Eleanor Rabnett’s Reflection and a Parish Update for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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.'”

PDF version of the reflection: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time August 7, 8

Liturgical Resources

Parish History Video — Part 16

In Part 16 of the Parish History Series, parishioner Kathy Crowe shares her memories and about children’s ministry at St. Joseph’s Parish in Ottawa. This is her conversation with Terry Byrne.

Organ Music from St. Joe’s
Performed by Tom Fagan

Parish Update

A new shipment of breakfast and snack boxes

On Monday, August 9th, the Parish will once again receive a shipment of 40 breakfast and snack boxes from the Ottawa Network for Education. These boxes are available to families in our parish with school age children and are free of charge. If you would like a box, please contact David in the front office: 613-233-4095, ext. 251. Email: [email protected]

Back to School — Backpack donations

The St. Joe’s Women’s Centre will be distributing backpacks filled with school supplies to the children of Women’s Centre clients. The Centre is seeking donations of both backpacks and basic school supplies. If you are able to contribute, please contact the Women’s Centre Program Coordinator, Jane Tenthorey, by email at [email protected] or by telephone: 613-233-4095, ext. 202.  Thank you!

A Parish Donation to the Centre d’Aide Rockland Help Centre

The Parish donated 300 non-perishable food items to the Rockland Help Centre. Many thanks to Terry Byrne who delivered the items for us. We received a nice note from André Perras, President of the Centre, who shared: “It was a pleasant surprise to receive over 300 non-perishable items. We were also impressed by the thoughtfulness which focused specifically on food items for children of all ages. This timely gift is very much appreciated. Our Board of Directors and volunteers would like to thank each and every one of your group give their time and effort to help others.”

Sunday Offerings for August 2, 2021 : $5,742

Thank you for your generosity. We are grateful for your support during the pandemic, especially as our expenses continue. If you would like to continue giving in this period, but have not yet returned to in-person Mass, you can mail in your offering envelopes/cheques to the parish front office, donate through Canada Helps or call us at 613-233-4095, ext. 251 to donate through credit card.

A Message from Chalice

Chalice is a Catholic international aid charity focused on child, family, and community development. We work closely with lay people, religious missionaries, and local communities to provide care for the many children and families caught in the dehumanizing grip of poverty. We believe education is the first and most important step in breaking the cycle of poverty. Sponsorship gives children the support needed to attend and stay in school, and helps families provide nutritious food and better care for their children. For more information on sponsoring a child through Chalice, please click here.

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