Rev. Matthew Chojna (“Hoy-na”)
Box 7 139 Renfrew St.
Pakenham, ON K0A 2X0
Office: (613) 256-3441
Welcome to St. Peter Celestine Church
St. Peter Celestine Church in Pakenham
is widely known among connoisseurs of heritage architecture
for its fine building and in particular for its superb original interior decor,
which survives intact from over a century ago. Professionally restored in 1992,
this is one of the 3 most beautiful churches in the Archdiocese of Ottawa!.
It is one of only 3 Canadian churches known to retain Classic Italianate
decoration in trompe l’oeil and faux marbré technique. A striking feature of the nave
is the original pulpit, built in the form of a huge chalice, heavily ornamented.
January - The Holy Name of Jesus
Discourse on the Name of Jesus by St. Alphonsus Liguori
Vocatum est nomen ejus Jesus. "His Name was called Jesus." (Luke 2:21)
This great name of Jesus was not given by man, but by God himself; "The name of Jesus," says St. Bernard, "was first preordained by God."  It was a new name: A new Name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.  A new name, which God alone could give to Him Whom He destined for the Saviour of the world. A new and an eternal name; because, as our salvation was decreed from all eternity, so from all eternity was this name given to the Redeemer. Nevertheless this name was only bestowed on Jesus Christ in this world on the day of His circumcision: And after eight days were accomplished that the Child should be circumcised, His name was called Jesus. The Eternal Father wished at that time to reward the humility of His Son by giving Him so honourable a name. Yes, while Jesus humbles Himself, submitting in His circumcision to be branded with the mark of a sinner, it is just that His Father should honor Him by giving Him a name that exceeds the dignity and sublimity of any other name: God hath given Him a Name which is above all names.  And He commands that this name should be adored by the Angels, by men, and by devils: That in the Name of Jesus every knee should bow of those that are in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth.  If, then, all creatures are to adore this great name, still more ought we sinners to adore it, since it was in our behalf that this name of Jesus; which signifies Saviour, was given to Him; and for this end also He came down from Heaven, namely, to save sinners: "For us men and for our salvation He came down from Heaven, and was made Man."  We ought to adore Him, and at the same time to thank God Who has given Him this name for our good; for it is this name that consoles us, defends us, and makes us burn with love.
If we are in affliction, let us invoke Jesus, and He will console us. If we are tempted, let us invoke Jesus, and He will give us strength to withstand all our enemies. If, lastly, we are in aridity, and are cold in Divine love, let us invoke Jesus, and He will inflame our hearts. Happy are they who have this most tender and holy name always on their lips! A name of peace, a name of hope, a name of salvation, and a name of love. And oh! happy shall we be if we are fortunate enough to die pronouncing the name of Jesus! But if we desire to breathe out our last sigh with this sweet name on our tongue, we must accustom ourselves to repeat it often during our life.
-  Treatise St. Bernard ii. s. 49
-  "The nations will see your vindication, and the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord will give" (Isaiah 62:2)
-  "Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every other name" (Phil 2:9)
-  "that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth." (Phil 2:10)
-  Nicene Creed
excerpt taken from the book: The Incarnation, Birth and Infancy of Jesus Christ
The Bible Timeline study program takes you on a guided journey through salvation history. Presenter Jeff Cavins will show you how fourteen of the Bible’s narrative books tell the biblical story from beginning to end and give you the keys to understanding the amazing story woven throughout Scripture.
In this revolutionary approach to Bible study, The Bible Timeline divides the Bible into twelve color-coded time periods that make it easier to follow its narrative thread. Using a unique color-coded chart, you will learn the major people, places, and events of the Bible and discover how they all come together to reveal the remarkable story of our faith.
Through its 24 sessions, The Bible Timeline will teach you how to read and understand the Bible and introduce you to the wonderful narrative of the Bible in a way that will transform your life.
Dates - Times - Location
All classes are on Monday evenings from 7 - 9 pm.
Session1: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3 & 10, 2020.
Session 2: March 2, 9, 16, 30, & April 6, 2020.
Sessions 1 & 2 to be held in Learning Commons of St. Michael's School, Corkery.
Session3: May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2020.
Session 4: Sept 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 19 & 26, 2020.
Sessions 3 & 4 to be held in the Chapel of St. Peter Celestine Church, Pakenham.
Cost - Registration
Study guide set: $60
Registration after Dec 15, 2019 may cost more.
For more information: Please register w/Shannon McGruer