Easter Vigil 2014

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Easter Vigil 2014


Photos courtesy of Gordon Johnson

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Happy Easter


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



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Holy Week Schedule





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.

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‘I’m here to serve’

The Consecration of Christian Riesbeck, CC, a priest of the Companions of the Cross, in the Archdiocese of Ottawa at the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

The Consecration of Christian Riesbeck, CC, a priest of the Companions of the Cross, in the Archdiocese of Ottawa at the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

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Father Christian Riesbeck, Ottawa’s next Auxiliary Bishop!

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!

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Christmas Mass Schedule

Tuesday, December 24  -  Christmas Eve

         4:00 p.m. Mass  (Pageant)

         6:00 p.m. Mass  (Pageant)

         8:00 p.m. Mass

Midnight  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

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2013 Blessed Sacrament Annual Penny Sale

‘Ice and Snow,  Bless the Lord’ 

                                              -Daniel 3

   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!

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The Sacrament of the Sick will be administered after the 6:30 p.m. Mass on Thursday,  November 21 for anyone who has a serious medical  affliction (on prescription drugs).  The session will include instruction on fruitful reception of healing ministry.   Prayer teams will be available afterwards for personal healing prayer or prayer for other situations and persons.  People have reported some wonderful experiences, remission of cancers, and other healings.   Please do inform us of such blessings for the praise of Jesus and our increase of faith.

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Next weekend November 9 & 10th at all Masses we will read out the names of deceased veterans.  You are invited to write a name on the sheets located in the front entrance of the church We will only be reading the names from these sheets.

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We are hosting

a Planned Giving information session on  Sunday November 24th between the morning Masses. We will have expert presentations from the Archdiocese that will help explain the many ways in which it makes both financial and tax sense to consider supporting your church.  To ensure we have sufficient handouts for the session, please use the signup sheets at the back of the church.  If you are unable to attend but would like more information on our Planned Giving program, send an email to the parish office and we will get in touch with you.

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