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

January 29, 2023
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Reflection Question
ADULTS: What are you doing in order to continue to grow strong in faith and wisdom?
CHILDREN: Who helps you to grow in your faith?
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COLLECTION DETAILS:
Monthly Budgeted Income: $10,835.00
Collection for January 2023 to date: $ 7,247.00

OMPH SANCTUARY CANDLE: Rita Mawhiney by JoAnne Fournier

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 office during office hours or place it in the collection with the information enclosed.

OMPH FOOD BANK COLLECTION: OMPH is collecting canned meat for the New Liskeard Food Bank.

ST. PAT’S FOOD BANK COLLECTION: St. Pat’s is collecting non-perishable food items for the Cobalt Food Bank.

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”

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT ON THE FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH: The 1st Friday of the month will now be set aside in our Parish as a special day of Eucharistic Adoration. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed from 11:30 AM to 12:30PM on Friday, February 3rd. Come and spend an hour in prayer with our Lord.

INCOME TAX RECEIPTS will be available in early February. If you need your receipt before then, please call the office, during office hours, to arrange to pick-up your receipt.

CWL VALENTINE TEA: The CWL’s Valentine Tea will take place on Saturday, February 11th from 12:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. in the parish hall. Join the CWL for a lunch of sandwiches and desserts. There will be a bake table to satisfy your sweet tooth and many treasures on the Valentine’s table and the White Elephant table. Volunteers will be needed to serve lunch and help in the kitchen. The hall will be open on Friday, February 10th, during regular office hours, to accept donations to the various tables. For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Audrey at 705-647-6205.

RELIGIOUS GIFTS for First Communion and Confirmation will be available for sale at the CWL Valentine Tea.

FEAST OF SAINT BLAISE (February 3rd): After all the weekend Masses on February 54h and 5th, Fr. Wayne will remain in the Sanctuary to offer the blessing of throats. St. Blaise’s protection of those with throat ailments comes from his healing of a boy brought to him with a fish bone in his throat. The boy was about to die before St. Blaise healed him. Today the blessing of the throats is not reserved for a grave illness and many even see this as protection against colds and flu.

FIRST COMMUNION PARENT MEETING: Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish & St. Patrick’s Parish will be hosting, on Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00 P.M., the first meeting for all parents who wish their child to receive the Sacrament First Communion. Students in grade three and up who have made their First Reconciliation are invited to receive First Communion this year. For further information, please contact Paulette at 705-647-5116.
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. All married couples are invited to enter the draw. We will accept names for the draw (for both St. Pat’s and OMPH) by emailing omphoffice@gmail.com or by placing a ballot in the basket at the back of the both parishes. Please be sure when emailing, to say where you are entering the draw, OMPH or St. Pat’s. The draws will take place after the 11:00 A.M. Mass on February 12th.

THANK YOU FROM PRO-VIE TRI-TOWN RIGHT TO LIFE: On behalf of Pro-Vie Tri-Town Right to Life, I would like to express our sincere thanks for the recent donations made to our organization, the first from the Mission Box collection from Christmas Masses, designated for pro-life and the second from a share from the Mission Fund through a special a collection each month. We are most appreciative of this financial support. Sincerely for Life, Kathie Garahan

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: If your child was born in 2019, it is time to register them for Kindergarten, starting in September 2023 at your neighbourhood Catholic School. Please visit our website at www.ncdsb.on.ca to register your child online. We are dedicating the entire month of February as Kindergarten Registration time. Catholic education makes the difference!

MARRIAGE TIP: In every couple relationship there are two rhythms, one belonging to each spouse. Some people are slow-walkers who like to stroll through life, others are quick-steppers who like to keep up a fast pace. When two spouses have different rhythms, big strains in the relationship can occur, especially if one spouse expects the other to match their own style. We should learn to love and celebrate both our own rhythm, and that of our loved one, but we must also learn to accept that our spouse may not want to walk at the same pace we enjoy. So, use compromise and learn to understand, not fight, the rhythms of those you love.

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER will take place Tuesday, February 22nd 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.

Sunday, February 5, 2023
 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
by The Faithful Disciple 

GROW AS A DISCIPLE | PRAY, STUDY, ENGAGE, SERVE

GROW: It’s amazing how one interaction can brighten an otherwise gloomy day. I love a nice sunrise on a wintry morning or a crackling fire on an autumn night. But whatever the weather, nothing quite lights up my day like a shared laugh with a friend, a snippet of real conversation with my teen son, or a hot cup of coffee delivered by my husband. In today’s reading, Jesus continues the Sermon on the Mount, telling the disciples: “Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” We, too, can be light for others – through good deeds large and small, ordinary and extraordinary. As we go about our days, we can ask the Lord to show us how to serve others. We will have days when we don’t feel up to the task but, like St. Paul, we can ask the Holy Spirit to light the way.

GO EVANGELIZE | PRAYER, INVITATION, WITNESS, ACCOMPANIMENT

GO: In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus used images that resonate with us as much as they did with his followers 2,000 years ago: salt and light. Salt serves many purposes, preserving our food and giving it flavor, for example. And of course we cannot live without light. In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the disciples: “You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the world.” Like the disciples we, too, can be salt and light for others by giving witness to our faith. What that involves will be different for each of us. For ideas, we can turn to today’s reading from Isaiah, which calls us to share our bread, shelter the oppressed and clothe the naked. In doing so, our light “shall break forth like the dawn.”

ACTION: We all know people we’d call “the salt of the earth.” Who are those people in your life? Make a list of the characteristics they exhibit or actions they take that you can learn from and try to imitate. Ask God for the grace to see and do likewise for his glory.

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