In the homily for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Father Jim Bleackley reflects:
The call to love your enemies does not mean to make your enemy your best friend or fall passionately in love with those who mistreat you, but rather to keep open the relationship by responding to conflict in ways that promotes the unity and oneness that binds us to God and one another. When we shun hatred and revenge, we choose life for others and ourselves. In his book, “Whatever Became of Sin” by Karl Menninger a well-known psychologist, wrote: “If one wanted to find a germinal word to link all sins, perhaps hate would do it. In terms of action, however, the long-term consequences of hate are self-destruction.”
Reconciliation Discussion Series
As a continuation of St. Joe’s pastoral focus on Reconciliation, the parish is launching a discussion series that will take place over the coming weeks. The series will provide an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, particularly in light of recent discoveries at former residential schools. Participants will be able to explore questions, insights, and new opportunities on the reconciliation journey.
This series will be hosted by Sue-Anne Hess who holds an MA (Conflict Studies) from St Paul University. Originally from Australia, she has worked with Aboriginal Catholic Ministry (Victoria, Aus) and has recently published a research piece on creative opportunities for reconciliation in Australia. Of Irish heritage, Sue-Anne is especially interested in equipping Catholics and Christians with the tools necessary for dialogue, healing and peace with our Indigenous brothers and sisters. This eight-part series is intended to run on alternate Mondays, commencing on February 28th at 7pm. The series will be initially offered via zoom, although we are hoping to consider in-person meetings as provincial restrictions ease. If you have any questions, please email [email protected], or phone 613-233-4095 ext 235
To register for the upcoming launch event, please click the link: https://stjosephs.breezechms.com/form/cd3791
Update on the Synodal Process of the People of God
The Synodal Journey Process
Marcel Damphousse, Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall in his invitation to the people of God in the Archdiocese wrote: “A Synod is fundamentally a spiritual process of listening and discerning how God is calling us to be a Church in the third millennium. It is a humble listening and a journey together which aims towards unity…” adding that it creates the opportunity for listening, dialogue and discernment at the local level of the parish.
At St. Joe’s we are in the process of working with volunteers who will then animate and listen to parishioners, friends and anyone who wishes to take part in this two-session process. We will journey together by beginning to hold Zoom sessions with you the parish members. Once you have registered a “Participant Guide” will be sent to you to help you to prepare to answer two fundamental questions. In the first session you will be asked to share your responses to the first question How is this “journeying together” happening today in our local Church? and then a week later will come together to respond to the second question of What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our “journeying together”? Each session will have an Animator, a Scribe to take notes of the sharings, and you, the participants. There will be moments of prayer, discernment, sharing and listening to what the Spirit is saying within each of us. These sessions will take place in the month of March and then the responses will be pulled together into a summary report which will be sent to Archdiocese offices for May 6, 2022. In the Fall of 2022, the full report will be shared with the parish so that we can look at what our own steps might be.
Archbishop Marcel Damphousse
Oringinal Announcement: February 20 Synodal Process Update
Care for Creation- CORRECTION -SEE DATE
Virtual presentation and Q and A – Tuesday February. 22nd, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
(sponsored by the Office of Creation Care at the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall)
- What is the link between faith and investment?
- How can we use our position as investors to help the climate transition?
- What options do we have as individual investors?
- What can our churches and dioceses do?
- Is there cause for hope?
The guest presenter is Kevin Thomas, CEO of SHARE.
To register, send an email to [email protected]
Funeral for Parishioner Pat Barr will be held February 25, 2022 at 12pm. Please note that regular 12pm mass is cancelled.
Offering for Sunday February 13, 2022: $4607.00
Wednesday Christion 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.
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
2021 Tax Receipts are being mailed out, 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
February 23rd, 2022: Mary Wynands
February 24th, 2022: Anonymous
February 25th, 2022: Pat Barr
Please contact Kathleen in the Front office ([email protected]) for bulletin submissions or to add a name to the prayers for the sick & deceased.