For Ash Wednesday, please be advised of the following:
Saint Patrick's Basilica has a long history in the City of Ottawa, being its first English-speaking Roman Catholic Parish. The present church was completed in 1875 and was declared a Basilica on Saint Patrick's Day, March 1995.
Beautiful as it is, Saint Patrick's Basilica is primarily a place of worship and reconciliation - Catholics citywide make use of the confessional at Saint Patrick's. It also serves the downtown core and offers Masses before work (7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m.), during lunch (12:15 p.m.), and after the workday (4:30 p.m.), with confessions before each Mass, and six Masses for Sunday Obligation.
Archbishop Prendergast has published his Lenten Letter ... "This Lent, I invite you to join me in renewing our journey as Catholic Christians on the path to holiness ..." (click here for the letter)
"The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift" ... click here to read the Message on the Vatican web site.
Development and Peace - Caritas Canada has 50 years of solidarity with the church’s mission for the triumph of integral human development and peace. The Share Lent 2017 campaign focuses on women being at the heart of change and invites you to partnership in service as did Mary, the Mother of Our Lord. For inspiring stories, visit devp.org/sharelent/videos.
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A moving new Knights of Columbus-produced documentary, World Youth Day Krakow: A Pilgrimage of Mercy, will be coming to Salt + Light on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 9 p.m. EST. The film — which Salt + Light will air again on March 1 and April 9 at 8 p.m. — to check out the trailer, click here.
The Knights of Columbus will once again this year be sponsoring a weekly Stations of the Cross which will take place on the Fridays of Lent, in the Basilica, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Scavi Sessions will resume on March 3rd at 7p.m. in the Scavi. Dr. Tim Lau will be speaking. All young adults (18-35) are invited to attend.
“Renewing my baptism – What do I believe? What do we believe?”
10:30 a.m. - (Scavi) Registration / Coffee / Meet n’ Greet
11 a.m. – (Scavi) Welcome
11:15 am – (Basilica) - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament - First Talk by Msgr. Beach
12 noon – (Scavi) Lunch prepared by the Knights of Columbus - A chance to meet other parishioners (a $10 free will offering is recommended)
1 p.m. – (Basilica) Second Talk by Msgr. Beach
1:45 p.m. – (Basilica) Stations of the Cross led by the Knights of Columbus
2:30 p.m. – (Basilica) Third Talk by Msgr. Beach
3:15 p.m. – (Basilica) Concluding Prayer
3:30 p.m. – (Basilica) Regular Saturday Confessions
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
Next Wednesday, March 1, is Ash Wednesday. We begin the season of Lent which is the “yearly celebration by the Church of our… conversion in Jesus Christ. During Lent, the liturgy prepares catechumens to celebrate the Paschal Mystery of the various stages of Christian initiation. It also prepares the faithful for Easter as we recall our baptism and do penance in preparation for the greatest Feast of the year. … Lent has two major purposes: it recalls or prepares for baptism, and emphasize the spirit of penance.” (cf. Liturgical Calendar) We will have the distribution of ashes at all our regularly scheduled Masses, with confessions beforehand as usual.
In the Office of the Readings for Friday in the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time there was a text from Saint Augustine from his Commentary on the First Letter of St. John. The holy Bishop reminds us of the necessary disposition of the heart in order to seek and find God – a helpful meditation as we prepare ourselves for Lent and gives sense to our penitential practices: “The entire life of a good Christian is in fact an exercise of holy desire. You do not yet see what you long for, but the very act of desiring prepares you, so that when He comes you may see and be utterly satisfied. … Simply by making us wait God increases our desire, which in turn enlarges the capacity of our soul, making it able to receive what is to be given to us. So, brothers and sisters, let us continue to desire, for we shall be filled. … Such is our Christian life. By desiring heaven we exercise the powers of our soul. Now this exercise will be effective only to the extent that we free ourselves from desires leading to infatuation with this world. … We must extend ourselves toward the measure of Christ so that when He comes He may fill us with His presence. Then we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
- Fr. Kevin
The Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience has launched the CALL FOR CONSCIENCE CAMPAIGN: Feb. 6-March 31. With the passing of euthanasia/assisted suicide legislation in Canada, sadly, in Ontario, health care workers who object to helping a patient end their life may be forced to participate in the procedure, even if it goes against their conscience or moral convictions. It could force them out of healthcare. They need your help! This policy makes Canada the first place (even among other places where euthanasia is legal) to deny an individual's right to conscientious objection.
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Please pray the rosary daily and with your children for this intention. Our Lady of Fatima, intercede for us!