In his reflection for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, John-Mark Keyes considers the Beautitudes: “Today’s gospel reading is one of the most familiar. Generally, labelled the Beatitudes, it provides comfort to those who are struggling in their lives. Luke’s account is particularly direct, addressing us in the second person, ‘Blessed are you. ‘ If ever there were a time when we need comforting, it is now. ”
Oblate Vocations Café
You are welcome to join the conversation in the next Vocations Café on Thursday, February 17 at 2:00pm Eastern Time. It’s an informal chat about vocations, streamed LIVE to the OMI Lacombe Canada Facebook Page fb.me/missionaryoblates with an opportunity for an engagement, questions and commends. This time our Vocation Director, Fr. Jarek Pachocki OMI, will be chatting with Fr. Victor M. Patricio-Silva OMI – Vocation Director from US Province about Oblate Vocations and our ministry and collaborative vocation efforts in Canada/US Oblate Region. Thank you for praying for and encouraging vocations to the Oblate religious life!
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. 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 FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS OF THIS SYNOD
This synod is on synodality itself, which means “journeying together.” The Pope would like to hear from the People of God on what the Holy Spirit is saying to our Church today and how we can become a more synodal, listening Church?
The fundamental questions are as follows: A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.” How is this “journeying together” happening today in your local Church? What experiences of your local church does this question remind you of? What joys did they bring? What difficulties and obstacles did they encounter? What wounds did they reveal? What insights did they give rise to? and What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our “journeying together”? Where in these experiences does the voice of the Holy Spirit come through? What is the Spirit asking of us? What needs to be confirmed, what changes need to be considered, what steps need to be taken? Where do we see a consensus being reached? What paths are opening up for our local church?
This question makes it possible to gather the richness of the experiences of synodality that we currently live in our churches, to identify the shortcomings as well as the difficulties, and to allow us to see what progress is needed to be a more synodal Church. (Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall)
What is your experience of Church?
The purpose of the Synod is to plant dreams, draw forth prophecies and visions, allow hope to flourish, inspire trust, bind up wounds, weave together relationships, awaken a dawn of hope, learn from one another, and create a bright resourcefulness that will enlighten minds, warm hearts, give strength to our hands, and inspire a vision of the future filled with the joy of the Gospel. — Pope Francis
Do you have questions you would like to ask? Would you like more information from us? You can reach us at: [email protected]
THE EXPERIENCE OF SYNODALITY The Anglican Church of Canada has engaged in diocesan, provincial and national synods of clergy and laity since the late 19th century, for the purposes of governance and discernment. This presentation will explore the strengths and challenges of synodal governance through the lens of the Anglican experience. This webinar is part of the series presented by St. Paul University. Wed., Feb. 23rd, 7:00- 8:00pm. Click here to register. St. Paul University Webinar link: Registration
Care for Creation
Virtual presentation and Q and A – Tuesday March. 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]
Offering for Sunday February 5, 2022: $5,047
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 16th, 2022: Roland Voyer
February 17th, 2022: Jim Duggan
Please contact Kathleen in the Front office ([email protected]) for bulletin submissions or to add a name to the prayers for the sick & deceased.