“Music gives wings to words”
The Saturday and Sunday choirs are both looking for new members.
Please let us know if you would like to join your voice with theirs.
Join us for a special Canada Day Weekend Concert, Sunday July 2 at 3:00 p.m at St.
Joseph’s Parish, 174 Wilbrod (corner of Cumberland right across from the U) with proceeds going to St. Joe’s Supper Table, a
community kitchen and food bank serving the Sandy Hill community since 1978.
Entry is by free-will donation and parking is free.
The concert features internationally acclaimed bass baritone Douglas Renfroe who has performed in concert halls in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Douglas will be joined by local talent Allison Kennedy who is performing in the Louis Riel Opera at the NAC this
week. She will be joined by the Baladears who also perform with Ottawa’s Ewashko Singers.
We are undertaking a Parish Registration. Next week we will be circulating registration cards and asking for your co-operation in filling them out after Mass or on our website on a secure link (www.canadianmartyrs.org/register). The reasons for this exercise are multiple:
I can assure you that we will respect your privacy. The data collected will be held in the utmost confidentiality and will be used only for parish purposes.
The second part of the form is an invitation to get involved in the many and varied community activities we offer. The parish is very much a family. We take care of one another. There are no strangers, but rather friends we haven’t met before. Please be and feel at home. We invite you to get involved in whatever way you feel comfortable. To this end, there is an outline of ministries on the form. Please consider getting involved. Training is provided.
We extend a special welcome to those who are new to the parish. Please know you are very welcome here. With the new developments being built across the street, we are hoping that there will be many new neighbours who will make Canadian Martyrs their parish. For those who have been the lifeblood of the parish for a very long time, we thank you for your ongoing commitment and pray God you will continue to do what you can to make Canadian Martyrs Parish the dynamic, faith-filled and joyful community that it is.
May the “Joy of the Gospel” be lived and experienced here.
In Christ and Mary Immaculate,
James Fiori, Omi
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The Archdiocese recently hosted the exhibit, “The Man of the Shroud,” a reproduction of the Shroud of Turin with explanatory panels. Many were moved by what they saw as an icon of the wounds of Christ who died out of love for each person in human history—who died for me.
What is more marvellous is that Christ is now risen! In the gospel message of Easter we see the Lord’s body still bearing the wounds made in His hands and side by the nails and the spear. But now they are glorified as proof of God’s victory over death and sin.
Jesus goes forth to meet His disciples and every man, woman and child throughout the ages, including our own. He comes and shares with us His joy, His peace, the Holy Spirit and the special gift of Himself “in the breaking of the bread”—in Holy Communion.
With this in mind, we will hear during this Easter season how Jesus revealed Himself to the disciples in so many touching ways. At the Easter Vigil we hear Matthew’s account of the discovery of the empty tomb and on Easter morning of the meeting with Mary Magdalene.
All the resurrection accounts hint at the reversal of the tragedy of Jesus’ death. The ritual of mourning and acts of respect toward the body of Jesus by the faithful women turn to perplexity when they discover the empty tomb, then amazement at the angelic message and, finally, overwhelming joy when at last Jesus comes to meet them.
The promise of God’s power has been realized, but the story appears unbelievable to the disciples who thought the resurrection would happen only at the end of time. Peter had learned that Jesus’ surprising sayings regularly came true. So on the first Easter, he marvelled at the linen grave cloths but did not at first come to faith. That had to await his personal encounter with the Risen One, as it must for each one of us.
John the Evangelist suggests what this encounter means for us as he tells of Mary Magdalene’s meeting with Jesus. The risen Lord appears both different from the one Mary knew (she thought He was the gardener), yet the same person who knows her by name (“Mary!”). Jesus told Mary that henceforth she and others share a new relationship with God, who has become “your Father and your God”. Jesus commissioned Mary to bring the good news of the resurrection to the Apostles who would bring it to the world. Jesus asks us to do the same today.
My Easter wish for all in the Archdiocese is that we experience anew, and discover fresh ways to share, the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection. May we all become what Pope Francis urges us to be “missionary disciples” who have encountered the Risen Lord and are eager to share our experience with those around us.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Terrence Prendergast, S.J.
Archbishop of Ottawa
It is hard to believe that we just finished celebrating Christmas and we are on the brink of Lent. For most of us this no doubt surfaces a lot of negativity. This is not a happy time. We associate Lent with doing penance, fasting, giving up little treasures like not eating candy, not dancing and countless other penances. The intent of all this is good but I’m not sure it adequately embraces the true purpose of Lent.
Lent has its beginnings in the early Church, as part of the immediate preparation for catechumens (people preparing for baptism), they would spend time on retreat. This included some concentrated time to reflect, pray and discern. This would normally have involved the catechumens and their sponsors, but as time went on, the entire community would join in the retreat to prepare themselves for Easter and to renew their baptismal commitment. This is the true meaning and purpose of Lent.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
This Lent, I invite you to join me in renewing our journey as Catholic Christians on the path to holiness.
Holiness means being perfect (mature or complete) like the heavenly Father, who gives generously to bad and good alike (Matthew 5.45-48). Holiness means being lovingly obedient like Jesus; it means to live, guided by the Holy Spirit.
St. Francis de Sales said the path to holiness is different according to one’s state in life. It is exercised differently by the investment broker, scientist, farmer, by the minimum wage worker; by the politician and teacher; by those widowed, by young people, parents of young children and the clergy. The quest for holiness needs to be adapted to the strength, activities, and duties of each person.
The season of Lent traditionally offers three ways to draw near to God: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
The best prayer is the Eucharist. We should strive to make Sunday Mass the centre of our life of faith. Weekday Mass or meditation on the daily Scripture readings helps this faith life to deepen. Devotions such as Eucharistic adoration where available, the Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Stations of the Cross help us grow closer to the Lord and one another.
Fast and abstinence are an important aspect of a Catholic’s devotional life. Catholics are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent and to fast (eat only one full meal) on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This expresses our desire for personal renewal at the start of Lent (Ash Wednesday) and gratitude for the Lord Jesus’ gift of his life for us (Fridays, especially Good Friday).
Other traditional acts of “giving up” sweets, alcohol, tobacco or other pleasures during Lent help individuals personalize their spirit of sacrifice—a desire to “turn from sin and believe the Good News”.
Almsgiving flows from saving money by these sacrifices. We should care especially for the needy near and far, participating in our parish’s social outreach and in the Lenten campaign for the poor of the world conducted by Development and Peace, founded fifty years ago by the Bishops of Canada to promote social justice in the Global South.
Finally, I commend to all the place of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in our quest for holiness. Wise interpreters of the spiritual life know that this practice of confession is a help to all who wish to grow spiritually.
May the Lord bless all of in the Archdiocese as we prepare to celebrate the Easter mystery “with the joy of minds made pure” (1st Lenten Preface).
Sincerely in Christ,
✠ Terrence Prendergast, S.J.s
Archbishop of Ottawa
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Tuesday to Friday 11:00 AM – Eucharist 11:30
Saturday: 4:00 – Eucharist 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00 am – Eucharist 10:00 AM
Other Times by appointment
Penitential Service: Tuesday April 4 at 7:30 PM
Tuesday – Wednesday Eucharist 11:30 AM
Wednesday: April 12
7 p.m. Way of the Cross – Led by the Children
Holy Thursday: April 13
7:30 p.m. Solemnity of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by the Transfer of the Blessed Sacrament and Adoration until 10:00pm
Good Friday: April 14
3 p.m. – The passion of the Lord
7 p.m. – midnight: Gregorian Chants for meditation sung by Chorus Ecclesiae. You can stay for awhile or the whole evening.
8:00 pm – Easter Vigil
10:00 AM – The Resurrection of the Lord
By Fr. Jim Fiori
These last weeks have been a trip down memory lane. I’ve reminisced about Christmas past, growing up in small town Saskatchewan and Manitoba. I have fond memories of decorating the tree. It was a family affair. Most of the decorations were old but each carried a story. The angel that was perched on the tree top came from my grandparents. I was enthralled by the star that had glass prongs that emitted the light like our modern fiber optics. It was an exciting time for us children. What was most exiting was the whole atmosphere of family, of love and joy.
We didn’t have Santa Claus in the shopping centre; there was no shopping centre nor did we make lists of things we wanted. We anxiously waited for the surprise. The focus however was not on the gifts. The focus was on church. It was a marvelous experience staying up so late to go to midnight mass. This was certainly no ordinary event. As altar servers, we were all practiced in what to do in a spectacular liturgy that somehow announced the Good News that Jesus was in our midst.
Years later I was in an isolated First Nations community. For the most part it was dreary. Most people were poor and depressed. Life was hard and there wasn’t a whole lot to celebrate. Then come December and there was a complete transformation. Everyone put up Christmas lights. It was an amazing transformation. I think there were more lights than all of Winnipeg. They certainly couldn’t afford this extravaganza. The atmosphere in town became one of hope and joy.
I have witnessed a transformation in Canadian Martyrs Church. This week they turned on the lights. It changes everything. The Scriptures often refer to light as the radiance of God’s presence. This is how we know of God’s presence in our midst, Emmanuel.
We gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus because he is significant in our lives. From him we have received the gift of salvation. His passion, death and resurrection are his gift of our salvation. It is for this reason that we celebrate his birth.
It is my wish that this Christmas will be truly an experience of the Light of Christ radiating upon you. In turn, may you too be light. Together we have the potential of transforming our Church, our community and our families.
I wish you a very Blessed Christ filled Christmas. May you be enlighted by his Light. We pray too that the New Year will be one of health, happiness and holiness.
The Jesse tree tells the story of God, as depicted in the Old Testament, connecting the Advent Season with the faithfulness of God across four thousand years of history. This year, we are putting a spin on the Jesse Tree and hosting a Jesse Tea from 2-4 p.m. on Dec. 10. All are welcome to join. We will need 10 people minimum to hold the event. Please sign up on the sheet at the back of the church by December 5 if interested!