To Be Faithful Servants Walking God's Talk
This Weeks Readings: Isaiah 11.1-10; Psalm 72; Romans 15.4-9; Matthew 3.1-12.
St. John the Baptist was chosen to be ‘the prophet of the Most High God’. (Luke 1:76) As baptized Catholics we too are called to be prophets. The Second Vatican Council confirms this, “…they (the laity) are in their own way made sharers in the priestly, prophetical and kingly functions of Christ” Lumen Gentium (31). What has this got to do with stewardship? If we are to be prophetic, then we must be good stewards of the Gospel message by sharing it with others. We do this by the example of our lives and the witness of our spoken word. Thus, like St. John, we too can prepare the way of the Lord. Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of Winnipeg, www.archwinnipeg.ca
Next Week's Readings: Isaiah 35.1-6a, 10; Psalm 146; James 5.7-10; Matthew 11.2-11.
During the season of Advent, particularly in the latter part of the season, we reflect on Mary’s role in God’s plan of salvation. “Let it be with me according to your word,” said Mary after she heard the news from the angel Gabriel that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, she would conceive in her womb and bear Jesus, the Son of God.
On Wednesday December 11, 2013, the Archdiocese of Toronto will be having a diocese-wide Day of Confessions. Don't miss out on God's mercy and grace. Advent is a season of preparing for the birth of Christ. Why not take advantage of a sacrament that he instituted for us?
Confessions will be heard between 9:00 am to 7:00 pm in our parish.
For the past several years, parishioners of St. Patrick’s Parish have shown their generous spirit at Christmas time to support those in need. Over the years, the Christmas Outreach program has reached out to 200 + families as well as men and women in half-way houses in Toronto.
Parishioners will be asked to adopt a family and provide gift cards that will allow parents who are struggling to provide a Christmas meal and gifts for their families. You will be able to donate gift cards in any amount. A tax receipt for donations over $20.00 will be issued.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and The Friends of Dismas are very grateful for the parishioner's support of this project. There are still several families remaining that need assistance this Christmas. Sign up is still available in the parish office.
The drop off of gift cards is scheduled for the weekend of December 14 & 15, 2013 in the St. Brendan’s Room.
Thank you for your kindness and generosity.