Gospel Mt 3:1-12
“The beginning of Advent marks the start of a new liturgical year in the Church. Advent is a season of devout and joyful expectation. Its four Sundays, and the days between highlight our desire and longing for peace, justice and unity. The first part of Advent looks forward to the parousia , the second coming of Jesus. Together we look FORWARD to His return while preparing our lives and hearts to greet him. The second part of Advent from December 17th to the 24th is a focused preparation for the joyful
celebration of the first coming of Jesus. This intense anticipation during the last days of Advent reflect our longing for Emmanuel God with us. As we move towards Christmas, we worship our God who came to be with us, who is always with us, and who will come again in glory. As disciples of the Lord we long to know and live out the gift of Hope, and the fruits of Peace, Joy, and Charity. As we move towards Christmas, let us keep a good Advent, doing all we can to prepare ourselves to join the
shepherds and magi in their adoration of the King of kings.
Let us go rejoicing to the house of The Lord – Psalm 122
Rorate Masses on Saturday mornings:
These candlelight Masses are in special honour of The Blessed Virgin Mary. Please join us the following Saturdays:
December 7th, 14th, and 21st at 7:00 AM at St.Bernard’s Church.
From Fr. Matthew:
“I am renewing my personal commitment to diligently be available before EACH Mass (except 11 am Sunday) for 45 minutes, to hear confessions. In addition to this regular schedule, throughout Advent, I will be available following weekday Masses (including Saturday morning) for 30 minutes also for the sake of any increased demand for reconciliation.”
December 06 – Feast of St. Nicholas:
Please join us to celebrate Mass in honour of SAINT NICHOLAS on Friday , December 6 at 5:30 pm at Our Lady of the Assumption Church. Following Mass, we will celebrate with a POTLUCK DINNER & FUN at 6:00 pm. Doors open @ 4:00 pm.
For information, or to sign up, please contact: (613) 805 7308, or email Kathleen Boskill at: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 09 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception:
At Our Lady of the Assumption Church we will be celebrating a special Mass to mark the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, on Monday, December 9 , at 6:00 PM
On the 3rd Sunday of Advent: December 14 & 15, at all 3 Masses, we invite you to:
BRING YOUR OWN FIGURINES OF THE CHRIST CHILD FROM YOUR CRÈCHE OR NATIVITY SCENES AT HOME that weekend, for a special blessing of them at the end of Mass.
This tradition is a custom in Rome, where the Holy Father blesses the figurines of the Baby Jesus for the people on Gaudete Sunday in St. Peter’s Square
Every month within our parish, we supply 30 to 60 food hampers to the poor of our community including your neighbours and fellow parishioners. During the Christmas season, we provide 100 – 120 hampers during the month of December alone. This requires a huge volunteer effort as well as roughly $5,000 in groceries and grocery cards.
Thank you so much for your past support and now we request your ongoing assistance during this season of giving. Please consider providing nonperishable food and financial support and help us to provide a happier Christmas to those in need.
On behalf of all those we help…thank you and Merry Christmas!
- Peanut butter, jam
- Canned soups, beans, fruit, vegetables, tomato sauce
- Rice and pasta
- Mac and Cheese
- Canned tuna
- Dry soup
- Granola bars
- Pancake mix (complete) and pancake syrup
The NEW Sunday Missals will be available for purchase starting THIS WEEKEND in the gathering area of each church The church year begins with the First Sunday of Advent you will need a new missal ready for the First Sunday of Advent weekend of Nov. 30/ Dec.01.
Regular Missals are $5.00 each, and new this year, a Sunday Missal for Young Catholics is available for $8.00
It is time again this year (very soon!) to begin preparation for your child’s reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion! Here is a letter to parents from Fr. Matthew and the necessary forms. The registration forms can be downloaded, printed and filled out and returned to the Parish Office.
Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday – Dec. 08 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Monday – Dec. 09 – St. Juan Diego
Tuesday – Dec. 10 – St. Deiniol of Bangor
Wednesday – Dec. 11 – St. Emers
Thursday – Dec. 12 – Our Lady of Guadalupe
Friday – Dec. 13 – St. Lucy
Saturday – Dec. 14 – St. John of the Cross
Current Announcements from the Diocese Catholic Pastoral Centre may be read HERE:
We have added a page with a selection of Prayer Cards for your enjoyment and use. These may be accessed from the main page menu, or from this link.
These cards are in Adobe PDF format, and will require a PDF viewer for viewing and printing.
John pointed others to the coming of Christ and his kingdom
John the Baptist’s life was fueled by one burning passion – to point others to Jesus Christ and to the coming of his kingdom. Who is John the Baptist and what is the significance of his message for our lives? Scripture tells us that John was filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb (Luke 1:15, 41) by Christ himself, whom Mary had just conceived by the Holy Spirit. When Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth John lept in her womb as they were filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:41). Like the prophets of the Old Testament, John devoted his entire life to prayer and the word of God. He was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness where he was tested and grew in the word of God. John’s clothing was reminiscent of the prophet Elijah (see Kings 1:8). The Holy Spirit prepared John for the mission entrusted to him as forerunner of the Messiah, Jesus Christ – the Word of God who became man for our salvation (John 1:1,14). John pointed to Jesus as the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world by offering his life on the cross as the atoning sacrifice for our sins and the sin of the world (John 1:29).
John broke the prophetic silence of the previous centuries when he began to speak the word of God to the people of Israel. His message was similar to the message of the Old Testament prophets who chided the people of God for their unfaithfulness and who tried to awaken true repentance in them. Among a people unconcerned with the things of God, it was his work to awaken their interest, unsettle them from their complacency, and arouse in them enough good will to recognize and receive Christ when he came. Are you eager to hear God’s word and to be changed by it through the power of the Holy Spirit?
A new era of God’s restoration begins
Jesus tells us that John the Baptist was more than a prophet (Luke 7:26). John was the voice of the Consoler who is coming (John 1:23; Isaiah 40:1-3). He completed the cycle of prophets begun by Elijah (Matthew 11:13-14). What the prophets had carefully searched for and angels longed to see, now came to completion as John made the way ready for the coming of the Messiah, God’s Anointed Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. With John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit begins the restoration to the human race of the “divine likeness”, prefiguring what would be achieved with and in the Lord Jesus.
Quote from the early church fathers: The voice of the one crying in the wilderness, by Theodoret of Cyr 393-466 A.D.
“The true consolation, the genuine comfort and the real deliverance from the iniquities of humankind is the incarnation of our God and Savior. Now the first who acted as herald of this event was the inspired John the Baptist. Accordingly, the prophetic text proclaims the realities that relate to him in advance, for that is what the three blessed Evangelists have taught us and that the most divine Mark has even made the prologue of his work. As for the inspired John, whom the Pharisees asked whether he himself was the Christ, he declared on his part: ‘I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord’ as the prophet Isaiah said (John 1:23; Isaiah 40:30); I am not God the Word but a voice, for it is as a herald that I am announcing God the Word, who is incarnate. Moreover, he refers to the Gentiles as the ‘untrodden [land]’ because they have not yet received the prophetic stamp.” (excerpt from COMMENTARY ON ISAIAH 12.40.3)
Text and reflections, courtesy and used with permission – http://dailyscripture.servantsoftheword.org
“Lord, let your light burn brightly in my heart that I may know the joy and freedom of your kingdom. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and empower me to witness the truth of your Gospel and to point others to Jesus Christ.”
There will be a time of Eucharistic Adoration on the First Friday of every month. It will take place at Our Lady of the Assumption Church following the 9:00 am Mass and end with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 11:00 am. All are welcome to join us for a time of silent prayer and adoration before Our Eucharistic Lord.