NOVEMBER - THE MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS: we pray for deceased loved ones and for all the faithful departed. A visit to the cemetery also brings us special blessings. They benefit from our prayers.
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE: The executive meeting is November 18th; the regular meeting is November 21st, both after Mass in the Cathedral lower level. There will be a short talk on CLIMATE CHANGE before the regular meeting on the 21st. It will begin at 10 am and will be given by Katie Temple from the Western Environment Center. All are welcome.
MAJOR FUNDRAISING BINGO: Holy Redeemer Parish is sponsoring this Bingo at Immaculate Heart of Mary School on Humber Road today Sunday, November 17th at 2:00 pm. Proceeds for the parish. Excellent prizes. Everyone welcomed. Come out in support of your parish and have fun.
CATHEDRAL FINANCE COMMITTEE: Our next meeting takes place Monday, November 18th at 2 pm at the Cathedral residence. Full attendance please.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS-BISHOP O’REILLY ASSEMBLY 0624 will be having a meeting/installation of officers on Tuesday, November 19th following the 7 pm Mass at All Hallows. All Sir Knights are urged to attend.
LAY VISITORS TO HOSPITAL LONG TERM CARE: A gathering takes place Tuesday, November 19th, 2 pm at the Cathedral residence. If you would like to join our team for visiting, kindly come to this gathering.
READERS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: We are providing an in-service for these ministries on Tuesday, November 19th, 7 pm at the Cathedral. This is for All Hallows as well. Anyone wanting to become a reader at Mass or a Eucharistic Minister is also welcomed to come.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: Our regular monthly meeting takes place Wednesday, November 20th, 7 pm at the Cathedral residence. Full attendance please. New members welcomed.
WORLD DAY OF THE POOR TODAY: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides material help such as nonperishable food, clothing, accessories and furniture to more than 355,000 persons in need on a yearly basis. The Society also provides assistance to refugees and immigrants, and to northern communities. On this special day in our church community, we ask God’s blessings on the Society. Each of us is invited to keep this intention in our prayer and to mobilize as much as possible so as to share our blessings with all who are in need.
CHRISTMAS HAMPERS: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be holding its registration for Christmas Hampers on the following days: Wednesday Nov. 20, Friday Nov. 22, Wednesday Nov. 27, and Friday Nov. 29. Registration will take place in the entrance to the Cathedral. Hours are from 10 am to 12 noon and from 1 pm to 3:30 pm each day. MCP numbers are required for all registrants.
PRESENTATION DAY: Thursday, November 21st is Presentation Day. This is a special day for the Presentation Sisters who are serving in our Parishes. We keep them in our prayers today and ask God’s blessing on their continued ministry among us.
MAMMOTH CARD GAME: Sunday November 24th at 7:15 pm at Cathedral lower level. Good prizes and a door prize. Lunch will be served.
BAPTISM SEMINAR: is being offered Wednesday, November 27th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral for parents and godparents. We offer an update on what it means to have a child baptized together with the understanding that there must be a well founded hope that the child will be reared in the practice of the faith. We also offer a walk through of the liturgy and provide an opportunity for question and discussion.
CRAFT AND BAKE SALE: SACRED HEART Ladies Group will hold a sale of handmade goods, preserves and baked goods on Saturday, Nov. 30, 1 to 3 pm in Sacred Heart Elementary School cafeteria. Parish bingo is December 1st at 2 pm. This month our game prizes will be a ham or turkey plus three special games. All are welcome.
CATHEDRAL OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST will be hosting an Ecumenical Advent service Sunday December 1st at 7:00 pm.
4 YOUTH On November 21 we celebrate the Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a feast which has been celebrated in the universal Church since the 16th century. Tradition holds that Mary, like all young Jewish girls, would have been left in the care of the Temple for a period of time, during which she would have been educated. On this feast day we celebrate the fact that God chose to dwell in Mary in a very special way and that Mary placed her entire self at the service of God. Perhaps a good way for us to honour Mary on this feast day would be to spend some extra time in prayer. Did you know you can participate in prayers online, and that some of them even give you the words? Visit www.comepraythe rosary.org and you can either join the world-wide prayer or pray on your own.
CHRISTMAS BAKE SALE: December 7th / 8th a bake sale will be held at Holy Redeemer before and after Mass.
YOUTH WANTED FOR CHRISTMAS EVE MASS: any youth aged 5-18 interested in helping with Christmas Eve Mass are asked to email Gina Spencer. We need greeters, gift bearers, collectors and singers. If you would like to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org
WORK QUIETLY AND EAT YOUR OWN FOOD: Paul had won many converts in the city of Thessalonica by speaking of the end of the world. He seriously believed that it was coming soon and pressed his listeners on this point. Many of the people figured that since the end was coming, they should spend their last days in prayer; many quit their jobs and focused on meditation. This won Christians a bad reputation. Paul tries to counter-act this by citing his own example. He was a tailor by profession and earned enough from this work to pay for his own needs and those of his co-workers.
THE TIME HAS COME! Many Jews in the 1st century anticipated the ‘Day of the Lord’ or Doom’s day. John the Baptism had preached its nearness. Jesus warns his followers not to become unduly upset over it. He urges them not to be worried over the signs that were said to accompany it. He clearly teaches that the “Day” would not bring the destruction of the world but the conclusion of the pre-Christian era. In the new world, Christians should expect persecution. He promises to give his disciples spiritual wisdom to counter their foes.
FAMILY CATHECHETICS 2019-2020: program for children (Kindergarten to Year Six) and their parents has begun. Registration forms for Holy Redeemer and All Hallows are on tables at the entrances of the churches, and can be dropped off at the sacristy in each Church or at the Parish office, or faxed to the Cathedral office at 634-5999 or may be brought with you. For more information, Contact Denise Rumboldt, Family Catechetics Coordinator, at 634-5161/634-3506 or email@example.com
NOTE: All Classes take place from 6:30-7:30 in the lower level of the Cathedral.
Monday - November 25 - Kindergarten
Monday - November 18 - Year 3
Tuesday - November 19 - Year 4
Wednesday - November 20 - Year 5
Thursday - November 21 - Year 6
HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER GROUP: Thursday 7:30 at the Cathedral lower level.
REVERENCE AND RESPECT FOR THE SACRED: When we enter our church buildings we do a few things we might take for granted. It’s important to be aware of these, nonetheless, and allow them to remind us of what we believe. First we reach for the holy water. This is our passport into the sacred space. It tells us we are full members of the church - with full rights to its sacraments and sacramentals. When we come to our seat, we reverence the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ by genuflecting to the tabernacle or bowing. This reminds us that Jesus is truly present in the Sacrament. This is further indicated by the red light in the area of the tabernacle. During the celebration of the Mass we remain in our seats - especially while the Word of God is being proclaimed and during the Eucharistic Prayer. It is inappropriate to be moving or chatting at this point because God himself is speaking with us, inviting us to listen to the word proclaimed and partake of the Holy Communion. Above all, this sense of respect for the sacred tells us we are the same. We bring this sacredness into our homes and communities.
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: Call 709-738-1742.mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Email email@example.com .
TRANSITIONS TO WORK: The YMCA is offering a Transitions to Work Program. For more information go to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or drop into the YMCA or call 709-639-9676.