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Catholic Espresso

Catholic Espresso

By Fr. Pawel
A podcast that will energize your faith and help you in your spiritual journey; hosted by Father Pawel.
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Episode 18 - Marian Devotion and The Rosary
In this episode, Fr. Pawel and Russell share their Easter experiences with one another including the moments that really moved them. They then turn their attention to the month May, a month of devotion to our Mother Mary. They reflect on how Mary touches them in their lives, her importance to our faith, and moving stories about their experience in Fatima. They also discuss how important it is for all of us to pray the Rosary, especially during the month of May. And Christina is back with another edition of News of the Church. Books mentioned in this episode: Praying the Rosary Like Never Before by Edward Sri The Contemplative Rosary Conference Russell mentioned: Fullness of Truth
May 01, 2022
Episode 17 - Getting ready for Holy Week and introducing our new co-host!
We start this episode with some exciting news; we have a new co-host who will be joining Fr. Pawel on the podcast going forward! Christina is back once again with News of the Church but we are also blessed to have her join our hosts as they discuss how Lent has been going for them. With Holy Week quickly approaching, the team then gets into a deep discussion on what the events of this important week means to them. It's a deeply spiritual conversation with everyone reflecting on different personal experiences during the various events of Holy Week and engaging with our audience to discover the underlying beauty during this incredibly special time of year.
April 03, 2022
Episode 16 - Preparing ourselves for Lent 2022
Thank you devoted listeners of Catholic Espresso; it has now been over one year since we launched this podcast. Thank you for your continued support! This episode is all about preparing ourselves for Lent. Fr. Pawel shares why this is such a beautiful time to come back to the church and come back to the scripture to grow closer with our Lord. He stresses the importance of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving during the Lenten season. Christina is back with another edition of News of the Church and shares how the Catholic Church is trying to bring peace and compassion to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
March 06, 2022
Episode 15 - Sunday of the Word of God and Going Deeper in Scripture
It's our first episode of 2022 and Fr. Pawel discusses some New Years resolutions inspired by Pope Francis. We also reflect on the importance of the third Sunday in ordinary time, the Sunday of The Word of God. Instituted by Pope Francis in 2019, this important Sunday in the liturgical year calls on us to go deeper into the scripture and go deeper to reflect on the the Word of God. Fr. Pawel also welcomes the program director for two new programs at St. Mary Immaculate to help people deal with grief and those facing challenges in their marriage. Materials mentioned in this episode: The Bible in a Year Podcast with Fr. Mike Schmitz Little Manual for Spiritual Growth by Fr. John Portavella Walk Humbly With Your God: Simple Steps to a Virtuous Life by Fr. Andrew Apostoli
January 30, 2022
Episode 14 - Marking the Second Sunday of Advent
Happy Second Sunday of Advent to our listeners! Fr. Pawel is back with a special episode dedicated to help you continue to get the most out of this Advent season. On this episode we check in with a parishioner from St. Mary Immaculate on what Advent means to them. Our special guest is Deacon Robert Kinghorn of The Church on the Street in downtown Toronto. Originally from Scotland, Deacon Robert is now making a difference bringing the message of the church and enriching the lives of those on the streets of Toronto. We also learn about a fun Christmas initiative from Catholic Women's League, Taste and See The Goodness of The Lord, a cookbook featuring recipes from parishioners of St. Mary Immaculate!
December 05, 2021
Episode 13 - Advent 2021 is Here
As we mark this first Sunday of Advent, Father Pawel shares the beauty he sees in the season of Advent and ways we can all embrace the season to bring us closer to our Lord. We are also joined by Fr. Peter of St. Mary Immaculate who shares what Advent means to him. Christina is back with the News of the Church and shares a special Gospel reading from St. Luke.
December 04, 2021
Episode 12 - Welcome back!
After a busy summer around the parish, we're back with another episode of Catholic Espresso! Fr. Pawel reflects on these past few months with many people coming through the church to receive various sacraments. We speak to one couple who will be getting married very soon and what it's been like to prepare for the sacrament of marriage during the pandemic. He also goes through some of his favourite books he read over the summer. Christina is back with another edition of News of the Church, highlighted by the recent announcement of Holy Father coming to Canada in the near future. Books mentioned in this episode: A Pope and President by Paul Kengo Matteo Ricci and the Catholic Mission to China by R. Po-chia Hsia Humility Rules: Saint Benedict's Twelve-Step Guide to Genuine Self-Esteem by J. Augustine Wetta
December 04, 2021
Episode 11 - Using the Beauty of Summer to go Deeper in Faith
As we head into summer, Fr. Pawel discusses how he uses this beautiful time of year to enhance his meditation and prayer life. Books discussed in this episode: Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges Cardinal Collins' Book List for Catholics Who Want to Defend the Faith ( As mentioned on the show, we will be taking a little break for the summer and coming back in September with all new episodes. If you have any feedback or suggestions on how we can improve the podcast, feel free to email the parish office at and be sure to include Podcast in the subject line.
June 27, 2021
Episode 10 - Celebrating 100 years of Catholic Women's League
Welcome to episode 10 of Catholic Espresso! As the podcast celebrates this exciting milestone we welcome three women from an organization celebrating an even bigger milestone; 2021 marks the 100 year anniversary of Catholic Women's League. To mark the occasion we welcome Boots, Beatrice, and Patricia from the chapter at St. Mary Immaculate to discuss the organization's history and all of the important work they do around the parish community. Fr. Pawel also reflects on celebrating the Solemnity of Sacred Heart of Jesus mass in front parishioners at the church again as public health restrictions in Ontario begin to lift. We also ask parishioners who attended the mass about their relationship with the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
June 13, 2021
Episode 9 - Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
We've talked a lot this month about May being a month devoted to our Mother Mary; but in addition to that the Catholic Church recently celebrated the Global Week of Prayer for the Church in China. Fr. Pawel reflects on the importance of this week and his own experiences travelling to China as a priest. We also look ahead to the month of June; a month traditionally dedicated to the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. To help us prepare for this we are truly blessed to have Father James Kubicki join us this week for a fantastic and enlightening conversation. Fr. James is a Jesuit priest and author of "A Heart on Fire: Rediscovering Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus." His book was recently recommended in Cardinal Thomas Collins' pastoral letter on the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
May 30, 2021
Episode 8 - Raising Your Family in Faith
As we continue in the month of May - the month of our Mother, Mary - Fr. Pawel recaps a busy few weeks in the life of the St. Mary Immaculate. We hear from a few parishioners about how they have gone deeper in their relationship with Mary during this month's marathon of prayer for the end of the pandemic. Then we welcome the very talented Carissa Douglas to the podcast. Carissa is an accomplished singer, children's author, devoted Catholic, and mother of 14 kids! She shares with us her motivations behind her writing and also how her and her husband manage to make faith a big part of their family life. For more information about Carissa's work and for a link to the children's Rosary video mentioned on the podcast visit
May 16, 2021
Episode 7 - Devotion to our Mother Mary and the Holy Rosary
It is the month of May, a month devoted to our Mother Mary, so what better way to start off this month than with an episode all about our dear Mother Mary and the Holy Rosary. Fr. Pawel shares why the month of May is so special to him and also why in May of 2021 we need our Mother more than ever. We will also welcome three parishioners from St. Mary Immaculate who are involved with the Rosary Apostolate; Laura, Nadia, and Louise. They share with us what this movement is all about and also how Mary and the Holy Rosary has enriched their own personal lives. Here are some links to material referenced in this episode: The English-language list of shrines and prayer intentions can be found at Pope calls for monthlong global prayer marathon for end of pandemic Books referenced in this episode: Fatima for Today: The Urgent Marian Message of Hope by Fr. Andrew Apostoli 10 Wonders of the Rosary by Fr Donald Calloway
May 02, 2021
Episode 6 - Giving Back
This episode of Catholic Espresso is all about giving back. Not just to our church, but to our community, and neighbours in need. Father Pawel shares how blessed he feels at St. Mary Immaculate to have so many people willing to share their time and talent in so many different ways around the parish. Among them being the parish's ShareLife Committee. ShareLife is an organization based in the Greater Toronto Area whose aim is to live the Gospel by attempting to bring the hands of Christ to those in need. We welcome the head of ShareLife Committee at St. Mary Immaculate, Pauline McLaughlin, as well as the Executive Director of ShareLife at the Archdiocese of Toronto, Arthur Peters, to learn more about the history of the organization and the incredible work they do around the community. For more information on ShareLife and how you can help the organization fulfill its mission visit the parish website at or
April 18, 2021
Episode 5 - Celebrating Easter Sunday and looking ahead to Divine Mercy Sunday
The Lord is risen! We hope all of our listeners have a beautiful and blessed Easter. As we celebrate this important day in the Catholic Church, we also look ahead to a feast that Fr. Pawel feels so connected to in his priesthood; Divine Mercy Sunday. We are privileged to be joined this week by Sister Inga from The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Washington DC to learn about the life of St. Faustina and her connection to Divine Mercy. Christina is back with another edition of News of the Church, and Fr. Pawel shares with us how he knows that spring is right around here in Richmond Hill! To learn more about The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy visit Divine Mercy books discussed in this episode: Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalski: Divine Mercy in My Soul Dives in Mesaricordia by St. John Paul II The Life Faustina Kowalski by Sr. Sophia Michalenko 7 Secrets of Divine Mercy by Vinny Flynn Understanding Divine Mercy by Fr. Chris Alar Divine Mercy movies discussed in this episode: Faustina The Ocean of Mercy
April 04, 2021
Episode 4 - Reflecting on the feast day of St. Joseph
After 33 days of preparation and spiritual meditation, the feast day of St. Joseph finally arrived. Fr. Pawel reflects on the tremendous impact these past few weeks have had on parishioners who joined him in these daily meditations and weekly readings in preparation for the special consecration mass to St. Joseph. Christina is back with another edition of News of the Church, providing us with a recap of Pope Francis' historic trip to Iraq. Fr. Pawel is then joined by a special guest from the Society of St. Vincent De Paul to learn about the incredible work they do in the community and remind us of Holy Father's message to all of us on the importance to help those in need.
March 21, 2021
Episode 3 - Welcoming parishioners back into Church and marking one year of the Covid-19 pandemic
It's not just a cup of espresso that has Fr. Pawel full of energy on this week's episode; parishioners were welcomed back into St. Mary Immaculate as lockdown restrictions eased in Richmond Hill! We talk to a few of them on what it meant to be able to celebrate mass in person during this spiritual season of Lent. It is hard to believe that we are coming up on one year since the pandemic started and changed our lives in a number of different ways including working from home. We welcome three guests to the show to discuss how they've been able to balance their work, family, and spiritual lives while working from home. Christina Doyle is back to bring us up to date with News of the Church, including the latest on Pope Francis' historic visit to Iraq. That's all on this episode of Catholic Espresso!
March 07, 2021
Episode 2 - Reflecting on events from Marriage Sunday and Ash Wednesday
On this episode we're going to reflect on some major events that took place in the Church during this first week of Lent, Ash Wednesday and Marriage Sunday. Fr. Pawel discusses the importance of Ash Wednesday and spoke with parishioners of St. Mary Immaculate on what it means to them as they embark on their own individual journey during this season of Lent. Christina Doyle will join us with her regular segment called "News of the Church." Fr. Pawel then welcomes Deacon Joseph and his lovely wife Violet to the podcast and learns what's made their marriage so successful after so many years. They also offer advice to other couples who are preparing for marriage as well as those currently going through their own challenges amid the pandemic.
February 21, 2021
Episode 1 - Getting the most out of Lent in 2021
Welcome to the Catholic Espresso Podcast! In our premier episode, Father Pawel discusses how to have a spiritually fulfilling season of Lent in 2021. Book discussed in this episode: Give up Worry for Lent: 40 Days to Finding Peace in Christ by Gary Zimak
February 11, 2021