Saturday, December 7th...Late Theodore Bennett
Sunday, December 8th - 10:30 a.m... For all our Parishioners
Sunday, December 8th - 5:00 p.m...* Late Anne Maddigan MacLeod
Monday, December 9th ...* Late Frank Roche
Tuesday, December 10th...Late Patrick Joyce
Wednesday, December 11th...Thanksgiving Mass to St Anne
Thursday, December 12th...Mass of thanksgiving
Friday, December 13th...Late Peter and Florence MacDonald
Saturday, December 7th...Late Wilfrid Chauk and family, Late Jack and Audrey Wiseman; Late Ann Gash
INTENTIONS OF THE HOLY FATHER FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER: Evangelization: the future of the very young - that every country determine to take the necessary measures to make the future of the very young, especially those who suffer, a priority.
NOTE OF SYMPATHY: sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Vera Hatcher who died this week, let us remember her at prayer.
ADVENT SCRIPTURE STUDY: Father James will be offering a scripture study during the season of Advent on Monday nights 7:00 pm at the Cathedral residence gathering room. This is open to anyone interested in faith development and making the most of this special season of joyful waiting. Father James holds a Ph.D, in New Testament studies. Do come and join us - refreshments will be offered. Please call the Parish Office to register 634-5161.
ORDINATION AND INSTALLATION: parishioners throughout the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador are invited to the Mass of Ordination and installation of Bishop-elect Bart van Roijen, Thursday, December 12 at 7:00pm at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer and Immaculate Conception. Parishioners are also invited to meet the new Bishop of the Diocese at a public reception following the Mass, at the Corner Brook Civic Centre. You are encouraged to make every effort to attend this important event.
Advent Folders, Sunday Missals ($5.00 each) and church envelopes for 2020 are available at the Cathedral.
CHRISTMAS FLOWERS: if you would like to donate toward flowers for the altar in memory of a loved one, you may do so by putting your donation in an envelope with the name of your loved one and drop it in the collection or drop by the Parish Office.
CHRISTMAS BAKE SALE: will be held December 7th / 8th at the Cathedral before and after Mass.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGENT: welcome to our children of the Family Catechetics Program who are presenting a no-rehearsal Christmas pagent today Sunday, December 8th at 2:00 pm at the Cathedral. Everyone is welcome. Come and see our non-traditional presentation of the traditional Christmas story! Many thanks to Denise Rumboldt Family Catechetics Coordinator for coordinating this event.
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE: We are called to care for all of creation as one human family. Advent Reflection on “Care of our Common Home” by Pope Francis - summarized by Bill Huebsch. December 9th and December 17th - after Mass in the lower level of the Cathedral. All are welcome.
CHOIR PRACTICE: on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00 pm for the Church Choirs in the area, singing for the Bishop’s Installation. Full attendance please!
SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL:
will meet Wednesday, December 11th at 7pm at the Cathedral residence, plans will be finalized for the distribution of hampers on December 22nd, plus plan for our Mary’s Kitchen Christmas Dinner for the 13th. New members are welcome. Please remember the boxes located at the entrance to the Churches are for donations of knitted goods and the like for people who will be receiving hampers this years. Your contributions will be appreciated by those in need. The Society would like to say a special thanks to the Sacred Heart Ladies who served Mary’s Kitchen for the Month of November, a 5 week month. As usual, they provided great service and fantastic desserts to the delight of the family of patrons.
POOR BOX COLLECTION: the results of the Poor Box Collection for last weekend were: Holy Redeemer - $458.95, Sacred Heart - $379.55, All Hallows - $865.75. Thank you for your generosity.
THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: the Church celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th (observed this year on December 9th so as not to coincide with a Sunday). This feast actually refers to the dogma that Mary was without original sin from the very moment of her conception and does not celebrate Mary's conception of Christ through the action of the Holy Spirit, as many people mistakenly believe. The Church teaches that the immaculate Conception was a grace given by God to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary, like all humanity, was redeemed by Christ's saving grace but, unlike the rest of humanity, her redemption occurred at the moment she was conceived in her mother's womb. Two parishes in our Diocese are named in honor of the Immaculate Conception: Immaculate Conception Parish in Deer Lake and the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer and of the Immaculate Conception in Corner Brook.
DECORATING OF THE CATHEDRAL: after Mass Monday, December 16th, we will need many hands to assist in decorating our beautiful sacred space for Christmas. Kindly come and lend a hand - much appreciated.
COMMUNAL CELEBRATION OF PENANCE: In preparation for Christmas. This liturgy will be held at Sacred Heart Monday, December 16th at 7:00 pm and at the Cathedral Tuesday, December 17th at 7:00 pm. Extra confessors will be available - do come and prepare in the best way possible for the celebration of the Lord’s birthday.
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE:
Christmas Eve - December 24
4pm at St. Brendans
7pm at All Hallow
7pm and 9pm at the Cathedral
Christmas Day - December 25
10:30am at All Hallows
10:30am at the Cathedral
NO EVENING MASS CHRISTMAS DAY
4 YOUTH: December 12th is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In 1531, a poor Aztec Indian named Juan Diego claimed to have seen a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Miracles were performed as a sign of her identity: roses bloomed in December, Juan’s dying uncle was cured, and Mary’s image came to be imprinted on Juan’s shawl, an image which should have disintegrated within years but still exists today. Our Lady of Guadalupe was named Patroness of the Americas and Empress of Latin America by Pope John Paul 11 in 1999. Because her image on Juan’s shawl shows her as the God-bearer, pregnant with her Divine Son, she was also named Protectress of the Unborn Child. This would be a good week to say a special prayer for an end to abortion.
YOUTH WANTED FOR CHRISTMAS EVE MASS: any youth aged 5-18 interested in helping with Christmas Eve Mass are asked to email Gina Spencer at email@example.com We need greeters, gift bearers, collectors and singers.
HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER GROUP: Thursday 7:30 at the Cathedral lower level.
IT IS TOO LITTLE: this week’s scriptures are meant to be a link between the Baptism of Jesus and the rest of the Church year. They provide a sort of a follow-up and meditation on Christ’s ritual washing by John the Baptist. Last week we read part of the Servant Song from Isaiah. This describes a mysterious person who serves God through his pain. Today’s selection adds the concept that the Servant’s mission is not just to the Jewish people, but to all nations. As much as God loves his Chosen People, this love is only compete when it reaches all people.
SOSTHENES, OUR BROTHER: Paul had come to Corinth after a debacle in Athens. He had been literally laugher out of town by the Board of Philosophers, which granted licenses to teach. Discouraged, he travelled about 60 miles away to the city with two ports. Expecting to remain only a few days, he proved such a success that his visit lasted 18 months. It came to a dramatic conclusion when several members of the local Synagogue dragged Paul before a pagan judge. Gallio, the magistrate, refused to listen to the case. So the people from the Synagogue beat up their leader, Sosthenes, The story has a happy ending because Sosthenes becomes one of Paul’s co-workers.
BAPTISM SEMINAR: is being offered Tuesday, January 28th, 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.
FAMILY CATHECHETICS 2019-2020: For information, Contact Denise Rumboldt, Family Catechetics Coordinator at 634-5161/634-3506 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: All Classes take place from 6:30-7:30 in the lower level of the Cathedral.
Sunday - December 8th - Christmas pagent, 2:00 pm at the Cathedral
RED PEPPER JAM: Debbie Murley and Juanita Jacobs continue their fundraising efforts for an upcoming mission trip. They are currently selling freshly made Red Pepper Jelly and each 250ml jar is still only $5.00. If you would like to order any please contact Debbie at 634-1931.
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: are you struggling with unhealthy eating behaviours? Give us a call. We are a support group whose program is based on physical, emotional and spiritual healing. We are a Twelve Step program for people facing serious eating problems. Call 709-738-1742 or email email@example.com or visit the website: oanl.org