Recent Events Photos
Beginning with the most recent events…
June 30 after 10:30 am Mass
Catholic Women’s League Year-end Luncheon Social
Many members of the League and their friends attended last Sunday’s year-end C.W.L. Luncheon. We thank our guest speaker, Dan Fulton for his presentation on Monarch Butterflies as well as to all the organizers of the event, the speakers and above all, to the artistic decorators of the Auditorium. It was like entering into a beautiful flower garden, complete with monarch butterflies and a small fountain at its centre!
June 23 after 10:30 am Mass
ANNUAL CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION AND CHILDREN’S PICNIC
Many more photos to come …
May 28 to June 20
GUIDED CATHEDRAL TOURS FOR OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
More than 250 students, teachers and parents participated in this year’s guided one hour tours of the Cathedral. They came from a number of different schools in Thunder Bay.
PARISH CONFIRMATION CELEBRATION MASS
Fourteen young men and women from our Parish received the Gift of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation from Bishop Colli on Pentecost Sunday. Certificates and gifts from the Catholic Women’s League were distributed to the newly Confirmed after the Mass.
MEN’S MONTHLY BREAKFAST
Nearly 20 men from various Thunder Bay parishes gathered for their monthly Breakfast on June 1st. Deacon Frank Beck from St. Theresa’s parish in Kakabeka Falls was our invited guest speaker. Deacon Frank shared a very personal story of a near fatal accident that opened his life to the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. Fears were replaced by trust in God and Faith was put into action. Frank currently is Director of the Catholic Action Centre where he and other volunteers help meet the practical needs of the poorest of the poor while also respecting them in ways that serve to restore their dignity. The next Men’s Breakfast will be held on September 7th at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the Auditorium. … (submitted by Doug McClure)
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE VISIT TO HOGARTH-RIVERVIEW MANOR
The members of our League decided to hold their May Prayer Service and Meeting at Hogarth-Riverview Manor. It was a very successful occasion, reaching out to the residents, many of whom are members of our Cathedral Parish.
2019 CIVIC LEADERS BREAKFAST
Eight representatives of St. Patrick’s and the Diocese including Fr. Marco and Deacon Derek and Linda West attended the annual Civic Leaders’ Prayer Breakfast on May 15. Joining them at their table was Richard Harvey the Reeve of Nipigon and member of the Church of the Annunciation. (submitted by Doug McClure)
May 12 – Mother’s Day
BLESSING OF NEW STATUE
A beautiful new statue of Jesus and Mary and the Children of the world, donated by the Tilbury Family in memory of Eileen Tilbury was placed in Our Children’s Chapel and blessed on May 12th, Mother’s Day.
Photograph by Vijo Chittilapilly
May 12 – Mother’s Day
CHILDREN’S LITURGY GIFT CRAFTS FOR THEIR MOTHERS
Photograph by Crystal Tustian
CONSOLING THE HEART OF JESUS RETREAT (Final Session)
May 5 at 10:30 am
MASS OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
A special ‘FIRST COMMUNION’ THANKS TO:
Mara, for being a great partner to work with; to the children who were a delight to have in our classes; to Rose for making the beautiful palm crosses for the children; to Raelene, Theresa and Mark for helping us at the rehearsal; to Cheryl who decorated our Auditorium so beautifully; to the volunteers who helped at the reception; to Sean who took the photos; to all those behind the scenes who lent a helping hand. A special thank you to each of you for making First Communion a memorable day for the children and their families! An amazing job!
May 4 at 3:00 pm
THE LAST CLASS BEFORE THEIR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
DIOCESAN DIVINE MERCY PRAYER SERVICE
(at Holy Family Church in Thunder Bay)
FIRST ANNUAL BLUE MASS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
Our heartfelt gratitude to all who participated in the Blue Mass for First Responders: to Msgr. Pat for presiding at the Mass and for his stirring homily; to visiting Deacon Mike McBride, to the Choir, Cross Bearer and Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Ministers of the Word, Ushers, Knights of Columbus Honour Guard and to all those who decorated the Auditorium and provided the lovely reception. We also wish to thank all our parishioners who attended this Mass in honour of the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep us safe. They and their families were deeply touched by the Mass, as were we.
God bless you, Deacon Derek and Linda.
Thanks as well to Sean Murphy for providing us with these photographs of the special event.
OUR MASSES ON EASTER SUNDAY
OUR ANNUAL SERVERS’ GATHERING AT EASTER SUNDAY MASS
The group of our awesome Cathedral servers who were present at our 10:30 am Easter Sunday Mass, together with their Director and trainer, Bill Vass and his assistant, Taran Campanotto and lead server, Nicholas Blake.
April 20 – Holy Saturday 2019
SOLEMN MASS OF EASTER VIGIL
At this year’s Easter Vigil Mass, Stephanie and Samantha of our Parish were Baptized and Confirmed and received their First Holy Communion.
April 19 – Good Friday 2019
SOLEMN LITURGY OF THE LORD’S PASSION
April 18 – Holy Thursday 2019
MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
April 13 & 14
PALM SUNDAY WEEKEND
Joyful celebrations of Palm Sunday were attended by hundreds of our Cathedral children and parishioners and by visiting parishioners from the other City and Diocesan Parishes. A special thanks to our faithful parishioner, Rose Cupelli who once again this year, made over 250 blessed palm crosses for the children and for the sick and elderly of our Parish.
2019 DIOCESAN MASS OF SACRED CHRISM
This year’s annual Mass of Sacred Chrism was one of the most well attended with clergy and laity from across the Diocese joining Bishop Colli and participating and celebrating the Catholic Faith in Northwestern Ontario.
Saturday, April 6
MEN’S BREAKFAST GROUP GATHERING
The men who gathered for the April monthly Men’s Breakfast Group were presented with a media presentation by Msgr. Stilla, entitled, “Challenges are Opportunities and not Problems”. Many thanks to Doug McClure, Deacon Dennis McDermott and Vijo Chittilapilly for the photos of the event.
Monday Evenings from March 4 until May 13
CONSOLING THE HEART OF JESUS RETREAT
March 24 after the 10:30 am Mass
ANNUAL SOUP AND BUN LUNCH
The Soup and Bun event was happily attended by over a hundred people. To all who made soup and baked cookies; to the person who made 10 dozen homemade buns; to everyone who helped set-up for the event; who served the soup; who stayed behind to clean up; and especially to everyone who attended the luncheon in solidarity with our poorer brothers and sisters in the Global South, our heartfelt thanks to each one of you.
In Peace & Solidarity,
Monica Wilson and Linda West
D&P Soup and Bun Coordinators
FIRST COMMUNION CLASSES (continue during the 10:30 am Sunday Mass)
March 16 & 17
ST. PATRICK and ST. JOSEPH WEEKEND
Our Parish celebrated its Patron, Saint Patrick and the Patron of Canada, Saint Joseph with Masses celebrated by Bishop Colli. A reception in the Auditorium followed the Sunday 10:30 am Mass where the children received souvenir gifts and colouring books which recounted the life of St. Patrick.
R.C.I.A. RITE OF ELECTION MASS
Our R.C.I.A. ‘Rite of Election’ was celebrated by Bishop Colli last Saturday, March 9 at the 5:00 pm Mass. Catechumens from St. Agnes, St. Elizabeth and our Cathedral Parish signed their names with their sponsors in the ‘Book of the Elect’ and one Candidate from St. Agnes Parish was called to Lenten renewal. The Catechumens will be baptized, confirmed and receive First Eucharist at the Easter Vigil this year in their respective Parishes. The Candidate will be received into full Communion with the Catholic Church, be confirmed and receive First Eucharist at the Easter Vigil Mass.
March 4 – May 13 (Monday evenings)
‘CONSOLING THE HEART OF JESUS’ RETREAT BEGINS
40 people registered and began this small group Retreat in Our Lady’s Chapel last Monday evening. More are likely to join before it ends. Thanks to Doug and Lesley McClure for initiating and organizing the event.
SHROVE SUNDAY PARISH BREAKFAST
This year, our Shrove Sunday breakfast surpassed our expectations. Over 150 were in attendance. Thanks to all who made it possible!
More Photos by Sean Murphy…
FIRST COMMUNION CLASSES BEGIN
Over 20 children who will be making their First Communion here on May 5 began their classes on the Eucharist in the Cathedral Auditorium. We thank their teachers, Pam Brusadin and Mara Hockenhull for organizing and teaching the children.
MEN’S BREAKFAST GROUP GATHERING
Our March monthly Men’s Breakfast was another successful endeavour. Our speaker, Bishop Colli spoke sensitively and forthrightly about the sexual abuse crisis in the Church. He gave a better appreciation of the complexity of the issue and the concrete policies and protocols the Church has in place for concretely addressing the problem. The men stood and raised their hands toward our Bishop as Fr. Marco and Deacon Dennis lead us in a prayer of blessing over Bishop Colli. We also presented him with a card of gratitude for his 24 years of episcopal ministry. Deacon Dennis then led us in singing Bishop Colli’s favourite hymn “Holy is His Name”, the words which he chose for his motto as Bishop. (submitted by Doug McClure).
OUR CATHEDRAL’S CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE 80th ANNIVERSARY MASS & RECEPTION
During the Anniversary Mass, Bishop Colli and Mary Wilson, our Diocesan President of the League presented Joan Joubert and our Catholic Women’s Council, tributes and certificates of accomplishments and success in Ministry and Service. The members of Council 1447 of the Knights of Columbus helped serve the lunch and reception in the Auditorium following the Mass in honour of our Council.
SUCCESSFUL CATHEDRAL LECTORS’ WORKSHOP
Our Lectors met on Saturday, February 23rd, in the Cathedral Auditorium. Those who were present at the 5 pm Mass renewed their commitment to their Ministry and together with all our other Cathedral Lectors who were not able to attend this Mass, were mandated once again to continue their Ministry in our Parish. Many thanks to Laura Prodanyk, Director of this Ministry and to Linda West, Diocesan Minister of Service and Deacon Derek West for organizing the event. Special thanks as well to those who made presentations at the sessions.
February 5 at 7:00 pm
MASS AND JOINT SOUTH WARD C.W.L. MEETING AT ST. PETER’S CHURCH
This year’s theme was ‘Homelessness in Thunder Bay’. After Mass the participants listened to talks by Colleen Martin who gave us an overview of the situation in our City and Chris and John Wreszczak who told the participants about the sleeping mats made with recycled plastic bags which they make for people on the street.
The host Council, St. Peter’s C.W.L., also honoured our Cathedral’s C.W.L. by having the Mass celebrated for our intentions and by presenting everyone with a large cake to mark this year’s St. Pat’s C.W.L. 80th Anniversary.
February 2 at 12:10 pm Mass
FIRST SATURDAY and CANDLEMAS DAY
Over 100 participated in our special February 2nd Mass to celebrate this Feast day. All the candles which will be used in the Cathedral throughout the coming year were blessed at the beginning of the celebration and blessed purification candles were distributed to the faithful after the Anointing of the Sick. Many thanks to Juliano Brusadin for these photos.
MEN’S MONTHLY BREAKFAST GATHERING
The participants in the February gathering of our monthly Men’s Breakfast Group enjoyed each other’s friendship and listened to Deacon Derek West, Deputy Grand Knight of Fort William Council #1447 of the Knights of Columbus who spoke to the men about the principles of the Knights.
This Group gathers each month on the First Saturday at 8:30 am in the Cathedral Auditorium.
Call Doug McClure for more information (708-4143). Many thanks to Vijo Chittilappilly for the photos.
January 26 & 27 Weekend
OUR PARISH CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE MEMBERSHIP WEEKEND
Members of our Cathedral Catholic Women’s League provided Liturgical Ministers at all our weekend Masses. At each Mass, Joan Joubert (Sat. 5 pm), Linda West (Sun. 8:30 am) and Lisa Posmituk (Sun. 10:30 am) presented brief explanations of the work to which the C.W.L. throughout Canada is faithfully committed.
January 20 at 3:00 pm
ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE IN THE CATHEDRAL
Our annual ‘Christian Churches of the Neighbourhood Ecumenical Prayer Service’ was held on January 20th at 3:00 pm. The parishioners and clergy of First-Wesley United, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian & St. Paul’s Anglican Churches, Bishop Colli and parishioners from other City parishes gathered with us in the Cathedral this year to pray for Christian Unity. Our photos were taken by Juliano Brusadin.
January 13 and 20 Weekends
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE: ‘WARMTH and COMFORT PROJECT’
The C.W.L. of our Parish would like to thank all those who participated in our Warmth and Comfort Project. Your generosity will be most appreciated by the clients of Grace Place. We collected 65 boxes of crackers; 60 jars of peanut butter; 140 pairs of socks, 10 scarves and 10 hats.
Awesome job everyone!!!
January 12 & 13, 2019 (all Masses)
THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD & THE BAPTISM VOWS RENEWAL WEEKEND
The names of all who were baptized this past year in the Cathedral were read aloud. We prayed for them and their parents and godparents and all renewed their Baptismal Vows together.
January 5 & 6, 2019
EPIPHANY OF THE LORD WEEKEND
Like the wisemen of old, our parishioners came to worship the Lord, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords during our weekend Masses.
January 5, 2019
MEN’S BREAKFAST GROUP GATHERING
The participants in this most recent gathering of our monthly Men’s Breakfast Group were honoured with the presence of Kathy Terljhan, Minister of Service and Executive Director of the ‘Dew Drop Inn’, who spoke to the men about the goals of the charitable