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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com to confirm you will attend this last registration session.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Lyne at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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?
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.