Sunday December 30, 2018
FEAST OFTHE HOLY FAMILY
Refrain for the Responsorial Psalm:
“Blessed are those who live in your house, O Lord.”
Monday, December 31
7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Mass
Tuesday, January 1
9:30 a.m. New Year’s Day Mass
Wednesday, January 2
8:30 a.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
Sanctuary Lamp burns for the Parishioners of St. John The Baptist Church
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’re free.
NEW SUNDAY MISSALS
Copies are still available at the King Street entrance. The cost is $5.00 each.
ST. JOHN’S – STILL IN THEIR HEARTS!
A donation was made to St. John The Baptist Church from some long time parishioners – Fred & Elnora Cunningham. Thank you.
FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
Merry Christmas and Happy Feast of the Holy Family!
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Joseph and Mary.
Family is the core of every society and for that matter very important. Jesus teaches us by His presence that we are family with God, and God is the inspiration and foundation of all family life. The presence of God in our families is important to strengthen our unity, love and peace. We ask for God’s blessings of peace, love, unity and prosperity upon all families.
The Church is family. We pray that our Parish family of St. John will grow in faith and love. Let all help to build community here at St. John. Happy Feast of the Holy Family, Happy New Year!
Your brother and servant in Christ: Andrew.
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 celebrate weekday and weekend Masses here at St. John.
** Change of Plans. The Children’s Liturgy will be every week as usual starting in January.
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 for 2018 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.
For three Sundays in 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 Francis Potter and you can see her after the 9:30 a.m. Masses. Please leave the shoes (in bags) in the King Street entrance. Also, we will be collecting backpacks with school supplies for the children and schools in Guatemala.
As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph we have the feelings and emotions of Joy and Gratitude, Praise, and the Sense of Anxiety. Today’s feast reminds us that all of these feelings and emotions are present within any family at any point in time. During this season, we may be so lucky to find ourselves in the midst of our loved ones, but it may well be that our celebration of Christ’s birth is overshadowed by distance, conflict among family members, absence of loved ones.
Mary and Joseph experienced their share of struggles surrounding the birth of their child. Nevertheless, to us, Jesus, Mary and Joseph are the Holy Family from whom we seek example and draw inspiration when our own family times get difficult.
PRAYERS FOR VOCATIONS
Parishioners are kindly asked to pray for these Priests on the appointed day.
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
By Baptism we are God’s holy family.
Pray to live faithfully your vocation as a single, married, ordained or consecrated person. 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.
Sunday December 23
Sunday Regular Collection: $2,893.00
Loose: $ 351.75
Pre-authorized Offering: $ 466.70
Total: $ 3,711.45
Christmas Offering: $1,873.00
Christmas Day, December 25
Loose: $ 614.85
“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so, we are.” 1 John 3:1.
During this season of giving, let us remember the most important gift we have received – being children of God. As God’s children, it’s important that we express our love for others as well. Tell your spouse, children and other family members and friends that you love them, frequently.
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ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH
Pastor: Reverend Fr. Andrew Quarshie
Secretaries: Rina Sheehan and Lisa White
Face book: St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Parish
Office hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9 am-12 pm and 1-4 pm