A thoughtful monthly reflection from our Chaplain:

As we savour the end of our Christmas break and head back to school, the Church’s celebration of the Solemnity of the Lord presents us with a golden opportunity to reflect on the raison d’etre of our newly formed guild: to become, like the wise men, faithful witnesses to our newborn king who has been born in our hearts. May we, like the wise men in Matthew’s Gospel account, adore our newborn King by placing our collective gifts at the service of our children and youth in 2020. Happy New Year!

Deacon Damien A. Mc Gowan

January 5, 2020.


We’re off and running! A big thank you to our executive and especially to St. Francis Xavier parish for hosting our inaugural Advent retreat on November 23.

Advent is a time of hope, a time of great expectation, when all of Creation awaits the fulfillment that comes from Christ’s final coming. In this “already but not yet” season our hearts turn towards God’s Word made flesh in Mary, our Divine Mother, the Word that begs to be born in each one of us.

This season of hope and renewal calls us to remember – and to act on – the great privilege given to us at baptism: to bring the light of God’s merciful love into our oftentimes broken and chaotic world, a merciful love that satisfies collective hunger for relationship.

As we contemplate the many blessings that God has showered on our fledgling Guild, let us allow the Holy Spirit to fill us this Advent with the kind of gratitude that enables us to reach out to others, especially to the most vulnerable in our families, schools, families and neighbourhoods.

Maranatha! Happy Advent!

Deacon Damien A. Mc Gowan

November 26, 2019.


Last month I attended a retreat that was based on the book of Exodus. The retreat was given by a Carmelite scripture scholar who, in one of his conferences, referred to the Jewish Talmud.  Before referring to the Talmud he asked an important question: “How does God respond to our prayer requests?”  After we responded, he shared with us the Talmudic view:  “God answers prayer in three ways:  ‘No’, ‘Yes’, and ‘Grow up!”  Our retreat director added. “The majority of the time, God’s answer to our prayer is ‘Grow up!’  

The Peel Catholic Teachers Guild came about because of a deep conviction to help all involved in Catholic education to “grow up” in our faith and to encourage others to do so by providing our members the opportunity to provide mutual spiritual support.  

As we grow together, let us remember that our baptismal faith invites all of us to “grow up,” to respond to the invitation of our Risen Lord and Brother, Jesus, to live – and to share – the abundant life he has shared with us.

Deacon Damien A. Mc Gowan

October 28, 2019.  Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles.