Corpus Christi procession

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It is tradition, and liturgically encouraged, to do a Eucharistic Procession after the Mass of the Body and Blood of Christ. Since I have 3 parishes it would have been very difficult to do three processions, but at least we were able to do one in Zenon Park. We walked down main street, sang songs, enjoyed a break in the rain and then finished with a potluck lunch at the hall. My prayer is for blessings on the town!

Sacred Heart of Jesus

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The feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be celebrated this year on June 8. Click here to find out why it is a different date each year. The feast celebrates the great love that Christ has for each one of us. It is very important in our diocese as our Cathedral is Sacred Heart. It is also a day near to my heart as I was ordained in Sacred Heart Cathedral, on the feast of the Sacred Heart.

In the Catholic tradition we pray novenas (9 days of prayer) leading up to great celebrations as a way of preparing our hearts to be open to the many graces and answered prayers that Christ has for us. The Novena to the Sacred Heart this year begins on Thursday May 31st, which is the feast of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. What a great way to begin this Novena!

You can find many novenas online. The one I use is Pray More Novenas.

Our Mass schedule here in the parishes for the Friday feast is:

Arborfield care home: 10am

Zenon Park: Adoration – 6pm Mass – 7pm

Fr. Matthew Nguyen, rector of the Cathedral, sent a very nice letter out to mark the occasion as well! You can read it here.

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French Recteur.Lettre.Mai.2018

 

Eucharistic Procession

Two Sundays after Pentecost every year we celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. This year it is June 3. It is a particular Sunday to set aside to remember that, when Jesus sent us His Spirit at Pentecost to be with us until the end of time (Matthew 28:20), he also gave us Himself in the appearance of bread and wine (Matthew 26:26). When we receive Him and adore Him in the Blessed Sacrament, we open our hearts and souls to receive His Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is common then for a parish to do a Eucharistic procession after Mass on this feast for a few reasons:

1. To take our faith into the streets

2. To remain always prayerful in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament

3. And to remind us that we all are part of the body of Christ and therefore we need to see Christ in our neighbour.

This year in Zenon Park we will be making a short walk around town during which you are welcome to join us for song and rosary, or if you are unable, to stay in your pew and pray, or keep a spirit of prayer in your hearts as you return to your homes and about your Sunday.

Mass is at 11am and the procession will follow immediately after.

God bless!

Confirmation 2018

Congratulations to Jared, Hudson, Kaelyn, Chloe, Pierre, Gabriel, and Abigail! It was a wonderful celebration and the kids and the parents worked hard to be ready for this day.

The kids were so excited that when I was reading the Gospel words “Peace be with you,” the kids yelled out “and with your spirit!”

The Bishop asked them questions about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. They got most of the answers. One of the kids said forgiveness because in the Gospel Jesus gives the Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of sins.