Joe Gunn’s reflection on the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time is an invitation for our parish to reflect on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Joe shares:
“I think we all need to recognize what should be obvious. In the first place, this is not about us. It’s all about the children. It’s all about the systems that continue to oppress Indigenous peoples today…This week, the Gospel invites us to recognize that God didn’t arrive in the so-called New World the moment Columbus landed. Let’s use this week to reflect on how we can be more spiritually attentive to the authenticity, the beauty and the truth of the actions and beliefs of others, especially of Indigenous peoples. ” Continue reading Joe Gunn’s Reflection for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and a Parish Update→
Joan O’Connell offers a reflection for this weekend in the Season of Creation. Joan shares:
“Children and young people are leading the way in the fight against climate change. Is the Gospel telling us that when we welcome these children, we are welcoming Jesus and his Father who sent him? Might this be God’s way of telling us that their wisdom can direct us towards a better, sustainable future? Dominant society has not listened to wisdom voices and in fact has often disparaged them – indigenous peoples, women, young people, marginalized people, the poor. Jesus directs us to the children telling us that that is where God resides. If we really want to hear his voice, we should intentionally listen to theirs rather than just give them the usual lip service by calling them our future yet again.” Continue reading Joan O’Connell’s Reflection and a Parish Update for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time→
In her reflection for the Season of Creation, Eleanor Rabnett shares:
“It has been twenty years since the Twin Towers were attacked and collapsed. In the days that followed many of the helpers were there because the Lord had opened their hearts just as Isaiah speaks of – they went into rescue and save those when both the 1st and the 2nd tower were attacked and then crumbled. This past Wednesday – they announced that they have identified the remains of two of those people who responded to hope. Today we are being asked to follow their lead with the cascading sufferings of today’s world from war, from the warming and thawing of our polar areas, flooding and drought, and raging wildfires that are devastating every corner of our life and the life of our planet. We are being called to healing and rebuilding – of our homes and our lives, our lands and our oceans and the very air and atmosphere that nourishes and protects us all. Healing, rebuilding is the result and power of love.” Continue reading Eleanor Rabnett’s Reflection and a Parish Update on the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time→
In this weekend’s reflection, our Pastor, Fr. Jim Bleackley OMI shares:
“When we hear today’s Gospel story, we are to look into the mirror of the Word and allow it to reveal the authenticity, or not, of our own goodness. If we welcome the truth, we see God’s word has the power to transform us from within, where all goodness and holiness begins. Believers are then responsible for translating their inner goodness into good deeds and good words that serve the needs of others.
Each time the community gathers to encounter Christ and one another in the Eucharist, their commitment to truth and goodness is renewed. As we hear the words “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord and one another,” it becomes our responsibility to mirror to the world all that we have experienced. Loved, we are to love; forgiven, we are to forgive; fed, we are to feed; clothed with grace and security, we are to clothe and shelter the needy. To do otherwise is to distort the one whose image we are to reflect.” Continue reading Fr. Jim’s Reflection, Liturgical Resources and a Parish Update on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time→
Mark McCormick offers the reflection this weekend. In it, he shares: “We are called to be servants of one another, modelled on our service to Christ. In our modern age, we are mostly used to serving ourselves or being served. We try hard and we work hard to support our households and we do this using the gifts and the talents God has given us. Self-serve is the default option in the 21st century — whether at the grocery store or the gas station. Our independence is prized when we have attained it. Its loss is one of the greatest tragedies we can imagine in this modern age. This ethic of autonomy and self-service has brought us to a position where we see ourselves as sole architects in charge of our human journey. We tend to place ourselves at the centre, rather than placing God at the centre. In doing so, we risk losing our humility…The readings today encourage us to fundamentally reconsider our position in relation to God and to one another.” Continue reading Mark McCormick’s Reflection, Liturgical Resources and a Parish Update on the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time→
In his reflection on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, Fr. Jim shares: “We are invited to ponder the mystery of Christ’s resurrection through the experience of Mary. Today, we celebrate Mary’s assumption as a victory over death; a shining example for all who hear God’s Word and believe in the divine promises. The local traditions of the Assumption of Mary became an official teaching of the Catholic Church on November 1st, 1950. Pope Pius XII solemnly stated: ‘The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.’ The significance of the Church’s declaration of the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary in 1950 was not lost on a world exhausted by world war, and the death of over 50 million human beings. At a moment in history, when the value of human life had been so subjected to mindless brutality and destruction, Mary — an obscure first century Palestinian woman–is held up as the epitope of human existence and purpose…” Continue reading Fr. Jim Bleackley’s Reflection & a Parish Update on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary→
Eleanor Rabnett offers the reflection for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time and shares: “We are invited to taste and see that the Lord is good — not in a manner of trying out a new type of food, but rather allowing the fullness of God in the Eucharist to become a part of us…Gerald Darring tells us that Jesus is talking “about not just feeding but also becoming food when he says, ‘the bread I will give is my flesh, for the life of the world.’ Darring continues: ‘we are to sacrifice ourselves, as Jesus on the cross and in the Eucharist, for the sake of the poor ones… The Eucharist challenges us to become their food, so that they may complete the journey to the mountain of God.’
St. John Chrysostom preached and wrote about the transformation that takes place when we receive the Eucharist: he said, “’I receive him to become him, to be Eucharist for others.'”
Fr. Richard Beaudette OMI offers the reflection for the 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Fr. Richard shares that the selection of readings are almost like a fairytale, in that they show the best and the worst potential for human behaviour. The bread that Jesus gives is a reminder that God will nourish us and help us to live out the call to conversion. The readings serve as a reminder that as disciples of Jesus, our call is not just to sit back and to enjoy the good gifts that God gives us. Rather, we have been called to a certain way of life; called to build the Kingdom of God in our world.
The Parish will once again receive a shipment of breakfast and snack boxes available for free to parishioners with school age children. The program is made possible by the Ottawa Network for Education and each box includes healthy breakfast and snack items. If interested, please contact the front office to pick up a box. Tel.: 613-233-4095, ext. 251 or [email protected]
A Call from the Parish Finance Council
The Parish Finance Council is looking for parishioners who are interested in serving on the Council. It is a permanent advisory body to the Pastor and the St. Joseph’s Parish Pastoral Council, responsible for ensuring they are well-informed in all their decision-making with respect to financial matters.
Members serve for 2-year renewable terms and are selected from among the parishioners, based on their experience in financial management to the extent possible. Accounting credentials and experience on boards of corporate bodies or associations or management teams where financial issues are considered as part of management’s deliberations are assets.
The Council generally meets on a monthly basis with a break during the summer. Additional details about the Council and its members may be found in its Terms of Reference posted on the Parish website. If interested, please email: [email protected] and your message will be forwarded to John Mark Keyes, Chair of the PFC.
Andrew Pump offers the reflection at Mass this weekend and in it, he shares:
“John’s Gospel is not individualistic and apolitical, rather it is about the strength that Christ gives to the communities that proclaim him – even and especially those persecuted and on the road to martyrdom. The early Christians were a group of despised communities that were scapegoated by the Roman authorities all over the empire for political purposes. And these periods of persecution would flare up and subside up and down for 300 years. So this is the paradox, the folly of the cross, a community being killed is proclaiming they have received eternal life, those doing without and self-sacrificing are proclaiming that they are filled with the bread of life, and those persecuted are calling themselves blessed and grateful. God does not take away our earthly problems and trials, he spiritually transforms us so we can use poison as medicine, and not let life on life’s terms destroy us with despair, but become empowered within communities of shared struggle.” Continue reading Andrew Pump’s Reflection and a Parish Update for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time→