Jesus has come to free us from all that holds us back, and Jesus’ kingdom where all are meant to be free begins here. Whoever in Christ’s name works for the betterment of a sister or brother by helping them to see, or walk, or hear is to that degree advancing the Kingdom of God toward its ultimate fulfillment. This reminds us that the fundamental message of the Gospel is to set free the oppressed and the exploited in our own time and place. As we become more aware of the power and action of the divine spirit in our lives, may we reaffirm Christ’s mission statement in ways that allow this Scripture to be fulfilled in our hearing.
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.
This weekend’s reflection is offered by parishioner Joan O’Connell, who explores how, in our busy world, we can find a way to hear, and be receptive to God’s voice. Reflecting on Paul’s words, who calls us not to conform to this age but “be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God,” Joan shares:
“This reminds me of a description I read of modern-day prophets like Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, Nelson Mandela and Ghandi. They were described as living their lives on the edge of the inside – they were just enough on the inside of the dominant culture or social system to know it with all its strengths and faults, but not at the centre where they would be too invested with much to lose. They hadn’t conformed themselves to the world but rather had been transformed so that they in turn could help transform others and, in many cases, speak truth to worldly powers.”
Noon Mass on Friday, September 4th, 2020 is for the repose of the soul of Jack McLaughlin, requested by Kathleen and Jim.
Eucharistic Adoration will take place in the church following Noon Mass on Friday, September 4th, 2020.
Nominations for Parish Pastoral Council are open: PPC is looking to fill one Member-at-Large position from within our Parish community and nominations are invited. Membership on Council is open to all Catholics in good standing registered as members of the Parish. As a member of PPC and in the spirit of collaborative leadership, the Council shares in the pastoral mission and activities of St. Joseph’s Parish. Members assist in sustaining and developing St. Joseph’s Parish as an Oblate Mission in the heart of Ottawa, consistent with the Oblate charism of welcoming and solidarity with the poor and the marginalized. Members of PPC attend monthly meetings and may be invited to serve on working groups as the need arises and according to their gifts and experience. A term on PPC lasts for two years. Please complete this form to express your interest in serving on PPC and submit it electronically by September 15, 2020.
The St. Joe’s Women’s Centre would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to Sandi at Merivale Staples for a generous donation of school supplies to the program’s valued participants. On behalf of all the recipients, thank you!
Would your parish ministry like to meet virtually? If so, the Parish has a subscription to Zoom, which we have been using successfully for Parish Pastoral Council, Finance Committee, faith formation and with other parish groups. Ministry facilitators are welcome to use our Zoom account to connect virtually with volunteers. Please contact Chris ([email protected]) or Andrew ([email protected]) for access to the Parish account.
Sunday Offering for August 23, 2020: $5,015. 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/.
Eucharistic Visits: We are providing Eucharistic Visiting for anyone or any household in Sandy Hill. If you would like someone to visit you at home and bring you the Eucharist, please reach out to our Faith Formation Coordinator Andrew Pump, at: [email protected], or call 613-233-4095, Ext. 235.
Christian Meditation continues in our church every Monday at 9:30 a.m. and on Friday at 7:00 p.m. Please enter through the 151 Laurier Ave. East entrance.
Fr. Susai Jesu OMI provides the Oblate Vocation Reflection for this Sunday. Fr. Susai shares: “One of the reasons why we normally don’t like to be confronted by the cross is that true love is sacrificial. Married couples promise to love each other, religious promise to love the Lord and His Church and so also as Christians we are called to love each other. But, when we are tempted to drift away from the true love, the cross reminds us that true love is defined not by how we feel but by what we give…Everyone in the world has a cross. Our crosses can take the form of emotional, spiritual, physical and mental suffering. As we go through this terrible pandemic, many are the crosses we carry every day. The real issue is what do we do with these different crosses?” To read the full text of Fr. Susai’s reflection in pdf format, please click here: Fr-Susai-Jesu-Vocation-Reflection-Aug30
Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for September 2020 is the Respect for the Planet’s Resources. We pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner.
Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si’ – Parish Participation in the Season of Creation: The Season of Creation begins on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (Sept. 1) and ends on St. Francis Day (Oct. 4). We set aside time to deepen our relationship with our Creator, with each other and all of creation. Resources (prayer, liturgy, events & actions) at www.seasonofcreation.org. Info: John Dorner ([email protected]).
As students, teachers and families in our Parish prepare to begin a new school year with many questions and profound challenges, we pray that whether learning or teaching from home or in person at school, this year is filled with new ways to grow, share and connect with each other.
Ask and you shall receive. . . You told us, via the Spring 2018 Feedback Survey, that you wanted to know more about what our Ministries do. On Sunday 10 February, our ministries will be reaching out to you – to share how we fulfill our Parish Mission as a Proclaiming, Welcoming, Discerning & Ministering Community. Following the 9:30 and 11:30 morning masses, come to the Parish Hall, pour yourself a coffee and explore the range of what goes on in this Parish. See you there!