Construction in parking through-way
The University of Ottawa has launched a major renovation project on the Soloway residence located across from the St. Joseph’s Parish rectory. Construction began June 2nd and may continue until August 15th. The project also includes the resurfacing of the shared through-way by the University. Due to staff turn-over and vacancies at the University , the Parish only learned about this project on May 27th.. Over the past week, new staff at the University have been in negotiation with Parish staff and have been diligent in hearing and addressing our concerns with respect to minimizing the impact on Parish services and the faith community, and financially compensating the Parish for any lost parking lot revenue. The University has also acknowledged with regret the late notice to our Parish and is committed to working closely with us moving forward. Please be aware of the following changes in place for the duration of construction:
- Vehicular access to the through-way from Laurier Avenue East (the passage between the rectory and the residence) is blocked by a construction fence beginning June 2, 2022. A pathway ensures that the parish offices and Laurier Ave. are still accessible to pedestrians approaching from the parking lot.
- The parking spots along the wall of the rectory will be blocked during the period of construction.
- Parking spots in front of the waste removal bins storage area will be blocked for the period of construction. The bins will sit on these spots to ensure easier access by waste removal trucks.
- The O’Frango food truck, a loyal tenant of the Parish, will continue to operate from its current location, but its terrace may be relocated by the University. We have been in negotiation with our tenant to ensure that the University addresses its concerns.
- We expect to have adequate parking for all weekend liturgies, but please be aware that on weekdays the parking lot will likely fill up earlier than usual. The majority of the main parking lot and the lot behind the school are not impacted by construction.
- The St. Joe’s Women’s Centre, the Supper Table and our food bank services continue as usual.
Thank you for your patience and understanding!
World Refugee Day 2022 Annual Special Collection for the St Joe’s Refugee Outreach Committee (ROC) during the June 18th and 19th weekend liturgies.
Everyone has the right to seek safety- whoever they are, wherever they come from, and whenever they are forced to flee.” All are encouraged to read and reflect on the single page article at UNHCR – World Refugee Day 2022 – Messaging.
We are grateful to parishioners for last year’s collection which raised $4,470 and allowed the ROC to provide a large range of services, from dental care to translation fees, to help those in refugee situations, settle and integrate into Ottawa life.
The proceeds from this year’s collection will allow the ROC to continue to assist individuals and families in various circumstances and contribute to the costs associated with sponsorships. Presently we are working on sponsorships for a mother of senior age and her adult daughter who have lived for several years as refugees in the Middle East. The ROC has raised $12,000.00, towards the total sponsorship cost of $33,000, which will cover start-up costs and monthly living expenses for the first year of settlement. With your help we can raise the remaining $21,000 by the end of July.
Special Envelopes will be available at the liturgies and financial support is also gratefully accepted through the following link: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/131771990RR0006-saint-joseph-parish/ or by contacting [email protected]
Parishioners are also invited to the June 20th afternoon book launch of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Actions: Refuge through Activism at Ottawa’s St. Joe’s Parish.
Thank you, to the St Joe’s community for ongoing spiritual solidarity and financial generosity. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Refugee Outreach Committee, please e-mail ROC Ministry Contact Dona Bowers at [email protected]
Refugee Outreach Commeitte: Official Book Launch Invitation for Ordinary People Extraordinary Actions
Location: Outdoors on the Tabaret Lawn (555 Cumberland Street, Ottawa)
St. Joseph’s Refugee Outreach Committee (the ROC) is one of Ottawa’s longest-serving, volunteer-run refugee outreach groups. Since 1990, this group of dedicated volunteers has helped to welcome and support hundreds of newcomers and refugees in the city.
This event will honour the ROC’s impressive 30+ years of history, and prompt a larger conversation about how we can all get involved in welcoming refugees in pressing and meaningful ways today. It will also mark the launch of the book Ordinary People, Extraordinary Actions, which relates stories about how “ordinary people” in Ottawa, and particularly at St. Joseph’s Parish, have taken small and big steps to welcome people seeking refuge into their communities (see publishing details).
Formalities will run from approximately 2:30-3:15pm. This event will include brief remarks from:
- Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
- Jacques Frémont, President of the University of Ottawa
- Louisa Taylor, Director of Refugee613
- Past and current members of the ROC
- Past newcomers with a connection to the ROC
- The authors of the book Ordinary People, Extraordinary Actions: Refuge Through Activism at Ottawa’s St. Joe’s Parish
All are invited! Come learn about Ottawa’s rich refugee history and about how to get involved.
For any questions concerning this event, please email [email protected].
St Joseph’s Women Centre: Funding Update
St, Joe’s Women’s Centre is grateful for the generous support from the Ottawa Community Foundation, in collaboration with the Puran Shanti Education fund, towards our shared Works Empowers & Teaches Program. The Share Works and Teaches (S.W.E.A.T.) program is an innovated program designed to empower low-income women to give back to the community, enter the work force, and/or to gain the necessary skills for the workplace.
This program ahs helped my family and I to afford healthy and nutritious food; especially with the rising costs of food. The program has empowered me to gain more self-esteem and feel confident to look for permanent part-time work in the community.
St. Joe’s Supper Table: Spring Clean
We’re thrilled to be welcoming back volunteers to St Joe’s Supper Table after such a long time! This week (June 6th to 10th) will be our “Spring Cleaning” week, with a thorough cleanout of all our cupboards, storage, etc. If you’d like to help out for a few hours one day next week, please email [email protected] with your availability. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be onboarding new volunteers and getting everyone familiar with our current operations. We are currently seeking donations of Coffee, canned meat and toilette paper.
Thanks again for your wonderful support! Sue-Anne and Kathleen.
YOUNG FAMILIES LOOKING TO SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER
Young families in our parish are hoping to get to know one another. Over the past 2 years many young families have not been able to attend in person events at St Joe’s for many reasons. People are talking about moving forward together and would like to meet other families. If you are interested in meeting other young families, please contact Kathleen Strader at [email protected] and leave your name and contact information with her.
Invitation to St Joe’s 2022 Annual General Meeting
St Joe’s Annual General Meeting will be held on June 15 2022 at 7pm in the Parish Hall. Please plan to attend. We will review last years minutes, our annual report, the financial report and appoint the auditor for the upcoming year. We will discuss possibilities for next year and appoint PPC members for 22-23. Please rsvp to Kathleen Strader [email protected] by Sunday, June 13th.
Remembering Dan Handfield
Dan Handfield died this week at age 63. In October 2021, Dan retired from the staff team. Just about anywhere we look, we can see how Dan applied his carpentry gifts to our parish – from the cabinetry in the Sacristy, to the Oblate, Supper Table and Women’s Centre kitchens, to the railing and storage space in the sanctuary, the rectory deck – and, of course, the confessional kitchen near the entrance of our church. These are just some of the many ways Dan improved our facilities over the past 15 years. St. Joseph’s Parish was his family, and he will be missed by all of us – and most especially by his colleagues in the maintenance department, Nick and Normand, who worked so closely with him over the years.
A funeral liturgy for Dan will be held in our church on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome. We will continue to remember Dan — his life and his many contributions to our parish — and we pray for the repose of his soul.
THE PAPAL VISIT TO CANADA: INDIGENOUS HOPES & CATHOLIC REPONSES (Online Panel Conversation)
Date: Thursday June 9th 2022 6 – 7:30 pm MT/ 8 – 9:30pm ET
The Oblates of Mary Immaculate administered 48 Indian Residential Schools throughout Canada, apologizing for this role in 1991. With the more recent apologies of the Catholic Bishops as well as Pope Francis, and the confirmation of a papal visit in July, how might we “live into” the spirit of these apologies for reconciliation and better relations with Indigenous peoples?
Galilee Centre with the collaboration of Star of the North Retreat Centre and Centre Oblat – Voice for Justice will be hosting a panel Discussion featuring:
Deacon Rennie Nahanee – Squamish First Nation
Lisa Raven – Executive Director, Returning to Spirit
Ali Nnaemeka – Oblate of Mary Immaculate
Offering for Sunday May 31, 2022: $
Library News — June 5, 2022 – Library books on MEDITATION – Nouwen, H. Out of solitude: three meditations on the Christian life (BX2182.2.N67 1974), Rahner, K. Prayers and meditations: an anthology (BX2350.2.R34213 1980) & Rohr, R. Yes? and? … daily meditations (BV4832.3.R64 2013).
Monday Christian Meditation Sessions have resumed in person at 9:30am in the Sacristy Library.
Wednesday Christian Meditation Sessions have resumed in person at 3pm in the Main Floor Meeting room. Please contact Chaplain Rick at 613-265-1652 for more information.
Friday Christian Meditation Sessions have resumed in person at 7pm in the Oblate Lounge. Please contact Beth at [email protected] for more information.
Bytown 1847 Élisabeth Bruyère and the Irish Famine Refugees.
By Michael McBane
The 175 anniversary of the story of refugees, a typhus pandemic and a young community of Catholic women, who rose to the occasion when others could or would not. Élisabeth Bruyère and her companions demonstrated faith in action. Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Bruyère Foundation to support the work of Bruyere Continuing Care.
The book will be available after Mass on June 11 and 12, 2022 or from the author at [email protected].
If you have questions or require, 2021 Tax Receipts, 2022 Church Envelopes, or 2022 Missals, [please contact the Front Office at 613-233-4095 or [email protected].
Prayers for those who have died: Dan Handfield, Dr Kwesi Baffoe,
Wed. June 8th, 2022: Mary (nee Grant) Wynands & Jean (nee Grant) Andersen
Thur. June 9th, 2022: Brian Watson
Fri. June 10th, 2022: Available
Please contact Kathleen in the Front office ([email protected]) for questions, bulletin submissions or to add a name to the prayers for the sick & deceased.