Weekly Reflection: “Do not be afraid: you are worth more than many sparrows”

“Do not be afraid: you are worth more than many sparrows”.

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
Every time we hear the above mentioned words, we tend to feel certain amount of fear and emotion blended together: fear of not being able to understand a God who seems to be lost/hidden behind the smallest creatures/things in the world (the sparrows and the hair of the head) and the emotion of images that speak to us of a God who performs unexpected things, who does for us what no one has done, what no one will ever do. He has engraved us on the palms of His hands and has prepared a nest for us in His hands. We are precious in His eyes. He cares for us. In other words, God is in love with every one of us.

The Gospel says that not even a sparrow will fall to the ground outside our heavenly Father’s care. Yet, “sparrows” continue to fall, innocents die, children are sold for a few dollar s or thrown away as soon as their short flight of life took off.
Therefore one might ask: is it God who makes us fall to the ground? Is it God who breaks the wings of our lives? No. At time people interpret this passage on the echo of certain popular sayings. But the Gospel does not say so, instead it ensures that no one will fall out of the hands of God, far from his presence. God will be there!

Nothing happens without God wanting it, right? However, many things do happen in the world against the will of God. Every hatred, every abuse, every conflict, every violence happens against the will of the Father, and yet nothing happens without God being “involved” in it, in the sense that nobody dies without Jesus not suffering the agony of it. Nobody is rejected without Him being rejected, nobody is crucified without Christ being crucified. Therefore, God is there in every moment of our sufferings and hardships. For that reason and for many more other, we shall announce to the world what we hear/know of God: “God is our loving Father”. “God cares for us His children”. There is nothing authentically human that does not find echo in the heart of God. Let us love our heavenly Father and let us not be scared of Him.

But at the same time, we must rather fear the one who has the ‘power to make the soul perish’. The soul is ‘vulnerable’. It is a flame that can languish, for it can ‘die’ of superficiality, of indifference, of lack of love, of hypocrisy. Soul ‘dies’ when we let ourselves be corrupted, when we disorientate others and take away their courage, when we work to demolish, to slander, to mock ideals, to spread fear.

Dear brethren,
In today’s Gospel passage three times Jesus reassures us saying: “Do not be afraid, you are worth!” How beautiful this expression is! If God cares for the sparrows, surely He will care for us His children. Yes, we are worth because of God. Each one of is worth more, more than many sparrows, more than all the flowers of the field, more than each one dares to hope for. Let us, therefore, thank God our Heavenly Father.

Let me take this chance to wish all Dads a very Happy Father’s Day ! God bless them all!
Fr Saga.

Weekly Reflection: The Eucharist shows God’s Love for us All

Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus,


“Corpus Domini” is certainly one of the most popular feasts celebrated in the Catholic Church. The solemnity underlines the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. In most of the parishes, this day is marked by offering special prayers & singing of hymns to Jesus in the Eucharist, often accompanied by processions, visual representations and decorations depicting the Eucharistic Lord. So today, we rejoice in a special way, for the gift of the Eucharist.


As we see, when children are small little ones, they know practically nothing about themselves and their needs, but then Moms (parents) take care of them every day and night. Although little children do not express themselves well, yet mothers understand them perfectly well. How do mothers know and understand their children so very well? The answer, obviously, lies in Mom’s heart: the mother loves her child. If she loves, then she understands what her child, whom she loves, needs, even if the loved one does not know how to speak or communicate clearly. So, here is the reason of today’s feast: today we celebrate the certainty that God loves. In fact, He has always loved us and taken care of us.


The OT book of Deuteronomy tell us beautiful things in this regard: thousands of years ago, when God’s people in the desert walked and followed Him, He gave them water to quench their thirst; manna and quail when they were hungry; light when it was dark; road signs when the desert looked the same everywhere and it was not clear in which direction to go. It is an example to say how much God loved and cared for the people of Israel right from the beginning.


God’s love is best manifested in and by Jesus in the New Testament especially in the Gospel of John. “God is love”, says John and he would repeat this many a time and “love is the inmost moral essence of God, which animates, directs, and holds together all other attributes. It is the motive power of God’s revelations or self-communications, the beginning and the end of his ways and works, the core of his manifestation in Christ. The Eucharist reminds all this. It is indeed the sacrament of memory, reminding us, in a real and tangible way, of the story of God’s love for us.


Dear brethren, as we are celebrating the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, we are telling ourselves and declaring to the world the depth of the love of Jesus for us who gave himself for us as the Way, Light and as Nourishment for our spiritual Life. Jesus, indeed, truly loves us.

When we eat His Body and drink His Blood, this divine food and drink make our hearts to find the Way to Eternal Life. What a grace and blessing to feel that we are always loved, cared for, nourished by Jesus, the Eucharistic Lord.


Let us therefore praise Him! Let us rejoice because He is here now and thinks of us!

Let us allow ourselves to be loved, cared for and nourished by His Body and Blood.

Happy feast of Corpus Christi !


Fr. Saga


Tony Malito’s Funeral Service

The Malito family have extended an invitation to all St. Dominic Savio Parishioners to view the Funeral Service of Antonio (Tony) Malito. Tony passed away on May 31, 2020 after a short illness. His funeral service was held at Park Memorial on June 5, 2020.



Father Saga’s Reflection on Pentecost, Sunday of May 31, 2020

The Holy Spirit is the greatest Gift of God


The feast of the Pentecost is the biggest one together with Easter. The Greek word Pentecost literally means “fiftieth day” after Easter, when we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. On the Ascension Day last Sunday, we heard that Jesus was raised high, then a cloud took him out of the eyes of the Apostles and went up to heaven.


But his going to the Father does not mean that he left the Apostles (and us) alone! Before going to heaven, he promised to send the Holy Spirit.

In today’s Gospel, we hear that already on the evening of Resurrection Sunday, Jesus went to the Apostles, blew on them saying: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” From this “breath”, which starts from within Jesus, we understand that the Holy Spirit is Jesus Himself, it is the breath of love that is born from his heart and that is transmitted to the Apostles.


The Holy Spirit is the breath of Jesus, it is he himself who enters in us and who continues to walk with us, who is always close to us, who makes us strong in doing good. The first breath of the Spirit that Jesus breathes on the Apostles gives them the power to forgive sins, just as he did in his earthly life. Even the successors of the Apostles (Bishops and Priests) have received this power and every time we go to confession, if we are repentant and promise not to do evil anymore, we actually receive God’s forgiveness.


And what happened on the day of the Pentecost?

“On the day of Pentecost, the Apostles were all together in the same place. Suddenly from heaven came a sound like the rush of a violent wind and filled the whole house where they were”. After this, tongues of fire appeared to them and rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. As we know, the Holy Spirit is “divine presence“, it is like a fire that purifies and transforms.


In other words, the Holy Spirit “takes possession” of the Apostles, purifies and makes them new. The Spirit of Jesus makes the Apostles become so courageous that they will go to the whole world to proclaim the Good News – all which shows us that God loves us and that he gives us his love through his Son Jesus!


Because of the gift of the Spirit the disciples were able to constitute themselves as a Church. The same Spirit, as the main protagonist, would continue to be at work in the Church. When we speak of the Church with a capital “C”, we do not speak of a building, rather we speak of all of us, gathered together as a community that believes in God.


Dear brethren, each of us received the gift of the Holy Spirit on the day of Baptism and later on on the day of our Confirmation. It is the greatest gift that we could ever receive from the Lord. As we thank the Lord for this wonderful gift, let us not forget to abide by the promptings of the Spirit so that we may always bear good fruits, fruits in abundance.


Happy Feast of the Pentecost!


Fr Saga.


Father Saga’s Reflection: Sunday, May 24 th 2020, the Ascension of our Lord

God is with Us Every Moment of Every Day – 24/7


Dear brothers and sisters in the Risen Lord,


The glorious Easter Time continues and we go back over the last days of the life of the Risen Lord Jesus. We are particularly very keen to know where Jesus went, where he is now and about the special relationship he had with the Apostles.


There happened a conversation between two little students. One of them asked:

But if I always look at the sky, can I see Jesus? Or

Is there a particular hour when he appears?“.

The other readily replied: “What are you saying!

Did you not hear what the religion teacher said today?

Jesus appears only to the disciples! To those who lived with him two thousand years ago!”.

So Jesus lives in the past?“, asked the other.


In effect, we all think that the house of Jesus is heaven and the heaven (the Kingdom of God) is there up above, somewhere beyond the clouds – far far away. Is it really so? Even the apostles, who last saw Jesus climbing to heaven, remained with their faces looking upwards, because they saw a cloud taking him away! Two angels (mark the words) point out that it is useless to continue to stare at the sky, because Jesus will return to be among people! Actually, they do not say where he went, but they guarantee that one day he will return to be among people.


The Gospel explores other aspects as well, but in Jesus’ last address to his faithful collaborators he says “… I will be with you till the end of the world.”. At this point, one may ask :

In what way will he be present with his friends?

Does he simply look at them from his abode from heaven?

Does he check to know if they really carry out the things he told them to do?

Well, to answer these questions, let us just remember how he was with them and the times when he forgave them their unfaithfulness … I think this itself is enough to say that he is not someone like a controller and that he is not so far away from people. In fact, Jesus not only promises to be always with his Apostles, but he assures them of his support through the Holy Spirit.

And who is the Spirit – if not God himself who works among us guiding our actions, suggesting thoughts that lead us to God.


So we feel the closeness of Jesus, when we forgive others or when we help people in need.

We experience similar joy, when we pray each morning or each night before falling asleep.

Certainly, each of us and all of us feel Jesus is close to us, especially when our heart is full of joy, graceful without bitterness. Therefore the dwelling of God, the place where Jesus lodges is indeed our heart, where he often finds great and welcoming accommodation, sometimes narrow and inhospitable. He never gets tired, for sure, and stays with us always, for we are his creatures that he loves deeply.


Another point is the special relationship of the Master with the Disciples (Apostles). Before going back to the Father he asked them to baptize all the people and to teach them everything they had learned from him! Yes, Jesus gave his Disciples, who traveled and lived with him, an assignment to fulfill. In fact, he asked them to continue his mission, that is, to announce to everyone the love of God for all. But there is a special relationship, as said in the beginning, between the Apostles and the Lord: Jesus trusts them and counts on their help. All of us, who are his disciples, have been invested with such a job: to make known the Lord and His message – which means that He trusts us!


Dear brethren, today on the solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus, the Church celebrates the promise of God that he always stays close to all of us and we rejoice for the trust he places in all of us. Great is our God!


Fr Sagayaraj Devadoss


Charlie Bachand, Funeral Service

Funeral Service Invitation

 When: May 22, 2020     12:45 PM.

Amanda Bachand and Shelley Porter have extended an invitation to all St. Dominic Savio Parishioners to attend, by Livestream, the Funeral Service of Charles Bachand this Friday. The link will remain active after the service if you were not able to attend. Please click on this link for access, Charles Bachand.

Father Saga’s Gospel Reflection : Sunday May 17, 2020

If We love God, We will keep His Commandments

Easter season is nearing its end and the Church recommends us to listen to the words of Jesus addressed to the Apostles. Since we too are his disciples, his words apply to us equally.

John, the evangelist, offers us today a taste of the discourse given by Jesus during the last Supper. The teachings of Jesus, repeated on that occasion, are particularly important and precious. And Jesus wants that his words are not forgotten.

But what do the words of Jesus actually say? Well, Jesus begins his discourse by saying: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” and then concludes by reiterating: “Whoever accepts my commandments and keeps them, is the one who loves me”.

Reading the words of Jesus, we get the impression of being in front of a circle formed by the words Love and Commandments. In fact, they are closely linked, because without love, the commandments make no sense. I cannot live the way our Lord asks me to live, if I do not have in my heart love for him and my brethren.

On the other hand, I cannot show a concrete sign of my love for Jesus, if I don’t live my life according to the way he has suggested to me. Living according to the commandments, that is – living according to the heart of God, means manifesting my love for him. But if I didn’t have love in my heart, I would never be able to find the strength to accept his invitations. Let us explain this in the following manner.

Let’s think of an example which we often notice in the lives of school children. We are always used to dealing with children at home and we ourselves were children once, right? Therefore it is easy to get the point that the following simple conversation is trying to make.

One day, little Linda, returning home from school, repeats many times to her mother:
“Mom, I love you! I love you so much! I missed you at school! I love being with you!”
Of course, her Mom is very happy to hear these words.
Now, soon after these beautiful expressions, if little Linda throws her shoes away in a corner of the living room and leaves them there, without even noticing how her mother collects the shoes and takes them to their place, what can we tell of her behaviour?
What’s more? After having a snack, Linda starts playing and her mother asks her: “Linda, put away the juice and the biscuits, please”.
And Linda, without stopping to play, says: “Later! Now I’m playing!”
Time passes, but Linda has not put back the things and continues to play.
The mother, tired of waiting, puts back the things and then calls her:
“Look, it’s time for homework! Take your school diary and let’s see what you need to do … ”
Linda, snorts by saying: “Now I’m playing! I want to finish!”
Mom invites her several times, until she gets angry and scolds her.
Linda is offended, whines, makes a lot of outbursts, like:
“And it’s not fair! I’m tired now after school, I don’t want to do my homework … ”
She keeps on screaming for a long time and wasting time in the meantime.

Let us stop the story here. Let us ask ourselves a question: where did all the sweet words, that little Linda said to her mother, go?
The little girl really felt in her heart so much affection and love for her Mom. She was sincere, when they exchanged cuddles, but then a little later her affectionate words slowly disappeared from her behaviour. All her sense of affection for her Mom, slowly became tarnished by her laziness, whims, grumbles, listlessness, disobedience …

Dear brethren, similar thing can happen to us, both in the family and towards God.
Whenever we pray in the Church and participate in the Holy Mass, often we tell God how much we love him, how happy we are to have him as a Good Father … but then a little later when we go back home, get back to our work places etc., we often tend to behave in unchristian and uncharitable ways, thus we risk becoming people of double-standard and dishonesty.

As a reaction to this story, a boy remarked: “But then, if I love someone dearly, why should I feel the weight of fatigue, the annoyance of doing things that I don’t like,…?”. Oh! That’s quite a serious question, because it really touches the heart of our actions.

You know what? If I love, fatigue does not actually disappear. The cost of doing something will continue to cost me. But my way of dealing with them changes. In other words, deep in my soul, I can say to myself: “This thing costs me, but since I love you, I do it even if I don’t particularly like it!”

Dear parishioners, the commandments of God are sometimes difficult to accept, because they demand much from us and hard to live by them. Jesus asks us, for example, to forgive which is not an easy thing to do. But then since he asks me and I love him, I will try to do it! In other words, although it is really hard to be friendly with those who are rude to me, and yet since I love Jesus, I will try to do it. Precisely this is the circle that unites love and commandments together: they cannot be separated.

Let us begin this sixth week of Easter, with full of the desire to demonstrate our love for the Lord Jesus by fully accepting his Commandments and living by them. In this way we will fulfill his words: “Whoever accepts my commandments and keeps them, is the one who loves me”.

Fr Sagayaraj Devadoss

Living in the Word for May 10, 2020 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Father Saga’s Reflection:


Dear brethren in Christ Jesus,
Prayerful greetings to each one of you!

When people all over the world are hit by the covid-19 and everything seems to be collapsing, the words of Jesus in today’s gospel bring us relief and encouragement. Let not your hearts be troubled. What a comforting expression! These are words that we hear a lot from our parents (especially from Mothers whom we honour today) who love us. These are truly the words of Jesus whose love for us never diminishes!

From a very human point of view, it may sound difficult to think of trusting God and feeling ourselves serene, when we do not actually see him and when he is not physically present in our life. But at the same time, we know that for people who love us and show us their affection, we are able to give them our trust and feel it even when they are far away from us, because, in the heart of our hearts, we know what they have done for us and have told us.

With God it is quite different and more difficult, we should say. And yet we can consider ourselves fortunate, because this God of ours did not remain hidden from us and mysterious. Instead God has given us someone special, so that we may know, understand and feel his closeness to us: he is Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Yes, Jesus is that real person who actually has spoken to us and who still speaks to our heart every Sunday, lightens our yoke and above all makes us feel always loved and welcomed, even if we have not known him personally!

This is a wonderful thing and thanks to Jesus for this. It is because of him we come to know God and his great love for us. Above all we are united in this faith with those who, like us, believe in God and want to be close to him.

In this story of friendship with the Lord, we are not alone because there is a place for each of us and each one of us has his/her own unique place – as unique as each of us is! I find this as a beautiful and an important thing to remember, particularly when we lose trust in ourselves. It is an amazing thing to bear in mind, also because Jesus trusts us and this is why it has to be taken as an example for trusting and welcoming those who are different from us.

Some of us may ask: But how to reach this special place? How to get to be a friend of Jesus and get to our place and stay along with Jesus?
Well, in today’s Gospel Jesus clearly indicates to us the “directions” that would lead us to our place, when he says: I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
These directions seem difficult to understand and follow, but in reality it is easier than we can imagine, simply because it is something we are already working on.

Following the Way of Jesus is nothing else but following what he says, the advice he gives us, the words that he speaks to us in prayer and also understanding what he suggests (values & ideals) to us in important moments of our life. All this means following Jesus and getting to know the Way of life that he proposes for us.

Why to follow Jesus?
We have to follow Jesus, because he loves us and his are words of Truth.
What better thing can there be than an advice, a word or an encouragement that is based on the truth of him who seeks only our good! How much more value is there for the advice of a person who loves us and who wants our good and wellbeing than of a person unknown to us?

And Jesus is Life because only he can give us the real Life and the beauty & joy of living it; only he can give us the true & noble feeling/sense of always being loved.

Jesus said all this to his apostles before leaving them and undergoing suffering; because with his advice they might be able to walk in truth joyfully at every step taken in love.

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
This is what Jesus tells us today: that he is always close to us and guides us towards the path of joy of life. So, let us always allow ourselves to be guided by Jesus. Let us ask him for the strength to have faith in him always and hope in this life that sees us all of us as traveling companions. Let us continue to journey with Jesus, our special Friend.

Today, we remember in a special way all our amazing Mothers and pray for them. Let us make them feel better and happier! Happy Mother’s Day!

Fr. Sagayaraj Devadoss

Living in the Word Sunday, April 26 2020

The Emmaus Episode Reflects also Our own Condition


Dear brothers and sisters in the Risen Lord,


As we are celebrating the third Sunday of Easter, let us try to see in the light of the episode of  the two wayfarers of Emmaus our own condition reflected.


The first two readings (from the Acts & First Letter of Peter) present to us the words of Peter. In his first letter he says: “You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver and gold, but the precious blood of Christ, whom God raised from the dead “. It sounds as if to say: those who think they save their soul with their money are under terrible illusion, for salvation cannot be bought. It is a pure gift, to be accepted and translated into one’s life.


What is more fundamental is the Gospel of today (Luke 24, 13-35). Let us remember that on the day of the Resurrection, Jesus manifests himself early in the morning to Mary Magdalene and in the evening to the Apostles who were gathered together. In between these two moments is inserted the episode of the two disciples who, ignoring the resurrection, are on their way to Emmaus and do not hide their disappointment for the story of the One in whom they had placed their hopes which also ended. They share it also with the traveler who reaches them and walks beside them; the traveller then reminds them of the passages of Scripture relating to the awaited Messiah and shows how everything came to be true in Jesus. They still do not understand that their special traveling companion is the one whom they are talking about and he, after his crucifixion and death, is now alive. They recognize him only at Supper, when he repeats the following gestures and words that preceded his passion: “he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it and gave it to them“.


Here we can certainly note two important things taking place: first the Scripture and then the Bread broken and given as spiritual nourishment. Well, in the episode of Emmaus we find the salient features of the liturgy of the Word and of the liturgy of the Eucharist, that is, the Holy Mass, which he left to his friends to be celebrated everyday and forever. “Do this in memory of me,” he commanded, and since then no other command has ever been so regularly practised for the past two thousand years.


It may be puzzling to know how these two travellers immediately do not recognize the One whose disciples they also were, just like it happened to all those to whom Jesus manifested himself after being raised. With all evidence, the Risen One is the same as before, but not exactly the same as before. For example, he is not like Lazarus, who, after the burial, resumed his previous life, but later died like everyone else. The Risen One has a different aspect from the usual one. He suddenly appears and disappears, but he is not a ghost. He demonstrates his physicality by eating in front of everyone and letting himself to be touched, rather inviting Thomas to do it. It is the same as before, but not exactly the same as before: the total inexperience of a single fact does not allow us to define the difference, just as it did not allow those who saw it to recognize him immediately. In this way are noted the initial difficulties of the two on their way to Emmaus, and our interest in their unexpected adventure.


The interest also derives from the fact that, in its three phases, our own condition is well reflected with respect to the Risen One.

First phase: as for Christians of every epoch, Jesus walks also beside us and is present in the ways he chooses (just remember one of his sentences: “Whatever you have done to one of my brethren, you will have done it to me“), but then how often do we know how to recognize him?

Second phase: he recalled to them the Scriptures. Well, we all have a Bible at home – don’t we? But how much do we know it? We hear it read & explained during the Holy Mass, but how much attention do we pay to it? And yet, just as we look like the two disciples of Emmaus in the early stages of their meeting, so we can look like them in the third as well: we can recognize him in the breaking of Bread. “Take and eat: this is my body, given you in sacrifice“. The gestures & words renewed in every Eucharistic celebration manifest him, the Risen One, his desire to shower on us with that limitless love, demonstrated by sacrificing his human life for us and making us participate in his divine life.


Dear brethren, let us learn from the episode of the disciples of Emmaus by becoming more aware that we are not alone, for the Risen Lord always accompanies us. Let us read and reflect more on the Word of God, for it is a lamp unto our feet and light unto our path. Let us participate as often as possible in the Eucharistic celebration, for it is the source and summit of our Christian life. Therefore, let us raise our hearts and minds in gratitude to God the Father, to Jesus His Son and the Holy Spirit for the constant and unconditional love poured upon us all.


God bless us all!


Fr. Sagayaraj Devadoss


Father Saga’s Easter Message

Dear brothers and sisters in the Risen Lord,

Happy Easter!

Of all the Christian feasts, Easter (the Resurrection of Christ) is the greatest and the most complete one. In fact, it is the Paschal Mystery that we celebrate every Sunday, on all liturgical feasts and in the daily Holy Mass. The readings of the Easter Vigil beautifully articulate the faith of our community in the liberation of people from sin, the creation of new humanity and new world in Risen Christ. It is the Risen Lord who gives back to humanity the dignity lost in sin and the possibility for new life. Since then, hope, freedom, joy and human solidarity have become possible in our world.

But all this does not come to us without a price. That is to say, we are invited to collaborate ever more personally with the grace and power of the Spirit and to die with Christ to the “old man”. No wonder why we are asked to work for total conversion: of mentality, of heart and of conduct, as the beginning of a new life. The Christian, risen with Jesus, must seek the things that are above where Christ is and eliminate sin from one’s life, because sin is the old leaven of corruption and wickedness. Only in this way we will become the new dough of the unleavened Easter bread. Let this be our Easter resolution! For this, let us ask the Risen Lord himself to grant us the grace to be able to shun all that is evil and embrace always all that is good, right, noble, honourable, pure and true.

At this point, I would like to THANK ALL of YOU for your prayers, loving acceptance, life of faith, and generous heart to the necessities of the parish. Let me thank the PPC, CWL, SEPC, the many groups, collaborators, volunteers involved in parish ministries. My special thanks to the office staff (Carolyn & Mona), those who help record the Holy Masses (Steven, Gerry, Carolyn, Sandra) and those decorated the Church (Roxanne & Co)., and many others.

Those of our parishioners who are ill, hospitalized, the elderly are always in my prayers. May the Lord turn their sufferings & pains into blessings!

My appreciation and special thanks to all our wonderful parish children and the marvelous youth group.

Let me take this opportunity, to wish all of you, each one of you individually. May the Risen Lord shower upon you and your families the Easter Blessings of New Life: pure heart, inner peace, good health, great prosperity!

Happy Easter!

Fr Sagayaraj Devadoss