January 12, 2020
Baptism of the Lord

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Della Dean. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

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Reflection Questions:
Adults: What evidence can you offer that you are a faithful servant of the Lord?
Children: When has the Holy Spirit helped you treat someone fairly?
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Monthly Budgeted Income: $10,835.00
Collection for January 2020: $ 5,131.85

ST. PAT’S SANCTUARY CANDLE: Peace in the world by Ray and Amy

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 the food bank.

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

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MEETING will be on Tuesday, January 21st at 7:30 P.M..

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.

REGISTRATION FOR JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN: Remember that Kindergarten Registration is taking place at ECCS and St. Patrick’s School on Tuesday, January 28th. Registration will be open all of January by going online to their website at www.ncdsb.on.ca and clicking the “Online Registration Request” button (located on the front page). Catholic education makes the difference!

HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS: Mark Wednesday, January 15th at 7:00 P.M. on your calendar for our Holy Hour for Vocations to the priesthood and religious life. 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.

EUCHRE & DESSERT: Have the winter blues? Join us on Saturday, January 25th 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.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: The 4th Friday of the month is set aside in our Parish as a special day of Eucharistic Adoration. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Friday, January 24th. Come and spend an hour in prayer with our Lord.

TIME FOR YOU AND ME will take place on Wednesday, January 15th at 1:30 P.M.. Everyone is welcome to join them!

Meeting Jesus in the Sacraments:
We are invited to become aware of the fundamental place that the sacraments occupy in the life of our parishes.

Different teams work on the preparation for Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Matrimony: we can thank them, encourage them for their devotion, keep them in our prayers.

Many people are involved in the liturgy for Sunday Mass, daily Mass, Mass at school or on other particular occasions . . . we can generously offer our services according to our abilities.

What are the sacraments?
The sacraments, instituted by Chris and entrusted to the Church, are efficacious signs of grace perceptible to the sense. Through them divine life is bestowed upon us.

Highlight the sacraments as “acts of Christ”
Faith invites us to see more profoundly in the sacraments the material sign that represents them. Recognizing the sacraments for what they truly are assumes a look of faith . . . the Risen Christ is manifested in them, is communicated in a visible way. In the sacraments we meet Christ who comes to us humbly, in simple signs and actions as he did in the mystery of the Incarnation.

In their noticeable aspect (visible sign) and recognize the spiritual meaning (invisible) that Christ gives to them.

Baptism: Ours senses see the water the person is immersed in and that the priest pours on the person’s head. The purpose of this water is not to cleanse the body. It “immerses” (this is the meaning of the word “to baptize”) the person into the mystery of the Holy Trinity, making him become a child of God.

Confirmation: This sacrament is administered with oil (Holy Chrism) and the laying on of hands. This oil is not used to soften the skin . . . it transmits the Spirit of Jesus who comes to stay in a permanent way in the person who receives him.

Eucharist: We see the bread and wine, that are there for more than fraternal sharing. They recall the Last Supper that Jesus celebrated with his disciples, linked with his death on the cross that had to occur the next day. The bread and wine of the Mass makes Jesus present in his Body that was given up and his Blood that was poured out for the salvation of humanity. (Mt 26:17-29)

Reconciliation: The visible gesture is the confession of sins and the words of absolution. Jesus forgave sins as shown in the episode of the paralytic (Mt 9:1-8). He transmitted his power to the Apostles by saying to them: “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (Jn 20"23)

Anointing of the Sick: Oil was sed to care for the sick, as we see in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Ll 10:34). Jesus entrusted to his disciples the mission of caring for and healing the sick whether physically of spiritually. Saint James describes it in concrete fashion. (James 5:14)

Holy Orders: Priests not only exercise the duty of authority necessary for all of human society. They receive the mission to proclaim the Gospel, to preside at the meal of Jesus (“Do this in memory of me.”), to forgive sins in his name. (Jn 20:23)

Matrimony: Matrimony is the union between a man and woman, as mentioned starting from Genesis. Jesus confirmed it solemnly: “A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being can separate.” (Mt 19:5-6) Through his presence at the wedding feast of Cana where he performed his first miracle, he showed that he is the source of true joy and of abundance of life, which foreshadows the life that he will completely give in the new wine of the Eucharist. (Jn 2:1-11)

What is the relationship of the sacrament to Christ?
The mysteries of Christ’s life are the foundations of what he would henceforth dispense in the sacraments, through the ministers of his Church.

“What was visible in our Saviour has passed over onto his mysteries.” (Saint Leo the Great)

CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF THE SICK: To reach out to our sick and elderly parishioners have a monthly celebration of the Sacrament of the Sick for those in need of God’s healing grace. According to the teaching of the Church, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick should be celebrated with people who are: 1) seriously ill, 2) are seriously weakened by advanced age, 3) are scheduled for serious surgery, or 4) are elderly but not weakened by age, but have no serious illness present. Our next communal celebration will be on Tuesday, January 14th at 7:00 P.M..

OMPH CWL MEMBERSHIPS: Please pay your memberships of $25.00 by putting them in the blue envelopes found in your box of donation envelopes with your name and address on it and put it in the collection basket. New members are welcome too!

JOB POSTING: Sainte Croix Parish in Haileybury is looking for a janitor. This position is available immediately, four hours a day, 20 hours a week, from Monday to Friday. Interested candidates can send their resume to stecroix@ntl.sympatico.ca or contact Denis Lacroix at 705-648-4299 or Roger Cloutier at 705-622-3486.

Tues. Jan. 14th 7:00 PM Healing Mass
Wed. Jan. 15th 1:30 PM Time For You and Me
7:00 PM Holy Hour for Vocations to the Priesthood & Religious Life
Tues. Jan. 21st 7:30 PM Knights of Columbus Meeting
Fri. Jan. 24th 12PM-4PM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

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