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 firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be added to the e-bulletin list.
WEEKLY COLLECTION UPDATE: November 19th: $910.00. Weekly Budget: $2350.00. Difference: -$1440.00. Renovation Fund: $20.00. Thank you for your generous support.
SANCTUARY CANDLE INTENTION: For the repose of the soul of John DiBerardino by a family friend.
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.
SCRIPTURE REFLECTION: “…whatever you did for one of the least of my brothers, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40) Most of us are generous when it’s convenient for us. We are generous when we have the time or the money. But, real generosity is the opposite of that. It means giving of one’s time, money, compassion, forgiveness, or mercy when it’s not convenient to us, when it’s not on our schedule, but on the other person’s timeline. (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 “email@example.com” 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.
GIVING TREE ENVELOPES: During the months of November and December there are two collections for our “Giving Tree” outreach. Donations that come in through the “Giving Tree” we will help support various projects in the community that assist the less fortunate and those in need like the Project Love, the Lord’s Kitchen, and the Timmins Food Bank. We thank you for your continued generosity and support.
2024 SUNDAY MISSALS: We will have a limited number of copies of the 2024 Sunday Missal for sale ($5.00). The new missal begins next weekend.
FRESH BREAD AND BUNS: The Knights of Columbus are selling the loaves for $4.00 and a dozen buns for $4.00. They will be frozen with instructions on how to bake it. To order contact Shelley or Jean-Marc at 705-267-4278. The bread will be ready to pick up on December 17th.
HOLY HOUR: To celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th and honour a request of the Blessed Mother to St. Pierina in 1946, there will be an hour of Eucharistic Adoration followed by Benediction beginning at noon at St. Anthony’s Cathedral.
RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS CARDS: The CWL have an assortment of religious Christmas cards available for sale. There are ten cards per package and sell for $10.00. This is a great way to share the good news about the true meaning of Christmas with family and friends as well as to support the CWL in this fund-raising initiative. To purchase cards contact Marg Johns at 705-267-7292 to make arrangements.
SACRED HEART PARISH CWL ADVENT TEA & BAKE SALE will take place next Saturday from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. There will be a door prize, raffles, and draws. Tickets available at the door: $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 8 years. Parishioners are asked for donations of baking and/or homemade pasta. For further info contact Marg at 705-267-7292.
2024 SUNDAY OFFERING ENVELOPES: If you are new to the Parish or are not currently using offering envelopes for your weekly donation and would like a box for the new year, please contact the office. The new boxes will be available for pick-up in early December. We are grateful for the generosity of so many who support our Parish throughout the year.
CHRISTMAS FLOWER COLLECTION: As we prepare to decorate the Church for the Christmas Season we are 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 an 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 December 20th.
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
A NEW LITURGICAL YEAR UPON US: On December 3rd Catholics around the world began a new liturgical year. The Season of Advent marks the beginning of a new Church Year. The word “advent” comes from the Latin word “adventus”, which means, coming.
According to the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, “Advent has a twofold nature. It prepares us for Christmas, when we recall Christ’s first coming among us, and it is also a time when we look forward to His second coming at the end of the ages.”
The Season of Advent is divided into two parts. From the First Sunday of Advent until December 16th the Church’s focus is on the final (or second) coming of Christ. When this happens, Christ will come not as a tiny child in swaddling clothes, but as King of Glory.
From December 17th until December 24th the Church’s focus is on remembering Christ’s first coming into the world some two thousand years ago. Here we recall as St. John reminds us, “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” This is the miracle and mystery of Christ – the Son of God becomes human and lives with us.