May 21, 2017
The 6th Sunday of Easter – Some Musings
“I will not leave you orphaned.”
When my mother died a number of years ago, I suddenly realized that I was an orphan. Now, I had a husband, children and grandchildren but suddenly both my parents were gone. That was a very strange feeling for me; so this promise Jesus gave to His disciples gives me great comfort and peace. “I will not leave you orphaned.” What an amazing God we have! As I sat with these passages I recalled the words of Psalm 139 which says, “Yahweh, You examine me and know me, You know if I am standing or sitting,” and goes on to enumerate the concern, love and compassion of a God who loves and knows us on the most intimate level. Those lines, written so many centuries ago, are echoed by Jesus in this gospel passage. He is a God and Saviour, a Redeemer and friend Who loves us so deeply that He will not leave us alone to walk in uncertainty and fear.
The uncertainty for the disciples after the Resurrection must have been extremely worrisome, especially when Jesus tells them that He’s going back to His Father. They must have felt trepidation at the uncertainty of the future. They’d hoped that He would restore the kingdom of Israel. Instead, they’d been commissioned by the Lord to go out and preach to all the nations, to baptize and evangelize, to heal and console, to comfort and strengthen that small group of believers. I’m sure they were relying to the presence of Jesus to guide and strengthen them and now He tells them that He’s returning to His Father in Heaven. It’s no wonder they felt sorrow and fear. But the loving Saviour promises to send the Holy Spirit to be with them at all times.
At our own confirmation we, too, were given the gifts of that same Spirit to be ever present for us and we need to call on that Spirit – in times of joy and sorrow, in times of worry or concern, in times when we need to make decisions and in times we need to praise and thank. Jesus has not left us to our own devices in order to follow Him. He’s left us His Church, His sacraments and above all the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen, to console and uphold and certainly to walk with us. But our God also has given us free will. We need to choose to follow or to go our own way, to live by His laws and commandments or lose ourselves along the path. So often in times when we’re required to make difficult decisions we forget to call on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and on the gifts of all the sacraments. We can do all the research, all the seeking, all the asking but if we forget to use the gifts we’ve been given at various times, it’s easy to think that we are, indeed orphans, struggling to survive on own.
These last days have seen the earth waking to the hope of a new spring, a rebirth of the earth, and I feel joy in the warmer days, the earlier sunrise and rising of earth to new vibrancy. As we see these signs of new life and new hope, let’s pray that we, too, can awaken our hearts and souls to the life-giving Spirit, sent by our loving Redeemer, and use these gifts we’ve been given to serve one another with generous hearts, loving hands and open eyes and ears to hear those who want and need our help. Let’s use the gifts we’ve been given and thank God for His goodness and mercy to all. Let’s not allow ourselves to become complacent in our faith but keep it lively and living so that the Kingdom that awaits us is in some small way mirrored here now.
Wishing you a week of many blessings, much awakening and many small miracles.
50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DIOCESE:
EVENING SUNDAY MASS: From May 28, 2017, a Sunday mass will be celebrated at 7 pm in the Cathedral. The Sunday morning masses remain the same.ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: From May to August, the adoration will be on Thursday from 7 to 8 pm.
ENGLISH TUTOR: We are looking for an English tutor to teach English to two Spanish speaking seminarians coming from Peru to soon replace our seminarians. Please contact Fr. Ain at the Chancery office at (867) 667-2052.
As many people know Simon return in his seminary we don’t know yet if he will come back, but we keep him in our prayers
MARRIAGE PREPARATION CLASSES:
The next meeting for Marriage preparation classes will be on Wednesday 24 at 7 pm.
BAPTISMAL PREPARATION CLASSES:
The baptism preparation classes are given on the first and second Friday of the month at 7 pm. For more information about the sacrament of Baptism or the preparation classes please consult our website at www.sacredheartcathedral.ca
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The Knights of Columbus meet the second Wednesday of the month at 7:15 p.m. in the CYO Hall. Prior to the meeting, the Knights gather to pray the Rosary in the church at 7:00 p.m. For further information, contact Joe Hanrath, 335-9819.
The annual Yard Sale will be held on Sat. May 27. 8:00am—12:00pm on the Cathedral parking lot. Proceeds to KC Charities.
The Catholic Women’s League, will be providing refreshments and snacks. Please call John Robbins (668-7049) or Vic Sokalski (633-5576) for information.
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE
The Catholic Women’s League meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm on the stage of the CYO hall at Sacred Heart. All women 16 years of age and older are welcome to join this National organization.
COMMUNITY AND PARISH EVENTS
LECTORS: A training for the lectors will be given by Bishop Hector on June 3th from 10am to 2 pm. Lunch is included. The meeting will be in the Church.
YOUTH GROUP NEWS: We had a great year with the youth group this season. Thank you to all the youth that participated and to your parents for their support. Youth group will resume again in the fall. Many thanks to the following leaders this year: Monica Lauer, Marc Bloch, Marion-Rose Piper, as well as our teen helpers Katlego Khoza and Robin Russell. We received help at various times from Father Slawek, Giuseppe and Myriam, Angelo and Maria, Guy, Simon and Andrea Wan. For our year end slide show presentation, we give our gratitude to Simon Lauer for creating a great "year in review". Thank you!
Thank you, Bishop Hector, and the parishioners for your prayers and support.
Gregg and Pamela Janiga
STATUS OF MUSIC MINISTRY: We are seeking musicians and singers who would like to join this important ministry. Training is provided. Please contact Valerie Royle at email@example.com or by calling or texting 332-5106. In the meantime, there may be Masses at which there is no music ministry. We certainly hope that such instances are few; however, we really need those with musical abilities to come forward as soon as possible so that we can ensure that every weekend Mass has music.
REQUEST FROM THE MUSIC MINISTRY: In the past few years, applause has started at the end of Mass in appreciation for the music. While we in the music ministry appreciate the sentiment, clapping for us actually makes us a bit uncomfortable as our job is to lead you in prayer through song. It is not a performance for which applause is necessary. We respectfully ask you to not applaud at the end of Mass. If you want to say thanks for the music, please come and say so after Mass. We enjoy hearing from parishioners and welcome your feedback!
WHITEHORSE RIGHT TO LIFE: Would like to thank all who came to the Walk for Life on Thursday, May 11th, as well as all who attended the excellent talk by Mark Davis Pickup. Thank you to all our sponsors for these events, especially Fr. Slawek and the parish, the CWL, the Knights of Columbus, and all who helped with food and transportation during Mark’s time in Whitehorse. The next meeting of Whitehorse Right to Life will be on Monday, May 29th at 7 PM at Maryhouse.
COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITY CARE: Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has established a help line for anyone who is contemplating euthanasia or assisted suicide. This line was established for people who feel they are being coerced or are considering ending their life. Anyone can call on behalf or someone they think is being coerced. The number is 1-855-675 –8749
PRAYER OF TAIZÉ: You are invited next Sunday, May 28th, at the United Church, corner of Main and 6th Avenue, for one hour of prayers with meditative songs, short readings and a time of silence with the ecumenical prayer of Taizé. Song rehearsal at 7pm, official starts at 7:30pm. Everybody is welcome. For more information call Eliane at 335-9133.
Please keep these individuals in your prayers that God will grant them healing, strength and peace:
Gabriela Hosni, Sophia Hosni, Eileen Whelehan, John Mooney, Jim Elder, Hector MacLellan, Anita Sheardown, Lois Murtagh, Jamie McLelland, Virginia Mitchell, Diarmuid O’Donovan, Dusika and for the mother of Hélène Lapensée who passed away recently.
DE SEMAINE EN SEMAINE
21 Mai 2017
6ème dimanche de Pâques
« Le monde ne me verra plus, mais vous vous me verrez vivant » Jean 14,19
Chapelet : tous les mardis du mois de mai, au Cimetière des Pionniers à 19h, nous nous rencontrons pour réciter le chapelet.
Messe en français : tous les mercredis à 17h à la Cathédrale.
Rencontre du CA : le Conseil d’Administration de la communauté francophone catholique St-Eugène-de-Mazenod se rencontrera jeudi le 25 mai à 19h dans la Salle de Rencontre du Presbytère. Un souper à la Fortune du Pot commencera à 18h.
Souper des Bénévoles : vendredi le 26 mai au Old Fire Hall de 17h à 20h.
Soupe Populaire : dimanche prochain le 28 mai, Sylvie et son équipe de bénévoles serviront un repas chaud aux plus démunis.
Baptême de Julianne : dimanche prochain nous célébrerons le baptême de Julianne, fille de Dorothy Williams et Jean-Sébastien Blais. Accompagnons-les dans cette belle célébration.
Prières de Taizé : vous êtes invités dimanche prochain le 28 mai à l’Église Unie, coin Main et 6e Avenue, à une heure de prière avec des chants méditatifs, de courtes lectures et un peu de silence, avec la prière œcuménique de Taizé. Pratique des chants à 19h et début officiel à 19h30. Bienvenue à toutes et tous. Pour plus d’information contactez Eliane au 335-9133.
Nous avons appris le decès de la mère de Hélène Lapensée la secrétaire de la Communauté Francophone Catholique, Mme Rita Renaud-Monfette. Nous la soutenons par nos prières dans cette épreuve et nous prions pour sa mère. Le service funéraire est prévu le lundi 22 Mai au Quebec etsuivi de l’enterrement
50e anniversaire du Diocèse de Whitehorse : 9 – 10 - 11 juin
9 juin : 13h Messe à l’École Vanier.
19h Messe à la Cathédrale.
10 juin : 11h à 15h BBQ/Pique-nique dans la cour avant de l’École Christ the King.
17h Messe bilingue à la Cathédral, présentation officielle et reconnaissance suivi d’un temps de partage après la messe.
11 juin : 10 :10 Messe du dimanche
11h30 Messe bilingue à la Cathédrale suivi d’un lunch.