Monday, 12 September 2022

Please support the re-election of Ward 4, TCDSB Trustee, Teresa Lubinski!

Mrs. Teresa Lubinski, TCDSB Ward 4 School Trustee

Toronto Catholic Witness received the following via e-mail. Long-time readers will recognize Mrs. Lubinski's name from her chronicled track record of defending Catholic teaching in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). In 2019, she was one of the four (out of 12!) Trustees who opposed the inclusion of gender ideology into the TCDSB's Human Rights Code

Mrs. Lubinski is currently up for re-election as School Trustee. She represents Ward 4, which covers Etobicoke-Lakeshore and Parkdale-High Park. She is an outstanding lady and is deserving of your support. If you live within Ward 4, please read on to find several different ways to directly support her re-election. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Your support is needed to get Teresa Lubinski re-elected as Toronto Catholic School Board trustee in Ward 4, Etobicoke Lakeshore and Parkdale-High Park! She is up against two other candidates who are former trustees, but Teresa Lubinski is the only one who has a consistent record of voting for Catholic values.  We need to get her re-elected! 

Will you help us get her name out to all the 30,000 Catholic voters in Ward 4? Our goal is to get Teresa Lubinski's flyers to most of the Catholic voters by the Advance poll dates on October 7th-14th and to all of the voters by the election date on October 24th. We have less than 5 weeks to go! This is why we need your urgent help.

Please let her know if you are able to make a commitment to distribute flyers to homes, churches or schools by sending Teresa an e-mail.  

If you are not ready to commit to distributing flyers, you can still help by talking to friends, family, neighbours, fellow parishioners, and priests to vote, volunteer, or donate to her campaign.  The future of our children relies on your help protecting Catholic values in our schools. 

To Volunteer: Send an email to ReElectLubinski@gmail.com with your name and which neighbourhoods you can distribute flyers in.

To Donate: Click here

For Questions: Click here

Contact for Teresa Lubinski Campaign

E-mail: ReElectLubinski@gmail.com

Twitter twitter.com/LubinskiTeresa

Facebook  facebook.com/TeresaLubinskiTrustee

Web www.teresalubinski.com

No candidate can do it alone, so please consider assisting her in her campaign, in any way you can!

Thursday, 8 September 2022

QUEEN ELIZABETH II: REQUIESCAT IN PACE



Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II died today at Balmoral at the age of 96. May Our Lord Jesus Christ be merciful upon her soul. 

 




Thursday, 1 September 2022

"Come on out, come on out, there's going to be a war". Reflections on the Anniversary of World War 2

This day, 83 years ago, the forces of Satan crossed the Polish border and unleashed on the world a torrent of bloodshed. In the early hours of that fateful day, Nazi aircraft began to bomb Warsaw leading to the eventual occupation of that nation with co-conspirator, Soviet Russia. The Bolsheviks attacked Poland on the 17th, following the secret protocols in the vile Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact. In fact, Nazis had even been training in the Soviet Union in the late 1930s. The right and left hand of Satan met at the river San - the dividing line between the two totalitarian States. Eventually, due to far greater organization and international connections and assorted fellow travellers,  the communist empire would devour more than half of Europe and lead to its monstrous extension over the globe leading to such a death count, that even the fiendish Hitler would end up looking like a choir boy. 

 "Come on out, come on out, there's going to be  a war", were the words my mother recalled to me of her mother hurrying down to the ocean side as she played with my uncle at Southend on Sea. That fateful day was September 3rd, and Britain and France had just declared war on Germany. A few hundred miles away, in my father's country the forces of Satanic evil were busily at work, already bombing hospitals and murdering civilians. 


Stalin directing Hitler into a losing war 
The result for Poland was the virtual extermination of Poland's Jews - protected by King Kazimir the Great centuries earlier, when Jews were being hounded out of other European states. Nazi hatred for the Catholic Church too was on display with arrests and executions of priests. Mass was proscribed, with the sole Mass at the Wawel Cathedral under the eye of the Gestapo. It was in this environment that the great Archbishop Sapiecha would take on a seminarian named Karol Wojtyla. 

My father was a witness to Nazi brutality. Early during the war, he and my grandmother on a number of occasions would sneak food to the Jews of Przemysl and pass food through the wired off area where the Jews were kept, prior to deportation to the death camps. My father always remembered this, and he remembered to his horror seeing behind the wire a young teenage boy from his class in school. Eventually my father would be arrested in a "Lapanka" (or street catch) and sent to Germany for slave labour. He then ended up in Norway on an island doing tree cutting; transferred to a camp near the Swedish border, he and another teenager escaped up into the mountains and to freedom in Sweden. He always remembered seeing the German Army motorbikes travelling along the road far below looking for them. In fact, this escape was even more daring for two young men had tried it earlier and had been shot. From Stockholm he eventually he would end up in Scotland in the armed forces... from then, onto London where he met my very English mother (who left London and spent her war years in Llandudno, Wales) - and the rest is history. 

So, please pray for Poland that she may remain true to her ancient Faith.

Friday, 26 August 2022

Welcome home, Mr. LaBeouf - and make yourself at home for the long haul


My Facebook feed is awash with news of Shia LaBeouf - a Hollywood actor - converting to Holy Mother Church as a consequence of portraying St. Padre Pio for an upcoming movie. He recently gave an interview to Bishop Robert Barron:


The interview is edifying, not just for the story itself, but how Mr. LaBeouf converted. According to LaBeouf, it was experiencing the Old Mass itself that played an instrumental role. Bishop Barron was also on fine form, to give further edification. The Bishop has had a poor record in that arena, so credit where it is due.

The interview has already been shared widely and reported by such outlets as Fox News. It has even gone to the point where people have "meme-fied" the interview, putting up pictures such as this:


It was this picture that led to this post.

Friends, it is very good that Mr. LaBeouf has converted. Praise be to God and All That He Is for the great grace we are witnessing. Our Lord spent a lot of time looking for this lost sheep. 

However, I think we need to give Mr. LaBeouf absolute privacy when it comes to his conversion and the subsequent growth and maturation in the Faith. I say this as a form of caution. I dislike saying this. Mr. LaBeouf is a Hollywood actor and is in the limelight as a consequence. When people are in the limelight as constantly as he is, there is a danger that we (as Catholics) will make them out as greater than he is, or that he will turn around and disappoint us to some degree, perhaps even doing away with the Catholic faith altogether.

There are strong signs this conversion is genuine. However, Catholic Hollywood actors such as Mark Whalberg have disappointed us in the past, simply because we put them on a pedestal and they turned out not so great. (See, for example, the Ted movies and the recent Father Stu.) Mr. LaBeouf is no exception - though I hope he is.

I think it is imperative we leave him alone from here on out, and let his personal friends in the Capuchins (not to mention Bishop Barron) help him.

That being said...

Welcome home, Mr. LaBeouf. Make yourself at home. We hope you stay for the long haul, and discover the richness of the Faith in the same way I and so many others have - and stayed.

God bless you and keep you in the way Only He can.

Friday, 19 August 2022

"In Him there was life, and that life was the light of men." (John 1:4)

The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 1747, by Fray Miguel Melchor de Herrara

This beautiful painting has several Scripture references. When I realized that, the Prologue from John came to mind. Scripture and His Sacred Heart are intertwined - for Our Lord Jesus Christ was, and always will be, the Word made Flesh.