Welcome, and thank you for visiting St. Mary of the Presentation and St. Daniel the Martyr Roman Catholic Churches online. We are located in the villages of Chesterville and South Mountain in the Township of North Dundas Ontario and are parishes of the Archdiocese of Kingston. To visit the Archdiocese of Kingston Website, please click the link below.
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10 Church Street, P.O. Box 730
Chesterville, Ontario K0C 1H0
Father Charles Enyinnia
St. Mary Parish Life Coordinator:
St. Daniel Parish Life Coordinator:
Director of Religious Education
(St. Mary & St. Daniel):
The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month after the 10:30 a.m. mass. A baptismal preparation class is required. Please contact the parish office for further information.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (half an hour before mass) and by appointment.
The Sacraments of First Communion & Confirmation are celebrated yearly at St. Mary's and St. Daniels.
Arrangements for the Sacrament of Matrimony should be made with the pastor at least 6 months in advance. A marriage preparation course is required.
Fr. Charles' Corner
Sunday May 24, 2020
Ascension of Our Lord.
Helping Hands Praying For: Elaine Chambers, Betty Benjamin, and Cecile Desormeaux.
Phil & Pat Groves Praying For: Dick Casselman
Every Sunday via Facebook Fr, Charles has LIVE MASS AT 10am . Please join us live and experience the glory of Sunday Mass. The parish is now excepting e-transfer for your Sunday Collection. Please contact church office at 613-448-3262 to get started. Thank-you for your understanding and patience while we all get through the many changes to our day to day. God Bless you all, and please stay safe.
We want to cling to someone we love and depend on. We cant’ bear the thought of that person leaving us. When Jesus told the apostles that he was leaving them, they plunged into gloom. But, he said to them, ‘It is for your own good that I go away, because unless I go, the Spirit will not come to you; but if I go I will send him to you.
The apostles were wounded people. They were wounded by doubt and grief, by fear and failure and above all by sense of inadequacy. What the ascension did was to help unleash the Spirit who brought out what was already inside them.
As followers of Jesus today, we are also worried and anxious about the future. If we are young, we worry about whether we will find work, whether we will find true love, whether our lives will have meaning and purpose.
If we are old, we worry about whether our children will thrive, whether we will be healthy, whether our children will keep the faith, whether we will be able to look back on our lives and feel we have lived well. As such we all need the comfort of the Spirit promised by Jesus as He ascends into heaven, for our consolation and our witnessing to the gospel.
There are different kinds of witnessing:
There is the witness of words. We witness by professing our faith. This could include explaining it and defending it.
There is the witness of deeds. An apple tree that never produced an apple would be a poor witness for the orchard.
Then there is the witness of one’s life. Trees witness to life just by being tall, straight and motionless. They are silent, yet eloquent witnesses to life. Flowers bear witness to beauty simply by being what they are.
Christians bear witness by who they are. The most eloquent sermon is the silent sermon of example. Today people want to not only hear but also see the gospel in action. The witness of a Christian is more powerful that any argument. There is hunger in the world today for the Christ of the gospels.
Jesus said to the apostles, ‘Stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high.’
The power in question is the power of the Holy Spirit. We need that same power if we are to witness to Jesus. Those who witness will share His glory.
I think about all the times over the last 10 years we have had "bad days". ----You know the kind of days where you're cut off in traffic,
-You get into an argument with your significant other,
-Your co-worker disrespects you;
-The waiter is rude to you.
Remember how blessed we are everyday and let us try not to let trivial things get to us. We will be able to overcome doubts about our faith and baseless fears, anxieties and worries by meditating on Jesus’ Ascension and the lesson it teaches that we, too, are called to share his glory in heaven.