Mark Mahoney

Mark Mahoney is our Pastoral Associate.

Homily – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 1st, 2021

Whenever I have occasion to think back on my childhood, usually to share a story with my own children about “the good old days” and “the way things used to be”, one of my fondest memories is the smell of homemade bread cooking in the oven.  Many days I would arrive home from school to freshly baked loaves of bread coming out of the oven and cooling on the kitchen countertop.  As I think about it, I would happily substitute ...

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Reflection – We are all branches on the same vine

“Whoever abides in me and I in them bears much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”
(John 15: 5); we hear these words from Jesus in our Gospel reading this week.  This is a lesson that is taking me a lifetime to learn, and in fact, is still a work in progress.  More the second part of the statement than the first, as I don’t think there is much to debate in the first part.  Having said that, ...

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Reflection – Good Friday’s Children’s Service

Opening Questions

  • Have you ever been so mad at someone that you just wanted to do something, anything to get them back?
  • Do you have any special things you do to calm yourself down when you are upset?
  • Can you forgive someone who never told you they were sorry?

Two things really jump out at me when I hear the story that Lexie and Karen read for us.  The first one is that Jesus can bring people together, no matter the circumstances.

Think of what ...

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Reflection – It’s Faith, Not Logic

Our first reading this week is very familiar to us as it is the second reading every year at the Easter Vigil.  The story of God calling Abraham to take his only son, Isaac, and go on a three-day journey to Moriah to “offer him there as a burnt offering” always stirs up a lot of questions in me.  For instance: At any time in those three days, did Abraham have second thoughts?  Did he ever think that this just ...

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Reflection – Faith and Trust

Well we’re coming up on New Year’s Day this week which means one thing for sure:  2020 will soon be in the rear view mirror.  Most years we would spend some time thinking back on the year that had passed and re-living the wonderful times we had and the friends and family we shared them with.  I am sure we will do the same this year, but the challenge will be how to fill the other 23 hours and 55 ...

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Homily – November 22nd, 2020 – Christ the King

I am going to start this morning by getting you all to think back to the time when you were preparing for your first reconciliation.  For some of us , it will be quite a while ago, and for others, perhaps it is fairly recently.  I know for me, it was so long ago that it wasn’t even called Reconciliation.  It was the Sacrament of Penance or Confession.

I remember being so nervous; also a little embarrassed to be telling the ...

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Reflection – Time To Get Back To Basics

As I sit to write this, the date is October 19th and it has been 214 days since Premier Higgs declared a state of emergency and our province was, in effect, shut down.  In church world, there have been 31 Sundays come and go since we were last able to gather as an entire faith community, and not just the ones we could fit in and respect social distancing guidelines.  And now (as I write this) we are back in ...

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Homily – October 11th, 2020 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Have you ever been invited somewhere that you really didn’t want to go?

My experience is that there are very few of us comfortable with just saying no to these invitations.  We feel we have to offer a plausible explanation as to why we can’t attend.  Come up with a believable excuse that will spare the inviter’s feelings.

This always brings back memories of asking girls out in high school.  I am still not sure why Saturday night is such a big ...

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Reflection – Wow Tough Questions

When I read the questions Jesus poses to the disciples in this week’s gospel, it reminds me of some of the formation I received in leading groups of faith.  One of the cardinal rules was to never put anyone on the spot.  Never make them feel so uncomfortable that they may consider not returning next week.  That’s why we would always preface a faith question with there are no wrong answers, which seemed to quell some of the fears of ...

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Reflection – Don’t Tell Me, Show Me!

I always like to imagine myself being in the group of people Jesus is addressing when I read passages of Scripture like we see in today’s Gospel.  We are told that Jesus is speaking to his Apostles, a group who have come to know him pretty well and, by this time, have grown somewhat accustomed to the challenges he places before them.  Having said that, if I were tucked away in the corner of the room listening, I would be somewhat put-out, to say the least.  I ...

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