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: May 12th: $2535.10. Weekly Budget: $2350.00. Difference: +$185.10. Improvement Fund: $30.00.
SANCTUARY CANDLE INTENTION: For special intentions by Joan Lemaire.
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.
2018 - 2019 DIOCESAN PRIORITY: “The personal relationship with Christ” - To be a disciple of Jesus ...
3. At the same time as He gave this commandment of fraternal love, Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist: love in his way is possible if one draws from the gift that Jesus makes of himself in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is authentic when it leads to love of neighbour.How do I integrate these two poles in my life, just as I use two legs to walk and not just one?
4. The Lord wanted the Church, his Mystical Body, of which the Apostles and their successors are fundamental elements. As I see the Pope, bishops, priests, deacons, I give my support, my prayer for them and their ministry, my prayer for their succession.
5. “They reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.” How do I discover the action of God in my life and in the lives of others? What ability do I have to thank God, to share with others on a spiritual level, to welcome their joys? How do I live in the certainty that God works in every heart.
SPRING CLEAN-UP: Now that winter is finally over, it’s now time for some spring clean-up around the parking lot. We are looking for a few volunteers to sweep the parking. If you are available to spare an hour or two please talk with Fr. John. We are also looking for a couple of volunteers to cut the front lawn this summer. If you can spare a bit of time to help out, please talk with Fr. John.
SAUSAGE: The Holy Name Society has a limited amount of 2 lb hot and 5 lb mild sausage (frozen) available for purchase from their spring sausage project. If interested contact Tom Reimer at 705-264-5279 or see Fr. John.
TIMMINS MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL takes place next Sunday at the McIntyre Arena. It starts at 12:30 P.M. with the Parade of Nations and then opening remarks. Come and experience the tastes, sites, and sounds of the world. The Dante Club will have a booth with food and baking for purchase. The day ends at 4:00 P.M. and all are welcome!
SCRIPTURE REFLECTION: “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another" (John 13:34). It is easy to love someone when they love you back. But it takes strength and courage to love someone when we feel unappreciated, used or feel our opinion doesn’t matter. It takes courage to “love my neighbor” when he may be someone I don’t like, someone I don’t know or someone that doesn’t look like me (from the Saint Louis Archdiocese Stewardship Office).
PASTOR’S MESSAGE: After a busy few days in Ottawa with meetings for Priests for Life Canada, it was great to return to the Parish last Friday afternoon. As always, a few hours were spent catching up on phone messages, mail, and email.
I was happy to be at the CWL Mother’s Day Tea and Bake Sake last Saturday in the Parish Hall. It was nice to see parishioners and community members enjoy a wonderful luncheon. Congratulations to the CWL for a job well done and thanks to all who came out to support them. We are blessed to have such an active CWL in our Parish.
It was nice to see larger than normal crowds at both Masses as we celebrated Good Shepherd Sunday and Mother’s Day. Afterwards, I was happy to spend some time with my own mother and family that afternoon.
I managed to get some time to myself on Monday for my day of rest. It also gave me a chance to do some follow-up work from my meetings in Ottawa as well as write a couple of articles for the June newsletter of Priests for Life Canada.
Tuesday was a quieter day in the office and allowed me to catch up on a few projects around the Parish. I was also at the Diocesan Centre to take care of a few things. In the afternoon I had an appointment followed by Mass.
Following Mass on Wednesday morning I did some training for a new extraordinary minister of the Holy Communion. We have been able to recruit a few new volunteers to assist with reading and helping with Holy Communion. I am grateful for those who have stepped forward to assist with these ministries. At noon I was at the Cathedral to fill-in for their daily Mass. Later in the afternoon I was called to the Golden Manor to anoint someone and spent some time visiting with some of the residents afterwards.
On Thursday morning I had an appointment and in the afternoon I met with a couple for a marriage preparation session. They will be getting married here in October.
Like most Fridays, following Mass in the morning, I had a chance to wrap-up a few things in the office and prepare for weekend ministry.