Saturday, 18 November 2017

The best way to prepare for Christmas!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Hear Music and Homily from Remembrance Sunday Requiem High Mass at STM Toronto

This link will take you to the YouTube recording of the Remembrance Sunday Mass with the homily by Fr. Daniel Callam and special music by the STM Choir.

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Requiem High Mass

Monday, 13 November 2017

Fr. Callam's new book - A CATHOLIC GOES TO THE MOVIES

Coming out this month (November 2017) a distinctly Catholic view of recent popular films.

A Catholic Goes to the Movies, is a collection of thirty-seven film reviews by Father Daniel Callam, CSB.

The author is the founder and editor of The Canadian Catholic Review. The reviews found in this book were originally published in The Chesterton Review.

Father Callam’s witty and insightful analysis of contemporary films seen through the double lens of the Catholic faith and the works of G.K. Chesterton offers the reader an entirely new perspective on an important medium. 

The films are seen as mirrors of the culture in which they originate and as windows that reveal both the Christian roots of the culture and the spiritual malaise that afflicts it. The reviews reflect the familiarity of the author with the classics of literature, both English and French.
Fr. Callam discusses the moral problems in twenty-first-century films with dazzling virtuosity and wide-ranging erudition. This is Catholic criticism that is in every way catholic.                             Father Owen Lee, CSB
The book will be of value to anyone seeking more than entertainment by going to the movies.

199 pages, 14.95 CDN, at

A book launch will be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 1:45 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church Hall, 354 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario.

Fr. Daniel Callam, CSB,  has graciously agreed to assist at STM, Toronto and to preach on occasion.

Remembrance Sunday 2017 - Requiem Mass with Fr. Daniel Callam preaching

Requiem High Mass for Remembrance Sunday at STM, Toronto.
Celebrant Fr. John Hodgins, Preacher Fr. Daniel Callam
Four of the six Hennessy children (my mother' family) served in the Canadian Forces during WW II. 

All are now deceased (left to right): Arthur (left killed in action at Ortona, Italy - December 1943), 

Marjorie (Mum), died September 2017 at the age of 101. 

Max, killed after the war in an industrial accident, and Mildred who died in the 90s. 

May the souls of the faithful, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Requiem aeternam dona eis.
Fr. John L. Hodgins

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Music for Remembrance Sunday Requiem High Mass – Nov. 12 at 12:30 STM, Toronto

Missa pro defunctis, Palestrina

Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei       
Missa defunctorum – Jacob C. non Papa
Hymns: New English Hymnal
Let saints on earth in concert sing – Dundee 
Contakion of the Dead - Kiev Melody        
Souls of the Righteous – T. Tertius Noble
Beati quorum via – C. V. Stanford

The Royal Anthem  with the “Coronation” introduction

Organ Postlude: Fugue in E-flat Major (Clavierübung III) (J. S. Bach) − J. S. Bach

Monday, 6 November 2017

A Homily for Trinity XXI (31A)

In Jesus time on earth, the Pharisees and Scribes were looked to as interpreters of faith and morals.  Their learning and the respect people had for the Torah gave them  many social privileges. 

However, in the name of Moses and the Law of God they imposed burdens on the people of Israel (Matthew 20:25). Like the priests Malachi condemned in today’s First Reading, they caused many to falter on their path to God's eternal Kingdom.

These spiritual leaders of Israel failed to be caring fathers of God’s people. Moses, on the other hand, was a humble father-figure, preaching the law by practising it – living it – interceding and begging God’s mercy and forgiveness for the people’s sins (Exodus 32:9-14; Psalm 90).

Jesus reminds us today that all fatherhood – whether in the nuclear family or for the people of God – comes from “our Father” in heaven (see Ephesians 3:15). The one and eternal Father.

Jesus doesn’t mean we’re literally to call no man “father.” He himself referred to Israel’s founding fathers (John 7:42) and the Apostles taught about natural fatherhood (Hebrews 12:7-11), and described themselves as spiritual fathers (1 Corinthians 4:14-16)

The fatherhood of the Apostles and their successors: priests and bishops, as well as the spiritual parenthood given to the Church as a whole is meant to raise us as God’s children. All of us are given new life in baptism, and are fed with the spiritual milk of the Gospel and the Eucharist (1 Peter 2:2-3).

St. Paul, in today’s Epistle, affirms that the Church needs to do as he has done in acting as a nursing mother. 

This so-called binary reality of parenthood: father and mother, is something that is challenged today in secular Western society through the politics of sex and gender; but parenthood of mother and father is foundational not only to the Church but to any healthy society. Today, people are losing their jobs at teaching institutions for saying just this, for saying what has been accepted since the beginnings of human civilization.

God’s nurturing parenthood, of course, transcends all human notions of fatherhood and motherhood ( Psalm 131:1-3, Isaiah 66:13) but also affirms the binary nature of human life as given to us by God “and God created them male and female” (Genesis) Anomalies in human physiology must, of course, be dealt with compassionately gut notwithstanding, anomalies should not shape social norms but rather be shaped by Truth, the given Truth of revelation and the magisterium – the teaching authority of the Church which guides us in faith and morals.

Jesus has shown us the Father (John 14:9) coming to gather His children as a hen gathers her young (Matthew 23:37). We’re all brothers and sisters, our Lord tells us today. And all of us and especially our spiritual parents and teachers – are to trust in Jesus, humbly, like children on a mothers’ laps and guard the family of faith.

Malachi 1:14-2:2, 8-10;  Psalm 131:1-3;  1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13;  Matthew 23:1-12

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Mass Music for Sunday Nov. 5 at STM Toronto

Before Mass:  
Verset 4, “Deposuit potentes,” Magnificat Sexti Toni
− Jehan Titelouze (Organ Works, p. 133)

Kyrie, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei: 
Communion Service in F Major – Harold Darke

Vir erat in terra Hus Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina 
O King all glorious – Healey Willan
Fuga sopra il Magnificat, “Meine Seele erhebt den Herrn” (BWV 733) − J. S. Bach

Remembrance Sunday Mass 12:30 noon

An Act of Remembrance for those who have given their lives in service to God and humanity will precede the High Mass on Sunday at STM, Toronto.  

Refreshments will follow.  

All Canadian Forces personnel are especially welcome.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

20th Sunday after Trinity - October 29 at STM Toronto

“You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.” 1 Thes. 1 

SUNG MASS at 12:30

Hymn – Come down, O love divine (Down Ampney)

Kyrie - Mass for Four Voices, William Byrd 

Gloria - Merbecke 

Hymn  -  The God whom earth and sea and sky (Eisenach)

Offertory Motet - Super flumina Babylonis, Palestrina

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Hymn - The King of love my Shepherd is (St. Columba)

Motet -  Sacerdotes Domini. William Byrd

Sanctus and Benedictus - Merbecke

Agnus Dei - Mass for Four Voices, William Byrd

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Music for Trinity XIX - Sunday, October 22

Parish of St. Thomas More, 
263 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto

Music at the 12:30 Divine Worship Sung Mass:
Kyrie, Agnus Dei    Mass for Four Voices, William Byrd  

Gloria, Sanctus and Benedictus      John Merbecke

Sacerdotes Domini       William Byrd                         
Teach me, O Lord          Thomas Attwood 

William Byrd

Friday, 13 October 2017

Music for Sunday, Oct. 15 , 12:30 Mass at STM Toronto

Gloria  -  Mass for Four Voices – William Byrd 

Sanctificavit Moyses – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Tollite portas – William Byrd

Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei:  
Missa SS. Philippi et Jacobi – Healey Willan


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Advent Lessons and Carols with Benediction at STM Toronto

The Parish of St. Thomas More 


The Church of St. Vincent de Paul 



Tuesday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m.

263 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto

Friday, 6 October 2017

Music for 12:30 Sunday High Mass - Oct. 8

Missa SS. Philippi et Jacobi – Healey Willan 

Thou visitest the earth − Maurice Greene
Ego sum panis vivus – Palestrina

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Important dates to note on your calendar

STM PARISH CALENDAR           Days of Obligation *

2       Monday             Holy Guardian Angels                8:00 am     OF

4       Wednesday       St. Francis of Assisi                     8:00 am     OF

7       Saturday           Our Lady of the Rosary              10:00 am    OF

8      Sunday            17th Sunday after Trinity *12:30 pm  DW

9       Monday             Blessed John Henry Newman  10:00 am    OF
                                                 Canadian Thanksgiving

15     Sunday            18th Sunday after Trinity *12:30 pm  DW
                                      Consecration of the OCSP to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

16     Monday             St. Marguerite d’Youville              8:00 am   OF

18     Wednesday       St Luke, Evangelist                        8:00 am   OF

22    Sunday            19th  Sunday after Trinity *  12:30 pm  DW
28    Saturday           Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles 10:00  am    OF

29    Sunday            20th Sunday after Trinity *   12:30 pm  DW

1       Wednesday   All Saints’ Day, Solemnity *    8:00 am OF

2       Thursday          All Souls’ Day                                      8:00 am    OF

5       Sunday            21st  Sunday after Trinity *   12:30 pm  DW

9       Thursday          Dedication of the Lateran Basilica  8:00 am    OF

10     Friday               St. Leo the Great, Pope & Doctor     8:00 am    OF

11      Saturday           Remembrance Day                           10:00 am    OF

12     Sunday           Remembrance Sunday             12:30 pm  DW
                                    (Pro Populo Mass at 9 am – S.C. Hospital)

18    Sunday            23rd  Sunday after Trinity *    12:30 pm  DW

21     Tuesday            Presentation of the BV Mary              8:00 am    OF

22     Wednesday       St. Dung-Lac, Priest &  Com., Martyrs    8 am    OF

26    Sunday            Christ the King *                         12:30 pm DW                       
                                    Reception into full Communion & Confirmation.

Live streaming of Sunday Sung Mass at 12:30 is available weekly on YouTube.  Go to the STM website to connect: