Ontario strengthens ”Stay-at-Home” order
From Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government is limiting the capacity of weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 10 people indoors or outdoors (including the priest). Holy Masses at St. Peter Celestine Parish: The Mass schedule will remain the same – on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 9:00 am. There will be no Adoration.
All masses will be by Pre-Registration Only for our Regular Parishioners through a special link on the website.
We are carefully following Public Health guidelines, and remind all parishioners to please log in at the entrance, follow the directions of our Ushers and Pre-screen themselves before entering the church.
- Do you have a temperature?
- Do you have any symptoms of COVID-19?
- Been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19?
- Travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days?
The Story of Our Lady of Fatima – May 13th
The story of Fatima begins in 1916 during WWI which introduced Europe to horrific and powerful forms of warfare not seen before and a year before the Communist revolution would plunge Russia and Eastern Europe into decades of oppression under militant atheistic governments.
A beautiful figure appeared and spoke to the three children, Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin Lucia dos Santos, who were in the field tending the family sheep – “I am the Angel of Peace”. The figure appeared to them two more times that year exhorting them to accept the sufferings that the Lord allowed them to undergo as an act of reparation for the sins which offend Him, and to pray constantly for the conversion of sinners.
Then, on the 13th day of the month of Our Lady, May 1917, an apparition of ‘a woman all in white, more brilliant than the sun’ presented itself to the three children saying “Please don’t be afraid of me, I’m not going to harm you.” Lucia asked her where she came from and she responded, “I come from Heaven.” The woman wore a white mantle edged with gold and held a rosary in her hand. The woman asked them to pray and devote themselves to the Holy Trinity and to “say the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and an end to the war.”
She also revealed that the children would suffer, especially from the unbelief of their friends and families, and that the two younger children, Francisco and Jacinta would be taken to Heaven very soon, but Lucia would live longer in order to spread her message and devotion to the Immaculate Heart.
In the last apparition the woman revealed her name in response to Lucia’s question – “I am the Lady of the Rosary.” That same day, 70,000 people had turned out to witness the apparition, following a promise by the woman that she would show the people that the apparitions were true. They saw the sun make three circles and move around the sky in an incredible zigzag movement in a manner which left no doubt in their minds about the veracity of the apparitions. By 1930 the Bishop had approved of the apparitions and they have been approved by the Church as authentic.
Mary gave the children three secrets. Following the deaths of Francisco and Jacinta in 1919 and 1920 respectively, Lucia revealed the first secret in 1927. It concerned devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The second secret was a vision of hell. When Lucia grew up, she became a Carmelite nun and died in 2005 at the age of 97.
Pope John Paul II directed the Holy See’s Secretary of State to reveal the third secret in 2000; it spoke of a “bishop in white” who was shot by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows into him. Many people have linked this vision to the assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square on May 13, 1981.
What is the meaning of the message of Fatima? As Cardinal Ratzinger, Benedict XVI, has put it – what the Church has always taught: “the exhortation to prayer as the path of ‘salvation for souls’ and, likewise, the summons to penance and conversion.”
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!