Third Sunday of Advent

Mass Schedule
Saturday at 5:15 p.m.
Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. (Please enter through the Edgemont St. doors.)
Thursday at 8:30 a.m. (Please enter through the Edgemont St. doors.)
Sacrament of Reconciliation
– by appointment only. Please call the office.

December 13 to 19, 2020
Sanctuary Lamp
Burns in memory of Maurice and Amy Fine – Molly

Mass Intentions for Saturday, December 12
† In Memory of Pasqua DiCenzo – Antonina Mucci
† In memory of Maria Giovanna Bianco – Roger DiCenzo
† In memory of Bob Erdman – Lynda and Leah
† In memory of Sam Ragona – Albertina Monterosso and family

Mass Intentions for Wednesday, December 16
In memory of Alex Gorecki – mom Mary

Mass Intentions for Thursday, December 17
† In Memory of George Duffy – Rita Padoin

Mass Intentions for Saturday, December 19
† In Memory of George Duffy – Pierina Pascucci
† In memory of Sam Ragona – Cathy and Stan Habza

Please contact the Parish Office if you wish to have a Mass said, or have the Sanctuary Lamp burn, in memory of a loved one or for a special intention.

From the Pastor’s Desk
Dear Parishioners, Happy New Liturgical Year!
Advent is here! The year 2020 brought along its own challenges and revealed some blessings too. Regardless of the ups and downs, we give glory to God and entrust the course of our lives and human history into His hands. We thank God for a new Liturgical Year and pray that the New Year 2021 affords us a better life than before.
Advent season is always an exciting time leading up to Christmas. It is a season that provides us with the opportunity to renew our commitment to our faith and deepen our relationship with God through Christ in the Spirit. During Advent we prepare to meet Jesus who is born to us; we also prepare for his final coming in the end of days.
As we start the New Liturgical Year, let us all make firm commitments to our faith, deepen our love for God, become true witnesses of Christ and contribute our Time, Talents and Money to grow our parish

Happy New Year, Happy Advent!
Fr. Andrew

RECONCILIATION
Join us Friday December 18 at 7:00 pm in the Church for Community Reconciliation and Confession, and on Saturday December 19 from 3:00 to 4:00pm for Confession.

ENVELOPE PACKAGES
Envelopes are now available. They can be picked up before or after Mass, or from the office during the week. The envelopes are sorted according to number, so for those who need help, a list of names and numbers will be posted near the envelopes.

DIOCESAN NEWS
Latest Heart to Heart from Bishop Crosby, OMI – Diocese of Hamilton (hamiltondiocese.com)

CHRISTMAS MIDNIGHT MASS – CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF CHRIST THE KING, HAMILTON
His Excellency, Bishop Crosby, will celebrate Christmas Midnight Mass from the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, Hamilton.  The Midnight Mass will be preceded by a Carol Service beginning at 11:30 p.m. Both the Carol Service and the Midnight Mass will be broadcast on Salt+Light Media and shared with CHCH-TV. The Mass will be repeated on CHCH-TV at 8:00 a.m. on Christmas morning.
Due to COVID restrictions, all seating for Midnight Mass at the Cathedral Basilica has already been reserved.  Join us for the broadcast and share in the joy of this Christmas feast!

REGISTRATION FOR CHRISTMAS MASSES
Our Christmas Mass schedule is available on our website and posted on the bulletin boards. This year, due to Covid-19 protocols and attendance restrictions, we are encouraging parishioners to call the office to reserve seats for all family members who will be attending. Those who have not reserved will be seated on a first come-first serve basis, and once the Church is full, the doors will be closed. We are currently looking for volunteers to act as ushers for the Christmas and New Year Masses. Please contact the office if you would like to help.

PARISH PRAYER NETWORK
If you have loved ones on the Prayer Network, please call Ginette at 905-746-9976 or the office at 905-544-2100 during the last week of the month to update your prayer request if you would like it to continue. Call anytime for new prayer requests.

MISSALS 2021
Missals are available at the King St entrance for $5 each. A limited number of Children’s Missals are available for $7 each. Please put your payment envelope in the collection basket.

ANNIVERSARY MASS 2021
As the restrictions from COVID-19 continue and for the safety of all concerned, a decision has been made to cancel the annual Anniversary Mass scheduled for June of 2021. Bishop Crosby would still love to offer congratulations to all those who will be married 25, 40, 50, 60 and 60 plus years in 2021, so there will be a chance to register your anniversary on line and a certificate will be sent to you. More information will be available in January about how to register.

CATECHETICAL CORRECPONDENCE COURSES
Programs are available for children from Kindergarten through to High School not currently receiving religious instruction. Preparation for First Communion and Confirmation for children not in Catholic Schools also available. Families work through the programs at home. Contact Monica in the Catechesis Office at 905-528-7988, ext. 2238 or check out the website at www.hamiltondiocese.com and click on the Catechesis Office for more information, printable registration forms or to register online.
First Communion and Confirmation will take place in February at St. John Parish, so please register soon.

VOCATIONS
Third Sunday of Advent: There was a man named John, sent by God, who came as a witness to testify to the Light, so that through this person all people might believe. Is it possible God could be calling your name to witness to the Light of Christ in our day? If you think God is calling you to a Church Vocation, contact Fr. Michael King, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Hamilton, at 905-528-7988 ext. 2246, or email vocations@hamiltondiocese.com or visit the website hamiltondiocese.com

DIRECTIVES FOR OUR SAFETY
We ask that you continue to do a self-assessment before coming to Mass. If you feel unwell or have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19, please do not attend Mass.
Please do not remove your mask during Mass.
For Communion, an usher will be present and will usher one row at a time to the front. For those on the King St. side, please receive Communion from the Priest or Minister on the same side as where you were sitting. Do not cross to the other side. Communion must be received in the hand, then remove your mask, consume the Host and replace your mask before walking to your seat.
Offertory envelopes will be collected as you exit the Church at the end of Mass.
Parishioners sitting nearest to the doors should exit first, and please remember to physically distance inside and outside the Church.
We are always in need of volunteers, as it takes many people in order for all of us to share in the celebration of Mass. Please call the parish office if you are willing to help at one of our Masses.
Thank you for adhering to these safety directives.

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November 25, 2020

To All Our St. John the Baptist Parishioners: 

Due to the recent COVID measures putting our city into the red zone, the St. Vincent De Paul committee has decided to make some changes to our Angel Tree Program in consideration of everyone’s health and safety.

Instead of purchasing gifts for the Angels on our Christmas tree, we are asking for cash donations to allow us to purchase gift cards for our clients and school families in need. 

If you would like to make a financial contribution, you can do so any time before noon on Sunday, December 20th by putting money in an envelope marked “Angel Tree Program” and placing it in the regular Sunday collection or bringing it to the Parish office. Please include your name and address or Envelope number if you would like a tax receipt.
Cheques should be made payable to “St. Vincent de Paul.”

Thank you for your continued support and generosity!

The St. Vincent De Paul Committee at St. John the Baptist Church

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