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Weekly Gospel

Third Sunday of Easter

On the first day of the week, two of the disciples were going to a village called Emmaus, about eleven kilometers from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.  While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes kept them from recognizing him.

And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?”  They stood still, looking sad.  Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?”

He asked them, “What things?”  They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him.  But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.  Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place.  Moreover, some women of our group astounded us.  They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of Angels who said that he was alive.  Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.”

Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the Prophets declared!  Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?”

Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the Scriptures.  As they came near the village to which there were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on.  But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them.

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.  Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.

They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the Scriptures to us?”

That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together.  These were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!”

Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Luke 24.13-35 

 

 

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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

Salvatorian Fathers

 

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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