September 6, 2020
Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Reflection Questions:
Adults: What have you been able to overcome because others patiently loved you?
Children: How can you help another person do the right thing?
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COLLECTION DETAILS:
Monthly Budgeted Income: $ 10,835.00
Collection for August 2020: $ 11,598.10

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.

FOOD BANK COLLECTION: OMPH & St. Pat’s are collecting fruit juice for the month of September. As always, all food items are gratefully appreciated.

SUNDAY OFFERINGS: For now, there is no normal collection during Sunday Masses. Instead there are two baskets set-up in the entrance of the OMPH and one in the exit of the church, and at St. Pat’s there is one basket as you come in and one as you leave. As well the Parish is able to accept your Sunday offering via e-transfer. For those who wish to donate to the Parish by this manner, use the email “omphoffice@gmail.com” and the security password “OMPH81”. If you aren’t able to do an e-transfer you are welcome to mail your cheque to our parishes (Box 818 New Liskeard, ON P0J 1P0 for OMPH and Box 293 Cobalt, ON P0J 1C0 for St. Pat’s). We are grateful for your continued support of the Parish.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Fr. Wayne is available to hear confessions by appointment. Please phone the office if you would like to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

SUNDAY MASSES: St. Pat’s will have Mass on Saturdays at 5:00 P.M. on a first come first serve basis. OMPH will have Masses on Sundays at 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M, by registration only. Register by emailing omphoffice@gmail.com or phoning the office on Wednesdays. Please note that parishioners must register every week.

LIVE-STREAMED MASSES: OMPH will continue to live-stream the 11:00 A.M. Sunday Masses on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMPH.NL/

LITURGICAL MINISTERS: We are hoping to get a fall schedule together for our liturgical ministers. If you are willing to be put on a schedule for the 9AM Mass, as a reader or Eucharistic Minister, please let Father Wayne or the office know. We require one reader and two Eucharistic Ministers per Sunday Mass. A big thank you to our summer volunteers!

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 in October. Please call the office to register.

BUILDING FUND: September is one of two months set aside for a special collection toward our building fund. A green envelope can be found in your offering box for this purpose or you can use a white envelope and mark “Building Fund” along with your name. We know that we can count on your generosity.

SCHOOL BEGINS AGAIN: The Northeastern Catholic District School Board welcomes all students for the 2020-2021 school year. Staggered school starts will take place beginning Tuesday, September 8th. Their mission is, “Inspired by the mystery of Christ, we will guide our students on a journey of discovery that celebrates life.” For more information or to register a child or the new school year, please call, ECCS at 705-647-4301 or St. Patrick’s School at 705-679-5575. Please check out their website www.ncdsb.on.ca for the board’s Return to School Plan. Elementary schools will re-open in September with conventional in-person delivery of teaching and instruction, with enhanced health and safety protocols. Elementary students will attend school five days per week, remaining in one cohort for the full day, including recess and lunch. Cohorted classes will stay together as much as possible with one teacher

HAPPY RETIREMENT ROSIE! After twenty-five years of dedicated service, Rosie Quenneville is retiring! We would like to wish her the very best and to send her off with a great big thank you. Rosie and Norm, will be greatly missed fixing and cleaning everything in the parish.

WELCOME: We welcome Mike Miller from Miller Construction to our parish team. Mike will be our new caretaker. If you see him around working, please be sure to welcome him!

COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY LAND: Because of COVID-19, Pope Francis has approved the proposal that the Collection for the Holy Land, for the year 2020, take place on Sunday, September 13th, near the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

HAPPY RETIREMENT FATHER MITCH! On Tuesday, September 2nd, Fr. Mitch Sliwa left the Diocese for his retirement. During his years with the Diocese, Fr. Mitch served in the following Parishes: Holy Name in Kirkland Lake, St Patrick in Cobalt, Holy Spirit in Latchford, Ste-Croix in Haileybury, St Joachim in South Porcupine, Our Lady Queen of Poland in Timmins, St Alphonsus in Schumacher, Sacred Heart in Timmins, Holy Trinity in Englehart. Last weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Bishop Poitras participated in the Celebrations in Kirkland Lake and Englehart, to thank with the Parishioners, for the Ministry, and all he accomplished in these two Parishes since 2014.

WE WELCOME FATHER JUSTIN TO OUR DIOCESE! Father Justin was born in the city of Kumasi, the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He was ordained Priest in 1997. He has served as Vicar, Teacher. Since 2010, he ministered in the Diocese of Grand Falls, Newfoundland. He has served in many Parishes. The Installation of Fr Justin will take place on Saturday, September 5th at Holy Name Parish in Kirkland Lake. He will be Pastor of Holy Name Parish, Holy Trinity Parish and responsible for the Pastoral Services to Beaver House Mission in Larder Lake. We wish you a fruitful ministry in our Diocese, Father Justin.

HALL USAGE: All of our groups are once again able to use the hall. Social distancing protocols and mask wearing are required. As well, each group is required to disinfect after using the hall.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS meetings will resume on Tuesday, September 15th at 7:30 P.M. in the parish hall. Please note that social distancing and masks will be required.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING CATHOLIC. . . KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO IS? We will be hosting an information evening in October for anyone who is interested in joining the Catholic Faith. R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a process for those who have never been baptized or who have been baptized in another Church and wish to become Catholic and for those Catholics who wish to deepen their faith. For further information, please call Paulette at 705-647-5116.

REFLECTION FOR THE TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

The first reading is taken from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 33:7-9. The vocation of a prophet, as envisioned in terms of Ezekiel's oracles, is to judge the evil and the wicked and to dissuade them from their ways. The prophet has the responsibility of announcing the judgment of God, not his own judgment, and non-fulfillment of preaching the message of God involves death for the prophet, whereas he will save his life if he is faithful to the message given to him to preach. -Excerpted from A Celebrants Guide to the New Sacramentary - A Cycle by Kevin W. Irwin

The second reading is from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans 13:8-10. In the first seven verses of this chapter St. Paul urged the Christian converts of Rome to obey all lawful civil authority. He now turns to the obligation each Christian has of loving his neighbour. - Excerpted from The Sunday Readings by Fr. Kevin O'Sullivan, O.F.M.

The Gospel is from St. Matthew 18:15-20. Unfortunately, there are far too many Christians today who pay no heed to the serious obligation of encouraging an erring brother to give up his sinful ways. They shrug it off by saying : "I have more than enough to do to keep myself from sin" or "am I my brother's keeper"? The answer is in this lesson we have just read. We are our brothers' keepers, and even if we have many temptations and inclinations to sin we shall not overcome them if we have no time to think of our neighbours' need.

There are, alas, millions of lapsed or luke-warm Christians who could and would have been active members of Christ's mystical body if their neighbours had fulfilled this grave obligation which Christ has imposed on us all. They are now a source of scandal to the weaker and youthful members of the Church, and an impediment to the possible acceptance of the faith by non-Christians. Would the Reformation, which has caused whole countries of the western world to lose almost all faith in Christ and indeed in God, have had such disastrous effects, if those who remained within the Church had put this law of fraternal charity into practice? However, it is no use crying over spilt milk! Let us see our present-day obligations and what we are doing to help our neighbors retain their Christian faith and practice. How much of the indifference to religion which the youth of today seems to be showing is due to lack of parental control and example? How many children of Christian families grow up as practical pagans because their Christian faith meant little or nothing to their parents? It is in the home that the religion of the next generation is firmly established or lost. When parents are loyal to their faith in their daily lives, their children will, as a rule, be loyal to it too; where parents are careless and lax their children will be still more careless and more lax.

Parents! the first neighbours and fellow Christians whom you must kindly and charitably correct are your own children. Their future salvation and your own too will depend on how well you fulfill this obligation. Parents who are obedient to Christ in this will find time and many opportunities to have a charitable word of help for an erring neighbour outside their household. On the other hand, the lax parents, who give little or no thought to getting to heaven or to their children getting there in God's good time, will hardly bother with their neighbour's salvation. Thus this cancer of infidelity and irreligion grows and spreads.

Let each one of us look into his past conduct in relation to this law of charity. Have we really tried to help our fellowmen on the road to heaven? Have we given them the good example of a truly Christian way of living? Have we offered advice and encouragement when it was needed, and correction in private where that was possible? If so "we have gained our brother." We have brought a prodigal son back to a loving Father and that loving Father will repay us a hundred-fold in this life and especially in the next.

Excerpted from The Sunday Readings by Fr. Kevin O'Sullivan, O.F.M.

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