Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chapel (Comox)
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chapel
27 June 2019
Thirteenth Sunday of the Time of the Church
Sunday Mass: 0900 hours (9:00 am)
Weekly mass is generally celebrated on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1100 hours (11:00 am).
Tuesday: Regular Mass.
Wednesday: Ts. Thomas, Apostle
Thursday: Regular Mass.
Next Week’s Readings
Isaiah, chap. 66, vs 10 – 14.
Galatians, chap. 6, vs 14 – 18.
Luke, chap. 10 vs 1 – 20.
2019 Designated Collections
29 Sep 19 - Needs of the Canadian Church
20 Oct 19 - Evangelization of Nations (Mission Sunday)
This bulletin is the last one before the summer leave. Next week and until September, there will be no bulletin unless absolutely necessary. Have a great vacation everyone.
The executive parish council will gather Thursday, at 1500 in my office. This is only to tie up a few loose ends before the beginning of summer.
Names have been submitted to our bishop. The moment I have the final approval, we will have a special blessing for them.
New Mass Time
As you already know, we are keeping the actual timings that we have (0900 for our Protestant brothers and sisters and 1030 for our community) until the first Sunday of July. This means that we only have this Sunday at 10.30. NEXT WEEK we will reverse the timings (us at 0900 and them at 1030) for the year and so on. Changes will happen every year. This is the best way to be fair to everybody.
Add this to your calendar: our next Pot Luck will be on the 7 July 2019. Let’s make it a brunch to celebrate our new early bird timing for mass this coming year. The board is at the back of the chapel to let us know what you intend to bring.
Prayer of the Month
In case you are wondering where these prayers are coming from, I take them from the site:
From there I also take the pope’s prayer of the month that are included in the Prayers of the Faithful. But there are also interesting reflections and texts that could interest you. The address is: http://popesprayerusa.net/.
This month, the prayer is:
Lord Jesus, our one true Priest before God the Father on behalf of us all, look with love on your disciples and ministers of your Sacraments, our priests. Help them to feel and recognize the sustaining strength of your love, a love which sends them to every person to proclaim the Good News of your victory over sin and death – especially to those who most resemble You, Jesus – the poor, the suffering, the discarded.
Jesus, crucified high priest, grant your priests on earth such a share in your priesthood, that they may make your words resound not only in their celebration of the Sacraments and in their preaching, but by the witness of their lives. May they work toward that perfect integrity of words and deeds which was yours, Jesus, so that with each day, they may ever more truly say with You, “This is my Body, which is given up for you.”
Help them, Lord, to accept no other standard but that of your self-emptying Eucharistic love – modest, humble, and poor. Amen.
Submissions for the chapel website are made through Chairman, Tom Miles and then forwarded to Melissa Webb.
Submissions for the chapel bulletin are made to Padre Leclerc NLT noon on Thursdays.
Announcements for Sunday Mass are submitted to Coordinator Wayne Webb.
Name of our Community
Because of the change of venue, some people are wondering about the name of our community. It is important to clarify. Even though we are now in a new location, our community name has not changed we are still Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. We could gather anywhere, we will still carry our name with us. The name of the building has nothing to do with it. Therefore, on the cover of the bulletin, you will always read: “Our Lady of the Sacred Heart”.
It has been brought to our attention that parking brings some difficulties, especially for our members with mobility issues. This is part of our growing pains. First of all, I would like to thank you for letting us know about that. We are working on getting handicapped parking located close to the accessibility ramps. We are also trying to get a cement pavement to allow an easier access to the ramps. However, it is important to note that there are parking spaces on both sides of the chapel, including against the Arena, both of them with easy accessibility. Those parking places belong to the chapel as well; feel free to park there. Additionally, note that, for those without mobility issues, there is ample surplus parking directly across from the front doors at the Heritage Park area. We will be working on getting a cross-walk added for safe crossing.
Prayer to Saint Michael Archangel
In response the scandals that struck the Church, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is taking action to alleviate this problem. Our bishop, Mgr McCaig, writes in his introduction: “I take seriously the responsibility to ‘be a shepherd of the Church of God Acts 3, 28)’ especially since it appears that ‘savage wolves have come among us that will not spare the flock (Acts 20, 29)’. The leaders of the Church have been working for a while now in putting in place policies to prevent any more abuse of any kind. But we also have a part to play. In his letter, our bishop says that; “A motion was passed that strongly encouraged each diocese to heed the recent request of Pope Francis to combat evil in our midst by promoting the “St. Michael the Archangel Prayer’. This is all the more fitting in our military context as it admirably reflects the kind of genuine ‘warrior spirituality’ so sought by our subjects”. We are now called to say the prayer right after mass, after I bowed at the altar.
Therefore, I need a favour from you all. Changing habits is never easy. REMIND ME that we need to do the prayer. You will find a copy in your pews.
Thank you for your help and support.
Quotes from Jean Vanier:
“The cry for love and communion and for recognition that rises from the hearts of people in need reveals the fountain of love in us and our capacity to give life. At the same time, it can reveal our hardness of heart and are fears. Their cry is so demanding, and we are frequently seduced by wealth, power and the values of our societies. We want to climb the ladder of human promotion; we want to be recognized for our efficiency, power and virtue. The cry of the poor is threatening to the rich person within us.
We are sometimes prepared to give money and a little time, but we are frightened to give our hearts, to enter into a personal relationship of love and communion with them. For if we do so, we shall have to die to all our selfishness and to all the hardness of our heart.”