Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Visit to Christ the King Ordinariate community at the Chapel Royal, Tyendinaga Mohawk Reservation

Murray O'Coin, our friend and 
candidate to become an 
Instituted Acolyte 
for sub-diaconal ministry 
in the Ordinariate and soon, 
we pray, a Deacon, 
was our host this week 
on the Tyendinaga Reservation. 
Murray took us to the beautifully restored Chapel Royal of Christ Church where he worships every Sunday with a growing Ordinariate community. Mass according to Divine Worship: The Missal is currently celebrated monthly in the Chapel, thus preserving the Mohawk Anglican patrimony within the full communion of the Catholic Church.

The Ordinariate Catholic community of Christ the King has its home in one of the very few Chapels Royal outside of the U.K., marking, in a dramatic way, the unity which is the hope and promise of the Ordinariates around the world.

The community dates to the arrival in Canada of the Mohawk people who were loyal to the Crown during the  Revolutionary War in the USA.  Mohawks at the time were both Anglican and Catholic and sided with the British against the rebellion in 1776.  
Royal Arms over the west door of the Chapel Royal
By the 1800s they had built Her Majesty's Chapel Royal of the Mohawk and brought the Queen Anne silver which had been given to the Mohawk nation as a gift from Queen Anne when they still lived and worshipped along the Mohawk River in what is today New York State. 
The chancel and sanctuary of the Chapel Royal, Tyendinaga

The NY territory is near the site of the birth of St. Kateri Tekakwitha. Today the original Mohawk homeland is marked with  the U.S. Shrine commemorating St. Kateri who is the first aboriginal woman and Mohawk to be declared a saint.

Christ the King Ordinariate community  has been welcomed to use the Chapel on Sundays and Feast Days by the Chief and Council of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Reserve.  The current Chief is a Catholic convert and member of the Ordinariate community. Note the corpus of Christ added to the top of the rood screen.
Jane Hodgins looks at the beautifully restored Chapel Royal with
Murray O'Coin who oversees the growing Ordinariate community 

at Tyendinaga
Fr. John Hodgins with Murray O'Coin at Christ Church, Chapel Royal of the Mohawks
The Flags of Canada, the Mohawk First Nation and the Union Jack fly in front of the Chapel Royal and the cemetery of the Mohawk community.

Note the cross in the bottom
left panel. This replacement
glass depicts the
Queen Anne Silver
with the Ordinariate Cross
in the Chapel which is legally
the property of
the Mohawk community.
Our Lady of Guadaloupe, patroness of
the Americas, has a special place in
the hearts of her sister aboriginal people
in the north of the Americas. 

The beautiful altar cross given to
the Chapel Royal by the King in
the Georgian period features depictions
of the Our Lady as well as
the four Gospel writers. Notice the
Ten Commandments written in the
Mohawk language forms
part of the reredos.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

May Holy Land Pilgrimage - Dates and Details

Explore the roots of our faith in the Holy Land and visit sites of biblical significance and historical magnificence throughout Israel and Jordan.


12-Day Roundtrip  May 4th to May 16th, 2017
Nazareth • Sea of Galilee • Mount Nebo • Amman • Petra • Jericho • Jerusalem • Masada • Bethlehem and more

Dear Friends,

I welcome you to consider joining us for "Spring in the Holy Land" as we make our pilgrimage and walk in the steps of Jesus. We will see the historic sites of Jerusalem and the countryside where Jesus and his Apostles travelled.

Together, we will share in the joy of the Holy Eucharist at various sites that Christians have considered holy for generations and enjoy the contemporary developments in what is still the spiritual centre of the world.

Pray about this trip and consider if you are being called to join us for a special journey of faith.

in cor Jesu,

Fr. John Hodgins, Accompanying Chaplain

Parish of St. Thomas More, OCSP 263 Roncesvalles,
Toronto M6R 2L9

What You Can Experience

• Nazareth in Galilee, chief scene of the ministry of Jesus Christ.

• Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount 
Jerusalem and its most biblical sites including the Garden Tomb, Wailing Wall, the Tomb of King David.  The Church of the Nativity which stands on the site where Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Bethany Beyond-the-Jordan and the wilderness of John the Baptist where Jesus was baptized.

• Mt. Nebo, where Moses saw the Promised Land.

• Ancient Petra, the rose city and capital of the Nabatean people.

• The Church of Seplucher, the site of Golgotha hill and empty tomb of Jesus.

• The city of Jericho, going up to thew Mount of  Temptation where Jesus was tempted by the Devil.

• Emmaus, where Jesus walked with his disciples after the Resurrection.

Day 1: Thursday May 4, 2017 
Departure from Toronto Pearson International Airport.

DAY 2: Friday May 5, 2017

Arrival, meeting and transfer to the hotel in Netanya by the Mediterranean coast for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Leonardo Plaza Netanya (1 night)

Day 3: Saturday May 6, 2017

After a full Israeli breakfast, check out and drive along the Mediterranean coast to visit Caesarea (Acts 9.30 Acts 10 24-48). Visit the Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins including the Theatre and the Aqueduct. Continue to Mount Carmel to see where Elijah the prophet performed the miracle of the fire against the false prophets of Baal (1st Kings 18). An afternoon visit to Nazareth and the site of the Annunciation where Mother Mary received the good news from the Angel Gabriel. (Luke 1.26, 4.16-29, Matthew 2.23). Continue to see the site of the first miracle of the Lord Jesus at Cana of Galilee (John 2. 1-11) early evening will bring us to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Golden Crown Old City Nazareth 2-nights.

Day 4: Sunday May 7, 2017

Depart after breakfast for a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee (John 6. 1, 6.23). We shall visit this morning the Baptismal site on the Jordan River at Yardenit (Matt 3.13-17, Mark 1.9-11 and Luke 3.22-23). Next is Capernaum where most of the ministries of Jesus took place (Matt.4 13, 13.54, 17.54, Luke 7, Mark 1.2, and John 4.46-54) visit the outstanding remains of the local synagogue. A visit to Mount of Beatitudes where He taught His disciples (Matt. 5, 6, 7, 8) the Sermon on the Mount. Visit Tabgha at this Holy place Jesus fed multitude with just 2 fishes and 5 loaves. (Matt..13, Mark .33-45 and John 21). Visit to the new site of Magdala. We will visit the eastern shore of the lake. We shall take a short drive to the southern part of the Golan Heights for a magnificent view of the entire area. 
Return to the hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Monday May 8, 2017

After breakfast, will drive to the Jordanian border at the Sheik Hussein Bridge, we cross into Jordan. We will drive to Mount Nebo, the final station in the life of the prophet Moses, the Jordan Valley and the hills of Jerusalem – from whence Moses viewed the Promised Land that he would never enter. Continue to Madaba see the Byzantine Church with a 5th century mosaic floor of a beautiful map of the Holy Land. We drive and overnight in Petra.
Accommodation: Petra Amra Palace (1-night)

Day 6: Tuesday May 9, 2017

Today we will visit Petra the rose city and capital of the Nabatean people. Tour one of the most fascinating ancient sites of the world, as part of the city was built by digging into the red cliffs of Edom. After lunch in Petra, after lunch drive to Amman. Dinner and overnight Amman.
Accommodation: Amman Rum Hotel (1-night);

Day 7: Wednesday May 10, 2017

Back to Israel through Allenby Bridge, visit the city of Jericho, going up Mt. Temptation where Jesus was tempted by the Devil. By cable car we will visit the 4th century Byzantine monastery and enjoy a panoramic view of the Jordan Valley. From Jericho, we will drive to the Qaser El Yahud where John baptized Jesus. We continue to Good Samaritan Inn (Luke 10.30-37); next we stop at the Tomb of Lazarus before visiting the home of Lazarus and Mary Martha. We continue to the Mount of Olives for a view of the Holy City and a ceremony with a blessing on arrival. We continue to our Jerusalem hotel for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Jerusalem of Gold (5-nights)

Day 8: Thursday May 11, 2017

After breakfast, we will begin our day up on Mount Zion to see the tomb of King David and the nearby Room of the Last Supper (Mark 14.13, Luke 22. 10-38, Matt. 26 17-29, Acts 1.13. Next will be the Dormition Abbey where Mary fell into an eternal sleep. (Acts 2 the Pentecost) Continue to the Palace of Chiapas where Jesus was in custody. Next, we enter the Old City and visit the Jewish Quarter, the Cardo - ancient Roman Street and the Western Wall. From here to the nearby Southern Wall Excavations, this southern side of The Temple served as the main entrance for common folk, whereas the Priests and Levites entered from the higher, eastern side. Parts of the giant stairs, which led to the Temple Mount from the courtyard, have been unearthed. It is in this courtyard that Jesus likely drove out the vendors and money exchangers who were exploiting the people. 
Return to our Jerusalem hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Friday May 12, 2017

This morning, we will visit the Mount of Olives. Our first stop will be to the Pater Noster Church, continuing to the Ascension site then following the Palm Sunday road visiting Dominus Flevit. Arrive at the Garden of Gethsemane and visit the Church of All Nations. Next, we will visit Mary’s Tomb at the bottom of the Kidron Valley. Now we will enter the Old City through Stephen's Gate, and visit the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus cured a cripple. We move on to the Judgment Hall of Pilate, hear of those who conspired against Him and are reminded of His brutal beating and humiliation. While walking along the Via Dolorosa, visiting the Ecce Homo we are reminded of His way of the suffering, visit the Church of the Sepulcher where we will see the Golgotha hill and the empty tomb of Jesus. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Saturday May 13, 2017

Our day begins with a cable car ride to the mountain top fortress of Masada . Here our guide will treat us to the history of the famous zealot stand. We'll visit Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Afterwards proceed via Ein Gedi, "Spring of the Goat," an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Because of its warm climate and abundant supply of water, the site developed a reputation for its fragrant plants and date palm groves. This is where King David hid from Saul, and where God defeated the enemies of the Israelites by praise and worship led by King Jehoshaphat. (1 Sam 23:29; 24 Song
of Songs 1:14). Return to Jerusalem.

Day 11: Sunday May 14, 2017

We begin our day visiting Bethlehem (Luke 2, 1- 7) the site of the nativity, the Shepherds fields and fields of Ruth and Boaz. Return to Jerusalem where we will drive to nearby Ein Karem. This
lovely village is the birth place of John the Baptist. Return to Jerusalem and we travel to the Shrine of the Book to see the Dead Sea Scrolls the absolute miracle of God’s preserved Word. We will also visit the miniature model of the city of Jerusalem as built during the Roman period 2000 years ago. Our guide will walk us through an accurately detailed smaller version of Biblical times in Jerusalem as well as the architecture and d├ęcor of the Temple. Return to our hotel.

Day 12: Monday, May 15, 2017

This morning will be free. By noon time we will check out and board our bus for a half day tour beginning with a Visit of Emmaus,where Jesus walked with his disciples after the Resurrection and broke bread in the House of St. Cleophas. Continue to Old Jaffa (Joppa) one of the most ancient port cities in the world. Jaffa is mentioned in the Book of Joshua as the border of the Tribe of Dan’s territory. King Solomon imported Cedar trees from Lebanon via the Port of Jaffa and Jonah the Prophet went on his trip to NINVEH. According to the New Testament it was here in Jaffa that St Peter resurrected the widow Tabitha. Here St. Peter had a vision on the roof of the house of Simon the Tanner. After the visit, we will have our farewell dinner in a restaurant in Old Jaffa. 

After dinner, we will be transferred to the airport to board our flight back home.

  • Meeting and Assistance by Kenes staff at the Airport
  • Escorted Transfers by licensed English speaking guide in and out
  • 10 overnights as above mentioned HB (breakfast and dinner) - superior 3 stars
  • Farewell dinner in a restaurant in Jaffa
  • 12 days of touring with English licensed speaking guide.
  • All visits and entrances fee as per attached suggested program
  • Daily mass
  • Lunch in Petra
  • Deluxe air conditioned bus
  • Porterage service at hotels and airport
  • Kenes kit to each participant (hat & map)
  • Pilgrim certificate to each participant
  • Kenes hostess during the Jerusalem check in.
  • Jordanian visa
  • Horse ride in Petra
  • Round trip air in economy class from Toronto; enquire about other gateways

  • Does not Include: 
  • Personal expenses and extras 
  • Medical and travel insurance – available separately please enquire 
  • Beverages at meals 
  • Lunches (besides that included in Petra) 
  • Tips (guide – driver – hotels – waiters) 
  • Departure border tax Israel to Jordan, currently US $33 pp 
  • Departure border tax Jordan to Israel, currently US $15 pp 

COST: CAD $3,949 per person
based on double occupancy

Payment schedule:
Total fare with economy air included is CAD $3,949 PP based on double occupancy.
Special quotes are available for business class air and single occupancy on a request by request basis. To confirm your reservation, a deposit of CAD $500 per person is required.

Final payment is due March 31st, 2017
Payments may be made by cash, major credit card (MC, Visa or AMEX), or cheque.

Cancellation terms and conditions

Cancellations before March 1: Amount paid less $250 PP will be refunded. Cancellations made after March 1 before April 1:  50% of total fare refunded. Cancellations made after April 1 before April 28: 25% of total fare refunded. Cancellations made after April 28: no refund.

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance which we can arrange for you through Manulife Financial.
Agency Information:
Cruise Holidays of Clarkson,
1739 Lakeshore Road West, 
Mississauga, ON L5J 1J4

Travel Agent: Joe Rochemont E-Mail: joe@clarksontravel.ca
Telephone: 905.855.1700 
Toll Free: 1.866.919.2111

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Fr. H. speaks of Our Lady

Some wise words on our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, from the inimitable Fr. Hunwicke and Blessed JHN.

I remember once sharing a mutual concern with that erudite liturgist and beloved bishop (now, of course, Mgr) David Silk (oh dear, that's not a common combination nowadays). We both, at some time or other, had felt awkward about the custom of the Latin Church of using the 'Sapiential' literature of the Old Testament to apply to Our Lady. 
It provides some lovely liturgical passages; better men that I am have felt totally easy about it: such as nearly-­blessed John Henry Newman, who employs it in the purple passage at the end of his sermon on the Assumption. But, for me at least, there is the nagging memory at the back of my mind of S Paul's first Epistle to the Corinthians (chapter 1). He there regards Christ as the Wisdom of God Incarnate; just as S John sees him as the Word Incarnate. Since, for a Jew, Wisdom is Torah, S Paul is also saying that our Lord is the Incarnate Torah. How can it therefore be right to say that our Lady, a mere creature, is God's Wisdom? Is that not the title of the Incarnate First Person of the Holy and Coequal Trinity - and therefore a title which not even his Mother may steal from him?

But then I recalled that in the Arian controversy, Orthodoxy had a bit of a problem with these 'Wisdom' passages. If they apply to the Divine Son, does this not mean that passages like He created me from the beginning before the world point to the createdness of the Word; to the Arian formula en pote ote ouk en [there was a time when He was not]? And then I remembered Newman's superb passage:

"Arius did all but confess that Christ was the Almighty; he said much more than S Bernard or S Alfonso have since said of the Blessed Mary; yet he left him a creature and was found wanting. Thus there was a 'wonder in heaven'; a throne was seen, far above all created powers, mediatorial, intercessory; a title archetypal; a crown bright as the morning star; a glory issuing from the eternal throne; robes pure as the heavens; and a sceptre over all; and who was the predestined heir of that Majesty? Since it was not high enough for the Highest, who was that wisdom, and what was her name, 'the Mother of Fair Love, and fear, and holy hope', 'exalted like a palm tree in Engaddi, and a rose plant in Jericho', 'created from the beginning before the world' in God's counsels ... the Church of Rome is not idolatrous unless Arianism is orthodoxy."

The Arians discerned the idea of an exalted mediatorial - yet created - being; the Church discerned that this was not adequate to the full uncreated Divinity of the Divine Son; the Church discerned that what Arius erroneously predicated of Christ is truly said of his Mother, She is the human wisdom, the created wisdom who is eternal in the sense that she was always in the creative mind and will of the Father, the wisdom appropriated by faithful Virgin Israel when her bridegroom God bestowed his covenantal Law from far above Mount Sinai, the responsive wisdom which in the Daughter of Sion was found worthy to give birth to the Divine Wisdom, the human graced endeavour which accepts and contemplates that Wisdom which is God himself, Second Person of the Trinity, our only Redeemer.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Fr. Philip Cleevely, O.C. - Preacher for the Solemnity of the Chair of St. Peter

Fr. Philip Cleevely is to celebrate and preach at the Sung Mass (Divine Worship) at the Catholic Parish of St. Thomas More, Sunday, February 19 at 12:30 noon for the Solemnity of the Chair of St. Peter - the Feast of title for the Ordinariate in North America.

Father is originally from the Birmingham Oratory and now with Fathers of the Oratory in Toronto. He is a noted teacher and lecturer.

A poster from a 2014 debate sponsored by
the Archdiocese of Toronto and OCY

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany - A Homily

February 5, 2017  St. Thomas More, Toronto

“I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will have the light of life.”

Have you noticed how the tiniest ray of light can allow us to see in the darkness? Physical light is a necessity. We cannot move in safety without it. The same is true of spiritual light. A soul in darkness cannot survive no matter how bright the sun is. In God that we live and move and have our being, St. Paul affirms, and through God’s wisdom we become a “demonstration of Spirit and power” as St. Paul goes on to assure us in the second reading.

Jesus declares to our world of darkness: “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will have the light of life.”  Through him the prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled.  Like Isaiah, Jesus shows us that in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless and oppressed, clothing the naked, and helping the afflicted we allow God’s light to shine. It is through such corporal works of mercy that his followers become prisms of light to the world. A prism refracts light so that we may see the many colours and splendor of light.

Last week we heard the great summary of the Gospel, the beatitudes proclaimed at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount. The beatitudes constitute the inner spiritual logic of God’s life at work in the human soul, orienting our hearts toward the kingdom of heaven instead of the empire of self. We travel towards God’s kingdom in poverty of spirit and meekness, trusting in God’s love and justice for all, accomplished in mercy. This grace, the light of God, produces a purity of heart and vison –  peace so that even in the midst of persecution, we can offer a blessing instead of a curse to our persecutors. This path of beatitude is our participation in divine light, by which the darkness of sin, self and death in our world can be conquered by the light of love.

Having offered the apostles the beatitudes, Jesus instructs them concerning how the principles, grounded in Judeo-Christian culture can be lived.  We hear much talk of rights these days, but there are no rights that are not grounded in the principles built upon a culture of  light and love, a culture of responsibility and choice for the other rather than the self.  We will hear more about that in coming weeks, but in today’s Gospel Jesus uses two metaphors—salt and light—to describe what his teaching means for his disciples.

In the ancient world salt was a critical preservative: dressed with salt, meat was less susceptible to corruption. It gives flavour to foods, it is an essential electrolyte that keeps our hearts beating regularly. The Christian is like salt to the world because by our witness charity is preserved, life is expressed in joy and the energy of God’s grace flows to the heart of a fallen world, breaching the walls of the empire of self.

Each Christian is called to let the “light of the world” shine, dispelling darkness, living in charity even with our persecutors. This source of this light is divine grace that becomes visible to others in our words, in gracious acts, in our personal refusal to resort to “oppression, false accusation or malicious speech.” And so, as Isaiah promised, the gloom of sin and death shall be overcome; justice and mercy will be a light shining through the darkness, a gleaming city on a hill.

“I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will have the light of life.”

IS 58:7-10;    PS 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9;1    COR 2:1-5;    MT 5:13-16.