WEEKLY COLLECTION UPDATE: March 11th: $1996.00. Weekly Budget: $2350.00. Difference: -$354.00. Renovation Fund: $337.00.
SANCTUARY CANDLE INTENTION: In memory of Deceased Members of the Celli, Comand, and Dionisi Families by Lina & Children.
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.”: Why Do We Fast?: Lent has traditionally been the season where we give something up, often sweets or a favorite food, in order to focus on the sacrifice Christ made on the cross. But fasting is much more than a means of developing self-control. Fasting is spiritual and physical purification; the pangs of hunger remind us of our hunger for God. Fasting and abstinence help us to participate more fully in the cross of Christ. (Guide to Lent, Our Sunday Visitor)
EASTER FLOWERS: As we prepare to decorate the Church for the Easter 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 Easter 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 next Sunday.
JOURNEY TO THE FOOT OF THE CROSS: 10 Things to Remember For Lent
9. Reach out in charity. As we experience weakness and suffering during Lent, we should be renewed in our compassion for those who are hungry, suffering or otherwise in need. The third part of the Lenten formula is almsgiving. It’s about more than throwing a few extra dollars in the collection plate; it’s about reaching out to others and helping them without question as a way of sharing the experience of God’s unconditional love.
10. Learn to love like Christ. Giving of ourselves in the midst of our suffering and self-denial brings us closer to loving like Christ, who suffered and poured himself out unconditionally on cross for all of us. Lent is a journey through the desert to the foot of the cross on Good Friday, as we seek him out, ask his help, join in his suffering, and learn to love like him.
MEN’S COMMUNION BREAKFAST takes place next Sunday with Mass celebrated by Bishop Poitras, at 10:00 A.M. followed by breakfast in the hall. This year’s guest speaker is Deacon Michel Neron. Tickets still available.
PARISH LENTEN COMMUNAL RECONCILIATION SERVICE will be held here this Thursday at 7:00 P.M. There will be a short prayer service and then an opportunity to receive individually the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Bishop Poitras will be assisting Fr. John in celebrating this beautiful gift of God’s mercy and love. For those who wish, he is able to celebrate the Sacrament in Italian, English and French. Whether you have been to Reconciliation last month or ten years ago, come and be reconciled with God this Lent!
NOTRE-DAME-DE-LA-PAIX PARISH is hosting their annual Spring Vendor and Bake Sale next Saturday from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
ST. ANTHONY’S KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MONTHLY BREAKFAST will take place next Sunday from 9:00 A.M. to noon in the Cathedral hall. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 5 to 12 years old and free for children under 5. All are welcome!
ST. JOSEPH’S ANNUAL BAZAAR takes place Sunday, April 8th from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. A spaghetti supper will be served from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
CHRISM MASS will take place at Assumption Parish in Kirkland Lake on Tuesday, March 27th at 7:00 P.M. We are looking for a volunteer to receive the newly blessed oils at this Mass on behalf of the Parish. See Fr. John if you plan on attending this Mass.
EASTER TRIDUUM SCHEDULE: Holy Thursday (March 29th) at 7:00 P.M. Mass of the Lord’s Supper (bilingual) followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 P.M.
Good Friday (March 30th) at 3:00 P.M. Service of the Word and Veneration of the Cross and at 7:00 P.M. Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday (March 31st ) at 8:00 P.M. Easter Vigil Mass. (No 5:00 P.M. Mass.)
Easter Sunday (April 1st) at 10:00 A.M. Easter Sunday Mass (bilingual)
SCRIPTURE REFLECTION: “I will be their God and they shall be my people.” (Jeremiah 31:33) What does it mean to be God’s people? It means we recognize that everything we have and everything we are belongs to God. We aren’t “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has given us. It means we are willing to use our gifts and our lives to care for our neighbors and the world, just as God cares for us. (from the Saint Louis Archdiocese Stewardship Office)
“BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED” - EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE
Am I attentive to God’s presence in prayer and worship?
• Do I pray daily?
• Do I receive the sacraments regularly?
• Do I keep Sundays and holy days sacred?
• Do I fulfill my commitments as a member of my faith community?
• What is my attitude toward the sacrament of reconciliation?
• Have I tried to grow in the life of the Spirit through prayer and the reading of the Word of God?
• Do I trust God’s goodness and providence, even in times of crisis and doubt?
In my daily living, do I act as a child of God?
• 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?
Do I reflect the mercy of God in my relationship 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 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?
Do I bring the love of God to the world?
• Do I share my time and my treasure with others in need?
• Do I fail to speak out on behalf of the poor or the oppressed?
• Have I accepted suffering as a share in the suffering of Christ?
• Have I indulged in reading, conversation, or entertainments that are contrary to
Christian decency and respect for human life?
• Do I use the earth’s resources wisely?
• Do I purchase a lot of material goods that I don’t really need?
Will I accept the forgiveness of God and change my way of life?
• Am I ever afraid to act in a Christian manner, afraid of what others might think?
Is the hope of eternal life my inspiration for all I do?
• Do I sincerely want to be set free from sin, turn again to God, and resolve to begin again?
• Do I forgive others who have offended me?
© Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (Lent 2018)