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Perspectives Daily – Wednesday, Feb. 29

Tonight on Perspectives: Cardinal Collins gives thanks with his flock in Toronto, an inter-religious conference in Rome looks at the aftermath of Arab Spring, and Msgr. Georg Ratzinger shares family childhood memories.

Dignitaries fill cathedral to congratulate new Cardinal

As Mass began in Toronto’s Cathedral this morning, more than a few familiar faces lined the pews. The mayors of Toronto and its neighbouring municipalities were in attendance, seated alongside an MPP from the Ontario government, the provincial leader of the opposition, and the Lieutenant Governor. They came to welcome back one of their own.

It was just over one week ago that the Archbishop of Toronto was made a cardinal at a Vatican ceremony. Now back in Toronto, Cardinal Thomas Collins celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving in St. Michael’s Cathedral. During his homily, he spoke about what the Old Testament prophet Jonah can teach us about the new evangelization.

S+L will re-air the Pontifical Mass tonight at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, repeating once more at midnight ET / 9pm PT. The broadcast begins with our half-hour Perspectives special recapping the consistory, which is streaming online above. If you would like to congratulate the Cardinal in person, the public is invited to attend a series of local celebrations being held throughout the archdiocese.

Perspectives Daily – Tuesday, Feb. 28

Tonight on Perspectives: Pope Benedict’s schedule for his trip to Milan is released. We preview tomorrow’s Mass of Thanksgiving with Thomas Cardinal Collins and we take a look at upcoming events across the country.

Celebrate our newest Cardinal on S+L

Tune in to Salt + Light as Canada welcomes home its newest Cardinal, His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, with a special Mass of Thanksgiving on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT LIVE from St. Michael’s Cathedral.

In addition to the expected 1,000 well-wishers, dignitaries and friends that are expected to attend, S+L’s CEO Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB will be on location to offer live commentary and reflections on the Mass to our TV and online viewers.

Prior to the event, starting at 9:50am ET / 6:50am PT, S+L will air a special episode of Perspectives Weekly, hosted by Alicia Ambrosio, that will cover the highlights of the 2012 Consistory in Rome as well as the events leading up to Cardinal Collins’ elevation to the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI.

Moriah, Tabor, Calvary: Darkness can be radiant

Second Sunday of Lent – March 4, 2012

The readings for this Sunday are: Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18; Romans 8:31b-35, 37; Mark 9:2-10

Moriah. Sinai. Nebo. Carmel. Horeb. Gilboa. Gerizim. Mount of Beatitudes. Tabor. Hermon. Zion. Mount of Olives. Calvary. Golgotha. Mountains are often used in the Bible as the stages of important encounters between God and his people. Though we may have never visited the lands of the Bible, we are all familiar with these biblical mountains and the great events of our salvation history that took place there.

Today’s Old Testament and Gospel reading take place on two important biblical mountains – Mount Moriah and Mount Tabor. Both readings give us profound insights into our God and his Son, Jesus, who is our Saviour. First let us consider the story of the sacrifice of Isaac by his father Abraham as portrayed in Genesis 22:1-19. The story is called the Akedah in Hebrew (Anglicization of the Aramaic word for “binding”) and it easily provokes scandal for the modern mind: What sort of God is this who can command a father to kill his own son?
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A ministry of service on Catholic Focus


When I was twelve years old a doctor in my parish, who was a  fairly active parishioner, announced that he was going to Mexico for a year to further his studies. I didn’t think much about it.

The year went by and one day I noticed that he had returned. But what I really noticed was that he is putting on vestments for Mass. But he was married! He then proceeded to assist the priest during the Mass. I didn’t really know he was assisting, it sure looked like he was concelebrating, especially when he read the Gospel and he preached the homily. I was confused. Then I found out that he had been ordained a permanent deacon and that deacons could be married men. Ever since that day, the permanent diaconate has been in my heart.

Fast-forward to about six years ago. I’m in my parish, St. Elizabeth Seton in Newmarket and there are two new permanent deacons. They are married men. And all the feelings that I had when I was twelve came back. The next week I was speaking with Fr. Liborio Amaral, who was the Archdiocesan Vocations Director and he introduced me to Deacon Bert Cambre, who at the time, was the Director of Deacons for the Archdiocese of Toronto.
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Perspectives Daily – Monday, Feb. 27

Tonight on Perspectives: Members of the Anglican Ordinariate in England visit the Vatican on pilgrimage, a delegation from the Holy See acts as an observer at the “Friends of Syria” meeting, and the Archdiocese of Quebec gets two new auxiliary bishops.

High Pontifical Mass on Salt + Light

Now that Consistory celebrations have ended in Rome, Cardinal Collins has much more to do here at home.

To mark his homecoming, His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving on Feb. 29 at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto. Salt + Light Television will air this celebration LIVE on our network at 10:30am ET on Feb. 29. If you don’t get Salt + Light in your area, you can log onto our website and watch the Mass via our livestream.

The Mass is a ticketed event due to the current capacity of St. Michael’s Cathedral and ongoing restoration efforts. On the other hand, Archdiocesan officials are inviting the lay faithful to participate in the Mass by watching S+L’s live coverage instead. This will avoid any disappointment on the part of the lay faithful.

Nearly 30 bishops from across Canada and 400 priests from across the Archdiocese will attend the Feb. 29 Mass. A delegation of government officials will also be in attendance.

Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto and Southern Ontario will have a chance to pray and celebrate with Canada’s newest cardinal through a series of regional events scheduled for late February and early March.

All celebrations listed below are open to the public. All are welcome to attend and greet Toronto’s newest Cardinal!

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Central Pastoral Region Celebration
Blessed Trinity Parish
3220 Bayview Ave., Toronto, Ont.
Mass starts at 7:30 p.m. followed by a reception

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Eastern Pastoral Region Celebration
St. Isaac Jogues Parish
1148 Finch Ave., Pickering, Ont.
Mass starts at 7:30 p.m. followed by a reception

Monday, March 12, 2012
Western Pastoral Region Celebration
St. Francis Xavier Parish
5650 Mavis Rd., Mississauga, Ont.
Mass starts at 7:30 p.m. followed by a reception

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Northern Pastoral Region Celebration
St. Clare of Assisi Parish
150 St. Francis Ave., Woodbridge, Ont.
Mass starts at 7:30 p.m. followed by a reception


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What is the Eucharist? Part One

One of the biggest blessings of my time here at S+L has to working on our show In Your Faith. In the second season of the show we looked at all the Sacraments and found that no matter where you are in your faith life, it’s never a bad idea to review what the Church teaches about the Sacraments. It is my hope that these posts will help you deepen the relationship to the mystery of the Sacraments.* This time we’ll be looking at the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

Last time we were speaking of sin and repentance and that’s a good lead into speaking about the Eucharist. Well, at least to get us to the topic of sacrifice. Let me explain: It only takes a brief glance through the books of Exodus, Leviticus and/or Deuteronomy to understand that the Jewish people believed that they had to offer a sacrifice for the atonement of their sins. For them sin required much more than repentance, confession, forgiveness and penance. Sin had to be atoned.

Another word for atonement could be compensation or reparation. Another word that is often used is expiation. Basically, the belief is that our sins have consequences and in order to repair (atone; expiate) the damage done, a sacrifice has to be offered.
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Station Churches: An ancient Roman tradition


Photo: Basilica of Santa Sabina, Roman station church

Countless Churches around the world, and here at home, have their own particular way of praying the Stations of the Cross during the liturgical season of Lent.

Rome has its own special way of marking the season of Lent known as “Station churches.” These are churches appointed to open their doors on a specific day during lent for special morning and evening services.

Throughout Lent, the Roman faithful make their way to different station churches on each of the 40 days of Lent. The station service is really the celebration of Mass and more than that, the veneration of relics. At one time, the faithful would gather at one church for prayers, then process to the actual station church for Mass.

The tradition of Station Churches started as a way to strengthen the sense of community within the Church of Rome. A list was compiled and dates were set on, which the Bishop of Rome – the Pope – would visit the churches on the list and celebrate Mass with that respective congregation. In this way, he would be visiting each area of the Eternal city.

With Pope St. Gregory the Great, who reined as Supreme Pontiff from 590-604, the list was solidified and made permanent. With time, the visits were moved to the Lenten season, but the list of churches has mostly remained the same since the time of Pope Gregory.

Since 1975, the Pontifical North American College in Rome has coordinated a Stational Mass in English at all of the original Station Churches. Masses begin at 7:00 a.m., and all are welcome to participate.

Another long-standing Roman custom is to visit the four Major Basilicas as well as the three more important minor basilicas in what is commonly called the Seven-Church walk. This is traditionally carried out on the Wednesday of Holy Week.

You may be wondering – what is it like to walk the streets of Rome and tour the most splendid Roman Catholic Churches the world has ever seen?

If you’re a pilgrim and heading to Rome in the near future, consider making this special journey as part of your Lenten preparations or your pilgrimage.


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