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.
Prayer for Canada Day
We thank you for this land of ours, Canada,
We thank you for its vast natural beauty, richness of diversity and culture, the gifts and opportunities, and the quality of life that we enjoy.
Guide our leaders to govern with wisdom and truth for the good of everyone.
Help us to remember to safeguard this home of ours as a special gift from you.
Help us to remember to safeguard the dignity of every human person, as the ethical image of our society.
Help us to remember to share what we have with those who have less.
Help us to remember that we all have a shared mission to work for justice and peace for all.
Open our hearts to always be attentive to your holy will for us, and give us the courage to be generous in our response to you.
Help us to remember to uphold our neighbour: who is struggling, to spread encouragement where it is needed, to re-build what has been broken.
Receive our thanksgiving, bless all of our good efforts, and shield us from harms way, in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Saint Thomas (the Apostle) – 3rd July
Saint Thomas the Apostle (also known as Judas Thomas or Didymus, meaning “Twin”) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus who is best known for doubting the resurrection of Jesus and demanding to feel Jesus’ wounds before being convinced (John 20:24-29). This story is the origin of the term “Doubting Thomas.” After seeing Jesus alive, Thomas professed his faith in Jesus, exclaiming “My Lord and my God!” presenting one of the first clear declarations of Christ’s divinity.
As an apostle, Saint Thomas was called to spread Jesus’ teachings throughout the nations. While Saints Peter and Paul were said to have brought the gospel to Greece and Rome, Thomas was said to have taken it eastwards as far as India. The churches of Malankara in India trace their roots back to St. Thomas who, according to local tradition, arrived along the Malabar Coast in the year 52 AD.
July – month dedicated to the Most Precious Blood
The month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood. This feast was instituted in 1849 by Pius IX, but the devotion is as old as Christianity. The early Fathers say that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ, and that the sacraments were brought forth through His Blood.
“The Precious Blood which we worship is the Blood which the Savior shed for us on Calvary and reassumed at His glorious Resurrection; it is the Blood which courses through the veins of His risen, glorified, living body at the right hand of God the Father in heaven; it is the Blood made present on our altars by the words of Consecration; it is the Blood which merited sanctifying grace for us and through it washes and beautifies our soul and inaugurates the beginning of eternal life in it.”
The entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven.
May the Precious Blood of Jesus sustain us as we journey to our true home, with Mary and the angels as our companions on the way.
Litany for the Precious Blood ➤ here