Sunday, November 21st, 2021
Christ The King Sunday

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Reflection Questions:
Adults: How is Jesus the King and ruler of my life?
Children: How can I honour Jesus, my King and God?
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COLLECTION DETAILS:
Monthly Budgeted Income: $ 10,835.00
Collection for November 2021: $ 6,246.45
Cemetery Collection: $ 1,420.00

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.

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.

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. The Angel Tree donations can be made in memory of a loved one, which will be published in the Christmas bulletin. If you would like to make your donation in memory of someone, please send in your donation by Wednesday, December 15th and the names will be in our Christmas bulletin.

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”.

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.

BAPTISM COURSE: OMPH will hold a Baptism Preparation course in the parish hall on Tuesday, November 23rd at 7:00 P.M. This is a one night course for parents who wish to have their child baptised in the Catholic church. No registration is required, simply show up. All attending must wear masks and show proof of double vaccination.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Friday, November 26th. We are in need of at least two people per hour to be in the Church at all times. Come and spend an hour in prayer with our Lord.

OMPH CEMETERY COLLECTION: Our Parish is very blessed to have such a beautiful Catholic cemetery in which we can bury our loved ones. Each year our parish makes a financial commitment of $2500.00 to assist with the upkeep of the cemetery. A special cemetery envelope can be found in this month’s offering box. We know that we can count on your continued support for our Catholic cemetery.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CASH CALENDARS: The Knights of Columbus are again selling Cash Calendars in support of our 4 local Food Banks as well as our Church & other local charities. All proceeds from the sale of the calendars remain in Northern Ontario. The cost is $20.00 for 365 daily draws. See a Knight member or call Jim Garahan at 705-647-6390.

HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS: Wednesday, November 24th at 7:00 P.M. is our next 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.

CHRIST THE KING COLLECTION: All the proceeds of the special Christ the King Collection will be put toward the priests’ retirement fund. The Diocese offers a pension of $1,750.00 per month to every retired priest. This money is derived from an investment accumulated over the years, however, in the last few years, these funds are just sufficient to generate the money necessary to pay the pension for priests who take their retirement. We ask that this weekend you help us ensure that priests will have a suitable pension when they retire. Envelopes are be found in your offering box, or on the sofa table at the back of the church.

MESSAGE TO ALL OMPH CWL MEMBERS: Please use the green offertory envelope (which can be found in your box of envelopes) to remit your CWL 2021 Membership dues of $25.00. Thank you.

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.

CHRISTMAS STAMPS: Canada Post is selling booklets of 12 permanent domestic rate stamps celebrating the Nativity. These beautifully illustrated stamps feature Mary, Joseph, an ox and a donkey gazing in adoration at the newborn baby Jesus. Since at least the fourth century, an ox and a donkey have been included in Nativity scenes, signifying that even animals recognized the importance of Jesus’ birth.

ADVENT LITERATURE for adults, children and families, is available at both St. Pat’s and OMPH. These booklets are donated by the OMPH Catholic Literature Fund Committee

ADVENT WREATH CANDLES are available at the back of OMPH and St. Pat’s for $10.00 a set.

PRAYING FOR OUR SACRAMENTAL CANDIDATES: We have five children preparing for their First Reconciliation on Monday, November 29tht. We ask that you pray for these young people preparing for the Sacraments of First Communion and First Reconciliation.
Andrea, Ayden, Charlotte, Heather and Margaret

ADVENT DAYS OF ADORATION: Every Friday during the Season of Advent we will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. (December 3th, 10th and 17th). Everyone is welcome to attend.

HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS: Wednesday, November 24th at 7:00 P.M. is our next 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 PROGRAM: As we prepare for Advent, it is good to remember why we attend Mass. Throughout the COVID pandemic shut down, we may have gotten out of the habit of attending Mass. We feel that Advent is a good time to review why we attend Mass and what is important to us. Join us on Saturday, November 27th from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. in the parish hall to share our experiences with the pandemic and how it has affected our faith. Please note that as this program will take place in the hall, everyone who attends must show proof of double vaccination. There is no need to register.

CWL CHRISTMAS PARTY: Join the CWL for a Christmas party on Wednesday, December 15th at 7:00 P.M. in the parish hall. The evening will begin with an Advent Reflection, then the membership pins will be handed out, they will play a game and have a Christmas sing a long with Debbie Bandy. Please bring a toque, pair of mitts or socks to share with those less fortunate. Everyone who attends must show proof of double vaccination.

Sunday, November 21, 2021
 Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
by The Faithful Disciple 

GROW AS A DISCIPLE | PRAY, STUDY, ENGAGE, SERVE

GROW: Many Americans have a fascination with royalty. We love to follow the royal family in real life and via the bingeworthy Crown series on Netflix. As royal-watchers know, the crown isn’t all it’s cracked up to be! History and experience, too, show that earthly kingdoms include their share of divisiveness, betrayal and, at times, a total disregard for other people. Jesus gives us a different kind of kingdom and kingship to aspire to – one based on truth not fiction, and born of suffering and not succession. Jesus did not seek earthly glory but endured a crown of thorns and death on a cross to establish the kingdom of heaven – a kingdom that perfects us and unites us with the Holy Trinity. So it is fitting that as we end the liturgical year, we honor Jesus as King of the Universe – heaven, earth, and all creation. Jesus established his kingdom by sacrificing himself out of love for us. By our baptism we have a share in this holy identity, and therefore, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we have the authority and power to proclaim Christ’s Kingship to all the world by our words and deeds. In this way we are able to serve the one true king, and participate in building God’s kingdom on earth.

GO EVANGELIZE | PRAYER, INVITATION, WITNESS, ACCOMPANIMENT

GO: Some people aren’t shy about saying where they stand: I’m especially fascinated by bumper stickers. We don’t like to talk about politics or religion, but somehow it’s OK to proclaim our most deeply held beliefs as we tool down the highway. As we celebrate Jesus as King of the Universe, it’s a good time to ask ourselves: Is Jesus king of our universe? If so, how do we proclaim it? Bumper stickers can be fun, but sharing our belief in Jesus as our Savior requires human interaction. Introverts like me may find it difficult, but we can witness to our faith in a number of ways: Yes, through conversation, but also through the priorities we choose and the examples we set. As members of the kingdom of God – present on earth but not yet fully realized – our baptismal vocation is to participate in Christ’s priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission. We can ask Jesus to help us find the words and actions that best help us do so.

PREPARE: Advent starts next Sunday! Just as we prepare for major holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving, we can start roughing out an Advent “menu.” How will we observe as a family this year? What are our goals for the season? What can I accomplish in the week ahead to free up Advent for prayerful preparation?

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