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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

October 25, 2020
Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Reflection Questions:
Adults: In a practical sense, what is one thing that would change your life if you loved your neighbour as yourself?
Children: Why is it hard sometime to love your neighbour? How can you do a better job of
following Jesus’ Commandment?
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COLLECTION DETAILS:
Monthly Budgeted Income: $ 10,835.00
Collection for October 2020: $ 6,497.00
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 vegetables for the month of October. As always, all food items are gratefully appreciated.

ST. PAT’S FOOD BANK COLLECTION: St. Pat’s is collecting non-perishable food items for St. Patrick’s School Christmas hampers.

ANGEL TREE DONATIONS IN MEMORY OF A LOVED ONE: This Christmas, due to COVID complications, OMPH will not be giving out Christmas hampers filled with canned goods, instead we will be giving out gift cards only. As such, OMPH will not be collection non-perishable items for their Christmas hampers this year. We will still collect nop-perishable items, but they will go to the New Liskeard Food Bank. We hope parishioners will give generously to our Angel Tree fund which purchases these gift cards. Contributions can be put in the blue envelope that can be found in your offering box or in any envelope marked Christmas Hampers. If you would like an income tax receipt, please indicate your envelope number or your name. As well for OMPH this year, the Angel Tree donations can be made in memory of a loved one, which will be published in the Christmas bulletin. This will replace our Christmas flower fund. OMPH purchased artificial flowers last year for Christmas so the Christmas flower fund is not needed. If you would like to make your donation in memory of someone, please send in your donation by Friday, December 18th and the names will be in our Christmas bulletin.

SUNDAY OFFERINGS: The Parish is able to accept your Sunday offering via e-transfer. For those who wish to donate to the Parish in this manner, use the email “omphoffice@gmail.com” and the security password “OMPH81”.

ALL SOULS DAY CELEBRATION: Monday, November 2nd at 7:00 P.M. we will be celebrating a special Memorial Mass. During Mass there will be an opportunity to remember our family and friends who have died. If you have had an immediate family member die this past year and would like them to be remembered in this service, please call the office. All are welcome to attend, but must register by phoning the office at 705-647-5035 before Thursday, October 29th.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Fr. Wayne is available to hear confessions by appointment. Please phone the office if you would like to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

COBALT CATHOLIC CEMETERY COLLECTION takes place during the month of October. Envelopes can be found in your box of envelopes. Thank you for your generosity.

BAPTISMAL PREPARATION COURSE: According to the Diocesan guidelines, all parents who wish to have their child (from new-born to grade eight) baptised must attend a pre-baptismal preparation course. The course will take place on Monday, October 26th at 7:00 P.M.. Please call the office to register.

BAPTISMS are able to take place in both St. Pat’s and OMPH. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, baptisms will be celebrated in private ceremonies. To make arrangements, please call the office.

THANK YOU to the volunteers who made the shields for the musicians at OMPH and St. Pat’s Parishes. Thank you to Grant Home Hardware for donating the material to make the shields.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT will take place on Friday, October 30th from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.. Please register to attend, either by signing up at the back of the church or calling the office, 705-647-5035.

CONFIRMATION: If you would like your child (grade 7 and up) Confirmed this school year, please register with the office either by e-mail (omphoffice@gmail.com) or phone (705-647-5035) by Friday, October 30th. In order to plan the Confirmation course, we need to know how many kids will be taking the program.

ALL SOULS DAY REMEMBRANCE ENVELOPES: These Remembrance envelopes (on the sofa table at the back of the Church) provide a way to remember deceased loved ones. On the envelope you can include the names of your deceased relatives and friends (Catholic and non-Catholic) and Masses will be offered regularly throughout the year. Please feel free to use more than one envelope. A donation of any amount can be placed in the envelope. From the total of all the donations collected, one Mass will be said for the faithful departed for every $10.00 donated. The envelopes can be deposited in the Sunday collection.

PRAYING FOR OUR SACRAMENTAL CANDIDATES: We have eight children preparing for their First Reconciliation in December. We ask that you pray for these young people preparing for the Sacraments of First Communion and First Reconciliation. We encourage all our parishioners to participate in this prayer project by choosing a name from the list below, cut it out of the bulletin, place it in a prominent place and make a commitment to pray daily for that individual and their family until they make their sacrament.

Tiffany
Lillyan
Allison
Kailey
Elizabeth
Kaden
Emmerson

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Ex 22:20-26

1 Thes 1:5C-10

Mt 22:34-40

GROW: In today’s Gospel, Jesus has just silenced one group of religious leaders, the Sadducees (which seems to be quite a feat, if we look at their behavior in the Scripture!) and is now speaking to another group of religious leaders, the Pharisees. Jesus says that the greatest commandment in all the law is actually two: love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul; and love your neighbor as yourself. These two groups of religious leaders like to test him a lot, and while I might want to tell people like them to take a hike, Jesus never does. He always speaks the truth to them, in love, even if he is frustrated with their behavior.

GO: Sometimes it’s hard to see how three particular readings fit together on a Sunday, but I was struck by how well these do. The first reading, listing ways that we should not behave, can easily be summed up as: love your neighbor as yourself. We all are, or have been, some form of what the Lord mentions: an outsider (alien), vulnerable (widow/orphan), in financial need (loan recipient), or requiring some other assistance (needing a cloak). How do we want others to treat us in those times? Then we should behave the same. It seems like the Thessalonians understood this, for Paul praises them for being a model for other believers. They have a reputation for being truly loving; of turning to God from idols, and serving him. We can be discouraged by our human failings, as all of us living in lockdown/quarantine these recent months know. It may not take much to set us off. But this is where God’s grace can help us to speak truth in love, and be a model for those around us.

ACTIONS: Reflect on any obstacles to truly loving God with full heart, mind, and soul. Then think creatively about how to love God, and in turn others.

  • How I can love God with my whole heart? After spending time in prayer, write down how you see God in your family and friends. And then go tell them!
  • How I can love God with my whole mind? Use “online time” to engage with a faith-related website such as Bishop Barron’s wordonfire.org, or follow Pope Francis on Twitter.
  • How I can love God with my soul? Pray the litany of humility.

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