23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass Schedule
Public Masses have resumed. Pre-registration is not required at this time.
Saturday at 5:15 p.m.
Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
For weekday Masses, please enter through the Edgemont St. doors.

Office hours
Tuesday to Friday
9:00am to 4:30pm

Staff
Rev. Andrew Quarshie, Pastor
Rev. Ambroise Tshiaba Ntumba, Chaplain, Pastoral Assistant
Deacon Joseph DiLoreto
Mrs. Lisa White, Parish Administrator
Mrs. Rina Sheehan, Parish Secretary
Mr. Joe Savelli, Custodian

Sacraments and Pastoral Services
Please contact the office at 905-544-2100.
Baptism: At least one month in advance to set up a meeting with the Pastor.
Reconciliation: By appointment only.
Marriage: At least one year in advance. Marriage Preparation course must be completed before wedding.
Car or Home blessings
Communion to the Homebound:
Priest or Eucharistic Minister will visit the home.
Anointing of the Sick: For those who will be undergoing surgery, are very ill, or are near death.
Funeral: Contact us as soon as possible to plan Vigil Prayers, Funeral Mass and Burial.

MASS INTENTIONS
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.

 Mass TimeSt. John Mass IntentionsDiocesan Vocation
Prayer Intention
Saturday, Sept. 45:15 pm† Don Gibbons – requested by the Gibbons family
† Msgr. Paul Boucher – requested by Donna Secen
† Brenda Catalano – requested by Jim and Suzanne Jones
For the special intentions of family – requested by David
Very Rev. David Walter
Sunday, Sept. 59:30 amPro Populo 
Monday, Sept. 6No Mass Rev. Hayden Starczala
Tuesday, Sept. 7No Mass Rev. Fulbert Jonas Ahouansou
Wednesday, Sept. 87:00 pm† Deceased members of the Bomben family – requested by Palma
† Maria Boodlal – requested by Ginette
Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate (S.O.L.I.)
Thursday, Sept. 98:30 am† Carl Matysik – requested by StephenRev. Ian Duffy
Friday, Sept. 10No Mass Rev. Msgr. Dennis Noon
Saturday, Sept. 115:15 pm† Rose Matysik – requested by Stephen
† Mary Gibbons – requested by the Gibbons family
† Vince Cosentino – requested by Lesley Palkowski and family
† Dominic Pichelli – requested by John and Maryanne van der Zalm and family
† John Stankus – requested by family
Rev. Vernon P. Boyd, S.J.

SANCTUARY LAMP
September 5 to 11 – burns in memory of Maria Boodlal – requested by Mary Antolich
September 12 to 18 – burns for the Ransley and Boenisch families – requested by family
September 19 to 25 – burns in memory of Angela Gainer – requested by the Gibbons family
September 26 to October 2 – burns in memory of Winnifred King – requested by the Gibbons family

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
Dear Parishioners,
BACK TO SCHOOL, BACK TO PARISH LIFE
As the summer break comes to an end, we look forward to welcoming our students back to school (in-class or online). We welcome all parishioners who were away for vacation back to parish life. The virus is still with us and we may not have our lives fully back to normal yet; however, we are grateful that we can at least safely gather for Masses and other liturgical celebrations.
Our parish staff will resume full office hours to continue to serve us. Kindly call the parish office for appointments for pastoral services and to volunteer to serve in the faith community as readers, ushers, and name takers at the door; we need more volunteers to keep us up and running. Thank you to all the amazing volunteers who have served us until now. May God reward their sacrificial services abundantly.
We look forward to administering the Sacraments to our students, and to conduct parish spiritual activities safely for our spiritual nourishment and growth in Christ.
Although it is not obligatory to attend Mass at this time, I would like to encourage those who are able to attend Mass to continue attending for your spiritual good. We try at the parish to follow safety procedures to keep everyone safe. There have not been any issues so far, we thank God for that.
I encourage you to continue to donate to support the parish. You may do so online through the parish website, envelopes, through the parish office and automated giving. Please see which option is best for you to support the Lord’s work.
Another opportunity to show your love and care for our parish is to participate in the One Heart One Soul Capital Campaign which is geared toward raising funds to revitalize our parish.
Finally, I wish to state that our parish has an “open door policy” to welcome all people to encounter Christ and to mature as His disciples. This is our mission.
Once again, welcome back as we continue to pray in hope of an end to the pandemic. God is good!
Blessings,
Fr. Andrew Quarshie

ONE HEART ONE SOUL CAMPAIGN
Next weekend is the kickoff of the restart of the One Heart, One Soul campaign at St. John the Baptist Parish. We are excited for the opportunity to pick up the effort again to reach our goals, complete our projects, and have so many of our parishioners back home to hear about the campaign for the first time. The good news is we’ve raised 50% toward our goal of $ 206000. With everyone’s participation we can change this last, dreadful year into a hope-filled future.

COLLECTIONS FOR AUGUST 29
Sunday Collection $1152.00
Average weekly Pre-Authorized Giving $719.38

PARISH PRAYER NETWORK
Call Ginette at 905-746-9976 or the office at 905-544-2100 for new prayer requests or to update previous requests. Monthly updates would be appreciated if you would like your prayer request to continue. If you would like to join the Prayer Network, please forward your email address to the Parish office.

HYMNS FOR September 12, the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Word of God, Come Down on Earth (text–James Quinn / music–Johann Ahle)
Take Up Your Cross (text–Charles Everest / music–O Waly, Waly)
Behold the Lamb of God (Matt Maher)
The Master Came to Bring Good News (text–Ralph Finn / tune–Ich Glaub an Gott)

EVENINGS WITH HIS EXCELLENCY
Formerly called “Fridays with Father”
Interested in learning more about our Catholic Faith? Join Bishop Lobsinger for “Evenings with His Excellency” on the second Friday of each month at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Canadian Martyrs Church, (1349 Main Street West, Hamilton). Each month we will methodically go through the “Catechism of the Catholic Church”. There is no registration, no fee and no homework. Come ready to learn and ask all the questions you always wanted to ask about our Catholic Faith. The first “Evening with His Excellency” is Friday, September 10, 2021. If you are unable to attend in person, you are welcome to go to https://www.canadianmartyrshamilton.com/ to watch live. (All COVID 19 protocols will be required, including masks while in the church and proper social distancing.)

CATECHETICAL CORRESPONDENCE COURSES
Courses are available from Kindergarten to High School for children not enrolled in a Catholic school, and include programs specially designed to assist children preparing for the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. Please visit the Diocesan website at https://hamiltondiocese.com/offices/evangelization-catechesis/correspondence/

DIOCESAN “BACK TO SCHOOL” RESOURCES
In an effort to encourage a spirit of prayerful support for children and educators, a special website has been designed to help families and schools welcome the return of a new academic year. It includes suggestions for prayers, questions and conversations parents can have with their children, as well as a brief Liturgy of the Word celebration.
Please visit https://hamiltondiocese.com/backtoschool2021/

NOVENA TO LITTLE ST. THERESE
The Sisters of the Carmel of Saint Joseph will pray for you during the Novena to Little St. Therese,
September 23rd to October 1st, 2021
. Are you troubled? Do you need spiritual support?
Send your prayer intention slip with your name and address to Carmel of Saint Joseph, 1127 Carmel-Koch Road, R.R. #1, St. Agatha, ON N0B 2L0