BULLETIN

November 27th  & December 4th, 2022

In a Dark Hour: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday in Advent

Sunday Bible Reflections by Dr. Scott Hahn

Copyright 2022 www.salvationhistory.com

First Reading: Isaiah 2:1–5 | Psalm 122:1–9

Second Reading: Romans 13:11–14 | Gospel: Matthew 24:37–44

Jesus exaggerates in today’s Gospel when He claims not to know the day or the hour when He will come again. Christ occasionally makes such overstatements to drive home a point we might otherwise miss (see Matthew 5:3423:9Luke 14:26).

His point here is that the exact “hour” is not important. What is crucial is that we not postpone our repentance, that we be ready for Him—spiritually and morally—when He comes. For He will surely come, He tells us—like a thief in the night, like the flood in the time of Noah.

In today’s Epistle, Paul too compares the present age to a time of advancing darkness and night.

Though we sit in the darkness, overshadowed by death, we have seen arise the great light of our Lord who has come into our midst (see Matthew 4:16John 1:98:12). He is the true light, the life of the world. And His light continues to shine in His Church, the new Jerusalem promised by Isaiah in today’s First Reading.

In the Church, all nations stream to the God of Jacob, to worship and seek wisdom in the House of David. From the Church goes forth His word of instruction, the light of the Lord—that all might walk in His paths toward that eternal day when night will be no more (see Revelation 22:5).

By our Baptism we have been made children of the light and day (see Ephesians 5:81 Thessalonians 5:5–7). It is time we start living like it: throwing off the fruitless works of darkness, rejecting the desires of the flesh, and walking by the light of His grace.

The hour is late as we begin a new Advent. Let us begin again in this Eucharist. As we sing in today’s Psalm, “let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.” Let us give thanks to His name, keeping watch for His coming, knowing that our salvation is nearer now than when we first

We too live in a world of nations and kingdoms at war. And we should take the Apostles as our “models,” as today’s Epistle counsels. Like them we must persevere in the face of unbelieving relatives, friends, forces, and authorities hostile to God.

As we do in today’s Psalm, we should sing His praises and joyfully proclaim His coming as Lord and King. The Day of the Lord is always a day that has already come and a day still yet to come. It is the “today” of our Liturgy.

The Apostles prayed marana tha—“O Lord come!” (see 1 Corinthians 16:22Revelation 22:20). In the Eucharist He answers, coming again as the Lord of Hosts and the Sun of Justice with its healing rays. It is a mighty sign—and a pledge of that Day to come.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE OF MASSES

December 24th (Christmas Mass)                      -7:00pm and 9:00pm

December 25th (Christmas Mass)                      -11:00am

December 26th (Saint Stephen)                             -9:00am

December 27th (Saint John)                                  -7:00pm

December 28th (Holy Innocents)                            -9;00am

December 29th (Weekday Mass)                           -9:00am

December 30th (Holy Family)                                -9:00am

December 31st (Mary Mother of God Mass)      -4:30pm

January 1st, 2023 (Mary Mother of God Mass)  -9am and 11:00am

Note: masses in Bold: Holy Days of obligation

CATHOLIC CALENDARS

The 2023 Catholic calendars are now available. Five dollars ($5) each.

SUNDAY MISSALS

The new 2023 Sunday Missals have arrived. They go into effect the first Sunday of Advent (November 27th). $5 each

ADVENT CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS

OnSunday, November 27th, the first Sunday of Advent, a few parishioners will be at the doors of the Church selling the “Christmas tree ornaments” to benefit CHALICE and their many good works in various developing countries. During Advent, we will continue to sell the “tree ornaments” for $2.00 each. Please buy some ornaments and contribute to the giving of hope to those in great need. During the week, there will be a basket at the entrance to the Church. Please take an ornament home with you and hang it up on your own tree. Thank you.

Save the date: “A Day of Hope”, WOMEN’S RETREAT

Saturday, March 18, 2023, 9 AM – 3:30 PM

This day-long women’s retreat will be a day to recharge, renew and restore through prayer, music, talks and reflection, organized by women from the Montreal area for women, with the support of the Office of English Pastoral Services of the Archdiocese of Montreal. It will be held at the Sacred Heart School (3635 Atwater Ave, Montreal, Quebec H3H 1Y4). This event will be in English.  All women 16+ are welcome.

To be notified once registration opens, please sign up here:  https://forms.gle/4Dt9s4pupXQ4NJcB6  

For more information about the day, please contact: esperanza.martinezperez@yahoo.com


OUR LADY OF FATIMA ONLINE MINISTRIES

The Rosary

Emil & Iria Tirona will be hosting an online interactive rosary,
Mondays at 7:30pm.

For those interested, kindly send an email to Emil and Irah (irahtirona@gmail.com), so you may be added to the online invitation. Please call 514-617-4021 if you need any online technical assistance or have questions.

PARISH WEBSITE: Homilies & Reflections

During the current COVID restrictions, while the parish is either closed to the public or limited in the number of those who can gather for mass, from time to time Fr. Jason will post on the parish website a homily or reflection on various faith related subjects. You can find the homilies at the following link: http://www.our-lady-of-fatima.ca/homilies/


COVID NOTICE:

The Church is OPEN to the public gatherings indoors.

NO MORE RESERVATIONS will be required.

Also, as has been our practice throughout the pandemic, for the foreseeable future we will continue using only the main entrance doors for you to enter the Church.


You can check regularly our parish website for updates:

www.our-lady-of-fatima.ca

The Archdiocese of Montreal has set up a webpage where they will post diocesan updates and information, regarding the actions taken by the Archdiocese, in response to the coronavirus as things unfold: www.diocesemontreal.org/en/covid-19

During these difficult days be assured of my prayers for you, and together let us pray for all those effected by this virus, and for its swift end! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail me: fatherjpiper@gmail.com

The Archdiocese of Montreal has set up a webpage where they will post diocesan updates and information, regarding the actions taken by the Archdiocese, in response to the coronavirus as things unfold: www.diocesemontreal.org/en/covid-19

During these difficult days be assured of my prayers for you, and together let us pray for all those effected by this virus, and for its swift end! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail me: fatherjpiper@gmail.com


SAINTLY WISDOM

“We desire to be able to welcome Jesus at Christmas-time, not in a cold manger of our heart, but in a heart full of love and humility, a heart so pure, so immaculate, so warm with love for one another.”

Saint Teresa of Calcutta (aka Mother Teresa)


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Thursdays 8am to 9am (mass at 9am)
Fridays 9:30am to 10:30am (mass at 9am)
First Saturday of the Month 10:30am to 11:30am (mass at 10am)


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