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

NOG 2LO

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)

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ST. MARY PARISH                       WEEKDAY EUCHARIST 

                                                                                                           

Tues:   8:30 a.m.         Helen Reidy, req. Elaine & Dwight Rundle       

Wed:     8:30 a.m.        Laura Hoffman, req. Deb & Mike Hoffman

Thur:    8:30 a.m.        Mary Ellen vandenBroek, req. Gladys Raftis and Family

Fri:      10:30 a.m.        Leonard Caughlin, req. Florence & Lorne Moyer

Sat:      5:00 p.m.        Madeline Stortz, req. Anne & Jim Goodyear

 

April 18 & 19:

            ALTAR SERVERS   

5:00 p.m.:        GROUP # 4 – Nole Black, William Black, Ella Black

9:30 a.m.:        GROUP # 5 – Ben Wildeman, Emily Gorman, Rebekah Sales, Olivia Napadek

 

LECTORS                   COMMUNION MINISTERS             GIFTBEARERS

5:00 p.m.:        Fred Buchanan              Bev Mothersell                                     M. Rice

9:30 a.m.:        Rachel McCarthy          Sr. Dora/R. Fortier                                T. Tangney

 

ALTAR CARE                        CHALICE - April 18-25           MASS FACILITATOR

Doris Tone, Kathy Meyer          Julie & Dennis Black               

 

CHILDREN'S LITURGYLori Corrigan       Hall Set Upteam # 3- April 13-19

 

OFFERTORY April 5 - $3,499.65  Share Lent: $125.00          Needs of the Church in the Holy Land: $215.00  Shuffleboard - $200.00                                         Thank you.

ST. PETER MISSION-Sun 11am – Walter Hawkins, req. The Hawkins Family

 

COMMUNION  MINISTER – A. Diemert       LECTOR – B. Schmitz                              USHER – P. Culliton

ALTAR SERVERS -  Simon & Philip

 

OFFERTORY: $669.45      Share Lent:  $565.00       Needs of the Church in the Holy Land: $175.00     Thank you.

FROM THE PASTOR'S PEN

On this Divine Mercy Sunday, let's complete the list of Fr. Hardon's Seven Ways of Penance and Reparation, Number 7, Sacrifice: Sacrifice is last because it synthesizes everything in all the other rules of penance. What is sacrifice? Sacrifice is the surrender of something to God.

 

Sacrifice is the heart of penance and reparation.  When we sacrifice, we let go with our wills of whatever we could legitimately possess and enjoy because we want to make up to God for having stupidly chosen some creature in preference to the Creator.

 

We return to where we began by stressing that when we sacrifice, we do more than we would have done; we give up more than we would have given up; we surrender more of what we like in order to – in plain English – prove to God that we love Him.

 

The Gospels give us the essence of reparation.  After the Resurrection, Jesus asked Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than the others do?”

Why the question? Because Peter had sinned; sinned more than the others who had remained faithful to the Master. Peter was expected to love Christ more. Why more? Because he had more to sacrifice in order to expiate more because he had so deeply sinned in denying the Saviour.

 

Each of us has sinned, too.  But God is good and He gives us the privilege of not only expiating what we have done wrong, but actually becoming more pleasing to Him by our penance and reparation.

 

It was no mere pious sentiment that St. Paul gave us when he said, “Where sin abounded, grace has even more abounded.” In other words, in God's providence, He allows us to sin so we might repent and become saints.

CWL MEETING

There will be a meeting on Tuesday April 14 at 7pm in the T.D. Smith hall.   All members are welcome to attend. 

THANKS

I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who helped to make our Easter celebrations so wonderful, our musicians, liturgical ministers, as well as our decorators and cleaners.  Easter Blessings to you all.

  • Fr. McGrath

     

    STEWARDSHIP CORNER

    “The community of believers was of one heart and mind and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own.” - Acts 4:32

     

    All that we are and all that we have is a gift from God! Think of your family, your friends, your talents and abilities – these are all gifts from God.  We aren't really owners of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has blessed us with.

     

    50/50

    50/50 ticket – MARCH ticket # 0025729.  Call Bill Dineen if you are the lucky winner  323-3161.

     

DIOCESAN PRAYER CALENDAR

 

    Monday              - Rev. Frank Ruzza

    Tuesday               - Rev. Fernando Pinto

    Wednesday         - Congregation of the Missionaries of

                                St. Charles

    Thursday            - Rev. Mark Gatto

    Friday                 - Rev. David Walter

    Saturday              - Very Rev. Jason Kuntz

 

FOR OUR BELOVED DEAD

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

 

PRAY FOR THE SICK OF THE PARISHES

We pray for all our sick parishioners, especially for Robert Vessie and Terry McCabe.    Please advise the office when a name is to be removed from this list.

 

DIOCESAN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS

Sunday, June 7th at 1:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, Hamilton.  The Mass is for couples celebrating their 25th, 40th, 50th, or 60th or more years 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

 

 

 

SHUFFLEBOARD

Every Thursday afternoon.  Contact Helen Moore 323-

4931.  Anyone can join.  “Join us for an afternoon of social and game”  J

 

KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS

Our Confirmation class from St Mary School. The students will be Confirmed this afternoon at 3pm by Bishop Miehm.

 

HALL BOOKINGS

If you wish to book the hall for an event, please call the Office at 519-323-1054.

 

SPAGHETTI DINNER

St. Mary Parent Council is preparing for the fourth annual “Taste of Italy” Spaghetti Dinner and Dessert Auction on April 25th after the 5 pm Family Mass.  Tickets prices: Adults - $13.00, Kids 12 and under - $7.00, Kids under 5 – free.  Tickets can be purchased after Mass on April 12 and April 18 and April 19.  If you would like to donate items for the dessert auction please drop them off at the hall after 2 pm on April 25th.

 

NEW HALL EVENTS ORGANIZER

We welcome, Mr. John Jeffery. John has accepted the busy task of handling the hall events and organizing the set up teams.  To contact Mr. Jeffery: his email is jwj@wightman.ca   or phone (519) 323-2391.   We are so glad to have him onboard. Please make him feel welcome.  Congratulations John !!

 

2014-2015 LECTURES IN CATHOLIC EXPERIENCE at St. Jerome's University“Building a Culture of Encounter”

 

Join us on FRIDAY, April 24, for the Scarboro Missions lecture entitled, “A Church in Dialogue: Pope Francis and the summons to ecumenical, inter-faith and cultural conversations.” Bishop Donald Bolen, bishop of the Diocese of Saskatoon, will explore the question: ‘Why does faithfulness to the Gospel now summon us to be a Church in dialogue with science, non-believers, other religious traditions, and other Christian communities?'

Location: C. L. Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome's University

Time: 7:30p.m. | Doors open at 6:45p.m.

***NOTE on parking: Free parking is available at Renison University College and St. Paul's University College. Free Admission | Wheelchair Accessible | Refreshments | No Registration Required

 

 

                                        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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