SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT ~ DECEMBER 10, 2017


STAR OF THE SEA, CANSO

ST. AGNES, LITTLE DOVER

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL, QUEENSPORT

ST. JOSEPH’S, PORT FELIX


PASTOR: Fr. Jonathan Nnajiofor, SMMM

Glebe 366-2927; Cell 613-929-7089



CONGREGATION OF NOTRE DAME 358-2346



PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEMBERS: Sam Delorey, Donna Jackson,
Rene LeBlanc, Flo Flemming, Jenny Keefe, Paul Smith, Marlaine Myatt,
Mary Jean Hanhams, Irene O’Leary, Janet Delorey, Cynthia Creamer,
Calvin Harnish, Corrine Munroe, Sr. Alma, Marie Parker, Fr. Jonathan



The complete text of this bulletin is also available on the parish's website at www.cansoparishes.org



WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE

Saturday, December 16 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph - †Charles Mason


Sunday, December 17 -11:00 a.m. - Star of the Sea - †Cank Keefe


WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE

Wednesday, December 13 - 6:00p.m. - St. Joseph - †Verna Rhynold

Thursday, December 14 - 6:00 p.m. - Star of the Sea Vestry - †Betty Ryan


PLEASE NOTE: MASS WILL BE CELEBRATED IN THE THREE CHURCHES JANUARY 6 & 7. St. Vincent de Paul Church is now closed for the winter months and will reopen in May, 2018.


COMMUNION CALLS - If you know of anyone who is unable to get out to Mass and would like to receive Holy Communion, please call the parish office to have their name added to the list. Communion Calls will be the first Friday of the month.


REFLECTION ON TODAY’S READINGS - LETTING GOD FIND US

During this Advent season, we have our own sets of expectations, longing for a better world. While it is true that the reign of God has, in Jesus Christ, been established among us, it is likewise true that we humans have not responded to God’s offer, as we should. We long for peace. We cry out for justice. Security remains elusive. Dishonesty, corruption and greed still beset us. We lament the condition of the world we have to live in. Yet, God continues to come into such a world much like he came two thousand years ago. He continues to challenge us to remain as positive as we can be. He continues to call us to selflessness, generosity, honesty and love even in the negatives of this life. He was not recognized by most of the people when he first came. Will we recognize him when he comes now? Will we recognize “the one who comes”?


ADVENT ADULT FAITH FORMATION: As part of our Adult Faith Formation, during the Advent Season we shall be having a DVD Series on the ‘Tour of the Catechism of the Catholic Church’ every Thursday after the Weekday Mass (6:30 p.m.) at Star of the Sea, Canso.


ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICE - Sunday, December 17- 6:30 p.m. - Star of the Sea Church Wednesday; December 20 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph Church


CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE

Sunday, Weekend Mass, December 24 - 10:00 a.m. - Star of the Sea

Sunday, Christmas Eve, December 24 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph

Sunday, Christmas Eve, December 24 - 7:30 p.m. - Star of the Sea

Monday, Christmas Day, December 25 - 9:30 a.m. - St. Agnes


CHRISTMAS FLOWERS Anyone wishing to make a donation in memory of a loved one to help with the cost of Christmas flowers and decorations can do so by dropping the information in the collection basket in an envelope marked Flowers. Christmas flowers can be placed in the vestry of Star of the Sea after December 21.


PLEASE NOTE Collection envelopes for 2018 are available in the entrance of the churches. Please check that you have the correct envelopes. Some of the numbers have changed and you may have a different number. There are several boxes without names and you are free to take a box for your use. Please ensure your name is on your envelopes and your donations will be credited to you.


MEMORY TREES - have been placed in Star of the Sea, St. Joseph Churches and St. Agnes Parish Hall and will remain until Sunday, January 7. Balls for the tree will be $5.00 each and a loved one’s name will be written on a ball. Donations will be deposited to the parish of your choice. Please fill out a memorial card with your loved ones name.


PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL - The regular monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, January 16, 6:30 p.m. in the St. Agnes Parish Hall .


SUNDAY COLLECTIONS

Star of the Sea (56) 842.00

Loose 10.00

Memory Balls 140.00

St. Agnes (24) 220.00

Loose 5.00

St. Vincent de Paul (7) 170.00

Loose 10.00

St. Joseph (26) 224.00

Loose 19.50

ST. AGNES NEWS

50/50 Bingo - continue Sundays, at 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Your support is greatly appreciated.


STAR OF THE SEA NEWS

Thank you - we wish to send a very special thank you to all who supported the Christmas Bazaar. The funds raised will contribute to the general upkeep of the parish. It is much appreciated! Proceeds were $2,942.09

Ministries Schedule - December 17

Lectors: Ginny Boudreau/Carla Armsworthy

EMOHC: Gelly Parker/Paul Smith

Presentation of Gifts: Baker Family

Cleaning: Theresa Casey/Eileen Cohoon

Ushers/Collectors: Paul Horne/Gerry Parker

Hospitality: Margie Horne/Gertie Snow

Sacristan: Flo Flemming

Servers: Damien/Anthony

Liturgy Committee - will meet Tuesday, January 23at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Glebe.

Property & Finance Committee - will meet Tuesday, January 2 at 7:15 p.m. in the Meeting Room.

Ways & Means - a HUGE thank you to out-going member Betty Ann Munroe. Thank you so very much for your service to the parish and your commitment to this committee. You will be greatly missed. Next meeting will be held Tuesday, December 12 at 7:15 p.m. WE DESPERATELY NEED NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS!!

Ticket Sale - on a $300.00 Gift Card (Canso Coop) are available. Please contact Flo Flemming to buy or sell tickets. All proceeds support Star of the Sea Church. Draw Date December 19.

Ticket Draw - on a Travel Gift Card from CM Travel Brokers, valued at $10,000.00, only 2500 tickets will be printed!! Tickets are $10.00 each. Even if you are not interested traveling, maybe you would still like to contribute to help paint the church. Please help out!!


ST. JOSEPH NEWS

Card Plays - continue on Tuesdays, 7:30


ST. VINCENT DE PAUL NEWS - Proceeds from the Basket of Gift cards was $1, 390.00!! Thank you so very much for your support and hard work selling tickets.


"A Voice: Hear, Love, Follow" - Embrace the Season of Advent at an intergenerational gathering of adults and youth! The afternoon will include an Advent Prayer Service, small group activities for all ages, and hospitality for all! Sunday, December 10, 2pm - 4pm St. Joseph, Port Hawkesbury. Come and gather as we prepare and anticipate the Christ child's birth



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