Please note the change in time for the BBQ, which will be from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. To register and for updates on the event please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shj-parish-bbq-family-fun-afternoon-tickets-391831387227
Funeral – Jackie Vince
Dear Sacred Heart Parishioners,
I regret to inform you that Jackie Vince, a parishioner of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, passed away Monday, July 11th. Our deepest condolences to Andrew, Loretta, Tristan and Ethan Vince, and all her family and friends. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 16th at 10:30am at St. John the Baptist Church, Guelph.
Her obituary and funeral arrangement can be found here.
Please remember Jackie and the Vince family in your prayers.
Father Mark Morley
Parish Survey 2022
I have asked Stephen Roloson, our Music Director, to provide an anonymous parish survey to help us plan for the summer. It can be completed on paper after Mass this weekend or online here: https://forms.gle/sUYsT3ATAkpL1ZfQ9
Please take a few minutes to complete this parish survey by Sunday, July 10th.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena
Starts Wednesday, June 15th, 2022
During this past Advent I preached about the Spiritual Works of Mercy and this past Lent I preached about the Corporal Works of Mercy. At the beginning of the Easter Season, I invited parishioners to form what I called a Mercy Ministry. I’m very please to announce that an organization is forming, provisionally called the Parish Outreach Ministry Committee, with Dr. Jane Hosdil as Chairperson, Linda Rainville as Assistant to the Chairperson, and Adriana Ciaschi as Secretary. Various coordinators will oversee existing ministries, reestablish old ministries, and promote new ministries. Please contact me if you are interested in joining anyone of the following outreach ministries: Welcoming, Hospitality, Visiting, Food Bank, and Michael House. At their first meeting, the committee members decided to invite all parishioners to pray for this new initiative by doing the Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena, which begins on Wednesday, June 15th. A novena involves saying a prayer or a series of prayers for the nine days prior to a feast with a particular intention. For the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which we celebrate this year on Friday, June 24th, there are a number of different options.
I invite you to pray the following prayer each of the nine days with an intention for our Parish Outreach Ministry members as well as growth in new members, and make the optional Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the feast itself: https://sacredheartrockwood.ca/download/novena2022.pdf
Diocese of Hamilton – Updated Covid-19 Protocols – February 24, 2022
Pastor’s Letter – Just in time for Lent
Starting Tuesday, March 1st, our church will be at full capacity, that is, no distancing between pews, and no more sanitizing during Adoration. Masks, however, will continue to be required. For those of you who may not feel comfortable attending Mass without distancing, be assured that we will continue to set up chairs with distancing in the school gym for the 11:00am Sunday Mass. As of March 1st, Ministers of the Word will no longer be required to be vaccinated or take a rapid test. Please note that we will be maintaining distancing in front of the ambo in both the church and the school gym. Since masks will continue to be required, we will continue to follow the same format for the distribution of Communion.
The lifting of pandemic restrictions is just in time for Lent. Given that we tend to think of Lent as a time to give things up, it’s a wonderful irony that this Lent things are opening up. After living through two years of restrictions, I would like to suggest that this Lent could be more of a time for doing than giving up. Not that we shouldn’t give anything up. Just that, as the churches open to full capacity, we have much to do. For example, Pope Francis has designated this Ash Wednesday as a day of prayer and fasting for Ukraine. This will be an opportunity to do prayer and give up food as we implore God to protect the people of Ukraine and change hearts of people in Russia. Ash Wednesday Mass will be celebrated in the church at 7:00pm as well as live streamed. I also encourage you to consider joining the Rosary for Peace on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm, either in the church or online. Throughout Lent we will also be praying the Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7:00pm in the church.
I also invite you to join me either online or in the church hall for a Lenten series entitled The Mass on Tuesday evenings at 8:00pm starting March 8th. Students from the Newman Centre Guelph will be joining us over the live stream. We will be watching two or three short videos from the Formed series The Elements of the Catholic Mass and then breaking into small group discussions, one in the hall, one at the Newman Centre, and one online. After the small group discussions, we will return to the larger group for further questions and comments. As we prepare to celebrate Mass at Easter, my hope is that our time together reflecting on the meaning of the parts of the Liturgy will help each of us appreciate more deeply how our participating in the Sacred Mysteries is the living tradition of the Catholic Mass celebrated in the Latin rite for centuries.
Finally, Bishop Crosby has asked pastors to encourage parishioners to participate in the preparation for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on Synodality: Communion, Participation and Mission. If you haven’t already done so, you can answer the online questionnaire at: https://hamiltondiocese.com/synod/
God bless, Father Mark
Diocese of Hamilton: Towards a Synodal Church
Pope Francis is asking each and every one of us to become involved in the synodal process leading up to the Synod of Bishops to be held in Rome in 2023. Today we begin the first phase in our Diocese. We invite you to watch the video and share your voice by filling out the survey: https://hamiltondiocese.com/synod/#resources
Diocese of Hamilton – COVID Vaccines
The official position of the Catholic Church is that all available COVID vaccines are ethical and all Catholics who are able are encouraged to receive the vaccine. All employees serving in the Diocese of Hamilton are encouraged to be fully vaccinated or to submit to a COVID rapid test every Monday and Thursday in order to carry out their responsibilities. Volunteer liturgical ministers are required to be fully vaccinated. Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, encourages every member of the Catholic Church within our Diocese of Hamilton to be fully vaccinated.
Parish Office – 17th Annual Golf Tournament
The 17th Annual Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Coulson Cup Golf Tournament is a GO on Sunday, September 5th, 2021 at 1:00pm. The Location is Victoria Park Valley Golf Club at 7660 Maltby Road East, in Puslinch. The cost is $75 per golfer which includes 18 Holes of Golf, Power Cart and a Hamburger or Veggie Burger Lunch with Chips and Pop halfway through.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, there will be no sit-down dinner or Silent Auction this year. Please help support this important event however you can! Any additional questions can be directed to Andrew Vince at 905-781-0262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and to register, here is the link: https://forms.gle/nJcxbeHU9viUhHHB9.
Pastor’s Letter – Residential Schools and Reconciliation
Dear Parishioners and Students,
Like all of you, I was greatly saddened by the disturbing news about the discovery of an unmarked cemetery for Indigenous children on the grounds of the former residential school in Kamloops run by Catholic priests. It’s heart-wrenching to ponder how these children tragically died separated from their families and their communities. Our hearts go out to all those who mourn the loss of these children and suffer from the pain of intergenerational trauma. We pray for the repose of the souls of the children who died and for mercy upon the souls of those who were responsible for their deaths. We also pray that this discovery won’t set back the decades of work for healing and reconciliation, but will rather move all of us to do more for Indigenous communities. Click here to go to the CCCB Web site that provides some of the apologies given by members of the Catholic Church going back to 1991.
Although Pope Francis hasn’t yet come to Canada to apologize for the residential schools as requested in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report in 2015, Pope Benedict did express his sorrow when a delegation visited him at the Vatican in 2009 as described in this article.
And here is an article by Fr. Raymond J. de Souza that clears up some of the confusion and anger.
You may be wondering, if we have been working for healing and reconciliation among Indigenous peoples for decades, why are you not aware of it? The answer is simple: this work is not happening within social media; it is happening on the ground within communities where people are encountering each other’s hearts in person. Moreover, much of the work of reconciliation is not happening between Indigenous peoples and the Catholic Church; it is happening among Indigenous people who are themselves Catholic. They are are being accompanied by their bishops and priests. For example, there is the Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, a coalition of Indigenous people, bishops, clergy, lay movements and institutes of consecrated life, engaged in renewing and fostering relationships between the Catholic Church and Indigenous Peoples in Canada. It was established to assist Catholics as we engage the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its Calls to Action. Click here to go to their Web site.
And here is a video on YouTube about an Indigenous woman and the support she has received from her bishop regarding the preservation of her language:
For better or for worse, they don’t really have a social media presence. This video was the only one I was able to find on the Web. Yet there is information available about the work that is being done on the ground, if you are willing to look for it. I invite you to read a statement by Cardinal Collins found here at the Archdiocese of Toronto Web site, where you will also find a very informative FAQs.
Today, as we celebrate Corpus Christi, let us be the Body of Christ, the Church, with hearts that listen with compassion to the suffering of our Indigenous brothers and sisters. Let us continue to pray this week the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, asking God for an end to the pandemic, for the building of the new church, and for reconciliation. With profound humility, let us move forward together as we build up the Kingdom of God here on Earth.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
Fr. Mark Morley