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 :  6 April 2014.


Tues:   8:30 a.m.         John Stortz req Ron & Marian Flanigan

Wed:     8:30 a.m.        Blair Kennedy req Rita Kennedy

Thur:    8:30 a.m.        Michael Raftis req Anna Marie Raftis

Fri:      10:30 a.m.        Birmingham: Angela Sheehan

Sat:       9-10am:          Holy Hour followed by Benediction.   

Sat:      5:00 p.m.        Madeline Stortz req Vic & Pauline Stortz


5:00 p.m.   Group #3

9:30 a.m.   Group # 1

LECTORS                                           COMMUNION MINISTERS                  GIFTBEARERS

5:00 p.m.  F. Buchanan /M. Moyer              B. Mothersell                        Mr & Mrs G. Ellis

9:30 a.m.  D. Ross / J. Boylan              S. McCabe / L. Mulhall                Mr & Mrs J. Meulensteen

ALTAR CARE                        CHALICE- Apr 5-12                     MASS FACILITATOR

M. Gorman / M. Flanigan               Rita Kennedy                                           Carl

CHILDREN'S LITURGY Monica    Hall Set Up – team #3 – April 7-13

OFFERTORY- $2,619.00                Thank you.


ST. PETER MISSION – Sunday - 11am – Bob Tone

COMMUNION  MINISTER – A. Diemert      LECTOR-  B. Schmitz                              

USHER – P. Culliton   ALTAR SERVERS –Nelson, Nevinn, Cameron, Stephen 

OFFERTORY $371.00     Thank you.


Beginning this weekend we enter the final phase of the Lenten season, the Passiontide.  These final two weeks of Lent we take things “up a notch”; our penances should take on more earnestness as we approach the Easter celebrations.  I would also like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to a special liturgy during our Sacred Triduum.  On Good Friday evening at 7pm, in addition to the regular Good Friday liturgy, we will celebrate Tenebrae.  Tenebrae (Latin for darkness and shadows) is one of the most beautiful and haunting liturgies that the Church has ever produced; the Church's song of mourning for Christ.  Plus if you've ever wanted to know why the Easter Vigil begins in darkness, this will give you your answer.  Please be sure to attend this beautiful service.



There will be Stations of the Cross each Friday at 7 pm until Easter.  All parishioners are welcome to attend.



February winning ticket number is # 343374. 

Bert O'Donnell is the February winning ticket holder.  Call Bill Dineen 323-3161 if you are a winner.  


Don't forget about our new weekly Holy Hour, Saturday from 9am to 10am.  Come and adore our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the Monstrance.  Can't come for the full hour, not a problem, our Lord is waiting for you, even if you can only spend a few minutes.  Confessions are available throughout the hour, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is given at 10am.

CWL MEETING: Tues April 8 at 1 pm.

HNS MEETING:  Wed April 9 at 7 pm. 


Sunday April 6 at 12 pm.  This will be served by the CWL ladies.   A complimentary meal served to all men of the parish.  All men of the parish are welcome to attend. 


St Peter's is presently looking for a volunteer to look after the St Peter Cemetery books. (It's a small book keeping job not very time consuming).  If anyone has a suggestion or can offer a name of a person that we could contact. This would be appreciated.  


Catherine O'Donnell   Colleen Dalla Costa    Marion Walker

Leona Rodgers      Ron Schmidt     Guido Garden.

Door prize:  Frank McKenna

Next euchre will be held April 10 at 7:30 pm. 


Friday April 11 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Victory Community Centre (old arena) $8 pp.   All are welcome to attend and support this worthy cause.  Potted Pansies' will be sold daily at many Mount Forest locations at $6 each or 2 for $10.   


A large thank you to “Amy & Jason Benn” J  for volunteering their time in presenting the in-service training on our new automated external defibrillator (AED).  Much appreciated !



    Monday             - Rev. Bradley Markus

    Tuesday             - Rev. Joseph de Viveiros

    Wednesday   - Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul

    Thursday           - Rev. Stephen Crowley

    Friday                - Rev. Thomas Vermiglio

    Saturday             - Rev. Dennis Conway



We pray for all our sick parishioners.  We especially pray for Jerry Schmidt, Douglas Bentley and Bob Bentley .  Please advise the office when a name is to be removed from this list.


Let us remember in prayer all our loved ones who have been called home to the Kingdom.   




* Ecology and Justice.  That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.   

* Hope for the Sick.  That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness. 



Are you celebrating your 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, or 60+ Wedding Anniversary in the year 2014?  If you are, you are cordially invited to join couples from across the Diocese of Hamilton for a Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King at 1:30 pm. (Space allows room for Anniversary couples only - those married 60 years or more may bring 1 guest if you require assistance).  Please refer to the poster in the Foyer   of the church for information on how to register for the celebration.  Please inform Father McGrath of your upcoming anniversary.

11th Annual Celebration of Priesthood and Religious Life Dinner

The Serra Club of Hamilton invites you to attend this special celebration. This year, we honour 3 Religious Priests and 6 Religious Sisters who celebrate their 50th anniversary of service.  Candidates who will be ordained to the priesthood and profess final vows this year will also be in attendance.  The Dinner takes place on Tuesday April 29, 2014 at Liuna Station.  The cost is $60.00 per person.  Please contact Margaret Carreiro at margaretcarreiro@gmail.com or phone 905-628-5682 after 5:00 pm for further information.

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

We are a Catholic lay organization whose members are dedicated to serving Jesus Christ through our personal contact with those in need in our community. Our works of charity and social justice are extensive and are non-denominational in character. We also offer you the opportunity to grow in your faith while helping others.   We would like to invite parishioners to join us in starting a conference (chapter) here at St. Mary of the Purification parish. Please visit our website (www.ssvp.on.ca) to learn more about what we do.  If you are interested or would like further information please contact Jim Paddon, President, Ontario Council at 519-397-9391 or by email at     jpssvp@hotmail.ca . You may also let Father McGrath know of your interest.


40 Days for Life Closing Celebration

With Angelina Steenstra from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (Canada), Alliance for Life Ontario and Guelph & Area Right to Life. Special focus on hope and healing after abortion. Wednesday April 23rd, 2014,-7 PM - 8:30 PM St. Joseph's Parish (lower hall), 409 Paisley Street, Guelph All welcome. Free admission. A goodwill offering will be received. 40 Days for Life in Guelph is a prayer initiative hosted by Guelph & Area Right to Life.  For more information on this event please call 519-836-6311 or email info@guelphforlife.com .

Shroud of Turin

A full size exact photographic reproduction of the Shroud of Turin will be on display at Holy Family Church, Hanover for viewing from Passion Sunday (April 12th) until Divine Mercy Sunday (April 27th).  There will also be a video presentation of the Shroud shown:  Sat.  April 12th at 8:30 pm,  Sun. April 13th at 12:30 pm and Fri. April 18th (Good Friday) at 12 noon, 4 pm & 7:30 pm. Is Shroud of Turin really the burial cloth that wrapped the dead body of the crucified Christ or is it a medieval forgery, a hoax perpetrated by some clever artist?  Modern science has completed thousands of hours of detailed scientific study on the Shroud.  In fact, it is the single most studied artifact in human history.   Come and learn the facts and make up your own mind about the Shroud.  All are welcome.

          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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