Second Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11        2 Peter 3: 8-14        Mark 1: 1-8

Pastor: Fr. Chris Sherren
Associate Pastor: Fr. Arulraj Santiago
Office Manager: Lucia Cameron
Pastoral Associate/Counselor: Florence Arsenault
Catechetic Ministry: Theresa Johnston
Pastoral Council: John Perry
Property/Finance: Peter Brown

Liturgical Schedule
Monday 12:10pm Marjorie MacIsaac-Johnston
Tuesday 12:10pm Norbert Gagné
Wednesday 12:10pm Dr. Raymond & Bernice Reid
Thursday 7:00pm David “Buddy” Cameron
Friday 9:00am James Kenny
9:30am – 12:00Noon Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 9:00am Brian Cairns & deceased & living Family Members
4:30pm Messe française
7:00pm Anniversary Mass … Philip Hachey, Michael Whelan, Mark & Mary Ann Arsenault, Reg Blacquiere, Mamie Laughlin, Mr. Mrs. Leo B. Doyle & deceased Family Members, Ralph & Alice Martin.
Sunday 9:00am & 10:30am

Baptism … for inquiries/registrations, please call Donna & Ron Dehmel at 436-4911 or 436-8255. Baptism preparation held 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7:00pm, Parish Centre.

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

Militia Immaculata … meets the first Saturday of each month at the Parish Centre lounge, 9:30am.

Catholic Women’s League …

Provincial C.W.L. …

Society of St. Vincent de Paul … meets on the first Thursday of the month, Parish Centre.

Knights of Columbus … meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month, Parish Centre, 2nd level, 8pm.

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 Tuesday, Dec. 16th, 7:00pm. We will have plenty of extra priests around for individual confessions. Don’t forget to set a reminder on your calendar.

Looking for Help for the French Mass … we’re currently looking for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and servers and sacristans for the French Mass. If you can help us, let Fr. Chris know. Thanks!

Tech Ministry … with the new system confirmed, we are now looking for volunteers for a new “tech ministry” or “A/V Ministry” (we’ll pick a name later). Our aim is to have two operators present at each of our weekend Masses. One operator will control the projection screens and the other will control the soundboard. Training will be provided. We would like to recruit at least 20 people for this ministry so we have enough operators to provide for all our weekend Masses. We cannot begin training the sound operators until the equipment arrives but we can begin providing training to the projection screen operators now. We are opening this ministry to adults and youth alike. If you are a youth and are comfortable with technology, you’re more than welcome to join the team and receive training and experience using professional a/v equipment. Anyone who is interested please contact Fr. Chris.

Prayers for the sick & suffering … Betty Cormier,Marion Gaudet, John DeCoste, Richard Arsenault, Marla (Murphy) Smallwood, Fr. Paul Riley, André Cormier, Joseph & Stella Albert, Shirley Dickinson, Tyler Field, Steven Sauvé, S. MacNeill, Irving Gallant, Anita Peterson, Tom Carew, Geraldine Hynes, Wayne Spin, Brenda Sherry, Colette Cormier, Albert McInnis, Jack Lucker, Kathleen Gaudet, Preston Silliker, Emily McCoubrey, Terry Graham, Reggie & LaurieAnn Poirier, Eunice Workman, Angus Arsenault, Tim Brown & daughter Lola-Grayce, Janice Gillis, Donald MacDonald, Carson Allain, Infants Elliot & Ethan Little, Cody Arsenault, Ronald Doucette, Roy McRae, Elaine Cormier, Karl Burdach, Tyson G., Jean Profit, Nathan M., Leonard J. Arsenault, Erma Huestis, Adam Bourque, Sheila Dunphy … that Jesus may bring them healing in body and spirit.

Religious Education News … Confirmation … candidates are asked to please have baptism forms & sponsor in office ASAP;
Final class before the Christmas break … is Sunday, Dec. 14th. There will be no classes Sundays Dec. 21st and 28th
Storm Cancellation Notifications … a reminder to parents this will be sent Friday afternoons by email, if necessary.

Children’s Liturgy … we have some interest in bringing back Children’s Liturgy to the preschool children. If any parents are interested in helping, please contact Theresa at the Parish office. The program is very easy to follow and takes very little time … providing the children with a better understanding of the Mass and the readings of the day.

2015 Sunday Envelope Packets … ready & available in the hallway between the Church & Centre. Some of you will notice that you have a different number … it is quite OK. Sincere appreciation to Irene Matthews, Yvonne MacDonald, Ann Perry & Clem Gallant for preparing the packets … a huge task well done. Blessings!

French & English Missalettes for January … these are available in the parish office for those who ordered.

Catholic Family Services Collection … Peter Mutch, from Catholic Family Services, called us personally to thank everyone for the donations. He was overwhelmed by your generosity. Those donations are going to help a lot of people who wouldn’t have been able to get professional counselling otherwise. Thank you for supporting this work.

Piano Players Wanted for Funerals … we are looking for names to add to our list of piano players who would be available for funerals. If you might be interested, please contact Fr. Chris through the office. Thank you!

Christmas Carol Hymn Sing … sponsored by S’side and Area Christian Council … Sunday, Dec. 7th, Trinity United Church, 7:00pm. Offering will help Rev. Albert Stairs in dealing with some of the expenses needed to make his home useable before Albert returns from Ch’Town hospital.

Christmas Adopt a Family at St. Paul’s … this has been coordinated by St. Vincent de Paul. This year, we will be making a monetary donation to the Annual Kin Christmas Appeal. Parishioners who would like to continue to adopt a family, by purchasing gifts, can continue to do so by calling Sue at 902-303-0135 – Kin Christmas Appeal Co-Chair. Those wishing to make a monetary donation to help at Christmas can do so by giving directly to St. Vincent de Paul indicating “Christmas Fund” therefore ensuring you receive a tax receipt. The monetary donations will be officially presented at the Kin Christmas Appeal on East Link on Dec 8th.

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

Lecture Series … Michael Frost presents “Loving the Unloveable“, Parish Centre, 7:00pm on Sunday, Dec. 7th. There are times in everyone’s life where you can be loveable or unloveable. It mostly comes down to a choice of which way you’ll be. Come, sit & listen to hear what the Bible says about loving people who are hard to love.

St. Paul’s Religious Article Store News … open after Saturday 7pm Mass on Dec. 6th, 13th & 20th as well as every Sunday after Masses. Articles for Christmas gifts, Christmas cards, as well as the new Sunday missals.

Christmas Gathering at Belcourt Center in South Rustico … Martin, Earla & the Staff request your attendance for an evening of Christmas song, food and good cheer, Friday, Dec. 12th, 6:00–9:00pm. Info: 902-963-2877.

East Prince Hospice Tree … donate in memory of a loved one by turning on a lightbulb. Up to Dec.13, Superstore.