St. Peter Celestine Church is known for its fine building and its superb original interior decor
intact from 1892 – one of 3 Canadian churches known to retain Classic Italianate decoration.
Adoration, Confession and Rosary
1st Sunday of the Month, Adoration & Confession 8:15am – 8:45am.
The Rosary (all other Sundays) 8:30am – 8:50am. Mass 9am.

Pentecost – May 28th

The Feast of Pentecost, originally the Jewish Feast of Weeks commemorating the gift of the Law to Moses on Mt. Sinai 50 days after the Exodus, was the day when the Holy Spirit was poured out in the Upper Room upon the apostles and other disciples in the form of tongues of fire and a strong wind, fifty days after Easter Sunday, the day marking the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Pentecost is seen as the birthday of the Church.

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as of fire, which settled upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in foreign tongues, even as the Holy Spirit prompted them to speak (Acts 2, 1-4).”

Now the apostles, who had hid in fear behind locked doors, came forth and courageously walked among the multitude speaking to each in his native tongue. “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. (Acts 2:37-42)

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, before ascending into heaven, did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples – deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me, to perfect in my soul the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me;

The Spirit of Wisdom – that I may not be attached to the perishable things of this world, but aspire only after the things that are eternal.
The Spirit of Understanding – to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth.
The Spirit of Counsel – that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven.
The Spirit of Fortitude – that I may bear my cross with You, and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation.
The Spirit of Knowledge – that I may know God and know myself, and grow perfect in the science of the Saints.
The Spirit of Piety – that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable.
The Spirit of Fear – that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may avoid anything that may displease Him.

Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples,
and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

BVM Mother of the Church – May 29th

By issuing the Decree on the celebration of the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, Pope Francis wishes to promote this devotion in order to “encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the Church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety”.

The decree reflects on the history of Marian theology in the Church’s liturgical tradition and the writings of the Church Fathers. It says Saint Augustine and Pope Saint Leo the Great both reflected on the Virgin Mary’s importance in the mystery of Christ.

“In fact the former, St. Augustine, says that Mary is the mother of the members of Christ, because with charity she cooperated in the rebirth of the faithful into the Church, while the latter, St. Leo the Great, says that the birth of the Head is also the birth of the body, thus indicating that Mary is at once Mother of Christ, the Son of God, and mother of the members of his Mystical Body, which is the Church.”

The decree says these reflections are a result of the “divine motherhood of Mary and from her intimate union in the work of the Redeemer.” Scripture, the decree says, depicts Mary at the foot of the Cross (cf. Jn 19:25). There she became the Mother of the Church when she “accepted her Son’s testament of love and welcomed all people in the person of the beloved disciple as sons and daughters to be reborn unto life eternal.”

In 1964, the decree says, Pope Paul VI “declared the Blessed Virgin Mary as ‘Mother of the Church, that is to say of all Christian people, the faithful as well as the pastors, who call her the most loving Mother’ and established that ‘the Mother of God should be further honoured and invoked by the entire Christian people by this tenderest of titles.’”

The Visitation – May 31st

(Luke 1:39) In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry,

“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

Magnificat

My soul magnifies the Lord And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid;
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
because He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name;
and His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him.
He has shown might with His arm, He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of His mercy
even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.

And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

Life of Christ – Gaudenzio Ferrari

The scenes:
1: Annunciation, Nativity of Jesus, Adoration of the Magi, Flight into Egypt, Baptism of Jesus, Resurrection of Lazarus, Jesus enters in Jerusalem, Last Supper
2: Foot washing, Agony in the Gethsemani, Arrest of Jesus, Jesus at Herod’s court, Pilate’s court, Flagellation of Christ
3: Pilate washes his hands, Via dolorosa, Preparation of the cross, Lamentation of Christ, Descent in the Limbo, Resurrection of Jesus; in the centre Crucifixion of Jesus

June – Month dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart

The devotion to the Most Sacred Heart is what the Church deems to be the long-suffering love and compassion of the heart of Christ towards humanity. This devotion in its modern form is derived from a Catholic nun from France, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, who said she learned the devotion from Jesus during a series of apparitions (1673-1675), and in the 19th century, from the mystical revelations of Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart (Good Shepherd nun).

She requested in the name of Christ, that Pope Leo XIII consecrate the entire world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Pope Leo XIII commissioned a group of theologians to examine the petition on the basis of revelation and sacred tradition. The result was the encyclical letter “Annum sacrum” (25 May 1899) that he decreed that the consecration of the entire human race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus should take place on 11 June 1899.

The encyclical also encouraged the entire Catholic episcopate to promote the First Friday Devotions, established June as the Month of the Sacred Heart, and included the Prayer of Consecration to the Sacred Heart.

 

  1. I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
  2. I will establish peace in their homes.
  3. I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
  4. I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death.
  5. I will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.
  6. Sinners will find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
  7. Lukewarm souls shall become fervent.
  8. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
  9. I will bless every place in which an image of my Heart is exposed and honored.
  10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
  11. Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in my Heart.
  12.  I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final  perseverance; they shall not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

Prayers – Sacred Heart ➤ here