Third Sunday of Advent

Zephaniah 3: 14-18a             Philippians 4: 4-7             Luke 3: 10-18

Pastor: Fr. Chris Sherren
Email: fatherchris@live.com
Associate Pastor: Fr. Ashok Veerabathina
Email: frashokkumar10@gmail.com
Office Manager: Lucia Cameron
Pastoral Associate/Counselor: Florence Arsenault
Catechetic Ministry: Theresa Johnston
Pastoral Council: JoAnne
Perry Property/Finance: Peter Brown

Liturgical Schedule
Monday 12:10pm Angeline Gaudet
Tuesday 12:10pm Edmond Cooke
Wednesday 12:10pm Raymond G. Gallant
Thursday 7:00pm Deceased K of C Members & Families
Friday 9:00am Barrett Gallant
9:30am – 12:00N Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 9:00am Jackie Praught
4:30pm Messe française
7:00pm Anniversary Mass … Mr. Mrs. John Dalton & deceased Family members, Gordon Matthews, Gail Betton, Reginald Blacquiere, Mary & Larry Mullins, MacDougall Aunts/Uncles, Jessie Ramsay.
Sunday 9:00am & 10:30am

Baptism … inquiries/registrations, email Donna & Ron Dehmel rdehmel@eastlink.ca or call 436-4911. Baptism preparation held 3rd Tuesday of month, 7pm, Parish Centre.

St. Paul’s Prayer Group … Tuesdays in Parish Centre main hall, 7:00 pm preceded by Rosary. All are welcome!

Prayer Line … to have prayers said for family/friends experiencing health problems, call 436-5039 or 436-6135.

St. Peregrine Mass (Patron Saint of cancer & other serious illnesses) … every 3rd Thursday of the month, 7pm followed by a blessing with the St. Peregrine oil.

Catholic Women’s League … first Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the main hall. www.cwl.ca

Provincial C.W.L. … www.cwlpei.ca

Society of St. Vincent de Paul … meets on the first Thursday of month in Centre lounge, 7:30pm.

Knights of Columbus … meets on the third Thursday of month at 8 pm in K of C Room, 2nd Floor, Parish Centre.

Pope Francis’ … “The richest countries should shoulder the main burden of caring for the environment.” Some strategies for lowering pollutant gas emissions call for the internationalization of environmental costs, which would risk imposing on countries with fewer resources, burden- some commitments to reducing emissions comparable to those of the more industrialized countries. Imposing such measures penalizes those countries most in need of development.

You may have heard that Pope Francis opened the Holy Doors in Rome for the Year of Mercy … but what’s this about?
During the Year of Mercy, a plenary indulgence will be granted to those who go on pilgrimage to a church or shrine and walk through the Holy Doors opened there for the Jubilee (and fulfill the general conditions for gaining an indulgence). You don’t have to go all the way to Rome to participate in this plenary indulgence though, the Pope asked that every diocese open a Holy Door and Bishop Grecco has opened one, St. Dunstan’s Basilica,Ch’Town.
What is an indulgence? In technical language, an indulgence is a remission of temporal punishment due to sin. Consider this analogy: you’re 13 years old and you hit a baseball through your house’s window. You might go and say you’re sorry and your parents might then forgive you for the careless act, even though they will ground you as punishment. But then you decide to do extra help around the house and in recognition of this, your parents decide that instead of being grounded for two weeks they reduce it to one. An indulgence is sort of like this special relief your parents gave you. It is a special grace of God given through the ministry of the church to relieve the temporal punishment due to sin.
What are the “general conditions” to gain an indulgence? The faithful must be in the state of grace at least at the time the indulgenced work is completed. For a plenary indulgence it is necessary to 1) have received the sacraments of reconciliation and Holy Communion within about 20 days of completing the indulgenced work, 2) pray for the Pope’s intentions, 3) have an interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin.
Why “Holy Doors”? Doors “represent passage: sin to redemption, life to death, disbelief to faith, and so on. Jesus describes himself as The Door. People have to enter through Christ to get to the Father. The door is the path to salvation” (Thomas L. McDonald). The act of walking through the doors is meant to be a physical representation of a spiritual reality taking place in your life with Christ. Consider making a pilgrimage to the basilica and walk through these doors during this Year of Mercy.

Christmas Liturgies … Christmas Eve … 7:00pm & 12:00Midnight Christmas Day … 10:00am

Religious Education …
Sunday, Dec. 13th is the last before Christmas break;
These grades and units to be covered and are still in need of teachers …
Grade 1 – Unit 5 (Jan31-Feb21) and Unit 6 (Feb28-April3);
Grade 5 – Unit 4 (Jan.3-Jan 24);
Grade 6 – Unit 1 (Jan.3-Feb.7) and Unit 2 (Feb.14-April3);
Grade 7 Unit 1 (Jan.3-Feb.7).
Look at your talents … God uses us in ways we sometimes think we are not capable, with God we can do anything! “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 3:10); All children are encouraged to participate in our food drive for St. Vincent de Paul . Food donations can be brought in during class time, Sundays December 13th.

Advent Reconciliation Service … is a great way to prepare your soul for the coming of Christ at Christmas. This year, our service is happening on Monday, Dec. 14th, 7:00pm. We will have plenty of extra priests.

2016 Sunday Envelope Packets … ready & available in the Centre hallway. Some have a new number … quite OK. Sincere appreciation to Louise Poirier, Rose Gallant, Clem Gallant, Diane Doucette & Irene Matthews for their help. A huge task well done. Blessings!

St. Paul’s CWL appreciation … to all who helped make the Christmas Lottery, Craft & Bake Sale a huge success. Winners: $300 Money tree/Cole LeFurgey; Fruit cake/ Elaine Gallant and Christmas Craft/Ernie Arsenault.

Prayers for the sick/suffering … Rosalie Hughes, Joseph Broderick Gallant, Doreen Arsenault, Laurie Ann Poirier, Richard/ Lisa Arsenault, MaryAnn Bernard, Jacob Walker, Connie Patterson-Lamey, Tim Craig, Judy Gallant, Sharon Laviolette , Eleanor Barlow, Arnold Power, Clifford Gallant, Clare Mulligan, Sharon MacNeill, Bruce Richard, Darlene Savory, Margaret Cole, Doris Gerrard, Norma Lewis, Patricia Tang, Sylvain Richard, Betty Cormier, John DeCoste, Dr. Ron Doucette, Joseph Albert, Shirley Dickinson, Irving Gallant, Tom Carew, Geraldine Hynes, Wayne Spin, Colette Cormier, Terry Graham, Eunice Workman, Tim Brown & daughter Lola-Grayce, Janice Gillis, Donald MacDonald, Carson Allain, Cody Arsenault, Roy McRae, Elaine Cormier, Jean Profit, Leonard J. Arsenault, Erma Huestis, Adam Bourque … that Jesus may bring healing.

St. Paul’s Youth Group … meets Wednesdays, 7pm – 9pm, 2nd level of Parish Centre. All youth, Grades 7 & up are welcome to attend. Come and see.

Prov. CWL Girls’ Bursary … post-secondary institutions. Girls do not have to be daughters of CWL members. Forms at St. Paul’s Parish office with deadline of January 31st.

Religious Articles Store News … 2016 Catholic Missions Calendars and Christmas cards are available… located in the Church entrance. Along with the regular hours, the store will open December 12 & 19th after the 7:00pm Mass.

Christian Refugee Relief Fund … the Knights of Columbus are selling Olive Wooden Crosses, made in Holy Land, $10 each. Monies used to support persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Available at St. Paul’s Gift Shop (church entrance) or from John Perry 436-4532.

Pancake Breakfast … sponsored by the K of C, at the Parish Centre on Sunday, December 13th, 11:30am to 1:30pm with proceeds for Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Save the Date … Variety Concert … to be held January 24th. See announcement in January’s bulletin for further details. Proceeds will go towards on-going projects/ programs at St. Paul’s Parish.

“Water with Blessings” … giving the people of Haiti water filters, enabling them to have clean water to drink. In January, Sister Marie Eva Gaudet, from Moncton, will go to Haiti educating them. You may donate at Cons.CreditUnion, S’side. Leona Bernard 436-0299. Tax receipts available.

Marriage Survey … from Dec. 1st to Feb. 1st, consider completing a 25-minute on-line survey, used by clinical cousellor, Stephen Mawhinney, for research in his doctoral thesis. www.surveymonkey.com/r/diocesemarriagesurvey

Diocesan Communications Committee … new Webmaster is Fr. Frank Jay. Members of the DCC have the responsibility of relaying “good news stories” from their parish, keeping the website more informative/up-to-date. If interested in serving in this capacity, contact the Diocese at 902-368-8005 or rc@dioceseofcharlottetown.com