December 15th, 2019 | Third Sunday of Advent
Election of Wardens
At a meeting of parishioners held Sunday, December 8th, two wardens were elected: Don Taddeo was elected for a second term and Madeline Varkay was newly elected to serve a first mandate. Congratulations to both! We thank Brian Weber who served on the Board for two terms and who did a wonderful job. The term of office for the two new Wardens begins on January 1st, 2020. Fr.MacEachen
Christmas Eve Children’s Gospel Pageant
If you will be attending the 7:15 Mass on Christmas Eve, your children are invited to participate in the Children’s Gospel Pageant. A long-time tradition, at this point, due to lack of participation, the Pageant may have to be cancelled this year. To sign up contact Linda Wiltshire after Mass, at the parish office or by email at email@example.com
The deadline to sign up is Monday December 16th A short rehearsal will be held following Mass next Sunday.
Christmas Flowers to Decorate the Church
You are invited to make a donation toward the purchase of flowers to decorate the church and altar for the Christmas season. If you wish your donation to be made in memory of a loved one please include the names with your donation. Envelopes are available at the back of the church and should be received by December 16th in order to allow us to plan the decor of the church during this holy season.
Advent Mass of Concern
Have you shared in the parish Advent project by contributing to our Mass of Concern?
Many of our less fortunate neighbours depend on our help for money to purchase food and other necessities at Christmas as well as throughout the year. Donation envelopes for this good work of the parish still available at the doors of the church. Thank you for your generosity.
Our Capital Campaign is doing very well. Thanks to your generosity and to an anonymous donor who made an exceptional gift we have received pledges exceeding the $900,000. If you have not made your contribution as of yet, please consider doing so at this time. Whatever the amount, it will be most appreciated and meaningful in helping us reach our goal.
Weekly Donation Envelope Boxes
Parishioners who use the envelope system for their parish contribution will find the 2020 boxes at the main entrance of the church this weekend. Please pick up only the box that has your name & number on it. Boxes are in alphabetical order. 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.
Sunday Missals 2020
The Living with Christ Sunday Mass books for the coming Liturgical Year are available for sale at the back of the church. The cost is $5 each. The supply is limited so you are encouraged to purchase your copy as soon as possible, and write your name in your book.
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. Visit www.onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Advent
2. Loyola Press Advent Resources
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
“For I was hungry and you gave me food” (Matthew 25:35) We have a new tradition in our parish to support the hungry on a more 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)