Sunday, May 15th - Fifth Sunday of Easter

Penelope Anne Kutalowski, child of Maciej & Emily, will be baptised at OMPH on Sunday, May 15th at 1:30 P.M.. Penelope’s Godparents will be Wojtek Kutalowski & Agnieszla Maria Fraczek.

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Reflection Questions:
Adults: When have you seen the power of love overcome a bad situation?
Children: Do you believe love is stronger than hate? Why?
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COLLECTION DETAILS:
Monthly Budgeted Income: $10,835.00
Collection for May 2022: $ 6,496.75
SAINT PAT’S SANCTUARY CANDLE: Georges Morin by Georgette Saxton

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 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 New Liskeard Food Bank

ST. PAT’S FOOD BANK COLLECTION: St. Pat’s is collecting non-perishable food items for 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”
DONATIONS TO UKRAINE: Donations in support of the Ukraine can be sent to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA): Online: cnewa.org/ca/campaigns/ukraine, by telephone: 1-866-322-4441 or by cheque: CNEWA Canada, 223 Main Street, Box 80 Ottawa, ON, K1S 1C4.

CWL BURSARY: OMPH CWL council is offering a $200.00 bursary to a secondary school student who is graduating this spring and attending a post secondary institution in September or January. This person will have received the Sacraments of initiation, practise the faith, participate in Mass and in the life of the parish on a regular basis. Please reply to the Parish office before May 31st.

COME CELEBRATE DEACON LARRY’S 35th (and 36th) ANNIVERSARY with us after the 9AM and 11AM Masses on Sunday, May 22nd. Last year, Deacon Larry celebrated his 35th anniversary to the Diaconate, unfortunately, due to COVID, we were unable to get together. The Knights of Columbus and the CWL will serve cake and refreshments. We hope you can join us!

CEMETERY FUND 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 $2,500.00 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.

FATHER LAFOND GOLF TOURNAMENT – May 29th at the Haileybury Golf Club – $60 per player for the day, or $15 for supper only. For more info, please contact Father Lafond (705-672-2537), Michel Massie (705-648-4874) or the club shop at 705-672-3455.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Friday, May 28th. Come and spend an hour in prayer with our Lord. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the Church, if you can commit to an hour.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MEETING will take place on Tuesday, May 17th, beginning with Mass at 7:00 P.M., with the meeting to follow. All members are encouraged to attend.

HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS: Mark Wednesday, May 18th 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. We would like to see more people attend this special devotion and perhaps a time change would help. Please let us know your choice of time, it can be put on a paper and put the collection basket or you can email or call the office.

SYNOD ON SYNODALITY: We are asking for your input. Please answer the following questions and either return your answers to the parish office (in person or by emailing omphoffice@gmail.com) or bring them with you to the general meeting that will take place on Thursday, May 19th at 7:00 P.M. in the Parish Hall.

• How do I feel responsible for the life of the Church?
- in my environment
- in my parish
- in my diocese?

• What concrete actions do I take to express my faith, my collaboration, my true commitment?

• What obstacles do I encounter in this area?
- at the family level
- at the parish level
- at the diocesan level?

• Can you share
- an event where you felt heard, listened to, encouraged in a project of faith that I suggested; or
- an event where you felt devalued, discouraged, unsupported

• What suggestions you would like to make, in this regard,
- around me
- at my parish

to my diocese?
Through baptism, all Christians are missionaries... We are called to make God's love present in the world by making him know Christ and by living daily the values he passed on to us.
- For me, what is my mission in the Church?
- How am I present to the needs of the less fortunate?
- How am I involved in welfare activities?
• What dimensions of mission are we neglecting?

• What would I suggest to my church in terms of our contribution to better reveal the Father's love to the world today?

Thank you for helping our parish do our part to share in this synod.

Sunday, May 15, 2022
 Fifth Sunday of Easter
by The Faithful Disciple 

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

GROW: I’m an expressive one when it comes to sharing my opinions: I absolutely LOVE these new shoes! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this lemon meringue pie! All good. My friends and family are mildly pleased that I am content with my wardrobe and my diet. But in today’s Gospel, Jesus gives us the great commandment, combining the two commandments – to love God and to love neighbor – into one: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” But what does it really mean to love? Saint Paul says it is to be patient, kind, and to rejoice with the truth; it is not being jealous, pompous, rude, or quick-tempered. (1 Cor 13: 4-6) Saint Thomas Aquinas says that “to love is to will the good of another.” The love we show is the very essence of what it means to be Christian. “This (italics added) is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

GO EVANGELIZE | PRAYER, INVITATION, WITNESS, ACCOMPANIMENT

GO: In today’s reading from Acts, Paul, and Barnabas return from their travels to various Christian communities. They have shared the Good News, making disciples in each place and building up the Church. Yet when they return, they do not gloat or boast of their accomplishments. Rather, they “reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.” Sometimes in our strivings – to be better friends or parents, better Christians, better at sharing our faith – we can become discouraged when we fall short. Paul, arguably the best evangelist ever, reminds us that God works through us, not the other way around. We are to persevere, placing our trust in God. Through him we are able to love as he does, and help others come to know that same love.

ACTIONS: Spring is upon us! Plant something and watch it grow. Just as the sun and water nurture a garden, God nurtures and helps us grow through the Holy Spirit and the people around us. How can we in turn share that love with others?

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