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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 equip 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!  We meet on Saturday mornings at 7 am 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



Registration forms for this year’s Golf Tournament are now available at the back of the church or can be downloaded from the Parish website. The event will be on Saturday, September 21, and with an 8 am shotgun start. The cost is $80 and this includes the green fee, golf cart and buffet lunch.  Players of all ages and levels are encouraged to come out for this fun event.  Completed registration forms are to be submitted along with the fee to the Parish Office.  The cutoff for registration is August 31.   For more information contact Ian Mendes at 289-253-9592.



August 19, 2019

Monday            7:00 p.m.       John & Joanna Vander Velden & Peter Kaufmann
– Anne Marie Worth
Tuesday           9:00 a.m.        Joseph Dao & Maria Nguyen – Family
Wednesday      9:00 a.m.      
   Int. for Marilyn Noel – Gail Lloyd
Thursday         9:00 a.m.
         Int. for Father Martin Valleley – Friends
Friday              9:00 a.m.
Martiniano Atienza – Family
Al & Marion Carisse – Gail Lloyd
Fernand Delisle – Family
Jeremy Coulas – Gerald & Doreen Yarascavitch
Erwin Preiditsch – Pauline Evoy
Brian Prigmore – Roy & Janet Smith
Saturday Ayr – 5:00 p.m.     Nicholas Atkins – Theresa & Tilman Gallant

                          7:00 p.m.       Dianne Brohman – Mintz Family
Sunday             8:15 a.m.          Int for Celza Bonilla – Catherine MacKid
10:00 a.m.      Stephen Strauss Jr. – Manfred & Cathy Lamers
11:45 a.m.        For the people

August 26, 2019

Monday            7:00 p.m.          Int. for Isabella Borowiec – Mon & Dad
Tuesday           9:00 a.m.          Int. for Anne & Neil Reitzel – Pat & Bill Jeffrey
Winston Park Mass             
Dee Guthrie – Joann Koehler
Wednesday      9:00 a.m.      
Robert Bear
Thursday         9:00 a.m.
         Int. for Alfred Norte – Family
Friday              9:00 a.m.
Nada Perko – Vesna Debus
Bob Gatchene – Gail Lloyd
Annie Yeoman – SVDP Members
Janet Palmer – Lucille Gaskin
Vincent Morrison – Anna Mudry

Saturday Ayr – 5:00 p.m.     Nicholas Atkins – Margaret & Joe Boland & Family

                          7:00 p.m.       Alfredo Nogueira
Sunday             8:15 a.m.        Sr. Virginia Hanlon – Maureen Kirvan
10:00 a.m.        For the People
11:45 a.m.      Ismael Herrera – Family


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.


Stress in Your Marriage? – Are you feeling bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in your marriage? Are you wondering how to change the situation, or how to communicate with your spouse about it? Retrouvaille is a program designed to help with any problem in a marriage – large or small. Retrouvaille can help- our next weekend program is being held October 25, 2019. For confidential information about the program, or to register please call 905-664-5212 or email: or visit the web site at


Feeling the need for support, healing and/or hope after a separation or divorce?

The Diocesan Levels Programs let you start this new journey with support and tools to remain healthy. LEARNING TO COPE (Level 1) starts Tuesday, September 24 (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm), at the Chancery Office, 700 King St. W, Hamilton and runs for ten weeks. For more information or to register, contact the Family Ministry Office at (905) 528-7988, ext. 2249, or register on line at Cost: $35, but no one is turned away. Past participants are welcome to inquire about further Levels programs (Level 2, 3 & 4).

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 in Kitchener and Hamilton as follows: In Kitchener: At St. Mark’s Parish, 55 Driftwood Drive, Kitchener Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. Sept. 24 – Nov. 26, 2019 (519-571-9200)
In Hamilton:  At the Diocesan Chancery Office, 700 King ST. W., HamiltonThursday evenings from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Sept. 19 – Nov. 28,

Cost is $45.00. For information or to register call (905) 528-7988 ext. 2249 or vist


Parenting Tip 115

September brings cooler weather, shorter days and a reestablishment of order as school and fall programs begin. It’s a perfect time to examine the busy schedule(s) and discern if you are spending enough quality time as a family. Are you eating together, praying together, spending time playing together and yes, even cleaning together? Nothing will have a greater impact on a young developing mind and body than spending time with the people they depend on and love the most, their family. Make it priority number one and fill the schedule in around established family time, not vice versa!


Marriage Tip 95

September brings with it the joy of gathering the harvest from plants we have nurtured from the time of their planting. Well looked after plants provide us with food and/or beauty because of the time we have spent watering, feeding, weeding and protecting them. Marriage is like a garden in this respect – the more we nurture our marriage the stronger our love for each other grows. Like a garden we have to feed and water our marriages by spending couple time together, by talking about small and big moments and feelings, by complimenting, helping and protecting our relationship. The harvest of this nurturing is beautiful love that lasts.


Healing After an Abortion: It Is Possible

Caring hearts are available to help you deal with the difficult feelings that often come after an abortion.  At Project Rachel we offer a confidential service allowing 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.



Hope Comes Home Conference: The National Youth Ministry Conference is being hosted Friday February 21st-Sunday February 23rd, 2020 in Hamilton. Registration is now open! Through keynote addresses, workshops and prayerful collaboration with one another, we look forward to unpacking the fruits of the Synod, and finding ways of applying the Apostolic Exhortation- Christus Vivit into day-to-day ministerial and parish life.  Saturday evening Mass will be celebrate with His Eminence Cardinal Gerald La Croix, Primate of Canada, and one of the Synod Fathers for the Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment. For more information and to register, please visit If you have any questions please contact Nicole Vaughan, Youth Ministry Coordinator or 905-528-7988 ext.2245.

The annual youth ministers retreat will be taking place at Mount Mary Retreat Center, Ancaster, from September 20-22, 2019. We invite all paid, and volunteer Youth Ministers to join us for a weekend of fellowship and retreat before their pastoral year begins. To register visit If you have any questions or concerns please contact Christina Mines or (905) 528-7988 ext. 2239.

The Annual General Meeting for Youth Ministry will be taking place at Mount Mary Retreat Center on Sunday September 22, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00pm The Office of Youth Ministry invites anyone involved in Parish Ministry with young people to join us for our annual general meeting.  We look forward to sharing important updates pertaining to youth ministry in the Diocese of Hamilton, updated resources and calendar planning with all of you for the 2020-2021 pastoral year. If you would like to participate in the AGM we kindly ask that you RSVP here: or email Nicole Vaughan at

Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies. There are still spaces available for the September start in the online certificate program for Youth Ministry Studies, offered in partnership between the Diocese of Hamilton and Dayton University. We invite anyone working in ministry with youth who is looking for a current and comprehensive learning opportunity to join the September cohort.  Participants will learn and pray alongside other youth ministers and from across the Diocese of Hamilton. For more information about the Certificate studies or auditing courses please visit or contact Christina Mines at

Annual Multicultural Mass: His Excellency, Bishop Crosby, will preside at the Multicultural Mass on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, Hamilton. Representatives of the National Parishes of the Diocese will participate in the liturgy, with a social reception to follow. All are welcome!


To be informed about upcoming workshops and events in the Diocese, be sure to sign up for our Diocesan Newsletter available on-line at  You will receive up-to-date information regularly.


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)