All posts by Keri Smith

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE

Hello Ladies,

Hope you are still doing well, Remember to get your memberships in. You can make an appointment with Keri to drop it off at the office or put it in the offertory basket at Mass. Our advent retreat os December 8th in the church at 7:00 p.m. Father Larry will be our speaker!

Membership forms are available in the lobby of the Parish or by contacting the office.

Blessings, Judy

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL ANGEL TREE

The Angel Tree toy drive is an important part of our parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper project. This year Christmas will be very different. St. Vincent de Paul is working with the Food Bank and House of Friendship to make sure all families are being taken care of.

The Food Bank will be giving turkeys, hams etc… The House of Friendship will be giving gift cards from only Walmart and Giant Tiger, this way families can shop for what they want/need. There will be NO toys collected (due to COVID).

If anyone would like to donate Walmart or Giant Tiger gift cards, they can be dropped off at the office or in the collection baskets at Mass until November 22, 2020

Thank you for your support. God Bless

Virtual Family Catechism Program

Come join local families who are helping each other to grow in their faith through a VIRTUAL family catechism program! Fiona and Ian Mendes working with the Family Foundation Institute, a registered Catholic charity, have brought this program to the KW Region. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to join the growing community of families iinvolved in this effort and forming new family friendships all from the comfort of your own home!! Spots are filling up quickly.  Come see the Holy Spirit at work and check us out. For more info, contact Fiona / Ian at 519-893-1180

To register (only $10 per family) please visit the Family Foundation Institute webpage at  famfi.ca/registrations/family-catechism. The current class schedule is

Grades : 1/2 – Saturday at 3 pm

Grades: 3/4 – Saturday at 2pm 

Grades: 5/6 – Saturdays at 4pm

Grades: 7/8 – Saturdays at 1pm

Highschool – Saturdays at 3pm

 Adult Program – Friday nights at 7:30 pm

DIOCESE of HAMILTON BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS

November 2020

Coping with the Holidays – Christmas is an especially difficult season for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. For many, this will be complicated even further when the loss occurred during the COVID-19 shut down.  Have you lost a love one and find yourself struggling with the thought of the upcoming Christmas season? Are you trying to figure out how you can cope? We can help: join us on Monday, November 30th at 7 P.M. for a one-hour evening session on Zoom offering reflection and practical strategies for coping at Christmas. To register please call Lena at 905-528-7988 ext. 2249, or register on line at https://hamiltondiocese.com/offices/family-ministry/grief-support/coping-with-the-holidays. We will send a zoom invite by e-mail to all those who have registered the day before the session so you can join by video or phone.

PARENTING TIP OF THE MONTH- Parenting Tip 124 – November is the month in which we both pray for and remember our dead. We also celebrate Remembrance Day, a day we give thanks to all those who have died for our protection and freedom. It is a wonderful month to speak to your children about others who have gone before you. Share the legacy and traditions your ancestors have left for your family and the influence they have had on your lives. Talk to them about how we honour them by our daily actions and remind them to pray for them, not just in the month of November, but all year long. November is a month to discuss our own history, but also the history and traditions of our Catholic faith: All Saints Day, All Souls Day, attending Mass, the prayers we say at Mass, prayers before meals and bedtime, to name a few. Those that have gone before us have influenced us; let us help our children know and reflect on all they have left us.

MARRIAGE TIP OF THE MONTH – Marriage Tip 104 – As winter approaches, we move into maintenance mode: we clear the gutters on the roof so water can flow freely, we change to winter tires to prepare for the coming cold and snow and we gather and store outdoor summer items from the yard to keep safe for next year. Do we take the time to offer maintenance to our most important relationship? Do we discuss shifting roles as our family changes and then discuss what we both need to stay happy and healthy? Do we check to see if we have prioritized each other instead of everything else? Do we spend time making sure our finances are in order? Do we pray together for patience, love, kindness and compassion to grow and strengthen in our relationship? Maintenance takes time, but for love to thrive, it is so necessary.

Anniversary Mass 2021 – As the restrictions from COVID-19 continue and for the safety of all concerned, a decision has been made to cancel the annual Anniversary Mass scheduled for June of 2021. Bishop Crosby would still love to offer congratulations to all those who will married 25, 40, 50, 60 and 60 plus years in 2021, so you will be able to register your anniversary on line and we will send you the certificate you would have received if the Mass had gone ahead. More information will be sent in January about how to register.

Struggling After an Abortion? Either your own, or someone else’s? Do you feel alone, emotional, or angry? Project Rachel is available to help. This confidential service allows people to work through their feelings on an individual basis, with a trained counsellor, and find hope and healing. Please contact us at 905-526-1999 or toll free at 1-888-385-3850.

Catechetical Correspondence Courses – Programs available for children from Kindergarten through to High School not currently receiving religious instruction. Preparation for First Communion and Confirmation for children not in Catholic Schools also available.  Families work through the programs at home. Contact Monica in the Catechesis Office at 905-528-7988, ext. 2238 or check out our website at www.hamiltondiocese.com and click on the Catechesis Office for more information, printable registration forms or to register online.

A Letter from Bishop Crosby OMI, Bishop of Hamilton

 

 

 

 

 

To the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Hamilton,

In recent weeks there has been increased media attention to a staggering number of past cases of sexual abuse of minors which have taken place at the hands of Church leaders in the United States, including Priests, Bishops and Cardinals, as well as cover-ups by those who have been entrusted with caring for the People of God. This news has stirred up justified anger and disillusionment among many in the Church. This news has also ignited renewed cries for accountability on the part of the Church’s leaders and changes in the Church’s procedures for dealing with the perpetrators of such egregious acts which have so deeply wounded their victims.

As the Bishop of Hamilton, I want you to know that I am united with all the faithful in the Diocese who are experiencing the shame cast upon all members of the Church because of the sins of some of its members, especially those entrusted with the pastoral care of God’s people. I likewise unite myself with the victims who have suffered and continue to suffer as a result of the abuse they have undergone at the hands of those who are called to be ministers of Jesus Christ and his Church. I pray for healing and peace for the victims of abuse and for all who have been hurt by the Church’s inaction in the past, and for a renewed commitment on the part of all members of the Church to care for one another, especially, the most vulnerable.

Since 1996 the Diocese of Hamilton has observed a strict protocol with respect to allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of clergy and other employees of the Diocese. This Policy and Protocol for Cases of Alleged Sexual Misconduct was updated most recently in 2013 and can be found on our Diocesan Website. All allegations of sexual misconduct have been, and will continue to be taken seriously and addressed immediately in accordance with our Diocesan Policy.

Earlier this week, His Holiness Pope Francis issued a Letter to the People of God, which can be found on our Diocesan Website. Pope Francis reminds us that “if one member of the Body of Christ suffers, all suffer with it”. The suffering of those who have been abused does indeed cause suffering in all members of the Church. He calls upon all of us to embrace “an attitude of prayer and penance”, so that “we may grow in the gift of compassion, in justice, prevention and reparation”. I invite all the faithful in the Diocese of Hamilton to take up our Holy Father’s invitation and to pray fervently for an end to every form of abuse and a renewed commitment to provide a safe environment for all, especially the most vulnerable among us.

Sincerely in Christ and Mary Immaculate,

Most Rev.) Douglas Crosby, OMI Bishop of Hamilton

 

MASS INTENTIONS

ANNOUNCED MASSES FOR WEEK OF

November 29, 2020

Monday 7:00 p.m.  + Theresa Pham – Family
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.  + Jose Mauricio Tavares – Maria Tavares
                               +  Irene Donnelly – Family
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.
+ Maria Pereira – Justina Costa
Thursday 9:00 a.m.  + Ethel May Devereaux
                       – Deacon Neil & Nancy Devereaux
Friday 9:00 a.m.
  + Alfredo Nogueira – Family
  + Benjamin James Mathew vanGalen  – Patrick vanGalen
  +  Dec’d Zunic Family – J. Zunic Family
  +  Charlie McEvoy – Family
Saturday
Ayr 5:00 p.m
. + Lesley Duthie – Friend
7:00 p.m.  + Francis Lockhart – Pat Lockhart & Family
Sunday 8:15 a.m.
For the People
10:00 a.m. Int. Linda Murphy – Judy & Paul Knight
11:45 a.m.  + Gerald Munroe – Denise & Family

 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY FATHER LARRY!!

The priest continues the work of redemption here on earth…
The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus.

 

Happy 20 th Anniversary
Father Larry

On May 23rd We celebrate Father Larry Parent on his 20th Anniversary of Ordination.
After Morning Mass he was treated to coffee and cake.

40th ANNIVERSARY GOLF TOURNAMENT

Blessed Sacrament Parish’s 1st Annual Golf Tournament
September 23rd, 2017
To help celebrate Blessed Sacrament Parish’s 40th Anniversary, 39 golfers gathered on this fine Saturday morning at The Grand Valley Golf & Country Club. As they enjoyed beautiful weather and each other’s company, many other parishioners were also there to assist in the events.
Father Larry and Deacon Neil were there to lend support, take photos and ensure the accuracy of score cards.
Following the golf, Fathers Larry and Father Paul both joined all the participants for a great meal and the presentation of prizes and the new “Monsignor Edward D. Sheridan Trophy”
Thanks to all for this successful day!

We hope to see you next year once again.

40th ANNIVERSARY GARDEN

The journey of a 60 X 5 ft. flower bed at the front of the church began last summer when a mass of dandelions invaded the premises. Father Larry sprayed the bed and it laid fallow over the winter and into the spring. It was not a pretty site and many questions arose as to what would become of this area. (Oh thee of little faith).

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It was suggested a Pastoral Parish Council meeting that something special should be done for the 40th Anniversary. Something special, foreign to most people, was to make a carpet bed. This is a Victorian Gardening tradition using only foliage plants to make a design. The plant material used is a tropical foliage plant called Alternantera. The plants are all started from cuttings in a greenhouse during the winter months.

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Plans began in the spring after extensive tilling and weeding in preparation for the planting. Help came from various people some from the church and from non church members. The first challenge was the design, then the incredibly hot sun and no rain, and the lack of plant material. All was solved with a watering hand from Father Larry, rain from the sky from another Father, an artist friend and the Kitchener Horticultural Society who supplied their left over plants.
It originally looked like organized chaos to most parishioners since they had no idea what was happening. It took a while to develop, but it gradually took shape and became an inspiring display of our parish logo.

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I would like to thank all who helped with the garden as well as the compliments from the fellow parishioners.

Gardeners: Huguette Meinzinger, Pauline Merling, Jim Kinzie, Rosemary Poechman, Bernie White, Rosie Gunn, Eileen Lobsinger, Theresa, Father Larry and me ( Maryanne Weiler )007 (6)