WEEKLY COLLECTION UPDATE: December 10th: $2710.85. Weekly Budget: $2350.00. Difference: +$360.85. Renovation Fund: $270.00.
SANCTUARY CANDLE INTENTION: In memory of Pierina & Ugo Carlesso by Sylvano.
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 during office hours or 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.
2017 - 2018 DIOCESAN PRIORITY: “Teaching of the faith that leads to a personal relationship with Christ.” What does the Gospel teach about the mysteries of the birth and infancy of Jesus? At Christmas the glory of heaven is shown forth in the weakness of a baby; the circumcision of Jesus is a sign of his belonging to the Hebrew people and is a prefiguration of our Baptism; the Epiphany is the manifestation of the Messiah King of Israel to all the nations; at the presentation in the temple, Simeon and Anna symbolise all the anticipation of Israel awaiting its encounter with its Saviour; the flight into Egypt and the massacre of the innocents proclaim that the entire life of Christ will be under the sign of persecution; the departure from Egypt recalls the exodus and presents Jesus as the new Moses and the true and definitive liberator. (103, Compendium of the Catholic Church.)
2018 SUNDAY OFFERING ENVELOPES are available by the side entrance. Please pick-up your box. If you do not currently use Sunday envelopes and would like a box, please call the office and a box will be assigned to you and ready for pick-up next weekend.
2018 SUNDAY MISSALS: We have a limited number of new missals available for purchase ($5 each). Having your own missal at home is a great way to prepare each week for Mass. It’s also great for winter snowbirds to have as many parishes do not provide them in the pew. See Fr. John if you would like to purchase one.
ADVENT RECONCILATION SERVICE: Our Parish Advent Communal Reconciliation Service will take place on this Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. with Bishop Poitras present. This is the perfect way to ready “prepare the way for the Lord.” Come and be reconciled with God and the Church this Advent and ready your heart for Christmas. A sample examination of conscience is attached.
CHRISTMAS FLOWER COLLECTION: As we prepare to decorate the Church for the Christmas Season we will be accepting donations from parishioners in memory of loved ones who have died. Names of these loved ones will be printed in the Christmas 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 name of your loved ones whose memory the donation is being made and drop the envelope in the collection. All donations are eligible for a tax receipt. Deadline for donations is this Wednesday noon.
CHRISTMAS OFFERING ENVELOPES: Often people wonder where the Christmas collection goes. The total collection goes toward the needs of the Parish. If you would like to give Father John a personal gift at Christmas, please mark it clearly on the envelope that the offering is for him. Otherwise it will be directed to the Parish.
ARE YOU REGISTERED IN THE PARISH? If you did not receive our 2017 Advent letter in the mail, you and your family are not officially registered in the Parish. Parish registration is important as it allows us to serve you better. If you are not registered, please take a moment and call or email the office to do so.
WELCOMING CHRIST . . . WELCOMING THE GIFT OF LIFE: At Christmas we celebrate the gift of Jesus who came to us as a tiny child so long ago. We know that there are many children who are not given the chance to receive life because their lives are taken away before they are born. It seems only fitting that at Christmas time we should help support and build a culture of life in our society today. After each of the Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day a special collection will be taken to support the work of Campaign Life Coalition Timmins to assist them in their efforts to support and protect human life at all stages. We know how important it is to build a culture of life, please be generous.
DO I HAVE TO GO TO MASS TWICE? This year is an unusual year in that it will be the Fourth Sunday of Advent the morning of December 24th and Christmas Eve the evening of the 24th. As Catholics we have a moral obligation to attend one of the Masses for the 4th Sunday of Advent (either Dec. 23rd at 5:00 P.M. or Dec. 24th at 10:00 A.M.) AND one of the Masses for Christmas (either Dec. 24th at 5:00 P.M. or 8:00 P.M. or Dec. 25th at 10:00 A.M.)
CHRISTMAS MASS FOR SHUT-INS: For those who cannot make it to Church, please join the Catholic Community this Christmas. Watch the Daily TV Mass on Christmas Eve on VisionTV at 9:00 P.M. and Christmas Day at 8:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. on VisionTV. You can also watch on the web at www.dailytvmass.com
CHURCH CLEANING WORK BEE will take place on Friday morning following the 9:30 A.M. Mass. All who are available are invited to come out for an hour and help give the Church a clean-up before Christmas.
PASTOR’S MESSAGE: Last Saturday morning I was happy to drop the hospital beeper off to Fr. Richard on my way to the Cathedral to preside at a Funeral Mass. I managed to get back to the Parish in time to participate in the last hour of the CWL tea and bazaar. Once again, it was a tremendous success. Thanks to all who generously worked at it and those who came out to support the CWL. A great time was had by all.
Prior to Mass on Sunday morning I met with the Holy Name Society for their monthly meeting. It gave us an opportunity to review their recent sausage project and pasta & chestnut night. Both were very successful endeavors. During the meeting they presented me with a cheque for twelve thousands dollars to assist the Parish! I am amazed and grateful for their generosity and commitment to the Parish.
Some how I managed to get most of Monday as my day off though I did spend a bit of time following up with families receiving our Christmas hampers and running a few errands. Thanks to those who remembered to bring in can good last weekend for our food drive and those who generously donated to our giving tree.
On Tuesday morning I was at Pope Francis Catholic School to preside at an Advent Reconciliation Service and afterwards I met with each of the grade four students to either celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation or to have a pastoral chat with them. In the afternoon I was at St. Joseph Parish for an Advent Mass for the students and staff of O’Gorman Intermediate Catholic School. It was an opportunity to reflect with them on the meaning of Advent and who it is that we are preparing our hearts for during this sacred season. I was back to the Parish in time for our afternoon Mass.
On Wednesday afternoon I participated, on behalf of the Diocese, in a conference call with representatives from the other dioceses across the province regarding a new initiative the Ontario Bishops are launching regarding the protection of conscience rights for health care professionals and institutions in light of the reality of assisted suicide. Sadly, Ontario is the only province that does not have any conscience right protection for workers. More will be announced about the campaign in the new year and I know that I can count on your support.
In the evening I worked with some members of the Holy Name Society and their spouses as we sorted the can goods that were donated by the Parish and Pope Francis Catholic School. Afterwards we assembled nine Christmas Hampers to assist those in need in our Parish and school community. In addition to receiving a generous assortment of can goods each family will also receive a gift card to purchase perishable goods and meat products. Thanks to all who generously contributed to make this outreach possible.
As Thursday was the Day of Reconciliation at the Cathedral I was there in the afternoon for a couple of hours to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. During my afternoon time slot there was a steady flow of penitents coming to be reconciled to God and the Church. This was very encouraging to see. If you didn’t make it to reconciliation that day don’t forget that we have our communal reconciliation service this Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. There will be a prayer service followed by the opportunity to individually receive the Sacrament from Bishop Poitras or myself.
Following morning Mass and an appointment afterwards, the rest of Friday was spent wrapping up things from the week, readying the hampers for delivery on Saturday, and preparing for weekend ministry.
LORD, MAKE US TURN TO YOU
AN EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE
How have I failed to worship God in private and communal prayer?
• Do I receive the sacraments regularly?
• Do I keep Sundays and holy days sacred?
• Do I value the sacrament of reconciliation? Do I sincerely want to be set free from sin, to turn again to God and to begin a new life in deeper friendship with God?
• Have I tried to grow in my faith through prayer and the reading of the Word of God?
• Do I pray daily?
• Do I trust God’s goodness and providence, even in times of crisis and doubt?
How have I failed to use the gifts of God in daily living?
• Do I respect my own body as a gift from God?
• Do I control my vices, including abuses of food and drink?
• Have I made good use of the gifts God has given me?
• Do I work too hard and too long? Do I neglect my family and health?
• Have I been lazy and given too much time to leisure or entertainment?
How have I failed in my relationships with others?
• In my household, have I contributed to the well-being and happiness of the rest of my family? Am I patient? Am I loving?
• Do I treat my parents [children] with respect?
• Am I ever angry with those I love?
• Have I been faithful in my relationships?
• Have I imposed my will on others without respecting their freedom and rights? Am I intolerant of other’s ideas or needs?
• Have I perpetuated racism, prejudices and stereotypes?
• Do I treat people with disabilities with respect?
• Have I indulged in reading, conversation, or entertainments that are contrary to Christian decency and respect for human life?
Have I failed to share God’s love with the world?
• Do I share my time and my treasure with others in need?
• When I saw someone hungry, did I give them food?
• When I saw someone thirsty, did I give them drink?
• When I saw someone needing clothing, did I clothe them?
• When I saw a stranger, did I welcome them?
• When someone was homebound or imprisoned, did I visit them?
• When someone was ill, did I care for them?
• Do I fail to speak out on behalf of the poor or the oppressed?
• Do I use the earth’s resources wisely?
Source: Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (Advent 2017)