Bulletin: 1st Sunday of Advent
On this First Sunday of Advent I am inviting all of us to enter into this Year of Faith with hope and commitment. My prayer is that this year of grace will give us the experience of newfound freedom expressed in changes of attitude, mentality and conduct.
I look forward to a renewed enthusiasm for our Church and pray that we may all become witnesses of the truth that Jesus Christ is our Saviour and the Redeemer of everyone willing to listen to his voice and open the door to his message.
So many of you have told me of your concern for your family member or friends, the many baptized Catholics who have given up on their faith and their relationship to the Church. Can we overcome our reluctance and our fears, and propose Jesus Christ to those whom we love?
All of us who claim that Christ is Lord must collaborate together, the baptized and the ordained; old and young; men and women – so that the faith we have received can be shared with those who are searching.
May this Advent stir in us an even greater hope as we look forward to encountering Jesus Christ, personally and profoundly, in ways never before imagined. Our dreams and visions are expressions of our hope. It is Jesus Christ who fulfills our hopes and calms humanity's restless hearts. During this year of grace let us go forward together with courage, with our heads held high, confident that the vision of the Kingdom of God which Jesus Christ proposes is our hope for our Church in our time.
Archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth
Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s ~ Regular $720.50; $Loose $267.25
St. Faustina’s ~ Regular $480; Loose $117.30
During each Mass throughout this year of faith, we will recite the prayer given by the Archdiocese of Halifax – Yarmouth.
Advent Reconciliation for our Dartmouth District:
Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00pm ~ St. Peter’s Parish
Friday, December 14th at 7:00pm ~ St. Anthony’s Parish & St. Faustina’s Polish Mission
Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00pm ~ St. Vincent de Paul Parish
2013 Church Envelopes: Boxed envelopes are on the table near the main entrance for those who used envelopes last year. If you do not currently have a box, but would like one, please call Nancy at the Parish Office.
Adoration: The first Friday of the month, December 7th, we will have Adoration from 3:00pm -6:00pm with Mass in Polish at 6:30pm. There is a sign-up sheet at the main entrance starting from 4:00pm for anyone wishing to help us to have someone in the church at all times.
St. Nicholas: Will be visiting our parish on Sunday, December 9th during a luncheon after the 10:15am Mass in Polish. St. Nicholas is looking forward to seeing all the children!
Christmas Flowers: If anyone wishes to donate towards the purchasing of Christmas flowers for St. Anthony’s Parish, please put your donation in a separate envelope, marked ‘Christmas Flowers’, and provide your name, envelope number and amount. Envelopes can also be found on the tables near the entrance of the church.
Country Time Show: The next show will be on Sunday, December 16th at 7:00pm! $6 admission. Please come out and bring your friends!
New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance: Ticket cost is $25 per person. Please see Gordon Jewers or contact him at 469-5698.
Thank You: For the bottles we have received from you. We raised $177 which goes towards our Outreach Program. Please keep the bottles coming!
St. Joseph’s Yearly Missals: Are now available for $4.50 each. Please see Jennie after Mass.
St. Vincent de Paul Society: Item of the month for December is a package of Mr. Noodles. A box is located near the main entrance of the church. Thank you for your support.
Backpack Project: We have gift bags available at the entrance of the church to fill with gifts for the patrons of Feeding Others of Dartmouth and other local charities. We are partnering with four other churches and our goal is to fill 300 gift bags with useful items for adults men and women who do not have the resources to provide for themselves. Please deliver back before or after Mass, on or before Thursday, December 13th. Thank you for your support!