Parish Tel:   506.444.6001

Pastor

Fr. Bill Brennan

Business and Facilities Manager

Michael Minifie

Secretary and Bookkeeper

Marlita Chase

Parish Fax:    506.444.6006

Parish Email:    stdun@stdunstansparish.ca

      Welcome to our site.

This is a great place to discover the life that God breathes into St. Dunstan's parish through all of the liturgical, pastoral and administrative activities of the parish.  As God continues to help us live the mission of this Christian Community, we see this as an excellent avenue to share information and offer guidance about ministries and opportunities to serve you.  We welcome your interest and participation.

Father Bill Brennan, Pastor.

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NOTIFICATIONS

April 06, 2020

Fr. John Jennings Reflections for Passion Sunday

                                                                                                                      

                                                Holy Week:  A Pilgrimage through Death to Life

                This Sunday we begin what we call Holy Week, that sacred season from Passion Sunday to Easter.   As we bless the palms and listen to the Passion story once more, we enter upon a pilgrimage, a journey of faith which calls us to reflect on the suffering and death of Jesus.  Our trek will take us to Easter when we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

We take this pilgrimage personally and alone – as we look inwardly at our own life.  In another way, we embark on this pilgrimage with the whole Christian community and indeed with our world, as we look outwardly at the world of our experience.  In both cases, we are called to reflection, prayer and a movement of heart, mind and action through the experience of evil and death, to new and transformed life.

We begin our journey at a high point, on a mountain of acclamation and celebration – as we hear the story of Jesus` entry into Jerusalem to the cheers and accolades of the crowd.(Matt.21:1-9)  We will end our pilgrimage on another high point – as we acclaim and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with Easter.  From one mountain to another, this will be our pilgrimage through this sacred week.

As we journey from one high point to the next, however, we must descend into the valley, a valley of challenge, of struggle, of suffering, of pain.  It is a valley where we journey with Jesus through his Passion and ultimately his death.  It is a valley of evil and the reality of our human experience with evil.  This experience of evil is something we all face in life.  We encounter it in ourselves and we encounter it in our world.

Where have we encountered evil in our world?  In our own experience?  Facing evil is a common challenge to all humanity.  It is a question that has challenged reason and religious faith down through the centuries.  Despite all efforts to ``explain`` evil in our human experience, it defies rational explanation.  No one has identified the ultimate cause of evil.  The principal religious traditions of the world: Buddism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, have all noted some reasons for evil, but no clear ultimate cause.

Although, these religious traditions can identify no ultimate cause, they do aid us with the challenge.  What helps us is how these traditions present the divine – i.e. the God of faith.  In particular, Christianity, Judaism and Islam present us with an image of God who is above all else, compassionate. That is, we do not know why there is evil in our world.  It is a question no one can answer.  Our faith tradition, however, does offer us a response to evil.  It is the response of Jesus – to be compassionate as our God is compassionate.  In other words, the challenge of evil is not addressed by discovering who caused it or why it is in our experience.  It is addressed by how we respond to the experience – by compassion and care, for one another and for our world.

This Holy Week is an opportunity to reflect on our encounters with evil in our own personal lives and in the world in which we live.  As we walk through the stories of our faith in the next week, we discover the compassionate love of God expressed in the person of Jesus.  His suffering, death and resurrection reveal this compassionate love.  This pilgrimage helps us to see the response we can make in the face of evil in our world and in ourselves – compassionate love and with it, constant hope.

April 04, 2020

Two Quick Reminders

Two quick reminders for all parishioners of St. Mary Magdalene Parish:


1.       We will be Live Streaming Mass this Sunday (Passion/Palm Sunday)
at 10:00 am.  To access the Live Stream just look below the 'video' box on
the homepage of the website (Google 'St. Dunstan's Church Fredericton') and
press  the 'Click Here' button.

Once Mass is finished it will be uploaded to our Video Site on the Website
so you can view it later if 10:00 am does not work for you.


2.       Go to our Parish Facebook (Saint  Mary Magdalene  Paris,.
Fredericton) and view two Videos to pray with that Fr. Maria posted. One is
the Stations of the Cross from Sts John and Paul Church Site and the other
is the Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) from St. Columba Church Site.  These are
beautifully done and can be used anytime but especially through Holy Week to
pray with as an individual or as a family.

Also, in order to spread the good news that this is on our Facebook please
click 'Like' and then 'share' with your 'Friends'

These are on Video on our Website Home  Page also .. Just click the icon on
the right of the screen with a human form (head and shoulders) which list
the Videos posted there.

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