Second Sunday of Advent

Baruch 5: 1-9          Philippians 1: 3-6, 8-11          Luke 3: 1-6

Pastor: Fr. Chris Sherren
Associate Pastor: Fr. Ashok Veerabathina
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 Lorraine Melanson
Tuesday 7:00pm Jeremiah & Mary Myrick
Wednesday 12:10pm Lorraine Giroux
Thursday 7:00pm Ralph Arsenault
Friday 9:00am Millie Perry
9:30am – 12:00N Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 9:00am Linda Arsenault-Gallant
4:30pm Messe française
7:00pm Anniversary Mass … Mildred DesRoches, Arnold McIver, Walter Perry, Donald Sonier, Mr. Mrs. James Riley, Phil Hachey, Eddie McCabe, Louis McKenna, Gerard McKenna, Jim Getson, Mamie Laughlin, Clifton Gavin, Sheila Powers.
Sunday 9:00am & 10:30am

Baptism … inquiries/registrations, email Donna & Ron Dehmel 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.

Provincial C.W.L. …

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’ … “Care for the environment is a matter of intergenerational justice.” The notion of the common good also extends to future generations. The global economic crises have made painfully obvious the detrimen- tal effects of disregarding our common destiny, which cannot exclude those who come after us. We can no longer speak of sustainable development apart from intergenerational solidarity.

Year of Mercy … the Year of Mercy begins on December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Mass that day will be at 7:00pm. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 6:00pm – 6:45pm. Following the Mass, we invite you to join us in a short prayer of consecration to Jesus through the hands of Our Lady.

Fund Raising Committee … to answer the financial challenges, we’ve decided to create a fundraising committee with the following mandate: 1) set fundraising goals in conjunction with the finance committee; 2) plan/execute fundraising efforts. The frequency of meetings will be determined by the members. If you can be a part of this, contact the office, leave your name/contact info and someone will contact you to set up the 1st meeting.

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

Prayers for the sick/suffering … 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.

Religious Education … More parents need to get involved in teaching, especially Grades 1, 5, 6 and 7.
Grade 1 still needing parents to cover Unit 5 (Jan31-Feb21) and Unit 6 (Feb28-April3);
Grade 5 the following units are still open – Unit 4 (Jan.3-Jan 24). Unit 6 (Feb 28-April 3 … this Unit includes March break);
Grade 6 needs parents to cover Units 4, 5 & 6, Angela & Patty are unable to continue after the Christmas break;
Grade 7 requires parents to teach the first Unit (Jan.3-Feb.7).
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 times, Sundays Dec. 6th and December 13th;
Last Sunday catechism class will be Dec. 13th, and will resume on January 3rd, 2016.

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 for individual confessions.

St. Paul’s Catholic Women’s League News … monthly meeting, Monday, Dec. 7th, 7:00pm, main hall preceded by executive meeting, 6pm in the boardroom. Members, please bring a wrapped gift (about $10 value) for the Texas Swap game. Hope to see you all there for some Christmas cheer.

Seeking Four or Five Volunteers … on Wed., Dec. 9th, beginning at 9:30am, the donation packets for 2016 need to be labelled and sorted. If you can give a couple of hours, or more, it would be much appreciated. Thank you!

St. Vincent de Paul News … a number of nativity scenes, etc available in sizes, from 6’ x 4’ to apartment size. Revenue, after the cost of materials, will go to St. Vincent de Paul. Info at 902-436-5489.

Jubilee Year of Mercy … to be inaugurated by Bishop Grecco, Dec. 13th, with the Opening of the Holy Door at St. Dunstan’s Basilica, 10:30am Eucharist. All are welcome!

Christmas Adopt a Family … Society of St. Vincent de Paul making a monetary donation to the Kin Family Christ- mas Appeal in lieu of adopting families. Anyone wishing to adopt families, by purchasing gifts, call Sue (Appeal Co-Chair) at 303-0135. All wishing to make a money donation can do so by giving to St. Vincent de Paul indicating “Christmas Fund”. All donations to be presented at the Kin Family Christmas Appeal, East Link TV on December 7th.

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.

Annual Children’s Christmas Pageant … December 13th, St. John the Baptist Parish, Miscouche beginning with Christmas Hymns at 6:30pm followed by the pageant.

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 5, 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.

“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.