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Parish Bulletin

3rd Week in Ordinary Time

January 23, 2022

As we have now entered "stage 3" of the provincial reopenning framework, we are now OPEN for the public celebration of Mass. Masks and social distancing protocols are in effect. Doors open 30 minutes before Mass.
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.
E-BULLETIN: For those who wish to receive an electronic copy of the bulletin each Friday in their inbox, email frjohnlemire2@gmail.com and request to be added to the e-bulletin list. 
COVID PROTOCOL UPDATE: The Ontario Government recently lifted capacity limitations and social distancing requirements on some indoor establishments (i.e. restaurants, gyms, casinos, and places of worship) with the condition that they ensure that all visitors are fully vaccinated and continue to wear masks. At this point, the Ontario Bishops are NOT requiring parishioners to be fully vaccinated in order to attend religious services (Mass, baptisms, confessions, funerals, and weddings). By law, we are still bound by social distancing requirements and as such there is NO change in our seating capacity or procedures for our services.
However, anyone using the hall for any type of meeting (CWL, K of C, sacramental preparation, etc.) are required by law to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask during the gathering. Those that cannot show proof of being fully vaccinated will not be permitted into the hall.
WEEKLY COLLECTION UPDATE: January 16th: $2160.00. Weekly Budget: $2350.00.  Difference: - $190.00.  Renovation Fund: $80.00. Thank you for your generous support. 
SANCTUARY CANDLE INTENTION: For the repose of the soul of Rudolph Sicoli by John & Colette Sicoli & 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 drop the donation off at the rectory or place it in the collection with the information enclosed. We are in need of intentions for February onward.
SCRIPTURE REFLECTION: “Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks, and allot portions to those who had nothing prepared…” (Nehemiah 8:10) Ezra’s instructions to the people show us that God does not forbid us from enjoying the good things in life.  He wants us to be happy! However, God expects us to be grateful for all that He has given us and to generously share our blessings with those who are in need. Now here’s the hard part – to share all we have without expecting anything in return. (from the Saint Louis Archdiocese Stewardship Office)
HOW TO E-TRANSFER: For those who wish to donate to the Parish by e-transfer, use the email “sacredheart296@eastlink.ca” and the security / password “sacredheart”. Thank you for your support!
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. 
DAILY MASS: You can follow Mass from St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto at www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live or the Daily TV Mass at www.youtube.com/dailytvmass
FOR THOSE UNABLE TO ATTEND MASS ... SPIRITUAL COMMUNION PRAYER: My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
MASS INTENTIONS: We are low on Mass intentions. Having a Mass offered for the repose of the souls of deceased family and friends has a long tradition in the Church and is a great spiritual aid to those who have gone before us marked by the sign of faith. It is also possible to have a Mass offered for the special intentions of the living or in thanksgiving for favours received from God. The present stipend (offering) for a Mass intention is $10.00. If you have Mass intentions you would like celebrated in the Parish you can contact Fr. John to make arrangements. Mass intentions and stipend can also be placed in an envelope and dropped in the collection basket. They can also be sent via e-transfer.
SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD: In his Apostolic Letter, Aperuit Illis, Pope Francis instituted the Sunday of the Word of God, to be celebrated on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. This annual celebration provides the opportunity on one Sunday of the liturgical year to renew our efforts to make the Sacred Scriptures better known and to encourage a regular dialogue with the living Word.
In the Introduction to the Lectionary for Mass, we are reminded of the role of the Word of God in the life of the Church:
In the hearing of God's word the Church is built up and grows, and in the signs of the liturgical celebration God's wonderful, past works in the history of salvation are presented anew as mysterious realities. God in turn makes use of the congregation of the faithful that celebrates the Liturgy in order that his word may speed on and be glorified and that his name be exalted among the nations. 
Whenever, therefore, the Church, gathered by the Holy Spirit for liturgical celebration, announces and proclaims the word of God, she is aware of being a new people in whom the covenant made in the past is perfected and fulfilled. Baptism and confirmation in the Spirit have made all Christ's faithful into messengers of God's word because of the grace of hearing they have received. They must therefore be the bearers of the same word in the Church and in the world, at least by the witness of their lives. 
The word of God proclaimed in the celebration of God's mysteries does not only address present conditions but looks back to past events and forward to what is yet to come. Thus God's word shows us what we should hope for with such a longing that in this changing world our hearts will be set on the place where our true joys lie (Preamble, 7).
2022 DIOCESAN PRIORITY: “A personal relationship with Christ through the Sacraments” 
Qualities in a Candidate For Priesthood: If you are looking to invite people to think seriously about a life of service in the Church, here are five characteristics in them you should look for are that: 
  1. Has a personal relationship with God that they are able to share with others
  2. Is energized by change and able to help others deal positively with their resistance to it
  3. Is a team player who recognizes and works will with authority, enjoys life and has a sense of humor - a "people person"
  4. Is someone you listen to because they get to the root of an issue
  5. Someone you trust and are willing to follow, someone who can pull you in a direction that will improve your relationship with God.  (Adapted from Archdiocese of Milwaukee)