I didn’t grow up celebrating Halloween or attending All Souls’ Mass. On Halloween, trick or treaters were generally thought to be kids up to no good, looking for an excuse to toilet paper a house or spray silly string through their neighbour’s letter boxes. Some years we went to “Crazy Colours” parties, which was the […]

The DTES Heart of the City Festival began on Wednesday 24 October and runs through to Sunday 4 November. This is the 15th Annual Festival celebrating the rich and diverse cultural life of our neighbourhood, expressed in music and theatre, dance, written and spoken word, film and art. What wealth there is here in the […]

On Oct. 18 we observed the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist, the author of the Gospel which bears his name and of the Acts of the Apostles, a companion of St. Paul, and, tradition says, a doctor and an artist. Luke is sometimes referred to as “the Beloved Physician.” This celebration, alongside three conversations […]

“Count your blessings, name them one by one,” goes the old Revivalist hymn.  Last Monday was Thanksgiving, in Canada a time to celebrate the gifts of family and friendship, the creation and the harvest.  Whilst it is good to have a particular day set apart for this purpose, regular, even daily, thanksgiving has a fruitful […]

But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray. (Luke 5:16). This coming week your clergy will be heading on retreat to pray, think, listen, dream and scheme about what we are doing here at St. James’. Where is God calling us? How do we serve within our parish and care for our people each […]