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St. Elizabeth Students: Sacramental Preparation Schedule

18. March, 2017Parish JournalComments Off on St. Elizabeth Students: Sacramental Preparation Schedule

St. Elizabeth Students: Sacramental Preparation Schedule

Children Preparing for First Eucharist
Sunday April 30
Sunday May 7

First Holy Communion
Sunday May 28, 2:30pm

Students preparing for Confirmation
Confirmation Retreat, Friday May 12
Confirmation, Wednesday May 17 at 6:30pm

Parish Opportunities for Our Spiritual Growth This Lent

Parish Opportunities for Our Spiritual Growth This Lent

7. March, 2017Parish JournalComments Off on Parish Opportunities for Our Spiritual Growth This Lent

Parish Opportunities for Our Spiritual Growth This Lent
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Ladies Auxiliary Coffee Sunday Bake Sale

25. February, 2017Parish JournalComments Off on Ladies Auxiliary Coffee Sunday Bake Sale

Ladies Auxiliary Coffee Sunday Bake Sale

March 5
9am to 10:30am

Donations of baked goods would be greatly appreciated. Coffee, tea and juice are provided. Come out and support the work of the Ladies Auxiliary.

St. Patrick’s Day Party

St. Patrick’s Day Party

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St. Patrick’s Day Party

Back again, by popular demand, we will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day. Please join us here at St. Elizabeth Church on FRIDAY, March 17 from 11am to 2pm. Irish Celtic music. Lunch will be served. Adults $10. Children are welcome.

“Up From The Waters: Reflections on the Sunday Gospels in Lent”

“Up From The Waters: Reflections on the Sunday Gospels in Lent”

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A Lenten Evening Reflection

with Rev. Norman Bonneau, OMI
Scripture Scholar, St Paul University
7:00PM Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Chilli Cookoff

18. January, 2017Parish JournalComments Off on Chilli Cookoff

Chili Cookoff

Sunday, January 29, 2017
5:30pm

Enter your favourite chili recipe or enter a new one! Too much fun on a Sunday evening!

For more information call the parish office at 613-725-2242

Message from the Pastor on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, January 1, 2017

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Message from the Pastor on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, January 1, 2017

On the first day of the year, we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and Queen of Peace. This year, we also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the World Day of Peace that began with Blessed Paul VI. Each year since 1967, the popes have marked the new year’s first day with a message for peace. This year, Pope Francis On the first day of the year, we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and Queen of Peace. This year, we also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the World Day of Peace that began with Blessed Paul VI. Each year since 1967, the popes have marked the new year’s first day with a message for peace. This year, Pope Francis has asked Christians and all people of the world to reflect on the power of non-violence. I would like to encourage all the parishioners of St. Elizabeth to read his insightful message, “Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace.”

As Pope Francis writes, quoting Jesus in Mark 7:21, peace is first found in the human heart. I want to share with parishioners what I have learned about peace in the human heart from the wisdom of the First Peoples of Canada which also accords with the Biblical teachings.

True peace in the human heart, or bimaadiziwin, as the Anishinaabe (Ojibway) people call it, comes from living a life in balance — or as we might say today, seeking a life of integration. It is seldom achieved perfectly. We will strive our whole lives seeking a balance that leads to peace in our hearts.

1. The struggle to live a physically healthy lifestyle. Taking care of our bodies — being active, eating healthily, sleeping and relaxing well — these are all challenges in our modern society. St. Paul, too, writing to the Corinthians, tells us that we ought to glorify God in our bodies, which are temples of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).

2. Attention to our minds. Let us always be learning, reading, studying, reflecting, being creative — exercising our minds so that we can be aware of the world around us and attentive to its beauty. As the psalmist says, “Teach me good judgement and knowledge” (Psalm 119:66).

3. Being alert to the emotions of our heart. Our experiences of joy and love as well as anger and anxiety teach us important lessons about ourselves and give us important directions about where we need to grow and where we deserve affirmation. “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

4. Developing a life in the Spirit, a life of prayer. For the First Nations peoples, ceremonies expressing gratitude and enhancing spiritual growth were essential to an integrated, healthy and peaceful lifestyle. “The spirit is life and peace” (St Paul’s Letter to the Romans 8:6). How can we develop our spirituality?

A life of balance or integration includes attention to body, mind, heart and spirit — “the medicine wheel teachings.” The discipline that includes these four aspects of the human person achieves inner peace and a means to non-violence. However, neglect in one of these aspects affects all others — leading to imbalance and non-integration. Achieving balance and integration is a life-life long endeavor. May we never be grow weary of seeking balance!

In a world experiencing the bloodiest of wars, massive environmental devastation, heinous disrespect of human life, hideous oppressions of the Other and so many other horrid activities against human flourishing and global peace, may we all seek the intercession of the Queen of Peace for integration and wholeness. May She intercede for our personal peace which radiates outwards to our neighbour, community, nation and world! Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!

Fr. Daryold Winkler,
Overwhelmingly Grateful Pastor
of St. Elizabeth Parish

St. Elizabeth Advent Retreat  in Word- Song- Silence

St. Elizabeth Advent Retreat in Word- Song- Silence

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November 28, December 5, 12, & 19th, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the church

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Knights of Columbus Annual Christmas Dinner

Knights of Columbus Annual Christmas Dinner

13. November, 2016Parish JournalComments Off on Knights of Columbus Annual Christmas Dinner

The Knights will be hosting their annual Christmas Dinner on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Tickets will be available at the back of the church after all weekend Masses throughout November. Tickets are $22.50 per person and are also available during regular office hours. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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St. Elizabeth Youth Pizza and Bowling Party

St. Elizabeth Youth Pizza and Bowling Party

13. November, 2016Parish JournalComments Off on St. Elizabeth Youth Pizza and Bowling Party

For youth in Grades 6 to 12 on Saturday, November 26 at 10:30 a.m. You are invited to meet in the church parking lot and then we will proceed to Merivale Bowling Lanes. Anyone attending please register with the parish office.