For Pope Francis who calls us to a better knowledge of the Holy Bible on this Sunday dedicated to the Word of God. We pray to the Lord.
For Bishop Christian, his priests and catechists as they teach our Diocesan family to make God’s Word part of our daily lives. We pray to the Lord.
For all Christians that they may bear witness together to Jesus’ desire that “all would abide in His love and bear much fruit”. We pray to the Lord.
For people of every nation affected by the pandemic and especially for our province now under severe restrictions. We pray to the Lord.
For the safety and health of our children and grandchildren attending school as they trust in God’s care and Providence. We pray to the Lord.
For the poor and homeless most affected by the pandemic and for the poorer nations who are outbid by richer nations for vaccines. We pray to the Lord.
For people in hospital and long term care and for people shut in and lonely at home. We pray to the Lord.
For those who have died: Sonny London, Al Cormier, Marjorie Johnston, Joseph Wilson, Marguerite Godin, Katherine Davis, and for families in mourning who are unable to gather for funeral rites and burial. We pray to the Lord.
For Pope Francis who urges us all to receive the light of Christ and to be guided by His light and transformed by Christ. We pray to the Lord.
For Bishop Christian that he may remain constant in hope as he leads and unites us through faith in Christ. We pray to the Lord.
For the growing numbers of people affected by COVID 19 and for the legion of health care workers delivering the vaccine worldwide. We pray to the Lord.
For our province as we enter another period of increased health regulations and continue to endure the many restrictions involved. We pray to the Lord.
For the health of our children and grandchildren and for each student in our places of learning. We pray to the Lord.
For each person who has asked us to pray for them and for any special need that you have today. We pray to the Lord.
For those who have died: Rev. Joe LeBlanc, Theresa DeLong, Brenda Butler, Irene Lawlor, Johnny ‘Storm’ Stoltz, Annie E. Hebert, Patricia Langille, Anita Godin, Alban O’Leary, Edith Kinsella, and for the many families who mourn in solitude. We pray to the Lord.
We still have a few openings for our Christmas Masses at 3 pm on Christmas Eve, and at 10 am on Christmas morning. Please fill out the form at the link below to indicate your preference.
Please note that Filling out the form is not a guarantee that you will be able to attend your preferred Mass. A change in COVID levels could mean a decrease in the number of people allowed in the church, so we will not be sending out invitations to Masses until early next week.
Willie Nelson recorded a song a few years ago that spoke of a longing for the return of heroes to their rightful place. It says, the world’s done gone crazy and it seems to get worse every day so come on back Jesus and pick up John Wayne on the way!
Each of us has heroes, probably one if not both of those that Willie mentions but we also have heroes that are unique to our own lives and family stories. Parents and grandparents, teachers and coaches, kind pastors and men and women we admired who helped us to feel safe in times of trouble or hopeful in times of uncertainty or when we doubted we could make it on our own. The current pandemic has presented just such a time. And this Sunday recalls a hero, John the Baptist. He lived in a physical wilderness and lived on what he had at hand. And then he came and preached to people who were in another sort of wilderness… an isolation and fear that comes from feeling hopeless and powerless. He calls us to reach out with what we have… a phone call or brief note to a shut in or person grieving alone… words of encouragement to people struggling financially, maybe a gift of food if you are able… to encourage a child or grandchild in their studies during the present uncertainties… to say thank you to people providing essential services… in doing this you bring back John the Baptist… and pick up Jesus on the way!
Donations in memory of loved ones are being accepted to assist with our decorations during the Christmas season. Please place your offering in an envelope marked “flowers” together with the names of those who will be remembered during our Christmas Masses. Please include your own name and envelope number. Donations will be accepted until Sunday, December 13.