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Dear friend and benefactor of Lift Jesus Higher

January 6, 2016

January 4, 2016

Dear friend and benefactor of Lift Jesus Higher

As I look back on the year, 2015, I am struck by the faithfulness of God. He has kept us going as a community for over 18 years. We recently had a gathering to review our history, and I am amazed at how the Lord has led us into the areas of outreach to the poor, via our annual Peru missions, and outreach to other churches, via our Fire and Fusion ministry. These have been areas highlighted also by Pope Francis, ever since he began his papal ministry.

This year was our 11th annual Peru mission. Since its tentative beginning, back in 2005, this ministry has grown to encompass three ongoing projects in different areas of Peru. We visited each area and brought along with the gospel, shoes, toys, clothes, food and toiletries. This year also we were able to bring 80 children from those different projects to a Camp of Faith and Prayer in Huanuco. They were able to enjoy teaching, ministry, fellowship and regular meals, all within a safe, inviting environment. This coming year we are hoping to bring that experience of a family camp to each of the three areas we are investing into.

When we held our first “Fire and Fusion” conference in August 2014, in an attempt to bring Catholics and Pentecostals and Evangelicals together in a closer unity, we were following through on an impulse given us by the Holy Spirit. Since then, we have branched out into monthly gatherings of pastors and leaders throughout the Ottawa area, for the purposes of praise and worship, fellowship, sharing and ministry. We believe the Spirit is bringing about unity in the Body of Christ, one relationship at a time. This led us to our second “Fire and Fusion” conference held in Ottawa this summer, which introduced us to the ministry of Fr Dimitri Sala, an American Franciscan priest who has been moving and teaching in the area of closer relationships between Catholics and Evangelicals for many years.

His break-through book,”Beyond the Stained Glass Curtain” expertly demonstrates how the teachings of the Catholic and Pentecostal and Evangelical churches on Salvation are virtually identical. We intend to maintain the “Fire and Fusion” momentum this year by continuing our regular pastors and leaders meetings, plus also holding periodic “revival nights”, the first being on Saturday 16th January at 7pm, at Peacetower church, 343 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa.

As well as the Peru mission and the Fire and Fusion initiative, Lift Jesus Higher has continued to sponsor this year the “Ancient Paths” seminars of Family Foundations International, led by Craig Hill, with sessions on “Empowering Relationships”, “Overcoming Anger” and “Biblical Principles of Finances”, which have provided tools for people to break out of their bondages in these areas. The Holy Spirit Healing Clinic, also sponsored by Lift Jesus Higher, continues to open its doors every Monday afternoon to minister healing to people’s brokenness  and each week brings fresh evidence that God is alive and well and continuing to set his people free !!

All these activities, plus our ongoing Sunday Mass and weekly Oasis prayer meeting, are only possible because of your continued prayer and financial support. I want to extend to you my deep appreciation for your generosity to the Lift Jesus Higher community and to ask that you continue to show your support of our ministry. As we move ever closer to our 20th year of existence, as a “Catholic community growing in spirit, truth and love”, I want to assure you of my continued prayers for you and your family, asking that God shower you with every joy and blessing in the year ahead.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Fr Bob Poole

Director of Lift Jesus Higher

Dear friend and benefactor

January 21, 2014

January 21, 2014

Dear friend and benefactor,

Once again I am writing to thank you for your generous financial support to the ministry of Lift Jesus Higher. Many of you are regular supporters and I extend to you special thanks, because without you, we would not be able to continue carrying out our regular ministries, such as our Sunday liturgies and our Oasis prayer meeting on Wednesdays or our bible study on Thursday afternoons. We moved a year ago to our present location at St Louis Marie de Montfort, on Trojan St . This is still in Vanier, so we are able to continue our commitment to help impact spiritually and other ways the community in this area. I am grateful to Fr Callixte and the parishioners for the warmth of their welcome to us and for their continued friendship and support.

Some of you are new donors and I want to welcome you to our family of supporters and thank you for undertaking to support us . Many of you are on our list because you have generously given to our Peru mission. Because of your generous support we were able this year to send 25 children last February to a Camp of Faith and Prayer in Lima, Peru. This is a week-long family camp which provides both spiritual and physical nourishment to those who attend. The children we sent this year come from some of the poorest communities in Peru , where they often do not get even one decent meal a day and where they are often in danger, physically and spiritually, from the environment around them. This coming year, with your help, we are aiming to send 50 children to the camp.
The annual mission to Peru this year (our ninth in a row ) was from July 29th to August 10th and was made up of six people, including two people from St Philip’s parish, which I pastor along with St Clare’s.( Members of these two parishes have been especially supportive of the Peru mission. A big THANK YOU to you all !!) We also had two young women with us, continuing our plan to introduce young people from Canada to the realities of life in the shanty towns of Peru . Thanks to Air Canada agreeing to waive the charge for extra baggage, we were able to bring 12 bags full of clothes, shoes, toys and toiletries to distribute among the three communities we are actively engaged in supporting more than for any other year. A big thank you to all those who provided money and other gifts for this trip.

On the home front, we were blessed this year to be able to continue our commitment to building bridges with other denominations, and welcomed Pastor Mark Redner from West Carlton Christian Assembly, Pastor Shawn Gabie from Dominion Outreach Centre, and Penn Clark, a Canadian Pentecostal minister, currently residing in New York.
They all visited Lift Jesus Higher and ministered powerfully to us.
This coming year, in August, we are planning on holding a big ecumenical conference, with guest speakers from both Catholic and Protestant communities. Keep posted on our website to find out more!!

Two further ministries which Lift Jesus Higher supports are worthy of special mention. The Holy Spirit Healing Clinic, a Catholic drop-in healing clinic, where people can come to receive prayer ministry, is now meeting on Monday afternoons in the basement of St Louis-Marie de Montfort church, We have seen a gradual increase in the numbers of people coming to receive ministry, and some very encouraging testimonies of healings.
Also, thanks to the faith-filled dedication of a couple of our regular supporters, Generational Blessings seminars have been a regular feature this year in the church, enabling many people to receive in-depth ministry for deep emotional wounds, both as individuals and as couples.

So , it has once again been a very full and fulfilling year at Lift Jesus Higher and promises to be even more so in the year ahead. It is thanks to you, our wonderful benefactors, that I can say this, so I want to end this letter by expressing my heartfelt gratitude to each one of you and asking God to richly bless you as you have richly blessed us for the work of the kingdom of God.

Your brother in Christ Jesus,

Fr Bob Poole

Jacob’s Baptism photos

May 14, 2011

Year End Letter from Father Bob Poole

February 23, 2011

Dear friends,

It has been another eventful year for us at Lift Jesus Higher.

The main event was our move to St Ignatius parish , which took place at the end of September.

Our new location is still in the area of Vanier, but we are now back within a Catholic environment.

The change also enables us to celebrate Mass on a Sunday morning for the first time in nearly ten years. Hitherto we were restricted to having Mass in the afternoon, which has made it hard for people , especially for those with young families, to commit to coming to Lift Jesus Higher on a regular basis. We are grateful to Archbishop Terrence Prendergast for his help in steering us towards St Ignatius, and we wish also to thank Fr Michael Wright and the parishioners of St Ignatius for their warm welcome .

Another new occurrence for us at Lift Jesus Higher was the emergence of a Ladies Breakfast meeting, which began on August 28th and has continued to be held on the last Saturday of the month in our new location. My thanks to Linda Holmes, together with Monique Crowley, for their initiative in getting this going .

We ran a mission to Peru again this year, but it took a different track. We collaborated with Health Teams International, a body of medical professionals , who dedicate two weeks of their time each year to providing free medical help to third world countries. They have visited India, North Korea, countries in Africa, amongst others, but never been before to a South American country. Three members of the Lift Jesus Higher community accompanied a team comprising two doctors, two dentists, three dental assistants, an optician and his assistant , plus a pharmacist to Peru, where clinics were run , first in Huanuco then in Cusco . The dedication and compassion of the medical team were such an inspiration as they gave hours of their time each day to minister to the needs of those who would not normally be able to afford even the most basic treatment.

One aspect of our ministry at Lift Jesus Higher has always been our ecumenical outreach , as we seek to fulfill our vision of building “bridges” between the Catholic and Protestant denominations. Two events which stand out from this year was our involvement in the first ever inter-denominational Way of the Cross through the streets of Vanier on Good Friday, and a joint worship celebration in the grounds of Richelieu Park in mid-September , entitled “Celebrez Vanier Celebrate”.

As well as these special events, we ran our usual number of regular ministries, such as our Thursday prayer meetings, our twice-weekly Bible studies, Wednesday noon Mass and intercession before the Blessed Sacrament and Sunday summer socials, plus of course, our Sunday Mass (now at 11:30 am). We continue to seek new ways of being able to minister to the poor and needy in Vanier and tithe from our revenue to fund these activities .

I am deeply conscious that none of this would be possible without your unfailing and generous support.

So let me close by sending you my profound and heartfelt thanks for your kindness and generosity , and by requesting that you continue to keep us in prayer for all the Lord has for us in the year 2011. And be assured of our continued prayers for you, that God will bless you as richly as you have blessed us throughout this last year.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Fr Bob Poole

Director, Lift Jesus Higher

2011: The Year of Opening Doors, Dec. 8th, 2010

January 3, 2011 PRISCILLA VAN SUTPHIN, Upstream Ministries, California,

2011: The Year of Opening Doors, Dec. 8th, 2010

Someone had asked me to share on what the Lord has been telling me about 2011. Honestly had not even gotten that far. But today in talking to a friend. Prophecy started coming out as I began to type. Then tonight a series of impressions and I got the words, “this coming year will be a year of open doors” so came to computer to write down what He might say. This was a different means of the Lord speaking to me in some ways.

He is the Door
The Way is through prayer, worship, & declaring the promises of God in His Word. Acts 15:16-17 NKJV ‘After! this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up; 17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the Lord who does all these things.’ In David’s temple there was 24/7 worship and prayer. The Lord indicated to have more communion with Him, all the more as the time of His appearing comes closer. This means more INTIMACY with Him which we know comes from prayer, reading of the word and meditating on it, and worship brings the presence.
Presence also comes from living the WORD. That isn’t mentioned much but is so true. When the LORD sends you into the store to get milk and you have a divine appointment and follow through with what HE tells you, THAT also brings presence. Signs and wonders will follow the preaching of the WORD–However it is preached! It is HIS compassion moving through you that will bring miracles. And this will be a year for miracles as His glory increases. The times will require more intimacy to keep our sanity. Many will have to give up their homes and property due to hardships, but the LORD will restore and we will have what we need. Those in the world will not even have that. (more…)

Homily notes from Oct 17, 2010

October 18, 2010


Matthew 24:13: “The one who endures to the end will be saved “

Romans 12:11-12 : “In the service of the Lord, work not half-heartedly , but with conscientiousness and an eager spirit . Be joyful in hope, persevere in hardship, keep praying regularly “

2 Corinthians 4:7: “We are subjected to every kind of hardship, but never distressed; we see no way out but we never despair; we are always pursued but never cut off; knocked down, but never knocked out !”

2 Corinthians 4:16: “That is why we do not waver ; indeed, though this outer human nature of ourse may be falling into decay, at the same time our inner human nature is renewed day by day “

Galatians 6:9: Let us never slacken in doing good; for if wee do not give up, we shall have our harvest in

due time”

Ephesians 1:16:”I have never failed to thank God for you and to remember you in my prayers “

Ephesians 3:13: “I beg you, do not let the hardships I go through on your account make you waver “

Ephesians 6:18: “In all your prayer and entreaty keep praying in the Spirit on every possible occasion. Never get tired of staying awake to pray for all God’s holy people “

Philippians 2: 12 – 13: “Continue to work out your salvation in fear and trembling. It is God who, for His own generous purpose, gives you both the desire and the will to act “

Colossians 1: 9, 12 : “We have never failed to remember you in our prayers and ask that …fortified with his glorious strength, you will all power always to persevere and endure “

1 Thessalonians 5: 16-17 : “Rejoice always, pray always, give thanks always (RAPATA) , for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus”

2 Thessalonians 3:13: My brothers and sisters, never slacken in doing what is right “.

1 Timothy 4: 16:”Be conscientious about what you do and what you teach; persevere in this, and in this way you will save both yourself and those who listen to you”

1 Timothy 6: 11-12: “As someone dedicated to God…you must aim to be upright and religious, filled with faith and love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith and win the eternal life to which you were called “

Hebrews 13:3: “Each day, as long as this day lasts, continue to encourage each other “

Hebrews 6:11-12:”Our desire is that every one of you should go on showing the same enthusiasm till the ultimate fulfilment of your hope, never growing careless, but taking as your model those who by their fiath and perseverance are heirs of the promises”

Hebrews 12: 1-2: “With perseverance keep running in the race which lies ahead of us, Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection. …Think of the way he persevered against such opposition from sinners, and then you will not lose heart “


September 22, 2010

Yes, the good Lord has opened a door for us to move into St Ignatius parish on Donald Street, with the blessing of the bishop and the pastor, Fr Michael Wright.

We will have our first Sunday Mass at St Ignatius on SUNDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER at 11.30 am !!

By way of transition, we will be having Mass this coming Sunday, 19th September, at Ray and Lorraine’s place in Chelsea. The Mass will begin at 10 amto allow time for everyone to ask questions about the move and all its aspects. Everyone is asked to bring along their own lunch. Ray and Lorraine will provide desserts and drinks.

BY 12.30 pm, those who are taking part in the Célébrez! Vanier, Celebrate!event in Richelieu Park, which will run from 2pm – 4pm, will have to leave to help with the set up. I would really appreciate members of the Lift Jesus Higher community volunteering for this, and for clean up, as well as just coming along to enjoy the event, which will be an important moment in the changing of the spiritual climate over Vanier which we have been praying and interceding for over many years.

If anyone needs a ride to Ray and Lorraine’s place, please come to the back of City Church on Ethel Street no later than 9 am.

Look forward to seeing you on Sunday, and please pray, pray, pray for good weather for the Vanier Celebration event!!

Many blessings,

Fr Bob

22nd September 2010

September 22, 2010

This is a "black-letter" day for us at Lift Jesus Higher. It marks the date when we will be able to celebrate a Sunday morning Mass for the first time in church since the year 2000.

Through the kindness of the parish community of St Ignatius, and their pastor, Fr Michael Wright, and our own bishop’s efforts on our behalf, henceforth our Mass each Sunday will be at 11.30 am.

This is a big improvement on our usual time over the last ten years, which was 2pm. We have found that having to celebrate an afternoon Mass, has been a big deterrent to many people, especially those with young families, for whom the Sunday is often a precious family day. Now we hope to be able to attract these people back to Lift Jesus Higher, and even in the future to hold potlucks afterwards, as we used to be able to do in our early days in Vanier, when Mass was at 10 am .

The other main pillar of our life together, the Thursday evening prayer meeting , will continue to be held at 7:30pm in our new location.

I have a real excitement about this move, because God has been unfolding the way for us so smoothly, that I cannot doubt this is His will for us . We have long treasured the prophetic word we received early life together, that we had to regard ourselves as spiritual "nomads", always ready to pack up our tents and prepare to move on to fresh pastures, following the Lord who , as he did for the Israelites on their journey to the Promised Land, goes before us as a "pillar of cloud" by day, and a "pillar of fire" at night.

Please continue to keep us in prayer as we make this new transition that everything will go smoothly and we may prove to be a blessing to our new "neighbours" at St Ignatius.

And keep watching this space …!


Fr Bob
"Thus says the Lord :"No need to consider the things of the past.
See, I am doing a new thing; even now it springs up before you,
Can you not perceive it ?"

(Isaiah 43:18)

Sue Morber visits Lift Jesus Higher

August 4, 2010

Thursday Prayer meeting video:
Below is a video of Sue speaking on July 22, 2010.
The video is 36 minutes in length.
Please give the video some time to load. Depending on your connection speed the loading might take a few minutes.
To view the video click here.

Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC) Part 2

July 20, 2010

Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC)

How the Church helped

Fr. Bob Poole

The story of Patrick’s recovery and healing from the trauma of the hideous assault on him shows many features that are important in the process of such recovery and healing.