WEEKLY COLLECTION UPDATE: September 8th: $2231.00. Weekly Budget: $2350.00. Difference: -$119.00. Improvement Fund: $85.00.
SANCTUARY CANDLE INTENTION: For the repose of the souls of deceased members of the Néron 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 place it in the collection with the information enclosed.
SUPPORTING THE FOOD BANK: Please continue to remember to bring your canned 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.
PASTA SUPPER: We will be hosting a fall pasta supper on Saturday, October 5th at 6:00 P.M. in the Parish Hall. It will also be an opportunity to meet the members of the National Evangelization Team (NET) who will be in our area. Tickets are $20.00 per person and children under 12 are $5.00. There are only 150 tickets available on a first come, first serve bases. Tickets will be available after the Masses or by contacting Fr. John.
WEEKLY SCRIPTURE REFLECTION: “Everything I have is yours.” (Luke 15:31) Our Heavenly Father gives us everything, including the chance to share in His eternal kingdom. Yet, like the Prodigal Son we are often lured away by the materialism of our society. Do we really want to turn our backs on all that God offers in exchange for a material wealth that has no lasting value? (from the Saint Louis Archdiocese Stewardship Office)
LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME PROGRAM: Beginning this Sunday we resume our children's program (for children from JK until grade three) each Sunday during our 10:00 A.M. Mass. The children are dismissed downstairs just after Mass begins and return at the time of the offertory procession. During their time together they hear the gospel read at their level and work on an activity or craft based on the theme of the gospel.
CEMETERY PRAYER SERVICE: Bishop Poitras will preside at a special prayer service at the Timmins Cemetery today (Sunday) at 2:00 P.M. It will take place at the foot of the cross. If desired, please bring your own chair and umbrella for the service.
UNPLANNED: If you missed seeing the movie “Unplanned” earlier this summer we have a dvd copy that is available to be loaned out for viewing in your own home. If you would like to borrow the dvd please contact Fr. John. It’s a powerful and important movie that should be seen by all. To see the trailer of the movie visit https://youtu.be/gBLWpKbC3ww
PRIESTS FOR LIFE CANADA September newsletter is available at the Church entrance.
FIRST RECONCILIATION & FIRST COMMUNION PARENT MEETING: There will be a meeting for all parents who wish their child to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion this coming year on Tuesday, October 1st at 7:00 P.M. in the Parish Hall. Students in grade three and up are invited to receive First Reconciliation & First Communion this year. All parents who wish their child to receive these sacraments this year must attend this meeting. For parents who do not have children attending Pope Francis Elementary School registration forms area available at the back of the Church. For further information, please contact Fr. John.
COLLECTION FOR THE NEEDS OF THE CHURCH IN CANADA: Every year, the Bishops of Canada make an appeal for financial assistance to support their work. The annual Collection allows each diocese to meet its financial obligations to the regional episcopal assemblies and to the national episcopal Conference. The Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada will be held September 28th and 29th. Envelopes are included in your Sunday offering boxes and can be placed in the collection. Through your contribution to the Collection, you too can collaborate with the Bishops in their ministry to teach, sanctify and govern.
LIFE CHAIN is an international pro-life gathering that brings together hundreds of thousands to show their support for human life from the moment of conception to natural death. This year’s LIFE CHAIN, sponsored by Campaign Life Coalition Timmins, will take place on Sunday, October 6th from 2:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. The gathering place is the Metro parking lot at 1:30 P.M. Come join us for this peaceful, prayerful witness and help build the culture of life. For info contact Eileen at 705-264-3529.
2019 - 2020 DIOCESAN PRIORITY: Bishop Poitras has announced that this year’s diocesan priority will focus on the theme “Personal Relationship with Christ Through the Sacraments.” Stay tuned for more details and his upcoming pastoral letter!
CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF THE SICK: To reach out to our sick and elderly parishioners there will be a communal celebration of the Sacrament of the Sick for those in need of God’s healing grace. According to the teaching of the Church, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick should be celebrated with people who are: 1) seriously ill, 2) are seriously weakened by advanced age, or 3) are scheduled for serious surgery. Our next communal celebration will be this Tuesday at the 4:00 P.M. Mass.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Pastoral Service Department at the Timmins & District Hospital is in need of additional volunteers to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the patients. If you are interested and able in assisting with this important pastoral ministry, please contact Veronique Moreau, hospital chaplain, at 705-267-2131 ext. 6351. Training will be provided.
SPRUCE HILL LODGE FUNDRAISER: The residents will be hosting a bake sale along with a knitting table, penny sale table, and a new 2 you on Sat., Sept. 28th from 10:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. All are welcome.
PASTOR’S MESSAGE: You can tell that the new pastoral year has begun and it’s been a busy start-up this past week. Since I was on-call with the hospital beeper I wasn’t able to take my day of rest on Monday. Instead most of the day was spent attending to office matters and some catch-up on emails.
On Tuesday morning I met with the Confirmation Coordinator from St. Anthony’s Parish to discuss our programs and how we might be able to coordinate outreach to the schools and parents more efficiently and effectively. It was a good meeting and sharing.
In the afternoon I was at Pope Francis Catholic School. After meeting with Mr. Berthier, the school principal, to coordinate upcoming dates for school Masses, he and I had an opportunity to visit each of the classrooms (JK to grade 5) and spend a bit of time with each of them. It appears the school year is off to a good start and enrolment is up which is always good news. Afterwards I was back to the Parish for Mass. In the evening I was at the Diocesan Centre for a meeting of the Priest’s Pension Board of which I am a member.
Following Mass on Wednesday morning I was at O’Gorman Intermediate Catholic School and met with Mrs. Gauthier, the school principal, to finalize plans about the upcoming NET visit as well as preparations for Confirmation. Afterwards she and I visited each of the classrooms (grade 6 to 8) and had a chance to interact with the students and staff.
In the afternoon I met with a couple whose marriage will be celebrated here later in October. Afterwards I was up to the hospital for my weekly rounds visiting parishioners and then I was off to the Lasalle Residence (former Georgian Residence) for Mass with the residents. As always they are so appreciative of having Mass in their residence and always happy when parishioners join them for Mass.
Following Mass on Thursday morning I was at O’Gorman High School to met with Shannon Johns, one of the religion teachers, to discuss some upcoming visits to the Church with some of the grade 10 religion classes. I look forward to working with these young people in the weeks ahead.
In the afternoon I travelled to New Liskeard for the diocesan Mass that evening at Sacre-Couer Parish. For the time being I am Bishop Poitras’ interim MC for diocesan l liturgical celebrations. Being the MC meant some set-up before Mass, directing the flow of the Mass, and then clean-up afterwards. During the Mass young people, from the southern region of the Diocese, who were involved in various social justice outreach were recognized for their efforts by the Bishop. A similar Mass, for the northern region of the Diocese, was held at St. Anthony’s Cathedral last September.
I was on the road Friday morning and headed back to the Parish. The afternoon kept me busy finishing up the bulletin, getting ready for weekend ministry, and then celebrating Mass.
Tickets go on sale this weekend for our upcoming fall pasta supper (October 5th). During the supper a couple of the members of NET (National Evangelization Team) will share about their faith journey and what led them to “give up” a year of their life and travel the country, giving retreats to young people. They are an incredible group of young people and I hope that many of you will come out to meet them ... and enjoy a yummy meal too! Pass the word around and feel free to invite family and friends.