Announcing our Coordinator for the Synodal Process at St. Joe’s
Eleanor Rabnett has agreed to serve as the Coordinator for the Synodal Process at St. Joseph’s Parish. As a member of our parish for many years and as an Oblate Associate, many of you will already know Eleanor and her passion for community. In early February, we will begin to offer opportunities for parishioners to participate and to share in several areas, including in how belonging to the local and the broader Church has led to experiences of both joy and suffering, what steps you feel the Holy Spirit is asking us, as the church, to take and what changes is the Spirit suggesting for the church moving forward together? We’re grateful for Eleanor’s willingness to coordinate this process in our parish as part of a team. St. Joe’s, along with other parishes in Ottawa-Cornwall, will be submitting a report to the Archdiocese by May 2022.
Professors John Renken & Cathy Clifford on Synodality
Pope Francis has invited all of us throughout the world to share with him our experience of journeying together as Church and how that experience can be improved. To hear more about this and how you can participate, we have asked Fr. John Renken and Professor Cathy Clifford to tell us more. The dates and times of the presentations are the following: Friday, Jan. 28, at 2pm with Fr. John Renken and Wednesday, Jan. 19 and Feb. 2, at 7pm with Cathy Clifford. You can register for one or more of these sessions by clicking here. Find the Zoom link for the presentations here.
Fr Richard Beaudette, OMI has prepared a video homily for second Sundar of Ordinary time and we are also sharing with you resources for this Sunday.
A Wedding Story
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Fr. Jim has prepared a video homily for the Baptsim of the of the Lord and we are also sharing with you resources for this Sunday.
”This epiphany which was so vital for Jesus’ life and mission is the gift every baptized person received as they affirm God’s presence, word and love abiding within their hearts. An affirmation and identity we only recognize when we allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us to what is right and good.
Too often when people talk about the reasons for baptism, they often focus so much on the need for a fallen people to make themselves worthy by washing away original sin that they fail to recognize the affirmation and identity God gives when people receive this sacrament.
Often when I was preparing parents to share the Sacrament of Baptism with their young children, I would begin by asking the following questions. Why are you here? What gift do you want to share with your children? What are you asking of the Church?”
Continue reading Fr. Jim’s homily & liturgical resources for the Baptism of the Lord
St. Joseph’s Parish wishes you good health, much light and joy as we enter into a new year. Fr. Jim has prepared a video homily for the Epiphany of the Lord and we are also sharing with you resources for this Sunday. At this time, we would like to communicate a reminder that on Saturday, January 1st, 2022 (New Year’s Day) and on Sunday, January 2, 2022 there will be a single Mass on each of those days, celebrated at 11:00 a.m.
In his homily for the Epiphany of the Lord, Fr. Jim shares:
“When I was a little boy, I remember a time in the middle of winter, when the whole town of Whitehorse was overwhelmed by darkness when the electricity generated by the dam was shut down. The sudden lost of light caused me and my siblings to panic and we cried out in fear as we tried to find each other in the dark. Our mother’s response was to light a candle and place it on the coffee table in the living room. A small act of motherly love and concern which drew us kids together around that tiny light, no longer afraid and delighting in our unusual situation.
As we celebrate the Feast of Epiphany may we recognize the revelation of Emmanuel, may God’s light and truth lead us on our journey of life; may these gifts help us live the unity and oneness God has created, in a way that overcomes the darkness of our world.” Continue reading Fr. Jim’s homily & liturgical resources for the Epiphany of the Lord
Fr. Jim Bleackley offers the reflection for Christmas. In it, he shares:
“For the author of the Gospel of Luke the real miracle of Christmas is that shepherds are at home with God. Shepherds were near the very bottom of the social order of the day. They were considered worse than prostitutes and tax collectors. That even this group could be one with God is for Luke the real miracle of Christmas and is the highlight of his account about the birth of Jesus. It is worth noting that it is only when these despised shepherds hear the message that the heavens suddenly become full of angels, singing joyous praise of God…In seeing these outcasts at home with God, we come to realize that not even our sinfulness need be an obstacle in God’s plan to be Emmanuel, to be at home with us. Tonight, we are invited to experience this mystery by allowing Christ to enter our flesh, our weakness, our poverty, and our sin; to allow this sacred gift to redeem us and make us a people who are zealous for good deeds because his presence, truth and love is the light that over comes the darkness of our world.” Continue reading Christmas 2021 Reflection & Bulletin
As we move through Advent, Fr Jim Bleackley offers the reflection for the 4th Sunday.
” The story of the Visitation is our story. God communicates with us inviting us to be a part of his saving plan; to make God’s presence, truth and love visible in our time and place. In our darkened world which struggles to face the pain and suffering caused by the ever increasing pandemic, the dangerous crisis of climate change, the mass movement of migrants and refugees and the injustices inflicted on Indigenous peoples, let us remember that we are a people overwhelmed by God’s goodness and peace. Believing that nothing is impossible with God, let us be lights for the world by allowing God’s saving power to flow through our faith, hope and love. Remember that the mystery of the Incarnation teaches us that we can only do that by accepting to becoming one with those who are suffering and walk this difficult path with God’s wisdom and grace.”
Reflection Youtube link
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As we move through Advent, Fr. Jim Bleackley offers the reflection for the 3rd Sunday, ”It is important to have a critical eye, but if it not balanced with a sense of wonder, it could easily become a destruction force that would do more harm than good. It is this sense of wonder that helps us experience God in our midst, the one who rejoice over us with gladness and who is shaping and renewing us with divine love. It is the sense of wonder that fills our minds with new possibilities, and allows each one of us, like the people in today’s gospel, to ask the question, “what should we do?” Also, it is the sense of wonder that opens our hearts to hear God’s answers to our question. ”
Continue reading Fr Jim’s Reflection & A Parish Update for the 3rd Week of Advent
Advent and Christmas Mass Schedule & Registration
Note: Registration is required to attend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses.
Advent reconciliation services 2021
Monday, December 13, 2021 – Advent Reconciliation Services – 12:00pm & 7:00pm
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As we move through Advent, Mark McCormick offers the reflection for the 2nd Sunday. He observes, ”Have you noticed that people started decorating early for Christmas this year? Seems like we have all been longing for a reason to celebrate. So why not get an early start, especially after the frightening reality we have all lived these 22 months since COVID took hold. ”
Continue reading Mark McCormick’s Reflection & a Parish Update for the Second Sunday of Advent
As we enter Advent, Eleanor Rabnett offers our Sunday reflection. In it, she shares: “It can be very easy to think of Advent as being nothing more than a short time of preparation for Christmas itself, but – is that all it is – a prelude to Christmas? Advent is the emergence, the surfacing of something new. Advent accentuates the beginning of our liturgical year that re-announces the birth of Jesus, and in that light then it is no longer just a countdown.”
Continue reading Eleanor Rabnett’s Reflection & a Parish Update for the First Sunday of Advent
As we reach the end of our liturgical year, Andrew Pump offers the reflection for the Feast of Christ the King. In it, he explores the concept of truth, what the term would have meant in biblical times and how ideas around truth evolved through Church history — from the evolution of the Church’s teachings on perceived ideal forms of government to the changing view of, and relationship with the Jewish people. Andrew shares:
“Pope Francis’ papacy is another great moment to challenge our assumptions of God and truth, and let the unconditional compassion and love of God soften our hardened hearts and institutions…” Continue reading Andrew Pump’s Reflection and a Parish Update for the Feast of Christ the King