Thursday, August 28, 2014

Father William Nugent was Educator, Military Chaplain

Father William J. Nugent, diocesan priest and former teacher at St. Pius X High School passed away on August 23. He is survived by his beloved sister Anne; loving uncle to John Nugent and to Sharon and her husband Bruce Holmes; special friend to his great-nephew Jordan Holmes. He was predeceased by his siblings Katherine, Jack and Mary.

Fr. Bill Nugent was born in Millbank, New Brunswick on July 26, 1931 to the late William and Christie Nugent. He spent six years with the New Brunswick public school system as the administrator of the new regional school districts in Eastern New Brunswick. He entered St. Paul University Seminary in September 1958, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Saint John on June 3, 1962. He exercised parish ministry in Saint John for two years and then taught at the college level for four years.

In 1968, Fr. Nugent came to work in Ottawa. He taught at St. Pius X High School for 21 years. During these years, he spent most summers replacing padres on air force bases across Canada. He was chaplain to the 30th Field Regiment at Dows Lake for several years. He spent the next years temporarily replacing pastors in Ottawa, Kingston and Cornwall when they were absent and summer replacement in Shediac, N.B.

Visitation will take place today, August 28, at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, 1940 Saunderson Drive, after 10 a.m. The concelebrated Mass of Christian Funeral Thursday will take place at 11 a.m., with interment following in Hope Cemetery.

In memoriam donations to Shepherds of Good Hope, Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice are greatly appreciated.

Requiescat in pace.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Beloved Jesuit Pastor Passes Away

Father Michael O’Donnell, S.J., died on August 5, 2014 in the 77th year of his life and the 56th year of religious life in Pickering, Ontario; he had been a priest for 35 years.

Michael O’Donnell was born on April 6, 1938 in Montreal, Quebec, the son of William John O’Donnell and Grace Georgina Drucker and grew up in St. Augustine’s Parish.

He entered the Society in Guelph in March 1959 and followed the formation as a Jesuit Brother. He spent two years in Milford, Ohio in the Juniorate program for Brothers; following which he served in Guelph as Infirmarian.

In 1970 Michael went to Corpus Christi College in London, England to study Catechetics and a year later to Zambia to teach children. His zeal for pastoral activity enkindled, he received permission to study Theology at Regis College, beginning in 1972 and went on to priestly ordination in 1979.

Pastoral work, and parish work more particularly, became his passion at Choné House and St. Anne’s Parish in Thunder Bay; at Toronto’s Our Lady of Lourdes Parish; in Tullamore, Ireland where he prepared for Final Vows; then at St. Andrew's Parish in Thunder Bay, Canadian Martyrs’ Parish, Halifax, and St. Pius X Parish in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In all these locales Father Michael offered his service in a number of roles, including Jesuit governance: pastor, community consultor, house superior, admonitor and so on.

Michael had Irish charm and was possessed of a terrific sense of humour; he was beloved by Jesuits, family and parishioners alike. People appreciated his fine baritone voice and his musical gifts.

Michael spent the summers of his final few years working at the Shrine of the Canadian Martyrs in Midland and out of La Storta Residence in Pickering during the winter months. His departure was unforeseen and many are still in shock at his sudden death.

The wake will take place in Toronto at Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home on Friday, August 8 from 1-4 PM and at Manresa Retreat House Chapel, Pickering, that evening from 7-9 PM (with a prayer service at 8PM).

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Toronto on Saturday morning, August 9, at 10 o’clock, with burial at the Jesuit Cemetery, Guelph, that afternoon at 12:30.

Rest in Peace.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Prayer for Krakow World Youth Day 2016 - Logo des JMJ de Cracovie

The Krakow World Youth Day Logo explanation and prayer are ready (though the prayer is not available in French). So I am posting the Prayer in English and the interpretation of the Logo in French.

Prayer for World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow

God, merciful Father, in your Son, Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter,

We entrust to you today the destiny of the world and of every man and woman”. We entrust to you in a special way young people of every language, people and nation: guide and protect them as they walk the complex paths of the world today and give them the grace to reap abundant fruits from their experience of the Krakow World Youth Day.

Heavenly Father, grant that we may bear witness to your mercy. Teach us how to convey the faith to those in doubt, hope to those who are discouraged, love to those who feel indifferent, forgiveness to those who have done wrong and joy to those who are unhappy.
Allow the spark of merciful love that you have enkindled within us to become a fire that can transform hearts and renew the face of the earth.

Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us.
Saint John Paul II, pray for us.

* * * * *
Dans la symbolique du logo trois éléments sont conjugués: le lieu,
les principaux protagonistes et le thème de la célébration.

Le logo de la JMJ de Cracovie 2016 illustre le passage de Mattieu 5,7: “Heureux les miséricordieux, car ils obtiendront miséricorde”,choisi pour thème de la rencontre.

L’image est composée par les contours géographiques de la Pologne, dans lesquels se trouve la Croix, symbole du Christ qui est l’âme de la Journée Mondiale. Le cercle jaune marque la position de Cracovie sur la carte et c’est aussi le symbole des jeunes. De la Croix sort la flamme de la Divine Miséricorde dont les couleurs rappellent l’image de Jésus, j’ai confiance en Toi. Les couleurs utilisées dans le logo − bleu, rouge et jaune – sont celles du blason officiel de la ville de Cracovie.

Le logo a été créé par Monika Rybczyńska, une jeune femme de 28 ans venant d’Ostrzeszów, une petite ville de Pologne centre occidentale. Monika est designer et éditrice de vidéos, diplômée en communication sociale de l’Université de Varsovie, et a dessiné le logo au Vatican tout de suite après la canonisation de Jean-Paul II, en remerciement pour l’intercession du Saint dans sa vie professionnelle.

Dans la phase finale de perfectionnement du logo, Monika a été aidée par Emilia Pyza, une jeune fille de 26 ans qui vit à Garwolin, à côté de la capitale polonaise, et qui a terminé ses études à l’Académie des Beaux Arts de Varsovie, en se spécialisant en graphique éditoriale.

Pendant la conférence de presse du jeudi 3 juillet a été présentée également la prière officielle pour la JMJ de Cracovie 2016.

La prière est composée de trois parties : dans la première on confie l’humanité, et spécialement les jeunes, à la miséricorde divine ; dans la deuxième partie on demande au Seigneur la grâce d’une âme miséricordieuse ; et dans la troisième partie on invoque l’intercession de la Bienheureuse Vierge Marie et de Saint Jean-Paul II, patron des JMJ.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

For Corpus Christi Pope Francis Reflects on the Gift of the Eucharist

“The Lord, your God … fed you with manna, which you did not know” (Deuteronomy 8.2)

Beyond physical hunger, man bears in himself another hunger, a hunger that cannot be satiated with ordinary food. It is hunger for life, hunger for love, and hunger for eternity. And the sign of the manna – as the whole experience of the Exodus – contained this dimension also in itself: it was the figure of a food that satisfies this profound hunger that man has.

Jesus gives us this food, in fact, He himself is the living bread that gives life to the world (cf. John 6:51). His Body is real food under the species of bread; His Blood is real drink under the species of wine. It is not simple nourishment with which to satiate our bodies, as manna; the Body of Christ is the bread of the end times, capable of giving life, and eternal life, because the essence of this bread is Love.

Communicated in the Eucharist is the Lord’s love for us: such a great love that He nourishes us with himself; a gratuitous love, always at the disposition of every hungry person and needy of regenerating his strength. To live the experience of faith means to let oneself be nourished by the Lord and to build one’s existence not on material goods, but on the reality that does not perish: the gifts of God, His Word and His Body.
Rome, June 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Bishop Gary Gordon Transferred from Whitehorse, YT ; Named Bishop of Victoria, British Colombia

Today, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Most Reverend Gary Gordon, presently Bishop of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory as Bishop of Victoria, British Colombia.

Congratulations, Your Excellency!

Aujourd’hui, Sa Sainteté le pape François a nommé Son Excellence Monseigneur Gary Gordon, présentement évêque de Whitehorse, comme évêque de Victoria, en Colombie-Britannique.

Félicitations, Excellence!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Death of Fr Anthony Milledge, S.J.

With great sadness and gratitude for his life of service, Canadian Jesuits International announces the death of Father Anthony Paul Milledge SJ, who died at 4:30 pm on June 9, 2014 at Jesu Ashram, Darjeeling, India.

Born in England on February 11, 1924 and reared in Montreal, he entered the Jesuits on September 7,1946 and went to Darjeeling in 1952 for education and pastoral ministry. After ordination on March 19, 1958, he served in a variety of parishes; he was particularly successful in establishing primary schools and mother and child care programs.

Father "Tony" had been working at Jesu Ashram, a refuge for the sick and the dying, since 2004.  Predeceased by his parents Henry and Ida Milledge, and by his brother John, he is survived by his brother Frank (Margaret) in Vancouver, B.C., his nieces and nephew.

The funeral will take place on June 10 at 2 p.m. at Gayaganga, Darjeeling, India.

R.I. P.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Vox Clara Committee Continues Work on English Liturgical Texts

The Vox Clara Committee met from May 19-20, 2014 in Rome. This Committee of senior Bishops from Episcopal Conferences throughout the English-speaking world was formed by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on July 19, 2001 in order to provide advice to the Holy See concerning English-language liturgical books and to strengthen effective cooperation with the Conferences of Bishops in this regard.

The Vox Clara Committee is chaired by Cardinal George Pell (Prefect of the Holy See’s Secretariat for the Economy). Participants in the May 19-20, 2014 meeting included Bishop Thomas Olmsted, First Vice-Chairman (Phoenix), Cardinal Justin Rigali, Treasurer (Philadelphia, Emeritus), Archbishop Alfred Hughes (New Orleans, Emeritus) and Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J. (Ottawa). Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Second Vice-Chairman (Bombay), Bishop Arthur Serratelli, Secretary (Paterson), Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I. (Chicago) and Cardinal John Tong Hon (Hong Kong), Archbishop Michael Neary (Tuam) and Bishop David McGough (Birmingham, Auxiliary) were unable to be present for this meeting.

Also assisting the meeting were Monsignor James P. Moroney (Executive Secretary), Reverend Dennis McManus (expert), Monsignor Gerard McKay (advisor), Reverend Joseph Briody (special assistant) and Reverend Gerard Byrne (special assistant). Reverend Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B (expert) and Abbot Cuthbert Johnson, O.S.B. (advisor) were unable to be present.

The representatives of the Holy See included the Delegate to the Vox Clara Committee, Reverend Anthony Ward, S.M., Undersecretary of the Congregation, accompanied by officials of the Congregation.

The Committee heard reports on the reception of the Roman Missal in the English-speaking world and a variety of practical matters.

The Committee spent the greatest amount of time reviewing the ICEL Gray Book Translations of the Ordo Celebrandi Matrimonium and the Ordo Confirmationis as recently approved by several English-speaking Conferences of Bishops. The Committee was grateful for the quality of these translations and developed a limited list of recommendations concerning their refinement which it submitted to the Congregation.

The Committee also approved plans for the completion of a revision of the Ratio Translationis for the Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia in accordance with Liturgiam authenticam, no. 9.

Archbishop Arthur Roche, Secretary of the Congregation, joined the Vox Clara Committee for the first morning of its work. The Secretary thanked the members “for the painstaking process” which they followed in reviewing the ICEL translations and extended to the members the gratitude of the Congregation for their advice.

This was the twenty-third meeting of the Vox Clara Committee which will continue its work in October of 2014.