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From Fr. Rector's Desk | December 2, 2022

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
DECEMBER 3-4, 2022


SCHEDULE OF SUNDAY MASSES
Saturday
5:30 PM LIVESTREAM

Sunday
9:00 AM
11:00 AM LIVESTREAM

Only the 5:30 PM (Vigil Mass on Saturday) and the 11:00 AM (on Sunday) are LIVESTREAM via our Facebook Page and BROADCAST via FM Radio 102.5


For the FM Radio broadcast, you need to be within 1200 feet radius of the Church to tune-in.

SCHEDULE OF CHRISTMAS MASSES 
The poster above has the schedule of Christmas Masses. Please share this schedule with your family and friends; and invite them to join us for Mass this Christmas.

As noted above, in Canada there are two holy days of obligations:

1. January 1, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
2. December 25, Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) 

If you are a commissioned reader, please let Fr. Rector knows which Mass you will attend. A separate schedule for liturgical ministers will be published soon.

Also, Fr. Rector is in need of men who would like to volunteer their time providing security for Christmas eve Masses.
NEW SET OF ENVELOPES FOR SUNDAY OFFERING
If you are church envelope users, new set of envelopes has been prepared for you for the year 2023. It will be available in the church foyer this weekend. Please pick up yours. For some of you, you will notice that your donor number has changed. It is because of the fact that there are now minimal set of envelopes available since many had opted to donate electronically.

If you want to be issued a set of donation envelopes, please let us know thru phone call (250-564-5225) or e-mail (secretary@shcpg.ca).

ATTENTION TO THOSE GIVING THEIR DONATION ONLINE
Those who are giving their donation via PAD, e-transfer, CanadaHelps and credit card will NOT be issued a new set of envelopes. This is part of our cost cutting and stewardship.

INSTEAD, when you come to Mass every Sunday, please pick up a new plastic card for "ONLINE DONORS." You or any family member may drop it off when the collection basket goes around during the offertory. THIS IS SOMETHING NEW that is being introduced so that "ONLINE DONORS" will still have something tangible in their hand to drop into the collection basket.

Copies of new plastic card for "ONLINE DONORS" are located in the church foyer. "ONLINE DONORS" please start using it this weekend when you come to Mass. See the picture of it below:

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSTANT SUPPORT TO OUR PARISH.

SIMBANG GABI 2022

You are invited to join this year's Simbang Gabi (Filipino night Mass) from December 15-23 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Mass will be prayed in Filipino language, and it start at 6:30 PM. Refreshments provided after the celebration of each Simbang Gabi.

Simbang Gabi is the nine consecutive evening of Novena Masses leading toward the Solemnity of Christmas. This is both to honor our Blessed Virgin Mary and her Son, our Lord Jesus.

SEASON OF ADVENT
(from the ORDO)

Advent has a twofold nature: It prepares us for Christmas, when we recall Christ's first coming among us, and it is also a time when we look forward to his second coming at the end of the ages. Advent is a season of joyful expectation.

During Advent, each Sunday's Gospel reading has a specific focus. The Old Testament readings, especially those taken from Isaiah, are prophecies about the Messiah and messianic times. The selections from the writings of the Apostles present exhortations and instructions on different themes of this season.


The following activities and/or parish events are scheduled in the parish this Advent:


Second Sunday of Advent
Commissioning of parish leaders and liturgical ministers at all weekend Masses.

This coming weekend, the Second Sunday of Advent,
parish leaders (Parish Pastoral Council, Finance Council, School Council) and those who are involved with the different ministries at Mass (readers, extra-ordinary ministers of communion, greeters, altar servers, choir, collectors) will be commissioned in the celebration of the Mass. It will take place before the final blessing after Prayer after Communion. You will be called forward and there is a brief rite/prayer commissioning you.
 
This means whatever Mass you attend; you will be commissioned. The word "commission" is use rather than installation as the rite of installation is also use for those who are under seminary formation and for priests being given a new parish assignment.
 
Third Sunday of Advent
  • Rite of Acceptance (RCIA) at the 9:00 AM Mass
  • Pancake breakfast hosted by the Knights of Columbus and Bake sale c/o CWL
  • Traditional Latin Mass at 1:30 PM.

Third Week and Fourth Week of Advent
Simbang Gabi (nine evenings of Masses before Christmas said in Filipino) beginning on December 15, 6:30 PM.

FROM THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS OF OUR PARISH

1.  NATIVITY SCENE DISPLAY AT YOUR FRONT YARD. The Knights of Columbus will erect the nativity scene (picture above) in your front yard for a donation of minimum $100 to the Knights for their charitable works. They will take it down in January too. If you would like the Knights to do it, please contact the Grand Knight, Pat Egan.
 
2.  RECRUITMENT DRIVE. The Knights of Columbus are doing a recruitment drive after the three masses this weekend. Please consider joining this Catholic men's service group.
 
3. PANCAKE BREAKFAST. The Knights of Columbus are hosting a complimentary Christmas pancake and sausage breakfast after the two Sunday masses on December 11. Donations towards Cathedral Youth Ministry (our new youth group) will be gladly accepted. As well, there is to be a CWL bake sale and the Parent Support Group will be selling the school's fundraising 50-50 raffle tickets.  Rumor is that Santa will drop by and give out sweets, and there should be some musicians trying out some Christmas carols. This will all take place in the school gym.  

RECONCILIATION, EUCHARIST, CONFIRMATION
Children preparing for the Sacraments will have a catechism session with Fr. Rector this coming Sunday, December 4.

1:30 PM - those preparing for Reconciliation and Eucharist
3:00 PM - those preparing for Confirmation

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
We welcome with great joy into our Christian community CYRIL ADOGA UGBEM JR. who was baptized last Tuesday, November 29 by Fr. Rector in our Church.

CYRIL ADOGA UGBEM JR is the second child of Cyril Sr and Peace Ugbem.

May the almighty Father, who filed the world with joy by giving us his only Son, bless Cyril Adoga Jr. May he grow to be more like Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

SUNDAY MISSAL - Limited Copies
Copies of Sunday Missal from Living with Christ are now available for sale. The cost is $9.00 each (shipping cost included).
 
They are available at the back of the church. Please make sure that you drop your payment inside the donation box.

 
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)
There are four adults who are journeying towards full Christian initiation to the Catholic Church. As well, five children from Sacred Heart School are preparing to be baptized. Regular RCIA gathering will be every Wednesday in the hall, lower church. It begins at 6:30 in the evening. Parishioners are welcome to join Fr. Rector and the sponsors who have brought the inquirers to the Church. See you on Wednesday, December 7!

SUNDAY OFFERING COMMITMENT
For those of you who were not yet completed the 'Sunday Offering Commitment Form', you may contact the cathedral office to update your way of donating to the parish.

Below are the options to help make your Sunday love offering to the cathedral easy:

1. ONLINE GIVING. This is a safe and secure way to donate to the cathedral. You can use any of the following:

a. PAD (pre-authorized debit)
b. Credit Card
c. Interac e-transfer
d. Canada Helps

2. CHURCH ENVELOPES. Receive a box of offering envelopes from the cathedral. It is issued once a year in the month of December, and it contains your weekly offering envelopes with additional special collection envelopes. You can either put a cheque or cash inside your weekly donation envelope and bring it to the church when you come for Mass. If you will mail it, do not mail cash. You can also drop it off in the cathedral office during office hours (T-F 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM).

3. CASH. You can give cash using any of the following methods:

a. placing it in the collection basket at Mass
b. placing it inside the donation box at the back of the Church
c. bringing it to the cathedral office, please do not leave cash donation in our mailbox.

THANK YOU for thinking of Sacred Heart Cathedral and its temporal needs. Your regular offering helps provide a sense of safety and security for our parish church.

READERS, ALTAR SERVERS AND CHOIR

Please see schedule above. If you are not available on the date and time you are assigned, please let Fr. Rector know ahead of time.

OFFERTORY PROCESSION
As announced at Mass, individual parishioner and/or families are invited to sign-up their names to bring forward the gifts of bread, wine and the monetary offering during the Procession of the Gifts at Mass.

We encourage the participation of everyone who comes and attends Sunday Mass at the cathedral. Please choose a particular Sunday and/or Mass time that you and your family want to bring forward the gifts. Sign-up sheet is in the foyer.  

VISIT TO THE HOMEBOUND  
Fr. Rector tries his best to regularly visit Catholic residents of Fort George Manor (Thursday) and Simon Fraser Lodge (Friday). If you have family members that you want Fr. Rector to visit, please inform him by calling the parish office.  During the visit, Fr. Rector celebrates Liturgy of the Word with Communion. At the request of the residents, he also listens to their confessions and of course, if needed, the Anointing of the Sick.
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
First Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10
With righteousness he shall judge the poor.
Responsorial Psalm:
In his days may righteousness flourish, and peace abound forever. (Ps 72)
 
Second Reading: Romans 15.4-9
Christ has saved all people.
 
Gospel: Matthew 3.1-12
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.

CONFESSION TIMES
Priest will be available for confessions before the 5:30 PM (Vigil Mass) and the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Sunday Masses. Please see schedule below:  

4:45 PM Saturday
8:30 AM Sunday
10:30 AM Sunday  

If the schedule above does not meet your availability, please phone the parish office to arrange with your personal schedule of confession with a priest.

 

DECEMBER 2022 PARISH CALENDAR

(Please click the image to see a bigger version of the calendar.)


GRATITUDE
Fr. Rector sends his gratitude to the following:

APRIL CANO, MYRNA COLLEY, DAISY ROALLOS, and Charisma Calago for their assistance in hosting Fr. Rector's dinner with the families of the newly baptized in our parish last Friday, November 25. There was a good turned out of young families. Everyone who gathered enjoyed what was served.


As part of the beautiful season of Advent, Sacred Heart School will participate in a Reconciliation Service on December 7. This will focus on how we can change in order to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. Thank you to Fr. Rector for celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation with us. We wish Advent blessings to all our school families and parishioners.
 
Sacred Heart School’s Christmas 50/50 Raffle is in full swing. Tickets are available in the School Office. The draw date is December 18 at 10:00 a.m. Ticket are priced at $10 each. There are ten tickets per booklet. If all tickets are sold there is a possible $10,000 prize for the lucky winner. What a great prize to receive before Christmas! If you would like a book of tickets to sell, then please come to the school office.  All tickets and funds must be returned to the school by Monday, December 12. If paying by cheque, it must be made payable to SHSPSG (Sacred Heart School Parent Support Group). The raffle proceeds will assist with extracurricular activities for students.
 
Sacred Heart School hosted a Book Fair on December 1 & 2 in the school library. Thank you to all who were able to support it.
 
Our wonderful P.S.G. hosted a turkey lunch in the school gym on Friday, December 2. Thank you to the P.S.G. for all your work in preparing the delicious feast. We loved it!
 
Our Advent Parish/School Mass is planned for Sunday, December 4 at 9:00 a.m. All school families and parishioners are welcome to attend.
 
On December 5, the primary students will enjoy a rotation of seasonal activities in the gym. Thank you so much to our student leaders who manage the activities so well.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING CANADA

OFFICE IS CLOSED ON MONDAY(S)

TUESDAY - FRIDAY
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

 
If you will come to the office, please try to come between 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM or 12:45PM - 2:00 PM. 

Father Rector is not available to open the door to let you in the office area between 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM.  At 11:30 AM he is already in the church preparing for the noon Mass.
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