Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chapel (Comox)
May 20th, 2018
Sunday Mass @ 1000 hours
Weekday Masses Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 1100 hours
This Week's Mass Schedule
Monday: Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
Tuesday: Regular mass.
Thursday: No mass. Padre Leclerc absent.
Next Week's Readings
Deuteronomy, chap. 4, vs 32 – 40.
Romans, chap. 8, vs 14 – 17.
Matthew, chap. 28 vs 16 – 20
Absence of Padre Leclerc
Please note that Padre Bastien will be away for the next 3 Sundays. Therefore, the schedule will be:
27 May: Liturgy of the Word by Deacon Daniel Lavoie
3 June: Liturgy of the Word By deacon Daniel Lavoie (tentative)
10 June: Liturgy of the Word by Deacon Daniel Lavoie
Executive Meeting: June 18th, 2018 @ 1500 hours (3:00 p.m.) in the WChaplain's Office.
Parish Counsel Meeting: June 19th, 2018 @ 1500 hours (3:00 p.m.) at the Rose Annex.
Potluck and Picnic
We will have our Next Parish Potluck today, Sunday 20 May at the MFRC (same bldg. as the base gym) multi-purpose Room at the occasion of Pentecost! Theme is the Holy Spirit (everyone lights their hair on fire ). Location is at Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC).
Also: we will have our Parish Picnic at the Officers’ mess on Sunday 24 June, at the occasion of St-Jean-Baptiste. Theme is French/Francophone (French menu - eg. French bread, French fries, Poutine, tourtiere, etc... - not necessary to be only French menu). Please mark your calendars and your smartphones about those two important and fun community events.
- 22 June: General Meeting and event. Suggestion: Dragon Boat
- July and August: No Meetings
- 7 September: Executive Meeting
- 21 September: General Meeting
- 2 November: Executive Meeting
- 23 November: General Meeting
Pregnancy Care Centre: Operation Baby Bottle Starts Today
Thank you for partnering with the Comox Valley Pregnancy Care Centre. With your support last year we served 315 families and had 84 new clients. Pick up your Bottle or Envelope today!
#4-204 Island Hwy North Courtenay, B.C. V9N-3P1 250-334-0058.
SUPPORT TO L'ARCHE - BOWL BABY BOWL !!!
L'Arche Comox Valley and the I Belong Centre!
Join us on Saturday, June 16 (4PM) for our first ever BOWLATHON to support L'Arche Comox Valley and the I Belong Centre! This is a fun activity for all ages and abilities. Create a team or join a team and help raise funds for L'Arche Comox Valley and the I Belong Centre! Go to the L'Arche Comox Valley website and click on the Bowl, Baby, Bowl!
If you can’t bowl, you can still show your support by donation. Donations can be linked to a player or team to show where your support lies (tax receipts still go to the donor >$20).
Registration is $20/person, and includes one game of bowling, an event t-shirt, and a ticket to the after-event party at the Elks Lodge. Then start building your pledges and may the best team win! FMI contact the L'Arche office 250-334-8320.
Anyone interested in representing the RC Chapel Stained-Glass Window sub-committee to contact Fr Leblenc, Tom Miles, or Wayne Webb
We have a few parishioners who would love to be part of our celebrations and community, but cannot join us because they cannot drive. I would like to thank everyone who are already doing so. If you are aware of other people who need transport to join us, please tell the community.
Why we can't put everything we would like in the Bulletin
Any activites we are planning can be proposed to be put in the bulletin. However, it is important to remember that the chapel is a military asset, it is not like a normal parish where we can be more straightforward at times. Any requests for announcement needs to go through me to make sure it is proper. Some controversial issues where government and Church do not agree could give us some problems. This is why we need to be careful on what we announce and how it is worded. Thank you for your understanding.
The bulletin is normally printed on Thursdays afternoon. Please send any announcements to Fr. Bastien or Wayne Webb (email firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Thursday noon, for consolidation. NOTE: There will be a summer break from bulletins. They will resume in the fall.
Prayer of the Month
O Lord, our God, You called Your people to be Your Church. As they gather together in Your Name, may they love, honor, and follow Your Son to eternal life in the Kingdom He promised. Let their worship always be sincere, and help them to find Your saving Love in the Church and its Sacraments.
Fill with the Spirit of Christ those whom You call to live in the midst of the world and its concern. Help them by their work on earth to build up Your eternal Kingdom. May they be effective witnesses to the truth of the Gospel and make Your Church a living presence in the midst of the world.
Increase the gifts You have given Your Church that Your faithful people may continue to grow in holiness and in imitation of Your Beloved Son.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(The verses below reportedly were written on the wall of Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta, India, and are widely attributed to her.
Some sources say that the words below were written on the wall in Mother Teresa's own room. In any case, their association with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity has made them popular worldwide, expressing as they do, the spirit in which they lived their lives.
They seem to be based on a composition originally by Kent Keith, but much of the second half has been re-written in a more spiritual way.)
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
this version is credited to Mother Teresa
It is quite common that people come to the sacristy right before mass to talk business and see if I would agree to do this or that. However, during that last 15 minutes before mass, I do my final review for the Sunday texts, making sure that I have the right quotes when I come in front of you for the homily. This is why I have decided that, for now on, the sacristy will be off limits on the last 15 minutes before mass. Only the people who are directly involved for the celebration (sacristan, readers, servants, etc.) will be allowed to come in. No parish business will be discussed during that time.
Hospital & Views Thrift Shop needs donations of used items
The Cottage Thrift Shop (behind the St. Joseph Hospital off Rodello Avenue) is in need of donations. All money raised in the Thrift Shop goes to the Comox Valley hospital and the Views. Everyone who works there is a volunteer. Not one person is paid. We are a hidden gem in the Valley that a lot of people don't know about. Also the best prices in the Valley, bar none. So please go through your house and cupboards and bring in your gently used items no longer needed. We accept clothing, footwear, housewares, toys and games, linens, jewellery, collectibles, crafts material, wool, books, seasonal items such as Christmas decorations, etc. Donations can be dropped off at the Thrift Shop Mon-Tues 9-12, Wed-Fri 10-4 and Sat 10-1. We are so grateful to all the people who shop at our store and remember us with their donations of items. We couldn’t do it without you. Think of it this way. Some day you or your loved one might be in the hospital or the Views and use a machine or item that your donation to the Thrift Shop has bought and wouldn’t that make you feel good? Remember, we all need the hospital from birth to death.
CAF members should contact the Roman Catholic Chapel Life Coordinator (CLC) at least two months prior to the desired baptism date. Baptisms are normally done during Sunday masses. Make sure that everything is confirmed with the CLC before any travel plans or reception bookings are made.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
For individual sacrament of Reconciliation, you can request it to the priest before or after mass or any time during the week days at his office.
You must contact the CLC RC at least 6 months in advance the proposed wedding date, more if either partner has been married before. This amount of time is required to complete the paperwork and to allow the couple to take a marriage preparation course. The marriage preparation course is mandatory. No exceptions.
A Message on Volunteerism
…from the outgoing Council Chair.
Our chapel is blessed with many volunteers (thanks be to God), yet many among them risk burnout for taking on too much just to ensure the chapel runs as beautifully as it does, and all the many "little things" get done. This should not be the case; for most things, no "talent" is needed - just the will to volunteer a small measure of time and effort (not always physical, not always mental).
If we as a community love our parish community and how it runs, we all equally take ownership in our obligation to volunteer help in some form or another. It can be any array of the following (non-exhaustive) and we need everyone to contribute to one or another. Many hands make light work and beautiful harmony, and no one burns out. Please consider where you can help through benevolent volunteerism, and offer yourself to Father Bastien or council chair (Tom Miles).
Here are a few areas to consider:
* RC rep for unification stained glass window - soliciting for & collecting ideas from parishioners on design ideas, bringing them to the joint committee & working with that committee (as a rep therein) to propose a top three choices for vote of both chapel communities and Chaplain office.
* Social Rep - needed to coord the bi-monthly pot lucks, the annual parish picnic, etc..
* Social Helpers - to set up Annex hall for social events. Or to volunteer to work the events
* Choir paricipation
* Readers (English, French)
* Readers sched coord
* Eucharistic ministries (including home visits to the sick & shut-ins)
* Eucharistic minister sched coord
* Collection volunteers
* money-counting/verifying volunteers (just to be a second count)
* chapel flowers helper
* Decorating/un-decorating coord (Advent/Easter)
* Chapel General Safety & Fire Warden volunteer
* Knights of Columbus committee Rep
* CWL committee Rep
* Coord for weekly announcements
* Religious Education volunteer coord - adults
* Religious Education and/or activities coord - children
* Parish Council positions (when needing renewal) - most positions very simple.
* Representing OLSH at the (Saturday morn) Soup Kitchen (one Sat per month)
Please consider what "you" can do to give to your chapel community to ensure the best running chapel with minimal work for any one person. Everyone's help makes a huge difference for everyone
- CV Food Bank, 4 Square Church Soup Kitchen, Sonshine Club Soup Kitchen, and St Vincent de Paul, each for $1,200, and
- L'Arche, Justice Centre, and Hospice Society, each for $650
Did you know that...
We have a Suggestion Box at the back of the chapel? Feel free to make suggestions.
A Thank You Note:
Hello Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Thank you so much for participating in Operation Baby Bottle this year! Your church gave $651.70 We keep track of statistics: Overall client visits and new clients. So far this year we have had 143 overall client visits plus 60 new clients. We ran a New Mum's Group and a Post Abortion Recovery Group as well as 1 on 1 Grief Counselling for mothers who have lost their babies. We are gearing up for our School Presentations and have already received 3 more invitations to new classrooms. We are so thankful for your partnership and your covering in prayer. We feel your prayers every day we meet with clients. We could not and would not want to do this ministry alone. God Bless you, and please send our heartfelt thanks to your congregation. Sincerely,
Board, Staff & Volunteers
Comox Valley Pregnancy Care Centre
Many parishioners gather at the Wing Dining hall immediately following mass to greet, share and break bread together. All welcomed to join in. Breakfast menu is only approximately $6.00 and lunch menu only $12 and change. Come and join us.
"WARNING, WARNING, WARNING, many web sites are available that offer the opportunity to donate funds to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish. While one site is reputable, none are recommended for use. Most others are neither advocated nor trusted sites. Therefore, PLEASE DONATE ONLY BY CHEQUE to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish, 19 Wing Comox, PO Box 1000 Station Main, Lazo BC V0R 2K0. Please note that Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish take no responsibility for donations made on-line, nor do we have a means to recognize your donation on-line. With a cheque containing your name and mailing address, we will most certainly recognize any donations greater than $20 with a tax receipt at year's end."