Blessed Sacrament members will be packing shoeboxes again this year for needy children for Christmas. Boxes can be filled with small items such as school supplies, toys, socks and treats. This is part of “Operation Christmas Child” by Samaritan’s Purse Canada, www.samaritanspurse.ca. If you would like to pack a box full of goodies, please see the display in the main church foyer. The boxes must be returned by Sunday, Nov. 16th. If you have any questions, contact Karen at email@example.com or Lyne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All families and children are invited to dress up as their favourite Catholic saint and attend Blessed Sacrament’s All Saints Party on October 31st from 6:30 – 8:30pm in the church hall. It’s a drop in party for all ages including a pot luck goodie table. They will be Saint games, candy, food and tons of fun! Bring the whole family and dress as a Saint. Goodie donations for the pot luck table are welcome. Contact Erika at email@example.com or (613) 230-3783 for any questions.
Help is needed with the First Reconciliation and Holy Communion preparation. Responsibilities would include:
- 6 Catechetical training sessions with a small group of children
- Monthly check ins with your group
If interested, please contact Jaqui Cadieux at firstname.lastname@example.org to help or for more information.
The first group meeting for families preparing children for First Eucharist and Reconciliation (grade 2 or older) will take place on Sun. Oct. 26 at 4pm in the church. The child AND at least one parent must attend. Due to the popularity of the program and the important material covered at this meeting we may not be able to accommodate people after this initial meeting. Please bring to the meeting the following items: a PHOTOCOPY of your child’s baptismal certificate, $30.00 (cash or cheque) and a wallet sized head shot photo of your child.
The Blessed Sacrament Youth Group is starting up again! If you’re in Gr. 6 -12 come to our Kick-Off Pizza Party on Friday, October 17th from 7-9 P.M. in the church hall and hang out with other Catholic youth. Bring a friend, play some games, and get some free pizza. Volunteer hour opportunities available for high school youth. Hope to see you there! Questions?
Contact Erika at email@example.com.
Beginning the first week of October, we will be exclusively running the Commission faith study. As part of the training, we will have missionaries from Catholic Christian Outreach to lead and teach us for 10 weeks. We’ll learn the ins and out from missionaries that are skilled in evangelization. To take the study, there is one prerequisite. You need to have completed the study Discovery.
The study is 10 weeks and the goals it will accomplish are:
- Form you in your understanding of evangelization to the life and identity of the Church and us, as members of the Church
- Grow your understanding of why some people are far away from God and the Church and how to best relate to them
- Identify opportunities for evangelization in ministries, parishes, and with their friends and acquaintances
- Multiply your efforts by learning to entrust the message and the mission to others
- Encounter the Holy Spirit and understand primacy of the work of evangelization
Commission will start Tuesday October 7, ending Tuesday December 9. It will begin at 7:15- 9:00pm downstairs. If you would like to be part of this initiative, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by October 3 or sign up at the back of the church.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Starting 6:00p.m., ending 9:00p.m.
At Blessed Sacrament Parish
Celebrating Faith and Families at Blessed Sacrament Parish. With special guest Masson Normand from “Feel the Pulse Ministry.” Please join us for an inspirational evening with good food, live music, and warm fellowship. A delicious burrito supper being served. We ask families to bring picnic blankets and a free will offering to help meet costs for dinner, special guests, and music. For planning purposes, kindly email email@example.com with number of adults and children attending in your family by September 22nd. Alternatively, add your family name and number of attendees to sign-up sheet at back of parish.
Young Adults Ignatian Retreat
Welcoming all young adults! (18-39, single or married) An introduction to some practical ways of connecting your faith and your everyday life. Whether you’re new to prayer or are just looking for new ways to pray and live a more meaningful life, this event is for you! Come join us!
- A day and a half of spiritual renewal for young adults
- Dynamic presentations from young Jesuit priests and scholastics (seminarians)
- An introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and the spirituality of the Apostleship of Prayer
- Insights on how the deepest desires of our hearts lead us to the Heart of Jesus Christ
- Practical ways to connect faith and daily life
- Opportunity for Reconciliation
- A light breakfast and lunch provided on Saturday
- Donation for the weekend: $20.00
- Nursing infants welcome to accompany parents on the retreat
October 24-25, 2014 St. George’s Parish Hall, 415 Piccadilly Ave.
Start time 6:30 pm Friday, ending with 5:00 pm Vigil Mass on Saturday For more details phone Ted Hurley: 613 738 5025 x231 or register at www.apostleshipofprayer.org/heartsonfire
The Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued an appeal “for mercy, compassion and justice in the Middle East and throughout the world”. The text was approved at the Executive’s meeting earlier this week on August 25, 2014. In its message, the Executive states: “As followers of the Crucified One, we recognize particularly in the Middle East the sufferings of our own brothers and sisters in faith. Moved by their pains and afflictions, we make their cause our own. We are united with them in solidarity and faith.” Read More
We pray for the gift of peace and courage: That the Holy Spirit inspire Canadians and the international community to protect all those affected or threatened by violence in the Middle East, to be with them in solidarity and concern, and to offer them assistance and aid.”
A rally in support of persecuted Christian Iraqis is being planned for Parliament Hill on Saturday, September 6th from 1 pm to 3 pm. Archbishop Prendergast will be participating in the rally and will speak on the Hill, along with Father Niaz Toma – an Iraqi Chaldean Catholic priest who has strong ties with the Iraqi Canadian Community. You are encouraged to attend this event and to please help get the word out to the faithful in our parish and our own families, friends, and communities about this event.
Also if you haven’t already, you can help further by supporting one of these three Canadian Catholic agencies in their fundraising efforts for the suffering people of the Middle East. These are CNEWA Canada (http://www.cnewa.ca), the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (http://www.devp.org/en), and Aid to the Church in Need – Canada (http://www.acn-aed-ca.org). As well, please urge your Member of Parliament to encourage the Government of Canada to do even more for the Middle East — by providing Canadian emergency and reconstruction assistance, by making it easier for our country to accept refugees, by participating in international efforts to foster justice and peace in the region, and by insisting on respect for freedom of conscience and religion, as well as respect for the rights of minorities.
Let us be united in solidarity and unceasing prayer for peace in Iraq, Gaza, Israel and Syria, as well as throughout the Middle East.