St. Ignatius FEST

St. Ignatius FEST

St. Ignatius FEST

As a Jesuit “works” we celebrate the feast day of St. Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) each July 31st. This year, we’re having a particularly festive celebration under the white tent at Cheverus High School with food, live music, games, good fun – and YOU are invited! 

We hope you’ll join us for this inaugural St. Ignatius Fest from 4-7 at Cheverus. It’s a FREE event, but please register here, so we’re sure to have enough food:

https://cheverus.almabase-beta.com/e/st-ignatius-festival/

OLH Parish Synod Session on June 23

OLH Parish Synod Session on June 23

OLH Parish Synod Session on June 23

Please do plan to join this time of “conversations in the Spirit” as we listen for the guidance of the Holy Spirit for our parish in the coming 3-5 years.

We will begin the session with a lunch. In order to help us plan for the lunch and the session itself, we ask that you register in advance (forms are in the bulletin) if you plan to attend our OLH Parish Synodal Session on Sunday, June 23rd from 12:30-3:30 PM in the Parish Hall.

Pope Francis has stated that the voices of parishioners and parish priests are essential for the church to “learn how to walk together and set out on the path of synodality.” From April 29 – May 2 nearly 200 parish priests from over 100 countries gathered in Rome, so that the voices of parish priests are included in preparation for the Synod’s final session in Oct 2024. At that meeting the Pope recalled that the report from the Synod session in Oct 2023 stated that “parishes, beginning with their structures and the organization of parish life, are called to think of themselves as primarily being of service to the mission that the faithful carry out in society, in family life and the workplace…parish communities increasingly need to become places from which the baptized set out as missionary disciples and to which they return, full of joy, in order the share the wonders worked by the Lord through their witness.”

The Pope offered the priests three suggestions:
1. “…live out your specific ministerial [gifts and call to service] in ever greater service to the varied gifts that the Spirit sows in the People of God…It is urgent to discover with faith, the many and varied gifts of the Spirit of the laity. Pastors are not to “dominate others but rather bring out in them their great and precious possibilities…

2. Learn to practice the art of communal discernment through “conversations in the Spriit (this is the purpose of our Synod meeting in June).

3. The Pope urged priests to “base everything you do in a spirit of sharing and fraternity among yourselves and with your bishops.. The Pope concluded his letter by inviting the priests to “encourage reflection, with a synodal and missionary mindset “– and to let the Office of the Synod in Rome know what they are doing. Our June 23 meeting follows the spirit and requests of Pope Francis to the world’s parish priests.

Let’s spend a bit of time listening, discovering, and sharing.

Frederick Ndabaramiye’s Message of Faith, Hope and Forgiveness

Frederick Ndabaramiye’s Message of Faith, Hope and Forgiveness

Frederick Ndabaramiye’s Message of Faith, Hope and Forgiveness

A member of our ACTS Ministry, Frederick Ndabaramiye is a Rwandan artist, speaker, and author. A survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Frederick lost his hands 3 years later in an unprovoked machete attack, as a result of post-genocide violence.

He had to re-learn the most basic life skills. His faith, resilience, and capacity for forgiveness are truly inspiring!

Come and hear Frederick speak in-person of faith, hope, and forgiveness on Sunday afternoon, June 9, at 2 pm at St Pius X Church.

Further discussion and a reception will follow in the Parish Hall, where some of Frederick’s artwork will be displayed. Please contact the parish office if you have any questions.

Since Frederick will be delivering his remarks from St. Pius X, this will be live-streamed via our website. If you are unable to attend in-person, you will be able to hear Frederick’s story in that way.

Confession, Reconciliation, Penance, Oh My

Confession, Reconciliation, Penance, Oh My

Confession, Reconciliation, Penance, Oh My

Confession/Reconciliation/Penance.

These terms are often used to describe what “should happen” in the season of Lent. But what are they? Do they all mean the same thing?

In what ways can these realities be helpful to us?

Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 10th from 2-3 PM. Fr Brian will lead a discussion in which we can explore the meaning of these terms.  And, Fr Paul will invite us into a brief prayer experience.

This Lent is a good time to accept the invitation to go deeper into your spiritual life and relationship with God who loves you.

During the week of March 11-15 the parish will offer several special times to celebrate God’s forgiveness and healing/the sacrament of reconciliation.

  • Priests will be available 6:30-7:30 at St. Pius Church on Monday and Thursday.
  • On Tuesday evening, there will be a short service of reconciliation at 6:30 and time for the sacrament.
  • Priests will also be available after the 9 AM Mass on Wednesday.

If you missed Fr. Brian’s piece on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, you can find it here.

 

 

Mass and Mingle

Mass and Mingle

Mass and Mingle

Have you caught up with friends, old and new, after Mass at one of our Mass and Mingle events? Each month following one of the Masses, we have some light refreshments and a chance to mingle — building faith and friendship — as a parish community. These events rotate each month, so that each Mass has 3-4 throughout the calendar year. In April, we’ll be gathering after 7:30 Mass in St. Joseph’s Church on the 16th. In May we’ll be outside (weather permitting) of St. Joseph’s after the 5pm Mass on the 21st. Happy Easter Season. He is Risen – there’s so much for us to rejoice about together!
Join Us to Watch The Letter

Join Us to Watch The Letter

Join Us to Watch The Letter

On Thursday, April 27th at 7 pm, we’ll gather in the Parish Hall to watch The Letter. After, we’ll enjoy refreshments and talk it over.

Laudato Si’ is Pope Francis’ letter to us all calling for human care and intervention in the environmental crisis we are experiencing now.

The Letter is  a documentary film – a reflection and story about frontline leaders traveling to Rome to talk with the Pope about his encyclical on the environment – and the environmental crisis we are in.  In May of 2015 – six years ago – Pope Francis issued his encyclical letter, Laudato Si’. He opens his letter about caring for our common home by citing St. Francis of Assisi, whose name he took when he became pope.

“I believe that Saint Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically. He is the patron saint of all who study and work in the area of ecology, and he is also much loved by non-Christians. He was particularly concerned for God’s creation and for the poor and outcast. He loved, and was deeply loved for his joy, his generous self-giving, his openheartedness. He was a mystic and a pilgrim who lived in simplicity and in wonderful harmony with God, with others, with nature and with himself. He shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace,” Pope Francis writes.

You can read Laudato Si’ through this link.

See you on April 27th, we hope!

 

 

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