All posts by Keri Smith

ADVENT BIBLE STUDIES WITH FR. PAUL

You are invited to join us this Advent for Bible Studies on the Infancy Narratives of Jesus facilitated by Fr. Paul Jamroz. The meeting consists of three sessions. Each session includes group discussion, a lecture, and teaching video.  Cost for the study guide is $10 and (optional commentary costs $9). The goal of these lectures is to help us in our spiritual preparation for Christmas. The sessions will take place on Mondays at 7.30 PM (after the evening Mass).

The First session begins on December 3, 2018 (the following sessions December 10th and 17th). Signup and study guide will be at the back of the church.

For more information, please contact our secretary Mrs Keri Smith at 519 742-5061 or office@blessed-sacrament.ca

 

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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

November 19, 2018

Monday 7:00 p.m.   + Joanne Sylvestre – Kate & Paul McKeand
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.
 + Antonio Teixeira & Imperatriz  Neves – Coralia Nogueira
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.
 + Frank Duff
Thursday 9:00 a.m.  + Augusto Neves  – Lurdes Abrantes
Friday 9:00 a.m.

+ Helen & Alois Schliemer – Gunn Family
+  Joe Drgastin – Ivan & Ana Drgastin
+  Patricia Marilynne Laurette – Irene Rucetta & Patty Missere & Families
+ Margaret ‘Patty” Ryan – Maureen Kircan
+ Doris McMahon Runchey – Family
+ Lawrence Dumouchelle – Dianne Hibbs
+ Ines Lima & Maria Pacheco– Maria & Joe Tavares
Saturday Ayr 5:00 p.m
.  + Fil Coughlin – Juliette  & Dermot Coughlin
7:00 p.m.  + Ann Marie O’Neil – Jim & Sharon Dreher
Sunday    8:15 a.m.
For the People
10:00 a.m.  + Pauline Diebel – Connie Voll
11:45 a.m. +  Antonio DaGraca, Augusto Neves & Jose Alberto Neves – Roger & Anne Neves & 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.

Join the “Call for Conscience” in the Hamilton Diocese

The Government of Canada passed legislation in June 2016, legalizing euthanasia/assisted suicide. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is forcing health care workers to participate in ending the lives of their patients. The Diocese of Hamilton wants to protect the rights of all healthcare workers. Visit www.CanadiansforConscience.ca to learn more, write a letter (samples available at the back of the Church or on their website, or click the link below) to your Provincial Member of Parliament and consider adding your e-mail address to the Conscience Coalitions network to receive future information. We all need to join the “Call for Conscience” taking place between February 6 and March 31st.

Click here to see/download a sample letter.

DIOCESAN WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS – December 2018

The Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation (CWLF) is accepting applications for 2019 Leadership Program for Canadian Catholic women. The Program will be facilitated by the Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality, Saint Paul University, Ottawa. For more information about CWLF, the Leadership Program and to complete an application form visit www.cwlfcanada.ca.

Healing Mass for Those Mourning the Loss of a Child – Bishop Crosby will be the celebrant of a healing Mass for those who have lost a child, at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 at 4 pm. Registration is preferred, but not necessary. Please call Lena at 905-528-7988 ext. 2249, or register on-line at www.hamiltondiocese.com.

 

Coping with the Holidays…when you have lost a loved one – Join the Family Ministry Office for an afternoon of reflection and for strategies for coping throughout Christmas. The session will be facilitated by Dr. Wendy Hofman and is being held at Chancery Office, 700 King St. W, Hamilton. The session will take place on Sunday, December 2nd from 1:30 – 3:00 pm. The event is FREE of charge. Call to reserve a seat 905-528-7988 ext. 2249.  (If you haven’t registered prior to the event you are still welcome to attend.)

 

Friday Night Support Group for Persons Separated or Divorced 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. NO COST.

 

Healing After an Abortion: It Is Possible – At Project Rachel we offer a confidential service allowing people to work through their feelings and find hope and healing.  Contact us at 905-526-1999 or toll free at 1-888-385-3850.

 

Seeking the Sacred: The Soul’s Slow Ripening – A Senior Adult Workshop Series taking place on 7 Tuesday afternoons, starting Jan. 29 2019 1:30- 3:30pm at the Chancery Office in Hamilton. This 7 part workshop/study session will explore twelve unique Celtic-Christian spiritual practices. These 12 practices are intended to give practical ways for us to deepen our relationship with God and all of creation. This course will be facilitated by Sister Mary Heather MacKinnon SSND. The cost will be $35, which includes the text. Please register by Jan. 25 2019. For further information please contact 905-52807988 ext. 2238 or check the website, www.hamiltondiocese.com

 

Advent Hymn Festival – The Hamilton Diocesan Choir will present an Advent Hymn Festival at St. Augustine Church, 58 Sydenham Street, Dundas, on Sunday December 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Join us for this joyous evening to celebrate the Advent season, and to hear and sing along with some of your favourite Advent hymns.  All are welcome!  A reception with refreshments will follow in the Church Hall and there will be the opportunity to get an up and close and personal view of The Saint John’s Bible during the event.

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.

SVDP THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul wishes to express sincerest thanks to all who have donated towards the Thanksgiving Food Drive: parishioners, schools, and benefactors. We appreciate that all still recognize that the need is still great. If you have forgotten to bring your food donation, you may still bring it and place it in the lobby.

Our busy bees at work!!