Ordinary Time

On Monday May 25 2015 we returned to the season of Ordinary Time. “During Ordinary Time, the Church celebrates the fullness of the mystery of the Lord Jesus. The people of God offer praise by celebrating the Paschal Mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus.” (Ordo, Liturgical Calendar, 2010-2011, CCCB, 2010)

 Ordinary Time continues until the Church celebrates the Feast of Christ the King, this year on Sunday November 22, 2015. This period of time is neither a season of preparation such as Advent or Lent nor a season of celebration such as Christmas or Easter. The season of Ordinary Time, especially the Sundays are devoted to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects.

 The weekly celebration of Sunday Eucharist is a hallmark of a Catholic way of life. Gathering each Sunday throughout Ordinary Time shapes and forms us as the Body of Christ and we are given the strength to live as the Body of Christ for the life of the world.

 There is really nothing ‘ordinary’ about this time for like all of time it belongs to God. As faithful disciples we strive to live our lives rooted in God’s presence aware that through the rhythm of daily life we encounter God in the amazingly ordinary parts of our day. Ordinary Time reminds us that our God came and lived among us wedding humanity and divinity for ever.

 At our family table, during our recreational activities and in our daily work we encounter God active in our lives. As we grow in our awareness of God’s creative Spirit in our lives we come to Sunday (Saturday evening) Mass with a deeper sense of gratitude and joy. 

 Family Catechesis

Parents are the first teachers  or first catechists of their children in the ways of faith.  In our family life we hand on a Catholic way of life through daily prayer, eating together, worshipping together on Sunday and through study and discussion.

When children attend a Catholic school they are taught religious education as part of the curriculum.  Religious education is different from immediate preparation for the celebration of a sacrament.

The adage, ‘faith is caught not taught’ is definitely true.  Parents are encouraged to remember that we hand on faith Sunday after Sunday.  The pastoral staff at Holy Family Parish is prepared to assist parents as they hand on faith to their children.

We encourage you to check the bulletin regularly for suggestions on praying as a family and living the liturgical season.  Like us on Facebook at Holy Family Catholic Church Bolton and you will receive notification of updates to our page.

Vitamin F- Faith Nourishment

On the first Tuesday of the month from 7:15 – 9:00 pm we offer Vitamin F – Faith Nourishment for all members of the parish.  The gathering is a time of fellowship, discussion, catechesis and prayer.  The Tuesday evening session is an opportunity for each of us to continue to grow in our own faith and understanding of living a Catholic lifestyle.

Ongoing Religious Education

For children who attend public, private or alternative schools the parents are responsible for providing opportunities for ongoing religious education. Families wishing to provide ongoing religious education in a systematic way are asked to contact the parish catechist for more details.