Saturday, April 30, 2011

Saturday within the Easter Octave - Tomorrow "Domenica in albis" - Next Sunday Mass of the Neophytes

The baptism of St. Augustine
Tomorrow is the Octave of Easter, the Sunday on which the new members of the Church wore their white garments (Domenica in albis).  We celebrate that at the Neophyte Mass, which will be celebrated on the Third Sunday in Easter, Sunday evening, May 8 at the 7:30 PM Mass. 

The prayer for today retains the sense of joy that the Church has been blessed by these "new-borns" (reborn in Christ):
Saturday within the Octave of Easter
O God, who by the abundance of your grace give increase to the peoples who believe in you, look with favour on those you have chosen and clothe with blessed immortality those reborn through the Sacrament of Baptism. Through our Lord.

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Easter egg collection

Next week, Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO)'s summer programme, Impact Ottawa begins in some ten parishes (anglophone and francophone).  Earlier this week, I visited the summer program's headquarters on Bronson Place, to bless the residence and chat with the team (pictured below). 

The Archdiocese is looking forward to the arrival of some sixty young men and women from across Canada for this evangelizing moment.  More details in coming weeks.


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