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: March 17th: $1430.25. Weekly Budget: $2350.00. Difference: -$919.75. Renovation Fund: $20.00.
SANCTUARY CANDLE INTENTION: In memory of deceased members of the Garand Family by Deacon Michel & Colette Néron.
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 place it in the collection with the information enclosed.
2018 - 2019 DIOCESAN PRIORITY: “The personal relationship with Christ” - For what reason are the sacraments necessary for salvation? For believers in Christ the sacraments, even if they are not all given to each of the faithful, are necessary for salvation because they confer sacramental grace, forgiveness of sins, adoption as children of God, conformation to Christ the Lord and membership in the Church. The Holy Spirit heals and transforms those who receive the sacraments (Compendium of the Catholic Church, 240).
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.
EASTER FLOWERS: As we prepare to decorate the Church for the Easter Season, we are accepting donations from parishioners in memory of loved ones who have died. Names of these loved ones will be printed in the Easter bulletin. If you would like to make a donation to this fund, simply put your donation in a white envelope, mark your name, envelope number, and the names of your loved ones whose memory the donation is being made and drop the envelope in the collection or to the office. All donations are eligible for a tax receipt. Deadline for donations is April 14th.
LENTEN DAY OF RECONCILIATION: The annual city-wide Lenten Day of Reconciliation will be held on Thursday, April 4th from 12:45 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at St. Anthony’s Cathedral. Bishop Poitras will be available from 12:45 P.M. to 2:00 P.M., Fr. John from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., and Msgr. Pat from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Come and be reconciled with God this Lent!
LENTEN FOOD DRIVE: On April 6th and April 7th parishioners are invited to bring in can goods and other non-perishable goods to assist with our Lenten outreach. All donations will be given to the Timmins Food Bank to assist those in need. This is a very tangible way to fulfil our Lenten discipline of almsgiving.
MEN’S COMMUNION BREAKFAST: The annual Holy Name Society’s Palm Sunday Men’s Communion Breakfast will take place on Sunday, April 14th with Mass celebrated by Bishop Poitras, at 10:00 A.M. followed by breakfast in the hall. Tickets are $10.00 and boys under 10 are free. Tickets are available from members of the Holy Name Society or after Mass at the entrance of the Church. This year’s guest speaker is Fr. John Lemire. All men are welcome!
PASTOR’S MESSAGE: Last Saturday a group of parishioners met for our Lenten Day of Prayer. It was an opportunity to reflect on the Lenten Season, what it means to be disciples today, and how we are called to grow in holiness. Though we were a small group those present were grateful for the day and the opportunity to have this time for reflection.
For the first time in a number of weeks I was able to Monday as my day of rest and it was nice to have the day to myself and catch my breath.
It was nice to see a few extra parishioners out for Mass on Tuesday morning as we celebrated the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the patron saint of the universal Church as well of Canada. Following Mass I headed to the airport to catch a flight to Toronto. That evening I joined the Bishops of Ontario for a reception and dinner. It was nice to catch up with a number of them.
On Wednesday morning I joined the Bishops for Mass and breakfast. Afterwards I had a bit of time to myself, catching up on some messages and office work. I rejoined the Bishops for lunch and afterwards I met with the members of the Bishops’ Commission for Priests for an afternoon meeting. The purpose of the Commission is to advise the bishops on matters concerning priestly life, ministry, and vocations. It was a good and fruitful meeting. Later that evening I flew back to the Parish.
Thursday was a full day as I spent the morning catching up on things in the office. At noon I was at the Cathedral to fill-in for their daily Mass. I was back to the Parish for a conference call with the executive of Priests for Life Canada. Afterwards I celebrated Mass here followed by an appointment with a parishioner. In the evening I met with parents whose children are preparing for First Communion. During this meeting I had an opportunity to give them a tour of the Church and help them better understand the meaning and structure of the Mass. Please keep our three candidates in your prayers as they complete their final preparations to receive Jesus, the Bread of Life.
Due to my travel schedule on Friday, Mass and Stations of the Cross was moved to the morning. Afterwards I met with a parishioner for a session of spiritual direction. In the afternoon I wrapped up a few things in the office and that evening flew out to Windsor.
This weekend I am in LaSalle (just outside Windsor) at Sacred Heart Parish. I will preach at the three weekend Masses and then from Sunday evening to Wednesday evening I will lead parishioners in a Lenten Parish Mission. Please keep us in your prayers. I’m grateful to Bishop Poitras and Deacon Michel for celebrating ministry here so that I can preach this mission. I will be back to the Parish on Thursday.