Season of Lent – Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be prayed during Lent following the 9am Mass on Friday mornings at Our Lady of Lourdes.
Season of Lent – Adoration Wednesdays
During the season of Lent, there will be an hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays (except for March 14) beginning at 7pm in Saint Patrick’s Chapel. All are welcome.
Lent, Holy Week & Easter Schedule
Holy Thursday – March 29 – 7:30pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper at St. Patrick’s Church, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament to 10pm.
Good Friday – March 30 – 3pm – Friday of the Passion of the Lord at St. Patrick’s Church
Holy Saturday – March 31 – 8pm – Easter Vigil Mass at St. Patrick’s Church
Easter Sunday – April 1 – The Resurrection of the Lord – 9am Mass at Saint Patrick’s Church; 11am Mass at our Lady of Lourdes mission Church
Saturday, April 7 – Seventh Day of the Octave of Easter – 11am Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving in the Extraordinary Form (in Latin) at St. Patrick’s Church offered by Reverend Fr. Joseph Heppelle. See Details Below.
Collection Counters Needed
Because of the forthcoming bank closure in Elmvale, we will be changing our banking procedures for the parish and cemetery accounts. As soon as word is given from the Accounting & Finance department at the Chancery office at the Archdiocese, the Sunday offertory collection will no longer be counted on Sundays at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Counting of the collection will be done on Tuesday mornings at 10am in the rectory. Because of the change, we will be losing some people who are counting for us now. More volunteers are needed and soon. If you can volunteer about an hour of your time once every six weeks or so, depending on how many volunteers come forward, please let Fr. Jim or Judy Murray know as soon as possible.
Sleeping Children Around the World ( SCAW ) – Up to Easter Sunday
SCAW is a registered Canadian charity whose mission is “to give bed kits to needy children in developing countries thus helping them to face the challenges of the coming day.” A donation of $35 buys one bed kit consisting of 15 to 20 items including a mat or mattress, pillow, sheets, blanket, mosquito net if applicable, clothing, school supplies and other items depending upon local needs. 100% of the bed kit donation goes towards the bed kit items. When you buy a full bed kit you will receive an income tax receipt from SCAW, as well as a picture of the child you have helped. Cheques or cash gratefully accepted. Cheques should be made payable to “Sleeping Children Around the World.” Donations may be given to Judy Murray (32-2116) or placed in an envelope labelled SCAW and put into the Sunday collection basket. Be sure to include your name and full mailing address with your donation.
Donations will be accepted until Easter Sunday. What a terrific way to reach out to those less fortunate during Lent. Jesus said “whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, you do unto me. “
Barrie Out of the Cold – April 3
Thanks to all who support our parish’s commitment to feed and shelter the homeless in Barrie. Our last date for which we will be serving meals is April 3. Sign-up sheets will be available at all Masses. Contact Nora Young from St. Patrick’s at 322-2517 or Yvonne Healey from Our Lady of Lourdes at 322-1675.
Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving (Extraordinary Form) – Fr. Joseph Heppelle – April 7
On Saturday, April 7 at 11am, there will be a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving in the Extraordinary Form (in Latin) at St. Patrick’s Church offered by Reverend Fr. Joseph Heppelle, a parishioner of our parish, who was ordained to the priesthood on Wednesday, January 31. All are welcome to attend this Mass.
ShareLife Sundays – April 22, May 27
Thank you for your generosity. ShareLife Sundays continue this coming April 22. Our parish goal for this year’s campaign is set at $18,000. The third installment of the campaign is May 27. Please make cheques payable to “St. Patrick’s Church – ShareLife.” Donations will be accepted for the campaign until June 30, 2018.
Canada Summer Jobs Program – Reach Out to your Member of Parliament
The federal government has introduced new requirements for employers applying for the Canada Summer Jobs grant. To be eligible for funding, employers must attest that both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect certain ‘values’ as determined by the federal government, including the government’s position on abortion, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Organizations unable or unwilling to make this attestation in whole or in part will be deemed ineligible for the grant.
Many Catholic organizations throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto, and many other faiths involved in charitable activity, at soup kitchens, shelters, refugee welcome centres or summer camps are impacted by this decision. Please take a moment to visit www.archtoronto.org/summerjobs for more information and to find a template letter to send to your MP and the minister responsible for this portfolio.
Join the Choir!
The St. Patrick’s Choir is looking for more members to join us! If you love to sing and want to become a choir member contact Henri Linde at 322.4493 for more information. Every voice helps.
Parish History Book
The parish history book is now completed and printed. Please contact the rectory to purchase a copy. The books are full colour, are 8.5″ x 11″ in size, and are 215 pages in length. The price is $40.00 each.
The Catholic Women’s League – Join Us Today!
An open invitation is extended to all women of our parish to take this opportunity to share your God-given gifts with us as we try to effect change in our parish, our community, our country and in those countries that have not been blessed with the abundance we enjoy in Canada. Please consider joining our League. The CWL of Canada is the united voice of Catholic women. Please contact our St. Patrick’s membership convener Linda Bidwell at 726–0356, or Our Lady of Lourdes membership convenor Margaret Ann Jacobs at 322-2249.