The following is written by Fr. Jim Kaptein
As you may have already heard, Barry Tkachuk will be ordained in Sacred Heart Cathedral on June 28, at 7:00pm. As a way of showing our solidarity with him we are asking all parishes to provide a spiritual bouquet.
I would ask all the priests to bring the Spiritual Bouquet to the Priests’ Anniversary celebration on June 20th.
Please use one of the following announcements to promote the Spiritual Bouquet.
People often ask, what does a new priest need the most? Invariably, the answer is: Money, Books, Vestments or one of the latest electronic gadgets. But what he really needs is prayer – for it is the prayer of the people that will sustain him throughout his priesthood. To this end, we are asking every parish to create a spiritual bouquet that can be part of an offering to Barry at his Ordination.
Some may be asking, “What is a Spiritual Bouquet?” Spiritual Bouquets are prayers or devotional acts that someone (the giver) has or will offer for someone else (the recipient). The idea is that each prayer is like a flower, and combined prayers are a bouquet offered to the individual. It can be given from an individual or a parish to express joy and/or best wishes. The Vocations Commission suggests that a large card be made from heavy paper, perhaps with a bouquet of flowers on it, with perhaps a scripture verse. Along the sides should be the signatures of those pledging, along with the action they are pledging: be it a Rosary, Holy Hour, Days of Fasting, Act of Charity, Special Novenas, or any other spiritual action. It is our hope that Barry will keep these bouquets close to his heart for the rest of his life.
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.