Sunday November 4, 2018
31st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Refrain for the Responsorial Psalm:
“I love you Lord, my strength.”
Wednesday, November 7
8:30 a.m. +Mary & Lorne Thombs – Family
Thursday, November 8
8:30 a.m. +Catherine Asmah – Caroline Engmann
. +John Peter van der Zalm – Antonetta Frisina
Saturday, November 10
5:15 p.m. +Anne Marie Coughlan – Diane Thibault
. +Arcuri Family – Lina Orrico
. +Janice Tluczek – Nicholas
. +John Peter van der Zalm – Michael and Carrolle
. +Nomer Herce – daughter Amelia Davidge
Sunday, November 11
9:30 a.m. Our Parishioners
SANCTUARY LAMP burns in memory of Ed Pecho – Gerry and family.
SACRAMENTAL LIFE OF THE COMMUNITY
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.
PRAYER INTENTIONS OF POPE FRANCIS FOR NOVEMBER
In the service of peace.
That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.
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.
Our Baptisms are now held on the 2nd Sunday of the Month. This will begin November 11th at the 9:30 a.m. Mass.
Cookies, Coffee and Conversation will be held the 1st Sunday of the Month, after the 9:30 a.m. Mass.
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 for 2019
On sale this weekend November 3rd & 4th at the King Street entrance. The cost will be $5.00 each.
THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED Tuesday Nov. 6.
FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
Do you really love God? What shows? Do you really love others (family, friends, neighbours, workmates, other races, tribes, casts etc.) like yourself? What shows?
We who are Christians are reminded once again in the Gospel (Mark 12:28-34) that the way we live must always be inspired and infused with love. Jesus teaches us that the summary of the Law or Commandments is LOVE. The purpose of the Commandments is to help us Love God and Neighbour. If there is one thing our World needs today, I would say it is Love. We Christians must be the first to spread it. I have found these words in the First Letter of John inspiring:
(7) Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (8) Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. (9) God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. (10) In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. (11) Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. (12) No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and His love is perfected in us. (1 John 4:7-21).
Let’s pray and work hard to grow in Love of God and Neighbour. God is waiting for your love, prove it; the world is waiting for your love, show it. Happy New Month!
Your servant in Christ, Andrew.
ANNUAL BAZAAR – Nov. 16-17
BAKED GOODS SALE: In the past, Parishioners have been very generous in their donations of baked goods for the bazaar. It is now time to think about what you will bake this year! We will accept all sorts of baked goods-cake loaves, cakes, pies, tarts, cup cakes, bar cookies, brownies, muffins or your favourite. If you do not have time to bake we will accept a small cash donation. If you donate specify that it is to go to the bake sale. All items should be brought to the gym on the night before the bazaar, Thursday, November 15 or Friday, the day of the bazaar, November 16.
PARENT CONFIRMATION MEETING
will be held in the Church at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7th.
ST. JOHN PARISH COUNCIL COMMITTEE MEETING on Thursday November 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rectory.
PRAYER NETWORK: The parish is planning to start a prayer network. As prayer needs become aware to the parish office, you will be notified by email or phone and asked to pray for the intention. Anyone interested in joining can fill out the sign-up sheet at the doors of the parish. Come be a part of our ministry of prayer!
CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE
We will be doing the Angel Tree again this year. This is a request to help less fortunate persons in our community and schools. We will also do some local retirement homes. A Christmas tree is placed in the King Street foyer with names and requests from them.
More information will be coming soon.
The Pastoral Offices of the Diocese of Hamilton offer a wide range of workshops and educational opportunities during the course of the year. These activities and events are open to all interested parishioners throughout the Diocese. If you would like to keep informed regarding these opportunities for growing in your faith, you are invited to subscribe to a weekly online newsletter by going to the Diocesan Website (www.hamiltondiocese.com) and click the “Subscribe to our Newsletter” button on the right side of the homepage. Your e-mail address will be used solely to provide you with Diocesan Newsletter and will never be shared with any third party.
FROM HIS EXCELLENCY BISHOP CROSBY
Over the next 2 ½ years, the Diocese of Hamilton will be conducting the One Heart, One Soul Capital Campaign to raise money for every Parish in the Diocese.
What is capital campaign? It is an effort to raise money in a fairly short time (three to five years) to pay for a significant project or build up an endowment or heritage fund for future use. For a Catholic Diocese or Parish, this refers to gifts and pledges over and above a parishioner’s regular giving to the Sunday collection. Parishioners who make pledges to the Diocese of Hamilton’s campaign will have three years to fulfill their commitment.
Who will be asked to give? Over the course of the campaign, every parishioner in every Parish in the Diocese will be asked to make a sacrificial gift.
When will the Campaign take place? Campaign preparations are ongoing, and the active campaign will take place in four “waves,” beginning with a pilot wave that will begin in February, 2019. The campaign will conclude when the last wave finishes in early 2021.
Why do the campaign in waves instead of all at once? With nearly 120 parishes in the Diocese, it will be more effective to break up the campaign into smaller pieces over time, to give each Parish as much support and direction as possible from the Diocese and the Parishes’ consultant, the Steier Group. It also provides options as parishes are assigned to waves. For some Parishes, conducting the campaign in an early wave will allow them to get started on needed projects. Other Parishes will need more time to weigh what projects need to be a priority and to prepare for the campaign.
PRAYERS FOR VOCATIONS
Parishioners are kindly asked to pray for these Priests on the appointed day.
Monday: Rev. Charles Jordan
Tuesday: Rev. Mark Sullivan
Wednesday: Deceased Members of the Parish Community
Thursday: Rev. Mike Francis
Friday: Rev. Adam Voisin
Saturday: Rev. Luc Augustin Samba
“To love Him with all the heart and with all the understanding, and with all the strength” and “to love one’s neighbour as oneself” are the greatest commandments. If you feel that God is calling you to serve Him as a priest, religious or deacon, call Fr. Michael King, Diocese of Hamilton 905-528-7988 ext. 2246. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Regular Collection: $2,315.00
Loose: $ 98.85
Pre-authorized Offering: $ 466.70
Total: $ 2,880.55
“And ‘to love Him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself’ is worth more than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Mark 12:33
Of all the gifts that God gives us, the one He wants the most is our heart. He wants us to share out of love, not out of obligation. Using our talent in parish ministry and contributing money to support our parish mission is important, but it’s more important to spend time in prayer with God daily and discern how He is calling us to be generous with all of our gifts. Not just the visible ones, but the invisible ones like love, mercy and forgiveness.
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.
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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
Face book: St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Parish
Office hours: Tuesday to Friday
9 am-12 pm and 1-4 pm