31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 3, 2019
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: October 27th: $1900.70. Weekly Budget: $2350.00. Difference: -$449.30. Improvement Fund: $10.00.
SANCTUARY CANDLE INTENTION (November 3rd): For the repose of the soul of Irene Loreto by Tina D’Arcangelo.
SANCTUARY CANDLE INTENTION (November 10th): For the repose of the soul of Slavko Mesic by Katica & Family.
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.
WEEKLY SCRIPTURE REFLECTION: “But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor, and if I extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.' " (Luke 19:8) We are all called to gratefully give back to the Lord in proportion to the blessings we have been given. This means everyone isn’t called to give the same amount, but is called to give equal sacrifice. No amount is too small or insignificant! Open your heart, how is God calling you to be more generous with your financial resources and possessions? (from the Saint Louis Archdiocese Stewardship Office.)
FALL SAUSAGE PROJECT: The Holy Name Society will be making sausage ($6 per lb), porketta ($7 per lb) and musetti ($6 per lb) November 23rd and 24th. Hot and mild available. If you wish to place an order, please call Tom at 705-264-5279 or the office at 705-268-3053. Deadline for orders is November 8th.
DIOCESAN MASS FOR DEPARTED CLERGY: Bishop Poitras will celebrate a special Mass on Wednesday, November 6th at 7:00 P.M. at St. Anthony’s Cathedral as we live this month dedicated to praying for the faithful departed. This Mass will be offered for the deceased bishops, priests, and deacons of the Diocese. All are invited to come and pray for these faithful servants of the Lord who dedicated their lives to the service of the Gospel.
CHRIST THE KING COLLECTION will take place on November 23rd and 24th. Once again, all the proceeds from this special diocesan collection will be put towards the priests’ retirement fund. Presently, the Diocese offers a pension of $1750.00 per month to each retired priest. A special envelope is included in your offering box and additional envelopes are available on the rads at the entrance of the Church. Please be as generous as you can to assist our retired priests who have served so faithfully and generously to our Parishes.
REMEMBERING THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED: During this month of November we remember all those who have died and gone before us marked by the sign of faith. The display at the front of the Church reminds us of those parishioners who have died this past year. Parishioners are also invited to write the names of family and friends who have died and place them in the prayer basket. All of these names will be remembered in our Masses throughout the month.
PARENTING TIP: The Bible has so many wonderful messages for us, but an excellent example for families is in the Creation Story, where we hear that on the seventh day God rested. When do we rest in the family? Do our children see the family as a priority because we make it one, or is family time squeezed in between work, school, sports and/or other activities? These are all wonderful portions of our lives, but when we don’t take time to rest and just “be” family, the toll can impact all of us. Teach your children the value of family by making it a priority. God speaks to us through the Bible -perhaps he wants you to have the seventh day for rest too?
2019 - 2020 DIOCESAN PRIORITY: “A personal relationship with Christ through the Sacraments”
WHAT IS CONFIRMATION? Confirmation is the Sacrament that completes Baptism; in it the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon us. Anyone who freely decides to live a life as God’s child and asks for God’s Spirit under the signs of the imposition of hands and anointing with chrism receives the strength to witness to Gods love and might in word and deed. He is now a full-fledged, responsible member of the Catholic Church. [1285-1314]
When a coach sends a soccer player onto the playing field, he puts his hand on his shoulder and gives him final instructions. We can understand Confirmation in a similar way. A hand is placed upon us. We step out onto the field of life. Through the Holy Spirit we know what we have to do and we have been given the power to do it. He has motivated us. His mission resounds in our ears. We sense his help. We will not betray his trust or disappoint him; we will win the game for him. We just have to want to do it and listen to him. [119, 120]
PASTOR’S MESSAGE: With a burial of ashes in the morning and meeting with a family for funeral preparations in the afternoon, Monday turned into a steady day for me and I wasn’t able to take my day of rest.
I’m sure I wasn’t alone in being surprised to wake up on Tuesday to a blanket of snow. Luckily, I wasn’t scheduled to be on the road and was able to spend most of the day at my desk working on final preparations for next week’s Symposium for the Recently Ordained that I am running for the Ontario Bishops and doing some end of month accounting. In the evening I was at the funeral home for visitation and prayers.
Following Mass on Wednesday morning I was back to the funeral home to preside at a funeral service for a longtime parishioner. In the later afternoon I was at the Lasalle Residence to celebrate Mass for the residents.
I was at the Diocesan Centre on Thursday morning for a meeting of the Permanent Diaconate Committee. In the afternoon I met with a parishioner for a session of spiritual direction and then afterwards celebrated the daily Mass.
Friday morning began with Mass, some office work, and then Fr. Tom Lynch and I recorded a new episode of our podcast “The Pro-Life Hour.” During this episode we interviewed Alissa Golob and Scott Hayward, co-founders of Right Now, for a post election debriefing from a pro-life perspective. In the afternoon I met with a family in preparation for a Funeral Mass at the Parish on Saturday morning.
Since Saturday was All Souls Day the morning began with a special Mass to commemorate all the faithful departed. During the Mass the names of those parishioners who died this past year were read allowed and we paused for a moment of silence to remember and pray for them and all the faithful departed. Afterwards I presided at the Funeral Mass of another longtime parishioner.
As we approach Advent it’s normally the time to begin preparations for our Christmas Hamper Outreach. However, after consultation with Alana & Chris Loreto (who have coordinated our outreach for several years) as well as other members of the Parish, we have decided to change the focus of our outreach. Instead of giving out hampers this year from our “Giving Tree” envelopes, we are going to expand our outreach to assist various projects in the community that assist the needy throughout the year. Over the past number of years, none of the hampers that we distributed were going to assist parishioners. Certainly they were going to those in need, but there are other programs, like the one at the Cathedral, that are supported by the community and for the community. As such, we think it makes sense to have one coordinating body that does food and toy hampers. So with the monies that come in through the “Giving Tree” we will help support the Cathedral hampers as well as other projects like the YoMobile, Project Love, the Lord’s Kitchen, and the Food Bank. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to talk with me.
This coming week I am on the road in Niagara Falls to coordinate the Symposium for the Recently Ordained, a project of the Ontario Bishops for priests who have been ordained six years or less. There will be forty priests from across the Province participating in these days of prayer, formation, and fellowship. In addition to coordinating the Symposium I am also giving a presentation on the Thursday morning and then presiding and preaching at the closing Mass on Friday morning. Please keep us in your prayers.