Bulletin for the week of October 23rd - 29th, 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.
THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OCTOBER 23rd, 2005
ANY CANDIDATES FOR FIRST COMMUNION? CONFIRMATION?
In some way preparing for sacraments is relatively easy. But that is only true when practically separated or isolated from Christian life. And there is the hub. The proper celebration of sacraments presupposes a fair bit. The first that comes to mind is love for Jesus Christ. Of course, the sacraments make no sense apart from Jesus Christ, who Jesus is, what he lived for, what he gave his life for, why he was raised from the dead and what that means. That love for and knowledge of Jesus Christ will translate in our cultivating a taste for and identifying with what matters to Jesus Christ. And that is what formation to the Christian life is all about. Quite a challenge today!
Can we make the move that the Bishop asks from us? It is not easy, but we can take small steps in moving in that direction. We would already have achieved a lot if we were all convinced that formation to the Christian life is first and foremost an “adult affair” and that it is an “ongoing affair”, only completed when we finally come home in God Father, Son and Spirit. It is really a matter of having Christ grow on us. That does not mean that our children could not be part of that too or that we have to withhold that from our children. If Jesus Christ and what he stands for are important to us (myself included) then our children will want to develop a taste for Jesus Christ too.
And then preparing for sacraments becomes easy in the good sense. Back to the question! We would like to hear from parents who want to have their children make their first communion. Similarly, we would like to hear from parishioners who are 15 years and up who have not been confirmed if they are interested in being confirmed.
GET-TOGETHER FOR LEADERS IN ENGLISH PARISHES - Saturday November 12:
Individual parishes have wrestled with it during the past year. The English Zone Pastoral Council has spent a fair bit of time on it as well. In all honesty, it is tough going. Yes, the Mission of Christ is still the same. But our world is so different. So is our Church. As a result we must handle the Mission of Christ differently. Quite a challenge!
How about getting together with other parishes on it? The Executive of our English Zone Pastoral Council has put together a format for the workshop that, we trust will help us become more familiar with the orientations of the document mentioned above. We figure it will benefit us all when we get our heads and our hearts together. When we talk about “leaders” in English Parishes getting together we mean all those who are engaged in some parish activity: PPC Members, Members of all parish committees, all parish ministries, interested parishioners. May we count on you?
WHEN: Saturday November 12 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Where: Our Lady of Annunciation Parish Hall. 109 rue Archambault , Hull sector
What: “Wrestling” with the document and some other items.
FORMATION SESSION IN LITURGY - SATURDAY OCTOBER 29th:
Where: St Maria- Goretti Church (664 rue Duberger)
When: Saturday October 29, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm .
Please register at the Diocesan Center by phoning the receptionist at 771-8391 .
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE FALL CAMPAIGN:
Privatization tends to undermine community control, as shown in the story of Bolivia in the pamphlet inserted in today’s bulletin. It is impossible to have genuine community participation in water services if outside forces can declare water a commodity and turn water delivery systems into a source of profit.
Today, privatization of water services is still being encouraged as a compulsory component of receiving funding. Not only is this carried out by the World Bank, but by our own government through its funding for domestic (Canadian) water infrastructure projects. This year, we are asking our Prime Minister to ensure that decisions about water are made by the people who are most affected by them and that these decisions be made collectively, and democratically.
Please familiarize yourself with the pamphlet, Water – Life before profit! And be ready to sign the action card that will be distributed next weekend.
ST.ALOYSIUS SPAGHETTI DINNER & DANCE:
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