Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Oct. 15, 2017

Father Shawn Hughes



Homilies are never the creative act of one person.  So as we begin to post these homilies on our website I would like to state first and foremost that there will be nothing original in the following. My homilies are a result of my prayer, reading and study as it pertains to the particular gospel of the week.  Thus, I beg, borrow and steal from the wisdom of those who have gone before me and together with the Holy Spirit acting in my own prayer considering the needs of our particular parish community here at St. Mary’s, a homily appears by the weekend. If there is something that edifies you I can take no credit for it.  ‘Tis the result of the work of the Holy Spirit and those from whom I have gleaned wisdom over time.  If there is something that you might wish to discuss I am always available and would welcome any opportunity to speak about the Scriptures.  

God bless you.

Father Shawn




You ask Peter tonight in the Gospel: Will you also leave?  Peter answered for all of us.  We say to you tonight:  “Lord to whom shall we go?  We have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.”   Lord, take away my selfishness, take away my resistance to believing without understanding completely.  Lord, free me from myself.  Teach me to do your will.  Thank you Lord.

Lord, When you left us you gave us the greatest keepsake of yourself.  You gave us your very self.  Your very self to be with us for all time in the Tabernacle.  While you are reigning in heaven you are also Emmanuel, God with us. You give us your own life. You give us your our own existence.  Your divine existence.   Thank you Lord.

You are fully present to each and every one of us, Body, Mind, Soul and Divinity in every single host.   You are God. With You all things are possible.  In every single host we feel your love for us…each of us.  Me.  Thank you Lord.

Your love is available to me always.  No matter if I turn from you.  You do not turn from me.  Because You are God.  You are Love.  You cannot go against yourself.  Thank you Lord.

You come to us in Holy Communion.  You wait for us in every Tabernacle.  You wait for us.  There you intercede for us.  It’s so hard to understand such love.  But I trust such love.  Help me to trust your love for me more.  Help me to know that your love is available to me every second.  No matter what.   Thank you Lord.

You give us your very self as food so that we might share your divine life. You give us your very self so that we have divine life, the life of God, Your life, within us.  Thank you Lord.

Seven times in this gospel you assure us: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood will live forever.” … Will live for all eternity.  Whoever eats you will draw life from you.  Thank you Lord.

Lord, purify me.  Give me an undivided heart, focussed on the one necessary thing.  You.  Help me to choose more often, more definitively, and more passionately to give myself to those you have put under my care.  I want to love with all the force of the freedom you give me.  Thank you Lord.

Lord open my eyes.  So that I may see you as you truly are in the Eucharist, in this mysterious sacrament.  Open my eyes so that I will see You as your truly are, here, present with us and active in my life.  Help me to be like you…Like Eucharist…May life nourish the hearts and souls of those around me as you nourish me.  May my talents, my energy, my love for the sake of the Kingdom, bring others closer to you.

Teach me to do your will.  And to seek first your Kingdom.

















The Chief medical Health Officer of Kingston has ordered that Masks must be worn at all places we gather indoors. That includes us here at the cathedral. We can’t supply everyone with a mask so please come with one. We would have a limited supply available for a loonie at the entrance of the cathedral.
Please read and observe the six key principles outlined below.

1) The key principle is that we come to Mass to worship God. Out of justice and exercising the virtue of religion we must give God what is God’s due. That quite simply is worship, adoration and praise. Thus, the absolute essentials of Mass will be included so that the Sacramental praise of God will take place and we will be exposed to one another for as brief a time as possible.

2) The second key principle is that the health and safety of parishioners, staff and clergy here at St. Mary’s are essential and require our utmost concern and attention. Therefore, the dispensation from the obligation to come to Sunday Mass by Archbishop Mulhall continues to be in effect. Those who are sick, elderly or have other critical health concerns should not come at this time. However, that is left to your discretion. Should you make the choice to come, knowing the risks, you are most welcome.

3) The underlying principle of all of our restrictions in isolating, physically distancing, wearing masks etc. is the common good as we live out the Lord’s commission to “love one another.” We are to care for each other and at this time we are called to be as prudent and careful as we can to protect the health of everyone else and ourselves.
4) The principle for the next few weeks will be brevity. The received scientific wisdom is that the virus spreads within groups who spend a prolonged period of time together. Therefore, we will be reducing the Mass to the bare essentials.
5) Singing is considered more dangerous than speaking so you are asked to please not sing at all throughout the Mass. I will not be singing either.
6) If you have any sickness, are elderly or have a critical illness you should remain at home. The dispensation from the obligation to come to Mass continues through this time of 30% capacity. Of course, if you choose to come you will not be turned away. We will continue to live- stream the Masses until we are back to a more normal arrangement.

The Chief medical Health Officer has ordered that Masks must be worn at all places we gather indoors. That includes us here at the cathedral. We can’t supply everyone with a mask so please come with one. We would have a limited supply available for a loonie at the entrance of the cathedral.
We will pray a shorter Penitential Rite.
The Gloria will be said not sung. There is to be no singing by the congregation during the Mass. Only by a cantor or as we have today a physically distanced choir in the choir loft…3 metres apart.
We will only have one reading followed by the Psalm
The second reading will be omitted.
The choir will sing the Alleluia on Sundays. During the week it will be omitted. Please do not join in.
The Gospel.
A very brief (3-4 minute) homily will follow.
The Creed will not be prayed.
There will be no petitions. Please prepare your own petitions and offer them in your heart during the Mass.
There will be no procession of the gifts.
There will be no regular collections at this time in the Masses. It will happen later. Ushers will be at the doors to receive your offering as you leave.
The Eucharistic Prayer will be prayed. This is the Most Important Part of the Mass.
The Our Father
Sign of Peace. This is a time when we won’t shake hands. Please do not wave to each other or give the two finger sign of peace. Neither of these reflect what is the intention here…You are recognizing the presence of God in the other person and praying they know God’s peace. The most appropriate gesture is a slight bow or nod of the head to the other person. You have seen me do this at the sign of peace to all of you at every Sunday Liturgy.
Please be seated.
Then the ushers will direct you to the place where you will receive Holy Communion. Please do not leave your pew until an usher has indicated you should do so.
Another usher will be close to the Communion Station to receive your Sunday Offering.
When it is your turn to receive Holy Communion. You will stand 6 feet away on the red line. The person distributing Holy Communion will say “The Body of Christ”. You will say “Amen”. Then move forward within arms length and receive the Host. Once you have received go straight out the nearest exit and make your Thanksgiving on your way home.
Aisles 1 & 5 will come forward to receive Holy Communion and leave by the side doors.
Aisles 2, 3 & 4 will go to the back to receive Holy Communion.
Aisle 2 will exit by the exit closest to the rectory.
Aisle 3 will exit out the centre door which you came in
Aisle 4 will exit out the door by the washrooms.
You are strongly encouraged to receive Holy Communion in the hand. Receiving on the tongue endangers the person giving Holy Communion and yourself, the person receiving Holy Communion. If you wish to insist on receiving on the tongue please wait until the very end as the person giving Holy Communion should sanitize their hands after each communicant. The usher will pass you by and will come back to you after everyone else has received. Please don’t leave your pew until that has taken place.