Posts by Father Andrew

One Hundred Years and Beyond

It is both and honour and a privilege for me to be able to celebrate with you this great milestone in the history of our parish! And while it is important for us to reflect and give thanks for the one hundred year history that is now behind us, it is also important for us…

Q+A: A few years ago, there was talk that Roman Catholics and Orthodox would celebrate Easter on the same day (currently we use different means to calculate Easter), using the Orthodox date. Was a decision ever made?

A. The difference in calculating the date of Easter is due to the use of two different solar calendars; i.e. Julian and Gregorian. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII adopted the Gregorian calendar for all Catholic countries to correct a weakness in the Julian calendar which proved to be 11 minutes too long which over centuries…

Q+A: I think it would be nice if you explained the Sacrament of Holy Orders. How long does it take to become a priest and what are the steps it takes to get there? How long did it take you and how long did you know before you entered the seminary that you wanted to become a priest?

A: The Sacrament of Holy Orders is one of the two Sacraments of Mission within the Church along with Marriage. Both of these Sacraments are for the building up of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. Those who receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders are configured to Christ in special and unique ways.…

All Love Bears Fruit

As we carry on with the series Love is our Mission, “All Love Bears Fruit” is the next chapter Fr. will be discussing with us. “Not everyone is called to marriage. But every life is meant to be fertile. Every life has the power and the need to nurture new life–if not through bearing and…

Q+A: Why do we do Confirmation and First Communion the way we do? Can we not have our children receive First Communion and later on receive Confirmation?

A: It has been about ten years since we have celebrated the Confirmation and First Communion of our children together in one celebration along with our bishop here in Cold Lake. Anyone older, like me, would have received First Communion prior to receiving Confirmation. This has caused a lot of confusion because this is not…