First Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 63: 16b-17; 64: 1, 3-8        1 Corinthians 1: 3-9       Mark 13: 33-37

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 Robert Belley
Tuesday 12:10pm The McNeill Family
Wednesday 12:10pm James Kenneth Getson
Thursday 7:00pm Robert Stringer
Friday 9:00am Margaret Cahill
9:30am – 12:00Noon Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 9:00am Jim Smith
4:30pm Messe française
7:00pm Anniversary Mass … Mae McFeely, Arnold McIver.
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.

Another Very Generous Donation … We have received another anonymous $10,000 donation for our sound system project. The parish thanks you for your generosity. Since the donor wishes to remain anonymous, let us express our gratitude by offering prayers.

Update on Sound System … We’re a little later than we expected in updating you on the sound system project but we wanted to make sure we did our homework before making a decision on a project of this size. Since announcing the project, we have received a lot of positive feedback from the parishioners. Not only has the feedback encouraged us to go forward but we also received two $10,000 donations to help us and a third donor who has pledged a significant amount as well. We can now announce that we have accepted one of the proposals. Orders are being placed this week but we don’t expect to have the system fully installed and functioning until sometime in January.

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 … 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 … group Mass Sunday, Dec. 7th, 10:30am. Please have baptism forms & sponsor in office by Dec 1st;
Children’s Activity Sheet for Advent … will be at the entrance of the Parish Centre on Sunday, November 30th;
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.

Seeking Four or Five Volunteers … on Wed. Dec. 3rd, beginning at 9:30am, the donation packets for 2015 need to be labelled and sorted. If you can give a couple of hours, or more, it would be much appreciated. Thank you!

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 Adopt a Family at St. Paul’s … in the past, 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 CWL … meeting on Monday, Dec. 1st, 7pm, Centre Main Hall preceded by Executive meeting, 6pm. Reminder to bring a wrapped gift, $10 value, for our Texas Swap fun game at our Christmas party. Members are asked to donate $5 for the money tree for the Christmas Lottery. Money may be placed in an envelope “CWL” and put in with collection.

Seniors’ Reflection Day … Marguerite Bourgeoys Centre, Tuesday, Dec. 2nd, 10:30am – 1:00pm. Advent: Time of Waiting led by Sr. Donna Egan. Cost is donation towards lunch. Further info at 436-9239.

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!

“Wake Up the World” … inaugural ceremony for the “Year of Consecrated Life” begins at 6:30pm, Sunday, Nov. 30th with Solemn Evening Prayer, St. Dunstan’s Basilica. The hymn, “Wake up the World with Dawning Joy” , based on the words of Pope Francis, will be introduced.

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.

Sale of Meat Pies … as a fundraiser, Paroisse de St. Philippe & St. Jacques, Egmont Bay are selling meat pies ($10. each) … all orders must be called in by December 1st … Yvette 854-3395 Theresa 854-2373 Zelma 854-2598.

Blood Donor Clinics … Miscouche Rec Centre, December 1st, 2nd, 3rd … you have the potential of helping to save lives. Please make an appointment at 1-888-236-6283.

East Prince Hospice Tree … donate in memory of a loved one by turning on a lightbulb. Nov. 30-Dec.13, Superstore.