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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

February 23, 2020
Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Please pray for the repose of the souls of Bing Bastien, father of Tony and Anne Marie, and Doreen Bugutsky, sister of Irene Seed. May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

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Reflection Questions:
Adults: What is the point of “turning the other cheek” in an argument,
and why is it so hard to do so?
Children: When have you or someone you know insisted on “having the last word” in
an argument? What happened afterwards?
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Monthly Budgeted Income: $10,835.00
Collection for February 2020: $ 8,951.20

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.

OMPH FOOD BANK COLLECTION: OMPH is collecting instant coffee for the food bank.

ST. PAT’S FOOD BANK COLLECTION: St. Pat’s is collecting instant coffee for the food bank.

ASH WEDNESDAY MASSES will take place on Wednesday, February 26th at St. Patrick’s School at 10:30 A.M., ECCS at 1:00 P.M. and OMPH at 7:00 P.M.. There will also be a Communion Service (and ashes will be distributed) at 9:30 A.M. at the Northdale Manor. All are welcome to attend whichever Mass or Service works best for them.

Countdown to Lent

Ash Wednesday is coming! Lent begins on February 26th. What is the meaning of this Season and our preparations? The Church prepares us to enter into the celebration of Easter (the supreme solemnity of the liturgical year) by six weeks of conversion and renewal. Lent is a time when Jesus wants to renew all members of the people of God. Two words describe the lenten season clearly: it is baptismal and penitential.

Lent is centred on baptism. For us who have been baptized into Christ, it is a time for renewing our baptismal covenant. We are to continue to die with Christ to sin and to live with Him for God. This renewal (which is an all-year and lifelong task) is emphasized in a special way during Lent.

Lent is also a period of repenting and doing penance. It is a time when Jesus calls us to be serious in living out our baptismal promises. We are called to root out sin from our lives and to turn back to the ways of Jesus Christ. We are invited to fast and do penance as part of our daily carrying of the cross. Finally, we are encouraged to build up God’s kingdom by placing God’s will at the centre of our lives.

How will Lent be different this year in your life? Now is the time to begin planning your personal lenten program of prayer, repentance and change of heart.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Each Friday, during the Season of Lent OMPH will be celebrating the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 P.M. beginning with Mass. Tri-Town Pro-Life will host the season’s first Stations of the Cross on Friday, February 28th. St. Pat’s will hold their Stations of the Cross at 6:00 P.M. every Friday of Lent. 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.. Friday, February 28th will be the first Friday in Lent, please sign-up at the back of the church, if you are able to commit to a specific hour.

A LENTEN PRAYER TO HELP CARRY EACH OTHER’S CROSS: Beginning on Sunday, February 23rd, and each Sunday until Palm Sunday, please take a cross pin (in the container at the back of the Church) and wear it until the following Sunday. Then each Sunday, please exchange your cross for a cross worn the previous week by someone else, without knowing who wore it or the cross that person bears. Simply pray for that person’s situation. On Palm Sunday, all crosses will be returned to the container at church. No crosses will be worn during Holy Week. Instead, we will be with Christ in His agony and passion, particularly in the cross He carried for us. Saint Luke reminds us of Jesus’ words – Take up my cross daily and follow me.

LENTEN SERIES: “The Passion Players” the Lenten Lunch Services by the Ministerial Association will take place every Wednesday of Lent, beginning February 26th (Ash Wednesday) at noon. The first session is at St. Paul’s/St. John’s Anglican Church, Haileybury, with Val Paterson speaking on Passion Players. All services will be followed by a lunch. A freewill offering will be taken at each location.

LENTEN LITERATURE for adults, children and families, is available at the entrance of both OMPH and St. Pat’s. These booklets are donated by the Catholic Literature Fund Committee.

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER will take place Tuesday, February 25th from 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. The Knights of Columbus are our hosts and they welcome you and your family to begin Lent with this annual event. A free will offering will be gratefully accepted.

SPRING PROGRAM: Confirmation is sometimes the forgotten sacrament. What should its place be in our Church and in our lives? We will explore this topic with Dave Wight in our upcoming Spring Program. The program will begin on Monday, March 2nd at 6:00 P.M. and will run for five weeks. The evening will begin with a light meal at 6:00 P.M. and then there will be a presentation and discussion. Everyone is invited to join us for one or all of the sessions. A free will offering will be collected at the meal. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the Church.

EUCHRE & DESSERT: Have the winter blues? Join us on Saturday, February 29th 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.

FEBRUARY BUILDING FUND: February is one of two months that we take up a special collection for our Parish Building Fund. 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.

BISHOP POITRAS’ LENTEN PASTORAL LETTER is available at the back of the church and online at and

Who can administer the Anointing of the Sick?
Administrating the Anointing of the Sick is reserved to bishops and priests, for it is Christ who acts through them by virtue of their ordination.
Through his holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit . . . May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.

What is meant by “Viaticum”?
Viaticum means the last Holy Communion that a person receives before dying.
Rarely is Communion so vitally necessary as in the moment when a person sets out on the path that completes his earthly life: In the future he will have only as much life as he has in union (communion) with God.
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Mon. Feb. 24th 7:00 PM Parish Finance Committee Meeting
Tues. Feb. 25th 5:00 PM Knights of Columbus Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Fri. Feb. 28th 12PM-4PM Lenten Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
6:00 PM St. Pat’s: Stations of the Cross
7:00 PM OMPH Stations of the Cross, begins with Mass
Sat. Feb. 29th 7:30 PM Euchre and Dessert Party
Mon. March 2nd 6:00 PM Spring Program - Part #1
Tues. March 3rd 7:00 PM Parish Pastoral Council Meeting
Fri. March 4th 12PM-4PM Lenten Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
6:00 PM St. Pat’s: Stations of the Cross
7:00 PM OMPH Stations of the Cross, begins with Mass



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