Archive for April, 2012

Support Motion 312 – Action Points

April 30th, 2012

From the 4MYCanada email update:

MP Stephen Woodworth did an exceptional job in the House of Commons this past Thursday as he presented his motion (M 312) calling on the House to look at the legal definition of when an unborn child becomes a human. He did an amazing job but the resistance was fierce both in the House and across the nation. He needs our support now more than ever. (Click here to vote ‘YES’ to online poll.)

Will you please join us right now in relaying the message to our government that Canadians appreciate Mr. Woodworth’s motion and feel it is time to study the current legal definition (which is 400 years old and does not recognize that an unborn child is human until it is completely out of the mother’s body).Read more

No Comments, In the News, Politics, Pro-Life, by Catholic Chapter House.

Of Tea & Tantrums: My Need for the Cross & Resurrection

April 30th, 2012

Written By: Patricia Everaert,

I am attempting to tame the savage beast with a steeped tea (large, 2m 1s) from Canada’s favourite hockey playing coffee drinker.  It’s either that or hit the mental rewind button one more time to watch my slow decline into a solitary temper tantrum. A grown woman having a tantrum is a pitiful thing, but nowhere near as sad as having a complete and total emotional meltdown when there is no one around to see it happen.  How indulgent.

Do you ever hit the rewind button in your mind so you can watch yourself again?  My moment this morning was prompted by being asked to do something at work.Read more

1 Comment, Virtue, by Catholic Chapter House.

Silence in Prayer

April 27th, 2012

Written By: Mark Gamez

Once in a while, a girl decides to take a risk and go out on a date with me!

Naturally, there’s an initial excitement that accompanies the surprise of her “yes”, at least before the nervousness kicks in. What just happened? She said, “Yes!” Oh, my …

At that point, I often prepare myself by thinking of many things to talk about and do with her throughout the date. I do this because I fear that dreadful awkward silence or the “hmm …  what do you want to do now?” We all know that awkward silence. We dislike it during dates, so we try to think fast of what we can say next to fill in the void.Read more

1 Comment, Prayer, by Catholic Chapter House.

Do It Anyway

April 26th, 2012

By: Bl. Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.

Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.

Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.

Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.

Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.Read more

1 Comment, Uncategorized, Virtue, by Catholic Chapter House.

The Little Way

April 25th, 2012

Written By: Amber Faith Miller

“I understood that to become a saint one had to suffer much, seek out always the most perfect thing to do, and forget self. I understood, too, that there are many degrees of perfection and each soul was free to respond to the advances of the Our Lord, to do little or much for Him, in a word, to choose among the sacrifices He was asking. Then, as in the days of my childhood, I cried out: ‘My God I choose all!’  - St. Therese of Lisieux, Story of a Soul

Oh, to have the fervor of a Saint!Read more

1 Comment, Catholic Living, The Saints, by Catholic Chapter House.

Canadian March for Life

April 23rd, 2012

Written By: Theresa Gilbert

What are you doing on Thursday May 10th? Book the day off work, take the day off school and join tens of thousands of people in standing up for the preborn at the National March for Life and regional marches*.

Last year 15,300 people attended the march in Ottawa – young and young at heart. They peacefully marched on parliament hill and through the streets of Ottawa as a witness to life in the womb.

Our witness is essential to send the message to parliament that we demand legal protection for children who are not yet born.Read more

No Comments, Pro-Life, by Catholic Chapter House.

Support Stephen Woodworth & Motion 312

April 21st, 2012

Written by: Theresa Gilbert

Stephen Woodworth, MP* motion 312 is something we all must support. Its first hour of debate is scheduled for April 26th. The motion requests a committee to be formed to examine the evidence for whether or not the preborn are human. Click here for the petition.

Currently in Canada there is no abortion law, therefore a woman can have an abortion for any reason or no reason at all through all nine months of pregnancy without any legal repercussions. For a more detailed history of abortion laws in Canada click here.

Anyone conceived since January of 1988, when any bit of an abortion law was struck down, was only legally protected the moment they were born.Read more

3 Comments, Abortion, Politics, Pro-Life, by Catholic Chapter House.

Job Description: Pastor

April 20th, 2012

Written By: Fr. Jason Kuntz

This week I received in the mail a letter from Bishop Crosby regarding my newest appointment.

“In accordance with Canon 523 of the Code of Canon Law, by this letter I appoint you Parish Priest of St. Michael Parish in Oakville, Ontario.”

Curiously, I looked up canon 523 and the neighboring canons.   Canons 528-530 offer a job description of a Pastor.  I took these canons to prayer in anticipation of the new task entrusted to me.

Many of the duties were expected.   The pastor is responsible for celebrating the Eucharist, baptism and the anointing of the sick.  He must direct catechetical instruction of both adults and children.  He must be attentive to the poor, the immigrant, the lonely.Read more

1 Comment, Priesthood, by Catholic Chapter House.

Why Ontario Parents Should Oppose Bill 13

April 19th, 2012

From PAFE (Parents As First Educators) and a follow up to our post on March 19th:

Bill 13 is the Liberal Anti-Bullying bill in the Ontario Parliament right now.

Bill 13 Focuses on LGBT bullying by trying to change attitudes toward LGBT students. It mandates an equity curriculum that teaches a fluid notion of gender from the youngest ages.* This is the disputed notion that a child’s gender is not connected to his or her anatomy.

This equity curriculum will likely prompt the introduction of a graphic sex-ed program.  The Liberals tried to introduce one once before in 2010.  They were unsuccessful because parents complained about the graphic information contained in its teacher prompts for grade-school children: material on masturbation, oral and anal sex.  But it is reasonable to expect its re-introduction given that former Education Minister Kathleen Wynne said last September that the program is undergoing further rewrites.Read more

4 Comments, In the News, by Catholic Chapter House.