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On March 7 – 8, please welcome Deacon John Kennedy who will speak about CHALICE – a Canadian, Catholic sponsorship program. He will explain how you can help a destitute child at one of 56 mission sites in 15 developing countries. Their website is www.chalice.ca.
Nutrition Programme – Provide children and their families at our sponsor sites with milk, vitamins, and food to help foster healthy and prosperous communities.
Community Projects – Help families and communities by providing facilities and opportunities that they otherwise would be unable to access without assistance.
Disaster Relief – Help families and communities rebuild in the aftermath of natural disasters, provide water in the midst of a drought, or provide medical care to a child in need of life-saving surgery.
eRoots – Support people who are working to improve their food security by teaching economically and environmentally sustainable agricultural practices and providing the tools they need to succeed.
Education – Give children the opportunity to attend school, provide transportation for those who live too far to attend or give the gift of continued education (post secondary/trade).
Wednesday, February 18: Mass at 9:30a.m. (Corpus Christi School is attending) & 6:30p.m.
Tuesdays: Stations of the Cross at 6:00p.m. – Followed by Mass at 6:30p.m.
Wednesdays: Mass at 9:30a.m.
Thursdays: Mass at 6:30p.m.
Fridays: Mass at 9:30a.m. and 6:30p.m. – Followed by Adoration from 7:00 – 7:30p.m.
*Please Note—NO Evening Mass on Friday, March 6: C.C.O. Summit 7 – 9p.m. All are welcome to join for Adoration and praise and worship.*
A special collection for the Diocesan and Missionary Works will take place the weekend of February 21-22.
This collection enables the Archdiocese of Ottawa to respond to requests for assistance from various groups such as: Birthright of Ottawa, Serena Ottawa, Catholic Health Alliance of Canada, Christian Council of the Capital Area, Shepherds of Good hope, Legion of Mary Handicap Pilgrimage, Caldwell Family Centre, Miriam Centre, Development & Peace-Emergency Appeals, St. Patrick’s Home, Christian Catholic Outreach and N.E.T. Ministries.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
As Lent approaches, many Catholics ask, “What are you doing for Lent? What are you giving up?” This year, ask not what you can do for Lent; ask what Lent can do for you! The graces of Lent are God’s doing. You need only open yourself to them.
The gospel of Ash Wednesday highlights some well-known practices for Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (see Matthew 6.1–6, 16–18). These good habits move us to love our neighbour more deeply. Pope Francis recently challenged us to be islands of compassion in a world of indifference to the poor.
Through our Masses and prayer, by what we give up and what we give away, we come to know, love, and serve the Lord Jesus better. Through our sacrifices and donations, especially to the national collection for Development and Peace on the Fifth Sunday of Lent (March 22) or to other deserving charities, we die to ourselves so that others may rise to greater dignity.
The Church encourages Catholics to make the entire Lenten season a period of discipline, with attention to personal prayer, participation in Mass, and the observance of fasting (only one meal that day) and abstinence (not eating meat).
In Lent, fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory, and abstinence is obligatory on the other Fridays. These are the basics for everyone. Please observe these traditions.
Build on these to deepen your faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ—the Paschal Mystery—and so strengthen your relationship with Him.
How can you make this year’s Lent special? By building on the abstinence the Church requires on Lent’s Fridays, you can make them meaningful penitential days of renewal. You can reserve the Sundays of Lent for significant family celebrations around meals that anticipate the joys of Easter.
On Lenten Fridays, by sacrificing meat and giving the money saved in alms, by more intense prayer, you will ready yourself for Easter with your heart renewed.
Our Archdiocese will hold our Day of Confessions on Friday, March 6. Make your Easter preparation that day or at one of the many other times confessors are available to receive you.
On Lenten Sundays, your families may grow spiritually by attending Mass and visiting elderly and ill loved ones. Make the Lord’s Day an occasion for rest, family life, and the simple joys the Lord gives.
When we have finished with our doing something for Lent, we will discover at Easter that the Lord of Lent has done even more for us.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
✠Terrence Prendergast, S.J.
Archbishop of Ottawa
- ASH WEDNESDAY: February 18 at 9:30a.m. & 6:30p.m.
- CONFIRMATION MASS: March 25 – The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord – at 7:00p.m.. Bishop Christian, CC, will preside. All are invited to attend this celebration. Please pray for our Confirmation candidates.
- MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSES: For engaged couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage. This course will consist of 4 dates: - Friday, April 17 & 24 from 6:00-10:00p.m. - Saturday, April 18 & 25 from 12:00-4:00p.m. Please contact the parish office if you would like to attend.
- FIRST COMMUNION MASS: Sunday, April 26 at 1:00p.m. All are invited to attend this Mass and support our First Communion candidates. Please pray for them as they prepare for the Sacrament.
- Saturday, January 31 at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall
- Tickets will be distributed after Masses to give an idea of an approximate number of how many people will be in attendance.
- Suggested donation at the door; $5 per person or $20 per family
- Desserts will be Potluck. Please bring a dessert to share with everyone.
- All are welcome. Please join us for this social and help support our community.
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.
Fr. Galen and Fr. Francis
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.