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John Mark Keyes’ Reflection and a Parish Update for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

As we begin the Synodal process in the Catholic Church, John Mark Keyes shares in his reflection:

“Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. This message seems to have been all too often lost in our Church and in its institutional hierarchy. In fact, the notion of hierarchy itself is at odds with Jesus saying that whoever wishes to be first among you, must be slave or servant of all. In the Catholic Church, governance from the top has often been the norm, with little scope for the majority of its members, the faithful, to have a say in how decisions are made or how the institutional Church is managed….We have recently been reminded of some of the horrific effects of what is known as clericalism, in the abuses committed by members of the clergy and religious communities  — most notably, in the Indian residential schools. Where was Jesus’ message when these things happened?…I have had and continue to have difficulty understanding what has unfolded and continues to unfold around clerical abuse here in Canada and around the world — most recently in France. But I am also not prepared to abandon the Church, for it has made me who I am and has given me so much nourishment.,.” Continue reading John Mark Keyes’ Reflection and a Parish Update for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Jim’s Reflection and a Parish Update for Thanksgiving Weekend

As Fr. Jim reflects on the readings for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, he shares:

“When Jesus repeats the statement by saying that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God” the disciples experience the alarm felt by the rich young man as they realize that total renunciation is humanly impossible. No wonder the disciples asked one another “then who can be saved? ” Their fear and disappointment had Jesus remind them that everything is possible for God. In a world where people treasure earthly things, Jesus invites his followers to focus on the goodness of God in order to help them understand that this dispossession on all levels is the way into fulness of life. In a culture where wealth and possessions are so highly valued, we need to experience a different way of life to be receptive to Jesus’ life-giving message.” Continue reading Fr. Jim’s Reflection and a Parish Update for Thanksgiving Weekend

Pastoral Employment Opportunity

Job Title: Coordinator of Young Adult Ministry & Faith Formation      Job Type: Full-time at 37.5 hours per week                                        Location: 151 Laurier Ave. East, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N8                                Starting Salary: $45,000 + Benefits
Start Date: October 2021
Closing Date: Open until filled

St. Joseph’s Parish, an inclusive and vibrant Roman Catholic faith community, is hiring a Coordinator of Young Adult Ministry & Faith Formation to join our staff team. Established by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1856, it is the Parish’s mission to reach out to the most marginalized in our broader community in the spirit of the Church’s teachings on the Preferential Option for the Poor and to sustain a parish that is open and welcoming to all. Located adjacent to the University of Ottawa, student outreach and offering young Catholics a positive faith community are central aspects of our pastoral work. Continue reading Pastoral Employment Opportunity

Fr. Jim’s reflection and a parish update on the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Exploring community and relationships, Fr. Jim offers the homily for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time. In it, he shares:

“Every morning as I pray, I give thanks for the people whose love and friendship have brought the best out of me; with gratitude and a sense of wonder I give thanks for those wonderful people. Yet as I ponder the different stages of my life, I can recall times when my fear, confusion, lack of maturity, and weaknesses closed my heart to the ideal and vision God offers to humankind. In the midst of our struggles and difficulties, it is good to be reminded that from the beginning of creation, God intended for us to live in community and be in life-giving relationship with each other and all of creation.” Continue reading Fr. Jim’s reflection and a parish update on the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Joe Gunn’s Reflection for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and a Parish Update

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’s Reflection and a Parish Update for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Eleanor Rabnett’s Reflection and a Parish Update on the 24th Sunday of 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

The Season of Creation: A Reflection, Liturgical Resources and a Parish Update

We open the Season of Creation with a reflection from our pastor. Fr. Jim Bleackley OMI shares:

“Faith gives us trust that God’s Spirit is constantly renewing the face of the Earth. Within this horizon of hope, our baptismal call frees us to return to our human vocation to tend and care for Mother Earth in ways that are renewing and life giving.” Continue reading The Season of Creation: A Reflection, Liturgical Resources and a Parish Update

Fr. Jim’s Reflection, Liturgical Resources and a Parish Update on the 22nd Sunday in 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