December 8, 2019
Second Sunday of Advent
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Adults: What do you need so that others can learn from watching you that Christ Jesus
walks among us?
Children: What could you do so that others will see in you what it means to follow Jesus?
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Monthly Budgeted Income: $10,835.00
Collection for December 2019: $ 3,603.95
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.
OMPH FOOD BANK COLLECTION: OMPH is collecting non-perishable food items for our Christmas Hampers.
ST. PAT’S FOOD BANK COLLECTION: St. Pat’s is collecting non-perishable food items for St. Patrick’s School Christmas hampers.
OMPH’S CWL is collecting toiletries to add to our parish’s Christmas Hampers. Donations can be put in the basket beside the sofa table.
ANGEL TREE DONATIONS: Contributions can be put in the blue envelope that can be found in your offering box or in any envelope marked Christmas Hampers. The money will help to purchase perishable food items. If you would like an income tax receipt, please indicate your envelope number or your name.
CHRISTMAS HAMPERS: Do you know of someone that could use a food hamper at Christmas? If you do, please contact Fr. Wayne with details. Referrals will remain confidential. Your assistance is important if we are to reach out to those most in need. We require names by Thursday, December 12th.
OMPH CWL MEMBERSHIPS: Please pay your memberships of $25.00 by putting them in the blue envelopes found in your box of donation envelopes with your name and address on it and put it in the collection basket. New members are welcome too!
RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS CARDS: The Knights of Columbus are selling their religious Christmas cards again this year. They are available at the office at a cost of $7.00 for a pack of ten.
CHILLI DINNER & LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS will take place on Sunday, December 8th at 5:00 P.M. in the parish hall. The evening will begin with the lighting of the Christmas lights and immediately followed by the chilli supper. Everyone is welcome to attend!
ADVENT WREATH CANDLES are available at the back of both OMPH and St. Pat’s for $10.00 a set.
ADVENT LITERATURE for adults, children and families, is available at the back of both St. Pat’s and OMPH. These booklets are donated by the OMPH Catholic Literature Fund Committee
CHRISTMAS FLOWER COLLECTION: If you would like to donate to this fund, there are Flower Offering envelopes in the pews or simply use a plain envelope. If you would like to make your donation in memory of someone, please send in your donation by Thursday, December 19th and the names will be in our Christmas bulletin.
2020 SUNDAY OFFERING ENVELOPES are available in the Parish hall. Anyone NEW to the Parish who would like Sunday offering envelopes may leave their name and other info on the sheet at the back of the Church.
Who alone can forgive sins.
God alone can forgive sins. Jesus could say “Your sins are forgiven” (Mk 2:5) only because he is the Son of God. And PRIESTS can forgive sins in Jesus’ place only because Jesus has given them that authority.
Many people say, “I can go directly to God; why do I need a priest?” God, though, wants it otherwise. We rationalize our sins away and like to sweep things under the rug. That is why God wants us to tell our sins and to acknowledge them in a personal encounter. Therefore, the following words from the Gospel are true priests: “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (Jn 20:23).
What must I bring to a confession?
Essential elements of every confession are an examination of conscience, contrition, a purpose of amendment, confession and penance.
The examination of conscience should be done thoroughly, but it can never be exhaustive. No one can be absolved from his sin without real contrition, merely on the basis of “lip-service”. Equally indispensable is the purpose of amendment, the resolution not to commit that sin again in the future. The sinner absolutely must declare the sin to the confessor and, thus confess to it. The final essential element of confession is the atonement or penance that the confessor imposes on the sinner to make restitution for the harm done.
ADVENT DAYS OF ADORATION: Every Friday during the Season of Advent we will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. (December 13th and 20th). There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the Church for Friday, December 13th.
WINTER PARKING AT THE HANDICAP SPOT: With winter snow banks forming, we ask our parishioners to please unload in front of the elevator only. Please do not park right in front of the elevator as it makes it difficult for others to then get into the elevator. Thank you for your cooperation.
ADVENT PENITENTIAL MASS will take place on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00 P.M. at OMPH. Following Mass, three priests will be available for individual confessions. Come and be reconciled with God this Advent!
SAINT PAT’S CWL: A reminder that memberships of $25.00 are due and can be given to Claire & Emilie. New members are always welcome to join!
EXTRA 2020 MISSALS are available for sale at the office for $5.00 each.
ROSARY GROUP: The Rosary Group of OMPH was started in 1997, to pray for the Needs of the Parish, the Protection of the Priesthood and the Strengthening of the Family Unit. Unfortunately for a variety of reasons, we have been unable to determine a day or time when we can gather together to pray. Instead we are proposing a ``Pray the Rosary at Home`` alternative for now. Since every month has 4 weeks, we are suggesting that, if possible, you choose a Wednesday or Thursday and pray as follows: 1st week - Joyful Mysteries, 2nd week Sorrowful Mysteries, 3rd week - Glorious Mysteries and 4th week - Luminous Mysteries. If you are willing to commit to this, please call Linda at 705-647-8408 or Kathie at 705-647-6390 so that we can let you know if we receive any particular requests to pray for.
TIME FOR YOU AND ME will meet on Wednesday, December 18th from 1:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.. Everyone is welcome to join them!
ARE YOU REGISTERED IN THE PARISH? If you did not receive our 2019 Advent letter in the mail, you and your family are not officially registered in the Parish. Parish registration is important as it allows us to serve you better. If you are not registered, please take a couple of minutes and call the office and do so or register online at www.ourmotherofperpetualhelp.ca.
HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS: Mark Wednesday, December 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. This is one small way we can help encourage and foster vocations.
Advent Practices Spirit of the Season
A season of renewal: During Advent, God our Father invites us to prepare and wait.
∙ Prepare the way of the Lord. We open our hearts to Jesus in prayer, and show by our actions each day that we are his. We try to love other people more, and to be more patient and understanding. We pray for others, especially those who are close to us, and ask God to help them to grow in love.
∙ A time to change. During Advent God is inviting us to change our lives and our hearts. God wants us to prepare for his coming by doing good. Each day we should look at our faults and weaknesses and ask our Father to help us to follow Jesus more closely.
A season of hope: Advent brings hope, because Jesus is always ready to help us to grow. He has conquered sin and selfishness by his obedient death and by his rising; he can help us to change our loves for the better. If we want to grow closer to him, and pray and work to improve, Jesus will hep us to change for him.
A season of joy: Advent brings joy. We are followers of Jesus, who is the king of glory. We are happy because he is our king, and we are his brothers and sisters. We rejoice because God is our dear Father and because the Holy Spirit lives in our hearts. We are happy because Jesus wants to give us his peace and let us share his joy now and in heaven forever.
∙ Not a time of penance. Advent is not a time of penance like lent. It is a season of renewal, when God invites us to let Jesus come into our hearts and make us more like him. It is a season of quiet expectation; we live it in the expectation of the fullness of joy to come.
National Liturgy Office CCCB
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE: There will be two Christmas Eve Masses at OMPH, 6:00 P.M. (Family Mass) and 10:00 P.M.. There will be one Mass at OMPH on Christmas Day at 11:00 A.M. The Christmas Eve Mass at St. Pat’s will be at 8:00 P.M.
ESCSM IS ORGANIZING A PRAYER EVENING for one of its students, Caleb Léveillé, who is suffering from cancer. The community is invited to come and pray for and with Caleb, his family and friends on Wednesday, December 18th at 7:00 P.M. at Sacred Heart Parish.
Sun. Dec. 8th 5:00 PM Chili Dinner - Lighting of our Christmas Lights
Mon. Dec. 9th 11:30 AM Visitation Committee Meeting - Rainbow Kitchen
Tues. Dec. 10th 7:00 PM Advent Penance Mass - Individual Confessions to follow
Fri. Dec. 13th 12PM-4PM Advent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Tues. Dec. 17th 7:30 PM Knights of Columbus Meeting
Wed. Dec. 18th 1:30 PM Time For You & Me
7:00 PM Holy Hour for Vocations to the Priesthood & Religious Life
Thurs. Dec. 19th 7:00 PM Parish Pastoral Council Meeting
Fri. Dec. 20th 12PM-4PM Advent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament