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A GREAT FAMILY DAY AFTERNOON ACTIVITY AT THE CHURCH

Monday February 18 starting at 1:30 pm and going until 4 pm

A kit to build a small-scale organ will be here at Blessed Sacrament Church for us to put together and learn some things about organs in general and the one in our church in particular. Designed for groups of children to do but fun for curious people of any age. Information from David Hall and website OrgelkidsCan.ca

BLESSED SACRAMENT MINISTRY TO MEN

Blessed Sacrament’s Ministry to Men is excited about the planned activities and the impact that we can have on our families and church as Christian men! Every man in our church is a part of our Ministry to Men. Our goal is to equipment men for the battle that is being fought against Christ-centered families. Too often men face these challenges alone, but men perform best in the company of other like-minded men! This spring we will spear-head the “New Evangelization Summit” at our church. In preparation, we are focusing on equipping men for spiritual leadership and discipleship. We meet Saturday mornings at 7am in the church music room. You are always welcome. Questions?
Contact the Parish.

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

February 11, 2019

Monday 7:00 p.m. Int for Emerita Kasstan – Mary Effinger
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.  Costa & Pinto Family – Manuel & Otilia Pinto
Westmount N.H  Darren Grandy  – Jim & Kathi Jankura
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.
Int for Gerry & Marie Kinzie – Jim Kinzie
Thursday 9:00 a.m.  Maria Natoli – Tonia Capotorto
Friday 9:00 a.m.
Pauline Schagena – Maureen Kirvan
Dana Woito – Carol Zettel & Doug Thiel
Anne Marie Galloway – Lynda Muss
Seamus Doherty – Ansberth Bradley
Erwin Preiditsch – Ted & Marilyn Koehler
Saturday Ayr 5:00 p.m
. For the People
7:00 p.m.  Nicolau Silva – Family
Sunday 8:15 a.m
. Int for Tessy Alex – Mom & Dad
10:00 a.m.  Aundrie Thomson  – Yvonne Thompson
11:45 a.m.  Ely Baldonado – Family

February 18, 2019

Monday 7:00 p.m.  Antonio Perria – Family
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.  Mae Runstedler – Voll Family
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.
 Joseph Dao & Anna Pham – Family
Thursday 9:00 a.m.  Ana Krajac – Dora & Ivan Svazic
Friday 9:00 a.m.
Louie Debus – Vesna Debus
Bill, Jean & Sr. Irene Bogue – Yvonne Kowalchuk
Sharon Elizabeth Smith – Norm & Pat Damaren
Graham Weber – Grads of 1956
Shirley Ann Flesher – Sharon & James Dreher  
Saturday Ayr 5:00 p.m
. For the People
7:00 p.m.  Ida Philp – Susan & Jim Philp
Sunday 8:15 a.m
. Patricia Pearce – Alannah & Gerry LeJeune
10:00 a.m.  Norma DaCosta – Members of  SVDP
11:45 a.m.  David Pinheiro – Antony Pinheiro & 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.

DIOCESAN WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS – March 2019

Youth Rally Registration is OPEN!  The 2019 Youth Rally will take place on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener.  This year’s theme, “According to Your Word” will challenge and engage youth in grades 7-12 in a day of Encounter and Prayerful Experience with all seven volumes of the Saint John’s Bible, Heritage Edition. The day will consist of Keynote addresses, encounter experiences, Mass with His Excellency Bishop Crosby and so much more!  For more information about the day and the full schedule of the day, please visit http://www.hamiltondiocese.com/youthrally.  To register please contact the parish office.

Diocesan Youth Ministry Training Days: Registration for the annual Youth Ministry Training Days is now open to all Parish Youth Ministers and Ministry Volunteer Teams.  These days of retreat and professional development for youth ministry leaders are not to be missed!  For more information and to register please visit: bit.ly/youthtrainingday

The Spirit of the Synod:  The Office of Youth Ministry is happy to announce its’ Spring Workshop for Youth Ministers, Chaplaincy Leaders and/or anyone involved in ministry with youth.  “The Spirit of the Synod” will welcome presenter, Father Con O’Mahony, Vicar of Education to help unpack the work of the Synod Fathers at the 2018 Synod on Youth, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.  Come and join us for this engaging presentation and opportunity to collaborate as school and parish ministry partners.  To register please visit: bit.ly/spiritofthesynod

Parenting Tip 110 – Adults have experienced the growth and ultimate explosion of the internet/social media world, but for children it is the world in which they have grown. While it contributes to learning, we cannot be oblivious to its real dangers. Experts agree that most children have their first view of pornography between the ages of 8 and 11 yrs. of age; they usually stumble on it by accident on the internet. It is recommend that, in order to protect them, children under the age of 16 should not have unsupervised access to the internet – this includes on any computer, tablet, phone, TV, or gaming system. Being naïve about what your children are seeing will hurt them, so protect them. Talk about what is good and what is not and why. Give them the tools they need so that they will not be negatively impacted by the media world.  (Family Ministry Office, 905-528-7988 ext. 2250)

 

Marriage Tip 90 – Time may be one of the most difficult entities to manage! Quality and quantity matter when it comes to any relationship, including marriage. The more time a couple spend together, in close physical proximity, the better the levels of intimacy they share. Plan time together, just the two of you, whether it be an early or late night coffee without the kids, dinner out, or some time away, being together matters! So, take the time to spend time together and you will reap the benefits. ( Family Ministry Office, 905-528-7988 ext. 2250)

Grief Relief – Has someone you cared about died? Are you grieving the loss of the person’s presence in your life? Are you wondering if these feelings are normal? You are not alone! “Grief Relief” – is a six week educational and support series dealing with grief, offered on Wednesdays, April 24 to May 29th at the Chancery Office, Hamilton, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Facilitator: Karen Hulley, RP. Cost is $35. You are free to attend all sessions, or any one or more as you are able. To register call the Family Ministry Office: 905-528-7988 ext. 2249, or go to www.hamiltondiocese.com.

 

Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass June 9, 2019 – Are you celebrating your 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, or 60+ Wedding Anniversary in the year 2019?  If you are, you are cordially invited to join couples from across the Diocese of Hamilton for a Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King at 1:30 pm. (Space allows room for Anniversary couples only – those married 60 years or more may bring 1 guest if you require assistance). Please refer to the poster in the church for information on how to register for the celebration, or go to www.hamiltondiocese.com.

 

Are You Separated and/or Divorced? – Has a separation or divorce caused you to feel upset, or like you are on a roller coaster? Would you like to minimize the impact on yourself and feel stronger? LEARNING TO COPE (Level 1) is a ten week support program offered in both Hamilton and Kitchener starting Tuesday, March 19 and running from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. The locations are as follows:

In Hamilton:  At the Diocesan Chancery Office, 700 King St. W, Hamilton

            In Kitchener: St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 49 Blueridge Avenue, Kitchener

                                    (Corner of Queen & Westmount Rd) 519-745-7301

For more information, please contact the Family Ministry Office at (905) 528-7988, ext. 2249. Cost: $35. Have you already completed level 1, 2 or 3? Join the next level and continue the journey toward healing. Find out more on line at:  www.hamiltondiocese.com under Upcoming Events.

 

Stress in Your Marriage? – Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, frustrated or angry in their marriage. This program has helped countless couples experiencing marital difficulty. For confidential information about or to register for the program beginning with a weekend on March 15, 2019, call 905-664-5212 or email hamiltonretrouvaille1@cogeco.ca or visit the website at www.retrouvaille.org.

 

Healthy Relationships Share Common Skills – Come and Learn More! “Keys to Loving Relationships” is a ten week video-based program that all people (married, dating, or single) can use to develop the skills needed to have a truly meaningful relationship with a spouse, family member or friend.  Learn how to become a better “me” in all your relationships! The program is offered at the Diocesan Chancery Office, 700 King ST. W., Hamilton, Thursday evenings from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. March 21 – May 30, 2019  The cost is $45.00. For more information or to register, please call the Family Ministry Office at (905) 528-7988 ext. 2249 or register at: www.hamiltondiocese.com  under the start date below Upcoming Events.

 

Friday Night Support Group for Persons Separated or Divorced – Would it help you to have people around you to understand what you’re going through? Would you like to hear some ideas that will encourage you and help you to develop new ways of coping with the stresses in your life?   The Hamilton Diocesan Support Group meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month and they can help!  No need to register just come and join us at the Chancery Office at 700 King St. West, Hamilton from 7 – 9 p.m. For more information call the Family Ministry Office at 905-528-7988 ext. 2249. There is NO COST, but great learning, caring and support!

There is Hope after an Abortion – Are you struggling with an abortion decision – either your own, or someone else’s? Do you feel alone, emotional, or angry? Project Rachel is a ministry of healing for any person suffering pain or problems from an abortion experience. This confidential service allows people to work through their feelings and find hope and healing. Please contact us at 905-526-1999 or toll free at 1-888-385-3850.