News & Events
BAPTISM OF OUR PARISH ALPHA BABY!!
This past weekend, St Theresa Parish was happy to welcome Maria Luiza Guimaraes Bacelour Conforto in Baptism last weekend. (pic below ). Congratulations to parents Bruno and Isabella, and godmother Nadia Rovinelli all of our parish! This event was truly an Alpha family affair as Bruno, Isabella, and Nadia met and became friends during the parish Alpha program in the fall of 2019! Little Maria Luiza was born in late October 2020 during the fall Alpha Online program, while her father Bruno was assisting on the Alpha team. And so Maria Luiza is affectionately called our Alpha baby! Thanks to Deacon Guy who instructed the family and officiated the baptism with the assistance of his wife Christine.
IMPORTANT SCAM ALERT!!!!!
Some parish members have reported receiving email from Fr Vincent asking them to assist in helping someone with a money transfer or in making a gift. Please be advised that Fr Vincent does not solicit any requests for financial help using email. Any such message received should be treated as suspect and deleted (do not respond to sender or open any links contained).
Please click the link below for some information that will greatly assist Seniors with financial matters (e.g., benefits, taxes, banking etc.):
This information is from The Council on Aging of Ottawa. https://coaottawa.ca/
ST THERESA FAITH GROUP - Tuesday evenings
A new Faith Group is meeting on Tuesday evenings in the Church Hall Boardroom to support those who have concluded Alpha and wish to continue their faith journey through the study of scripture and discussion. Starting Jan 28, 2020, the group is open to all parishioners who may be interested in attending the sessions. For more info., please contact Deacon Guy at 819-319-7671.
ST. THERESA ON SOCIAL MEDIA!!
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2019 INCOME TAX RECEIPTS
Income Tax receipts can be obtained by placing a stamped, self-addressed envelope in the collection basket. Please write your 2019 envelope # on the envelope.
PARISH CALENDARS 2020
Parish calendars for 2020 are available in the parish office. Cost: $3.00 each or two for $5.00.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION
St Theresa Parish children’s program will be starting preparations for First Holy Communion and Confirmation in the New Year. Any children hoping to make their First Holy Communion this spring or their Confirmation should contact Wendy Schieman at 613-230-4552. Lessons will begin after the Christmas holidays.
2020 PARISH ENVELOPES 2020
Parish envelopes are available at the back of the Church. Boxes are labeled with your name & address. Unlabeled boxes are also available should you wish to start using envelopes in 2020. Kindly include your name, address and phone number on the first few envelopes and ensure that you always indicate the amount of your donation on each envelope every week for income tax purposes. We strongly encourage everyone to sign up for preauthorized donations by filling out the form found on our website website: www.sttheresaottawa.com Thank you for your continued support.
You can designate St. Theresa Parish as your donation charity. Simply indicate your preference on the United Way donation form using charity # 12896 7353 RR0028.
ST. THERESA CHOIR - all welcome!
Our Choir practice takes place on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Choir loft. All are welcome - Especially Youth! No experience necessary. Info: Miriam Weston (1-613- 602-3028); (email@example.com).
CHILDREN’S LITURGY - join us!
The Children’s Liturgy take place every Sunday during the 10:30 a.m. Mass. All school age children are invited to attend.
KOC - BECOME A MEMBER!
If you’re interested in helping those in need, serving our parish, growing in faith and obtaining exclusive access to top-rated insurance protection for your family, then the Knights of Columbus is the organization for you. Please consider joining our Council 16005. Membership Dues are free until December 31st . For more information, please contact Roger Richard (613-277-5423);
(–firstname.lastname@example.org) or (www.ontariokofc.ca/Join-us (indicate Council16005)).
BIBLE STUDY - Wednesdays
Our discussion group meets on Wednesdays after the 9:00 a.m. Mass in the boardroom. Info: Bob Henry.
CHURCH BULLETIN ADVERTISING
Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service by calling Liturgical Publications,1-800-268-2637. Please support our advertisers and let them know you saw their advertisement in our bulletin.
LECTORS / COMMENTATORS MINISTRY AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
Dear Parishioners: at each of the weekend Masses, lectors proclaim the Word of God and commentators warmly welcome the congregation, announce the hymns, read the Prayers of the Faithful and the announcements. Eucharistic Ministers assist Father Vincent to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ. Have you ever thought about joining one or both of these Ministries? It is very rewarding as it allows you to participate more fully in the Mass. Training is provided and you can serve as your time allows. For more information, please contact Cathy Major (613-565-6179); (email@example.com).
CHILDREN’S LITURGY URGENTLY NEEDS HELPERS !!
The program is in jeopardy of folding. Volunteers are urgently needed to become part of a rotating schedule under Wendy Schieman’s direction. If you can help, please call Wendy (613-230-4552) or the parish office (613-235-5119).
THE FUTURE BELONGS TO PEOPLE WITH CHILDREN
“When young people ask me how to change the world, I tell them to love each other, get married, stay faithful to one another, have lots of children, and raise those children to be men and women of Christian character. Faith is a seed. It doesn’t flower overnight. It takes time and love and effort. Money is important, but it’s never the most important thing. The future belongs to people with children, not with things.” Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, USA
CENTRETOWN EMERGENCY FOOD CENTRE - DONATIONS NEEDED
The Knights of Columbus are responsible for delivering our donations to the Centretown Emergency Food Centre. Our donations have fallen and so we ask everyone to renew their previous generous offerings especially peanut butter, tinned tuna, dried beans, spaghetti sauce. Thank you!
Your regular contributions allow us to continue important pastoral and temporal projects in our parish throughout the year. In addition to the current donation method using Church Envelopes we are introducing two more donation methods: Donation using Automatic Debit and Donation using MasterCard or Visa credit cards. Donations by all three methods will be eligible for tax receipts. You will find a form on our website (firstname.lastname@example.org) that, when completed will allow the parish to either make automatic withdrawals from your bank account or charge your credit card. For more information, contact the office at 613-235-5119.
BUILDING THE DOMESTIC CHURCH
The Knights of Columbus have set up a kiosk, at the side altar, with a series of 15 booklets on topics of the family. The booklets promote the family as a ”domestic church” where husbands and wives, parent and children, grow in their knowledge and practice of the Catholic Faith. You are encouraged to take a booklet, read it, return it then take another one and repeat the process. This way everyone will get a chance to read the complete series.
MIRIAM CENTRE - SUPPORT SERVICES
We offer emotional and practical support to anyone facing a difficult pregnancy. Follow-up is provided after the birth of the baby. We also reach out with love and compassion to those suffering from the loss of a child through abortion, miscarriage or infant death. We share their pain and help them experience healing and peace. Free and confidential. More info: (613-830-8623), (email@example.com), (www.miriamottawa.org).
You can designate St. Theresa Parish as your donation charity. Simply indicate your preference on the United Way donation form using charity # 12896 7353 RR0028
WEEKLY SUNDAY SOCIAL
By popular request, we are looking for four volunteers to prepare and put out coffee and tea after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. Our monthly Social Sunday, hosted by our Parish Ministries on the first Sunday of the month, remains intact. Your mission, should you decide to accept, will enable us all to say hi and chat with one another after the 10:30 a.m. Mass almost weekly! For volunteers this would be a once a month commitment. Sign-up sheets are available at the back of the church for those interested in volunteering. For more information, contact Rachael Dillman (613-265-8056). Thank you!
SISTER ELEANOR FUND
The Sister Eleanor Fund was established to continue the work of the late Sister Eleanor Hennessey, G.S.I.C. Sister Eleanor devoted a good part of her life to helping the children of single moms and dads by providing much needed assistance not available through normal channels. The fund is administered by parishioners who receive, evaluate and respond to requests for assistance with living and shelter needs of those in our community. Funds are raised within the parish; the goal is $15,000 per year. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the fund in the past year, including the very hard working Christmas Bazaar Committee. Financial contributions are the most important part of our good works. If you wish to make a contribution, you may do so by using the envelopes available in the Church or by writing a cheque payable to St. Theresa Parish and identifying the "Sister Eleanor Fund" on the bottom of your cheque.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, COUNCIL # 16005
We are a fraternal brotherhood and a network of men who support our parish, grow our faith, and contribute to our community. We do good works in projects and activities that meet our principles of charity, unity and fraternity. We would like you to consider joining our council and becoming a Brother Knight. Please call Roger Richard (613-277-5423) and he can set up a meeting to discuss your interest, our council and organization, and answer any questions you may have. Thank you and God bless you!
EXCERPT FROM POPE FRANCIS’ HOMILY IN PHILADELPHIA
Pope Francis said that just like happiness, “holiness is always tied to little gestures.” “These little gestures are those we learn at home, in the family; they get lost amid all the other things we do, yet they do make each day different. They are the quiet things done by mothers and grandmothers, by fathers and grandfathers, by children.” “Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches. They are the right place for faith to become life and life to become faith."
FAMILY & YOUTH MINISTRY OFFICE E-NEWSLETTER
The Family and Youth Ministry office will be sending out electronically a monthly e-newsletter giving updates on items pertaining to family and youth ministry. If you are interested in receiving this newsletter, please submit your email address to (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Eucharistic Ministers are needed for all Masses.
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Sun September 8, 2013 - Presenter: Dr. Chantal Beauvais
Sun October 20, 2013 - Presenter: Fr. Carl Reid
Sun November 17, 2013 - Presenter: Mr. Paul Hewitt, QC, KM
Sun Feb 16th - Dr. John Dorner, Archdiocesan Liaison for Environmental Stewardship
Sun March 16, 2014 - Presenter: Carl Hétu, National Director CNEWA Canada
Sun September 21, 2014 - Presenter: Sr. Rosemary O'Toole
Sun October 19, 2014 - Presenter: Fr. Michael Winn, Rector of Holy Spirit Seminary
Sun November 16, 2014 -Presenter: Olenka Galatza