Bulletin for the week of October 30th - November 5th, 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.
THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OCTOBER 30th, 2005
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd - ALL SOULS, MASS AT 7:00 P.M.:
BAPTISM PREPARATION TO BEGIN SOON:
If there are any parents who want to have their infants baptized on November 27, please let us know. Then we will get our preparation in place which consists in three evenings of reflection on the significance of what parents request for their children
ANY CANDIDATES FOR FIRST COMMUNION, CONFIRMATION?
At any rate, parents who want to have their children make their first communion are asked to get in touch with us. That also applies to those who are 15 years and older and want to be confirmed.
BAPTISM IN JESUS NAME: (4)
In that light it is not a bad idea to take a look at the first creation story in the Bible (yes, there are two versions of the creation story).It is typical of the first creation story that it has God take a number of steps to finally arrive at the creation of us human beings. Before we get to that last step God is presented as being quite pleased with what he has created thus far. Then we hear God, as it were, talking to himself; not bad. Pretty good, in fact. But I can do better than that. “Let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves---. God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.”(Genesis 1:26-27) Imagine! That is what God has in mind with us; that we be images, reflections of God-self. That is God’s dream about us, about each one of us. That is in the final analysis the true basis of our human dignity, of each human being’s dignity: to be created in God’s image and likeness! God took a fair bit of risk in dreaming that way. After all, we human beings have given enough evidence that we are pretty good in messing up God’s dream. That is why the creation story is followed by the story of the fall which is really the story of our messing up God’s dream.
But God does not give up on his dream that easily. He makes one more decisive move. He sends us his son Jesus with a message: Folks, what I really have in mind with all of you is what you see displayed in Jesus, my beloved Son. Follow him, give yourself over to him, let him shape your life. After all, what is said of Jesus in the New Testament picks up that theme of the first creation story: Jesus Christ is the perfect image and likeness of God. In Jesus Christ’s dream about each one of us is fully realized.
Going the path of Jesus Christ, being baptized in his name has a lot to do with saying yes to God’s dream about us.
GET-TOGETHER FOR LEADERS IN ENGLISH PARISHES - SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12th:
PPC members, Wardens, members of parents’ committees, all parish Ministries, interested parishioners are strongly urged to be part of this workshop. May we count on you?
When: Saturday November 12, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
WATER: LIFE BEFORE PROFIT!
Development and Peace is in its third and final year of its program “Water: Life before profit!” We are asking our Prime Minister to ensure that water is recognized as a sacred gift that connects all life. Its value to the common good must take priority over commercial interests.
Join us in asking the Canadian Government to ensure access to clean water for all – now and for future generations!
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