Current Church Bulletin

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish and St. Patrick's Parish

Saturday Mass at St. Pat's at 5PM - Sunday Masses at OMPH at 9AM & 11AM

February 18, 2018.
First Sunday of Lent

Reflection Question:
I recognize my sinfulness when . . . This leads me to  . . .

COLLECTION DETAILS:
Monthly Budgeted Income: $10,835.00
Collection for February 2018 to date: $5,392.10 

ST. PAT’S SANCTUARY CANDLE: George McAnaul by the Family

SANCTUARY CANDLE FOR BOTH SAINT PATRICK’S AND OMPH: 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.

FOOD BANK COLLECTION: OMPH is collecting canned brown beans for the month of February.

WEDNESDAYS DURING LENT: Fr. Lionel will celebrate a weekday Mass at OMPH throughout Lent on Wednesdays at 7:00 P.M..

WOULD YOU LIKE A DEEPER, MORE POWERFUL LENT THIS YEAR? To start each day by drawing closer to Christ? Then sign up for Bishop Robert Barron's free daily Lent reflections list. Each day, from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday he will send you a short reflection right in your inbox and the best part of it is that it’s all free. To sign up go to: http://www.lentreflections.com/

LENTEN THOUGHTS ON RECONCILIATION

Question: What is the ordinary way of celebrating the sacrament of reconciliation?

Answer: The sacrament of reconciliation begins with a greeting and blessing by the priest. Then a brief passage from God’s word is read to dispose the penitent to see more clearly the nature of sin and to experience God’s mercy. The penitent then confesses his or her sins and makes an act of contrition. There may then be a brief dialogue between the priest and the penitent if this seems appropriate and helpful. Then the priest assigns a penance that may take the form of an action or the saying of some prayers. Absolution is then given, followed by a word of dismissal and blessing.

In most cases, the penitent has an option of celebrating the sacrament face to face or behind a screen. The option is important so that anonymity might be maintained if so desired. The face-to-face format can be much more personal and meaningful for some.

Source: Bishop Robert Morneau, Reconciliation (Maryknoll. NY: Orbis Books, 2007) 98- 100.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Fr. Lionel will be available to hear confessions at OMPH from 10:15AM to 10:45AM on Sundays.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Each Friday, during the Season of Lent St. Pat’s and OMPH will be celebrating the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 P.M. We encourage you to come out and participate in this traditional devotion.

DAYS OF ADORATION: Every Friday, during the Season of Lent, we will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Because of the World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 2nd, there will be no Adoration. Please sign up at the back of the Church if you can come Friday, February 23rd.

BUILDING FUND: February is one of two months that we take up a special collection for our Parish Building Fund. All of the monies collected as part of the building fund this year will be set aside for future projects. A green building fund envelope can be found in your offering box or you can use your own envelope and clearly mark building fund on it. We know that we can count of your continued generosity.

MARRIAGE APPRECIATION: As a way to thank married couples for the gift of their example, both Parishes will be having a draw for dinner for two. Ballots are available at the back of the Church with the draw taking place after the 11:00 A.M. Mass on February 18th. All married couples are invited to fill out a ballot.

EVENTS LEADING TO THE CROSS: The Ministerial Association is hosting a series of Lenten Lunch Services every Wednesday of Lent at 12:00 P.M..The service on Wednesday, February 21st is at here, OMPH, with Deacon Larry speaking. The service will be followed by a lunch, put on by the CWL. A freewill offering will be taken at each location. Everyone is invited to attend!

DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING FOR PEACE: At the conclusion of his Angelus address this past Sunday, the Holy Father invited all the Church to observe the Friday of the first week of Lent, 23rd of February, as a day of prayer and fasting for peace in the many areas of conflict throughout the world, particularly the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan.

BISHOP SERGE POITRAS’ Lenten Pastoral Letter is available at the back of the Church and online at www.ourmotherofperpetualhelp.ca..

EUCHRE & DESSERT: Join us on Saturday, February 24th at 7:30 P.M. in the Parish hall for an evening of euchre and dessert. Come alone, bring a friend, or gather a gang for an evening of relaxed fun. We ask that you bring a plate of your favourite dessert to share.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER will take place at OMPH on Friday, March 2nd at 1:30 P.M.. Everyone is invited to attend and there will be a light lunch served after the service.

FEBRUARY SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:
ECCS
Monday, February 19th – No School - Family Day!
Thursday, February 22nd – Prayer for the Diocese
4:30PM to 7PM – Carnival and Hockey Ticket Draw!
Scholastic book orders are due
Friday, February 23rd – Twins Day
Monday, February 26th – PA Day, no school
Wednesday, February 28th – Electives Day

St. Pat’s
Monday, February 19th – No School - Family Day!
Tuesday, February 20th – 6PM – Parent Council Meeting
Friday, February 23rd – St.Pat’s Winter Olympic Games!
Monday, February 26th – PA Day, no school
Wednesday, February 28th – Wear pink, stop bullying!

INFORMATION SESSION ON MEDICAL ASSISTED INDUCED DEATH: On Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00 P.M. at Assomption in Kirkland Lake, Fr. John will be hosting an information session on Medical Assisted Induced death. If you are interested in attending, please contact Audrey at 705-647-6205.

OFFICE HOURS: Please note that the office will be closed on Friday, February 23rd.

DIOCESAN PRIORITY
Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Family Life

What is the nature of the family in the plan of God?

A man and a women united in marriage form a family together with their children. God instituted the family and endowed it with its fundamental constitution. Marriage and the family are ordered to the good of the spouses and to the procreation and education of children. Members of the same family establish among themselves personal relationships and primary responsibilities. In Christ the family becomes the domestic church because it is a community of faith, of hope, and of charity.

What place does the family occupy in society?

The family is the original cell of human society and is, therefore, prior to any recognition by public authority. Family values and principles constitute the foundation of social life. Family life is an initiation into the life of society.

What are the duties that society had toward the family?

Society, while respecting the principle of subsidiarity, has the duty to support and strengthen marriage, and the family. Public authority must respect, protect and foster the true nature of marriage, and the family, public morality, the rights of parents, and domestic prosperity.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE – SHARE LENT: For this year’s Share Lent, Development and Peace is encouraging us to come together for peace! During this first week, our search for peace takes us to Cambodia to meet ICSO, a Development and Peace partner that works with minority Indigenous communities to help them have their rights recognized by the government, defend their land against corporate interests, and develop sustainable economic activities that enable them to live with dignity. For more information on how you can share Lent with Development and Peace, please visit www.devp.org. Share Lent Development and Peace envelopes are available at the back of the Church. We know we can count on your generosity!

THANK YOU FROM THE CWL: Thank you to everyone who worked at, donated items to, and attended the CWL Valentine Tea and Bazaar! Because of you it was a great success.

CWL HELPING OUT ECCS’ SOCIAL JUSTICE PROJECT by collecting gently used children’s books, school supplies and games to send to a Catholic school in Papua New Guinea. Donations can be dropped off in the basket under the sofa table at the back of the Church.

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