You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.. 1 Peter 1:18-19

Sunday July 14th, 2024
Message From Our Pastor & News

Dear Friends,

            Last Thursday (July 11th) the Church celebrated the Feast of Saint Benedict, Abbot. Often attributed to him is the Saint Benedict Medal; a very popular and powerful sacramental. (Sacramentals are different sacraments; Sacramentals are things or prayers that have spiritual effects, such as grace or protection, and are obtained through the intercession of the Church – examples: Ashes for Ash Wednesday, Brown Scapulars, Miraculous Medals). We often find the St. Benedict Medal placed/worn on a necklace, bracelets, rosaries, or on the door heard.
            Saint Benedict was a very disciplined, courageous, and faith-filled monk who by the practice of these virtues overcame many temptations from the devil. The St. Benedict Medal is now both an invocation for these graces in our lives and a medal used to ward off evil spirits. There is even a unique prayer used for the blessing of these medals.
This modern used medal was made in 1880 in commemoration of the 1400th Anniversary of St. Benedict’s birth, but the original date and its complete origin are unknown. Upon investigation, a number of painted crosses, surrounded by the letters which are now found on Benedictine medals, were found on the walls of the abbey, but their meaning had been forgotten. The medal carrying the same inscriptions has now served as a reminder of its meaning and powerful counsel.
Ejus in obitu nro praesentia muniamus– “May His presence protect us in the hour of death.”
Crux S. Patris Benedict – “The Cross of Holy Father Benedict”

Pax – “Peace”
C.S.P.B. – “Cross of the Holy Father Benedict”
C.S.S.M. L – “May the holy cross be for me a light”
N.D.S.M.D. – “Let not the dragon [Satan] be my guide.”
S.M.Q.L.I.V.B. – “The drink you offer is evil; drink that poison yourself.”
V.R.S.N.S.M.V. – “Be gone, Satan! Suggest not to me the vain things.”

Together in Prayer


There will be no confessions next Saturday July 20th at Saint John the Baptist from 3-4pm. 

We will have a potluck reception to welcome our new Pastor – Fr. Gaston Giacinti and to say good-bye to Fr. Alex Salazar at Sacred Heart of Jesus parish hall on Saturday August 10 after the 5:30 p.m. Holy Mass. Please join us with your favourite dish, everyone is invited!

Altar Server Group
The next Altar Server Group Meeting will be on Friday, August 9th after the Adoration.

IVE Homilies
For Daily Gospel Reflection please consider visiting and/or subscribing to our IVE “CatholicVoice” Homilies. Various IVE Priest, missioning around the world, read the gospel and offer a brief reflection.

Bible Study on the Gospel of Matthew
Join the DRIVEN TO PRAISE prayer Group as we journey through the Gospel of ST. MATTHEW to understand the sacred scriptures 7 pm – 8 pm every second and fourth Thursday of each month at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (Basement entrance on the left close to the garage). Bring your Bible (NRSVCE preferred), copy of Catechism of the catholic church (CCC), a notebook and pen. The source material that would be used for teaching is Catena Aurea by St. Thomas Aquinas and CCC. Upcoming schedules – July 25th, August 8th, August 22nd. For more info contact Daniel @ or 647 928 6414.
 “You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God.” Matthew 22:29.

Friday Adoration at Sacred Heart
Every Friday there is adoration
of the Blessed Sacrament 
at Sacred Heart in reparation 
for the offences made to the Sacred Heart of Jesus from 1:30 to 6:30PM  and confessions from 5 to 6:30PM.


New Saint for Canada
The canonization of the Blessed Marie-Léonie Paradis, will take place on 20 October 2024.

Catholic Family Retreat-August 3rd-5th, 2024
Our friends in the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie invite you and your family to this Catholic family retreat! Hosted at Sacred Way Farm (745 Kells Road, Powassan, Ontario), you and your family are invited to attend the talks given by Chris and Katie Bray titled “A Time Such as This: Esther 4:14”. Visit for more information and registration.

St. Mary’s Lindsay—ConcertConcert by Byrdsonge Choir singing the Psalter, by English Masters: Byrde, Whyte, Tallys, Sheppard, Parsons.  On Friday July 26th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church,  Lindsay. Tickets:  $25 at the door or online.

Pilgrimage St. Ann’ Shrine
The annual pilgrimage to St. Ann in Cormac will be held on Sunday July 28 and Mass at 11:00 am. A Mass of healing with oil from St. Ann will be at 2:00 pm. Guest speaker, Father Ryan Holly.