August 16th, 2020

First Holy Communion

March 2, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,

Greetings to all the Parishioners of St. Matthews!

Let me introduce myself first. I am Fr. Sathiaseelan, a Salesian Priest. I would like to be called as Fr. Sathia. I am just taking over this parish of St. Matthew’s at the appointment order of our beloved Archbishop Richard W. Smith, from 2nd March, 2020.

I am originally from India, just served this archdiocese for One and half years at OLPH parish at Sherwood Park till 1st March, 2020.  I was ordained a priest, on 30th December, 1997 and I came to Canada, in August, 2018. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish gave me a lot of opportunities to explore into priestly ministry within our Canadian culture. I had a pleasant and joyful experience of ministering at the care home centres, visiting our Catholic schools and more so, in animating and officiating at the sacramental celebrations of Catholic community at OLPH.

And here am I, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Edmonton. What an honor! Yes indeed, it is an honor for me to be your pastor. Thank you very much for your openness to welcome me into this great community; as your priest and pastor, and as your spiritual brother and friend in Christ Jesus.

Let God’s mission be our mission and together, let us do our very best to be part of that mission, building up God’s Kingdom here in this great community. I do need your prayers, help and support.

At this juncture, I would like to thank Rev. Fr. John Louis Mariapragasam, for his dedicated service as a pastor and leader, who reorganised this parish within a shorter period of time and won the hearts of many. May God continue to bless him!

Thank you!

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Sathiaseelan. Sdb