WEEKLY COLLECTION UPDATE: October 15th: $1679.75. Weekly Budget: $2350.00. Difference: - $670.25. Renovation Fund: $22.00.
SANCTUARY CANDLE INTENTION (October 22nd) : In memory of Pierina & Ugo Carlesso by Sylvano.
SANCTUARY CANDLE INTENTION (October 29th) : In memory of Deceased Members of the Deiulis & Troiani Families by Marian & Helen Wrona.
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.
BINGO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are in need of at least two volunteers to assist, once a month (1st or 2nd Tuesday of the month) for three hours (6:15 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.), so that we can continue to sponsor our monthly Parish Bingo. Training will be provided. This is an important fund-raiser for the Parish, but we risk losing it if we do not recruit a few more volunteers. Please see Fr. John if you can help.
SAUSAGE AND MUSETTI: The Holy Name Society will be making sausage ($5 per lb) and musetti ($4 per lb) November 25th and 26th. Hot and mild will be available in two and five pound bags. This year, they will also be selling porchetta - small are $20.00 and large are $40.00. If you wish to place an order, please call Tom at 705-264-5279 or the office at 705-268-3053. Deadline for orders is November 15th.
NOTRE-DAME-DE-LA-PAIX BAZAAR will take place on Saturday, October 29th from 9:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Spaghetti supper at 5:00 P.M.
2017 - 2018 DIOCESAN PRIORITY: “Teaching of the faith that leads to a personal relationship with Christ.”
• Become a disciple of Jesus in the School of Mary
• Meditate on the Annunciation Gospel (Luke 1:26-38)
• Meditate on Mary at the foot of the Cross. (John 19:26-27)
• Meditate on Mary at the Last Supper with the Apostles. (Acts 1:14)
• Say the rosary or the Hail Mary.
• Like Mary, birth Jesus around me.
TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES, an international fair trade craft sale, will be held at the Timmins Native Friendship Centre Friday, November 3rd from 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. and Saturday, November 4th from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. As with every year, this is an event supported by O’Gorman High students and staff. Come and see beautiful hand made items from around the world, from musical instruments to household goods. For more information, contact Mike Buhler at O’Gorman High School (705-268-4501 ext 4501).
CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: O’Gorman Parents for Kids are taking pre-paid orders for beautiful Christmas trees and wreaths. Trees are Balsam Fir or Fraser Fir and are 6' to 8' tall for $50.00. Wreaths are 20" across and are $40.00. Phone 705-266-5978 to place your order. All proceeds will go to support bursaries for graduating students and various student events and activities. Orders are due by November 3rd and pick up will be at O”Gorman High School in early December.
DIOCESAN ALL SOULS DAY MASS: Bishop Poitras will celebrate on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00 P.M. at St. Anthony’s Cathedral to mark All Souls Day. Mass will be offered for the deceased bishops, priests, and deacons of the Diocese. All are invited to come and pray for these faithful servants of the Lord who dedicated their lives to the service of the Gospel and the Church
SCRIPTURE REFLECTION: “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21) Everything we are and everything we have belongs to God. We aren’t “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has given each of us. All God is asking is that we give back a portion of what He gave us. This is the essence of Stewardship. God should be our first priority in everything. All else comes second. (from the Saint Louis Archdiocese Stewardship Office)
PASTOR’S MESSAGE: Last Saturday was a whirlwind day. First thing in the morning I was at O’Gorman High School to lead a prayer service and share a few words with the trustees and directors of education from the North who were participating in the regional meeting for the Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association (OCSTA). Afterwards I was back to the Parish to preside at a funeral of a long-time parishioner.
That evening we celebrated our 80th anniversary with a special Mass presided and preached by Bishop Poitras. In his homily he helped us remember where we’ve been, where we are, and encouraged us to move forward in faith. A podcast of his homily is on the Parish website if you missed it. Afterwards we went downstairs for a delicious pasta supper. John D’Alessandri served as MC and did a fabulous job, sharing some of his own memories of growing up in the Parish. It was great to have a hall full of parishioners and friends out to celebrate this special milestone in our history. Special thanks to the organizing committee and the members of Parish Pastoral Council, Parish Finance Council, the Catholic Women’s League, and the Holy Name Society that helped make this celebration such a success.
Despite having a larger than normal crowd on Saturday night for Mass, I was pleasantly surprised at the turn-out Sunday morning for Mass. It’s great to see our sacramental candidates and their families with us as they prepare for their upcoming sacraments. Following Mass and some clean-up, I was able to head to New Liskeard for my day off. It was great to be able to visit with some friends after a busy week. On Monday afternoon I also presided at a burial of ashes for a former parishioner.
I was back to the Parish mid-morning on Tuesday for another full day. At lunch time I met with a funeral family to prepare for an upcoming funeral. In afternoon I was up to the hospital for my weekly rounds and then back to the Parish for Mass. That evening I hosted an information meeting for parents whose children wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation later this year. We had nine families present and I suspect that there are still a few families that weren’t present at the meeting. Please contact me asap if you missed the meeting. Registration will remain open for the next two weeks.
Following Mass on Wednesday morning I was at the funeral home for visitation followed by a funeral service for another long time parishioner. Afterwards I was back to the Parish for a CWL executive meeting in anticipation of this Sunday’s monthly members meeting. In the evening I had the second meeting with parents whose children are preparing this year for First Reconciliation.
During this meeting parents received the at home workbook they will be using with their child and I had an opportunity to share a bit on how sin entered into the world and why we need to be forgiven for our sins through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
I met with two funeral families on Thursday morning to preparation for funeral services on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. In the afternoon I was tied up with a number of office related matters and then celebrated our afternoon Mass.
I was happy to welcome the students and staff of Pope Francis Catholic School to our Mass on Friday morning. This was their first time to worship with us at Mass and it was great to have them with us. This was a post-Thanksgiving Mass for them as our original date had to be postponed. During the homily I reflected on our need to always be grateful. In the afternoon I was back to the funeral home to preside at another funeral service.
I will be on the road this week in Vancouver doing some speaking and work on behalf of Priests for Life Canada. I fly out Monday afternoon and will be back Friday evening.