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Weekly Gospel

Fourth Sunday of Lent

As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.

His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.  We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work.  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent).

Then the man who was blind went and washed, and came back able to see.  The neighbours and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?”  Some were saying, “It is he.”  Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.”  He kept saying, “I am the man.”  But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?”  He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’  Then I went and washed and received my sight.”  They said to him, “Where is he?”  He said, “I do not know.”

They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind.  Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.  Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight.  He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes.  Then I washed, and now I see.”  Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the Sabbath.”  But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?”  And they were divided.  So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him?  It was your eyes he opened.”  He said, “He is a Prophet.”

They did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them. “Is this your son, who you say was born blind?  How then does he now see?”  His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that he now sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes.  Ask him; he is of age.  He will speak for himself.”  His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities, who had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue.  Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God!  We know this man is a sinner. “He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner.  One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”  They said to him, “What did he do to you?  How did he open your eyes?”  He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen.  Why do you want to hear it again?  Do you also want to become his disciples?”  They reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples to Moses.  We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 

The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing!  You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes.  We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will.  Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind.  If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”  They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?”  And they drove him out.

Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”  He answered, “And who is he sir?  Tell me, so that I may believe in him.”Jesus said to him, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.”  Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?”  Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin.  But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”

John 9.1-41

 

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St. Peters Mission Statement

 

We, the parish community of St. Peter's, are committed to reach out to others in faith and love by affirming the Gospel and Teachings of Mother Church. 

We seek to encourage greater participation in the life of the Church in order to strengthen and grow in our faith, celebrate sacramental life in hope and be active in works of charity.

Salvatorian Fathers

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St. Peter’s has been under the care of the Salvatorian Fathers since 2006. We would like to share some information about the Society of the Divine Savior (SDS).

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Fr. Krystian Golisz, S.D.S.

Krystian Golisz was born on February 11, 1958 in Toszek, Poland, a small town about 100km northwest of Krakow.  He grew up as the youngest in a family of three children.  Church was a central part of life, as for most families in Poland, and Krystian has fond memories of attending many Church-sponsored summer camps and retreats for youth.  He came in contact with Salvatorian priests at these camps, many who had served in other countries.  They often spoke of their missionary experiences around the world and these stories fired young Krystian's imagination.  However, as a teenage he became a self describe "party animal".  "I was quite wild", recalls Fr. Krystian, "Lots of girlfriends, and parties every Saturday night.  So I had many inner struggles about my future."  However, much to the disappointment of a few young ladies in Toszek, in 1977 the then 19 year old decided to go into the priesthood with the Salvatorian Order.  He headed to Bagno the site of their Major Seminary.  When Cardinal Karol Wojtyla became Pope in 1978 it uplifted the spirits and faith of the entire nation which was still under Communist rule.

Krystian was ordained with eight other priests in a small church in Krakow in 1984 with family members inside and friends and extended family members waiting patiently outside listening on speakers.  The Communist government was not happy about the ordination of more priests.  Many who were at the ordination did not think it was coincidence that just as the Mass began all power was cut off to the church.

The young priest was assigned to the Basilica of St. Jadwiga in Trzebnica, an enormous Romanesque church dating from the 13th century.  As associate priest, along with two other young colleagues, he assisted the senior pastor who had been serving at the Basilica for over 50 years.  He was, in Fr. Krystian's words, "A very wise and holy man."  The huge parish of 20,000 people included many villages in the area.  It was a busy time, but Fr. Krystian believes it was the best introduction to the priesthood that he could have had.  However, his dream of being a missionary was still very much alive, and so in 1986 he was given permission to serve overseas.  The first step was a few months in England taking a basic course in English, and then he headed off to Tanzania, Africa.

The poorest area of Tanzania is on the border with Mozambique, where drought is common, and this is where Fr. Krystian was assigned to serve.  With very few resources, no power, and no running water, he and another experienced priest had to deal with many refugees coming across the border to escape the violent conflict in Mozambique at the time.  Living in a village, they also travelled constantly to many mission stations in the bush to celebrate Mass, give catechism lessons, perform weddings and funerals, offer counselling and visit the sick.  Education and health were also big concerns, and they helped to construct many bush churches, schools and clinics.  Salvatorian Sisters were also ministering in the region, working in the clinics and schools.

Altogether, Fr. Krystian spent 10 years in this rural region, living in three different villages and becoming fluent in Swahili.  During this time, he also was sent twice to India for six-month stints, where the Salvatorians were seeking to re-establish missions.  Again, under very primitive conditions, he served the poor and helped with construction projects.

In 1996, Fr. Krystian was sent to a Formation House in Tanzania, where he was Superior for over 100 local young men from all over the country.  After this he served for three years in another rural parish that was not in very good shape.  While there, he helped to build a new church and kindergarten.  Next he served in the capital city, Dar es Salaam, in a very large parish.  He and his associate spent much of their time performing funerals and visiting the sick, as AIDS was a tragic and constant reality.  Like many missionaries in Africa, Fr. Krystian suffered from numerous bouts of malaria, and also became very sick with typhoid, spending three months in the hospital thinking that he might be dying. He credits a Swiss nun, with whom he is still in touch, with nursing him back to health and saving his life.

During a holiday visiting a friend in Nanaimo, BC, Fr. Krystian was very impressed with Canada - especially the clean water, always in short supply in many parts of Tanzania.  In 2000, he asked to be sent to Canada where he first served as associate priest at Holy Spirit Church in Calgary for six months.  When St. Joseph's pastor moved to Edmonton Fr. Krystian became 'temporary' pastor at St. Joseph's and ended up staying for eight years.  He and his little dog Watka became beloved fixtures in our parish.  He remembers his years at St. Joseph's with much delight.  "It was a fantastic experience," he recalls.  "Such a beautiful community - I felt like I was part of a big family.  There were so many ministries, social activities, great music, and people who really cared for each other."  One of his favourite ministries was serving two Masses every Sunday afternoon at the Spy Hill Correctional Centre - as he puts it, "One Mass for the boys, and one for the girls."

From 2009 until 2012 Fr. Krystian served as pastor at St. Rita's Church in Rockyford and St. Mary's in Beiseker.  Regularly travelling the 50km between the two towns, he regularly visited parishioners in villages and farms in between.  He put many miles on his little car driving to Drumheller Penitentiary every week for his prison ministry.

The story of Fr. Krystian's last three years will continue as soon as he gives it to me....

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