January 18 – 25 is the week of prayer for Christian Unity.
Please pray that all may be one, as Christ desires.
Sunday January 16, 2021
Message From Our Pastor & News
As we now enter into this Season of Ordinary Time, and as we consider Jesus’ day-to-day life. I thought it may be convenient for us to consider a virtue a week! Because one of the reasons for considering Jesus’ day-to-day life in Jerusalem is for us to consider our day-to-day life here in Peterborough.
We can first ask ourselves, ‘what exactly is a virtue?’ Aristotle – the great Greek philosopher – defines virtue as “a habit that makes a person good and his works good.” This is why when we typically talk about a good person we would often say, ‘That does sound like something so-an-so would do’ or ‘so-an-so would probably help you with that.’ A person is considered virtuous because they have the tendency to do the virtuous things. Virtues also have the tendency to web out, that is when we practice of one virtue it usually leads us to practice another virtue.
Aristotle again adds to his definition of virtue as “a disposition to behave in the right manner and as a medium between extremes of excess and defect (which are both vices).” This perfect medium we call the ‘Golden Mean’. For example: Courage is the virtue – the golden mean – between cowardice (defect) and reckless (excess). Or temperance is the golden mean between insensible and self-indulgent. Or cautious the golden mean between scrupulous and inconsiderate.
The first effort of becoming virtuous is the desire to be virtuous. We must first identify the reason for acquiring a virtue – our future incentive is to be with God in heaven and our current incentive is to find peace in our soul. No one becomes virtuous with doing something good only one time, we must have (1) repetition and (2) delight. Repetition so that we may have that common disposition to do the good. And delight to joy in the virtue, otherwise we would never do it again; otherwise, there is no incentive for its repetition and no desire for possessing and keeping the virtue. Let us keep to heart these words from the gospel of Luke, “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature” (Luke 2:52).
Together in Prayer
Wish Tree update
Thank you to everyone who participated in this years Wish Tree celebration. Thanks to your generous participation over 100 souls were memorialized over the Christmas season! This is truly an indication of the outstanding support our parishioners provide.
The event also raised approximately $6K which will be used to support ongoing church repairs and or projects. Thank you again for your support looking forward to this year’s event on December 17/22.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity!
January 18 – 25 is the week of prayer for Christian Unity. Please pray that all may be one, as Christ desires. The Greater Toronto Council of Churches invites you to a livestream celebration on Sunday, January 23rd, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.
Use the link to join in prayer for Christian Unity:
Sacred Heart on Fridays from 5:00-6:30PM
St. John the Baptist on Saturdays from 3-4PM
Also by Appointment.
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 5:00 to 6:30PM.
Altar Boy Group at Sacred Heart
1st & 3rd Fridays of the Month
6:15 – 8:00 PM at Sacred Heart Church.
Catholic Missionary Children Oratory
For Children 7-12 year old.
We want to love Jesus and help other to love Jesus. We will do
this first with our prayers.
Saturdays 10:15 AM at St. John the Baptist. For info or to register contact Sr. Inmaculada firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Baptism, First Communion and Confirmations contact
Bible and the Mass
Classes every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday of the Month from 4:15 – 5:15 PM at Sacred Heart.
Young Adult Group
On the 2nd, 4th and 5th Friday of the Month from 6-8PM at Sacred Heart. It starts with half an hour of Adoration, talk and recreation at the rectory.