PASTOR’S EASTER MESSAGE: APRIL 2019

For centuries, the world has marked the Resurrection of the Lord with eggs. But the Easter meaning of the egg is found in the struggle of the chick to free itself from its confines so as to take flight into the much bigger world beyond it. We struggle to break out of a world that we perceive as going to pieces; we pick away at an existence that leaves us dissatisfied and unfulfilled. The promise of the Easter Christ is that we can break out of our self-contained little “shells” and take flight into a much bigger world: a world where peace and justice reign, a world illuminated by hope and warmed by love, a world that extends beyond time and place into the forever of God’s dwelling place. [From a meditation by Brother David Steindl-Rast, O.S.B.]

The question asked by the angel of the women on Easter morning is asked of us every morning of our lives: Why do we seek the living among the dead? Why do we expect meaning from what is doomed to nothing? Why do we center our days on things of limited value when God’s love and grace abounds in our lives? Easter is God’s never-ending invitation to freedom, his raising us up from “tombs” of selfishness and fear and anger and hatred. In the light of Easter’s empty tomb, every moment of forgiveness, every triumph of justice over persecution, every insistence of goodness in the face of horrendous evil, every act of compassion (no matter how simple or small) proclaims the good news that Christ is risen. On this Easter Sunday, may we seek to bring such resurrection to the darkness and shadows around us; may we “bury” our own self-interests and wants for the sake of the greater good; may we allow ourselves to “die” in order that God may restore us to life in the wellspring of compassion and mercy that is the Risen Christ. 

Fr. Stephen Liang
Pastor





PASTOR’S NEW YEAR MESSAGE:  JANUARY 2019

We look back on the year 2018 with gratitude for the good things that took place and regret at the disappointments and failings, aware that every year brings both. But, as people of faith, we believe that our God is a God of new beginnings: that the Word of God is constantly being reborn, that the light of God’s Christ dawns anew every morning. We can bring God to birth every day despite the failures of the day before, no matter how dark and treacherous the night just past. 

Today we begin our journey through the New Year, 2019. It is both a gift from God and a challenge: to continue the work begun by Jesus, the building of the kingdom of God. And, God knows, that’s hard. But, “that’s what makes it great.” The stones that build God’s kingdom – humble compassion, patient forgiveness, costly justice – are all “hard.” But that’s what can makes for a new year – and lives – of “greatness.”
  
May this prayer written by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of the iconic “When Bad Things Happen to Good People”, be our resolve in the New Year:

Let the rain come and wash away the ancient grudges,
the bitter hatreds held and nurtured over generations.
Let the rain wash away the memory of the hurt, the neglect.
Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows.
Let the warmth of the sun heal us wherever we are broken.
Let it burn away the fog so that we can see each other clearly.
So that we can see beyond labels, beyond accents, gender or skin color.
Let the warmth and brightness of the sun melt our selfishness.
So that we can share the joys and feel the sorrows of our neighbors.
And let the light of the sun be so strong that we will see all people as our neighbors.
Let the earth, nourished by rain, bring forth flowers to surround us with beauty.
And let the mountains teach our hearts to reach upward to heaven.

A blessed New Year!

Fr. Stephen Liang M.D.
Pastor








PASTOR’S ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS MESSAGE:  (Dec 14th, 2018)

 In this liturgical season of Advent, we prepare for the reappearance of Christ in the fulfillment of time; to embrace the hope and potential of this life; of rediscovering the love of God in all our joys and sorrows, in all our brokenness and healings, in all our discoveries and disappointments, in all our dreams and fears. This Advent, may we reveal the “real Santa” that exists within each of us in our simple, “deliberate” acts of kindness and generosity.

While we may not be able to give our children everything we would like, the most important thing we can give them is love: love that is complete and unconditional, love that endures in good times and bad times, love that is uniquely family. Such love is the “rock” on which Jesus calls us to build our homes and lives. The real mystery of Christmas is that Christ is here among us right now, in the love of family and friends, in the hope that compels us to imitate Christ’s love and compassion, in the forgiveness we extend and accept, the justice we seek for all God’s people. As you busy yourself with the final preparations for Christmas, remember that Jesus is in your home, Jesus is at your table, Jesus is present in all you welcome and share the holiday with. May the Savior Jesus be born every day in our hearts; may we behold the God of love and mercy every day in our midst. And so God calls each one of us to give birth to his Christ in our Bethlehems. We journey to Bethlehem in faith that in every act of kindness and generosity we offer, that in taking on his prophetic work of mercy and justice, that in embracing his attitude of selflessness and humility, God is born again and again in our midst.

May the blessings of this holy birth fill every season of our lives with hope in the love and joy of this child. Let the “Jesus factor” of generous mercy and compassionate empathy be the spirit that enables us to perform our own miracles this Christmas. The challenge of Christmas is to continue to make that love incarnate in our own lives and in the lives of those we love. May we give thanks this Christmas Season for the gift of family and, in the New Year, take on, out of love and care for those we love, the hard, Christ-like work of being family to one another.

Fr. Stephen Liang M.D.
Pastor






PASTOR’S EASTER MESSAGE:  (April 1st, 2018)

Easter is about resurrection - not just resuscitation, not just about coming back from the brink, not just about bouncing back from a difficult situation, not just about a near miss when we've been spared the worst that can happen. In fact, the pre-requisite for resurrection is that the worst - devastating loss and death - happens. And we are changed by the experience. Easter's empty tomb is the blessed hope that the Good Fridays of grief and devastation that we all experience are not the end, but can lead to new, refocused and transformed lives. The "nail marks" do not disappear or are forgotten, but God's wisdom and compassion take hold in our souls. And we are changed.    

The empty tomb of Easter morning is God's vindication of his Son's life among us: that no tomb can contain the mercy and hope of God. The work of Easter is to open tombs; to restore life to the lost, the despairing, the forgotten; to free the dead from the shackles of hopelessness.

In the light of Jesus' resurrection, we're able to see ourselves as we really are and confront our failings to be compassionate and our inabilities to forgive with hope and understanding. Thomas saw reason to let go of his doubt and skepticism in the person of the Risen Jesus. This Easter season, may we see our lives - both our gifts and failings, our certainties and doubts - in the light of Easter hope and grace, to embrace Christ's gift of peace enabling us to forgive and "let go" of our resentments and anger and disappointments in order to re-create our hearts and spirits in the living presence of the Risen One.   

The power of resurrection: that the good that exists in something - or someone - given up for dead and consigned to the abyss can be brought to life and endure. What God has done in raising his Son to life, we can do in seeking to imitate his Son's Gospel of justice, reconciliation, compassion, and peace. As the Risen Jesus appears to the Eleven "as flesh and bone," Jesus calls us to be "flesh and bone" witnesses of his resurrection, to be the "flesh and bone" of his compassion and peace for every soul consigned to forgotten graves and cemeteries of failure and rejection.   

Wherever and whenever true love is present, resurrection is experienced. In the compassion and peace we are able extend to those we love and who love us, we become "flesh and bone" signs of the hope and grace of Easter along the Emmaus roads we all walk.   

Best wishes and God bless you all during this Easter season!


Rev. Fr. Stephen Liang M.D.
Pastor
  





PASTOR’S MESSAGE:  (February 2018)

Lent

Lent offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism.  In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our lives and to pray more deeply.  

There are as many ways to pray, but a few prayer methods can help us in particular to spiritually prepare ourselves during Lent:

1.  Make your abstinence a prayer-in-action.
As Catholics we are called to give up something for Lent.  Chocolate, coffee, that extra helping of dinner, etc.  Whatever it is, you can make what you're giving up for Lent a prayer as well:  a prayer-in-action.  Whenever you encounter the object you are abstaining from or the time of day that you would normally enjoy it, take a moment to say a prayer in recognition of your wholeness in God even without what you have given up.  Thank God for the freedom to be completely yourself without this and, at the same time, acknowledge the gift of its existence in the world.

2.  Pray the Stations of the Cross.
One of the most common traditions of Lent is to pray the Stations of the Cross.  This prayer helps us reflect on the passion and death of Christ in preparation for Good Friday observance and the Easter celebration.  This special devotion allows us to follow Jesus Christ on his way to Calvary.  The Stations is one of the most important devotions honouring the passion of Jesus.

What matters most in the Stations of the Cross is to follow Jesus Christ in his passion and to see ourselves mirrored in him.  Whether we know it or not, we bear the imprint of his cross.  We are judged unjustly, we fall, we find life's journey hard, we know the mystery of death, and we recoil from it.  To face life's dark side in ourselves and in our world, we need images of hope, and Jesus offers images of hope in his passion.  By accompanying him on the Way of the Cross, we gain his courageous patience and learn to trust in God who delivers us from evil.

3.  Reflect deeper on your liturgical prayer.
When you attend Mass during Lent, be conscious of and meditate on the words you pray in the liturgy.  For example, the Eucharistic Prayer, the highlight of each Mass, has special significance during Lent.  After receiving communion, you may want to sit and reflect more deeply on this great prayer of the Church.

4.  Start a practice of daily prayer that will last after Lent.
Perhaps the best prayer advice is to use Lent as a time to instil prayer habits that will last long after Lent has concluded.

Beginning of Lent

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.

The Church emphasizes the penitential nature of Ash Wednesday by calling us to fast and abstain from meat.  Catholics who are over the age of 18 and under the age of 60 are required to fast, which means that they can eat only one complete meal and two smaller ones during the day, with no food in between.  Catholics who are over the age of 14 are required to refrain from eating any meat, or any food made with meat, on Ash Wednesday.

This fasting and abstinence is not simply a form of penance, however; it is also a call for us to take stock of our spiritual lives.  As Lent begins, we should set out specific spiritual goals we would like to reach before Easter and decide how we will pursue them-for instance, by going to daily Mass when we can and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation more often.

Ashes

Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance.  The distribution of ashes reminds us of our own mortality and calls us to repentance.  In the early Church, Ash Wednesday was the day on which those who had sinned, and who wished to be readmitted to the Church, would begin their public penance.  The ashes that we receive are a reminder of our own sinfulness.

The distribution of ashes can also be linked easily to the death and resurrection motif of Baptism.  To prepare well for the day we die, we must die now to sin and rise to new life in Christ.  Being marked with ashes at the beginning of Lent indicates our recognition of the need for deeper conversion of our lives during this season of renewal.

Why do we put ash on our forehead?
Ashes are applied to our forehead in the sign of the cross as the words, "Remember, you are dust and to dust you shall return" are spoken to us.  This act symbolizes our mortality as well as our need for ongoing repentance.  It is a reminder that this life is short and merely a foreshadowing of what we shall become through the redemption of Jesus Christ on the cross.  The work of our redemption will not be complete until we are raised from the dead, in resurrected bodies like His own and called to the eternal communion of heaven.

Where do the ashes come from?
The ashes for Ash Wednesday normally are made from blessed palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday.  The ashes are sprinkled with Holy Water and incensed before distribution.

When do I wash the Ashes off my face?
There is no specific instruction on how long ashes are to be worn.  You can, in fact, wash them off immediately after the service if you want.  Many people choose to wear their ashes for the remainder of the day both as a reminder of their own mortality and as a witness before those around that they are a follower of Christ and are entering into a season of examination and abstinence.

What is the significances of the 40 weekdays before Easter?
The 40 days of Lent, which precedes Easter is based on two Biblical accounts:  the 40 years of wilderness wandering by the Israelites and our Lord's 40 days in the wilderness at which point He was tempted by Satan.

Each year the Church observes Lent where we, like Israel and our Lord, are tested.  We participate in abstinence, times of fasting, confession and acts of mercy to strengthen our faith and devotional disciplines.  The goal of every Christian is to leave Lent a stronger and more vital person of faith than when we entered.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, "The seasons and days of penance in the course of the liturgical year (Lent, and each Friday in memory of the death of the Lord) are intense moments of the Church's penitential practice.  These times are particularly appropriate for spiritual exercises, penitential liturgies and pilgrimages as signs of penance, voluntary self-denial such as fasting and almsgiving, and fraternal sharing (charitable and missionary works)." (CCC 1438)

When does Lent end?
Lent officially ends on Holy Thursday.  That is when the "Triduum", great three Days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday occur leading to Easter.  Easter is not only a day but an Octave (eight day) celebration leading to a Season of the Church, Easter Season, which ends on Pentecost.

Giving something up
For most older Catholics, the first thought that Lent brings to mind is giving something up.  Lent is about conversion, turning our lives more completely over to Christ and his way of life.  That always involves giving up sin in some form.  The goal is not just to abstain from sin for the duration of Lent, but to root sin out of our lives forever.  Conversion means leaving behind an old way of living and acting in order to embrace new life in Christ.  For catechumens, those preparing to be received in the Catholic faith at the Easter Vigil, Lent is a period intended to bring their initial conversion to completion.

Scrutinies:  Examining Our Lives
The primary way that the Church assists the catechumens (called the elect after the celebration of the Rite of Election on the First Sunday of Lent) in this conversion process during Lent is through the celebration of the rites called Scrutinies.  These ritual celebrations on the Third, Fourth and Fifth Sundays of Lent are communal prayers celebrated around the elect to strengthen them to overcome the power of sin in their lives and to grow in virtue.  To scrutinize something means to examine it closely.  The community does not scrutinize the catechumens; the catechumens scrutinize their own lives and allow God to scrutinize them and to heal them.

All of us are called to continuing conversion throughout our lives, so we join with the elect in scrutinizing our own lives and praying to God for the grace to overcome the power of sin that still infects our hearts.

Many parishes today seek to surface the concrete issues that the elect need to confront; these issues then become the focus of the intercessions during the Scrutinies.  Every Catholic should spend some time reflecting on what obstacles to gospel living exist in his or her own life.  Then when the Scrutinies are celebrated, we will all know that the prayers are for us as well as for the elect.

Taking seriously this dynamic of scrutiny and conversion gives us a richer perspective on Lenten "giving up."  What we are to give up more than anything else is sin, which is to say we are to give up whatever keeps us from living out our baptismal promises fully.  Along with the elect we all need to approach the season of Lent asking ourselves what needs to change in our lives if we are to live the gospel values that Jesus taught us.  Our journey through these forty days should be a movement ever closer to Christ and to the way of life he has exemplified for us.

Scrutinies and Penance
The elect deal with sin through the Scrutinies and through the waters of the font; the already baptized deal with sin through the Sacrament of Penance.  The same kind of reflection that enables all members of the community to share in the Scrutinies can lead the baptized to celebrate this Sacrament of Reconciliation to renew their baptismal commitment.

Lent is the primary time for celebrating the Sacrament of Penance, because Lent is the season for baptismal preparation and baptismal renewal.  Early Christian teachers called this sacrament "second Baptism," because it is intended to enable us to start again to live the baptismal life in its fullness.  Those who experience the loving mercy of God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation should find themselves standing alongside the newly baptized at Easter filled with great joy at the new life God has given all of us.

Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving
The three traditional pillars of Lenten observance are prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  The key to renewed appropriation of these practices is to see their link to baptismal renewal.

Prayer
More time given to prayer during Lent should draw us closer to the Lord.  We might pray especially for the grace to live out our baptismal promises more fully.  We might pray for the elect who will be baptized at Easter and support their conversion journey by our prayer.  We might pray for all those who will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation with us during Lent that they will be truly renewed in their baptismal commitment.

Fasting
Fasting is one of the most ancient practices linked to Lent.  In fact, the paschal fast predates Lent as we know it.  The early Church fasted intensely for two days before the celebration of the Easter Vigil.  This fast was later extended and became a 40-day period of fasting leading up to Easter.  Vatican II called us to renew the observance of the ancient paschal fast: "...let the paschal fast be kept sacred.  Let it be celebrated everywhere on Good Friday and, where possible, prolonged throughout Holy Saturday, so that the joys of the Sunday of the Resurrection may be attained with uplifted and clear mind" (Liturgy, # 110).

Fasting is more than a means of developing self-control.  It is often an aid to prayer, as the pangs of hunger remind us of our hunger for God.  The first reading on the Friday after Ash Wednesdaypoints out another important dimension of fasting.  The prophet Isaiah insists that fasting without changing our behaviour is not pleasing to God.  "This, rather, is the fasting that I wish:  releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own"  (Is 58:6-7).

Fasting should be linked to our concern for those who are forced to fast by their poverty, those who suffer from the injustices of our economic and political structures, those who are in need for any reason.  Thus fasting, too, is linked to living out our baptismal promises.  By our Baptism, we are charged with the responsibility of showing Christ's love to the world, especially to those in need.  Fasting can help us realize the suffering that so many people in our world experience every day, and it should lead us to greater efforts to alleviate that suffering.

Abstaining from meat traditionally also linked us to the poor, who could seldom afford meat for their meals.  It can do the same today if we remember the purpose of abstinence and embrace it as a spiritual link to those whose diets are sparse and simple.  That should be the goal we set for ourselves-a sparse and simple meal.  Avoiding meat while eating lobster misses the whole point!

Almsgiving
It should be obvious at this point that almsgiving, the third traditional pillar, is linked to our baptismal commitment in the same way.  It is a sign of our care for those in need and an expression of our gratitude for all God has given us.  Works of charity and the promotion of justice are integral elements of the Christian way of life we began when we were baptized.

Blessed Palms
As we near the end of Lent, we celebrate Passion (Palm) Sunday.  At the beginning of the liturgy, we receive palms in memory of Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  As a symbol of triumph, the palms point us toward Christ's resurrection and might remind us of the saints in heaven "wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands" (Rev 7:9).  The white robes remind us of baptismal garments, and the palms suggest their triumph over sin and death through the waters of Baptism.

Prayer for Lent
Dear Lord, we are now in the holy season of Lent.  We begin to realize anew that these are the days of salvation, these are the acceptable days. 

We know that we are all sinners.  We know that in many things we have all offended your infinite majesty.  We know that sin destroys your life in us as a drought withers the leaves and chokes the life from the land, leaving an arid, dusty desert. 

Help us now, Lord, in our feeble attempts to make up for past sin.  Bless our efforts with the rich blessing of your grace.  Make us realize ever more our need of penance and of mortification. 

Help us to see, in our ordinary difficulties and duties, in the trials and temptations of every day, the best opportunity of making up for past infidelities.  Every day we are so often reminded in field and wood, in sky and stream, of your own boundless generosity to us. 

Help us to realize that you are never outdone in generosity, and that the least thing we do for you will be rewarded, full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and flowing over. 

Then we shall see, in our own souls, how the desert can blossom, and the dry and wasted land can bring forth the rich, useful fruit that was expected of it from the beginning.  Amen.


Rev. Dr. Stephen Liang M.D.
Pastor, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish
Priest-Moderator, Sheng Shen (Holy Spirit) Chinese Catholic Church




 
WHY DO YOU GO TO MASS? Sept 2017


Every Sunday we make the same journey regularly to Church to attend Mass, yet we miss the beauty that is before our eyes. Why do you go to Mass? How many Catholics do you think would answer by saying, “Because I want to encounter Jesus in the Eucharist.”? I think most people would answer, “Because going to Mass is an ‘obligation’.” Indeed, it is…if you desire to encounter Jesus.

The Eucharist is a tangible reminder of God’s love, and receiving Communion is a call to work to build the body of Christ by loving others and shunning all that sows division within a community, Pope Francis said. The Eucharist should “heal our ambition to lord it over others, to greedily hoard things for ourselves, to foment discord and criticism,” Pope Francis said. “May it awaken in us the joy of living in love, without rivalry, jealousy or mean-spirited gossip.

If you want to become more intentional about encountering Jesus in the Mass, here are three things to keep in mind.

1. The Mass represents Jesus’ passion, sacrifice, and resurrection through the signs of bread and wine. Why is this important? Because we all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Therefore, there is nothing we can do to pay the price for our sins, but justice still has to be served. So, instead of enduring the price of divine justice with our own lives, Jesus paid it on our behalf.

2. Jesus wants us to remember his sacrifice on the cross; therefore, he instituted the Mass at the Last Supper as a means by which we remember his acts on Calvary Hill.

3. Finally, Jesus teaches that the bread and wine become his real body and blood (John 6:51-58). The God of the universe desires to be intimately part of your life. After receiving Communion, go back to your seat and thank Jesus for His gift to you. Fight every tendency to rush to the car. Can you imagine attending a loved one’s dinner and rushing out the door as soon as you are satisfied without acknowledging the sacrifice she endured to prepare the evening? Acknowledge Christ’s sacrifice.

I encourage you to encounter Jesus in the Mass. Don’t pass him by.




Rev. Fr. Stephen Liang M.D.
Pastor







Why go to church?


If you're spiritually alive, you're going to love this! If you're spiritually dead, you won't want to read it. If you're spiritually curious, there is still hope!

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday or Saturday He wrote: "I've gone for 30 years now, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons, but for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time, the preachers and priests are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all".
 
This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column.
Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
"I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.  Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"





Message from the Pastor

 
Pastor's Christmas and New Year's Message (December 2015):
 
The true mystery of Christmas is that God became one of us, lived among us and came to birth through our moments of joy, grief, despair, anger and fear.
 
Here, in the Christ Child, the sacred is not some abstract concept of theological theory: the love of God takes on a human face, the Word of God becomes "enfleshed" in the child Jesus, enabling us to transform our hearts in that love and re-create our world in that Word of justice and compassion.
 
Our God knows that our lives are filled with disappointment, pain and despair; he has lived through the storms and crises we all live through; he has given us hope in our world by promising us life in his world.
 
The challenge of Christmas is to continue to make that love incarnate in our own lives and in the lives of those we love.  
 
This is the season when families come together. But for many families, it takes more than a festive Christmas dinner. Bringing a family together requires the patience to listen, the selflessness to forgive, the commitment to heal and mend. To be a family is to seek out and bring back whoever is lost, to look beyond behavior to understand what is prompting such anger, bitterness or disaffection, to put aside one's own expectations to respect another's perspective. The Holy Family of Mary, Joseph and the Child understood all too well the struggles and challenges of staying together as a family in their time and place. 
 
May we give thanks this Christmas Sunday for the gift of family and, in the New Year, 2016, take on, out of love and care for those we love, the hard, Christ-like work of being family to one another.  
 
Rev. Dr. Stephen Liang M.D.
Pastor
 
 
 
Alta Vista Christmas Concert : Appreciation and Thanks to IHM parish choir and contributors:
 
The Alta Christmas Concert held on Sunday, December 6, 2015  was an overwhelming success. It was a magnificent performance. It was splendidly organized, orchestrated, and brilliantly executed by Francine Brisebois, Choir Director; her associate, Joslyn Brodeur; and the organizing committee members headed by Bill and Cathy Rowe, with the participation of Anthony Churko and Suzan Guirguis responsible for pre-concert fundraising and accounting.
 
The members of our parish choir sang with angelic voices. Dr. Sephora Tang, Psychiatrist, played the violin as an instrumental accompaniment. It was simply magnificent! Thank you to all our singers and musicians for their dedicated and outstanding performance.
 
Special thanks goes out to our musical guests : tenor soloists Dr. Fraser Rubens and his son Zachary Rubens, the singers of the Kanata Choral Society, the Ottawa Catholic School Board Chamber Choir, and the Instrumentalists of the Ottawa Wind Ensemble.
 
I wish to express my profound gratitude and thanks to all our participants, as well as my sincere appreciation and admiration for such an enjoyable and awe-inspiring performance. The IHM Choir is a credit to our whole parish.
 
Our Concert’s success is attributed to a combined team/parish effort consisting of many contributors with numerous talents and skills. Special thanks go out to Monique Jobin, Bob Power, and Brendan Reidand their volunteers' team for their collaboration in  setup tasks and parking lot duties; Suzanne Carr for  decorations; and Helen McGurrin, Moira Matthews and their volunteers' team  for overall reception and hospitality duties.
The Concert supported a very worthy cause, namely our local Heron Emergency Food Centre.
 
Congratulations to all for a job well done! You have much to be proud for.
 
Best wishes and God bless!
 
Fr. Stephen Liang M.D.
Pastor