Catholic Education Week 2021 begins on Sunday, May 2, 2021.  This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is, “Nurturing Hope.”
Each day, we can do simple activities, individually or as a family, to act on the hope that dwells within us.  Suggestions for simple activities to reinforce hope for ourselves and others:  Suggested-Family-Activities-for-Nurturing-Hope.  

Easter 2021 Family Newsletter: This issue focuses on Easter and the Easter season. We hope you and your families find it helpful.

March 26, 2021

You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified.
He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place where they laid him.
But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee;
there you will see him, just as he told you. (Mark 16, 6-7)

I retain three key messages in this passage from the Gospel of Saint Mark, read at the Easter Vigil. First of all, just when the women thought they were entering the world of death, since they were going to embalm the body of Jesus in the tomb, they are told great news: Jesus has risen! What a surprise! For God, nothing is impossible. In the midst of our distress, our suffering, our darkness, the risen Christ reveals himself to us even today. 
Not having had the chance to study the case, to verify the facts, to see for themselves that Jesus had really risen, they are immediately sent as messengers of the Good News. We too are messengers of the Good News, given the same mission as these women. Moved by the Spirit, let us not hesitate to be bearers of the joy of the Gospel. Let us not wait to have all
the answers to our questions to witness to our faith.
The third key message is more subtle but carries great hope. “He goes before you into Galilee.” “Galilee” is the place where the disciples live, it is their “home”. The good news of the resurrection will be announced to them on their own ground. Jesus goes before them and meets them in their living and working environment, in all the events of their daily lives.
Jesus also meets us in our own “Galilee”, where we are physically, but also spiritually. He does not wait for us to be perfect Christians to enter a relationship with us. He goes before us every moment, here and now, and walks with us, as he did with the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Will we be able to recognize him and be witnesses of his transforming presence?
Happy Easter!
Please continue to pray for me, as I do for you.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

Please check out our weekly bulletin (available here on our website under the Bulletins etc. tab) for events happening in our church and surrounding area. 

Please register with the church if you would like to receive our weekly emails with our bulletin and weekend Mass registration information.  http://canadianmartyrs.org/register/


Due to the Provincial Stay-at-Home Order, we will not be having in-person Masses. Please join us for our Sunday Liturgy of the Word via Zoom at 11:15am.  

REGISTRATION FOR WEEKEND MASSES: The email with the link for weekend Mass tickets will be sent out on Mondays (when we are not in lockdown). The link will remain available until the end of the day on Wednesdays. This gives us time to prepare the church and a seating charts for the Masses.

SEATING IN THE CHURCH:  Due to maintaining social distancing, our seating is limited to 50 people. (With physical distancing, the church can seat 32 unrelated individuals or a maximum of 56 related people–e.g. 14 families of 4.)

Remember:  Mask, Sanitizer, Self-Assess!

Please register with the church if you would like to receive our weekly emails.  http://canadianmartyrs.org/register/

SUNDAY LITURGY OF THE WORD:  Please find in the weekly bulletin email the Zoom link for Sunday Liturgy of the Word and the link to the Google Doc where you can sign up to be a lector.

3pm Monday: Christian Meditation
8pm Tuesday: Lectio Divina and Meditation
6:30pm Thursday: Evening Prayer
11:15am Sunday: Liturgy of the Word
Please contact the office if you would like to join any of these sessions.

DONATIONS TO THE CHURCH:  Our parish still needs funds to cover recurrent expenses such as heat, electricity and salaries of essential staff and  expenses such as hand sanitizer, masks and cleaning supplies. If you wish to donate to the church, you can through Canada Helps using a credit card on the secure link at https://canadianmartyrs.org/donate/ or drop your donation cheque in our mailbox or mail it to us at 100 Main St., Ottawa, On. K1S 1C2. If you are able to come to Mass, there will be a donation basket available as you enter the church.

Online Masses in Ottawa

A list of Catholic parishes in Ottawa that are live streaming or recording their Masses can be found at: https://en.archoc.ca/masses-online

St. Joe’s parish reflections, Liturgy of the Word and music:  http://www.st-josephs.ca/

Masses from St. Edward’s Church Toronto:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzpTXOQlLM0CTsjqn2LhfaQ

Oblate parishes with live streams of Masses: 

St. Augustine’s Parish, Vancouver:  https://www.facebook.com/staugchurch/

Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Enoch, AB:  https://www.facebook.com/ourladyofthelake1

Sacred Heart in Edmonton: Facebook page.

St. Patrick’s, Hamilton, On.:  http://www.stpatrickshamilton.ca/

Oblate Resources:  http://www.eugenedemazenod.net/ https://www.omiworld.org/

Resources including Spiritual Communionhttps://en.archoc.ca/resources