Feast of Corpus Christi 2014
Next weekend on Sunday June 22 we will be celebrating our parish feast day, ‘The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ’.
- The 9:00a.m. & 11:00a.m. Masses will be combined into one mass at 10:00a.m. with BISHOP CHRISTIAN RIESBECK PRESIDING.
- Directly following Mass there will be an outdoor procession of the Eucharist around the block which our Church presides.
- Concluding with our annual Parish B.B.Q. at Corpus Christi school. There will be food and drinks for everyone with games and activities for the children.
We encourage you to bring the whole family along and to please invite a friend! See inside the bulletin for more details on how you can volunteer to help make this a joyful celebration.
Being in Communion with the Catholic Church on Moral Issues
The position of the Catholic Church in favour of life at all stages is clear and unchanging. A person who takes a position in contradiction to the teaching of the Catholic Church on the value and dignity of human life from the moment of conception to the moment of a natural death, and persists in this belief, is not in communion with the Church’s values and teaching, which we believe faithfully transmit for today the teachings of Christ.
In his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel, no 213), Pope Francis explains the link between protection of the unborn and every other human right:
“Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenceless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church’s effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative. Yet this defence of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development. Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems. Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defense of human rights, which would always be subject to the passing whims of the powers that be. Reason alone is sufficient to recognize the inviolable value of each single human life, but if we also look at the issue from the standpoint of faith, “every violation of the personal dignity of the human being cries out in vengeance to God and is an offence against the creator of the individual” (John Paul II, Christifideles laici, no 461).
One may not dissent from these core teachings on life issues and be considered a Catholic in good standing. This is a very serious matter requiring of each Catholic, prayer, reflection to inform one’s conscience, and openness to embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness.
+Terrence Prendergast, S.J.
Archbishop of Ottawa
The next round of Faith studies is beginning May 13th. If you have taken the first study Discovery, then you can take any of the subsequent studies being offered! If you haven’t already signed up and received a phone call, you can sign up at the back of the Church or contact the office. The studies will begin Tuesday, May 13th at 7:15pm. This will be the last round of studies being offered until September.
ARCHBISHOP’S EASTER MESSAGE 2014
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Our Easter celebration begins with a proclamation of joy. “Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven…let the trumpet of salvation sound aloud our mighty King’s triumph! Be glad, let earth be glad…!”
God’s plan was to rescue people from sin, restoring us to friendship with himself. This has taken place in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! God has come to us in the Incarnate Son to give us hope of eternal life and to bless us with Easter joy. Christ the Lord comes to share with us his joy and peace, his Holy Spirit and the special gift of himself “in the breaking of the bread”—Holy Communion.
Our new life in Christ was proclaimed by the apostles to whom our Risen Lord appeared. The Church continues to repeat with amazement the apostles’ message that Jesus, the crucified one, is risen from the dead and remains with his people.
In his recent Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), Pope Francis reminds us of the joy God and his Son Jesus wish to share with us through the Holy Spirit: “The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew” (EG #1).
Risen and alive, Jesus comes to us in the Easter Sacrament of Holy Communion. Today, in our churches, we recognize him “in the breaking of the bread” (Luke 24.35). This explains the importance of the Sunday Eucharist in feeding our spiritual life. We endanger our faith if we neglect the Eucharist and undervalue at Mass the victory Christ has gained for us. Today, as the Church celebrates our victory with Christ, we invite you to renew your commitment to sharing in Sunday Mass—the little Easter—every Sunday without fail. This is the sure path to the holiness that God wishes for you. Pope Francis encourages the whole Church—our diocese, our parishes and groups, all of us—to become disciples who are also missionaries. Disciples learn from Jesus Christ every day. Missionaries share this Good News with others: your family members, fellow students, and associates at work and at recreation.
God bless you and Happy Easter! + Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa
Tuesday, April 15 No Mass at 6:30 p.m.
Diocesan Chrism Mass At Notre Dame Cathedral - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16 Mass at – 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 17 Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper - 7:00 p.m.
Adoration following Mass 8:15 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 Good Friday Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ – 3:00 p.m.
The Stations of the Cross – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 19 Holy Saturday Easter Vigil – 800 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 Easter Sunday Mass times 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
Father Christian Riesbeck, CC, who is in residence at Blessed Sacrament has some big news, and congratulations are in order!
From Archbishop Prendergast’s blog.
It was announced in Rome today that His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Reverend Christian Riesbeck, CC as Titular Bishop of Tipasa in Numidia and Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa.
Read more here!
Tuesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve
4:00 p.m. Mass (Pageant)
6:00 p.m. Mass (Pageant)
8:00 p.m. Mass
Wednesday, December 25 - Christmas Day
10:00 a.m. Mass
Tuesday, December 31 - New Year’s Eve
4:30 p.m. Mass
Wednesday, January 1 - New Year’s Day
10:00 a.m. Mass
‘Ice and Snow, Bless the Lord’
Saturday, December 14, 2013
11 am – 2 pm
Tickets: $8 per person
Tourtiere or Vegetarian Lasagna or Children’s Lunch.
Please consider donating new items for the event, as well as, baked goods for the dessert table!
(Sign-up sheets will be at the back of the Church)
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Tickets MUST be purchased in advance .
Tickets will be sold after all Masses
on Nov. 30/Dec. 1 & Dec 6/7.
This event always sells out quickly!