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Monday 30 July 2012

New Auxiliary Bishop in Toronto

Bishop Kirkpatrick consecrated by His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins
Toronto has a new Auxiliary Bishop, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Wayne Joseph Kirkpatrick. His Excellency will serve the Church at Toronto in the northern region. 

It was fascinating to see in the Catholic Register this picture of His Excellency providing the Most Holy Eucharist to a communicant at Mass. There is nothing particularly unusual about the picture, it is a Shepherd of the Church in the Cathedral feeding the Bread of Heaven to a faithful Catholic, wearing a head covering, kneeling, with her eyes closed and receiving Him on her tongue.

Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick places the Eucharist
on a parishioner's tongue during his first mass at
 St. Michael's Cathedral as Toronto's newest auxiliary bishop.
I note this and you should too.


Because I continue to hear weekly how priests in this very diocese refuse, attempt to "correct," criticize, insult, complain, and scandalise those Catholics who wish to receive Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue.

Make no mistake. While in Canada, the norm for receiving Holy Communion is standing and that is the bishops choice, it is the individual Catholics' choice to kneel if they so choose. Pope Benedict XVI only gives Holy Communion on the tongue to communicants who are kneeling.

While Holy Communion can be received on the hand, that is an indult and can be removed with the stroke of the Holy Father's pen, and I believe will be one day not too far into the future. Notwithstanding many episcopal leaders in this country ordering the prohibition of Holy Communion on the tongue during the H1N1 scam, that prohibition by any priest, bishop, archbishop or even cardinal was wrong. They had no right. The law of the Church is that the norm for receiving Holy Communion is the tongue, the exception is the hand.

Now, my point in this post is not to cause His Excellency any discomfort but in fact, to acknowledge that he is fully aware of the law of the Church and he clearly respect it and the right of this communicant. The photo above appeared in fact, in The Catholic Register. The reason for this post is to arm you, loyal Voxett, so that you know and have visual proof the next time a priest of this Archdiocese attempts to scandalise you at the communion rail, if you can find one.

May God bless our new Auxiliary Bishop and may He abide in him.

Sunday 29 July 2012

Domus mea!

From today's Gospel in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost:

 "It is written, 'My house is a house of prayer,' but you have made it a den of thieves."

St. Joseph's Church, Ottawa. Anno Domini 1966

St. Joseph's Church, Ottawa. Anno Domini, 2012

Friday 27 July 2012

BREAKING: New Jesuit Priest Celebrates First Mass in Traditional Rite!

Fr. William V. Blazek, S.J., newly ordained for the Jesuit Chicago-Detroit province

In other news, it seems that yes, pigs can indeed fly.

Pig fly's in celebration!

Earthquake about to hit San Francisco!

Yes, moppets, Pope Benedict XVI is still in charge and his man has the heart of a lion!

New Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone

Tuesday 24 July 2012

The Rot in Ottawa and I don't mean Parliament!

The Catholic Church in Ottawa has a problem that goes to its very roots, rot and when you have a tree with roots that rot, that tree can produce no fruit.

As told elsewhere on this blog, I lived in Ottawa whilst working on Parliament Hill during the first term of the Conservative Government of Brian Mulroney. During that time I rediscovered the truths of my Catholic faith after a meandering journey from apostasy to the cafeteria. While I had come back to church in Toronto at St. Michael's Cathedral, I was still lined up at the cafeteria, I had forgotten my catechism; but the beauty of the liturgy there drew me in. Upon moving to Ottawa I was scandalised by attending Mass at Notre Dame Basilica. It was the first time I saw women go the Tabernacle and any layperson distribute Holy Communion. The priests had effeminate mannerisms and there was no Gregorian chant or anything sacred to speak of. In that beautiful temple, it was an anomaly.

Then I found the Oratorians at St. Brigid and it all changed. A brother there, now a priest in Vancouver invited me to choir practice. He taught me to read and sing Gregorian chant, I went to confession for the first time in fifteen years or so and the rest is history.

I then witnessed first-hand, awakened to the reality, the putrid rot present in our Church. It was because the Oratorians fully embracing the hermeneutic of continuity of the Second Vatican Council two decades before Pope Benedict XVI would coin the phrase stood in compete contrast to the heretics at St. Joseph's on Sandy Hill, an OMI parish whose Pastor then, Father Douglas Crosby, OMI is now Bishop of Hamilton. The unjust, lying and spurious attack on these good priest, brothers and people came from those at St. Joseph's. The Archbishop, Joseph Aurele Plourde, a proud member of the self-named, "Gang of Five," was a weak man and a coward who was quoted in the Ottawa Citizen as saying that "those who long for Gregorian chant suffer from nostalgia neurosis." His treatment of these fine priests and brothers was a scandal. He still lives now, well into his 90's, perhaps given this time by God to pray and suffer in old age and do some of his purgatory here.

I've blogged below on the putrid facts at St. Joseph's. The liturgical abuse, the dissent on Catholic teaching, the promotion of the homosexualist agenda. People have written, "does the Archbishop know." Of course he knows! His pictures are there from a visit in March. Yes, Archbishop Prendergast knows. They all know.

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Now, LifeSiteNews has raised our consciousness about an upcoming conference at St. Paul's University which is on the campus of the once Catholic University of Ottawa of which St. Joseph's Church is a part. I mean, can't you just wait to hear the enneagram master and episcopal horse-trader, land-developer and diocese bankrupter Remi de Roo? Surely we all remember this lovely little liturgy by His Disgrace Or how about Canada's own Vatican II peritus, former Augustinian priest, heretic (now that's original) Gregory Baum.

All OMI, all heresy, all the time and you can bet, their heretical liturgies will be at St. Joe's. The question is, will there be puppets?

Socon or Bust as some of you may know went in to early retirement, but a few months ago, that unfortunate occurrence ended and Socon is back. He has noted that Cardinal Turkson is attending this conference and the Nuncio is being asked to contact His Eminence and advise him of the scandal to the faithful due to the dissenters present.

Sign SoCon's petition here.

While the OMI's own the property on which St. Joseph's stands, Ottawa still has an Archbishop let us pray that he will deal with this mess which he has inherited from Plourde and Gervais.

Friday 20 July 2012

You have polluted my bread

To you, O priests, that despise my name, and have said, Wherein have we despied thy name? You offer polluted bread upon my altar, and you say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that you say: The table of the LORD is contemptible. Mallachias 1:7

Sunday Mass at St. Joseph's, Ottawa

Thursday 19 July 2012

St. Joe’s is vibrant, diverse and ever-evolving

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O Mary, Conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
O good St. Joseph, Patron of the Church and of Canada,
model of virtue and chastity, pray for us.


St. Joseph's Parish Ottawa - exterior - Wilbrod Street
St. Joe’s is a vibrant, diverse and ever-evolving Catholic parish in the heart of Ottawa. It is a place where one and all are invited to experience community, contribute to social transformation and grow spiritually.

  Rev. Andy Moyer, OMI - Pastor 
The Missionary Oblates were founded in 1816 by Saint Eugene de Mazenod. Our motto is: “He has sent me to bring the Good News to the poor [...]. The Good News is proclaimed to the poor” (Luke 4:18; Matthew 11:5).
This double Gospel expression makes up the motto inscribed on the coat of arms of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and of its founder, Eugene de Mazenod. It highlights the missionary character of the Oblate charism and its primary activity. The Oblates find themselves reflected in it no matter how diverse their ministries might be.
St. Joseph's Church - Ottawa - Interior: as seen from choir loft
St. Joseph's Church - Ottawa - InteriorThe Parish was founded by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate ( OMI) a religious order whose main emphasis of service is to those who are marginalized in the church.
It is an ancient Catholic tradition that all are welcome!  Come, check us out. Ask questions. Be yourself as God created you! Connect with community – connect with diversity – connect with the tension of inclusion.
Maria Virjee our Coordinator of the Welcome Ministry will be happy to be in touch! http://ca.mc1225.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=mvsali@magma.ca
Easter 2012
SanctuaryDuring this season we renew our baptismal promises, remembering and re- committing to a way of life.  This faith life invites us to grow in awareness of God in and around and through us . It is a gift, and yet we care for it and cultivate it as we strive to live with lives that reflect the love and mercy of God by living a conscious life, that constantly seeks to reveal the presence of  God who creates.
Our planet is our home, created to be loved and lived in with respect.
This Lent, the Seasonal Planning committee is providing you the background inspirations behind the the decor, the prayers, symbols, choice of music and the inspiration for liturgical dance.

The Entrance way looks a little different.... 
You will also see that there is a large pool set on the floor filled with sand and cactus as well as the bowl from the font filled with Water. This is where our journey begins – in the desert, wth Jesus in prayer,  and with our candidates, walking with them to the waters of baptism.
One-on-One Healing Touch – Fri Feb 24 Friday February 24th, from 9:30am – 11:30am. For anyone who is experiencing spiritual, emotional, or physical stress/pain. Each person will receive a treatment of 15-20 min. followed by time for reflection. Given by Helena Robb, Colette Chartrand and Clara Nasello. Sign-up sheet at the back of the church.
“Occupy Lent”: A Discussion Series –Tues Mar 6, 13, 20
The Occupy movement captured the imagination and dominated discourse throughout North America. Understanding the roots of the financial meltdown, and placing responsibility for this on those responsible, was only part of the message. Issues related to democracy, use of public space, growing inequality and other themes were also front and center.  Socially-conscious Christians are organizing a series of three discussions.  We will first hear from some Occupiers themselves, then a presentation on economic inequality in Canada from a respected and sympathetic economist, and finally, a moderated discussion concerning religious values and what people of faith might do about this growing problem of inequality. The evenings will begin at 7 pm and end by 9 pm at the Parish on March 6, 13 and 20th.
Catholic Gays and Lesbians get together at St. Joe’s on the second Friday of each month. We live or aspire to live in integrity with our gifts of both spirituality and homosexuality. We want to build bridges between gay communities and the Church. We meet to share our faith. For more information, contact http://ca.mc1225.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=SJcglgroup@gmail.com.
Catholic Gays and Lesbians Gathering — Friday, July 13  Sacristy room, 7-8:30 pm. When John McNeill, pioneering advocate for LGBT human rights, was thanking God for his partner of 22 years,
one of the things he listed in gratitude was: "He does me the honor of being angry at me when I do something thoughtless or hurtful." During our meeting, we will talk about anger in our lives as individuals and as a community — particularly how to channel our anger with the Church's view on women's rights and homosexual love into a passionate search for justice? Please bring a beverage or snack to share. To get a copy of an excerpt (“Dealing with Anger”) from John McNeill's book, Taking a Chance on God, email http://ca.mc1225.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=Sjcglgroup@gmail.com
Mass, prayer and liturgy at St. Joseph's Parish
Parish yoga resumes in the fall 2012.
Through the art of drama, young teens proclaim the Gospel message to the children of the parish. The Players perform during the 9:30 Mass on the third Sunday of each month. The group (often with other volunteers) performs special presentations during Christmas and Eastertide. 

CONTACT: Sr. Connie Goulet…http://ca.mc1225.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=cgoulet58@gmail.com Telephone: 613-231-5118
Mass, prayer and liturgy at St. Joseph's Parish
LITURGICAL DANCE: The Liturgical Dance Ministry has been a part of St. Joseph’s Parish for over 20 years.  Liturgical Dance Ministry is a form of prayer through creative movement.   Liturgical dancers seek to invoke the power and presence of the Holy Spirit to visually proclaim God’s presence within and among us.   It is not a performance but an invitation for all in the assembly to go deeper into the music or the Word.  With his or her whole being, the dancer seeks to carry and lift the prayers in our hearts.
Dance Ministry meets in the weeks leading up to the special Sunday’s when we dance. These are usually Advent, Christmas, Lent, Triduum, and Pentecost.
To be in the Liturgical Dance Ministry, a person does not need to be a professional or trained dancer, but simply be prepared to allow the Spirit to breathe through you. There are currently 6 dancers, and we welcome more.  Any person over 12 years of age is welcome to join the ministry.
Mass, prayer and liturgy at St. Joseph's
LITURGY COMMITTEE: The Liturgy Committee oversees the liturgy of St. Joseph’s Parish. The members do this through study, reflection, and discernment of the church documents. They create policy and guidance as it relates to the Liturgy and work to integrate the mission of the parish into an authentic, meaningful, and prayerful expression of our rich catholic tradition.
Mass, prayer and liturgy at St. Joseph's_JDP9319DEVELOPMENT & PEACE: This outreach group endorses the social justice and environmental campaigns of the national organization,Development and Peace. We hold education and action activities at St. Joe’s, including workshops, homilies, visual displays, bulletin messages for information and emergency appeals. Share Lent­ is the major faith, education and fund-raising effort each year, we to expose parishioners to the values of Catholic Social Teaching and those found in Caritas et Veritatis.Evening meetings held on an ad hoc basis.
Interfaith Sandy Hill is a multi-faith group of members who are curious about religion and what our various faith traditions have to say on various topics. The group believes that good things can happen when numerous faith communities join together to foster a continued dialogue and open communication. Interfaith dialogue increases knowledge of our neighbors. In turn, this can break the bonds of hate, prejudice and intolerance. For Catholics, the group’s work builds upon the Roman Catholic Church Vatican II document of 1965 Nostra Aetate,

Members include our local churches All Saints Sandy Hill, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Parish, St. Paul’s Eastern United Church and Jewish, Muslim and Hindu representatives.
_JDP9386All are welcome to attend this event. Various welcoming rites will be performed to welcome this infant. Reception to follow. For more information: Roman Mukerjee  or Jane Gibson  613-745-1923). Tuesday, November 29th, 2011, 6:30pm, Rideau Gardens, 240 Friel at Rideau.
Healing Services
These take place about 3- 4 times a year.
Members of this ministry invite anyone seeking healing ( in all its forms), to join in communal prayer, annointing, laying on of hands, and time for fellowship afterwards. There is also time for private prayer with one of the Healing Ministry Leaders. Watch the parish calendar for dates.
One-on- One Experience of Healing Touch
For: Anyone who is experienceing spiritual, emotional or physical stress/pain
Purpose: restores balance and harmony physically,emotionally and spiritually
Creates: relaxation, calm, lightness, clarity of thought and peace
In a state of health, life energy flows freely. Within all living things, there is a natural movement toward growth and wholeness. The treatment stimulates the person’s own recuperative power to promote healing for themself.
Everyone is welcome to come and experience a treatment for yourself
The dates for the Fall are: September 21st, October 19th, and November 30th
Friday morning: 9:30-11:30
Reflection for 7-8 July, 2012
14th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B
Mike Britton
Text: Ezekiel 2:3-5, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Mark 6:1-6.
[EXCERPT] "I’ve climbed up onto a pedestal here myself, haven’t I? For these few minutes, here I am, speaking from the Altar of the Word, but I know that I’m still the same person as the one who will return to his pew and stand in line for Communion with everyone else, then drive back home to Kanata, spend time with family, go to work, and live a life that is in most ways not particularly distinguished. I will struggle with my own temptations, resisting them imperfectly at best; I have a hard time seeing the “heroic virtue” of sainthood in my life."
Weddings at St. Joseph's Parish
The Core Team
Andre Boyer OMI…http://ca.mc1225.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=aboyeromi@st-josephs.ca
Telephone: 613-233-4095 ext. 222
Pastoral Director
Mary Murphy http://ca.mc1225.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=mmurphy@st-josephs.ca
Telephone: 613-233-4095 ext. 227
Bread Bakers Coordinator
Contact: Clara Nasello…http://ca.mc1225.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=claranasello@yahoo.com
Pastoral Care
Christian Meditation
Contact: George Martin & Rosemarie Morris…http://ca.mc1225.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=morris-martin@rogers.com
Pastoral Visits to Retirement homes and Ottawa Hospital
Kathleen Allan… http://ca.mc1225.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=kathleenallan@magma.ca Telephone: 613-729-1903
Pastoral Visits
Mary Murphy – http://st-josephs.ca/contact/parish-directory/mmurphy@st-josephs.ca
613-233-4095 ext 227
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (MAMI)
Contact: Ed MacNeil ,OMI
Telephone: 613-232 -5793


St. Joseph’s Parish is in the midst of fine-tuning its new communications strategy. An important part of this process included asking parishioners at all masses, including students and young adults at university mass, to tell us what draws them to our church. We received a wide array of responses, but some of the adjectives that kept coming up in dozens of responses included: welcoming, friendly, progressive and liberal. Here’s how our parishioners and guests see St. Joseph’s Parish:

- Invitation to be the Spirit – not shackled by prescriptive Catholicsm but open to the paths of the mystics – accepting – weekly reinforcement of us in God and God in us
- Equal partners ( women – men, lay-religious; young-old) parish members make decisions, take responsibility are accountable – no clericalism
- Social justice inclusiveness, re-claiming Catholicism
- Care for the poor, everyone having a place, liturgy, deep, meaningful, communal, progressive, Living the Spirit of Vatican II
- Realistic, 21st century – catholic teaching while respecting the history of a 2000+ year old tradition – hopefully not going backward. Should St. Joe’s begin to return to the proceedings of the church prior to Vatican II – I will reluctantly say farewell.
- Progressive, non-traditional, youthful, change-oriented
- A dogma-free place and community of worship, a faith-celebratory place
- Welcoming, liberal, diverse, outreach, vocal community
- Radical, welcoming, faith in action, justice and solidarity, action community
- A community which is inclusive, vibrant, liberal, reaching out, progressive, active, loving, caring for the poor, working for social justice
- Liberal, open-minded, inclusive and still Catholic
- Truly a spiritual experience – not “religious”
- Warmth, lay homilies, liturgical dance, beautiful music
- A supportive and inclusive community – equality. “be the change you wish to see in the world”
- Modern and democratic – “a church for today’s world”
- Inclusive, heart centered, justice oriented, welcoming, seeking through silence, celebrating God’s love
- Liturgy well celebrated and reflective – conscious of social justice
- Apparent and intense dedication of the parishioners, strongly female
- Creative, liberal, welcoming, thought-provoking
- All are welcome, open, not rigid, willing to bend when necessary

Now tell us about your experience and what you’re looking for in an open and welcoming Catholic parish community, especially as we prepare for another semester at university! Let us know by either posting your comments, or sending an e-mail to: http://ca.mc1225.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=cadam@st-josephs.ca .


Gay Catholics, Christians and Allies in Ottawa

JULY 23, 2010

The Gay Catholics, Christians and Allies at the University of Ottawa is looking for supporters willing to march with the club in the Capital Pride this year (August 29). The club: i) builds an inclusive community, ii) spreads the message: God’s love is in all people regardless of their sexual orientation, iii) wants gay persons to be welcomed by the official Christian churches.

Please join us at the Pride and help make this message heard: all people (gay and straight) have the same gift of love to share! E-mail: http://ca.mc1225.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=clgbt@uottawa.ca


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Protestant Minister Rhondaa McKay

AUGUST 4, 2011

Thanks to your liturgy team for the honour of opening scriptures for you. I am honoured to have an opportunity to address the congregation, for which I have such respect and to stand with Fr. Andy who we have been so pleased to welcome into Sandy Hill; I like to brag about the good working relationship amongst churches and faith communities in this neighbourhood… I like to think we are fertile soil for the sower’s seeds, but it is worth thinking about what the fertile soil would be that provides abundant harvest

In his response to the questions of his disciples, Jesus tells them parables are for those who know beyond knowledge. They hear and see beyond the obvious.

It’s an invitation to look again at the familiar image –prodigal sower, casting seed not just on the prepared ground, but also on the path, on rocky ground and amongst the thorns. No self-respecting farmer would do that.