Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily & Bulletin: Updates on Kateri Native Ministry and Synodal Process

In his homily for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Fr. Jim shares:

“I remember when I was a novice discerning a call to religious life and priesthood. I was an immature young man trying to live my idea of perfection that I thought was necessary for people drawn to this way of life. Knowing my own shadow and weaknesses, I wrote to my mother telling her about my “unworthy feelings” which were making me think I should leave the noviciate.  Thankfully, my wise mother wrote back and affirmed my unworthiness and reminded me that what was necessary in discerning my future path was to focus on God’s grace and action in my life. She reminded me that every Christian vocation must deal with one’s shadow and weaknesses if it is going to be authentic. For my mother, a sense of one’s “unworthiness” when challenged by Christ’s prophetic word, was a moment of grace.  Of all the letters my mother wrote to me, it is the only one I kept.”

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection link

Liturgical Resources

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 6 2022 – Liturgy of the Word for use at home


READINGS FOR CHILDREN – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2022

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2022 – Prayers of the Faithful

Mission Prayer

Vocation Reflection: “Fear not, nothing is impossible” By Margot Lavoie

Special Announcements – More on the Synodal Process of the People of God


I should have introduced myself last weekend. If any of you who are wondering if there is a real person behind these weekly updates let me, please introduce myself.

My name is Eleanor Rabnett, I am a long-time parishioner of St. Joe’s parish. Some of you will recognize me as having served in various ministries over the years and currently serving as a Eucharistic Minister and a Reflector. And I am excited with the possibilities offered to us in this Synodal Process.

This week I invite to watch this 4-minute video of Marilyn Bergeron, from the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall who speaks of her own experience in joining and becoming a part of the Synodal Process, sharing her fears, hopes, and her desires to evangelize in our archdiocese. Here is a link to her short message: Synodal Process

A series you might be interested in look at is being offered by Future Church with Sr. Maureen Sullivan OP, titled: Fertile Ground: The Synod, Vatican II, and the Future of the Church. These are Zoom meeting sessions which are free, approximately 30 minutes in length followed by a question period. Here is the link for more information and to register for Sr. Maureen’s three remaining videos: Enacting Vatican II with the Synodal Process

We have set up a parish email to which you can send us your questions or request more information, and which will be available until we submit our summary up to the Archdiocese office May 6, 2023. You can reach us at: [email protected]

Here again are the links to two excellent short videos about this Synodal Process: the link for Prof. Cathy Clifford is: Prof. Cathy Clifford and the link for Fr. John Renken is: Fr. John Renken.


The synodal process is a humble listening  and a journey together.
— (Archbishop Marcel Damphousse)


Kateri Native Ministry Fundraiser

This week, Donna Naughton, Executive Director of Kateri Native Ministry, visited the parish and accepted a $17,000 donation from our church community to her organization, specifically to programming around Truth and Reconciliation.  For more information see the press release: Kateri Native Ministry’s Reconciliation Program

Remembering Pat Barr —

Long-time parishioner Pat Barr died this week. Pat was an enthusiastic community builder at our Saturday evening Mass. For over a decade, he coordinated and promoted pot-luck dinners several times each year after 5 p.m. Mass. He always displayed special care for personally reaching out to everyone in the pews – especially to visitors and newcomers. Pat immigrated to Canada from sectarian Northern Ireland, during the period of upheaval known as The Troubles. This experience marked his spirituality. A number of years ago, after I had become the parish’s executive director, he explained to me that as a personal mission, he would visit the food court at the Rideau Centre and invite to lunch people who were alone. Pat would share a meal with people of any faith and of no religious faith. He always shared his connection to St. Joseph’s Parish and his Catholicism. He also explained that to him, having lunch with people of all backgrounds in the mall’s food court, and doing so with an openness to difference, was the experience of church that Christ was calling him to live, particularly in light of his memories of Northern Ireland. We will share information about Pat’s funeral soon. We keep Pat and his family in our prayers.  –Christopher Adam

Financial Stewardship

Offering for Sunday, January 23rd, 2021: $4,340
Sunday January 30th, 2021: $3,500

Christian Meditation

Friday Christian Meditation Sessions have resumed in person at 7pm in the Oblate Lounge. Please contact Beth at [email protected] for more information.

The Canadian Christian Meditation Community 2022 National Conference is taking place the 10th & 11th June, 2022 at Saint Paul University, 110 Hazel Street, Ottawa. For mor information and Registration: National Conference Registration


Our Lady of the Visitation – Schnitzel Dinner

Sunday February 13th, Enjoy a homemade Schnitzel Dinner with potato salad, red cabbage, and Apple Strudel Dessert from Our Lady of the Visitation’s kitchen. COVID19 protocols followed. Proceeds to church restoration fund. Tickets $25 at 613-822-2007or email: [email protected]. Curbside pickup 4 to 6 pm at 5338 Bank Street.

St Basil’s Parish — Healing in All Directions

St. Basil’s parish once again invites you to participate in a webinar on “Healing in All Directions” with Sr. Eva Solomon, February 6, 2022 at 2:30pm, online.  Register in advance for this meeting: Healing in All directions Registration 

Front Office

2021 Tax Receipts will be mailed this coming week, February, 2022. If you have moved, please make sure your address is up to date by contacting the Front Office at [email protected]

2022 Church Envelopes: If you have not yet picked up your box of 2022 church donations envelopes, you can do so by contacting the Front Office Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm, to make arrangements.  (: 613-233-4095, ext. 251 or [email protected])

2022 Missals are available for purchase, $5 cash, or cheque. Please contact the Front Office if you would like to purchase one: 613-233-4095 or [email protected]

Prayers for those who are sick:  Paul Chamberlain, David Friday, Ethel Garrett, Jane McGarry, Helena Robb

Prayers for those who have died: Donna Andrew, Pat Barr, Christine Crawford, Sister Patricia McCarney CND, Nina McCullough

Mass Intentions

February 9th, 2022:  Nina McCullough
February 11th , 2022: Aine & Brian O’Reilly

Please contact Kathleen in the Front office ([email protected]) for bulletin submissions or to add a name to the prayers for the sick & deceased.

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