Bulletin - St. James Parish

FEBRUARY 1, 2015
February 2 - 8, 2015
8:15am- Amelia & Felice Amantea & Family
8:15am- Anna Santini
Spec. Int. Kate Dawson
8:15am– Lee Rocca
Spec. Int. Finley Dawson Martin
In their synagogue was a man with an
unclean spirit; he cried out, "What have
you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us? I know
who you are—the Holy One of God!"
Jesus rebuked him and said, "Quiet!
Come out of him!" The unclean spirit
convulsed him and with a loud cry came
out of him (Mark 1:23-26).
This week at St. James:
8:15am- Deceased Barnabite Fathers
8:15am- Vincent Walsh
7:00pm- Deceased in February
8:15am- Spec Int. Rohan Ranaweera
7:00pm- Joao P. Soares & Gloria Soares
8:30am- Our Parish Community
9:45am- Pr. Giuseppe De Rossi
11:00am- Paul Schimpf
5:00pm- Tony Sant
February 2, Presentaion of the Lord.
In obedience to the Old Law, the Lord
Jesus, the first-born, was presented in the
Temple by his Blessed Mother and his
foster father. This is another 'epiphany'
celebration insofar as the Christ Child is
revealed as the Messiah through the
canticle and words of Simeon and the
testimony of Anna the prophetess. Christ
is the light of the nations, hence the blessing and procession
of candles on this day. In the Middle Ages this feast of the
Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or 'Candlemas,' was
of great importance.
Sunday Collection $4,182.00
1:00 pm
7:30 pm
9:30 am
3:30 pm
7:30 pm
9:00 – noon
Craft Group
Scripture Reflection
Class visit Gr. 3
….Lenten Reflection Evenings
6 Thursdays beginning February 12, 2015 7-9 pm
Chancery Office, 700 King St. W., Hamilton
Through this presentation of Priest, Prophet, King, you will
better understand Jesus, become more familiar with Scripture,
and realize your own priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission.
Using biblical insights and engaging stories, we come to see
Jesus more clearly through the lens of the Old Testament. The
cost for this series is $25. Contact Monica at the Discipleship
& Parish Life Office at 905-528-7988, x 2238 or check out
our website at www.hamiltondiocese.com
for more
Halton Alive (formerly known as Halton Pro-Life) has
recently changed their name and rebranded, and have some
exciting new programs and events happening this year, but we
need your help to make them a success and spread the word!
($3,363.00, 227 envelopes average $14.81, loose ($819.00)
God bless you for your generosity!
Thinking about Priesthood or Religious Life?
Find out by attending one of the upcoming events:
Discernment Group (a monthly morning of prayer,
reflection, and lunch): Saturday, February 14, at Canadian
Martyrs Church in Hamilton: starting at 9:00 a.m.: Mass,
Holy Hour, Discernment Groups for men and women, and
As we are trying to engage our community and be more of a
presence, we would like to have one or two people from each
parish volunteer as a Halton Alive Liason. This role would
involve putting quarterly newsletters and posters in the
narthex, coordinating bulletin announcements, and helping
out with events when necessary at church. Essentially, this
person will promote Halton Alive and stir up some excitement
for what we do; to educate, equip, connect and promote a
culture of life in our community. If you are interested, please
contact your parish office or visit www.haltonprolife.com for
more information - please note our website is under
construction; the new one should be ready in a few weeks.
Sow Much Love to Give. Diocese of Hamilton Share
Lent Workshop
Anyone who would like to get involved in helping run the
Share Lent program in our parish is encouraged to attend one
of these meetings:
Tuesday Feb. 3 at 7:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Church, 305
East 37th Street on Fennell in Hamilton
Wednesday Feb. 4 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church,
2265 Headon Road in Burlington
Pope Francis has called a Synod of Marriage and Family to be held
in October of 2015 which is to include Bishops from around the
world. – this is your invitation to participate in the gathering of
information from the Hamilton Diocese. There are two ways that
you may submit your responses:
1)Fill in the questionnaire which can be found on the Hamilton
Diocesan web site at www.hamiltondiocese.com. The questionnaire
seeks information from the faithful on the content of the
Lineamenta, which is the working document for the upcoming
Synod. It can be completed on line, or printed and faxed or mailed
to the Family Ministry Office. The deadline for submission is Feb.
27, 2015.
2)Attend one of two focus group gatherings where the
questionnaire will be discussed and responses collected to include
in the final report. Both gatherings will occur from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
and you are asked to RRSP by phone (905-528-7988 ext. 2249) or
e-mail ([email protected]) if you plan to
attend. You may join in a focus group at St. Michael Parish (240
Hemlock Street, Waterloo) on Tuesday, Feb. 17th or at the
Chancery Office (700 King Street West, Hamilton) on Thursday,
Feb. 19th.
The information being gathered will provide essential input to the
Bishops as they prepare for the Synod. Please consider engaging in
this process in one or both of the ways provided. For further
information contact Teresa Hartnett at 905-528-7988 ext. 2250 or
[email protected]
Praying for Vocations
If you love priests and religious men and women, please
support them by joining us in praying for vocations. Vocation
Saturday is an initiative of the Vocation Office of the Diocese
of Hamilton to gather people from across the diocese to unite
in prayer for vocations. Join us on Saturday, February 14,
at Canadian Martyrs Church in Hamilton, for 9:00 a.m. Mass
and Holy Hour for Vocations.
Young Adults – Ages 19 – 39
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 6– 8 p.m.
Discover the magic of winter by snowshoeing through the woods,
under the light of the moon at the Royal Botanical Gardens. We
will begin with a basic introduction then we will hit the
trails! Capping it all off by a bonfire with a hot cup of cocoa.
Snowshoes are supplied. May our sharing of this world during the
winter months lead us to share our souls, share our faith journey and
share peace with like minded young adults. If there is no snow, our
adventure will be a winter hike. To register contact M. Tessari by
email @ [email protected] or Cristian Lecanda by email @
[email protected]
This week we pray for:
Feb 2 – Rev. Felix Nwatu
Feb 3 – Rev. Mike Francis
Feb 4 – Soeurs du Sacre-Coeur de Jesus (S.S.C.J.)
Feb 5 – Rev. Moon Kab Shin
Feb 6 – Rev. Florian Stasinski, C.R.
Feb 7 – Rev. Henryk Drajewski, C.R.
“Come Out of Him!”
How do you think you’d react if you were confronted by the
deranged man in the gospel today? Maybe terrified, irritated –
or just relieved that Jesus was dealing with it! There’s nothing
wrong with feeling our honest feelings. But today we are almost
overcome with people on TV and radio, crying out for relief and
help on every side. How can we deal with all this pain?
Yet the Psalm today says “Don’t harden your hearts” to God’s
voice! Notice how Jesus deals with demands for help? When
others walk away, Jesus approaches, and listens. He doesn’t fear
the evil; once he lets it speak, he can set the person free.
When Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez was asked, “How do you meet the
needs of the poorest of the poor in Latin America?” he replied,
“The first step is silence.” Silence allows us to look, to see, to
contemplate what is happening right in front of our eyes. Silence
allows us to LISTEN to God’s urgings. This is why even when
we are tired, troubled in spirit, and want to give up, it is important
to keep our connection to God open.
Jesus must have often been worn out by the effects of evil. But
he took time away, nurtured his communication with God, so he
could face the reality of sin and evil squarely, so that the sick
person could then be healed.
Like all unclean spirits, our sin also wants to hide from the light.
But Jesus wants us to confess it into his light, so that he can drive
the evil away forever. Then we too can be grace for another’s
unclean spirits to “come out of them.”
Go in peace to love and serve our God!