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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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@example.com 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→
Fr. Jim offers the reflection for the sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time and shares:
“Last week when I was in the Oblate kitchen making a cup of coffee, I happened to look out the window and saw a group of people sitting in the garden, in front of the Women’s Centre and the Supper Table; relaxing in the sun and enjoying each other’s company. They were people who appeared to carry all their belongings with them and who were most likely guests who often come to our doors seeking food, refreshments and a place in our community. As I watched, I saw a young man digging into his pack and when he appeared to be missing something, looked around to the others in the group. Immediately, someone pulled out a sweater from his bag and gave it to him. Another person gave him a sandwich. And someone else offered him an apple. From my viewpoint, it appeared that the group was concerned for the young man, doing what they could to help him out. This is another example of how generous the poor can be with those in need…” Continue reading Fr. Jim Bleackey’s Reflection and a Parish Update for the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time→
Fr. Richard Beaudette OMI offers the homily this weekend and is also presiding at our in-person liturgies. He shares:
“The idea of being anointed prophet is one well beyond our notion of probability. Who of us feels competent to speak God’s Word in a way that calls and challenges others to conversion? Of course, as Paul would remind us, our baptismal call to be prophetic is not something that we can do on our own. Rather than offering a life of comfort and safety, this baptismal call puts great expectations on us; expectations that can only be met when we recognize our individual weakness and open ourselves to the indwelling of the Spirit and the power of Christ dwelling in us and personified in the Christian community. As prophets, we are called to proclaim that the reign of God is at hand and to co-create a just and loving society. ” Continue reading Fr. Richard Beaudette’s Reflection and a Parish Update on the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time→
John Rietschlin offers the reflection at our Masses this weekend. John shares:
“Many of us will know that Julian was a 15th century mystic who spent some fifty years, most of her adult life, living in a single room during the Bubonic plague. Julian experienced a series of visions from God as a young woman and then spent many decades praying and reflecting on these visions and writing about them. When she died, she left a single book written over a lifetime—the first book by a woman in the English language. This book is the source of our knowledge about her and her visions. What did she see? In the midst of the darkness and death from the plague, Julian saw God’s total goodness. She saw that every human being is totally “oned” with God. In the midst of fear, she saw that God is fully present in every aspect of creation. The beauty shining through a flower, a sunset, a smile is the beauty of God. She saw that sin causes us to lose sight of God, but that God never loses sight of us—God continues to love every one of us.” Continue reading John Rietschlin’s Reflection and a Parish Update on the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time→
Mark McCormick offers us this weekend’s reflection. In it, Mark shares: “Jesus asks us today to be on the leading edge of change, for we cannot escape the conclusion that human hearts outside of God make enemies of the other. When we watch unfolding tragedies and say “no more” and “not again”, the pattern still endures and emerges with another group suffering under our oppressive ways.
Fr. Garry LaBoucane, a Métis Elder and Oblate priest ministering in Vancouver, B.C. shares with St. Joseph’s Parish:
“Let the Indigenous voices be heard…Anything that is said or written about Indigenous people needs the voices of Indigenous peoples. Nothing should be done without the voices of the people….The Body of Christ is badly wounded…Francis reminded those who read his book that God always heads for the margins of life, and we all know Jesus did this repeatedly in word and in action…
The dream that God had and has is a dream that God shared with all peoples, and continues to do so. My ancestors were nomadic, and I follow their example. This is the longest time I’ve ever stayed in one place. So I’m nomadic. My ancestors lived in tents. The significance of that is that it’s important for us to be able to move, from one position or one place to another, and not to take an immoveable stance in life. My own people, the Cree people, the Blackfoot people, and the people here in these territories, they always welcome the stranger. In our language: come on in! So, it’s an invitation to talk, to share, to learn. Unfortunately, when the strangers first came to this part of the world, they walked into the house and they took over everything, and they changed the way of life. I think what we can learn from this hard event is that it’s better that we camp together, we move together. It’s better to return to the dream God has for us.” Continue reading Fr. Garry LaBoucane & Fr. Jim Bleackley: A Conversation→