Lent 2012

One-on-One Healing Touch – Fri Feb 24 Friday February 24th, from 9:30am – 11:30am. For anyone who is experiencing spiritual, emotional, or physical stress/pain. Each person will receive a treatment of 15-20 min. followed by time for reflection. Given by Helena Robb, Colette Chartrand and Clara Nasello. Sign-up sheet at the back of the church.

Males Spirituality Open Circle – Mon Feb 27 Do you sense there’s a piece missing? Are you feeling like “where’s my fire for life gone … or when’s it gonna ignite?”  Deep down you know something has to give.  “Everything dies, that’s a fact; but maybe everything that dies, some day comes back.” (Springsteen)  The male adventure has a different shape and language; and we’re inviting men, ages 18 & up, all faiths or none, to check it out with us.  Hosted by Centre for Initiation & Education & St Joe’s – in the Hall from 6:30-8:30pm.  RSVP by email davidanthonyperry@gmail.com or phone 613 722-578.

Development & Peace Lent Evening – Wed Feb 29Help a Just World Take Root”, Wednesday February 29, 7-9 pm in St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa will join us to welcome our guest speaker: Antoine Verlaine Bien-Aimé, programme coordinator and agronomist with CARITAS (International Development Work for the Catholic Church) from the Port-au-Prince diocese, Haiti.  Q & A and refreshments.  More info? (613)526-0390 or ldmartin@sympatico.ca.   www.devp.org/sharelent for your updates!  

Introduction to Christian Meditation – Tue Mar 13,20,27 Mark your calendars for 3 nights:  Tues March 13, 20 and 27 from 7-8pm at the parish.  Each evening will be unique and include information about meditation as well as a 20-minute meditation session.  Come to one or come to all.  Need more information?  Contact Francie at 613-236-0155.  All are welcome.

Ongoing Christian Meditation  – Monday and/or Fridays Open groups are on Mondays at 9:30am (contact 613-730-0108) or Fridays at 7:30 (contact 613-236-0155). Enter through Parish Office at 151 Laurier.

Spiritual Direction/Companion – Week of Feb 26 for 5 weeks Take a 5-week “test drive” of spiritual direction/companion and experience a process to deepen your spiritual life and relationship with God. Participants meets with a spiritual director/companion, for one hour/week.  The fee is $20/session for these five weeks. Who can participate? Moms, dads, young adults, students, singles, seniors… anyone who is looking for a spiritual tune up – or perhaps you have some spiritual questions and are looking for ways to see how God is active in your life… Offer is only open until Feb 26th since the sessions begin that week. Sign up at the Welcome Desk or with Mary Murphy – mmurphy@st-josephs.ca or 613-233-4095 ext 227. The spiritual directors/ companions are: Clara Nasello, Bob Farrington, Mary Farrington, Colette Chartrand, Helena Robb, Anne Taylor.   Spiritual Directing and Spiritual Companioning are different names for the same work.

“Occupy Lent”: A Discussion Series –Tues Mar 6, 13, 20
The Occupy movement captured the imagination and dominated discourse throughout North America. Understanding the roots of the financial meltdown, and placing responsibility for this on those responsible, was only part of the message. Issues related to democracy, use of public space, growing inequality and other themes were also front and center.  Socially-conscious Christians are organizing a series of three discussions.  We will first hear from some Occupiers themselves, then a presentation on economic inequality in Canada from a respected and sympathetic economist, and finally, a moderated discussion concerning religious values and what people of faith might do about this growing problem of inequality. The evenings will begin at 7 pm and end by 9 pm at the Parish on March 6, 13 and 20th.