Bulletin for the week of May 29th - June 4th, 2005.
A sincere welcome to those who are new among us. We hope you find a warm and welcoming faith-home with us. Please introduce yourself after Mass and call the Rectory to register.
BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (A) MAY 29, 2005
OPPORTUNITY TO SAY "THANK YOU" TO DOROTHY CASEY:
As we may expect a good number of parishioners to be part of that special June 5th Coffee Sunday Gathering, our PPC and Fabriques would like to deal with a few business items. These will be easily dealt with and will not overshadow our thanks to Dorothy.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL (PPC) CONSTITUTION TO BE RATIFIED:
YOUTH ACTIVITY (FINAL ONE PRIOR TO SUMMER VACATION):
We will be teaching the children a song about St. Francis. With the words of the song our budding young artists will design and paint a mural for presentation to the congregation. We figure that it will take two Sundays (May 29 and June 5th) to complete the mural and learn the words of the new song. Presentation of the mural and song will take place during Mass on Sunday, June 12th. All ages are welcome(from the very young to the not so young) as we know that everyone has something to contribute!
ABOUT "BELIEVING WITHOUT BELONGING"
"There is a deep hunger for God. People do not look to Christianity alone but to all the great religions. The young especially are interested in spirituality rather than doctrine. They are interested in God more than in the Church. A 1999 survey showed an increase in the number of people who describe themselves as religious and with a belief in the afterlife, especially among the young. But attendance at religious ceremonies are continuing to drop. So Europe has been described as believing without belonging".
"Clearly a big challenge for christianity is how to remain in contact with the millions of people who look for God but do not come to Church. At the centre of Christianity is community; we are gathered by the Lord around the altar. How can we attract people to belong as well as believe?. "We Christians should accompany people on their pilgrimages. Specifically we should travel with people as they search for the good, the truth and the beautiful. According to traditional Catholic theology, human beings are made for these. Every human being hungers for the good, the true and the beautiful, these are desires that are part of our hard-wiring. Our contribution is to remind people of these deepest desires, which are rooted in our nature like the migratory urges of salmon or terns, making us restless until we arrive. We should be with people as they search for good, the beautiful and the true".Rather than standing in judgment over people, the church must reflect on what it means to teach the way to goodness, seeking the good is not primarily about rules and commandments. It is not about what one is obliged or forbidden to do. Morality is primarily about making a journey towards God and happiness. What is central in this journey is not the commandments but the virtues, the virtues help one to be a pilgrim".(more to come)
WE NEED A NEW WARDEN:
WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO COUNT THE COLLECTION (O.L.V.):
OUR SYMPATHY to Hugh McFaul on the death of his sister Hilda.
BIRTHDAY WISHES to Evelyn Robitaille who will celebrate her 80th birthday on June 2nd.
BUCKINGHAM ElEMENTARY SCHOOL:
OLK shrine meeting on Monday May 30th, at 7:00pm
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