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Parish Blog

Welcome to Mustard Seeds, the blog page at St. Joseph Church. A group of our very own parishioners will be contributing bi-weekly with the hope of inspiring you as we journey together in our faith.

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Rediscovering Sabbath

Rediscovering Sabbath
Read Time: 5 1/2 minutes

 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the...

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Our Divine Purpose

Our Divine Purpose
Read time: About 5 minutes

Esther 4:14  “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

The story of Queen Esther, who was a Jew married to a Persian …

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What About Him, Lord?

WHAT ABOUT HIM, LORD?

Read time: About 6 minutes

“Seeing him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘What about him, Lord?’.  Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to stay behind till I come, what does it matter to you? You are to...

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Mountain Moments

Mountain Moments

Read Time: 4.5 – 5 Minutes

At this time of year when the seasons change, winter is over, and after a couple of false starts, spring has arrived and summer is on the horizon.  So it is with …

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Anastasis – The Resurrection

ANASTASIS
Read time – 4 minutes

I have an Icon in my office, Anastasis, also known as the Resurrection Icon or the “Harrowing of Hell” Icon.  You are not likely to find this Icon in any Latin Rite Catholic Church.  …

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The Annunciation

The Annunciation
Read Time: 3.5 – 4 minutes

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the...

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Going Deeper

Going Deeper
Read time: 5 1/2 – 6 minutes

Lent has become my favourite season of the church year. I look forward to this season because it is full of opportunities to help us go deeper into our faith and …

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Kingdom Thinking – A Biblical Paradigm

Kingdom Thinking – A Biblical Paradigm
Read Time – 10 minutes

Last year as I went through the Bible in a year podcast with Fr Mike (I would highly recommend this) I was reminded of many of the stories in …

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It Is the Lord

IT IS THE LORD

…”The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord.” [Jn 21:7]

John is the first disciple to perceive Jesus on the shore.  All we are told is that John says, “…it

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The Eucharist, the Need of Our Heart

The Eucharist, the Need of Our Heart 

When we go to mass Christ is present to us in four ways. In the Liturgy of the Word when the scriptures are read. In the Liturgy of the Eucharist where the Body …

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Be Prepared

Be Prepared

I have heard that Advent is a time of preparation for Jesus to be born again in our hearts; or a time of preparation for the second coming of Jesus as he comes as Judge; or a time …

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Advent: A Change of Heart and Mind

Advent is about to begin. This time of the year is my favourite, as we wait in anticipation to celebrate the birth of Jesus over 2000 years ago. For me, it is a time to remember what the incarnation of …

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Conversations about God

Conversations About God

I recently had a conversation with a co-worker who kept referring to God as “the universe”.  The universe is trying to tell me something or the universe is guiding events in my life.

My response was that …

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Designed to be in Relationship

Designed to be in Relationship

A colleague at work commented to me that over the past six months, she has had more ‘strangers’ make small talk or comment on something that normally would pass without conversation.  I was just at …

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Waiting-Wrapped in God’s Love

Waiting – Wrapped in God’s Love

The newest COVID restrictions have once again placed us in waiting mode. “To wait” implies being in a place of expectation.  As the world situation continues to unfold, we watch as refuges wait in …

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The Hope of Heaven

The Hope of Heaven

One day I dreamt death came my way, and heavens gates opened wide.
The angels came and took my hand and ushered me inside.
There I saw folks I had known on earth, that I had …

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The Heartbeat of Jesus

THE HEARTBEAT OF JESUS

 

Accepted opinion says that the “beloved disciple” is either John, or John’s disciples passing-on John’s teachings.
Interesting, but it also misses the point.
We like answers to these kinds of questions,...

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Brokenness

Recently, I felt the need to reinvigorate my prayer life, do something different, and change it up. Prayer had become dull, uninspiring, and predictable just when I needed it most. Like many in these days of political strife, social media …

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Musings on a Challenged Faith

Musings on a Challenged Faith

I confess to you, my brothers and sisters, that I am struggling with my Church right now.  I confess that there is much about Her that I love – Her wisdom tradition, Her great models …

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Setting the Captives Free

This month in the daily mass readings we hear about the story of Moses and the people of Israel who were set free from bondage and slavery in Egypt by God. We have heard this story many times and at …

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My Kitchen Walk

I read an article a couple of years back about a person who went on a journey of health and self-discipline but had few ‘extra resources’ for supports.  She ended up simply walking around her small apartment in a loop …

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The Search Continues…

Earlier this spring I joined our parish community to follow a zoom series called THE SEARCH. I would like to share some of my reflections from that prayer time. One of the things that happened for me was the many …

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PPC Essay Contest Third Place Winner – Drawing Close

Third Place – Rachel Walker

Drawing Close

“For it is by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Through my journey of believing in Jesus Christ, God has revealed His love and truth slowly to me, each part at exactly …

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