Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chapel (Comox)
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chapel
16 June 2019
Sunday Mass: 1030 hours (10:30 am)
Weekly mass is celebrated on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1100 hours (11:00 am).
Next Week’s Readings:
Acts, chap. 2, vs 1 – 11.
1 Corinthians, chap. 12, vs 3 – 13.
John, chap. 20 vs 19 – 23.
2019 Designated Collections
29 Sep 19 - Needs of the Canadian Church
20 Oct 19 - Evangelization of Nations (Mission Sunday)
Tom Miles Commitment to the Parish Book:
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.
New Mass Time
Joining communities together brings its share of headaches, adaptations, compromise, dialogue, etc. As much as I would like to please everyone, I cannot do it. Therefore, the two community representatives had to meet again and come with another solution that would accommodate both communities to the best of our abilities. Therefore, this is what has been decided:
We will keep the actual timings that we have (0900 for our Protestant brothers and sisters and 1030 for our community) until the first Sunday of July. At that time, 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.
Reflection on Mary
On May 31 the Church celebrates the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a day that recounts the meeting of Mary, pregnant with Jesus and her cousin Elizabeth, pregnant with St. John the Baptist. Elizabeth relates the joy she experiences when she encounters Mary and how, "when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy" (Luke 1:44). Elizabeth then goes on to say to the Virgin Mary, "And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord" (Luke 1:45). In this way, Elizabeth confirms the faith of Mary and how her hope was fulfilled through the hand of God.
It is this hope of the Virgin Mary that should inspire us to trust in God, no matter how outlandish his propositions may appear to us at first glance.
We should take a moment to search our own hearts and how our hope compares to that of the Virgin Mary.
Do I believe in the ultimate triumph of good over evil?
Am I a bearer of hope to others, showing them the hope found in Jesus Christ?
What prevents me from being a beacon of hope and unity in the world?
May the Virgin Mary teach us how to have hope in God, trusting that he desires to fill us with his eternal life.
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 of the Month
O Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church,
Thanks to you, on the day of the Annunciation,
At the dawn of the new era,
The whole human race with its cultures
Rejoiced in recognizing itself ready for the Gospel.
On the eve of a new Pentecost
For the Church in Africa, Madagascar and the adjacent Islands,
The People of God with its Pastors turns to you and with you fervently prays:
May the outpouring of the Holy Spirit make of the cultures of Africa
Places of communion in diversity,
Fashioning the peoples of this great Continent
Into generous sons and daughters of the Church
Which is the Family of the Father,
The Brotherhood of the Son,
The Image of the Trinity,
The seed and beginning on earth of the eternal Kingdom
Which will come to its perfection in the City that has God as its Builder:
The City of justice, love and peace.
– Prayer of St. John Paul II printed in Ecclesia in Africa
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:
“To be in communion means to be with someone and to discover that we actually belong together. Communion means accepting people just as they are, with all their limits and inner pain, but also with their gifts and their beauty and their capacity to grow: to see the beauty inside all of the pain. To love someone is not first of all to do things for them, but to reveal to them their beauty and value, to say to them through our attitude: "You are beautiful. You are important. I trust you. You can trust!”