14th Week of Ordinary Time
July 5, 2020
PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Please call Fr. John or see him after Mass for any office matters.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Fr. John is usually available thirty minutes before weekday Mass to celebrate reconciliation or by appointment.
BAPTISM: Call the Parish Office to register for the next preparation course.
MARRIAGE: Contact Fr. John at least six months before your anticipated date of marriage.
PRIESTHOOD: If you would like further information about becoming a priest, brother, or sister contact Fr. John or visit www.vocations.ca
SICK CALLS: If you know of a parishioner who is hospitalized or unable to attend Mass and would like to receive Holy Communion please call the Parish Office.
HOSPITAL VISITATION: If you or a loved one is in the hospital and would appreciate a pastoral visit from Fr. John please call the rectory.
WEEKLY COLLECTION UPDATE: June 28th: $1443.00. Weekly Budget: $2350.00. Difference: -$907.00. Renovation Fund: $70.00. Thanks to all those who e-transferred or mailed in their offering! Your generosity is much appreciated.
SANCTUARY CANDLE INTENTION: In thanksgiving for blessings received by Lorna Cooper.
SANCTUARY CANDLE: Each week we invite you to light the sanctuary lamp in memory of a loved one or for a special intention. The cost is $20.00 and you may drop the donation off at the rectory or place it in the collection with the information enclosed.
SCRIPTURE REFLECTION: “For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Matthew 11:30) When we think of being good stewards, we may think that God is asking too much of us when He calls us to generously share our time, talent, and treasure. However, we must remember that we are not “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has given us. All He is asking is that we give back a small portion, in gratitude, of what He has already given to us. (from the Saint Louis Archdiocese Stewardship Office)
SUPPORTING THE PARISH: The Parish is able to accept your Sunday offering via e-transfer. For those who wish to donate to the Parish by this manner, use the email “firstname.lastname@example.org” and the security / password “sacredheart”. If you aren’t able to do an e-transfer you are welcome to mail your cheque to the Parish. We are grateful for your continued support of the Parish, especially during these trying times.
SUPPORTING THE FOOD BANK: Please continue to remember to bring your can goods each week to Mass to help support the Timmins Food Bank. Your generosity will help make the difference in the lives of others who do not have as much as we do.
SUPPORTING THE DANTE CLUB: The Dante Club is resuming its kitchen operations and is open for take-out Thursdays and Fridays, featuring a limited menu of authentic, homemade Italian foods. Call the dining room at 705-267-3349 or the office 705-264-3185 between 3:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. to place your order. This is a great way to support the club during this challenging time and helping to keep alive our rich Italian heritage.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: With the gradual resumption of Parish life, it is now possible for Fr. John to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) with parishioners. There will be some adaptations: 1) the Sacrament will be celebrated in the usher’s room to ensure 6 feet physical distancing, 2) the penitent must wear a mask as will Fr. John, and 3) confessions will be face to face (as we do not have provisions for a screen at this time). Fr. John will be available thirty minutes before weekday Mass or by appointment.
STAYING IN TOUCH WITH US: Don’t forget to check out our Parish website at www.sacredheartofjesusparish.ca On it you can find our weekly bulletin, podcasts of Fr. John’s homilies, and other useful information. To receive the weekly bulletin (as a PDF file) by email, contact us at email@example.com and we’ll be happy to add you to the list. Finally, did you know that we are on facebook? You can find us at www.facebook.com/sacredhearttimmins and you’ll find the latest news about the Parish and Church. You do not need to belong to facebook to access our page.
MASS INTENTIONS: If you have a Mass intention(s) that you would like celebrated contact Fr. John by phone or email with your requests. The stipend for the Mass(es) can be dropped off in the collection, mailed in, or e-transfered. Remembering loved ones who have died or praying for the special intentions of family members or friends through the offering of a Mass is a great way to pray for the living or deceased and their needs.
UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION: If you did not receive a phone call from Fr. John during these past months of look-down it was either because you were not registered with the Parish or we did not have a current phone number. The later was particularly the case with many getting rid of their landline and solely using their cell phone. If you did not receive a call, please update your contact information with us. You can see, especially at times like this, how important it is for us to have your contact info!
PASTOR’S MESSAGE: Things went well last weekend with the continued relaunching of our public weekend Masses. There were 48 parishioners out on Saturday evening (an increase of 19 from the week before) and 43 parishioners out on Sunday morning (an increase of 3). These are positive signs and it’s great to see parishioners feel more comfortable returning to the public celebration of Mass. I am grateful that all who attended wore a mask, followed the various directions, and maintained appropriate physical distancing. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust to this new normal.
It is important to recognize, if this trend continues, that we will soon be approaching our maximum capacity at both of the Masses. It is not possible to give a specific number as to what is our maximum capacity. This number will vary from Mass to Mass depending of the configuration of parishioners that are present. For example, if we have more single people than couples or families this reduces the number of pews available as we adhere to physical distancing requirements. Therefore, it is important that you don’t wait to five minutes before Mass to arrive. Additionally, as the Church begins to fill-up, we may have to “separate” couples if there are not two seats available in the same pew. We appreciate your understanding as we try to accommodate as many parishioners as possible in the Church.
Please note that if other members of your agreed upon “social circle” are present at Mass you are able to sit in the same pew with them without having to maintain the required 6 ft distancing. If this is the case please inform the greeter at the door and we will try to seat you together. This is another way to help us maximize the number of seats available.
Thanks to those who act as greeters and cleaners at each Mass. Without these volunteers we would not be able to remain open for the public celebration of Mass.