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.

St. Mary Magdalene – 22nd July

St. Mary Magdalene is one of the greatest saints of the Bible and an example of God’s mercy and grace. Except for the mother of Jesus, few women are more honored in the Bible than Mary Magdalene. She was present with Christ during his public ministry, death and resurrection, and is mentioned at least a dozen times in the Gospels. Yet she could well be the patron of the slandered, since there has been a persistent legend in the Church that she is the unnamed sinful woman who anointed the feet of Jesus in Luke 7:36-50.

Mary Magdalene has long been regarded as a prostitute or sexually immoral in western Christianity, but this is not supported in the scriptures. It is believed she was a Jewish woman who lived among Gentiles, living as they did. The Gospels agree that Mary was originally a great sinner. Jesus cast seven demons out of her when he met her (Luke 8:2). There is also debate over if Mary Magdalene is the same unnamed women, a sinner, who weeps and washes Jesus’ feet with her hair in the Gospel of John. Scholars are skeptical this is the same person.

The Catholic Church did later declare that Mary Magdalene was not the penitent sinner, but this was not until 1969, but alas the reputation still lingers. Mary Magdalene is considered a saint by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Anglican churches.

Mary Magdalene was one of the many “who were assisting them [Jesus and the Twelve] out of their means.” She was one of those who stood by the cross of Jesus with his mother. And, of all the “official” witnesses who might have been chosen for the first awareness of the Resurrection, she was the one to whom that privilege was given.

Despite the scholarly dispute over her background, what she did in her subsequent life, after meeting Jesus, is much more significant. She was certainly a sinner whom Jesus saved, giving us an example of how no person is beyond the saving grace of God. She is known as the “Apostle to the Apostles.”


JULY 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.

July – Most Precious Blood Prayers