Church is open at capacity starting July 16, 2021, please see the letter from our Pastor. Please note the Daily Mass Schedule for Aug. 2-6. There will be no Eucharist Mon to Thurs (2 to 5 Aug.) The Eucharist on Fri Aug. 6 is at 9AM followed by a Holy Hour for Vocations to the Priesthood to conclude at 10:30AM.
PLEASE REFRAIN FROM ATTENDING CHURCH IF ANY OF THESE APPLY TO YOU:
- Any of the following symptoms: fever, coughing and wheezing, fatigue, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, excessive sputum, aching muscles, headaches, chills, confusion, runny nose, or shaking
- Contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days
- Left the country or the province in the past 14 days
- Awaiting test results from your own COVID-19 test
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Saturday July 31st 5:00PM Mass recording is available in Youtube (link).
Prayers Requested: The Ordination of Diaconate of Connor O’Hara, Kevin Burgess and Marc Gaudet will be at St Finnan Basilica Alexandria Ontario. , the feast day of St Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, Aug 10 at 2PM. The presider is Archbishop Marcel Damphousse. Please pray for them at that ‘hour’… perhaps a Rosary or favourite prayer…
Msgr. J. Muldoon
A Letter From Our Pastor
Welcome to Holy Spirit Parish, serving Stittsville and surrounding areas. Our beautiful House of Worship is the place where we praise and thank God. It was built by the prayers and sacrifices of many people and consecrated by Archbishop Terrance Prendergast on March 31, 2008. If you haven’t already done so, please consider registering as a member of our faith community. Our weekend celebrations of the Eucharist offer us the opportunity to assemble around the Table of God’s Word and the Table of the Eucharist, in a spirit of thanksgiving for all we have received from a loving God. I hope that you will find a spirit of hospitality among us and that you will discover your own personal gifts of time, talent and treasure. In this way God is truly glorified and our community is blessed. The financial support of the parish is essential to the maintenance and the mission of the church. I encourage you to assist us by way of financial support. You can do this by signing up for auto-debit or by using a box of envelopes available in the atrium. You are invited to fill out our parish census form, available at the church, and return it to the office. I would be pleased to visit your family and to bless your home at your convenience. Please call our office at (613) 836-8881 to arrange for this blessing. The weekly Bulletin features parish events and services and includes our various ministries. You are invited to take a copy with you after Mass. It can also be found on this website. The Pastoral Team is here to be of service to you. If you have questions or concerns they will be pleased to assist you. Our office personnel will respond promptly to your calls or emails. The Holy Spirit is the guiding principle of all that we do. It is my hope that this Spirit may unite us in love for God and one another in humility and peace. Together we can discern the ways of the Spirit in our individual lives and for the good of the whole community. Sincerely in Christ, Monsignor Joseph Muldoon, Pastor
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be by appointment only for the near future. Please contact the Office weekdays.
We warmly welcome new parishioners to our parish. You are asked to register by completing a registration form. Contact the Parish Office (613-836-8881 or email@example.com) for assistance.
Starting Friday, July 16th, celebration of liturgies with occupancy capacity will be permitted following all COVID-19 protocols (masks, attendance for contact tracing purposes, hand sanitizing, keeping 2 metre distance between fellow parishioners, no gathering in atrium or entrance,…). Please see the memo from our diocese (link).
Saturdays 5:00 PM and Sundays 10:30 AM Masses will be celebrated. Weekday Masses will be celebrated Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 9:00 AM.
Saturday 5:00 PM Mass will be recorded and available in Youtube. The situation continues to change. As information is shared with us, we will pass it on to you.
Thank you to all the volunteers cleaning the church and helping with ensuring COVID-19 protocols are followed.
Please remember to drive ‘Slowly’ in the Parking Lot for the safety of all.
God Bless All. Monsignor J. Muldoon
Year of Saint Joseph: 8 December 2020 – 8 December 2021
Daily Wisdom: Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world.—St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Reflections:18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 1, 2021
Do not work for food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life.
As the Israelites wander through the desert, the Lord hears their cry and feeds them with bread from heaven. Saint Paul challenges the Ephesians to walk in the way of righteousness and holiness of truth so that their lives are different from nonbelievers. In the Gospel, Jesus tells the people not to work for food that perishes, saying, I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
As we listen to the Discourse on the Bread of Life, we are reminded that on the journey of life, no matter its twists and turns, the Lord continues to travel with us and to care for us, nourishing us with heavenly food as he once fed the Israelites in the desert.
Used with permission of FAITH Catholic.
UPDATE FROM FINANCE COUNCIL: To all the Parish’s generous faithful
Thank you to all who donate to the ongoing operation of the parish. With the current Provincial Stay at Home order this has been more difficult because Masses are limited to very few participants. Please consider bringing your donation with your name and envelope number to the parish office anytime during the week. Safety protocols are being followed. We currently have a significant number of parishioners who contribute via bank auto-debit. If you want to set up an auto-debit for your donations, please contact the parish office
And finally, you may wish to donate using e-transfer. If so, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and use the password “Holyspirit”.
On behalf of the Finance Committee, I thank you again,
Alex Golob (Holy Spirit Parish FC Chair)
Saturday 5:00 pm (live-streamed)
Sunday 10:30 am
Wed, Thu & Fri 9:00 am
August 4, Priestly Ordination: Next Wednesday, August 4th, the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall will welcome a brand new priest into the fold. On the feast of Saint John Vianney, Steven Gaudet, from St. Bernard’s in Finch, will be ordained to the priesthood. We give all praise to God as Steven will join Father Diego Rebeles and Father Johnathan Kelly as our third new priest in 12 months.
First Reconciliation/First Communion 2022 and Confirmation 2022 – please visit the Sacraments page.
We remind all dog walkers to refrain from using our parking lot until after 1:30 pm on Sundays, and when snowplowing equipment is present. Thank you.
For those wishing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) you may contact the Office by email or call daytime for an appointment.
The food Bank ‘needs’ non perishable goods such as pasta, canned soups, cereal, juice, stews, canned veggies, rice,.. They are getting low.. Items can be dropped off at the Parish Monday-Friday, 9AM – 3:30PM.
210716 Note to parishes - Third update on Roadmap to reopen Ontario- revised
‘What we pray is what we believe’
The history of the Latin Mass controversy is important to understand the position in which Pope Francis found himself and the Catholic Church. But some other things are important, too.
There is a saying in Catholic theology: “Lex orandi, lex credendi.” Loosely translated, it means that “what we pray is what we believe.”
This means that prayer and the Mass are not isolated realities. How Catholics conduct the Mass says something about what Catholics believe. And since Pope Benedict widened the Latin Mass’ availability, two different ways of praying had begun to signify two different, competing communities within the Catholic Church.
Many people prefer the Latin Mass purely for its beauty, and not all of those people are uncomfortable with Pope Francis’ leadership. But many traditionalists are, and their views are not confined to prayer and Mass. The worldview that many in the traditionalist movement share with someone like Archbishop Lefebvre, who supported such far-right political leaders as Jean-Marie Le Pen in France, Spain’s Francisco Franco and Augusto Pinochet in Chile, is very uncomfortable with the modern world. It does not fit with Francis’ vision of a Catholic Church aligned with open societies and on the side of the oppressed.
Traditionalists opposed to Pope Francis have found a refuge inside communities that celebrate the Latin Mass. It has insulated them from the direction in which Francis has been trying to take the church.
Restricting the traditional Latin Mass as he has, it seems that Pope Francis is challenging traditionalists to be part of the same church as he is.
Schism or not, a defining moment
Some people have wondered whether Pope Francis will cause a schism, a permanent division in the church, with the new ruling.
That seems like the wrong question. In my view, the divisions were already there and would remain there whether or not Francis limited the traditional Latin Mass.
The church unity Pope Benedict had hoped would follow the expansion of the traditional Latin Mass has not happened, the Vatican has concluded. How traditionalists respond to Francis’ new restrictions will tell us much about the church’s future — and may prove to be the defining moment of the Francis papacy.
Steven P. Millies is an associate professor of public theology and director of The Bernardin Center, Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. The CTU is a member of the Association of Theological Schools, which is a funding partner of The Conversation US.
1489 Shea Rd, Ottawa, ON K2S 0G8
Monsignor Joseph Muldoon
Our Office Hours
Regular Hours (Sept. - June)
Monday to Friday
9:00am - 12:00pm & 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Summer Hours (July & August)
Monday to Thursday (Fridays closed)
9:00am - 12:00pm & 12:30pm - 3:30pm
We welcome you to celebrate with us on a regular basis
Our Mass schedule is as follows
Saturday 5:00pm (live-streamed)
Sunday 10:30 am
Wed, Thu & Fri 9:00 am