Joan O’Connell’s Reflection and a Parish Update on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by on Aug 28, 2020 in Featured, Liturgy, News, Publications | 3 comments

Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, Nelson Mandela and Ghandi — They were described as living their lives on the edge of the inside – they were just enough on the inside of the dominant culture or social system to know it with all its strengths and faults, but not at the centre where they would be too invested with much to lose. 

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Fr. Jim’s Reflection, Liturgical Resources and a Parish Update on the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by on Jul 31, 2020 in Featured, Liturgy, Reflections | 1 comment

Dear St. Joe’s parishioners, On this 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Fr. Jim explores the biblical understanding of the term compassion. Compassion, as presented in Scripture, is more than an expression of empathy. It involves us sharing in the suffering of each other in a real way. In his reflection, available as a video below and in person at Masses this weekend, Fr. Jim tells us the story of an Indigenous woman he met while in pastoral ministry in the north, and what he learned from her act of self-sacrificing compassion. Liturgical Resources: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 2 2020 – Liturgy of the Word for use at home READINGS FOR THE 18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME READINGS FOR CHILDREN – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2020 – Prayers of the Faithful Mission Prayer Parish Update: Registration for Masses at St. Joe’s is not required for the remainder of the summer. There is space at all Masses, even with capacity reduced to 90. All are welcome. Parish AGM scheduled for October 4th, 2020: At a Zoom meeting of Parish Pastoral Council earlier this month, it was decided to have our Annual General Meeting on Sunday, October 4th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m., in the church. Normally, we would have held our AGM in early June, but due to the pandemic, we have delayed this until the fall.  Capacity limits applicable at Mass will also apply for the AGM, as will physical distancing practices. As we approach this date, more information on the AGM will be shared with our community. Our Parish Meditation Groups meet in the church every Monday at 9:30 a.m. and Friday at 7:00 p.m. Please enter through the 151 Laurier Avenue entrance. For Friday evening meditation, please arrive by 6:45 p.m. Sunday Offering for July 26, 2020: $4,276. Thank you for your continued generosity! If you are attending Mass this weekend and would like to make a donation, you will find a Sunday offering basket near the main entrance of the church. You can leave your donation here at either the beginning or the end of Mass. If you are not yet returning to St. Joe’s for Mass this weekend or will be away, please consider using Canada Helps. You may choose the Parish fund of your choice through this form: http://www.st-josephs.ca/about/donations/. A reflection from Fr. Vijay Deivanayagam OMI: Fr. Vijay of the Oblate Vocations Team offers us this reflection as a pdf document: compassion – omi vocations reflection Refugee Outreach Committee: The 17 members of the Refugee Outreach Committee and its Settlement Support Group continue to share the parish’s “time, talent and treasure” with our new neighbours – 9 adults and 10 children. During this...

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