The New Evangelization Summit will be hosted live in Ottawa on April 24-25.There are only 15 host sites to webcast this across North America and St. Joseph-Scollard Hall will be one of them! It brings together over 5,000 Catholics at the same time and is designed to Inspire Catholics to be engaged in the New Evangelization. “New” refers simply to new methods to share the “Good News” effectively with those who have forgotten the message or have never heard it or understood it. The message has not changed but the culture we live in has.
This summit is being put on as an Evangelization initiative by the North Bay Local Parishes and the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie. 8 Dynamic speakers Fri, Apr 24th 6-9 pm and Sat, Apr 25th 9am-4pm at St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Auditorium Cost of $20/person includes coffee, snacks and lunch Submit Payment and Registration Form in Sunday collection before April 17th. For more information go to www.newevangelization.ca
HOLY THURSDAY – Thursday, April 2
- Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 8:00pm
- Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 11:00pm
GOOD FRIDAY – Friday, Apr 3
- Good Friday Children’s Liturgy at 11:00am
- The Passion of the Lord at 3:00pm
- Regional Outdoor Way of the Cross Beginning at St. John’s Anglican Church (301 Main St East) at 5 pm and up Main Street to Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption Parish
- Regional Indoor Way of the Cross Begins at 7 pm at Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption Parish
HOLY SATURDAY – Saturday, April 4
EASTER SUNDAY – Sunday, April 5
- Mass at 9:00am and 11:00am
A recent directive has been received from the Diocesan Office indicating that Mass Stipends are increased to $15 per Mass effective February 2, 2015. All masses after that date will be increased from $10 to the new stipend of $15 per Mass. Mass stipends will now receive a tax receipt.
St. Peter’s Catholic Women’s League invites all CWL members and all ladies of the parish to our next General Meeting on April 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm
in the Parish Hall. We will have a special guest speaker discussing issues of mental health. Everyone interested is welcome to join us.
The graceful celebration of the liturgy, complete with harmonious music, inspiring homilies and the active participation of the faithful are the foundational elements that attract people to our liturgy (Ars celebrandi et adorandi: A pastoral letter by His Excellency, John Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield in Illinois, USA, June 22, 2014). The way we welcome newcomers to our parish immediately speaks to their hearts about God’s welcome reserved for them; the way we sing God’s praises together immediately reflects our desire to join our voices in one unified song of praise; the way we tell the story of God’s presence with his people immediately reminds us that the one who has always loved us is in our midst, tenderly welcoming all those who approach; the care we lavish on others, paying attention to their needs immediately prepares us for the special food that Jesus offers to each of those who gather at his table. This parish has a respected history of welcoming those who come through our doors, and it doesn’t take long before even newcomers realize that there is something very special happening here. It is the joy of a people who have experienced the joy of the gospel that is living in our midst, the song of an Easter people who has heard the good news – He is risen! He is not here! – and is courageous enough to proclaim this good news to all who will hear it. On behalf of all those who have come, from near and far, to celebrate the liturgy of the Easter Triduum with us this year, I want to say thank you to all those who have contributed in any way to the beautiful celebration we have witnessed. It is part of the song that is sung continuously by God’s people, whenever and wherever we gather. May it echo in our hearts to dispel all darkness and doubt, may it always be a reminder for us of the love we share as beloved children of God, and may it inspire us always to invite others to discover the joy that inhabits our hearts.
Come pray the Rosary with a group of dedicated people who form a Fr. Gobbi
Cenacle honouring our Blessed Virgin Mary. Wednesday mornings at 9:30am
at St. Peter’s Parish followed by Mass.
The National Catholic Mission 2015, “Beware the Holy Spirit!” will be broadcast on VISIONTV on Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31 at 6
PM and repeated at 10 PM. It will be hosted by Fr. Pat Fitzpatrick and feature Spiritan Fr. Anthony Gittins.
Our Share Lent Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale will be held Sunday, March 22, 2015 after the 9:00 and 11:00 am Masses. The cost for adults is $5 each, children aged 6-10 cost $3, and children 5 & under are free. All proceeds from this event go to Development & Peace/Share Lent.
Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 pm in St. Peter’s Parish Hall. Candidates, parents and sponsors are asked to attend this meeting. Please include a copy of your Baptism Certificate with registration form, available from the Parish Office. In requesting the Sacrament of Confirmation it is presumed that you are in Grade 7 or 8 (or older) and have received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. If you are missing one or more of these sacraments, please call the Parish Office at 705-472-1817 as soon as possible. For further information, contact Colleen Hutson at 840-3400.
Pope Francis ends his Joy of the Gospel with this prayer to Mary:
Star of the new evangelization,
help us to bear radiant witness to communion,
service, ardent and generous faith,
justice and love of the poor,
that the joy of the Gospel
may reach to the ends of the Earth,
illuminating even the fringes of our world.
Today, on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Solidarity Sunday, we join the Holy Father in praying that we may all be radiant witnesses and that through our support of Development and Peace, the joy of the Gospel may indeed illuminate even the darkest corners of our world! Your donations to Share Lent will help to meet the needs of the world. The Share Lent collection for Development is on Good Friday, April 3, 2015.