Christmas and the Holy Family

In our multi-cultural society, Christmas is celebrated in a variety of ways. For some, it is simply a time to gather with family and friends.  For others, it is an opportunity to travel to a warm destination.  For some, it is a time to enjoy the music and decorations of the season.  For others, it is all about the exchange of gifts. 

For people of faith, it is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus and be thankful that God has entered the messiness of humanity through his Son.

When we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we rejoice in the fact that He has come among us through the family.  As we reflect on our own experience of family, we have memories of love, laughs, fun, trust, traditions, encouragement, etc.  Though, we also remember times when our families were strained by the difficulties of life – misunderstandings, separation, financial stress, unemployment, etc.  We may also remember the burden of suffering associated with a sick child, a family member with grave illness and even the death of a loved one. Yet, we must realize that our families have assisted us to endure these trials with courage, faith, and charity.   Let us be consoled that Jesus entered the human condition by way of the family, and with our permission, He desires to accompany us and infuse His own Divine Life into our families just as He did with Mary and Joseph. 

Please consider purchasing the Rosary DVD, and pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary on Christmas Day – and on other days during the Christmas season) with your family.  It would be an opportunity to reflect on the Holy family and appreciate their model of love, sacrifice, simplicity, collaboration, and confidence in divine providence.   By praying the Rosary together, we fundamentally entrust our lives and families to Jesus through Mary and in return, receive their mercy, grace, blessing and protection. 

May your hearts be lifted in praise and thanksgiving for the wonderful gift of Jesus.  

Merry Christmas!

 

Fr. Galen and Fr. Francis

 

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Our Parish Christmas Offering

Dear Parishioners,
This Christmas, I am asking Blessed Sacrament parishioners to support the Centretown Emergency Food Centre.  The Centretown Emergency Food Centre is sponsored by a group of 23 local Churches including Blessed Sacrament Parish.  The food, which is generously given by parishioners each week at the entrance of the church, is brought to the Food Centre.
Located at Centretown United Church (Bank and Argyle), the Centre offers the needy a 3 to 4 day supply of nourishing food, according to the size of their family.  The Centre helps over 9000 people a year.
The Centre also has a Christmas Hamper program and our donations will be helpful to this end as well as to its ongoing operations. Learn more about the Food Centre from their excellent website www.cefcottawa.org.
I invite you to give generously to this charity through gift vouchers from grocery stores, non perishable food supplies or monetarily. 
Please put monetary or voucher donations to the Food Centre in the visitor envelopes found in the pews or at the doors of the Church.  Mark the envelope “FOOD CENTRE” and give your name and address or regular envelope number if you wish to receive an income tax receipt for your donation.  Please make cheques payable to Blessed Sacrament Parish.  Non perishable food donations may be left at the vestibule of the church.
Thank you for your generosity in helping the poor and marginalized — Gods beloved children.   

 

Fr. Galen Bank, C.C.
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Advent Reconciliation Service

On Thursday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m., following the 6:30p.m. Mass, we will be having our annual Advent Reconciliation service. Individual confessions will be heard.  All are encouraged to attend.adventcandlesreconciliation[1]

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ON A MISSION FROM GOD CONFERENCE

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has said that we can no longer “passively and calmly wait in our church buildings.” There is a spiritual battle raging. We need to acquire the tools essential to our mission, to boldly preach the Gospel to all. Catholic Chapter House, a division of Branches Catholic Ministries, will be hosting a special event on Saturday, December 6, at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts. On a Mission from God will feature motivating talks from Tim Staples, the Director of Apologetics and Evangelization at Catholic Answers and Patrick Sullivan, a catechist, Catholic apologist, and author of Dare to be an Evangelist. The conference will feature topics such as, 1) The Suffering Witness, 2) The Answer is Catholic?, 3) The Eucharist – God’s Extravagant Love, and 4) Evangelization – What is it and Why Do We Need It? Group discounts available. Register online at www.go2branches.com/on-a-mission-from-god/, call 1-888-522-2070 or click Here for the flyer/registration form.

www.timstaples.com/?p=blog  – Tim Staples Blog.

evango.net/category/vignette/ – Patrick Sullivan’s Blog.

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Registration for the Sacrament of Confirmation

Registration for children in Grade 6 who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, will take place in the Church on Saturday, November 22 at 10:00am. Please ensure you bring with you a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate and $20 for the registration fee. After the registration, there will be a short meeting to discuss the program and expectations of both parents and children. Please be aware, your child must be present for registration and information meeting. You may fill out your Sponsor Registration Form and Confirmation Registration Form today.  If you have questions, please email Michael Schreider at michael.schreider@ocsb.ca.

 

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First Eucharist and Reconciliation Preparation

LAST OPPORTUNITY — For any children in grade 2 or greater who wish to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist this school year. We will have a second and final sign up session on November 23 at 3pm, followed by a retreat until 5pm. Parent and Child must attend and bring $30, a copy of their baptismal cert., and a wallet sized photo of your child. Email bscsacraments@gmail.com to confirm you will attend this last registration session.

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Christmas Shoeboxes

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 kareny@magma.ca or SamaritansPurseOperationChristmasChild[1]Lyne at lyneplorusso@rogers.com.

 

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All Saints Halloween Party

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 youth.ministry@blessedsacrament.ca or (613) 230-3783 for any questions.   all-saints-day-clip-art-4[1]

 

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CATECHETICAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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 jaqui@royallepage.ca to help or for more information.

 

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SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION FOR CHILDREN

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.

 

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