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Catholic Woman’s League

Hello Ladies of the CWL,

So good to see you all last night for our first general meeting. Having the mass just made it that much more special. Looking forward to our upcoming retreats as well as our sock & peanut butter drive for the community. I Will let you know when all of this will begin.
Please pray for us & Our Lady Of Good Counsel.

Blessings Judy

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


October 2021

Catechetical Correspondence Courses – Do your children attend public or private school or do you home-school?

If you are wondering how to support their ongoing formation in religious education, the Diocese of Hamilton offers Catechetical Correspondence Programs for every age and stage from Kindergarten through to High School including programs specially designed to assist children preparing for the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. Click here for more information or contact Sybil at 905-528-7988 x2339 or email:

Online Learning for Adult Faith Formation – 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. Whether taking courses for professional development in ministry or for personal nourishment, the VLCFF provides a breadth of opportunity for learning including full certificate programs, five-week online courses and three-week intensive online seminars. For more information check out the Hamilton Diocese learns web page or contact the Office for Evangelization and Catechesis at (905) 528-7988 x 2339 or

PARENTING TIP OF THE MONTH – Parenting Tip 133: October brings cooler air and the final harvests of the season. It is a time when we see the beauty of nature and the creative mind of God in providing this world for each of us. Children spend a lot of time wishing for things they don’t have, instead of focussing on what they do have, including love from family members, their faith community and friends and neighbours who care for them. During this month of thanksgiving, help your children focus on giving thanks for all they have by writing a daily gratitude journal. Each day they can write about the goodness’s of their day and at the end of the month they will have documentation about how much they have to be grateful for – both to God and everyone else who contributes to their lives.

MARRIAGE TIP OF THE MONTH – Marriage Tip 113: As we continue to deal with the COVID virus in our communities, people are feeling the continued burden of the unknown about its dangers and how long it will last. This causes stress which might cause couples to lash out at the one they love most. Take some time to change the pattern of your life by planning some fun activities for the two of you, communicate truthfully about how you are feeling, acknowledge that your spouse may not be at their best because they are stressed, hold hands and hug often as touch can relieve stress and pray together that God will give you strength. Feeling united will reduce stress levels for both of you and create a more peaceful environment to help you deal with the unknowns.

Unpacking UNPLANNED: Bringing Hope and Healing – Hamilton Right to Life and the Diocesan Family Ministry Office are partnering to bring you an online information session regarding UNPLANNED, the story of Abby Johnson, the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic director in the U.S., and how she changed her mind on abortion. The Zoom event will combine video, questions and discussion. Join us on Oct. 27th from 7-8:30pm as Mrs. Teresa Hartnett (MRE), Director of Family Ministry, will share how individuals and groups can spread the pro-life message. The session is free, but donations will be accepted during registration. Click here to register or call Hamilton Right to Life at 905-528-3065.

World Meeting of Families Diocesan Event – being held May 28, 2022 at Mount Mary in Ancaster. Pope Francis is urging diocesan administrators to begin preparations for the 2022 World Meeting of Families and this is exactly what the Diocese of Hamilton has begun to do! The Pope has asked that, “wherever it is possible, I would like to invite diocesan communities to plan initiatives based on the theme of the meeting, and to use the symbols being prepared by the Diocese of Rome.” More information will follow. For now, we encourage you to keep Saturday, May 28th open. As the Pope Francis reminds us, this is “a great opportunity for Catholics to renew their commitment to family ministry.”

ReStart: A Separation and Divorce Recovery Program – Feeling the need for support, healing and/or hope after a separation or divorce? The Diocesan ReStart Programs support your journey, providing you with tools to remain healthy. For more information contact Teresa at the Family Ministry Office – (905) 528-7988, ext. 2250.

Marriage Support – Is your marriage experiencing more trouble than joy, feeling stagnant or disconnected and/or causing you worries? The solution is Retrouvaille – a program for married couples facing challenges in their relationship. Retrouvaille helps couples restore their marriage and rebuild a loving partnership. It is a practical program, where sharing is only between the couple themselves, designed to improve communication, build stronger marriages, and help couples reconnect. It also works well for couples who may be considering separation or divorce. The next Retrouvaille weekend will take place via Zoom, November 4 – 7. For information call 905-664-5212 or e-mail:


Pope Francis recently announced that the next Synod of Bishops will take place in October 2023.  The Theme of the Synod is: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.For the first time, the meeting will be the culmination of a “three-year path” involving all of the People of God at every level of the Church.  This “path” is a process rather than an event, which Pope Francis will solemnly inaugurate this October 9-10, is meant to be a manifestation of “synodality) which is a form that realizes the participation of all the people of God in mission.

The synodal path will take place in three phases.  The first phase (October 2021to April 2022) begins on October 17th under the leadership of the Bishop in each Diocese.  This stage is conceived as a broad consultation with the People of God in each Diocese.  The second phase (September 2022 to March 2023) is the “continental” phase.  This will involve the fruit of deliberations on each Continent.  For example, Canada and the United States of America will collate their responses to the questions posed by the Holy See and submit them to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops in Rome by March 2023.  The final phase of the Synod will take place in October 2023 with the celebration of the Assembly of Bishops in Rome.

In the Diocese of Hamilton, a Committee has been established to guide the Diocesan Phase of the Synodal Process.  Information will be sent to the Parishes in late October and the parishioners in the Diocese of Hamilton will have an opportunity to respond to the questions to be considered by the Synod.  The actual consultation will take place beginning in November and conclude by mid-December so that our Diocesan Report can be prepared and sent to the Ontario Assembly of Catholic Bishops to be included in the Canadian report.  We pray for the success of this unique and historic synodal process:

                        We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in your name.

                        With you alone to guide us, make yourself at home in our hearts;

                        Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.

                        We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.

                        Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.

                        Let us find in you our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life

                        and not stray from the way of the truth and what is right.

                        All this we ask of you, who are at work in every place and time,

                        in the communion of the Father and the Son,

                        for ever and ever.  Amen.

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




October 10, 2021

Monday 9:00 a.m. Int. of Deacon & Nancy Devereaux – Friend
Tuesday 9:00 a.m
.  + Zeman & Willisch Families – Christina Zeman
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. Int. of Bajac Family – Marko & Irene Bajac
Thursday 9:00 a.m. Int. of Lily Correia  – Estella Correia
Friday 9:00 a.m.
   + Erwin & Marlene Priditsch – Family
   + Dragica Maver – Ivan & Ana Drgastin
   + Fr. John Redmond – Sandra & Rocco Scarfone
Saturday Ayr 5:00 p.m.  For the People
7:00 p.m.
+ Joe Black – Gerald & Doreen Yarascavitch
Sunday    8:15 a.m.
 + Winfred Ryan – Alannah & Gerry LeJeune
10:00 a.m.  + Brian Correia – Tony & Grace Capa
11:45 a.m.  + Susan Cabral – Estella Correia

October 17, 2021

Monday 7:00 p.m.  + Danijela Tanaskovic – J. M Torre Family
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.  + William Holgate – Ivy VanderZanden
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. In Thanksgiving – Manuel & Otilia Pinto
Thursday 9:00 a.m.  + Marie Lafrance – Gerald & Doreen Yarascavitch
Friday 9:00 a.m.
   + Carol Fletcher – Marianne Weiler
   + Sadie O’Neill – Dianne Hibbs
Saturday Ayr 5:00 p.m.  + Jacqui Parent – Friends
7:00 p.m.
 + Antonio DaGraca – Family
Sunday    8:15 a.m.
 + Marie & Family – Friend
          10:00 a.m.  + John Plut – Wife
          11:45 a.m. For the People


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.


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)