2nd & 3rd Sundays
of Ordinary Time
January 19 & 26, 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: January 5th: $2764.85. Weekly Budget: $2350.00. Difference: + $414.85. Renovation Fund: $687.00.
SANCTUARY CANDLE INTENTION (Jan. 19th) : For the repose of the soul of Zora Franjkovic by Milka Stefanic and Family.
SANCTUARY CANDLE INTENTION (Jan. 26th): In thanksgiving for graces received by Helen Wrona.
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.
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.
REGISTRATION FOR FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN: Full Day Kindergarten registration for September 2020 for all children born in 2016 will be held on Tuesday, January 28th from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at Pope Francis Elementary School. Online registration is open by going to www.ncdsb.on.ca and clicking the “Online Registration Request” Button (location on the front page).
SCRIPTURE REFLECTION: “Now the Lord has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb...” (Isaiah 49:5) God has given each of us different gifts. In order for God’s plan to work, you have to do what God is calling you to do, and I have to do what God is calling me to do. And guess what? God has given each of us a different plan! So, stop comparing yourself to others. Don’t let envy and jealousy enter your life. Be thankful for the gifts God has given you and generously share them with others. (from the Saint Louis Archdiocese Stewardship Office)
GIVING TREE UPDATE: With the monies collected this year from donations to the “Giving Tree” in November and December we were able to support four community groups that serve the needy and marginalized in our city: St. Anthony Cathedral Christmas Hamper Outreach ($750.00), Timmins Food Bank ($400.00), The Lord’s Kitchen ($400.00), Project Love ($300.00), and the Yo Mobile ($200.00). Thanks to all those who so generously donation this Advent to this outreach. Our generosity will help make a difference to many in our community throughout the coming year.
WHAT IS “ORDINARY TIME”?: The season of Ordinary Time begins on Monday (or Tuesday if the feast of the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on that Monday) after the Sunday following Jan. 6 and continues until the day before Ash Wednesday, inclusive. It begins again on the Monday after Pentecost and ends on the Saturday before the First Sunday of Advent. It consists of 33 or 34 weeks. The last Sunday is celebrated as the solemnity of Christ the King. The overall purpose of the season is to elaborate the themes of salvation history. The various liturgical seasons are characterized in part by the scriptural readings and Mass prayers assigned to each of them. During Advent, for example, the readings are messianic; during the Easter season, the readings are from the Acts of the Apostles, chronicling the Resurrection and the original proclamation of Christ by the apostles, and from the Gospel of John; during Lent, baptismal and penitential passages are focussed on. Mass prayers reflect the meaning and purpose of the various seasons.
❏ Ordinary Time is the season of the Church year when Catholics are encouraged to grow and mature in daily expression of their faith outside the great seasons of celebration of Christmas and Easter and the great periods of penance of Advent and Lent.
❏ Ordinary Time is a time to deepen one’s prayer life, read the Scriptures, unite more deeply with the Lord in the Eucharist, and become a more holy and whole person.
❏ Ordinary Time is a period when average people like you and me strive to become the extraordinary messengers of the Gospel that we have been commissioned to be through our baptism.
❏ Ordinary Time is this day, this moment. Now. In this section, you will find resources that will help all aspects of your Ordinary Time spiritual life, from daily meditations to prayers, and much more. (Excerpt from “The Catholic Guide to Ordinary Time” from Our Sunday Visitor)
2019 - 2020 DIOCESAN PRIORITY: “A personal relationship with Christ through the Sacraments”
Faith invites us to see more profoundly in the sacraments the material sign that represents them. Recognizing the sacraments for what they truly are assumes a look of faith … the Risen Christ is manifested in them, is communicated in a visible way. In the sacraments we meet Christ who comes to us humbly, in simple signs and actions as he did in the mystery of the Incarnation.
What is the relationship of the sacraments to Christ? The mysteries of Christ’s life are the foundations of what he would henceforth dispense in the sacraments, through the ministers of his Church. (Compendium of the Catholic Church, 225) What was visible in our Savior has passed over into his mysteries. (Saint Leo the Great)