All posts by Keri Smith

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE

Hello Ladies,

Hope you are still doing well, Remember to get your memberships in. You can make an appointment with Keri to drop it off at the office or put it in the offertory basket at Mass.

Membership forms are available in the lobby of the Parish or by contacting the office.

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  famfi.ca/registrations/family-catechism. 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

DIOCESE of HAMILTON BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS

March 2021

The Reel Justice Film Festival is back for another year! A partnership between the Bishop Farrell Library & Archives and Development and Peace, the Reel Justice Film Festival shines a spotlight on issues of social, political, and economic injustice. Films are screened once a month and provide an opportunity for community discussion about ways we can all support actions for change. Details and the full schedule can be found at: reeljusticefilmfestival.wordpress.com. This year the festival is going virtual! All of the films will be available online. Special family friendly screening March 25th 6:30pm – 8:00pm – To the Arctic, narrated by Oscar winner Meryl Streep. The film takes audiences into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs, as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home. RSVP online or by email at library@hamiltondiocese.com. Join the discussion!

Pornography: The Threat, Impact and Catholic Remedy – Pornography is one of the most important issues to understand in our world today. With the ease of its availability on the internet, it affects people of all ages and backgrounds, whether male or female. Pornography today is violent and degrading and often involves young people who have been sex-trafficked. Join us on Zoom (by internet or phone) March 25th from 7-8:30pm and hear more about the threat and impact of pornography on children and adults, how we can educate ourselves and our children to counter its negative influence and how our Catholic faith provides hope to those impacted. Presented by Mrs. Teresa Hartnett and Deacon Joseph Di Loreto. Registration is required but the session is free of charge. Register at https://hamiltondiocese.com/offices/family-ministry/pornography-help.

Parenting Tip of the Month Tip 128: The amount of time spent together as a family during COVID might be considered by some to be too much, but it may also be filling a real need. Past research has shown that children consistently identify a desire to spend more time with their parents and family. Time for them means direct, active engagement. The long-term benefits to family relationships are proven: children grow up healthier in mind, body and spirit. Enjoying quality time with their family’s means children are more likely to turn to their family for love and support, keeping them healthy. So play with your kids, watch a movie together and discuss its message(s), pray together, be active together, cook together and/or clean together; the possibilities are endless. So remember, time with family is powerful when it is interactive, shared by all and fun!

Marriage Tip of the Month 108: At the heart of every relationship there needs to be a foundation of love and respect. When couples respect each other, including their differences, they continually build each other up and enjoy time together. When we respect the other in relationship, we can accept their desire to influence us with their understanding of what is true, good and beautiful. When we are open to our spouse’s view of things, we not only grow, but we grow together. When we grow together, we cannot help but grow in love.

Diving Deeper into Fratelli Tutti – Fratelli Tutti is an Encyclical letter written by Pope Francis to “all people of good will.” Let’s dive a little deeper into its meaning and content over a five session series during Lent. Join us on Zoom for one or all of these 90-minute sessions: Mondays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 (afternoon session 1:30-3:00pm or evening session 7:00-8:30pm) Registration is required. No charge to participate.

Anniversary Mass 2021 Registration – The Anniversary Mass scheduled for June of 2021 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. We invite you to register your 25, 40, 50, 60 and 60 plus years of marriage on the Diocesan website at www.hamiltondiocese.com, simply click on the Anniversary Mass icon on the home page. We will send you the certificate you would have received from Bishop Crosby at the Mass. If you have questions contact familyminstry@hamitondiocese.com.

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


Although the church is closed to the public, Father Larry and Father Pawel will celebrate Mass privately with your intentions on the date they were booked for.

ANNOUNCED MASSES FOR WEEK OF

April 19, 2021

Monday 7:00 p.m.  + Cathy Buhlman – Rick Hertert
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.  + Brigid Norcott – Rosemarie & Colin Kavanagh
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. Int. of Emerita Kasstan  – Mary Effinger
Thursday 9:00 a.m.  + Sr. Irene Mary Bogue & Family – Yvonne K.
Friday 9:00 a.m.
  + Teodor Correia, Maria Conceiceao Rego & Manuel Correia
  + Dec’d Zunic Family Members – J. Zunic Family
  + Helen Collins – Mary Moore
  + Brian Correia – Tony & Grace Capa
Saturday Ayr 5:00 p.m.  + Jacqueline Parent – Richard & Margaret Read
7:00 p.m.  + Anna Sutej – Anna Kobetic
Sunday 8:15 a.m.
 + Edwin Balm – Cecilia Balm
10:00 a.m. + Norman Mapplebeck – CWL Members
11:45 a.m. For the People

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.

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