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December 9th, 2018 | Second Sunday of Advent
Election of Wardens
This Sunday, immediately following the 10:30 Mass, a meeting of parishioners will take place in the Parish room for the purpose of electing two new Wardens to replace the two who are completing their term of office on December 31, 2018. Anyone of good will who resides within the boundaries of the parish may submit his or her name for election. There must be a seconder for each nomination. If you would like to submit your name to serve our parish in this way please speak with Fr. MacEachen. Nominations will be received up until the meeting for the election. The Wardens term of office is three years, renewable once.
Advent Mass of Concern
This weekend we show our concern for our less fortunate neighbours through donations to our annual “Advent Mass of Concern” In your Sunday envelopes, you will find one specific for this Mass. If you do not have Sunday envelopes, a basket containing specially marked envelopes, “Advent Mass of Concern” is available at the entrances to the church. Both cash and cheques are accepted. Cheques should be made out to Ascension of Our Lord Parish. Your generosity in supporting our Advent project will help feed and shelter the homeless and poor this Christmas.
Christmas Flowers to Decorate the Church
All are invited to make a donation in the name of loved ones toward the purchase of flowers to decorate our church for the Christmas season. Donations should be received at the latest by December 17th in order to allow us to plan the decor of the church during this holy season.
Weekly Donation Envelope Boxes
Parishioners who use the envelope system for their parish contribution will find the 2019 boxes available at the main entrance of the church this weekend. Please be sure to pick up only the box that has your name and number on it. Boxes are in alphabetical order. A few among you will have a different box number this year. This is due to our computer system and updating of our parish lists. If you don’t have a donation envelope box—but would like to make your weekly donations to the parish using this method, or if you have any questions please contact the parish office. Thank you for your faithful generosity.
Resources for Advent Reflection and Prayer
1. The “Praying Advent” website offers many helpful resources for individuals and families who want some help to begin the season of Advent and move through it well. There are a great variety of pages which will address the issues almost anyone is facing. In addition, there is a Daily Prayer for each day of Advent.
2. Loyola Press Advent Resource
Includes interactive Advent calendars for adults, children and families, Advent activities for children and inspirational articles for all.
Ignatian contemplation and reflective prayer encourage us in the season of Advent. Resources include: Advent Weekly Prayer reflections, Video Reflections & Podcasts.
We have quite a few Masses without intentions, particularly on weekdays. If you would like to remember a loved one in this way, you are invited to contact the parish office to book a Mass time or the Sanctuary Lamp.
Printed Psalm Sheets
You can print a copy of the Psalms which we use each Sunday by visiting the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops website: Responsorial Psalm
Our Mass Setting
Our choir sings the Mass of St. Frances Cabrini Mass Setting by Kevin Keil. It is simple and should be easy for all to join in. However, for those who would like to accelerate their learning, a choral version of the Mass is available on Youtube:
Mass of St. Frances Cabrini Mass Setting by Kevin Keil.
The parts that we are singing include:
– Memorial Acclamation A,
– Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).
“For I was hungry and you gave me food” Matthew 25:35)
We have a tradition in our parish to support the hungry on a continuous basis.
Bring one non-perishable food item to Mass every weekend which will be sent to the foodbanks.
Donations can be left at the back of the church and will be delivered to St. Willibrord’s parish food bank. A list of suggestions for nutritious non-perishable items is posted below.
Keep in mind that over 860,000 Canadians visit food banks every month,
with over 36% of the donations feeding hungry children.
Foodbank Donation List
suggested nutritious non-perishable food items:
- Oatmeal (regular, no added sugar if possible)
- Pot barley
- Whole-grain high-fibre/whole wheat dried pasta
- Brown rice
- Couscous (whole wheat best)
- Canned salmon or tuna
- Canned beans (chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans)
- Peanut butter
- Tomato sauce
- Pasta sauce in jars
- Canned vegetables and fruit (no added sugar or salt if possible)