230 Queen Street East • Mount Forest, On N0G 2L0 • Phone: 519-323-1054


St MaryPurificationParish

230 Queen St, P.O. Box 128,

Mount Forest, Ont. Canada


Phone: 323-1054 or  Fax : 323-0117

 CONFESSIONS:  Saturday from 4pm -- 4:30pm                    

     Office Hours: 323-1054                  

(Secretary days Monday-Tuesday-Thursday -9am-12/1-3pm)


BULLETIN FOR :  18 January 2015 

ST. MARY PARISH                     

Tues:   8:30 a.m.         Joseph Raftis req Anna Marie Raftis

Wed:     8:30 a.m.        Mary O'Donnell req Lou & Marcella Williams

Thur:    8:30 a.m.        Margaret Murphy req Muriel & Dan Murphy

Fri:      10:30 a.m.        Mary Kalyniak req Evelyn Collins

Sat:      5:00 p.m.        Peter & Gladys O'Dwyer req The Family



5:00 p.m.    GROUP # 2 – L. Hoffman, A. Walker, L. Walker, K. Bignell

9:30 a.m.    GROUP # 1 -  M. vanStaveren, N. vanStaveren, B. Wildeman,  A. Townsend


LECTORS                                COMMUNION MINISTERS                  GIFTBEARERS

5:00 p.m.   E. Collins                        B. McCormick                                Mr & Mrs M. Rice

9:30 a.m.    D. Ross                   D. Andrade / K. Kipper                         Mr & Mrs T. Tangney


ALTAR CARE                        CHALICE-Jan 24-31                       MASS FACILITATOR

C.Allen / M.M. Tangney                 Betty Mogensen                                    John Stephen


CHILDREN'S LITURGYLori Corrigan                                 Hall Set Up – team # 3 – Jan 19-25


OFFERTORY- $2,312.50          Thank you.    Financial results @ 31Dec14:            Income      $215,799

                                                                                                                        Expense      219,322

                                                                                                                        Deficit       $  (3,523)*

*This number is not final.  The 2014 Cathedraticum that we are obligated to pay to the Diocese as a percentage of our income received has not been calculated.  We anticipate this expense to be approximately $12,000


ST. PETER MISSION-Sun 11am- Marilyn Rivest req Agnes & Roy Diemert

COMMUNION  MINISTER – A. Diemert     LECTOR-B. Schmitz                                 

USHER – P. Culliton   ALTAR SERVERS – Simon, Philip, Nevinn

OFFERTORY $322.00     Thank you.




Dear friends, it is unfortunate that I have to address the following topic in my pastor's column, but I think it is absolutely necessary.  I have become aware, over the past several months in particular, of a distressing trend here in our little parish, a trend of what I can only call “bullying”.  Virtually on a weekly basis I hear reports or receive complaints about incidents where people have been yelled at, treated in a disrespectful manner, told that they are incompetent, and the list goes on and on.  So far we have not had need to call the police, but we have come close on one or two occasions.  Why do I share this with you, because this type of behavior thrives in secrecy, and it needs to be shown the light of day if we are going to correct this problem.  Our parish should be a safe place where people do not have to be afraid of their fellow parishioners.  That is why I am forced to now announce a zero tolerance policy; anyone engaging in this type of behavior will no longer be allowed to serve as a volunteer in this parish.  It is sad that this is necessary, but I believe it is the only way to keep our parishioners and parish staff safe.


“Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?'” – John 1:38


What are you looking for? Are you wasting your time looking for the material comforts of the world? Or, is your heart longing for something deeper that can only be found by spending time with God? Take time, each day, in silence and ask the Lord what it is that He wants you to do.


Thur., Jan. 22nd at 7:30 pm in the TD Smith Memorial Hall.  $3.00 includes light lunch and prizes.  All welcome. 


50/50 ticket is still unclaimed - December is #460233.  Call Bill Dineen if you are the lucky winner.  323-3161.


St Peter's  - Envelope # 57  is looking for their box of   envelopes, if you have taken home their envelopes by mistake please return box to the church.  ~ thank you.




    Monday             - Rev. Peter Ciallella

    Tuesday              - Rev.  James Link

    Wed-            - Religious Adorers of the Precious Blood

    Thursday           - Rev. Chris Buda

    Friday                - Rev.  Tony O'Dell

    Saturday             - Rev. Jarek Pachocki



Let us remember in prayer all our loved ones who have been called home to the Kingdom.  We especially pray for Sister Mary Muriel O'Connor. She was 95 years young; her funeral was last week in Dundas at the Mother House.  May she rest in peace. 



We pray for all our sick parishioners, especially for Eileen Murray. Please advise the office when a name is to be removed from this list.



The Mount Forest area is looking for volunteers. A Big brother or sister would be matched to a child who has similar interests and values.  They meet once a week for one or two hours. Those interested please contact the Big Brothers/Big Sisters office @ 519-323-4273.




In a letter last month to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, which was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II Decree Redintegratio Unitatis, Pope Francis wrote: 

Spiritual ecumenism, which reaches a high point in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, lives and develops through countless channels, which truly only the Lord sees, but which we, too, often have the joy of knowing: it is a worldwide network of prayerful moments which, at parish and international levels, spread the oxygen of the authentic ecumenical spirit through the body of the Church; a network of acts, which see us united and working together in so many works of charity; and it is also a sharing of prayer, of meditation and other texts which circulate on the web and can contribute to raising awareness, respect and mutual esteem.

The full text of the Holy Father's letter is available on the Holy See's website


Sunday January 25, after the am Mass. 



All men are invited to attend the Christian Men's breakfast here @ St. Mary's on Saturday, January 31st. @ 8:30 a.m. Coffee time is at 8:00 a.m. There will be a guest speaker.


DIOCESAN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS Sunday June 7 at 1:30pm at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King.  The Mass is for couples celebrating their 25, 40, 50, or 60 or more of marriage in the year 2015.  We hope that you may be available to join us for this Mass of celebration.  Please fill out the form attached to the poster on the bulletin board and mail to the chancery office in Hamilton.  Couples may also register on-line at www.hamiltondiocese.com 


Feb 7 - 2 sittings at 4pm and 6pm. Adult tickets for over - $12 is $15 –Age 5-12 -$8 under 5-free; family pack - 2 adults 2 kids -$40 cost etc. Please mark your calendar for this special event. Roast Beef and all the trimmings!!  Contact the school at 323-2586 or Amy Benn at 323-1034. 



TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN HEALING – An opportunity for learning.

 Presented by Henri Lemay, President of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services. This formation in healing series is the outcome of the November 2001, symposium held in Rome which concluded there was a need to train people in the areas of healing from the perspective given to us through our faith and Christ himself. Level One will be offered on March 7th and Level 2 July 30 – Aug. 2. Both programs will provide learning, praying, and ministry practicums, providing the tools needed to assist people through this ministry work. For more information, or to register, go to the Hamilton Diocesan website at www.hamiltondiocese.com, or contact Mary Ann Crosland 905 469-9930 or Ina Caplette 905- 510-7930.



We would like to invite your church community to be part of this evening prayer event, hosted by Guelph & Area Right to Life.  Supreme Court Prayer Vigil
Wednesday, January 28, 7:00pm,  Sidewalk in front of Guelph General Hospital, 115 Delhi St.  For more information, email
facts@guelphforlife.com or call 519-836-6311.

                                        Bulletin Deadline is Wednesday Morning.rnin

CONFESSIONS:   Every Saturday at 4pm.

Blessings,  Rev Brendan McGrath

email:  stmarymtforest@wightman.ca            Bulletin Advertising Deadline is Wed am.





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