Ash Wednesday Masses – March 1, 2017
Noon @ 12:05 pm & Evening @ 7:00 pm
On the Wednesday before the First Sunday of Lent the faithful, by receiving ashes, enter upon the season appointed for spiritual purification. This sign of penance, biblical in origin and preserved among the customs of the Church until our own day, express the human condition as affected by sin. In this sign we outwardly profess our desire for forgiveness before God and thereby, prompted by the hope that the Lord is kind and compassionate, patient and bounding in mercy, express our desire for inward conversion. This sign is also the beginning of the journey of conversion that will reach its goal in the celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation during the days leading to Easter.
The penitential days and times in the universal Church are Ash Wednesday, Fridays and Good Friday during the season of Lent. Abstinence from eating meat or from other food is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Our Parish Mission
We, the faith community of Blessed Sacrament Parish, seek to help those whom God has placed in our lives to experience the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. As Jesus’ disciples, with the grace of the Holy Spirit, we strive to become living gospels of life through our daily loving choices to serve God, one another, our parish and our community.
REPAIR-RESTORATION-RENOVATION PROJECTS NEEDING YOUR DONATIONS
Basement Storm Sewer (1950) Removal
Church Basement Entrance Repairs
Church Roof Structural Repairs
Church & Rectory Roof Replacement
Church New Structural Skeleton for Bells
Church Attic Insulation Replacement
Church Ceiling Repair & Painting
Church Basement Floor Replacement
Church Basement Mechanical Design
Church Basement Small-Commercial Kitchen
Almost one year ago, Blessed Sacrament Church began a very necessary, but very complicated, restoration project. Required repairs and renovations were more extensive than first anticipated, although it is a blessing that structural deficiencies were discovered while repair was still possible! The expenses, however, were likewise greater than anticipated. We needed help and turned to the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation (SSCF).
The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation graciously offered Blessed Sacrament a large matching grant, which has made it possible for our project to continue. This vital gift was provided through the Anonymous Donor Fund of the SSCF.
The donors to the Anonymous Donor Fund recognize Blessed Sacrament Parish as an important inner city faith community serving the spiritual and social needs of its increasing new Canadian congregation. They are also aware of its role in providing daily Mass to down town workers, to those visiting our city, and staying in down town hotels. The donors acknowledge the church’s significant historical importance and are anxious to preserve it as heritage property.
It is difficult to convey adequately our gratitude to the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation and to the Anonymous Donor Fund in particular for this large and generous gift. The work of repairing, restoring, and renovating Blessed Sacrament Parish would simply not have been possible without their financial help.
The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation is a public foundation serving the people of South Saskatchewan. The foundation builds permanently endowed charitable funds for the changing needs and opportunities of the community and provides grants to eligible charitable organizations in culture, health, education, environment, recreation, and social services sectors.
Should you be interested in further information about the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation and their important philanthropic and community work, you are encouraged to visit their website at www.sscf.ca