Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Parish of St. ANDREW'S, Barrhaven: Visit to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School - Montée Jeunesse/Youth Summit - 25th World Youth Day

A meeting of representatives of Barrhaven's St. Andrew's parish took place on Saturday evening after a light supper was served

The Episcopal Visitation of St. Andrew's Parish in Barrhaven, which worships in St. Joseph's Secondary School (and whose parish office is located in Mother Teresa Secondary School), took place from March 11-14 with visits to the schools and nursing homes on Thursday and Friday, a snack supper and meeting of parish representatives after the Saturday evening Mass and encounters before and after the three Masses (confessions before Mass, refreshments in a meet and greet style afterwards).

The photos of the meetings with seniors were posted on Saturday, March 13 and school photos appear each day this week, including some of the visit to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School that appear below.

Here, as well, are some photos of meetings with a few of the many families of St. Andrew's.

The Saturday 5PM Anticipated Lord's Day Mass





The 8:30 AM Sunday Eucharist, presided by Pastor Father Jessimar C. Tapia



The 10:30AM Sunday Mass







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St. Elizabeth Ann SETON School

On the school's website (www.ottawacatholicschools.ca/eli): Principal Mr. Jim Rogers describes the charcter of SEAS: At St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School students receive an innovative, faith-based education. The faculty and staff are proud to partner with parents and guardians in the education of our students. Through a spirit of community and cooperation, we strive to educate the whole child, spiritually, academically, socially and physically. On behalf of the entire staff, I invite you to visit our school. We are proud of our students, our programs, and the entire school community. Come experience St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School!





"The first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly to do it in the manner He wills it; and thirdly to do it because it is His will." Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton



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Inscription Montée Jeunesse/Youth Summit Registration

Now that some computing bugs and glitches have been removed and corrected, the website for the 2010 Montée Jeunesse/Youth Summit to be held here May 21-24 is up and ready to take registrations, give back ground info, explain the special "Disciples" Programme, allow for volunteers to register, etc.

Please contact: Geneviève Fortin, Coordinator, Youth Summit 20101247 Kilborn PlaceOttawa, ON K1H 6K4(613) 738-5025 ext 229; email: youthsummit@archottawa.ca

www.MontéeJeunesse.ca or www.YouthSummit.ca or call Genevieve at (613) 738-5025, ext. 229 (info@youthsummit.ca).

JOURNEE MONDIALE DE LA JEUNESSE XXV WORLD YOUTH DAY

Yesterday the Vatican released the text of Pope Benedict XVI's message to the Youth for this year's celebration of World Youth Day, which will be held on Passion [Palm] Sunday. Pope Benedict reprises the interpretation of Jesus' encounter with the Rich Young Man from Mark's gospel that Pope John Paul II had featured in his letter for the very first World Youth Day a quarter century ago. Excerpts in French and English from this year's epistle follow:

Hier, le 15 mars 2010 - Le Vatican a publié le Message que le pape Benoît XVI envoie aux jeunes du monde entier à l'occasion de la XXVe Journée Mondiale de la Jeunesse qui sera célébrée le 28 mars 2010, Dimanche des Rameaux. Voici quelques extraits de la lettre du pape en anglais comme en francais:

« Bon Maître, que dois-je faire pour avoir en héritage la vie éternelle ? » (Mc 10,17)

Chers amis,

Nous fêtons cette année le vingt-cinquième anniversaire de l’institution de la Journée Mondiale de la Jeunesse, voulue par le Vénérable Jean-Paul II comme rendez-vous annuel des jeunes croyants du monde entier. Ce fut une initiative prophétique qui a porté des fruits abondants, permettant aux nouvelles générations chrétiennes de se rencontrer, de se mettre à l’écoute de la Parole de Dieu, de découvrir la beauté de l’Eglise et de vivre des expériences de foi fortes qui ont conduit de nombreux jeunes à décider de se donner totalement au Christ.

Cette XXVème Journée représente une étape vers la prochaine Rencontre Mondiale des jeunes, qui aura lieu en août 2011 à Madrid, où j’espère que vous serez nombreux à vivre cet événement de grâce.

Pour nous préparer à cette célébration, je voudrais vous proposer quelques réflexions sur le thème de cette année : « Bon Maître, que dois-je faire pour avoir en héritage la vie éternelle ? » (Mc 10,17), tiré de l’épisode évangélique de la rencontre de Jésus avec le jeune homme riche. Ce thème a déjà été traité, en 1985, par le Pape Jean-Paul II, dans une très belle lettre adressée pour la première fois aux jeunes

Jésus rencontre un jeune homme

« Il [Jésus] se mettait en route, – raconte l’Evangile de saint Marc – quand un homme accourut et, s’agenouillant devant lui, il l’interrogeait : “ Bon Maître, que dois-je faire pour avoir en héritage la vie éternelle ? ”. Jésus lui dit : “ Pourquoi m’appelles-tu bon ? Nul n’est bon que Dieu seul. Tu connais les commandements : Ne tue pas, Ne commets pas d’adultère, Ne vole pas, Ne porte pas de faux témoignage, Ne fais pas de tort, Honore ton père et ta mère ”. “ Maître, lui dit-il, tout cela je l’ai observé dès ma jeunesse ”. Alors Jésus fixa sur lui son regard et l’aima. Et il lui dit : “ Une seule chose te manque : va, ce que tu as, vends-le aux pauvres, et tu auras un trésor dans le ciel ; puis, viens, suis-moi ”. Mais lui, à ces mots, s’assombrit et il s’en alla tout triste, car il avait de grands biens » (Mc 10, 17-22).

Ce récit exprime d’une manière probante la grande attention de Jésus envers les jeunes, envers vous, envers vos attentes, vos espérances, et montre combien son désir est grand de vous rencontrer personnellement et d’ouvrir un dialogue avec chacun de vous. De fait, le Christ interrompt son chemin pour répondre à la question de son interlocuteur. Il manifestait ainsi sa pleine disponibilité à l’égard de ce jeune, qui est mû par un ardent désir de parler avec le « Bon Maître », pour apprendre de lui à parcourir la route de la vie. En proposant ce passage évangélique, mon Prédécesseur voulait exhorter chacun de vous à « développer votre propre dialogue avec le Christ – dialogue qui a une importance fondamentale et première pour un jeune » (Lettre aux jeunes, n.2).

Jésus le regarda et l’aime

Dans le récit évangélique, saint Marc souligne que « Jésus fixa sur lui son regard et l’aima » (cf. Mc 10,21). C’est dans le regard du Seigneur que réside le cœur de cette rencontre très particulière et de toute l’expérience chrétienne. Le christianisme, en effet, n’est pas d’abord une morale, mais une expérience de Jésus-Christ, qui nous aime personnellement, jeunes ou vieux, pauvres ou riches. Il nous aime même quand nous lui tournons le dos.

Commentant cette scène, le Pape Jean-Paul II ajoutait, s’adressant à vous les jeunes : « Je vous souhaite de connaître un tel regard ! Je vous souhaite de faire l’expérience qu’en vérité, lui, le Christ, vous regarde avec amour ! » (Lettre aux jeunes, n.7). Un amour, qui s’est manifesté sur la Croix d’une manière si pleine et si totale qu’il fait écrire à saint Paul, avec stupeur : « Il m’a aimé et s’est livré pour moi » (Gal 2, 20). « Savoir que le Père nous a toujours aimés en son Fils, que le Christ aime chacun en tout temps – écrit encore le Pape Jean-Paul II – cela devient un solide point d’appui pour toute notre existence humaine » (Lettre aux jeunes, n.7), et nous permet de surmonter toutes les épreuves : la découverte de nos péchés, la souffrance, le découragement.

Dans cet amour se trouve la source de toute la vie chrétienne et la raison fondamentale de l’évangélisation : si nous avons vraiment rencontré Jésus, nous ne pouvons pas nous empêcher de lui rendre témoignage devant ceux qui n’ont pas encore croisé son regard ! ...

The rich young man asks Jesus: "What must I do?" The stage of life in which you are immersed is a time of discovery: of the gifts that God has lavished on you and of your responsibilities. It is, moreover, a time of fundamental choices to build your plan of life. It is the moment, therefore, to ask yourselves about the authentic meaning of existence and to ask yourselves: "Am I satisfied with my life? Is there something lacking?"

As the young man of the Gospel, perhaps you also live situations of instability, of disturbance or of suffering, which lead you to aspire to a life that is not mediocre, and to ask yourselves: In what does a successful life consist? What must I do? What might be my plan of life? "What must I do, for my life to have full value and full meaning?" (Ibid., No. 3).

Do not be afraid to address these questions! Far from overwhelming you, they express great aspirations, which are present in your heart. Hence, they are to be listened to. They await answers that are not superficial, but able to satisfy your authentic expectations of life and happiness.

To discover the plan of life that could render you fully happy, listen to God, who has a plan of love for each one of you. With trust, ask him: "Lord, what is your plan of Creator and Father for my life? What is your will? I want to fulfill it." Be sure that he will respond. Do not be afraid of his answer! "God is greater than our heart and knows everything!" (1 John 3:20).

Come and follow me!

Jesus invited the rich young man to go far beyond the satisfaction of his aspirations and of his plans, he says to him: "Come and follow me!" The Christian vocation springs from a proposal of love of the Lord and can be realized only thanks to a response of love: "Jesus invites his disciples to the total gift of their life, without human calculation or benefit, with a trust without reservations in God. The saints accepted this exacting invitation, and with humble docility followed the crucified and risen Christ. Their perfection, in the logic of faith at times humanly incomprehensible, consists in no longer putting oneself at the center, but in choosing to go against the current living according to the Gospel" (Benedict XVI, Homily at Canonization Mass, L'Osservatore Romano, 12-13, October 2009, p. 6).

On the example of so many disciples of Christ, you also, dear friends, accept with joy the invitation to follow, to live intensely and fruitfully in this world. With Baptism, in fact, he calls each one to follow him with concrete actions, to love him above all things and to serve him in brothers. The rich young man, unfortunately, did not accept Jesus' invitation and left saddened. He did not find the courage to detach himself from his material goods to find the greatest good proposed by Jesus.

The sadness of the rich young man of the Gospel is that which is born in the heart of each one when one does not have the courage to follow Christ, to make the right choice. However, it is never too late to respond to him!

Jesus never tires of turning his look of love and of calling to be his disciples, but He proposes to some a more radical choice. In this Year for Priests, I would like to exhort boys and girls to be attentive if the Lord invites to a great gift, in the way of the Ministerial Priesthood, and to make oneself available to accept with generosity and enthusiasm this sign of special predilection, undertaking with a priest or spiritual director the necessary path of discernment. Do not be afraid, then, dear boys and girls, if the Lord calls you to the religious, monastic, missionary life or one of special consecration: He is able to give profound joy to one who responds with courage!

Moreover, I invite all those who feel the vocation to marriage to accept it with faith, committing themselves to lay the solid base to live a great love, faithful and open to the gift of life, which is richness and grace for society and for the Church.

Oriented to Eternal Life

"What must I do to inherit eternal life?" This question of the young man of the Gospel seems far from the concerns of many contemporary young people, because, as my predecessor observed, "are we not the generation, whose horizon of existence the world and temporal progress fill completely? (Letter to Young People, No. 5). But the question on "eternal life" flowers in particularly painful moments of existence, when we suffer the loss of a close person or when we live the experience of failure.

But what is the "eternal life" to which the young man refers? It is illustrated by Jesus when, turning to his disciples, he affirms: "I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you" (John 16:22). They are words that indicate an exalted proposal of endless happiness, of joy of being filled with divine love forever.

To ask oneself about the definitive future that awaits each one of us gives full meaning to existence, because it orients the plan of life toward horizons that are not limited and passing, but ample and profound, which lead to loving the world, so loved by God himself, to dedicate oneself to its development, but always with the liberty and joy born from faith and hope. They are horizons that help not to absolutize earthly realities, seeing that God prepares a greater prospect for us, and to repeat with St. Augustine: "We desire together the heavenly homeland, we sigh for the heavenly homeland, we feel ourselves pilgrims down here" (Commentary on St. John's Gospel, Homily 35, 9). Keeping his gaze fixed on eternal life, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, who died in 1925 at the age of 24, said: "I want to live and not just get along!" and on the photo of an ascent sent to a friend, he wrote: "To the top!" alluding to Christian perfection, but also to eternal life.

Dear young people, I exhort you not to forget this prospect of your plan of life: We are called to eternity. God has created us to be with Him, forever. This will help you to give full meaning to your choices and to give quality to your existence.

The Commandments, the Way of Authentic Love

Jesus reminds the rich young man of the Ten Commandments, as necessary conditions to "inherit eternal life." They are essential points of reference to live in love, to clearly distinguish good from evil and build a solid and lasting plan of life. Jesus also asks you if you know the commandments, if you are concerned to form your conscience according to the divine law and if you will put it into practice.

They certainly are questions that go against the current of the present-day mentality, which proposes a liberty disconnected from values, rules, objective norms and invites to reject every limitation to desires of the moment. But this type of proposal instead of leading to true liberty, leads man to become a slave of himself, of his immediate desires, of idols such as power, money, unbridled pleasure and the seductions of the world, rendering him incapable of following his original vocation to love.

God gives us the commandments because he wants to educate us to true liberty, because he wants to build with us a Kingdom of love, justice and peace. To listen to them and to put them into practice does not mean to be alienated, but to find the path of authentic liberty and love, because the commandments do not limit happiness, but indicate how to find it. At the beginning of his dialogue with the rich young man, Jesus reminds him that the law given by God is good because "God is good."

We Have Need of You

One who lives the condition of youth finds himself facing many problems derived from unemployment, the lack of sure ideal references and of concrete prospects for the future. At times one can have the impression of being impotent in face of the present crises and drifts. Despite the difficulties, do not let yourselves be discouraged and do not give up your dreams! Instead, cultivate in your heart great desires of fraternity, justice and peace. The future is in your hands, because the gifts and riches that the Lord has enclosed in the heart of each one of you, molded by the encounter with Christ, can bring authentic hope to the world! It is faith in his love that, rendering you strong and generous, will give you the courage to address with serenity the journey of life and to assume family and professional responsibilities. Be committed to build your future through serious courses of personal formation and study, to serve the common good in a competent and generous way.

In my encyclical letter "Caritas in Veritate" on integral human development, I listed some of the great present challenges, which are urgent and essential for the life of this world: The use of the resources of the earth and respect for the ecology, the just division of goods and the control of financial mechanisms, solidarity with poor countries in the ambit of the human family, the struggle against hunger in the world, the promotion of the dignity of human labor, service to the culture of life, the building of peace between peoples, the interreligious dialogue, the good use of the social means of communication.

They are challenges to which you are called to respond to build a more just and fraternal world. They are challenges that call for an exacting and passionate plan of life, into which you put all your richness according the plan that God has for each one of you. It is not a question of carrying out heroic or extraordinary gestures, but of acting by putting to good use one's talents and possibilities, committed to constantly progress in faith and love.

En cette Année Sacerdotale, je vous invite à connaître la vie des saints, en particulier celle des saints prêtres. Vous verrez que Dieu les a guidés et qu’ils ont trouvé leur route jour après jour, précisément dans la foi, dans l’espérance et dans l’amour. Le Christ appelle chacun de vous à s’engager avec lui et à assumer ses responsabilités pour bâtir la civilisation de l’amour. Si vous suivez sa Parole, votre route s’illuminera, elle aussi, et vous conduira vers des destinations élevées qui procurent la joie et confèrent un sens plénier à la vie.

Que la Vierge Marie, Mère de l’Eglise, vous accompagne de sa protection. Je vous assure de mon souvenir dans la prière et je vous bénis avec beaucoup d’affection.

Du Vatican, 22 février 2010 - BENEDICTUS PP. XVI

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