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Friday, July 29, 2022

Soul Health LXXXIX

 

Soul Health LXXXIX
 



Dear Parishioners and Friends,

The past week has been a momentous and historic one for our country and our Church.  As Canada prepares to bid farewell to Pope Francis let's continue walking together towards reconciliation with our Indigenous sisters and brothers, and continue learning how to effectively stand in solidarity with those in need of our support.  Let's also pray for our hearts to remain open to God's will and to his plans for us to bring others to him through our faith and our deeds.  


Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, July 30 - August 5
Saturday, July 30:  Anniversary of Mary Speer by Her Family
Sunday, July 31:  For All Parishioners
Tuesday, August 2 (St Eusebius of Vercelli):  For the intentions of Michael McSharry on the occasion of his 90th Birthday, by His Family
Thursday, August 4 (St Jean-Marie Vianney):  In thanksgiving to St Thomas More for a family intention, by the Olaguera Family 

Extra intentions this week offered in private Masses:

For the deceased members of the Alguire and Robidoux Family by Their Estate
 


Read up on Divine Renovation
If you're interested in how our parish can move from maintenance towards mission and what that kind journey can look like, copies of the Divine Renovation handbook are available as loans from the parish.  Please contact Angela for more information!
 


Coffee Break Catechesis

  • The Shocking Reality of the Eucharist!
    https://youtu.be/UQPTfyxZLKI
    In this short video, Fr Mike Schmitz discusses the Miracle of the Eucharist and what it truly means to eat Jesus’ body and drink Jesus’ blood.
  • Do you know Jesus?  Are you sure?
    https://youtu.be/3T04N3GmpSk
    In under ten minutes, Tanner Kalina from Ascension Presents shares his journey towards forming a personal relationship with God, and the four habits that will help us all know God in the way we were meant to know him.

Truth, Reconciliation, and Solidarity


 New Appointments in the Archdiocese

  • Congratulations to Msgr Frank Leo, who was recently appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal.  Read more at https://bit.ly/3cH6Yc9



Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Soul Health LXXXVI

 

Soul Health LXXXVI


A Special **Zoom** Event with Fr Robert for the Papal Visit
Friday, July 22nd @ 7:30pm via this link:

https://concordia-ca.zoom.us/j/91966291246

Join Father Robert on Zoom this Friday evening to respond to Pope Francis’ request for the prayers of Catholics worldwide to accompany him on his “pilgrimage of penitence“ and reconciliation with our Indigenous sisters and brothers.  There will be an opening reflection by Father Robert on the Papal visit followed by the Rosary.

***Prayer cards for the Papal Visit are available in the church this weekend for free so you can pray at home and share the Pope’s intentions with your nearest and dearest***



Dear Parishioners and Friends,
 

This Sunday’s Gospel Acclamation tells us, “You have received a Spirit of adoption, in whom we cry, Abba, Father!”

We often refer to our fellow Christians as our sisters and brothers in Christ, and extend this signifier of fraternity beyond Christianity towards the greater “human family,” but we know all too well that throughout history, humanity has not always taken this sense of kinship to heart.  Last summer’s discoveries at sites of former residential schools – the numbers of which are still growing as ongoing investigations continue – forced our nation to face its history in order to make true and meaningful progress in repairing its broken relationship with the Indigenous peoples of Canada.

Solidarity and reconciliation take centre stage this upcoming week in Canada with the arrival of Pope Francis this Sunday.  On this visit, he’ll have a “unique opportunity…to listen and dialogue with Indigenous peoples, to express his heartfelt closeness and to address the impact of colonization and the participation of the Catholic Church in the operation of residential schools throughout Canada.”

 We have a unique opportunity to learn as well, and to follow the example of charity and openness that the Pope puts before us with this visit.  Let’s all take the first steps towards reconciliation this week, and continue walking together.
 


Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, July 23-July 29
Saturday, July 23 (4:30pm):  For All Parishioners
Sunday, July 24 (8:30am):  Lorraine Gaudreau by Paul Moreau
Tuesday, July 26:  Anniversary of John (Bud) Gallie by his sister Maureen
Thursday, July 28:  In thanksgiving, by Caroline Landry


Extra intentions this week offered in private Masses:
- Mr. & Mrs. John Purcell by Their Estate
- Deceased Members of The Gallagher & Purcell Family by the Estate

Read up on Divine Renovation
If you're interested in how our parish can move from maintenance towards mission and what that kind journey can look like, copies of the Divine Renovation handbook are available as loans from the parish.  Please contact Angela for more information!

Franciscus venit!
The Pope’s visit begins this weekend and you're invited to pray for the fruitfulness of this important event in Church and Canadian history!  Prayer cards for the Papal Visit, courtesy of Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, are available at the parish.  If you're paperless or want to share the prayer card online, an electronic copy of the card can be found at https://bit.ly/3CRgy5o
More information about the Papal Visit can be found at https://www.papalvisit.ca/.


“I have both of these worlds that have come together” 
"When Vatican officials were looking for someone in Canada to act as a liaison for program planning during the Pope's visit later this month, they had specific criteria.  Ideally, the person would have Indigenous heritage, have a connection to the residential school system and speak Italian.  This left them with one name: Cristino Bouvette.  The 36-year-old Roman Catholic priest from Calgary is Italian through his mother and Cree and M├ętis through his father. His kokum, or grandmother, was a residential school survivor.”

Read more about the national liturgical director for the papal visit athttps://bit.ly/3yGg9RK
 

Take action!
Are you wondering what concrete steps can Canadian Catholics take to demonstrate real support and solidarity for our Indigenous sisters and brothers?  Catholics for Truth & Reconciliation has some answers!  Check outhttps://www.catholics4tr.com/act.html for ways that you can take a stand.




Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

Friday, July 15, 2022

Soul Health LXXXVII

Soul Health LXXXVII

New Mass Schedule Now In Effect

Saturday, 4:30pm (Confessions at 4:00pm)

Sunday, 8:30am (said Mass – no music)


Confessions are also available by appointment
 (please call the parish office)



Dear Parishioners and Friends,


In this Sunday’ Gospel, we’re introduced to Martha and Mary – two sisters with two different approaches to following Jesus.  Martha's desire to serve Jesus in her home overwhelms her to the point where she becomes “worried and distracted,” as Our Lord puts it.  On the other hand, Mary’s radical desire to learn from Jesus places her directly at his feet, defying all of society’s expectations of her. 

Martha’s solution to her problem is to have Jesus send Mary to her – away from his side.  Jesus’ solution, though, is for Martha to realize that she has a place next to him, too – that perhaps if she were to join Mary there, Martha would also have a share in “the better part.”

Serving God and serving others is a noble endeavor, but without a personal relationship with Jesus even our most valiant effort to be of service can leave us worried, distracted, and distanced from Our Lord. It is only by being radical in our pursuit of a close and personal relationship with Jesus that our efforts to serve can bear the most fruit for ourselves, for our parish, and for our community.



Called Forth to Dallas:  Divine Renovation Conference Team
This coming week, please keep Angela, Terrel, Shawna, and Mark in your prayers as they head off to Dallas, Texas, to participate in the Divine Renovation Conference!  Representing the English Roman Catholic Parishes of Verdun and Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the Conference Team will spend three days immersed in Divine Renovation culture where they’ll gain valuable knowledge, insights, and connections to help guide our parishes towards our mission-focused goals. Come, Holy Spirit!



Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, July 16-July 22
Saturday, July 16 (4:30pm):  For All Parishioners
Sunday, July 17 (8:30am):  Adolf Schweighart by Mrs Violet Huggins
Tuesday, July 19:  Anniversary of Elizabeth Poirier by Bill & Denise
Thursday, July 21:  Anniversary of Theresa McGoldrick by Her Family



Parish Givings Snapshot 2022:  January - June
2021:  Budget – $37 500
Regular Collections - $36 899

2022:  Budget – $40 000
Regular Collections - $32 679


Remembering the Church during the summer months 
During the summer months, parish expenses are ongoing and we rely on our weekly offerings to meet them.  Our offerings this year have gone down substantially, so we’d like to remind all parishioners that even if you’re away during the summer you can still make your regular contributions by dropping them off at the rectory. Thank you for your continued support! 

The August Magnificat is in!
Subscribers to Magnificat will be able to pick up the August instalment at the back of the church this weekend.  Your copy will be indicated by a sticky with your name on it.



Franciscus venit!
“Walking Together” is both the theme of the Papal Visit and the title of a new documentary from Salt+Light Media premiering on Salt+Light TV this Sunday, July 17 at 8:30pm. This documentary focuses on the Vatican meetings in March 2022 between Pope Francis and the Indigenous Peoples Delegation from Canada.    

As the Pope's visit to Canada draws nearer, you're invited to pray for the fruitfulness of this important event in Church and Canadian history!  Prayer cards for the Papal Visit, courtesy of Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, are available in the parish this weekend!  If you're paperless or want to share the prayer card online, an electronic copy of the card can be found at https://bit.ly/3CRgy5o

More information about the Papal Visit can be found at https://www.papalvisit.ca/.


Bishop Barron bids farewell to the West Coast 
Last month, it was announced that Bishop Barron was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester in Minnesota after almost seven years of serving the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  This weekend, he celebrated his last Mass at Mission Santa Barbara – catch the replay at https://youtu.be/kp0M7P0si88

The dignity of human life
Made not for death, but for life:  the Roe reversal is a call to move away from a culture of death towards a society that supports pregnant women and mothers, especially those in difficult situations.  Read more at https://bit.ly/3AEAQjo

Get to the heart of the issue of the US Supreme Court’s recent rulings about Roe v. Wade with the Archbishop of Cincinnati: https://bit.ly/3a81CWr

Gain more insight on Medical Assistance in Dying (set out in Federal Bill C-7 and Quebec’s Bill 38) with the Catholic Register:  https://bit.ly/3a8q624


Catholic Summer Camps for Children, Youth, and Families!
Nurture faith and fellowship in the next generation of disciples this summer at the following camps throughout the Archdiocese!




Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

 

Friday, July 8, 2022

Soul Health LXXXVI

 

Soul Health LXXXVI

New Mass Schedule in effect **This Weekend**
Starting this weekend, the Mass schedule will be:
- Saturday, 4:30pm (Confessions at 4:00pm)
- Sunday, 8:30am (said Mass – no music)

 



Dear Parishioners and Friends,

In this Sunday’s Gospel, we’re reminded that we inherit eternal life by loving God and loving our neighbor:  “Do this and you will live,” Jesus says.  The commandment to love God and others requires us to give ourselves completely – to make it our life’s mission to spread  the Good News through our love! 

As we move forward in transforming our parish from maintenance to mission, let’s keep in mind that becoming a missionary parish means we must be radical and intentional in the way we love God and one another!

 


Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, July 9 - July 15
Saturday, July 9 (4:30pm):  For All Parishioners
Sunday, July 10 (8:30am):  Adolf Schweighart by Mrs Winnifred Tyrell & The Girls
Tuesday, July 12:  Joe Whelton by Caroline & Peter
Thursday, July 14:  Charles Wiseman  & Steven Sargent by Ann Foran

 

But why is there a Sunday Obligation at all?
With the recent cancellation of the pandemic dispensation, in-person attendance at Sunday Mass is once again an obligation for all the faithful.  In other words, attending Mass on TV or YouTube doesn’t cut it anymore -   but why is our physical presence a requirement to fulfil the Sunday Obligation?  Why do we have to go even when we don’t want to, or when other things come up on weekends and seem more important?  Jackie and Bobby Angel from Ascension Presents explain in this video:  https://youtu.be/pWeTOuVcWZQ


Remembering the Church during the summer months 
During the summer months, parish expenses are ongoing and we rely on our weekly offerings to meet them.  Our offerings this year have gone down substantially, so we’d like to remind all parishioners that even if you’re away during the summer you can still make your regular contributions by dropping them off at the rectory. Thank you for your continued support! 


The August Magnificat is in!
Subscribers to Magnificat will be able to pick up the August instalment at the back of the church this weekend.  Your copy will be indicated by a sticky with your name on it.
 


New Month, New Papal Intention
The Papal Intention for July 2022 is for the elderly: “We pray for the elderly, who represent the roots and memory of a people; may their experience and wisdom help young people to look towards the future with hope and responsibility.”

Franciscus venit!
As the Pope's visit to Canada draws nearer, you're invited to pray for the fruitfulness of this important event in Church and Canadian history!  Prayer cards for the Papal Visit, courtesy of Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, will be available at the parish next week!  If you're paperless or want to share the prayer card online, an electronic copy of the card can be found at https://bit.ly/3CRgy5o

The theme of Pope Francis' visit to Canada is "Walking Together."  Read more at  https://bit.ly/3I4cTUo.

More information about the Papal Visit can be found at https://www.papalvisit.ca/.


The dignity of human life
Made not for death, but for life:  the Roe reversal is a call to move away from a culture of death towards a society that supports pregnant women and mothers, especially those in difficult situations.  Read more at https://bit.ly/3AEAQjo

Get to the heart of the issue of the US Supreme Court’s recent rulings about Roe v. Wade with the Archbishop of Cincinnati: https://bit.ly/3a81CWr

Gain more insight on Medical Assistance in Dying (set out in Federal Bill C-7 and Quebec’s Bill 38) with the Catholic Register:  https://bit.ly/3a8q624

Catholic Summer Camps for Children, Youth, and Families!
Nurture faith and fellowship in the next generation of disciples this summer at the following camps throughout the Archdiocese!




Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+