TORONTO - CFL football player Jude St. John has prayed the Lord’s Prayer before each game ever since he started playing football.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. - A priest in the diocese of Sault Ste. Marie is taking his homilies worldwide, using the Internet as the latest communication tool to reach the unchurched.

Archbishop CollinsEditor’s note: Lent is a time of almsgiving, fasting and abstinence, but most importantly, it is a time of prayer. During the six weeks of Lent, The Catholic Register will present the favourite prayers of well known Canadians. We start the series with Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto.

Archbishop Thomas Collins says one of his favourite prayers — probably the one he resorts to most often during the day — is the Jesus Prayer.

Archbishop Meagher devoted to his people 'til the end


His final wish. Several weeks ago when the doctor of palliative care visited Arcbishop Anthony Meagher, now in the later stages of cancer, he said: "I have three questions I would like to ask you." The archbishop nodded.

His 'Day After'


Among the still Judean hills
Where shepherds grazed their sheep,
Angelic song like sudden dawn
Woke slumberers from sleep.

Though startled so, they did not know
That heaven had contrived,
To tell through them, good news to men.
"Day after" had arrived.

No rain of bombs in megatonnes
To tear and break the earth
No searing fire, but angels' choir
Announcing Jesus' birth.

A promise old, His birth foretold,
This Saviour who would come.
In Him who lay in manger hay
Salvation had begun.

"Day after" is, the time since His
Coming as man to earth,
Reversed the fall, gave hope to all.
Redemption had its birth.

No scheming man for all his plan
Could overcome with might,
What Mary's child had reconciled
By humble birth that night.

No force so strong, no reign so long
could change the heart of men,
As God was able, in a stable,
Through a babe in Bethlehem.

And since that birth, no place on earth
Can ever be the same
For 'twas earth's Lord shepherds adored,
The day that Jesus came.

In weakness odd, the strength of God
Lay in a tiny child
A voiceless herald to save the world
That sin and death defiled.

A world deranged, forever changed
O shout with joy and laughter!
Since Jesus came, we're not the same,
We've living His "Day after"!

Napanee's St. Patrick's is surely a house worthy of God


It was a once-in-a-lifetime celebration for St. Patrick's parish, Napanee, my parish when I left to the seminary more than 60 years ago, and since my retirement 10 years ago.

Fr. Louis' got a deal for you


"Do I have a deal for you!" Fr. Louis DiRocco called out to his fellow priests on the closing session of our fall meeting to hear and talk about life and work in today's parishes.

My fetish? Good, old Catholicism


Are you a fetish? Or do you have one? It's like a compulsion that makes you a slave to a habit or routine. The dictionary defines it as an "inanimate object worshipped by savages for its magical power…" or something that is "irrationally reverenced."

No spirit like Wolfe Island's


It's a 15-minute boat ride from Kingston to Wolfe Island. Commuters working in the city or high school students go back and forth every day on the hourly trips. A lot of people who are not islanders just go for the free boat ride.

Too many rights for animals, not enough for unborn


The dream of owning your own home may be everyone’s nightmare when things go wrong.

A licence to think like me


“I like people who think like me,” I heard a college professor say in class, dismissing all objections to his claim to infallibility of his lecture on moral values.

Keep in your prayers a prayerful bishop


We were glad. But we were sad. We were glad to see our Archbishop Anthony Meagher pay a brief visit at our Kingston archdiocese fall convocation. But we were sad because we felt that because of his illness it could be the last time we would see him at such a gathering.

Freedom sought outside God is always a negative


Pope Benedict IIEditor’s note: The following is the address of Pope Benedict XVI to the bishops of Western Canada during their ad limina visit to the Vatican Oct. 9.

“We should celebrate and rejoice. . . he has come to life; he was lost and is found” (Lk 15:32). With fraternal affection I warmly welcome you, the bishops of the Western Catholic Conference of Canada, and I thank Bishop (Gerald) Wiesner for the good wishes offered on your behalf. I warmly reciprocate them and assure you, and those entrusted to your pastoral care, of my prayers and solicitude. Your meeting with the successor of Peter concludes the visits ad limina Apostolorum of the Canadian bishops’ conference. Notwithstanding the increasingly secular climate within which you serve, your reports contain much from which you can draw encouragement. In particular, I have been heartened to note the zeal and generosity of your priests, the selfless dedication of the religious present in your dioceses and the increasing readiness among the laity to embolden their witness to Christ’s truth and love in their homes, schools, places of work and in the public sphere.