February 21, 2020
First Sunday of Lent

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Reflection Questions:
Adults: What daily activities can I do without so that I can use that time to renew myself to Jesus?
Children: What good habit can I work on in order to grow closer to Jesus?
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Monthly Budgeted Income: $ 10,835.00
Collection for February 2021: $ 5,920.00

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.

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”.

LENTEN ADORATION: There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday of Lent, after Mass from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the church.

LENTEN LITERATURE is available at the entrance of the church (and a few at the hall entrance). There are Lenten reflections for everyone, children, adults, teens and families. These booklets are donated by the Catholic Literature Fund Committee.

REGISTRATION FOR JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN: If your child was born in 2017, it is time to register them for Kindergarten, starting in September 2021.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!

1. Reflect on the place of the Eucharist in my personal life.
2. Look at how I receive communion.
3. Re-read Chapter 6 of the Gospel of Saint John
4. Re-read the Bishop’s Pastoral Letter ‘Do This in Memory of Me’.

The following texts are taken from the Compendium.

271. What is the Eucharist

The Eucharist is the very sacrifice of the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus which he instituted to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until his return in glory. Thus he entrusted to his Church this memorial of his death and Resurrection. It is a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet, in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.

BUILDING FUND: February is one of two months that we take up a special collection for our Parish Building Fund. All of the monies collected as part of the building fund this year will be set aside for future projects. A green building fund envelope can be found in your offering box or you can use your own envelope and clearly mark building fund on it. We know that we can count of your continued generosity.

BISHOP POITRAS’ LENTEN PASTORAL LETTER is available at the back of the church and online at www.ourmotherofperpetualhelp.ca and https://www.facebook.com/OMPH.NL/.

FIRST COMMUNION: We invite all parents of the children who took their First Reconciliation this fall, to pick up the booklets for First Communion on Thursday, February 25th from 7:00 P.M. until 7:30 P.M.. Cost of the book is $15.00. The First Communion Mass for all of the candidates will take place on Sunday, April 25th at 2:00 P.M.. If you cannot pick up the book on Thursday, February 25th, please contact Paulette, 705-647-5116 and make other arrangements.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Each Friday (beginning Friday, February 26th), during the Season of Lent, OMPH will be celebrating the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 P.M.. Anyone who would like to help out at the Stations can please contact Audrey Shelton at 705-647-6205. We encourage you to come out and participate in this traditional devotion.

CATHOLIC LITERATURE FUND COMMITTEE MEETING will take place on Saturday, February 27th at 11:00 A.M. in the parish hall.

WINNERS OF THE MARRIAGE APPRECIATION DRAW are Dallas & Paulette Rostad from OMPH and Emilie & Maurice Mercier from St. Pat’s. They have won a gift certificate for dinner out. Congratulations to both couples and thank you to all married couples for your example and witness in the world.

Question: What is the ordinary way of celebrating the sacrament of reconciliation?

Answer: The sacrament of reconciliation begins with a greeting and blessing by the priest. Then a brief passage from God’s word is read to dispose the penitent to see more clearly the nature of sin and to experience God’s mercy. The penitent then confesses his or her sins and makes an act of contrition. There may then be a brief dialogue between the priest and the penitent if this seems appropriate and helpful. Then the priest assigns a penance that may take the form of an action or the saying of some prayers. Absolution is then given, followed by a word of dismissal and blessing.

In most cases, the penitent has an option of celebrating the sacrament face to face or behind a screen. The option is important so that anonymity might be maintained if so desired. The face-to-face format can be much more personal and meaningful for some.
Source: Bishop Robert Morneau, Reconciliation (Maryknoll. NY: Orbis Books, 2007) 98- 100.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Fr. Wayne is available to hear confessions by appointment. Please call the office to make arrangements.

WOULD YOU LIKE A DEEPER, MORE POWERFUL LENT THIS YEAR? To start each day by drawing closer to Christ? Then sign up for Bishop Robert Barron's free daily Lent reflections list. Each day, from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday he will send you a short reflection right in your inbox and the best part of it is that it’s all free. To sign up go to: http://www.lentreflections.com/


Sunday, February 21, 2021
First Sunday of Lent
by The Faithful Disciple 


GROW: Even amid the forced slowdown of a pandemic, distractions abound: Netflix bingeing, online shopping, even positive pursuits like home organizing and personal fitness. I confess I indulge in all of these (except for home organizing). Lent challenges me to let go of the unnecessary distractions and dare to make friends with solitude, which can be a daunting proposition because it means keeping company with my own thoughts. Jesus, our human and divine Savior, faced the desert and was tempted by Satan. But he also emerged from the desert, and announced himself and the Gospel to the people of Galilee. He goes on to accept his death on a cross for the sake of our salvation, the fulfillment of the covenant between God and his people. As we enter Lent, as we enter our desert, we pray for the fortitude to forego temptation, opening our hearts to God’s will for us, and ready to proclaim it to the world.


GO: What are you doing for Lent this year? I ask our kids that every Ash Wednesday around the dinner table, and one or more of us often scramble for a plan. “Umm … candy! I’ll give up candy except Snickers.” “No Netflix!” Or we take the “do good” route: “I’ll pray more.” “I’ll help with chores.” “I’ll volunteer or donate to charity.” All good things. Whatever “the plan,” however, today’s Gospel challenges me to be quiet and listen. While a plan gives us accountability and can lead to growth, sometimes less truly can be more. This year, I’d like to spend less time planning and more time listening for God’s voice in the silence, which I find personally challenging. For others, the desert may look quite different. However we decide to approach Lent, let us pray that these 40 days bring us closer to God and our lives more in line with his will for us.

PRAY: “One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” The verse before today’s Gospel caught my attention. What can I pare away from my daily life to make room for the word of God? For those of us whose minds tend to wander when praying silently, perhaps listening to the daily readings can be a good way to start or end the day.

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