Advent is a time for contemplation of God’s love and mercy. Out of love for us He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to save us. Then, Jesus showed forth that love and mercy through His teachings and His actions. In spite of our sins, faults and failings – our unworthiness – He came to earth as God-made-Man to heal us.
As we enter into Advent and prepare for Christ’s return, we do so with new texts for Mass. Today we begin using the new translation of the Roman Missal. But these new Mass texts are more about continuity than change, more about tradition than translation. Let us see these changes as an opportunity to pray with even greater fervor.
Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s ~ Sunday Collections $555 with 37 envelopes; Loose $47.50; Paper & Books $162.45
Chili Dinner Baked Goods(Roof) $95.50; Ticket Sales (Roof) $125; Annual Appeal $472.25
St. Faustina’s ~ Sunday Collections $490 with 27 envelopes; Loose $45; Fuel $70;
Annual Appeal $20
Roof Repairs: Cost to Date: $10,350 ~ Roof Donations to Date:
Donations $8,155; Fundraisers for Roof $3,399.65 Thank you for your support!
Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: Thank you for your generous gifts to the Archdiocesan Annual Appeal.
Christ the King Prayer Campaign: will begin on the feast day of Christ the King, November 20th and continue until December 11th. The campaign enourages parishioners to pray for friends and family members and then send them a card letting them know that they have been prayed for. The cards are provided free of charge by Chalice, but it is up to you to send them to your friends. They will be available after Mass – please see Jennie Martell.
Country Time Show: Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our show. Proceeds for St. Anthony’s Church were $773.97. The next Country Time Show will be Sunday, December 18th at 7:00pm. Admission $6.
Keep Christ in Christmas: This Sunday we will start at St. Paul’s Church, walk to Bethel United Baptist Church and on to St. Anthony’s Church. A reception will be held in St. Anthony’s Church hall. We will start at St. Paul’s Church at 6:00pm. For information contact Gordon Jewers at 469-5698.
First Friday of the Month: Friday, December 2nd there will be Adoration starting at 3:00pm with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Adoration will continue until the Rosary at 6:00pm and ending with Mass in Polish at 6:30pm. Please come out and pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
Father Peter Botman, SCJ: Died on November 3, 2011. As you may remember, from 1986 to 1992, Father Peter was the Pastor at St. Anthony’s. The Mass will be dedicated to the soul of Father Peter on Saturday, December 3rd at 4:00pm. Please join us as we celebrate this Mass and all that he has done for St. Anthony’s. May the perpetual light be with him.
Lectors & Greeters: We are in need of more Lectors and Greeters. Please call Jennie Martell at 464-1561 if you are interested.
Schedules: The Lectors’ and Eucharistic Ministers’ schedules for Christmas and New Year’s will be available next weekend, December 3rd & 4th.
Thank you: to Jennie & Wilfred and their team and all who donated and gave of their time for our Chili Supper. We raised $863.90 for our roof, from the dinner and bake table. Thank you for your support!
Raffle Tickets: Prizes include a quilt, an automatic vegetable steamer and rice cooker, and a pocket watch with chain - $2 each or 3 for $5. The draw will take place at the Country Time Show on Sunday, December 18th. Please call Gordon Jewers at 469-5698. All proceeds go towards our roof fund.
Christmas Gifts for The Mental Healthy Program: A box will be set up soon for donations. Through your generosity, gifts for the inpatients and residents of the Nova Scotia Hospital, Abbie J. Lane Building and East Coast Forensic Hospital bring great cheer from the community during the holiday season. Please see the green pamphlets on the tables at the entrance of the church for suggested items. Please do not wrap donated items; no scented items & no used clothing. Please note there are more male clients than female.
Advent Backpack Project: Once again this year, our parish will partner with four other parishes to fill bags of gifts for the patrons of Feeding Others of Dartmouth and other local charities. Our goal is to fill 300 gift bags with useful items for adult men and women who do not have the resources to provide for themselves. You will find a list of suggested items at the entrance of the church and gift bags will be provided. Please take a gift bag home, fill it, and deliver it back to the church when you come to Mass. Deadline is December 15th. Thank you for your generous support!