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St. Vincent de Paul – North of 60

Food prices in communities north of the 60th parallel can be exorbitant and further enshrine communities in poverty, which is a major concern in the north. Over the years, as part of its mission, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP) has developed an innovative approach of:

  • reaching out and establishing contacts in remote communities north of the 60th parallel;
  • identifying their needs;
  • gathering non-perishables and other day-to-day household supplies and other articles required;
  • arranging sea containers to deliver these gathered products.

Blessed Sacrament Parish SVdP is looking to help by collecting:

Flour, Sugar and Tea, Oh my!

We are looking for:

2.5kg Bags of Five Roses or Robin Hood Flour

2kg Redpath Sugar; and

72 pack of Red Rose or Tetley Tea.

Items should be brought back to Blessed Sacrament Church no later than May 5th. On behalf of Baker Lake Nunavut, Thank you!

WE ARE 1/3 OF THE WAY THERE!!! Keep up the great work!


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



April 15, 2019

Monday 7:00 p.m. No Mass
Tuesday 9:00 a.m
. Benjamin van Galen  – van Galen Family
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.  Antonio Perria – Wife
Holy Thursday 7:00 p.m. Mass of the Last Supper

Good Friday     11:30 a.m. – Solemn Liturgy

3:00 p.m.  -Solemn Liturgy
7:00 p.m. – Stations of the Cross

Easter Vigil – Saturday 8:00 p.m. – Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday – 8:15 a.m.

                           10:00 a.m.

                            11:45 a.m.


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.


PARENTING TIP OF THE MONTH: Parenting Tip 111 – April ushers in spring with its new growth and warmth and this year the celebration of Easter. Easter reminds each of us of God’s infinite love, that after suffering comes the joy of the Resurrection and that God will never abandon His people. Help your children understand that Easter is so much more than the Easter Bunny; it is our moment of Salvation. God can be a constant stabilizing force in your children’s lives if they learn to rely on him, so teach them how to pray, how to talk to God and how to embrace the gift of faith we celebrate this Easter.


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

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, join couples from across the Diocese of Hamilton for a 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 back of the church for information on how to register for the celebration, or go to

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?  This Support Group meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. 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 905-528-7988 ext. 2249. There is NO COST.

Struggling from an Abortion Experience – There is Help – 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.

Are you Getting Married?  The Diocese of Hamilton offers three education options for those marrying: Marriage Preparation, Catholic Engaged Encounter, or Remarriage (where one or both people have been previously married). Find out more about these options on the Diocesan website at The first step after engagement is to meet with your parish priest; then book one of the marriage preparation options. Book your course early to avoid issues finding a date that works for you.


Fighting poverty is big business.  But who profits the most? Join us March 19th at 7:30pm at St. Michael’s Church, 80 University Avenue West, Waterloo, for the screening of the film Poverty Inc. Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore. For more information visit:


Join us for a special screening of the film Pope Francis: A Man of his Word.  Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Wim Wenders, the film provides a personal journey, combining archival footage with direct interviews with Pope Francis in which he responds to questions about death, social justice, immigration, ecology, wealth inequality, materialism, and the role of the family. April 9, 2019, 7:00pm at Holy Rosary Parish, 175 Emma Street, Guelph. For more information visit:


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)