“BEHOLD! WE COME TOGETHER TO SERVE FOR THE GLORY OF HIS HOLY NAME”
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37
Jesus gave His life to serve, not to be served. Putting other’s needs before our own needs is a sign of becoming a mature disciple, of following Jesus’ example. Humility is really a sign of a strength. God expects us to nurture and develop the gifts He has given us and then generously return a portion with increase. He doesn’t want us to waste or hoard the gifts He has given us. He expects us to grow our gifts, use them wisely and be generous with them. God really does provide for those who are grateful and generous with their blessings of Time Talent and Treasure.
When we step into the grace of stewardship, we gain a glimpse of how every element of our days and every aspect of our life express in different ways in which Our Lord Jesus Christ stands at the center of our lives as Christian stewards, so that we will become “very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts,” (I King 19: 10) Therefore, spend some time in prayer and speak to the Lord and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to choose the right ministry for you to get involved. Let us love our Lord more dearly and follow Him more closely. (Use the parish registration form found at the back of the church to sign up for any ministry or contact the office)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states “the musical tradition of the universal church is a treasure of inestimable value greater than any other art.” (CCC 1156). The Holy Mass is a celebration and what better way to celebrate the Eucharist than through sacred music and song. Our music ministry consists of a children’s choir (Saturday 5PM), an adult choir and the Laudate Choir for Sunday masses. Whether you are a beginner or expert instrumentalist or singer all are welcome to join.
“He who sings prays twice” St. Augustine
The lectors proclaim the Word of God during the liturgy, in which the lector allows the Holy Spirit to speak through him or her to the assembled community. The lectors must have a profound love and reference for sacred scripture. In the absence of a deacon the lector is responsible for the proclamation of the Prayers of the Faithful and the prayers of the entire community offered to God.
EMHC assist the ordinary ministers of communion (priests and deacons) with distribution of Holy Communion. EMHC should be active practicing Catholics whose Christian life and moral attitude would recommend them to become effective Extraordinary Ministers.
God asked us to serve one another. By becoming an altar server, young people can begin to fulfill God’s important request. Altar servers assist the Priest in celebrating the Mass and guide our congregation in worship. Anyone who has received the Sacrament of Holy Communion is invited to join our Altar server group.
Jesus sent a few apostles to make preparations for the Passover Meal which has become the center of our Eucharistic Celebration. The sacristan is the modern day disciple of such preparations. She or he, under the general direction of the clergy, undertakes the overall preparation of liturgical celebrations and all that is needed for each specific celebration. A good sacristan is a gift to any parish and the post fulfills a true liturgical function. As the Ceremonial of Bishops states: "The adornment and decor of a church should be such as to make the church a visible sign of love and reverence toward God"
The members of this team help in the formation of parents and godparents of the children who are about to be baptized. By sharing their own faith journey they provide parents with reinforcement of the faith of the church so that they can truly and faithfully transmit it to their children.
"Where two or more are gathered, I will be there among them...Mat-18:20 "We worship the Lord in songs and Praise Him. We read and share bible passages thus enabling us to deepen our own spiritual growth. We pray for the sick of our parish, our families and friends. We also support needy families overseas to become self-sufficient. Our gatherings end by praying to the Holy Spirit that He will be with us always. We meet on Monday evenings after the 7:30 Mass.
"Worldwide apostolic movement of lay people, begun in 1921 in Ireland, whose aspiration to holiness is sought via weekly prayer and charitable works, under ecclesiastical guidance, in the spirit and solicitude of Mary. There are ten English speaking meetings in the Montreal area, of which the one at Holy Name of Jesus is on Saturdays following the noon mass at 12:40 p.m. and lasting about 90 minutes. Examples of charitable works include home and hospital visitations as well as diocesan events."
It is a gathering of men of all ages providing an opportunity to share and deepen their Catholic Faith through discussion and support. These meetings held on Saturday morning at 7:30 A.M., include Morning Prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, followed by coffee and muffins.
The Book Table provides parishioners the opportunity to grow in and develop a deeper understanding of our faith through books and other religious articles. Over the years the book table has evolved in many ways and with God’s help it will continue to be a valuable part of Holy Name of Jesus Parish.
Pastoral Home Care
“I was sick and you visited me.” (Mt 25:35)
Our pastoral care ministry aims to serve the needs of those whom Jesus placed emphasis on in His healing and pastoral ministry. The ministry involves visiting our sick and elderly with a respectful, comforting presence and attentive listening. This presence brings them a sense of connection and belonging to the community.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.”
(Mt. 28: 19-20)
It is the process for people who want to find out more about the Catholic Faith, for those seeking to become Catholic and for adult Catholics who are not yet confirmed. RCIA is not a formal class, a test, or a course. Rather it is journey that begins in the hearts of those interested in the Catholic faith and continues through discussion, sharing, learning and growth as we encounter Christ together in the midst of this believing community. If you are yearning for something more in your life, the RCIA program can help you find the peace, joy and fulfillment you are seeking in our Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus.
“We live by faith, not by sight.” (2Cor. 5:7)
AT Holy Name of Jesus we are committed to pass on our Faith and Catholic identity through the Faith First Catechism program for all children from Level K to Level 6. Besides dedicated volunteer catechists the program actively involves parents in the religious development of their children.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Mt. 5: 4)
We are those who have lost loved ones and need the comfort of those who have also lost a dear one. Our purpose is to be there for those who mourn and to let them know that they are not alone. We also ask the Lord for guidance in living out the rest of our lives. We do this by prayer and reflection on scripture and spiritual readings. We meet every second Thursday after the 9am Mass.
Youth Ministry is geared towards serving youth (7-12), teens (13-17) and young adults (18-35 years old). Our goal is to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today. Through themed activities, discussions, prayer and other events, we want to draw young people to participate in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community and to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
Separated and Divorced
“The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those whose spirits are crushed.” Ps.34:18
Are you a Catholic who’s been separated or divorced? Do you have questions about how your life in the Catholic Church is affected by your decision? If so, you’re not alone. Divorce or separation has touched many Catholic families and it is a painful process. Yet this process can be a time filled with potential for vibrant new growth and responsiveness to grace. Reaching out to someone that understands your pain will help you take positive steps to find personal peace, reconciliation and healing.