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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 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


October 2022 

SAVE THE DATE! The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis is delighted to welcome Mr. David Wells to speak to the Diocesan public on Tuesday, November 08, 2022 at 7:00 pm at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton.  Hailing from the United Kingdom, David is a world-renowned catechist, educator and minister that speaks from the heart with enthusiasm and great love for the Church.  David will be sharing with us his wisdom on the Church as the place of radical hospitality in a post-pandemic world.  More details will be available in the coming weeks. 

DID YOU KNOW…? Children in our Parishes benefit from the Catechetical Correspondence Program each year for ongoing religious education and preparation for the Sacraments.  We need volunteers to support the program!  If you are willing to accompany these children in their learning journey, please reach out to the Office for Evangelization and Catechesis at learn more about the Catechetical Correspondence Program, please visit: 

WYD 2023 – There are limited spots available to any young people aged 18-35 who wish to participate in the Diocesan pilgrimage to Lisbon, Portugal for World Youth Day 2023.  World Youth Day is a life-changing opportunity that gathers young Catholics from all around the world together with the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for days of prayer and celebration.  More information about this pilgrimage opportunity and registration can be found at 

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE – CARITAS CANADA, the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada, is celebrating 55 years of solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Global South! Join in the celebration on Thursday, October 13, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm on Zoom. We will share highlights from the past 55 years, updates on our current campaign, and an invitation to join the future of this faith-led movement for justice. Click here to register! 

THE BISHOP FARRELL LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES is excited to announce that in-person programming with The Saint John’s Bible is back! If you are interested in having The Saint John’s Bible visit your parish or school, visit our website for programming information and booking details. Virtual and hybrid programming available, too!  

PARENTING TIP OF THE MONTH – Parenting Tip 143 – When faith is important to parents they sometimes worry that their children may drift away from the faith, as they get older. But there is important research that tells us there are ways to help our children to stay connected: 1. Demonstrate a strong faith yourself; 2. Live out the Gospel values in all you do; 3. Read the Bible as a family (and adding discussions about what you read helps too!). It may seem too simplistic, but it can and does work. The reward for your children will be the confidence they feel in knowing that they have a God who is always with them, guiding all they do. From: Family Ministry Office: 905-528-7988 ext. 2250.  

MARRIAGE TIP OF THE MONTH – Marriage Tip 123 – In October we celebrate Thanksgiving, a time to reflect on and be grateful for the bountiful harvest that provides us food for our journey and for the many other blessings in our lives. It is a perfect time to sit down as a couple and reflect on the “harvest” of your own marriage. What has fed you and helped you grow? What relationships have enriched your lives together? How have you grown as a couple? Are there things you need to do so that next year the “harvest” will be even more plentiful? When we are thankful for something we treat it with love and care and so it flourishes – try it and see! From: Family Ministry Office, 905-528-7988 ext. 2250. 

COME AND SEE THE EUCHARISTIC MIRACLES OF THE WORLD EXHIBIT at St. John the Baptist Parish, Victoria Road North, Guelph, until October 24, 2022 Please join us as we host the Vatican approved Eucharistic Miracles of the World Exhibit. The exhibit, which was designed and created by Blessed Carlo Acutis, features panels that each tell the story of a Eucharistic miracle and allow you to “virtually visit” the places where the miracles took place. PHONE: 519-824-7311. WEB:  

JOIN US IN CELEBRATION AS WE UNVEIL OUR NEW RESTART (FORMALLY LEVELS) PROGRAMS – You are invited to our Wine and Cheese evening as we unveil the two new programs being rolled out to offer support, education and fun for separated/divorced individuals.  Enjoy a fun evening, meet our facilitators and learn about our 10 week program and our ongoing support program, both of which will be offered both in person or on line. Bring a friend, or come on your own, to learn more. The event will be held at the Chancery Office (700 King St. West in Hamilton) on Friday, October 14th from 7-9 p.m. Call Sarah at 905-528-79088 ext. 2249  

or e-mail to register. See you there! 

MARRIAGE SUPPORTYour marriage does not have to feel like it is more trouble than joy, that it feels stagnant or disconnected and/or that it is causing you constant stress.  The solution is Retrouvaille – a program for married couples facing difficult challenges in their relationship.  Retrouvaille has one purpose: to help couples restore their marriage and rebuild a loving relationship.  This is a practical program, where sharing is not required except between the couple themselves, designed to improve communication, build stronger marriages, and help couples reconnect. It also works well for couples who may be considering separation or divorce.  The next Retrouvaille weekend is Oct. 21-23.  For more information call 905-664-5212 or email

GRIEF RELIEF – Has someone you cared about died? Are you grieving the loss of the person’s presence in your life? 

Are you looking for relief from the feelings associated with the loss of this loved one? Are you wondering if your feelings are normal? You are not alone! The Diocese of Hamilton has grief programs to help. Find out more on the Diocesan website at, or call Teresa at 905-528-7988 ext. 2250. We have programs running in both Waterloo and Hamilton this fall. 

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, to find hope and healing. Please contact us at 905-526-1999 or toll free at 1-888-385-3850. 

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



September 26, 2022

Monday 7:00 p.m.  +Adelaide Alves – Maria L. Pereira
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. Int. Ryan & Keri Smith – Boys
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. Int. Sugar Norte – Boyet Norte
Thursday 9:00 a.m.  +David & Manfred Kruse – Family
Friday 9:00 a.m.
   +Mathew Kulathumkal – Modoor Family
   +Mary Bahjat & Salim Nayef – Family
   +John Zunic – Tone & Iva Kastelic
   +Basline Varma – Family
Souls in Purgatory
Int. Renata Patla – Freiburger Family
Saturday Ayr 5:00 p.m.  +Diane Baltaz – Theresa St Peter
7:00 p.m.
 +Augusto & Jose Neves – Lucia Neves
Sunday    8:15 a.m.
 +Doug Farwell – Suzanne Philp
              10:00 a.m.  +Brian Araujo – Family
              11:45 a.m. For the People

October 3, 2022

Monday 7:00 p.m.  +Mr. Willy van Gent – Joscelyne van Gent
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. Int. of Helen McGeehan – Family
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.  +Daniel William Smith – Pat & Cathy Walsh
Thursday 9:00 a.m. + Joe Tavares – Family
Friday 9:00 a.m.
  +Ananias Gloria Sr. & Ananias Gloria Jr. – Baldonado Family
  +Margarida Hilario – Teresa Arruda
  +Herbert Odi – Family
  +Joanne Koehler – Smith Family
  +Marta Lisy – Gus Magnus
  In Thanksgiving for Prayer – Dora & Ivan Svazic
Saturday Ayr 5:00 p.m. + Edwarda Baltaz – Diane Perrin
7:00 p.m.
For the People
Sunday    8:15 a.m.
 +Paul Pfeifer – Steve & Monika Bondy
              10:00 a.m. Int. of the Bajac Family – Marko & Irene Bajac
              11:45 a.m.  +Maria & Stefan Wojda – Gene & Marj Zaniewski


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.


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.


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).

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)



The 40th Anniversary Parish Picnic was held  Sunday, June 11th in the school fields across from the church parking lot, under hot and sunny skies.  From what was seen and heard, the event was a tremendous success and was truly a display of Blessed Sacrament’s “communion and community” in and around our neighborhood.  That is something all you parishioners should be proud of.  While we did not take an official count, 330 signed up for the picnic and the actual attendance was close to this number.  The weather was perfect, the food delicious, and the spirit was high.  The Lord was truly with us this day.  Thanks to all of you who brought a pot luck dessert.  My will power lost that afternoon.  I want to take this time to thank all those that helped out in any way, large or small; before, during or after.  Your willingness to lend a hand made things go so smoothly and made the entire afternoon so much more fun.  While there are many people that helped make the picnic a great success, I want to single out a few individuals.

1) The Parish Picnic Committee made up of Angie Glencross, Cristina Aquilina, and Patti Schumacher.  Thanks for your tremendous organizing efforts, suggestions, and hard work.

2) Fr. Tom Vermiglio (and his crew) from St. Joseph’s parish in Kitchener, for roasting and preparing the pulled pork.  It was so delicious and Fr. Tom’s presence was especially welcomed.

3) Tim Borys of The Lancaster Smokehouse for providing the additional smoked pork, the scalloped potatoes, coleslaw and cornbread.  Again, it was so good, I couldn’t take just one.

4) Fr. Larry, for your 100% support and involvement of the picnic, your enthusiasm for our parish community, and your bright blue shirt that made it easier for the water balloons to find.  The kids love you.


In closing, thanks again to everyone for coming our and helping us celebrate community.  This year’s picnic was such a success that we have already booked next year’s picnic for Sunday, June 24th, 2018.  It will be held at the Waterloo Regional Police Association and Recreation Centre just outside of Roseville.  Mark the date and prepare to have fun.  We hope to see you there again.


Matt Schumacher