Canada National Saint Kateri Shrine

Pastor's Corner

Responding to the pastoral need, Most Rev. Claude Hamelin, Bishop of St. Jean – Longueuil, assigned Fr. Michael Nguyen Dinh VINH, CSSp, a Vietnamese and religious priest of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) as full time pastor of our parish.
He was born in 1973 in Vietnam. In 2008, He joined the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in Saigon, Vietnam. In August 3, 2013, he took his first religious vows and after that he moved to Manila, Philippines to study Theology. From September 3, 2013 to June 2016, he was sent to the UK for the Pastoral Mission Experience (PME). In July 2016 he returned to the Philippines to continue his study and in 2020, graduated in LST (Loyola School of Theology) of Ateneo de Manila University. In March 25, 2021 (Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord) He was priestly ordained by Most Rev. Ronald I. Lunasin, Bishop of Pagadian Diocese, the Southern Philippines. After his priestly ordination, he remained in the Philippines as a formator assistant of the Spiritan Formation House – Manila. He arrived in Montreal on August 18 2023 and on October 1st, 2023, he was assigned to be the pastor of Saint Francis Xavier Mission Church in Kahnawake.
His appointment is effective on Oct 1 st , 2023 and will remain until July 31 st , 2029.
Message from Fr. Vinh Michael Nguyen

March 3, 2024

3rd Sunday of Lent
Entering the temple in Jerusalem, Jesus felt angry because of the chaos there; he used his authority to chase the sellers of money, sheep, cows, pigeons... from the temple. This action of Jesus is called “purifying the Temple”. Through this action, he wanted to restore the true spirit of worship, so that this place would not be tainted by commerce and material competition.
Since the beginning of Lent, the Liturgy invites us to renew our lives: renewal of our hearts, our souls and our lives. In other words, we are invited to renew our belief in God. We need to examine our faith to see if our beliefs and ways of worshiping God are correct or not. Many people believe in God but do not practice the duties of the virtue of worship; or believe in God but only to meet the urgent needs of life. Thus, to avoid an empty and self-interested faith, the Word of God this Sunday invites everyone to more actively review the way we practice our faith. Do we truly believe and accept God's infinite power and love for us? If we do not practice faith in a spirit of love, thanksgiving and prayer, then our faith is only an "empty barrel", or in other words, our Christian life is than a temple in disorder, without any trace of God.
May the Word of God this Sunday help everyone to be more aware and responsible for their body and soul. Because our entire being is the temple of God where the Holy Trinity resides. May the Holy Spirit guide us to recognize what is evil and sinful so that we can cleanse our body and mind to become a clean and beautiful temple where there is a worthy place for God to dwell.
Note: To fully experience the season of Lent, everyone is called to the priest or another priest to confess and be reconciled with God and others.

Pope's global prayer for February 2024

FOR THE TERMINALLY ILL

Let us pray that the sick who are in the final stages of life, and their families, receive the necessary medical and human care and accompaniment
By Vatican News