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Sunday December 16, 2018

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3rd  SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Refrain for the Responsorial Psalm
“Shout aloud and sing for joy:
great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”

MASS SCHEDULE

Wednesday, December 19
8:30a.m.  +Deceased members of the Moses family of Elmina
                      -Caroline Engmann

Thursday, December 20
9:30 a.m. School Mass
                  +Mary &Lorne Thombs – Family
                  +Tony Kranjc – Tina and Family

Saturday, December 22
5:15p.m.  +Mary and Lorne Thombs – Family
                  +Thomas Peter Murphy – Larraine
                   +Al Frisina – Antonia and family

Sunday, December 23
9:30 a.m.  Our Parishioners

Sanctuary Lamp burns in memory of Maurice and Amy Fine – M. Fine

Wednesday, December 26
8:30 a.m. Feast of St. Stephen
                 +Stephen Jones – Mom and Dad
                 +Frank Ghilardi – Tessarolo Family
                 +Deceased members of Padoin family – Rita

Thursday, December 27
8:30 a.m.  +Tony Kranjc – Family

Saturday, December 29
5:15 p.m.  +Mary and Lorne Thombs – Family
                   +Donald Gibbons – Family
                   +Deceased members of the Barazza family – Rita

Sunday, December 30
9:30 a.m.  Our Parishioners

Sanctuary Lamp burns in memory of Lorenzo Padoin

SACRAMENTAL LIFE OF THE COMMUNITY
Baptisms will take place on the second Sunday of each month at the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Please contact the office at least one month in advance.

OUR MASS HOURS
Saturday, Evening Mass: 5:15 p.m.
Sunday Mass: 9:30 a.m.
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 8:30 a.m.
Reconciliation: Saturdays from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.

MASS INTENTIONS
If you would like a Mass celebrated for a special intention or in memory of a deceased loved one, please contact the office. The cost is $10.

SANCTUARY LAMP
If you would like to have the Sanctuary Lamp burn in memory of a deceased loved one, or for a special intention, please contact the office. The cost is $10 and the Lamp will burn for the entire week.

VOTIVE CANDLES
Located at the King St. entrance. Candles can be lit in memory of a loved one or for a special intention. The suggested payment is $2.

PRAYER INTENTIONS OF POPE FRANCIS FOR DECEMBER
In the service of the transmission of faith.

That people who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find a language suited to the conditions of the present time, in dialogue with culture.


Dear Parishioners:
Cookies, Coffee and Conversation will be held the 1st Sunday of the Month, after the 9:30 a.m.  Mass. The next one will be January 6, 2019.
Also, remember to check the bulletin boards for updates on events, workshops, etc. Very interesting information.  
The Catholic Register is available at the doors of the Church. Please take one, they are free.

NEW SUNDAY MISSALS
Copies are still available at the King Street entrance. The cost is $5.00 each.

CWL CHRISTMAS PARTY
Tuesday, December 18that 1:00 p.m.  Pot Luck.
Please remember to bring a Baby Gift and a donation for a special charity.  All ladies of the Parish are welcome.

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK 

Hi Friends,
This Sunday is the 3rd Sunday of Advent.Our hearts are filled with joy as we draw closer to celebrating the birth ofJesus. Let’s be people of Joy and bring joy to others.

TIDBITS OF ADVENT:

  • Advent comes from the Latin word “adventus” meaning “coming”.
  • It’s a time of spiritual preparation to receive Christ as we celebrate his birth in human history.
  • It’s a time to reflect on the second coming of Christ, and to order our lives well.
  • It’s a time to celebrate Hope, Peace, Love and Joy and to allow these virtues to permeate our lives.
  • It is a time of joyful anticipation of Jesus our Lord.
  • We use purple vestments and linens which signify a penitential moment, reminding us to open our hearts to God’s saving grace and to avoid sin.
  • We use the advent wreath with four candles. The Wreath represents the Eternal God without beginning or end. The colour Green represents newness, new beginning, growth, flourishing.
  • The Candles are lit to mark the time which leads us to the moment in human history when the Eternal Word, the Son of God became Man. Also, the light of the Candles represent Jesus the Light of the World, and in a sense, reminds us Christians to be light to the world.

May the presence of Christ, the Emmanuel (God with us), fill us with saving joy, peace, hope and love.

Your servant in Christ, Andrew

SISTERS OF THE POOR OF JESUS
will be hosting a Pasta Luncheon on Sunday Dec. 16 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Queenston Rd. near Parkdale Ave. Doors open at 12:30 and lunch is served at1:00 pm. Tickets are available at the door for $10. The Sisters follow the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi. They live in Hamilton and do street ministry and care for the poor and needy. Proceeds from the lunch will help support their Ministry.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY
We will now be doing Children’s Liturgyevery 2nd week starting in January.

INCOME TAX RECEIPTS
Please ensure that any donations to the Parish for 2018 are received by December 30. December offerings and donations for Christmas that are received after December 30 will be reported on the 2019 income tax receipt.

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE FOR ST. JOHN’S
Advent Recollection & Confessions
December 19th at 7:00p.m.
Christmas Eve Mass
December 24th at 7:00p.m.
Christmas Day Mass
December 25th at 9:30a.m.
Mass December 26th at 8:30 a.m. Feast of St. Stephen
New Years Eve Mass
December 31st at 7:00p.m.
New Years Day
January 1st 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
Regular Schedule
Jan 5 at 5:15 p.m., Sunday Jan 6,9:30 a.m.
Jan 12 at 5:15 p.m., Sunday Jan 13, 9:30 a.m.

PRAYERS FOR VOCATIONS
Parishioners are kindly asked to pray for these Priests on the appointed day.
Monday: Rev. Sam Restivo, C.R.
Tuesday: Rev. Tim Uniac, C.R.
Wednesday: Missionaries
Thursday: Rev. Stephen Murrin
Friday: Rev. Timothy Higgins
Saturday: Rev. Romelito

VOCATION VIEW
CouldGod be calling you to be a priest or religious consecrated man or woman, and announce the Good News to His People as John the Baptist did?  If you think that God is calling you to a Church vocation then call Fr. Michael King, Diocese of Hamilton 905-528-7988 ext. 2246. E-mail vocations@hamiltondiocese.com 

OUR STEWARDSHIP
Sunday Regular Collection:  $2,369.00
Loose:                                          $   170.60
Pre-authorized Offering       $    466.70
Total:                                           $  3,006.30

 STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS
“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.”
Philippians 4:6.
St.Paul reminds us that our God is an abundant God, the ultimate giver of gifts. He promises to give us all that we need. When we trust that God will take care of us, it is easier for us to share what we have been given.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CLUB OF HAMILTON
Managed by: Fr. J. Fergus Duffy. Council 1454 Charities
Hall Rentals: 222 Queenston Road, Hamilton
Consider us for your next special occasion event.  Celebration of Life, Weddings, Stag& Does, Meetings, Fund Raisers and more.
Reasonable rates.
Two banquet rooms. Capacities up to 300.
Separate entrances and washrooms.
Free overnight parking. Kitchen and air conditioning.
Full catering services available.
Smart Serve bartender included (restrictions apply).
Call us at 905-961-7348.
100% of proceeds go back into our community.           

ST. JOHN THEBAPTIST PARISH
Pastor: Rev. Andrew Quarshie
Secretaries: Rina Sheehan and Lisa White
Email:stjohnhamilton@hamiltondiocese.com
Face book: St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Parish
www.stjohnthebaptisthamilton.ca
Phone: 905-544-2100
Office hours: Tuesday to Friday
9 am-12 pm and 1-4 pm

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