In his reflection on the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Fr. Jim Bleackley OMI shares his thoughts on the characteristics of a church that is both mission and missionary. We find ourselves when we give ourselves to others, Fr. Jim notes, and then adds: “We are both baptised and sent to others. It is what Pope Francis calls ‘the church on the move.’ This special Sunday helps us to realize that we are each other’s sister and brother.” Fr. Jim’s reflection explores the Oblate involvement in mission and our own parish’s place within the Oblate charism and family.
You can view the complete video homily below, or listen to it in person at Mass this weekend.
- Mission Sunday: The Oblates of Mary Immaculate have served in Canada for more than 175 years and established the Catholic Church in the Canadian West. They continue to do missionary work in Canada and abroad. The Oblates are proud of the daring spirit of our early missionaries and our perseverance in difficult missions today. We invite you to accept and read the “Oblate Spirit” booklet that will be handed out in a sanitized manner after Mass this weekend at St. Joe’s. You may desire to become a missionary associate and partner with the Oblates in their compassionate humanitarian work. We invite you to receive a copy of this publication on a regular basis (free of charge) by contacting the MAMI office at 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0C9 or by Toll Free phone: 1-866-432-6264 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The Oblate Spirit publication is available on-line in both English and French at: www.omilacombe.ca/mami/oblate-spirit
- All Saints’ Day: St. Joe’s parishioners are invited to submit the names of deceased loved ones to the front office by email (email@example.com) and staff will add these names to the Book of the Dead. The Book of the Dead will be displayed at Mass on Saturday, October 31st and Sunday, November 1st. The names of our parish community’s deceased loved ones will also be projected on the screen in the sanctuary. Please submit names by October 29th. In light of the pandemic, this approach will allow us to remember loved ones while still maintaining sanitation protocols.
- Thank you to the Ottawa Food Bank for $8,000 in new funding to the St. Joe’s Supper Table through the Global Marketplace Grant. The goal of this funding is to purchase ethnically-appropriate healthy food for our guests and clients.
- Sunday Offering for October 4, 2020: $5,752. 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/.
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