s unconditional love for all, we stand united as a community of God’s people in the  Archdiocese of Kingston. Conscious of our equality in God’s eyes and His personal love for us and  imbued with the evangelical zeal of our patrons and Mary, the Mother of the Church, we reflect God’s  goodness in our community and in our dealings with others. Guided by the Spirit and assisted by prayer  and the Sacraments, we strive to deepen our personal relationship with Christ Jesus and to share him  with others.

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  • Saint of the Day

    Saint Martin I’s Story

    When Martin I became pope in 649, Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine empire and the patriarch of Constantinople was the most influential Church leader in the eastern Christian world. The struggles that existed within the Church at that time were magnified by the close cooperation of emperor and patriarch.

    A teaching, strongly supported in the East, held that Christ had no human will. Twice, emperors had officially favored this position: Heraclius by publishing a formula of faith, and Constans II by silencing the issue of one or two wills in Christ.

    Shortly after assuming the office of the papacy—which he did without first being confirmed by the emperor—Martin held a council at the Lateran in which the imperial documents were censured, and in which the patriarch of Constantinople and two of his predecessors were condemned. In response, Constans II first tried to turn bishops and people against the pope.

    Failing in this and in an attempt to kill the pope, the emperor sent troops to Rome to seize Martin and to bring him back to Constantinople. Already in poor health, Martin offered no resistance, returned with Calliopas, the exarch of Constantinople, and was then submitted to various imprisonments, tortures, and hardships. Although condemned to death and with some of the imposed torture already carried out, Martin was saved from execution by the pleas of a repentant Paul, patriarch of Constantinople, who was himself gravely ill.

    Tortures and cruel treatment having taken their toll, Martin died shortly thereafter. He is the last of the early popes to be venerated as a martyr.

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