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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. Last year, over 122 hampers which included 170 children were distributed to families within our parish area. Each child received at least two toys. The toys contributed from our Parish and Schools were fundamental to our overall success.

Our society faces a dilemma every year for those children ages 7 to 15. Most gifts are for the smaller children. To help us meet the needs in this age group, we would suggest:
•           Gift cards from Walmart, Movie Theatres and Local Malls are extremely useful.

Please write the amount on the card.

  • No Computer electronics. We do not know what the family has in regards to computers and games. If any item requires batteries, could you also supply them with the item.
  • We prefer no clothes for children. We are not aware of the sizes of the children.
  • Please DON’T wrap the gifts as we send the gifts unwrapped with the hampers and let the parents see the gifts and if they are appropriate for the child.

We will be collecting items in our box at the back of the church. Gift card can be dropped off in the office from November 14 – December 12

Thank you for your support. God Bless

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 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

 

MASS INTENTIONS

ANNOUNCED MASSES FOR WEEK OF

November 11, 2019

Monday 7:00 p.m.  Antero Correia, Adelino & Maria
                                                  Santos – Maria Correia
                       Della Schlatman – Bob & Myrna Kuehl
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.  Michael & Mary Havran
                                                              – Anna Mudry
Westmount N. Home  Margaret Ryan – David Hall
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.  Dec’d Mombers of the Bajac
                                        Family – Marko & Irene Bajac
Thursday 9:00 a.m.  Antonio A. Teixeira &
                            Imperatriz Neves – Coralina Nogueira
Friday 9:00 a.m.
   Antonio Veloso – Daughter
   Giuse Nguyen Hein – Family
   Marlene & Erwin Preiditsch – Family
   Joey Zunic – J. Zunic Family
Saturday
Ayr 5:00 p.m.
 Oliva & Bill Dietrich – Wayne &
                                                            Leona Henhoeffer
7:00 p.m.
 Eugenio Luicbello – Luisa Luicbello
Sunday 8:15 a.m.
For the People
          10:00 a.m.  Kenneth Hannusch, Lorne & Helen Brenner – Marilyn Hannusch & Mary Ann Brenner
          11:45 a.m. Int. for Mariana Mocanu – Husband

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

Relics of Saint Francois de Laval

On the Feast of Christ the King (November 24, 2019) the Cathedral Basilica will host the relic of Saint Francois de Laval – the first Bishop of Quebec (and indeed of Canada).  There will be an opportunity to venerate the relic at each of the Masses on that weekend.  The current Archbishop of Quebec, and the Primate of Canada, His Eminence Cardinal Lacroix will preach at all Masses on the weekend.  All are welcome!

 

Have you experienced the death of a child at any time in your life, including before birth or a still birth? Come to the Healing Mass for Those Mourning the Loss of a Child – the Mass will be the celebrated on the First Sunday of Advent as a way of providing some healing, as we know the feelings of loss are often more profound during the Christmas season. Join us on Sunday, December 1st at the 4 P.M. Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. The Mass is intended for parents, grandparents and other family members who have been impacted by such a loss. Registration is preferred, but not necessary, as it will assist us in knowing how many spaces to reserve and to ensure we have enough of the small memento each family will receive. To register please call Lena at 905-528-7988 ext. 2249, or register on-line at www.hamiltondiocese.com. God is close to those who mourn, come and experience His healing presence.

 

Pathways to Growth: Focusing on Healing After Separation and Divorce – Difficult times can be challenging for everyone, but they can also provide us with opportunities to grow and find new supports. Are you separated or divorced? Has life thrown a curve ball at you that you never expected? Are you feeling challenged in your everyday living? Join us on Tuesday, November 5 from 7 -9 p.m. at St. Michael Parish, 80 University Ave. West in Waterloo, where you will learn pathways to growth during this time. All are welcome to join in the evening event and then provide input as to whether you would like to have an ongoing support group available moving forward. For more information contact the presenters: Mrs. Teresa Hartnett (905-528-7988 ext. 2250) or Dr. Wendy Hofman (905-528-7988 ext. 2241). Healing is possible – join us!

 

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!

 Coping with the Holidays…When you have Lost a Loved One – Join us for an afternoon of reflection and strategies for coping at Christmas, facilitated by Dr. Wendy Hofman. The session is being held at the Diocesan Chancery Office, 700 King St. W, in Hamilton on Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm.  The event is FREE of charge. Please call to reserve a seat 905-528-7988 ext. 2249

 Parenting Tip of the Month

The Bible has so many wonderful messages for us, but an excellent example for families is in the Creation Story where we hear that on the seventh day God rested. When do we rest in the family? Do our children see the family as a priority because we make it one, or is family time squeezed in between work, school, sports and/or other activities? These are all wonderful portions of our lives, but when we don’t take time to rest and just “be” family, the toll can impact all of us. Teach your children the value of family by making it a priority. God talks to us through the Bible -perhaps he wants you to have the seventh day for rest too?!

 

Marriage Tip of the Month

Touch is important to every human, but when life is busy we can forget its value.  A quick kiss, a touch of the arm or back, a quick or long back scratch are just a few ways that spouses can remain close to each other. Each touch bonds us together and touching when intimacy is not part of the exchange means so much more: it says I love you, you are important and I need you. So hold hands, sit close on the couch and find little and big ways to touch. It will have a profound impact on your connectedness!

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.

Grief Workshop: What to Say When Lost for Words… Grief is a multi-faceted response to the loss of someone close to us. People experience all kinds of difficult and surprising emotions, some of which are hard to control in the initial stages of grief. How can we best support them? Join us for a workshop with Dr. Bill Webster, International Grief Trainer and Counsellor, who will help you to understand the reason behind reactions that grieving people exhibit and provide practical communication skills to assist in the early stages of grief. The workshop is being held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King (714 King St. West. Hamilton) from 1:30-4:00 P.M. Cost is $15 per person. For more information check on the website at https://hamiltondiocese.com/offices/family-ministry/grief-support/training, or call at 905-528-7988 ext. 2250.

Spirit of the Synod

The Spirit of the Synod professional development opportunity will be hosted on November 7th from 1:00-3:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Parish in Oakville. Pastors, youth ministers, youth ministry volunteers, chaplaincy leaders, and educators are invited to gather together for a professional development and reflection opportunity. With Fr. Con O’Mahony we will unpack the graces that have come from the Apostolic Exhortation: Christus Vivit and the Synod on Youth, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. Together we will reflect on the necessity of authentic relational ministry and accompaniment in our Parishes and schools. To RSVP visit: http://bit.ly/ymresources. For more information contact nmccowell@hamiltondiocese.com or 905-528-7988 ext. 2245.

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)