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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

November 17, 2019
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Reflection Questions:
Adults: When bad things happen, how do you deal with them?
Children: Has someone in your family or among your friends died? Do you think
about hat person in heaven? What do you hope to talk about with this person?
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COLLECTION DETAILS:
Monthly Budgeted Income: $10,835.00
Collection for November 2019: $ 5,494.40

OMPH SANCTUARY CANDLE: Eileen Devaney by Glenn Neary

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 non-perishable food items for our Christmas Hampers.

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: Contributions can be put in the blue envelope that can be found in your offering box or in any envelope marked Christmas Hampers. The money will help to purchase perishable food items. If you would like an income tax receipt, please indicate your envelope number or your name.

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR MEAT PIES!: The Filles d’Isabelle are accepting orders for their homemade meat pies. Pies are $10.00 each. Contact Josette Côté at 705-647-8475 to place an order. Monies collected go towards helping the children, elderly, sick and under-privileged in our communities.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: On Sunday, November 17th at 2:00 P.M. at Paroisse Ste. Croix in Haileybury, there will be a Christmas concert, with the participation of local artists, Judith Visser, Natasha Rivard, Maire Lévéille, Jeff Manners, Cindy King Carl, Daniel Allaire, Krystle Seymour, Cassandra Heroux and other. Come out and begin your celebration of the Christmas season. Tickets are $15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door. For tickets call 705-672-2140 or purchase at Petals in New Liskeard.

SAINT PATRICK’S CWL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR will take place on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. in St. Patrick’s School Gym. They will have a bake sale and White Elephant table. Donations of baked goods and white elephant items would be greatly appreciated. For more information or to arrange pick up, please contact Claire at 705-679-8724, Pat at 705-679-8469 or Emilie at 705-679-8814. Many vendors with different crafts will also be at the bazaar to help with your Christmas shopping!

RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS CARDS: The Knights of Columbus are selling their religious Christmas cards again this year. They are available at the office at a cost of $7.00 for a pack of ten.

CHILLI DINNER & LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS will take place on Sunday, December 8th at 5:00 P.M. in the parish hall. The evening will begin with the supper at 5:00 P.M. followed by the lighting of the Christmas lights at 6:00 P.M.. Everyone is welcome to attend!

EUCHRE & DESSERT PARTY will take place Saturday, November 30th at 7:30 P.M. There is no admission charge but participants are asked to bring a plate of their favourite dessert to share. This will be our last euchre party until after Christmas.

MESSAGE TO ALL OMPH CWL MEMBERS: Please use the green offertory envelope (which can be found in your box of envelopes) to remit your CWL 2020 Membership dues of $25.00. Debbie Bandy will be issuing receipts at the CWL Christmas Pot Luck on Wednesday, December 4th. Women wishing to join the CWL are invited to attend the dinner or contact Debbie through the OMPH office. Thank you!

CHRIST THE KING COLLECTION: All the proceeds of the special Christ the King Collection will be put toward the priests’ retirement fund. The Diocese offers a pension of $1,600.00 per month to every retired priest. This money is derived from an investment accumulated over the years, however, in the last few years, these funds have not been sufficient to generate the money necessary to pay the pension for priests who take their retirement. We ask that on November 23rd and 24th you help us ensure that priests will have a suitable pension when they retire. Envelopes can be found in your offering box, or at the back of the Church.

DIOCESAN PRIORITY
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: 2014 Teaching of Pope Francis in Italics
In Intelligence:
Wisdom: This is about seeing everything with the eyes of God . . . as God sees them. We are able to recognize how God acts, when something comes from God or does not.
A Spiritual taste (when we are healthy, we can distinguish various goods; when we are sick, we lose the sense of taste and everything tastes the same. It’s the same with God: recognize his action).

Understanding: To understand the things of God, examine the depths of God’s thought, of his design of salvation. Intus legere: read inside. This gift enables us to understand things as God understands them, with the intelligence of God. “I will send the Holy Spirit and he will make you understand everything that I have taught you.” The disciples of Emmaus: “Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures”. (LK 24:45)
Counsel: We count on the advice of wise people to help us make good decisions. The Holy Spirit enables us to orient our thoughts, our feelings, our intentions, according to the heart of God, to take Jesus as the model of our way to act. The gift of counsel enables our conscience to make a concrete choice in communion with God. In intimacy with God, in listening to his word, little by little, we put aside our personal logic, most often dictated by our closures, our prejudices, our ambitions; We learn to ask the Lord: what do you want? What is your will?

Science (Knowledge): When we speak of knowledge, we immediately think of man’s capacity to learn more and more about the reality that surrounds him and to discover the laws that regulate nature and the universe. The knowledge that comes from the Holy Spirit however, is not limited to human knowledge; it is a special gift, which leads us to grasp, through creation, the greatness and love of God and his profound relationship with every creature. The gift of science allows us to realize that we are not the proprietors of creation. It is a gift that we will take care of and harness for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.

Piety (praise, wonder): It is our friendship with God, granted to us by Jesus, a friendship that changes our life and fills us with passion, with Joy. This is the foundation of the worship that we give to him. We are invited to spread this love around us, to recognize others as my brothers and sisters. God is the Father of all; therefore we are all brothers and sisters in Jesus.

Fear of God (filial affection): It does not mean being afraid of God: we know well that God is Father, that he loves us. Fear of the Lord, instead is recognizing how small we are before God and of his love and that our good lies in humble, respectful and trusting self-abandonment into his hands. It allows us to be aware that everything comes from grace and that our true strength lies solely in following the Lord Jesus and in allowing the Father to bestow upon us his goodness and his mercy. Fear of God is like an alarm in the face of sin. It prevents us from thinking that money, power, pride, health is everything in our life . . . None of that leads us to eternal life. God alone is God. Only the love of God will make us live eternally.

Fortitude: to implement, to give a blow, to persevere, to face difficulties. With the gift of fortitude, the Holy Spirit liberates the soil of our heart (where God sows the Word). We see fortitude present in the lives of martyrs who gave their lives for Jesus, in others, who struggle against their weaknesses or struggle to raise their family . . . those who live a good life every day (everyday heroism).

TAKE TIME FOR YOU AND ME will meet from 1:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 20th. Everyone wanting to make a difference in our community and our church are welcome to join.

ADVENT WREATH CANDLES will be available at the back of both OMPH and St. Pat’s next weekend, for $10.00 a set.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: The fourth Friday of every month is set aside in our Parish as a special day of Eucharistic Adoration. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed Friday, November 22nd from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M..

ADVENT LITERATURE for adults, children and families will be available at the back of both St. Pat’s and OMPH next weekend. These booklets are donated by the OMPH Catholic Literature Fund Committee

CHRISTMAS FLOWER COLLECTION: If you would like to donate to this fund, there are Flower Offering envelopes in the pews or simply use a plain envelope. If you would like to make your donation in memory of someone, please send in your donation by Thursday, December 19th and the names will be in our Christmas bulletin.

OMPH CEMETERY COLLECTION: Our Parish is very blessed to have such a beautiful Catholic cemetery in which we can bury our loved ones. Each year our parish makes a financial commitment of $2500.00 to assist with the upkeep of the cemetery. A special cemetery envelope can be found in this month’s offering box. We know that we can count on your continued support for our Catholic cemetery.

BISHOP ROBERT BARRON’S CATHOLICISM - PIVOTAL PLAYERS: Monday, November 18th’s discussion will begin our look at Benedict of Nursia, a very influential figure in early monastic life in western Europe. We will explore his life and times. The evening begins at 6:00 P.M. with a light supper. The video presentation begins at 6:30 P.M. with discussion to follow. All are welcome to attend one or all the sessions.

HOLY HOUR TO PRAY FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS IN THE WORLD: Mark Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 P.M. on your calendar for our Holy Hour, which for the month of November, will be for persecuted Christians. This is simply an hour set aside in prayer and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament. It will begin with brief prayers, a scripture reading and reflection, followed by time for personal prayer, we will conclude the hour with Benediction.

RED WEDNESDAY: Red Wednesday will take place on November 20tht. It is a day set aside to highlight the persecution and injustice suffered by Christians, while promoting respect and tolerance between people of different religions. We want people to take a stand for their faith, and more broadly, for religious freedom. Currently, 200 million of the world’s Christians cannot live their faith freely. They suffer from oppression or persecution. Although it is difficult to keep a precise count, we believe that 75% of religiously motivated violence is perpetrated against Christians. In solidarity with Christians who suffer for their faith, we are illuminating the cross, on the outside of our parish, red (this colour is associated with martyrdom in the Christian tradition) on Wednesday, November 20th.

FIRST RECONCILIATION RETREAT for all candidates of both Parishes, takes place Sunday, December 1st from 1:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. in the parish hall. The HOME booklets must be completed and returned at the Retreat.

COMING EVENTS:
Mon. Nov. 18th 6:00 PM Fall Program - Part 4, beginning with supper
Tues. Nov. 19th 7:30 PM Knights of Columbus Meeting
Wed. Nov. 20th 1:30 PM Time For You and Me
2:30 PM Praying the Rosary
7:00 PM Holy Hour for Persecuted Christians in the world
Fri. Nov. 22nd 12PM-4PM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

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