FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT — DECEMBER 21, 2014 75 8 Parish Staff PASTOR Father Tim Hingston [email protected] ASSOCIATE PASTOR Father Andrew Czarny [email protected] PASTORAL ASSOCIATE – YOUTH MINISTRY Mr. Andrew Beach (ext. 228) [email protected] MUSIC DIRECTOR Mr. Colin Cousins (ext. 242) PARISH SECRETARY Mrs. Ann Harangozo (ext. 221) [email protected] BOOKEEPER Mrs. Lisa Berki (ext. 222) [email protected] MAINTENANCE Mr. Ron Cook (ext. 225) [email protected] MINISTRY OF COMPASSION Mrs. Sheila Brennan (ext. 221) LITURGICAL MINISTRY Ann Harangozo & Helen Dallaway (ext. 231) [email protected] C O N TAC T U S Office Phone………(519) 753-8439 Office Fax………….(519) 752-6208 E-mail……...…[email protected] PARISH OFFICE HOURS Tuesday to Friday 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday) PARISH WEBSITE www.stpius.ca HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS rd Tuesday, December 23 – open regular office hours th Wednesday, December 24 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day th Tuesday, December 30 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. st Closed Wednesday, January 31 , New Year’s Day and nd Friday, January 2 EUCHARIST – THIS WEEK Monday, December 22 7:45 a.m. Rosary 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer Tuesday, December 23 8:00 a.m. Bruno Beccari Wednesday, December 24 – Nativity of the Lord 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. Thursday, December 25 – Nativity of the Lord 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 26 – St Stephen 8:00 a.m. Claire Pink Saturday, December 27 – St John 5:00 p.m. Bob Blue; Joseph Preca & Emanuel Aguis; Sebastiano Berardi; Augusto Pulciani; Sinesio & Michelina Odoardi Sunday, December 28 – The Holy Family 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Our Faith Community _ ____________________________________________ THIS WEEK IN OUR PARISH Office closed Dec. 25th to Dec. 26th Saturday, December 27 Reconciliation 4:00 pm PREPARING FOR NEXT WEEK Sirach 3.2-6,12-14; Colossians 3.12-21; Luke 2.22-40 Christmas Greetings to you and to yours! As I write this note, we mark the halfway point of Advent. With joy we focus now on the birth of a babe in a far away land at a far away time. He is born! Many things that I am reading right now have referred to a God of Surprises. Once again our God chooses to come among us as a vulnerable little baby. Our God sent his messenger in the most unlikely person of John who baptized the people. Everything he does seems to have an element of surprise. What is He doing to surprise you at this Christmas? We live in and with a joy beyond our expectation. We live with a faith that defies reason. The God who constantly surprises us is at it again. Find the smallest thing and allow yourself to be surprised by God. May the joys of this Christmas season envelop you with joy and hope. May God pour out his abundant blessings and surprises upon you and your families today and always. Fr Tim FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT – DECEMBER 21, 2014 YOUTH MINISTRY CORNER VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2015 For those who like to plan ahead, please be aware that our Vacation Bible School 2015 will run the week of th th August 10 – 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for children ages 5 to 11 years old. Registrations will open on th April 7 , 2015. Leadership applications will be out as of the end of April and will be due the end of May. WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES Pope Francis to attend World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia – The Diocese of Hamilton is planning a trip to the World Meeting of Families, departing Sept. 22, 2015 and returning September 28, 2015 – both Bishop Crosby and Bishop Miehm will be attending. The World Meeting is designed to be significant to people of all ages at all stages of life. Every keynote address and workshop will be based on the concepts of marriage, family and relationship. This is a family event with workshop streams for those 18 and older, 6 – 12 years and day care for those 5 and younger. The first 100 people to register for the Hamilton Diocesan trip will have both their registration and transportation (by bus) paid by the Diocese, leaving only the cost of hotel and food. For more information and to register, please go to www.hamiltondiocese.com, or call 905-528-7988 ext. 2250 (Teresa Hartnett)."I believe that this event has the power to transform, in deeply positive ways, not just the Catholic Church, but our entire community," stated Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. CHRISTMAS MIDNIGHT MASS His Excellency, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, OMI, DD, Bishop of Hamilton will celebrate Christmas Midnight Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, th Hamilton. This is the 60 year that CHCH-TV has televised the Midnight Mass which is broadcast live and then repeated at 8:00 a.m. on Christmas morning. A carol service will begin at 11:30 p.m. followed by Midnight Mass. The televising of this celebration is made possible by the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Hamilton. CHRISTMAS MASSES Christmas Eve Masses: 5:00 p.m.; 6:30 p.m.; 8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. Christmas Day Masses: 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 am. No 7:00 p.m. Mass on Christmas Day. MARY, MOTHER OF GOD The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God will be celebrated st on Wednesday, December 31 at 5:00 p.m. and st Thursday, January 1 at 11:00 am. DIOCESAN PRAYER CALENDAR Monday, Dec. 22 Rev. Msgr. William O’Brien Tuesday, Dec. 23 Rev. Marijan Mihokovic Wednesday, Dec. 24 Consecrated Men & Women Thursday, Dec. 25 Rev. Charles Galea Friday, Dec. 26 Rev. Saju Oreethaparambil Saturday, Dec. 27 Rev. Ambroise Tsiaba Ntumba WELCOME TO OUR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY We welcome the following children to the household of faith through the waters of Baptism: Carter Robert Jocelyn-Bisson; Kate Marie Jocelyn-Bisson; Asher Huber Janes; Ayden Glenn Janes; Emma Victoria Pereira Olivar; Selena Novo Almeida; Soleil Lucia Shalom Eliovitz; Zoe Alexandra Laracy and Elena Aitken. Let us pray that they will continue to grow in faith. PRAYERS FOR THE DECEASED In your charity, please remember in your prayers: Giuseppe Frisoli, husband of Carmela. May he rest in the peace of Christ and rejoice in the glory of Heaven. CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE PRESIDENT’S LETTER To our Catholic Women’s League members and all the parishioners of St Pius X Parish. I can’t believe that four years have passed so quickly. I would like to thank you for letting me serve you for the next two years and am looking forward to new challenges & opportunities. I feel blessed to represent our league council at St Pius X with the help of God’s graces, our Spiritual Advisor Fr Tim and the wonderful women who volunteered their time and talents for the executive and standing chair positions. I know everything will go very smoothly. Please check the bulletin board for the list of the newly elected executive for 2015 – 2016. I wish all of you a wonderful, blessed and safe Christmas and New Year. God Bless you! Sincerely, Rosanna Carrozzella President BULLETIN ITEMS DEADLINE Items for the following bulletins must be in by: th rd January 4 Bulletin must be in by December 23 INCOME TAX NOTICE All contributions received by December 31, 2014 will be included in Income Tax Receipts which will be issued in January.
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