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

Pentecost – May 19th

The Coming of the Holy Spirit – Acts_1: ¹ When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. ² And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. ³ Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. ⁴ All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

⁵ Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. ⁶ And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.

The First Converts – Acts_1: ³⁷ 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?” ³⁸ 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. ³⁹ 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.” ⁴⁰ And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” ⁴¹ So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. ⁴² They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

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.

St. Peter Celestine – May 19th The pious hermit and founder of the Celestine Order, Pietro di Morone, was born about the year 1215, the eleventh of twelve children. After the death of Nicholas IV, a conclave which lasted more than two years, elected him pope on July 5, 1294. He became known as Celestine V. Only the chaotic condition of the age plus the intrigue of King Charles II of Naples can explain the selection of this holy man, who obviously was not conversant with the ways of men or of the world.

It soon became evident that the choice had not been a happy one. Feeling himself incapable of bearing the heavy burden, Celestine resigned on December 13, 1294, five months after receiving the tiara, and resumed the cherished, simple life of a monk. He was succeeded by Boniface VIII who had reason to fear that his opponents might use the former Pope to create a schism. To prevent such a calamity Celestine was detained under careful guard in the castle of Fumone near Anagni, where a replica of his former monastic cell had been erected. Here he passed the remainder of his life in acts of holy penance. Excerpted from The Church’s Year of Grace, Pius Parsch. Patron saint: ➤Celestine-V

Prayer: Almighty ever-living God, who chose blessed Celestine V to preside over your whole people and benefit them by word and example, keep safe, we pray, by his intercession, the shepherds of your Church along with the flocks entrusted to their care, and direct them in the way of eternal salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

May – month dedicated to Mary

The month of May, is dedicated to our Mother Mary and is included in the Easter season. The Blessed Virgin was there, cooperating and consenting as salvation was won for us. On Calvary Christ made her our mother in the realm of grace. She witnessed the Blood and Water flow, the fountain of sacramental life in the Church. She alone was absolutely certain that Christ would rise again, because He had said so. And she is the most perfect fruit of the Paschal Mystery and the most perfect daughter of God.

The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the Church and therefore the example, a guide and an inspiration to everyone who seeks to be the servant of God and man and the obedient agent of the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, as Pope Leo XIII reminded us, is the soul of the Church. All the activity and service of the members of the Church, beginning with the supreme participation of the Blessed Mother in the work of the Church, is vivified by the Holy Spirit as the body, in all its activities, is vivified by its soul.

During this month of May, we are encouraged to turn to her and ask her intercession with the Sacred Heart of her Son. We are also encouraged to do this by means of the Rosary, especially the family Rosary.

Mother, help our faith!

  • Open our ears to hear God’s word and to recognize his voice and call.
  • Awaken in us a desire to follow in his footsteps, to go forth from our own land and to receive his promise.
  • Help us to be touched by his love, that we may touch him in faith.
  • Help us to entrust ourselves fully to him and to believe in his love, especially at times of trial, beneath the shadow of the cross, when our faith is called to mature.
  • Sow in our faith the joy of the Risen One.
  • Remind us that those who believe are never alone.
  • Teach us to see all things with the eyes of Jesus, that he may be light for our path. And may this light of faith always increase in us, until the dawn of that undying day which is Christ himself, your Son, our Lord!

May – Mary Mother of God ➤Prayers