Oct 2021 Man Up-date Men of Generosity

Oct 2021 Man Up-date Men of Generosity

Be Men of Generosity

October 2021 Man Up-date

Father Jonathan Gibson records a message for us on the Memorial of Saint Padre Pio where he recounts how a vision of St. Padre Pio’s courage and generosity and how it leads to the promise of a splendid crown.

 

Quoting St. Paul VI, Father shows us the example of Padre Pio: 

 

“Look what fame he had.  What a world wide following gathered around him.  But why? Perhaps because he was a philosopher, because he was wise, because he had resources at his disposal?  No!  It was because he said Mass humbly,heard confessions from dawn to dusk and was one who bore the wounds of our Lord.  He was a man of prayer and suffering.”

Using the day’s first reading from Haggai 1:2-8, Father teaches that the Lord wants us to grow in generosity, by putting the eternal first and the temporal second. 

 

Let us be men like the beautiful honeycomb, exuding a sweetness, a generosity and love that is a result of our combating the devil in our own lives with the help of Jesus so that we extend the nectar, the beauty of His Love.  

 

St. Padre Pio, pray for us and help us be men of generosity.

Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder

I was praying that God would use this opportunity to bring our group leaders together with a renewed direction.


Direction he gave!

Kevin Philip, Regina

“You gotta meet Sean Lynn and the God Squad.” 5 years ago, a good friend of mine encouraged me to reach out to Sean. His name was Gerald Montpetit and he was about to lead worship at our first annual men’s retreat in Regina. Our keynote speaker was the indomitable Jim “Butch” Murphy from Michigan (another excellent friend and mentor of mine–and a fantastic public speaker, FYI). I told Gerald that I wanted to host a men’s retreat and that I just had to serve a BBQ’d Pig on a Spit. Gerald said that Sean was the guy I needed to talk to.

 

Who would’ve known that 5 years later (in 2021) our small men’s ministry, Made for Greatness, would still be kickin’ around and that Sean would be rolling thunder through Regina with 5 other exceptional men to meet us–right when I needed it the most. I knew that God was calling our wee ministry to go deeper, I just didn’t know exactly how. While Sean was graciously coordinating when they were going to arrive, I was praying that God would use this opportunity to bring our group leaders together with a renewed direction.

 

Direction he gave!

 

The men from God Squad were such good men, and we had a great time together. The best, though, was their exhortation to Preach the Gospel–it was like they heard my cry to God for a clear path! They even used the same words I used in my prayer: Kerygma, Rekindle the Flame, Go Deeper with God. On a personal level, it was so cool for me to meet these exceptional men and hear God’s voice through their sharing. The Regina men who came to meet them were so impressed to hear from their God Squad brothers … as their Brothers with a shared goal: forming men into Disciples of Jesus.

 

Sean wanted me to be brief, so I’ll wrap it up with this: myself and our Regina Brothers are so grateful to have met Sean and the other men who came to Regina. We are so grateful that they rolled the Thunder of God into our hearts and into our city.

The Need Exists Everywhere

The Need Exists Everywhere

The Need Exists Everywhere

There’s so many places and so many people waiting to hear the word of God.  Someone starts out talking about motorcycles and minutes later, about God. Before you know it they will ask you to hear their confession.

Father Mariusz Sztuk, SDS

If you have ever been on a motorcycle you know what counts. It is the road not so much the destination. Beautiful views meeting people, the fascination of motorcycles is a way to evangelize, and this is what attracts me and other people to motorcycle trips.

 

The need for the gospel exists everywhere. There’s so many places and so many people waiting to hear the word of God, there are situations where someone starts out about motorcycles and minutes later, may start talking about God and before you know it they will ask you to hear their confession. And in many instances it has been ten or even twenty years since their last reconciliation.

 

I remember one time where I met a couple at a campground and we started a simple conversation. This conversation turned into a discussion about cohabitation. For them it was the only opportunity to talk to a priest because they had not gone to church for many years. This is why a priest is needed in different circumstances and different places.

 

Let me tell you something about our last pilgrimage.

 

It was in the afternoon when Sean called me and said “Fr. we need to have a Plan B in case the border isn’t open” and I do have to say I wasn’t surprised by the statement, given the information about the pandemic. However, I felt a little bit sorry to realize that quite a few of our friends on the other side of the border would not be able to join us this year.

 

Consequently, after a few face-to-face meetings and several ZOOM conferences, we came up with a plan. We set off on our motorcycles to preach the gospel and experience the wonderful fellowship that came with God squad members.

 

Our adventure started in Buck Lake where we were welcomed by “JP”, a long-time friend of God Squad. Early in the morning of the next day we set off towards Bruno Saskatchewan where once again a wonderful family and their friends welcomed us into their homes. However, time was chasing us and we had to carry on in our journey to The Pas, MB, to be welcomed by Archbishop Murray and Fr. James Fiori OMI.

 

The following day after a good breakfast we continued our journey to Thunder Bay and finally to Ottawa, where we said goodbye to Bishop Scott who returned back to his duties with the Military Ordinariate in Canada. Saying goodbye to Bishop Scott, there’s only five of us going back to Calgary. Spiritually, there were many more of us. The whole time we were accompanied by friends on both sides of the border, who for many different reasons did not join us this year. My hope and prayer is that for the coming years our group will be much larger, both physical riders and spiritual support.

 

Returning through the graphical centre of Canada, we met with a bunch of Catholic men to share the experience of evangelization in our parishes as well as to support one another in the building of the kingdom of God in our local communities.

 

Our motorcycle trips are not only meetings with people, but above all an encounter with God. Every day starts with the Holy Eucharist and then during our journey there is plenty of time to pray the rosary, do meditation, and even have a religious discussion over the internet.

 

As you can imagine our trip has to be planned, organized, with a lot of trust in God. Many times we have found ourselves in a situation where something was lacking, where we needed help. It was enough to say a prayer and God provided. What we needed to do was trust God.

 

Thank you to all who supported us this year.

 

God Bless!
Fr. Mariusz Sztuk, SDS

ADW Deacon Harold

ADW Deacon Harold

ADW Deacon Harold

Episode 44

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers – Portland, Oregon, United States

In this week’s episode of a Dram With Friends, Deacon Harold joins Sean in the pub to discuss his journey from the monastery to Law Enforcement to service to the Church, being ordained as a Deacon.

Deacon Harold shares some of his passions in engaging with people both in his time as a Police Chief and as a Deacon, and treating each person always with dignity and respect, and getting to know each person’s story.

Sept 2021 Man Up-date Federal Election Novena

Sept 2021 Man Up-date Federal Election Novena

Federal Election Novena

September 2021 Man Up-date

Fellowship among men is as important as air to breath.
In this month’s Man Up-date, Richard Beaulieu joins Sean Lynn in the pub where they unpack a bit of this year’s Motorcycle Ride.

Canada can hardly be recognized as the Christian nation it once was.
Perhaps this is what inspired the tag of Returning the Ring Bearer to Mordor.

The consensus among the men this year is that there is much evangelization work to do.
As men, husbands and fathers, we are part of the many members of the Body of Christ.
But what we’re not, is in Management.  We’re in Sales!
Let Management worry about the problems in the Church.

Ours is the job of proclaiming the Good News that God Loves us and saved us by dying for our sins, thereby conquering death (the wage of sin) in His resurrection and freeing us to become adoptive Children of God.  
This Good News is also known as the Kerygma.

“God Loves you and has an amazing plan for you!” (Sean Lynn, on many many occasions)

Join us in praying the Novena to St. Joseph for the special intention for the Federal Election and plead with God to start turning hearts in this country.

Let’s see if we can make a difference in this country by having good Christian fellowship.

Aug 2021 Man Up-date Sean and the Ride to Mordor

Aug 2021 Man Up-date Sean and the Ride to Mordor

The Ride to Mordor

August 2021 Man Up-date

Sean is creating adventures like the one at the Face to Face Ministries’ Ignite 2021 at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish in Calgary where he inspires us in this month’s Man-up Date (August 2021 Monthly Man-up Date) to create our own adventures.

Start a men’s group in you parish. Invite a man to join you and love him into the Church.  God Squad is here to support you.

Fallen – the 4th commandment

Fallen – the 4th commandment

I've fallen and I can't get up, the 4th commandment

That famous catchphrase from 80s is one most of us are familiar with, even finding it in memes and online jokes. And it was one I remember hearing on TV commercials while growing up, but it truly struck home when recently one night I was startled awake from my sleep by my mother calling out, “Stephen, my legs gave out and I can’t get up. Help.”

A few years ago, I decided to give up my place and move back in with my mom; she was living alone (my brother and niece had moved away a few years prior) and she was finding it increasingly difficult to live by herself, both financially and emotionally. She was still very active and strong at that time, but this past year has seen her physical strength shockingly diminish over a relatively short period of time. She went from still working at 76 (part-time) to starting to have to use a cane to help her balance by mid-summer, to now using a walker continually just to get around. She even needs help going up and down stairs; all this dramatic change in less than 10 months time. And her greatest frustration is not knowing why this is happening to her.

The 4th Commandment states: “Honour your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

— Deuteronomy 5:16 – 

This is something that has become of a much greater reality to me over this past year with what it means to love and honour my parents, especially my mom in particular. For those of us who are parents, we understand the sacrifices we must make for our children: our time, attention, love, finances, heartache and so on. But it really did not become clear to me until this past year just how much the tables would turn, of how much I would have to sacrifice to help my mom as she struggles with her failing strength and the unknowns as to why it is happening.

The pain I see her in, the heartache, the anxiety and the struggle with depression, when she says, “you should trade me in,” or “maybe I should just go live in a nursing home,” or when she will say, “I’m so useless.” Each time it tears my heart a little, but I keep giving to her, trying to lift her up and help, to make each day a bit easier for her. I do not want her to feel abandoned or a burden; she is not that to me, even when I must sacrifice each day of my self for her. She’s worth it and so much more.

So, to me the 4th Commandment has taken on even deeper meaning this past year. Yes, it would be easier just ‘put her in a home’, to pass on the responsibility I have towards her, but I have come to realize that this is my cross that I am willingly accept out of love for her, just as Jesus bore his cross out of love for me.

Recently, Father Mike Schmitz did a video on “How to Love your Difficult Parents”. This was poignant for me considering some of what I’ve journeyed with recently, especially with his final reflections on dealing with an aging parent:

I pray that this helps you too on your own journey with aging parents.

 

In service,

Stephen M. Cross

God Squad

Man Up-date Rosary

Man Up-date Rosary

Holy Rosary to End Pandemic

May 2021 Man Up-date

The Marian month of May starts with the feast of the St. Joseph the Worker our Patron and Protector. In this edition of the Man Up-date, Sean Lynn reflects on how Mary wants peace and challenges men to pray!

 

Sanctuaire Notre Dame du Cap has been designated as the Canadian shrine to lead us in prayer for the end of the pandemic on May 23rd (Pentecost Sunday) .  The intentions for that day are for law enforcement, military and firefighters.

 

Lead your families to join in on that day and surround our church, province and country in prayer.