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Virtual Family Catechism Program

Come join local families who are helping each other to grow in their faith through a VIRTUAL family catechism program! Fiona and Ian Mendes working with the Family Foundation Institute, a registered Catholic charity, have brought this program to the KW Region. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to join the growing community of families iinvolved in this effort and forming new family friendships all from the comfort of your own home!! Spots are filling up quickly.  Come see the Holy Spirit at work and check us out. For more info, contact Fiona / Ian at 519-893-1180

To register (only $10 per family) please visit the Family Foundation Institute webpage at The current class schedule is

Grades : 1/2 – Saturday at 3 pm

Grades: 3/4 – Saturday at 2pm 

Grades: 5/6 – Saturdays at 4pm

Grades: 7/8 – Saturdays at 1pm

Highschool – Saturdays at 3pm

 Adult Program – Friday nights at 7:30 pm

Visits: 33


May 2022

Join the Reel Justice Film Festival May 26, 2022 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM for our last screening of the season, He Named Me Malala. This documentary provides an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by gunfire as a 15-year-old. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund. The Reel Justice Film Festival is a partnership between Development & Peace and the Bishop Farrell Library & Archives. Visit us online at to register!

ON-LINE LEARNING OFFERED THROUGH DAYTON UNIVERSITY (VLCFF) – The Diocese of Hamilton is pleased to have The University of Dayton: Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) as a partner in adult faith formation. The VLCFF is a living adult faith community offering online learning opportunities to address the learning needs of adults in our Diocese. To Inform, Encourage and Heal is a NEW four-week online seminar in which you will have opportunity to engage meaningfully in the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Following the course texts and online discussions, you will gain a greater understanding of your role as a Catholic Christian in the work of reconciliation and solidarity in support of Indigenous communities. For more information or to register for the June 2022 session, visit or email

The Office of Youth Ministry is pleased to present Accompanying Forward – An Afternoon with Roy Petitfils on May 27 at 1 pm for a virtual conversation about accompanying young people as they try to navigate their new realities and their mental health. Roy is a Catholic author, speaker and psychotherapist with more than 25 years of experience ministering to youth and young adults in parishes, dioceses, and schools. Registration can be found by clicking here or on our Diocesan website under Youth Ministers Events and Resources.

The Ignatius Jesuit Centre will be hosting an 8-Day Retreat on Listening to Indigenous Voices May 18 @ 7:30 pm – May 26 @ 1:00 pm. Facilitated by Shasha Sky and Dave Skene from White Owl Native Ancestry Assoc. in collaboration with Victoria Blanco, Mark Hathaway, and Trevor Scott, SJ, from the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice. The group gathers to acknowledge Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #60, and educate on the ways we can honour and respect Indigenous spirituality and the history of residential schools in Canada. Cost and accommodation information can be found at

Do No Harm Webinar series, hosted by the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Collaborative Network to End Exploitation

“Frontline workers, survivors, and other experts share insight into the unintentional harms and impacts of some human trafficking practices and policies in this weekly webinar series. The series begins Thursday, May 5 at 2 p.m. (EDT) and recurs on Thursday each week until June 9. Registration information can be found on the Sisters of St. Joseph (Toronto) website,

Aging with Wisdom and Grace is the fifth talk for the Hamilton Diocesan Speaker Series. Using her own experiences and the wisdom of her contemporaries, Dr. Elizabeth Bookser Barkley will explore some of the physical, emotional and psychological issues we face as we age. The presentation will be interactive, challenging participants to reflect on their own aging journey. Pope Francis has repeatedly spoken of the importance of the elderly in our society, so join us to embrace this important stage of every person’s life. Dr. Bookser Barkley, Ph.D., is a professor of English at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the author of four books, including Life After Death: Practical Help for the Widowed, and numerous other feature articles. She is married, the mother of three daughters and the grandmother of seven. Join us Wednesday, Mat 18 from 7-8:30p.m. Check the Diocesan website at for more information on the series and to register. For more information contact Teresa Hartnett at, or 905-528-7988 ext. 2250.

PARENTING TIP OF THE MONTH – Parenting Tip 140: As the buds begin to sprout and the weather allows us to head outdoors more often, take some time to discuss the importance of God’s created world with your children. Point out the connectedness of each of us to nature and our dependence on it to survive. Help them understand that every person is tasked with being a steward of God’s world. Explain how we can each participate in caring for nature and remind them that when we each do our part, nature thrives and so do we. From: Family Ministry Office; 905-528-7988 ext. 2250.

MARRIAGE TIP OF THE MONTH – Marriage Tip 120: It is true to say that no two people think exactly alike and that is why being married can sometimes be challenging! What makes complete sense to one person, may not make sense to the other; what one likes the other may not; what is funny to one, may be anything but to the other! It is important for married couples to constantly remind themselves that marriage does not mean you are exactly the same. Allow room for differences and don’t judge your spouse on your own likes and desires, but instead try to move together to a more neutral place that you can both live with. And sometimes, agree to disagree! Your spouse has many diverse qualities, embrace them when you can and work to negotiate when you can’t, so love will flourish and provide a strong foundation for all of it! From: Family Ministry Office, 905-528-7988 ext. 2250.

ReStart – Starting over after separation or divorce with support, care and tools for your journey. We invite you to our upcoming zoom sessions one on Wednesday, May 11th and one session Thursday, June 9th starting at 7 p.m. Check out the Diocesan website at: to register and find out more detail. If you have questions, call the Family Ministry Office at 905-528-7988 ext. 2249.

Grief Relief – Has someone you cared about died? Are you grieving the loss of the person’s presence in your life?

Are you looking for relief from the feelings associated with the loss of this loved one? You are not alone! The Diocese of Hamilton will be offering a four week online grief program on Tuesday evenings from 7 – 8:30 p.m. May 17, 24 & 31, and June 7, 14 & 21st. Find out more on the Diocesan website and register to receive the zoom link at, or call Teresa at 905-528-7988 ext. 2250.

Wedding Anniversary Mass 2022 Registration – The Wedding Anniversary Mass, which would normally have been scheduled for June of 2022, will not occur this year due to the continued concerns around COVID-19. We invite you to register your 25, 40, 50, 60 and 60 plus years of marriage on the Diocesan website at and we will be happy to send you the certificate you would have received from Bishop Crosby at the Mass. The Wedding Anniversary Mass is listed on the home page under Upcoming Events.

Visits: 38

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


Visits: 47


 May 2, 2022

Monday 7:00 p.m. Int. Anna, Andrew, Charlotte & Madeline Ward – Mom & Dad
Tuesday 9:00 a.m
.  +Ursula Zunic – Daughter
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.  +Joe Tavares – Grandsons
Thursday 9:00 a.m. Int. Jarek Nieczyporowicz – Mom

Friday 9:00 a.m.
  + Joaquim Barreiras – Cipriano Family
  + Pushpa Sebastian – Family
  + Joseph Daniel – Eugene Ochieng
  + Jacqui Parent – Louis & Teresa Arruda

Saturday Ayr 5:00 p.m. + Joseph Tomasicchio – Joyce & Jim Hause
7:00 p.m.
 + Carl Rektor
Sunday    8:15 a.m.
For the People
              10:00 a.m. + Alfredo Nogueira – Coralia Nogueira
              11:45 a.m.  + Maria Maio & June Diotte – Maio-Diotte Family

May 16, 2022

Monday 7:00 p.m.  +Dec’d Members of the CWL
Tuesday 9:00 a.m
.  +Dec’d Members of VanderZanden, Frenette & Pare Families – Ivy V.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. Special Intention
Thursday 9:00 a.m. Int. of Emerita Kasstan  – Mary Effinger

Friday 9:00 a.m.
  + Toncka Kenik – J. Zunic Family
  +  Matilde Giovinazzo – Maio-Diotte Family
  + Stella Girardi – Family
 Int. of Keri Smith – Connie Voll
 Int. of Eric Kubica – Maryanne Kubica
 In Thanksgiving  – Doreen & Gerald Yarascavitch

Saturday Ayr 5:00 p.m.  +Syd Harrickey – Der & Juliette Coughlan
7:00 p.m.
+ Francis Lockhart – Pat Lockhart
Sunday    8:15 a.m.
+ Doug Farwell – Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region
              10:00 a.m. For the People
              11:45 a.m. Int. of Jean & Gary Kritz – 50 Years!!

Visits: 182


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.

Visits: 66


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.

Visits: 13


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)

Visits: 14



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.


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.


Matt Schumacher

Visits: 16