128 Edgemont St S, Hamilton, ON - T: (905) 544-2100

Sunday December 23, 2018

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4th SUNDAYOF ADVENT

Refrain for the Responsorial Psalm:
“Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.”

MASS SCHEDULE

Monday, December 24
7:00 p.m.  Christmas Eve Mass

Tuesday, December 25
9:30 a.m.  Christmas Day Mass

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

Monday, December 31
7:00p.m.  New Year’s Eve Mass

Tuesday, January 1
9:30a.m.  New Years Day Mass

Wednesday, January 2
8:30a.m.  +Walter Starchuck – Esper LaFleur

Thursday, January 3
8:30 a.m.  For personal intentions of Jadwiga and for the repose of the soul
                 of her husband – Jadwiga

Saturday, January 5
5:15 p.m.  +Camillo and Gina Mattina – van der Zalm and Settimi families
                   +Milda Stankus – Daughters
                   +Sr. Elda Bomben – Bomben Family

Sunday, January 6
9:30 a.m.  Our Parishioners

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.

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK

Dear Friends,
This Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Advent. Our hearts are filled with joy as we draw closer to celebrating the birth of Jesus. Let’s be people of Joy and bring joy to others.
GRATITUDE!  At the threshold of celebrating the great memory of the Birth of our Lord Jesus, our hearts must be filled with gratitude to God for the precious gift of Jesus. Christmas, among other things, is a time of gratitude. We are thankful to God who has fulfilled the promise of His saving presence in the person of Jesus, God’s Son.
Thank you to all parishioners who have supported the church by their Stewardship: Sharing Time, Talent and Resources to advance God’s work among us. Thank you to all Volunteers.
Thank you to our Parish Staff.
I thank God for you, and I love you all so, so much.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Your servant in Christ Andrew.

Thank you to the following for their special donations: Mrs. Vanda Sciullo, and the Needham family in memory of Steve and Anne Stokl.

FR. ANDREW AWAY ON VACATION
Fr. Andrew will be away from January 4th to February 5th 2019.  We will welcome Fr. Ralph Diodati, who will do the weekly Masses and the weekend Masses at St. John.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY
** Change of Plans. The Children’s Liturgy will be every week as usual starting in January.

PRAYER NETWORK
Parishioners who have prayer intentions are invited to contact either the Parish Office or Ginette Howatt (Prayer Network Co-ordinator) at 905-549-4808 or 905-746-9976.

 INCOME TAX RECEIPTS 
Please ensure that any donations to the Parish for2018 are received by December 30. Sunday offerings and donations for Christmas that are received after December 30 will be reported on the 2019 income tax receipt.

SHOE DRIVE
For three Sundays, January 6, 13, & 20th, we will be collecting gently worn children’s running shoes, casual shoes and sandals (please no heels).
These will be sent to Wells of Hope in Guatemala. The contact person is Frances Potter. You can see her after the 9:30 a.m. Masses. Please leave the shoes, bagged up, in the King Street entrance. Also, we will be collecting backpacks with school supplies for the children and schools in Guatemala.

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE FOR ST. JOHN PARISH
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 at9:30 a.m.
Regular Schedule
Saturday Jan 5 at 5:15 p.m., Sunday Jan 6, 9:30 a.m.
Saturday Jan 12 at 5:15 p.m., Sunday Jan13, 9:30 a.m.

PRAYERS FOR VOCATIONS
Parishioners are kindly asked to pray for these Priests on the appointed day.
Monday:  Rev. Francis Hubilla
Tuesday:  Christmas Day Nativity of the Lord
Wednesday:  Franciscan Fathers
Thursday:  Rev. Ronald Voisin
Friday:  Rev. Duy Van Nguyen
Saturday:  Rev. Kevin D’Souza
Monday:  Dec. 31 – Rev. Peter Meyer
Tuesday:  Jan. 1 – Rev. Jim Petrie
Wednesday:  Jan. 2 – Holy Cross Fathers
Thursday:  Jan. 3 – Rev. Kevin Cull
Friday:  Jan. 4 – Rev. Stephen Gilbert
Saturday:  Jan. 5 – Rev. Marko Puljic

VOCATION VIEW
Are you called to follow in the footsteps of Mary, as a priest or religious consecrated man or woman, or deacon to carry the Good News of God’s great Love?
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:  $ 2,560.00
Loose:                                          $   300.00
Pre-authorized Offering        $   466.70
Total:                                            $ 3,326.70

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS
“For behold when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy.”  Luke 1:44.
When you hear the scripture readings and Gospel reading each Sunday, do you “leap for joy?” If not, don’t blame the lecturer or priest, rather look inside yourself. Do you prepare for Mass each week or do you just show up and expect to be entertained? We are called to be active participants, not passive by-standers.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CLUB OF HAMILTON
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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 THE BAPTIST PARISH
Pastor: Reverend Fr. Andrew Quarshie
Secretaries: Rina Sheehan and Lisa White

E-mail: 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 pmS

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