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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 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
June 17, 2019

Gr. 8 Grad Mass Int. of Msgr. Sheridan  – Wilson & Lorraine Andrews
Monday 7:00 p.m.
 Sarah Sharkey – Jean Crowdis
Tuesday 9:00 a.m
.  Joaquim Barreiras & Family  – Cipriano Family
Winston Park Int. of Doreen Gribbon – Smith Family
St. Brigid School Grad Mass
Int. of Anna Passaretti – Tom & Pauline
Wednesday 9:00 a.m
.  George VanderZanden   – Ivy VanderZanden
John Sweeney School  Yvonne Masur – J. M Torre Family
Thursday 9:00 a.m.  Janet Palmer – John Palmer
Friday 9:00 a.m.
James H. Devereaux – Devereaux Family
Annette Gebotys – Maureen Kirvan
Raquel Olarte – Friend
Yerca Krezee – Sonia Gonzalez & Family
Margaret Dallaire – Kaal & Smith Families
Frank Clifford – Doug Farwell

Saturday Ayr 5:00 p.m. For the People
7:00 p.m.  
Dec’d Members of the Lucibello & Cavalier Families – Luisa Lucibello
&  Int of Nelson Wanzie – Family
Sunday    8:15 a.m.
 Paul Zettel – Carol Zettel
10:00 a.m.  George VanderZanden  – Senior Choir
11:45 a.m.  Briccio Salvana Jr. – Santos 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.

DIOCESAN WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS – June 2019

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – Level 1 Foundations Course Certificate program is being offered at Sacré Coeur Parish in Georgetown by the Archdiocese of Toronto and Diocese of Hamilton. This course presents the orientation to the key issues fundamental to this ministry with children in early childhood. This course is designed for those who are interested or already involved in caring for the spiritual lives of children. Part A begins Sept. 28 to May 30th 2020. If you have questions or are interested in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd programs and atriums, please call Anne Jamieson, 905-528-7988 ext. 2251 or visit:https://www.archtoronto.org/catechesis-good-shepherd. Online registration is available at:https://hamiltondiocese.com/offices/catechesis/good-shepherd.php.

Is your child in Grade 6? Did you know we celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in Grade 7 in the Diocese of Hamilton? Confirmations at our Parish are normally celebrated in the Fall of each year. Because it will come quickly upon us, we want you to be ready in advance. If your child does not attend Catholic School, please contact the Parish office as soon as possible so we can assist you. The Catechetical Correspondence Courses from the Diocese of Hamilton may be right for you. For more information on the Correspondence Courses, visit the website www.hamiltondiocese.com or call Monica Verin at 905-528-7988, ext. 2238.

Parenting Tip 113
As summer approaches life tends to become a little more relaxed. Longer days mean bedtimes become less specific, warmer days mean our food and drink consumption changes and, hopefully, we take full advantage of these lovely days by spending more time with our children. This summer, be specific and plan what you would like to accomplish with your children: more reading together, more time hiking, more family game nights, more time spent preparing and cooking as a family, etc. Time spent together creates confident, healthy children; when we include daily prayer with our family, life is golden! From: Teresa Hartnett, Family Ministry Office, 905-528-7988 ext. 2250.

Marriage Tip 93
It has been established that an attitude of gratitude improves our health, but can it be beneficial for our spouse as well? Praise, sharing traits in your spouse you are thankful for, holding on to criticism and sharing compliments, thanking your spouse for the small (and large) moments you share – these are but a few ways you can show your spouse gratitude. When we take these actions to heart our spouse feels better physically, mentally and emotionally. A win-win for both partners! From: Teresa Hartnett, Family Ministry Office, 905-528-7988 ext. 2250.

Are you caring for a loved one? Are they in need of palliative care? Do you have questions? A committee of experts, in various related fields, came together to answer possible questions that are often raised at this difficult time in a person’s life. Find the answers to important questions at https://hamiltondiocese.com/palliative.care, or for further assistance call Teresa at 905-528-7988 ext. 2250.

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.

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)

40th ANNIVERSARY PARISH PICNIC

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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.

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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.

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Matt Schumacher