Weekly Bulletin: 17 December 2017

Gaudete Sunday

3 rd Sunday of Advent

Rejoice

Rose is the colour of hope and rejoicing during a period of expectation.


Mass Schedule 

3rd Sunday of Advent – 17 December 2017

Sat

16 Dec

St. Ado of Vienne

5:00 pm

Sam Gentile, by Josephine Gentile

Sun

17 Dec

St. Olympias

10:00 am

Missa Pro Populo

Mon

18 Dec

St. Rufus

NO MASS

 

Tue

19 Dec

St. Nemesius

6:00 pm

Int. Alex Arsenault, by Paul & Claudia Mayall

Mass Time changed due to School Mass

St. Gregory’s School Advent Mass

Wed

20 Dec

St. Dominic of Silos

12:30 pm

Dorothy & Hugh Murray, by Ken & Jill Wright

Thu

21 Dec

St. Peter Canisius

12:30 pm

Bud Wright, by Ken & Jill Wright

Fri

22 Dec

St. Chaeromon

8:30 am

Dr/ & Mrs. Hume, by Ken & Jill Wright

Fri

22 Dec

 

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Exposition & Adoration

             

4th Sunday of Advent – 24 December 2017

Sat

23 Dec

St. John of Kanty

5:00 pm

Harry Lambert, by Mary Lambert

Sun

24 Dec

St. Adele

10:00 am

Missa Pro Populo

Sun

24 Dec

Christmas Eve Family Mass

5:00 pm

Fr. Bernie Cameron, of St. Andrews West

Sun

24 Dec

Christmas Eve Vigil Mass

8:00 pm

Gary McNamee, by Dona Geggie

Pray for the sick of our Parish, especially for:  Shirley Slaven and Carol Gannon.

Sanctuary Lamp: is lit this week for Bernard & Bessie Bond. Feel free to add a relative or friend’s name to the
list in the book at the back of the church. A donation of $5.00 is appreciated.


Weekend Collection 10th December 2017: $3,515.70                  (11th December 2016:  $4,045.78)

   Sunday Envelopes……………………. $1341.25      Loose Offering……………………………. $136.90

   Weekly Pre-Authorized Donations… $286.00      St. Vincent de Paul……………………….. $223.55

   Repair & Maintenance……………….. $250.00      Priests’ Retirement Fund…………………. $25.00

   Christmas………………………………… $150.00      Bank Interest………………………………. $439.00

   Votive Stand…………………………….. $207.00


Musical Concert: Christmas in Bloomfield Village

21 and 22 Dec, 7:30 PM, Bloomfield United Church

Command Performance Choir, under the direction of Greg Garrett.
Tickets $20. Contact Greg or Jenny Garrett at 613-476-4148.


Christmas and New Years’ Mass Schedule

Christmas Mass Times:

Sunday 24 Dec, 5 PM Family Mass

Sunday 24 Dec, 8 PM, Adult Mass

Monday 25 Dec, 10 AM, Holy Mass

New Year’s Mass Times:

Sunday 31 Dec, 5 PM

Monday 01 Jan, 10 AM

Sunday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are all Holy Days of Obligation. Attendance at Mass is required on these days.


St. Gregory’s Catholic School Advent Mass

Tuesday 19 December, 6:00 PM.

Pray with our school teachers and students.

 


Grief Sharing Support Group

Will resume in the New Year. The next session will be on Tuesday, 16 January 2018, after 12:30 Mass, in the Choir Section of St. Gregory’s Church. Liz Brown and Brian Conway will facilitate.


(Interested in)
Becoming Catholic?

Sessions begin mid-January.

For info, contact Tim Ernst
at 6163-476-2159.

St. Francis Xavier Relic Pilgrimage

Wed, 10 January 2018
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kingston

12:00 PM to 10:00 PM


St. Gregory’s Catholic School Christmas Concert

Wednesday 20 December In the Parish Hall / School Gym

Matinee Concert:12:30 PM

Evening Concert: 6:00 PM


Church Christmas Decorating, Sun 17 Dec, after 10 AM Mass

Please join us to decorate the interior and exterior of the Church, to prepare for Christmas. Refreshments are available. Many hands make light work.

        Christmas Poinsettias, Sunday, 24 December, after 10 AM Mass

 The poinsettias and Nativity Set will be placed in the Sanctuary following 10 AM Sunday Mass.


Sunday Reflection

The Prophet Isaiah gives us the theme for reflection today: “In my God is the joy of my soul.” This is the 3rd Sunday of Advent and called “Gaudete” Sunday in Latin. It is a Sunday of rejoicing. The entrance song for some centuries was always from the Letter to the Philippians: Rejoice in the Lord always! Again, I say, rejoice!

The second reading this Sunday picks up this theme: “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.” We need to hear both of these realities: rejoice and pray! We can only rejoice always if we are praying without ceasing. God is not asking the impossible of us. When we see that God is not in our heart, we can invite Him once more to make us aware of His presence. In that way, we can rejoice and pray all the day long.

The Gospel tells of Saint John the Baptist, whose one concern was to point to Jesus Christ: the One who is to come. Saint John the Baptist is a saint of joy because he points always to Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. It is a challenge for us to live in such a way that we are always witness to the presence of God and God’s love. It is because God loves us and forgives us that we can rejoice and be glad. Let us rejoice and be glad this Sunday as we delight in God’s love.


Church Front Steps and Railing:

  • Stonework ………. $16,311.24
  • Railing …………….. $2,938.00
  • Total  …………….. $19,249.24
  • Electrical bill will be about $750

CWL Christmas Dinner – Thank You!

Thanks to all of you who attended the
Annual CWL Christmas Dinner.
43 people were present, and the dinner
raised $783 in support of CWL causes.


Parish Office Closed for Christmas: The Parish Office will be closed Tues 26 Dec — Fri 29 Dec.


Church Organist Required—PICTON

Greg and Jenny Garrett are leaving St. Gregory’s. Sad but true, as of next June, they will be moving to their new home in Trenton, Ontario, and our music ministry will be in dire need of help! Do you know an organist, choir director, pianist or soloist who would like to contribute their talents to our Liturgical Services here at St. Gregory’s Church? If so, please ask them to contact Fr. Chisholm at 613-476-6276. In the meantime, let us all pray that our search may yield grace-filled results.