Happy Mother’s Day!

Let us recall with gratitude and affection all mothers, those who are still with us and those who have gone to Heaven. Let us entrust them to Mary, the mother of Jesus.


Our First Holy Communion Candidates

Our First Holy Communion candidates have been preparing since last fall for this coming Sunday’s celebration of the Sacrament of First Holy Communion to be celebrated on May 12th at 1:00 p.m. These pictures are from last weekend’s retreat (Saturday, May 4th).

Thank you to staff May Arbach, Phillip Herby, and the parents of these children for all the hard work and commitment towards this important step for our children in their faith life in the Church.

It is such a blessed day, with much to celebrated, and a happy occasion for our parish. Deo gratias!

 

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Christ is Risen! He lives!

This triumphant, faith-filled acclamation is an Easter greeting used in many parts of the world. That the Lord Jesus who was crucified and died on Calvary LIVES. He Is Risen! This is the foundational confession of our Christian faith.

On Good Friday, with the Apostles, we were the witness of Jesus’s suffering, humiliation and death. A terrible experience both for them and for us.

When the Apostles saw with their own eyes what happened to Jesus, they were horrified. As a result, they lost their faith, their trust, and their hope. In fear and with a sense of devastation, they fled from Jerusalem, from Jesus, from His mother, from the community, and from the Church.

The same can happen with us. When we hear terrible things, we too can be terrified and paralyzed. We may feel depressed, powerless. We want to run away, but we have nowhere to go. It can be difficult for us to cope with it all. This is why so often we run away from God, the Church, community, and even from members of our family. We try to blame God for our misfortunes, such as the death of a loved one or a serious illness in the family. We may find it easier to blame others for our sin, or make them guilty of the things that are happening to us. We try to shift our pain onto others. It’s a cry of despair. It is not an easy time for us.

The Apostles left. They disappeared. But when they heard what happened on that Sunday, they returned. They recognized that Jesus’ mission of redemption would have been a total failure if his death on Calvary had been the final stop of His journey.

But His body didn’t remain in the sepulcher because He couldn’t be held prisoner by death. That tomb couldn’t hold on to “the living one” (Rev 1:18).

The Resurrection is an event that has profoundly changed the course of world history, as well as the human experience and the lives of countless individuals. It tipped the scales once and for all on the side of life, of goodness, of hope, and of forgiveness.

The Apostles came back stronger. They were strengthened by the truth of the resurrection.

No one has described the absolute centrality of belief in the Resurrection better than St. Paul. He wrote, “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Cor 15:17). Without this firm conviction of Jesus’ bodily resurrection, Christianity loses its meaning and would never have developed. The Apostles would not have carried the faith to others. They would not have been martyrs.

This is why I deeply believe that those words about Christ’s Resurrection – “Christ is Risen” – can change us, just as they changed the Apostles. I hope that they will help us to return to unity with God, the community, the Church, our loved ones and ourselves. The strength of Christ and the Easter message can help us regain our faith and hope, and survive those things that cannot be changed.

Jesus overcame death. The Apostles overcame fear and hopelessness. We, through our faith and union with Christ, and strengthened by the prayers of the Apostles, Holy Mary and the Church community, can overcome many difficulties and keep our faith and love until death.

Take strength from the empty tomb, the Risen Christ, and the blessed Apostles.

Happy and blessed Easter!

Fr Robert Masternak SDS

Holy Saturday Food Basket Blessing

This Year’s Easter Blessing of the Food was a joyful celebration, as you can see evidence of in these pictures taken on Holy Saturday morning. The celebration of the Easter meal after the Lenten fast promised to be sumptuous. The Lord is Risen! Alleluia!

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Ottawa Hospital – Spiritual Care Team

It was an honor to host The Ottawa Hospital Spiritual Care Team here at our parish. All of us benefit by their presence and help.

 

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Cleaning Day Outside at the Parish

It went well and about 16 people showed up for an impromptu day of cleaning outside because Saturday’s cleanup was cancelled since it unexpectedly snowed. Wouldn’t you know it!
There were many who would have been able to help on the weekend, and it was a surprise to have the helping hands of sixteen helpers on very short notice for a Tuesday morning. Believe it or not, 36 leaf bags were filled, and one dedicated worker stayed for more than two and a half hours after everyone else had left, to sweep the walkways and front steps.
Probably no one expected to have worked so vigorously, but with 36 hands (that’s one full leaf bag per hand) it lightened each other’s loads. Now things will be refreshed for our Easter celebrations!

 

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Salvatorian Alms for Ukraine

Dear Parishioners, during Lent many of you gave something up and offered an Alm to generously support parishes and communities in Ukraine. Below is an update from a Salvatorian-led Parish in Brzozdowce, Ukraine, highlighting some of the projects funded by Salvatorian Parishes around the world, including Resurrection of Our Lord Parish. There have been transports with humanitarian aid to Salvatorian Parishes helping refugees in Ukraine. A Mitsubishi L200 truck was purchased (as well as a new ambulance). The truck is operated by a local parishioner (a platoon paramedic) to provide medical aid to those wounded in combat in Eastern Ukraine. In addition to providing relief to refugees, the Parish in Brzozdowce has become a humanitarian aid point. Aid supports the immediate needs of the population, but is mainly distributed by the Pastor to hospitals and dormitories sheltering refugees in Nowy Rozdół, Ukraine. Aid is also sent to volunteer organizations caring for young children and orphans from areas affected by intense military operations (the bombarded city of Bucza near Kiev, as well as Luhansk, Donetsk and Zaporizhia oblatsts). Mattresses were provided for an orphanage in Eastern Ukraine, and for Ukrainian defenders, as well as for refugees in the Brzozdowce Parish boundaries. The Salvatorian Fathers continue to organize convoys with aid!

On behalf of the Salvatorian Fathers working in Ukraine, the people of Brzozdowce parish, and those who live there as refugees, I want to say thanks to Resurrection of Our Lord Parishioners who gave Alms to the people in Ukraine. And I would like to personally say congratulations to those who gave their gifts by giving something up for themselves to give to others.

 

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