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

December 9, 2018.

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Reflection Questions:
Adults: In what areas of your life do you need God’s forgiveness right now?
What Advent practice would assist you in expressing your repentance?
Children: What do you want to ask God to forgive you for?
What can you do during Advent to show you are sorry?
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Monthly Budgeted Income: $10,835.00
Collection for December 2018: $ 3,290.15

SANCTUARY CANDLE: 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. Names will be published in the bulletin.

OMPH FOOD DONATIONS: All the canned goods collected from now until Christmas will be used for our Christmas Hampers for families from OMPH and ECCS.

SAINT PATRICK’S FOOD DONATIONS: From now until Christmas we will be collecting for Christmas hampers for families from St. Pat’s School and Parish.

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 13th.

ADVENT WREATH CANDLES are available at the back of the Church for $10.00 a set.

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 20th and the names will be in our Christmas bulletin.

RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS CARDS: The Knights of Columbus have religious Christmas cards available at the office. A package of 10 cards is $7.00.

2019 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.

FIRST RECONCILIATION RETREAT for all candidates of both Parishes, takes place TODAY (Sunday) from 1:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. in the parish hall. The HOME booklets must be completed and returned at the Retreat. Please note that this date has been rescheduled from last weekend.

2019 SUNDAY MISSALS: We have a limited number of new missals for sale for $5 at the office.

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!

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

CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF THE SICK: To reach out to our sick and elderly parishioners we have introduced 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. Our next communal celebration will be on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00 P.M..

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!

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 14th and 21st). There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the Church for Friday, December 14th.

ADVENT PENITENTIAL MASS will take place on Monday, 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!

TIME FOR YOU AND ME will meet on Wednesday, December 19th 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 2018 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 19th 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.

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. Parishioners will be welcomed on a first come, first serve basis to the Masses.

WELCOMING CHRIST . . . WELCOMING THE GIFT OF LIFE: At Christmas we celebrate the gift of Jesus who came to us as a tiny child so long ago. We know that there are many children who are not given the chance to receive or celebrate life because their lives are taken away before they are born. It seems only fitting that at Christmas time we should help support and build a culture of life in our society today. After each of the Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day a special collection will be taken to support the work of Tri-Town Pro-Life to assist them in their efforts to support and protect human life at all stages. We know how important it is to build a culture of life, so please be generous.

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE: Our Parish Pastoral Council invites all parishioners to a special Mass on Wednesday, December 12th, which is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Bishop Serge Poitras has recommended that this be a special day of solidarity with indigenous people. Our Lady of Gaudalupe is the patron saint of the indigenous people for our diocese. The Knights of Columbus have purchased a movie, “Guadalupe: The Miracle and Message”. Mass is at 7:00 P.M. followed by the movie and refreshments. Please extend this invitation to your indigenous friends to share in this experience.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: An evening of four voices blending and creating inspirational Christmas music will be presented in “Be Lifted Up” to be held on Sunday, December 16th at 7:00 P.M. at OMPH. A food donation at the door will be gratefully appreciated and will go towards our parish Christmas Hampers. There will be a reception in the hall after the concert. All are welcome to attend.

With creation, God does not abandon his creatures to themselves. He not only gives them being and at every moment, upholds and sustains them in being, enables them to act and brings them to their final end. Recognizing this utter dependence with respect to the Creator is a source of wisdom and freedom, of joy and confidence:

For you love all things that exist, and detest none of the things that you have made; for you would not have made anything if you had hated it. How would anything have endured, if you had not willed it? Or how would anything not called forth by you have been preserved? You spare all things, for they are yours, O Lord, you who love the living.

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