Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish and St. Patrick's Parish

Saturday Mass at St. Pat's at 5PM - Sunday Masses at OMPH at 9AM & 11AM

February 17th, 2019.
Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Please pray for the repose of the souls of Jack Leclair, husband of Rita, and Eileen Devaney. May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

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Reflection Questions:
Adults: In what way are you serving the poor, as Jesus did?
Children: When have you helped bring God’s love to someone who was sad, or
hungry, or whom others made fun of?
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Monthly Budgeted Income: $10,835.00
Collection for February: $ 6,744.95

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.

WINNERS OF THE MARRIAGE APPRECIATION DRAW are Anita and John Herd from OMPH and Mr. & Mrs. George L‘Heureux 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.

ROSARY GROUP will be meet after noon Masses on Thursday. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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.

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 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Friday, February 22nd. Come and spend an hour in prayer with our Lord.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We require a volunteer to read at the 11:00 A.M. Mass on Sundays, one reader and two Eucharistic Ministers at the 9:00 A.M. Mass on Sundays as well as new leaders for the Let the Children Come to Me children’s program that takes place on Sundays at the 11:00 A.M. Mass. If you can help out please contact the office or Fr. Wayne.

FUNERAL PLANNING INFORMATION session will take place on Wednesday, February 27th at 7:00 PM at OMPH. Guests speakers will be a representative from the Perrin Funeral Chapel and Fr. Wayne Mills. This information session is open to everyone in the community. For further details call the Perrin Funeral Chapel at 705-647-5020. Refreshments will be served after the presentation.

SPRING PROGRAM: Our Spring Program this year will be “Catholic of Bust”It will begin on Monday, March 4th at 6:00 P.M. and will run for five weeks. The evening will begin with a light meal at 6:00 P.M. and then there will be a presentation and discussion where we will explore our need for the creeds. Everyone is invited to join us for one or all of the sessions. A free will offering will be collected at the meal.

PRAYER is a moving force in vocation development. Prayer is effective; prayer is powerful; prayer is essential. Few are called to priesthood or religious life, bit all are called to pray for vocations.
“Lord, your Church is in need. Touch the hearts of many within our parish with the desire to serve you. Call forth from this community sisters, brothers, deacons, priests and lay leaders. Help us to live lives that will nurture childhood trust into adult commitment. May this parish be a source of hope and a source of ministers for your Church, your people and your world. Amen.”

EUCHRE & DESSERT: Have the winter blues? Join us on Saturday, February 23rd 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.

FIRST COMMUNION PARENT MEETING: Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish & St. Patrick’s Parish will be hosting, on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00 P.M., the first meeting for all parents who wish their child to receive the Sacrament First Communion. Students in grade three and up who have made their First Reconciliation are invited to receive First Communion this year. For further information, please contact Paulette at 705-647-5116.

HOLY HOUR FOR THE SANCTIFICATION OF THE CLERGY: Since the Pope has convened a meeting with the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences to deal with the painful question of sexual abuse on the part of the clergy we will devote our Holy Hour on Wednesday, February 20th at 7:00 P.M. for the sanctification of all the clergy.

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER will take place Tuesday, March 5th from 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. The Knights of Columbus are our hosts and they welcome you and your family to begin Lent with this annual event. A free will offering will be gratefully accepted.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MEETING will be on Thursday, February 28th at 7:30 P.M..

PARENTING TIP: In February we celebrate love with Valentine’s Day. Our family consists of those we love most and we need to express this regularly. Say “I love you” to your children each day - as concrete learners they need to hear the words. Don’t forget the importance of hugs and a special treat now and then, especially for older children. If you have more than one child, spending time alone with each child is essential in helping them feel important as an individual.

REFLECTIONS FROM BISHOP POITRAS on the subject of death, Christian funerals and eternal life. Hard copies are available at the back of the church and online on our Facebook Page and website.

THANK YOU FROM THE CWL: Thank you to everyone who worked at, donated items to, and attended the CWL Valentine Tea and Bazaar! Because of you it was a great success.

ASH WEDNESDAY MASSES will take place on Wednesday, March 6th at St. Patrick’s School at 10:30 A.M., ECCS at 1:00 P.M. and OMPH at 7:00 P.M.. There will also be a Communion Service (and ashes will be distributed) at 9:30 A.M. at the Northdale Manor. All are welcome to attend whichever Mass or Service works best for them.

LENTEN SERIES: “The Seven Words of Jesus on the Cross” the Lenten Lunch Services by the Ministerial Association will take place every Wednesday of Lent, beginning March 6th (Ash Wednesday) at noon. The first session is at St. Paul’s/St. John’s Anglican Church, Haileybury with Rev. Sherry DeJonge speaking on The First Word, Luke 23:24. All services will be followed by a lunch. A freewill offering will be taken at each location.

TIME FOR YOU AND ME will take place on Wednesday, January 20th at 1:30 P.M.. Everyone is welcome to join them!

HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS will take place at St. Pat’s on Friday, March 1st at 11:00 A.M.. All are welcome.

Poverty of Spirit
What does Jesus call for in poverty of spirit?
Jesus calls his disciples to prefer him to everything and everyone. Detachment from riches – in the spirit of evangelical poverty – and self-abandonment to divine providence free us from anxiety about the future and prepare us for the blessedness of the “poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)


Gospel of Luke
Chapter 11

The Lord's Prayer
He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

Perseverance in Prayer
And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.

“So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Jesus and Beelzebul
Now he was casting out a demon that was mute; when the demon had gone out, the one who had been mute spoke, and the crowds were amazed. But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.” Others, to test him, kept demanding from him a sign from heaven. But he knew what they were thinking and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself becomes a desert, and house falls on house. If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? —for you say that I cast out the demons by Beelzebul. Now if I cast out the demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your exorcists cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come to you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his castle, his property is safe. But when one stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away his armour in which he trusted and divides his plunder. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

The Return of the Unclean Spirit
“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting place, but not finding any, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ When it comes, it finds it swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first.”

True Blessedness
While he was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!”

The Sign of Jonah
When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation. The queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here! The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here!

The Light of the Body
“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar, but on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness. Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.”

Jesus Denounces Pharisees and Lawyers
While he was speaking, a Pharisee invited him to dine with him; so he went in and took his place at the table. The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not first wash before dinner. Then the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You fools! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? So give for alms those things that are within; and see, everything will be clean for you.

“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practiced, without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love to have the seat of honour in the synagogues and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces. Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without realizing it.”

One of the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us too.” And he said, “Woe also to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not lift a finger to ease them. Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your ancestors killed. So you are witnesses and approve of the deeds of your ancestors; for they killed them, and you build their tombs. Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ so that this generation may be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against this generation. Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.” When he went outside, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be very hostile toward him and to cross-examine him about many things, lying in wait for him, to catch him in something he might say.

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