October 6, 2019
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Reflection Questions:
Adults: When have you done more than was required of you in the service of others?
Children: When have you done something extra for someone in your family without
being asked? What did you learn from this?
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Monthly Budgeted Income: $10,835.00
Collection for September 2019: $14,104.90

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 canned vegetables for the month of October. As always, all food items are gratefully appreciated.

ST. PAT’S FOOD BANK COLLECTION: St. Pat’s is collecting non-perishable food items for St. Patrick’s School Christmas hampers.

BAPTISMAL PREPARATION COURSE: According to the Diocesan guidelines, all parents who wish to have their child (from new-born to grade eight) baptised must attend a pre-baptismal preparation course. The course will take place on Monday, October 21st at 7:00 P.M.. Please call the office to register.

LIFE CHAIN: Life Chain, a yearly event sponsored by Pro-Vie Tri-Town Right to Life since 1991, will take place Sunday, October 6th along Whitewood Avenue and Armstrong Street. Our chain, one of hundreds across Canada and the United States, gives people an opportunity to stand silently and prayerfully while holding a pro-life sign. Participants should be at the Riverside Parking Lot by 1:45 P.M.. For the past few years our numbers have been dwindling while the threat to all human life has been increasing. If you cannot stand, bring a chair so you can sit and hold a sign. Maybe we will be lucky and the rain will hold off until the end but, if not, please come down to the Riverside parking lot and get a sign, put it in your car windshield and park on either side of Whitewood and Armstrong for an hour. People will still see the signs and please pray for that hour.

ALL SOULS DAY CELEBRATION: Friday, November 1st at 7:00 P.M. we will be celebrating a special Memorial Mass. During Mass there will be an opportunity to remember our family and friends who have died. If you have had an immediate family member die this past year and would like them to be remembered in this service, please call the office. All are welcome to attend. A social time will follow.

RITE OF ENROLMENT: A reminder to all parents and candidates who are preparing for the celebration of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist this year that the Rite of Enrolment will take place on Saturday October 5th at St. Pat’s and Sunday, October 6th at 11:00 A.M. at OMPH.

LIVING ROSARY: To mark the month of October, which is a month devoted to the Rosary, we will have a Living Rosary on the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary, on Monday, October 7th. Please meet in the church early enough so we can get organized before 7:00 P.M.. We encourage everyone to gather to pray in a special way for our church and its leaders at this crucial time. This date happens to be a recognition of the Purity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Let us come and pray for her guidance.


We Are Baptized
a) Through Baptism, a covenant was established in our hearts between God and us, as the prophet Jeremiah announced: “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
b) Meditate on the words of Saint Paul: “Review the gift of God in you.” What I do to maintain the life of God in me: prayer, reading the Gospel, Eucharist.
c) “Do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord.”: Can I recognize the presence of God in me? What difficulties do I encounter?
d) My responsibility as priest, parent or grandparent to help young people live out their Baptism.
e) Know the date of my baptism.
f) Let the name of a saint be among the names given to the newly baptized, to inspire the child. There are no better models than the saints, nor better helpers. If a saint is my patron, I have a friend close to God (Youcat n. 202)

What happens in Baptism?
In Baptism we become members of the Body of Christ, sisters and brothers of our Redeemer, and children of God. We are freed from sin, snatched from death, and destined from then on for a life in the joy of the redeemed.
Being baptized means that my personal life story is submerged in the stream of God’s love. “Our life”, says Pope Benedict XVI, “now belongs to Christ, and no longer to ourselves . . . At his side and, indeed, drawn up in his love, we are freed from fear. He enfolds us and carries us wherever we may go - he who is Life itself.” (April 7, 2007).

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, October 8th at 7:00 P.M.

TIME FOR YOU AND ME: Join us for tea, coffee and dessert from 1:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 16th. Be sure to bring a friend and your ideas!

CWL BLUE AND GOLD BAZAAR: The CWL will be hosting their annual Tea and Bazaar on Saturday, October 26th from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. in the Parish Hall. All donations will be gratefully accepted and can be dropped off between 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Friday, October 25th.

COBALT CATHOLIC CEMETERY COLLECTION takes place during the month of October. Envelopes can be found in your box of envelopes. Thank you for your generosity.

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY – OCTOBER 20th: On Sunday, October 20th, our Parishes will celebrate World Mission Sunday. It represents a global sign of the universal Church and Mission. We are invited to reach out and help build the Church in the most remote areas across our world. Your prayers and donations will support churches, hospitals, schools and vocation to priesthood and religious life. Please show your generosity as much as possible during this collection, because it provides assistance to the young dioceses in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands.

BISHOP ROBERT BARRON’S CATHOLICISM - PIVOTAL PLAYERS: This NEW installment in the best-selling Pivotal Players series focuses on two incredible saints from the fourth and fifth centuries: St. Augustine of Hippo and St. Benedict of Nursia. Journey with Bishop Barron to explore the lasting influence of these Pivotal Players, beginning on Monday, October 28th at 6:00 P.M. in the parish hall. The program runs for five Mondays and will begin with a light supper followed by a video presentation and then discussion. All are welcome to attend one or all the sessions.

CWL MEETING takes place on Wednesday, October 9th at 7:30 P.M.. Walter Humeniuk, from the Timiskaming Health Unit, will speak at the meeting about vaping. This talk is open to the parish.

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