(This article was submitted by Jacinta Cillis-Asquith. As you’ll read below, her family has an important connection to this Friday’s procession. Readers may also remember Cillis-Asquith’s nature photography that we’ve featured several times on this site.)
A Marian procession will be held on Friday, October 13 in downtown Ottawa to mark the 100th year since the miracle of Fatima (miracle of the sun) occurred in Fatima, Portugal.
The festivities will begin with an outdoor, rosary and candle procession with a life-like statue of Our Lady of Fatima, the title given to the Virgin Mary who appeared to three little shepherd children, once a month for six months, in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Continue reading →
(ABOVE: Monsignor Joseph Muldoon, Pastor at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, rides Murilo Torres’ Fatboy Harley Davidson.)
Since I was a kid my dream was this exact bike, a black Fatboy Harley Davidson. I’m still new here, just three years in Stittsville, and since we moved from Brazil we have attended the Holy Spirit Parish Sunday Mass.
We fell in love with Stittsville, and it all started because of Luke Therrien from Stittsville Glass and Signs. He was the first “Canadian” I spoke to after we landed here in Canada and unpacked our belongings. We brought an old window frame from Brazil, a souvenir to make me and my family feel we are at home, but during the trip one of the panes of glass broke. Luke fixed it.
Was a sunny Saturday day and he actually didn’t say welcome to Canada but he said “Welcome to Stittsville”. Since then our lives changed and we decided to move to Stittsville and be part of this amazing community. He helped us find a good house, helped us with our renovations, and all the help we needed about being new home owners in Canada, much different than in Brazil.
The Harley picture happened after my visit to Stittsville Glass and Sings to show Luke my new achievement. He told me he is a big Harley fan and he had his Harley stolen many years ago, and that I should take care and babysit mine.
So my best bet was to ask Father Joe his blessing and for “extra help” to protect me and my dream. I was not sure how he would react, but his reaction was the best ever. He gave me a BIG smile and asked me to go for a ride him. He is also a big Harley fan, and asked me for a picture with the Harley and to share this great moment with our community.
More people in our community need to know how much fun Father Joe is. He is an important character in Stittsville. This is just one small example!
(ABOVE:Holy Spirit Catholic Church / File Photo by Barry Gray)
“They were tired on arrival but very grateful to be safe in Canada.”
A quick update from Monsignor Joseph Muldoon from Holy Spirit Parish, about their efforts to support Syrian refugees in Canada. A family of four settled in Kanata just after Christmas: Continue reading →
(Article via the Let’s Unlock Change organizing committee.)
When Chris Carroll applied to be treasurer of the Algonquin College Public Relations students’ “Let’s Unlock Change” campaign in support of The John Howard Society, he included the following detail on his resume: “My friends always make me be the banker in Monopoly.”
Carroll’s professors were impressed by his sense of humour—and his solid track record as a PR student. He got the job, and has been handling the campaign’s funds ever since.
Carroll has lived in Stittsville since he was six, attending Holy Spirit Elementary, followed by Sacred Heart High School. Before landing at Algonquin, where he is pursuing a post-graduate diploma in public relations, he studied communications at Carleton University.
An active community leader, Carroll studies martial arts at Pathways Jiu Jitsu and every Sunday and he can be found at Holy Spirit Parish church, where he serves as a lector. He has been a lector since he was 12 years old, and was the youngest serving lector at the time.
Carroll credits his involvement with Holy Parish with helping him to become more open-minded and compassionate.
These qualities have served Carroll well has he and his classmates prepare to host 13 different fundraising events for the John Howard Society, which offers a range of programs and services for people involved in the court system. The Let’s Unlock Change campaign has an ambitious fundraising goal of $23,500.
Let’s Unlock Change runs from March 25 to April 14. Carroll’s team is planning a trivia night on April 8 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Lieutenant’s Pump on Elgin St.
“I’m incredibly excited to be hosting this event,” Carroll says. “Trivia nights have always proven to be lots of fun, and when it’s for a good cause like the John Howard Society, everyone wins.”
Carroll’s classmates credit him for his strong leadership qualities and his smooth, confident speaking style, which can capture the attention of any audience. As Alex Scantlebury, one of his classmates, puts it: “Chris would be able to sell sand while standing on the beach, and still turn a profit.”
If you can’t make it out to the trivia night, there are many other campaign events to choose from. There is also an option to donate online if you want to help Carroll and his program reach their fundraising goal. Visit their website at www.letsunlockchange.com or join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #LetsUnlockChange.
An Ottawa priest has been released on bail after being charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy inside a west end Catholic church in 2008.
Stephen Amesse, 56, was charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference involving a child under 16.
Amesse was suspended from all ministry and his position as pastor at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fallowfield after he was charged on Thursday, according to his archdiocese.
Ottawa police believe there could be other victims. None of the allegations has been proven in court.
Amesse was well-known in Stittsville’s Catholic community. He had a nine-year tenure at Holy Spirit Catholic Church before his departure in 2009, and has been involved with Sacred Heart High School.
Reaction to the report has been mostly shock and disbelief. Here’s some of the reaction from Facebook and Twitter. Many appear to come from students so we’re keeping the identity of the posters anonymous.
“Just because someone said father Steve did this and he got charged doesn’t mean he actually did it… he’s a dope guy regardless.”
“Father Steve was charged, he is not yet convicted. Stop jumping to conclusions.”
“Father Steve man literally what’s your buzz… Thought you were the man, that’s messed.”
“Literally talked to father Steve 2 weeks ago…. Last thing I’d EVER expect.”
“Father Steve made mass bearable in elementary school… I’m so shocked.”
“Lets see how justice prevails….i just find it hard to believe knowing him personally for many years”
“He baptized me and my son and married my husband and I. In all my interactions with him he’s always seemed to be such a wonderful Christian man. It’s so hard to believe.”
“Father Steve was such a great priest in the community. I am shocked to hear this.”
“Woooooah Father Steve charged. NOOOOOO I thought he was an exception to the stereotype.”