May 24th, 2020
Ascension of the Lord

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Reflection Questions:
Adults: With whom have you shared the Good News of Jesus in the past month?
Children: What Good News about Jesus could you share with someone?
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COLLECTION DETAILS:
Monthly Budgeted Income: $ 7,600.00 (After staff lay-offs)
Collection for May 2020: $ 4,030.00

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.

SUNDAY OFFERINGS: At a time like this it can be uncomfortable to talk about giving. Our primary concern is the health and well-being of our parishioners. However, these difficult circumstances show just how important the offertory is to the life of our parishes. The reality is that our parishes rely on the support of our parishioners to operate - parish salaries and ongoing costs (heating, electricity, etc...) are funded through the generosity of parishioners. It will be a challenge for a parish to maintain operations without the Sunday offertory collection.
There are two ways that a parishioner can continue to support our parishes at this time:
∙ MAIL your regular Sunday offertory contribution to the parish.
OMPH - Box 818 New Liskeard, ON P0J 1P0
St. Patrick’s Parish - Box 293 Cobalt, ON P0J 1C0
∙ E-TRANSFERS: The Parish is now 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”.

MONTH OF MAY: During the month of May, Pope Francis would like to encourage us to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May.

CEMETERY FUND 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 $2,500.00 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.

PAPAL CHARITIES OFFERING: The Apostolic Nuncio to Canada has just informed the CCCB General Secretariat that the date for the Collection for the Pastoral Works of the Holy Father (Peter’s Pence Collection) has been postponed until the fall. In view of the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of churches to the general public, the Holy See has decided to postpone the prescribed annual collection for the 2020 Pope’s Pastoral Works (Peter’s Pence Collection) from the traditional date held generally on the sixth Sunday of Easter (this year 17 May 2020) to the new date of 4 October 2020, Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi.

CWL BURSARY: OMPH CWL council is offering a $200.00 bursary to a secondary school student who is graduating this spring and attending a post secondary institution in September or January. This person will have received the Sacraments of initiation, practise the faith, participate in Mass and in the life of the parish on a regular basis. Please reply to the Parish office before May 31st.

RESOURCES TO ASSIST YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE:
∙ OMPH’s Face book page, Masses live-streamed - weekday Masses Tuesday to Friday, 4:15PM and Sunday Mass at 11AM. These Masses can be watched anytime after they were live-streamed. Sunday Masses are also now on YouTube shortly after the Masses are live-streamed. Here is a link to Sunday’s Mass at St. Pat’s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydhr0RcJYko
https://www.facebook.com/OMPH.NL/
∙ LIVING WITH CHRIST: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Living with Christ is offering free downloads of daily Mass texts, here is the link https://www.livingwithchrist.ca/index.php/intentions
The downloads make following our live-streamed Masses much easier.
• Daily TV Mass (any time access)
www.youtube.com/dailytvmass
• Magnificat (daily mass prayers & readings, daily meditations and more)
https://us.magnificat.net/free
• Word Among Us (daily mass prayers & readings, daily meditations and more)
https://wau.org/meditations
• Unversalis (Liturgy of the Hours)
https://universalis.com
• My Catholic Kids (includes Sunday video to explain Gospel to children)

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HOW TO MAKE A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION: 1) Make the Sign of the Cross, 2) recite the Creed, 3) recite the Our Father, 4) recite 3 Hail Mary, and 4) say the prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori and
5) recite 3 Glory Be.

Prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori: My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

WHAT IS A DEACON? A permanent deacon is a man ordained — like a bishop or priest – to serve as Christ Jesus who “came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). The word deacon comes from the Greek word for service: diakonia. What qualifies a man to be a Deacon? Prayer. Humility, Service. Grace. Suffering. Love. A willingness to be changed and to offer his life in unpaid sacrificial service to God, to the Church, to any and all in need of God’s mercy. How does a man become a Deacon? Through a process of discernment and formation that takes about four or five years. If a man is married, his wife and family must also come to embrace the joys and demands of having a husband and father who is a deacon. Happy Thirty-Fourth Anniversary (May 25th) of your Ordination Deacon Larry!

BUILDING A CULTURE OF VOCATIONS: A misconception among some Catholics is that the priest has an ideal job: he works one day each week, Sunday. They forget that the other six days a week, the priest works long and hard behind the scenes: bringing communion to the sick and elderly, counseling troubled families, visiting school classes, preparing individuals for sacraments. Often the job is frustrating, exhausting and thankless, but always of vital importance. Take some time this week and express appreciation for the difficult work they do. Happy Twenty-Sixth Anniversary (May 26th) of your Ordination Fr. Wayne!

YOUCAT - Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church
Section 1 - Why We Are Able to Believe

12. How can we tell what belongs to the true faith?
We find the true faith in Sacred Scripture and in the living tradition of the Church.
The – NEW TESTAMENT developed out of the faith of the Church. Scripture and Tradition belong together. Handing on the faith does not occur primarily through documents. In the early Church it was said that Sacred Scripture was “written on the heart of the Church rather than on parchment”. The disciples and the – APOSTLES experienced their new life above all through a living fellowship with Jesus. The early Church invited people into this fellowship, which continued in a different way after the Resurrection. The first Christians held fast ‘to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers” (Acts 2:42). They were united with one another and yet had room for others. This is part of our faith to this day: Christians invite other individuals to come to know a fellowship with God that has been preserved unaltered since the times of the apostles in the Catholic Church.

13. Can the Church err in question of faith?
The faithful as a whole cannot err in faith, because Jesus promised his disciples that he would send them the Spirit of truth and keep them in the truth (John 14:17).
Just as the disciples believed Jesus with their whole heart, a Christian can rely completely on the Church when he asks about the way to life. Since Jesus Christ himself gave his apostles the commission to teach, the Church has a teaching authority (the – MAGISTERIUM) and must not remain silent. Although individual members of the Church can err and even make serious mistakes, the Church as a whole can never fall away from God’s truth. The Church carries through the ages of living truth that is greater than herself. We speak about a depositum fidei, a deposit of faith that is to be preserved. If such a truth is publicly disputed or distorted, the Church is called upon to clarify again “what has always and everywhere been believed by all” (St. Vincent of Lerins, d. 450).

14. Is Sacred Scripture true?
“The books of Scripture firmly, faithfully, and without error teach (the) truth . . . Written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have God as their author” (Second Vatican Council, DV.11.
The – BIBLE did not fall from heaven in its final form, nor did God dictate it to human scribes who copied it down mechanically. Rather “God chose certain men who . . . made full use of their own faculties and powers so that, though he acted in them and by them, it was as true authors that they consigned to writing whatever he wanted written, and no more” (Second Council, DV11). One factor in recognizing particular texts as Sacred Scripture was their general acceptance in the Church. In the Christian communities there had to be a consensus: “Yes, through this text God himself speaks to us – this is inspired by the Holy Spirit!” Which of the many original Christian writings are really inspired by the Holy pirit has been defined since the fourth century in the so called – CANON of Sacred Scriptures.

15. How can Sacred Scripture be “truth” if not everything in it is right?
The – BIBLE is not meant to convey precise historical information or scientific findings to us. Moreover, the authors were children of their time. Their forms of expression are influenced by the sometimes inadequate cultural images of the world around them. Nevertheless, everything that man must know about God and the way of his salvation is found with infallible certainty in Sacred Scripture.

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