Pastor’s Messages

Faithfulness of God

Dear my sisters and brothers, Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ! The First Sunday of Lent presents us with a promise, a sign of that promise, and it’s fulfillment. Speaking to Noah about a new covenant, God promises no more destruction by flood. A sign of this covenant, God adds, is the rainbow, and the sign simply states that water shall no longer be a sign of destruction. Saint Peter’s letter in the second reading takes up what the waters…

Jesus Our Healer – Our Journey to Wholeness

My dear sisters and brothers, Praise Jesus our healer! The Gospel this weekend (Mark 1:40-45) is a story of a man with leprosy, it is not a lesson on skin problems. It is a piece of good news about a caring God, who heals us from the greatest malady represented by that which, back in Jesus’ day was most visibly upsetting. Leprosy now is rare – at least the kind that St. Damien the leper of Molokai eventually suffered from…

A God Who Heals Our Broken-Hearted

My dear brothers and sisters, Praise the Lord who Heals our broken-hearted! In our world of pain, suffering and illnesses, Jesus was the most powerful “Healer.” His presence brought hope and salvation to all the afflicted, even to defeating the Evil Spirits. The good news rings loud and clear for us that God is close to all the broken-hearted! It shows in our readings this weekend particularly in the story of Job. No longer is it a story of Job’s…

Let the Power of His Grace Bear Fruit in Our Lives

My dear friends, Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever! In our Gospel reading this weekend, Jesus proclaimed the Word of God with unique power and urgency – with authority. His words touched the hearts of His audience and changed their lives. His deeds matched His words. The power of Jesus’ Words and Deeds has not abated after more than two thousand years. His Words are perfectly effective today, in the era of information technology and space exploration. Jesus’ Words…

They Call Us “The Elderly”

My dear friends, Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ! I wanted you to read this short article that I read while recovering from my flu this week. What do you think? Have a blessed week! God Loves you! ~ Fr. Neil

Come and See

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,     Praise God! This week we are experiencing a cold snap but this doesn’t stop us to worship and thank God for His graces that we have received. In our readings this weekend are we called to share in Jesus Christ’s Mission and Life. The two disciples of John the Baptist were invite to “Come and see.” Being a disciple of Jesus is not just a matter of learning from Him wonderful things…

Faith, Persevering Generosity and Courage

May I say once again Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you! This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord Jesus Christ. Epiphany means the revelation/manifestation of Jesus Christ as our King and Saviour not only of the Jews, but also of everyone. This Solemnity reminds us that God loves all nations and cultures and that He communicates with us in so many ways – through events, inspirations, people, and His Word.…

Merry Christmas!

Dear brothers & sisters, Christmas is a special time of Worship and Praise to Our Saviour Jesus Christ. May the miracle of Christmas fill your hearts and homes with hope, peace and joy now and throughout the coming New Year – 2024. I thank everyone for your contributions to our celebrations during the Advent & Christmas Seasons. On behalf of the Catholic Parishes of Penticton we wish you a Blessed Christmas filled with the wonder of the birth of Jesus…

Open Yourself to God’s Presence

My dear sisters & brothers, Praise & Worship God for His Great Love for us! In our first reading this weekend, David was planning to give a present to God. He thought of building a House for the Lord and moving the Ark of the Covenant from a humble tent but God had other plans. God wanted to be present to His own people, house or no house, temple or no temple. This is the story of a God who…

J – O – Y

My dear brothers & sisters, Praise God! I had the opportunity, with joy, to finally meet Penticton’s hockey team – the Vees. This week they came to help us prepare our Christmas Hampers. See page 4 of the bulletin for more. The primary enemy of our joy is anxiety. Fear and anxiety rob us of our joy. However, if we understand who Christ is, and what he has done for us it deepens and opens up a new dimension of…