St. Augustine/St. Theresa website

St. Augustine/St. Theresa website

Mass Schedule

Saturday 5.00pm* - St. Augustine (*September- Mid-May)
Saturday 5.00pm* - St. Joseph's, Shebandowan
(*Mid-May-September/until Labour Day)
Sunday 9.00am - St. Augustine
Sunday 11.00am - St. Theresa

Sunday 1:00 pm* - St. Joseph's, Shebandowan 

Mass Schedule

Saturday 5.00pm* - St. Augustine (*September- Mid-May)
Saturday 5.00pm* - St. Joseph's, Shebandowan
(*Mid-May-September/until Labour Day)
Sunday 9.00am - St. Augustine
Sunday 11.00am - St. Theresa
Sunday 12.15pm* - St. Philip's, Hymers (*2nd & 4th Sundays/July & August)



Rev. Randal Morisseau
Suzanne Huot - Bookkeeper
Myra Hupet - Parish Secretary



Rev. Joseph Arockiam - Parish Priest
Suzanne Huot - Bookkeeper
Myra Hupet - Parish Secretary

Bulletin

Reflection for December 10th, 2017

(45) Advent Season 2nd Sunday (Year B)

Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight

Dear People, the great prophet of the New Testament, John the Baptist cries out in the wilderness that God is soon coming to visit His people. By proclaiming such good news, John the Baptist draws the attention of all people: the educated and the uneducated, the rich and the poor, the ruling class, the downtrodden. Evangelist St. Mark compares John the Baptist to the messenger from the Book of the Prophet of Isaiah. The messenger, in today's first reading, announced the good news that "God is coming in search of His people like a shepherd; He will greatly lead them to green pasture." These words were spoken during the 7th century B.C.. John the Baptist brings the 7th century prophecy to completion by proclaiming the coming of Jesus, the Divine Messiah.

The good news of John the Baptist places places one basic condition to all those listening to his message. He says, “Repent, Repent, Repent." By proclaiming a baptism of repentance, John the Baptist prepares the people of God for the coming of Jesus, the King of Heaven and Earth. Let us listen attentively to the voice of the messenger; especially as we begin the second Sunday of Advent.

Advent is an invitation to conversion and John the Baptist gives us some down-to-earth advice on how to change our lives for the better. First, we ask ourselves what in our lives needs a complete turning around to allow God to come close to us. Do we have too much pride in our hearts? Do we listen to what God is saying to us? Let us use this Sunday to take this down-to-earth advice to prayer.


Email: staugustinemurillo@gmail.com

Contact phone number: 807-935-2898

Parish Community Announcements:

St. Theresa Parish: Mass at St. Theresa's is at 11:00 a.m. Coffee (lunch!) after mass in the parish hall. EVERYONE WELCOME!

Throughout the Month of December Pray for our Deceased Priests. There will be a weekly list of deceased ‘Servants of God’ who gave their service to the Diocese of Thunder Bay as priests. Please keep them in your prayers. They are as follows: Fr. Milton McWatch, Fr. P. Aubin, Fr. D. Audette, Fr. J. Azzolini, Fr. J. Murray, Fr. E. Baillargeon, Fr. C. Bathurst, Fr. G. Bazinet, Fr. J. Chavely, Fr. A. Beaudin, Fr. R. Beaulieu, Fr. Bartofski, Fr. M. Belanger, Fr. E. Benoit, Fr. R. Bernard, Fr. F. Nolan, Fr. J. Bortignon, Fr. J. Brachet, Fr. D. Brennan, Fr. H. O’Donald, Fr. E. Bunyan, Fr. L. Cahill, Fr. A. Paradis, Fr. Jalbert, Fr. G. Leach, Fr. A. Cerrano, Fr. R. Carriere, Msgr. R. Carrol, Fr. G. Pinette and Fr. G. Rich.

Home Delivery of the Pastoral Centre Monday Memo! Call 807-343-9313 or e-mail: chancery@dotb.ca today to request the Monday Memo to be delivered to your inbox each week.

Please pray for the sick of our community:(If you want to pray for the sick during the Mass, please send their names to the parish office via email at staugustinemurillo@gmail.com or call 935-2898).

Are you Catholic and want to know more about your faith and Church teachings? Are you not Catholic and are interested in joining the Church? Or are you not Catholic, and just curious? Please join us for the RCIA. R.C.I.A. Meetings are in the basement hall of St. Theresa Church. The meetings will be every second Monday evening same time and place. For more information, please contact Sharon Low at 577-8296.

St. Theresa Women's Group Meeting: The ladies of St. Theresa's Women's Group meet every 3rd Sunday of the month, following lunch. The next meeting is December 18th. They meet in the church hall of St. Theresa. They extend invitation to any women who would like to be part of this group.

Urgently Needed: Catholic Action Centre needs men’s winter jackets and mitts! Towels and sheets are always welcomed, and if you would like to donate used furniture or beds in good condition, they will be happy to pick them up. Donations are gratefully accepted at 129 Miles St E on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 10:00am and 4:00pm.

JOIN Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Discalced Carmelite Secular Order Community: The Community meets monthly at Corpus Christi Parish. For more information, please contact Sharon Low at 807-577-8296 or Gail Gibbons at 807-683-8981.

Hear the Bells Ringing: Are you interested in joining a bell choir? This is a rewarding and fun experience! Practices are Monday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at St. Dominic Church. Minimal music reading skills are an asset. Contact John Scaffeo at 807-620-0188 or leave a message with the church rectory at 807-577-5672.

Stocking Stuffers! Consider supporting the Knights of Columbus in your gift-giving this year! Visit the Columbus Centre for gift certificates, available for Rosie’s Friday Lunch Buffet, monthly spaghetti suppers, take-out meals, swimming passes and Centre events! For more information, please call 807-623-3252.

Early Christmas Gifts: The Pastoral Centre has reduced the requested donation on many of their in-stock books and items, to make room for new things. If you are not averse to starting your stress-free Christmas shopping a couple of months in advance, please check it out. Christmas cards, books, ornaments and spiritual items are on display.

Big Band Concert: In the Christmas Mood II St. Agnes Church invites you to a night of holiday music on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:30pm. Tickets ($15/student; $20/adult) are available at Music World Academy, or by calling 807-577-1224. This concert is in support of the Roy Coran Memorial Scholarship and the St. Agnes piano fund.

Holiday Open House: Catholic Family Development Centre The Catholic Family Development Centre invites you to their Holiday Open House on Friday, December 15, 2017 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at 380 Dufferin Street. Enjoy light refreshments, holiday baking, and hamper draws! For more information, please call 807-345-7323 or email cfdc@catholicfamilycentre.ca.

Prepare the Way of the Lord Celebrate the Advent Season with St. Anthony Parish! All are invited to a movie night every Wednesday evening during Advent (December 13 and 20, 2017) at 7:30pm in the church hall. These movies will touch your heart, mind and soul. Playing on December 6 will be The Small Miracle. Free admittance … bring a friend!

In support of the Roy Coran Memorial Scholarship and the St. Agnes New Piano Fund, In the Christmas Mood II, A Night of Holiday Music on Friday, December 15th at St. Agnes Church on the corner of Brown and Mary Street. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets available at Music World Academy: $15 Student, $20 Adult.

Rosie’s Lunch Buffet: Christmas Lunch Enjoy lunch with your family, friends or colleagues at the Columbus Centre (301 S. May Street) on Fridays from 11:30am to 2:00pm. Rosie’s Lunch Buffet boasts crowd-pleasing favourites such as pasta, meatballs, chicken, perogies, potatoes/gravy and vegetables, as well as breads, desserts and beverages. Please note that on Friday, December 22, 2017, you are invited to join them for a special Christmas lunch! The cost is $12.50/person. Walk in or make a reservation by calling 807-623-3252.

Scripture Study: Homiletics Do you want to have a deeper, richer experience of the Sunday Mass? Join in a study of the Sunday Readings using the Lectio Divina method of prayer at the Kateri Church on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm. For more information, please call Penny at 807-285-0201 or 807-631-7467.

50/50 Draw: The Knights of Columbus are selling 50/50 tickets in support of Dew Drop Inn, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelter House and Thunder Bay Food Bank. For tickets ($2 each), call Gilles Boisvert at 807-345-1197 or 807-621-9455.

DivorceCare: St. Agnes Church is hosting DivorceCare on Wednesday nights from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. DivorceCare is a 13-session non-denominational Christian weekly seminar & support program that focuses on coping with the many difficulties you might face during your separation/divorce. This program offers positive, practical and helpful advice on how to manage issues such as finances, loneliness, depression, anger, moving on to healthy new relationships, and caring for children during this difficult time. For more information, visit http://stagnesrc.ca/ministries/divorcecare or https://www.facebook.com/divorcecarethunderbay/. Register by calling the church office at 807-475-7489 or just drop in on any Wednesday night.

Needed: Votive Holders: Sacred Heart Church in Sioux Lookout is in need of small, red, glass votive holders. If you have extras in storage that you would like to pass along, please contact Fr. Mike Mahoney at sacredheartparish100@gmail.com.

Exploring Your Faith: Everyone is welcome to attend an evening with Deacon Andre Nicol every Monday at 7:30pm in Baxter Hall (St. Andrew Church). Find ways to deepen your personal faith with Bishop Robert Barron. Topics include “Who is God?”, “We All Desire God”, “Do Faith and Science Conflict?”, “How Does God Reveal Himself to Us?”, and “Who Do You Say Jesus Is?”

First Friday Vigil: Every first Friday, Corpus Christi Church is hosting an adoration/vigil of prayer. It begins at 9:00pm with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and includes reconciliation, praise and worship, Stations of the Cross and various devotions and prayers throughout the night, ending with benediction at 6:00am. The vigil is offered for the upholding of dignity of human life, and on behalf of families, married couples and priests. Contact Irene at 807-629-6437 or irenehines555@msn.com.

Thunder Bay Street Gospel This unique, twenty-first century witnessing tool is produced by the Diocese of Thunder Bay and supported by St. Margaret and St. Agnes Churches. Each weekly production features individuals from within our diocese reflecting on the Sunday readings. To watch these productions, search for Thunder Bay Street Gospel on Facebook (here) or YouTube (here). Don’t forget to look for a new episode each week!

Fun and Faith Program: Holy Family Church welcomes children Grade 3 to Grade 6 every Tuesday (Holiday school days exception) from 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. for an after school free program gathering of Fun and Faith: bible studies, games, music and movies, snacks. Students will meet in the library at Holy Family School and walk over to the Church with our leaders. Pick up will be at the Church Hall. Please submit permission forms to Holy Family School. If you have questions contact us at Holy Family Church: Office hours open (M-W-F) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Phone 807-473-9722

You Can Understand the Bible! If you want a better understanding of your faith, and a deeper relationship with God, then you should join the Bible Timeline study at Holy Family Church on Thursday nights, after the 7:00pm Mass. The cost of the participant’s kit is $25. For more information or to register, please contact Hannah Hay at 807-628-7093 or adultfaith@dotb.ca.

ALPHA St. Agnes Parish is running the Alpha program at 7:30pm. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that deal with concepts of Christianity. Each session consists of appetizers, a thought-provoking video, and small group discussions. There is no obligation to participate in the discussions, and there is no charge to attend. To register, please call Kim Coursolle at 807-628-2724. To see how this program has changed lives locally, search for “St. Agnes Alpha Promo 2017” on YouTube.

Rosie’s Lunch Buffet: Enjoy lunch with your family, friends or colleagues at the Columbus Centre (301 S. May Street) on Fridays from 11:30am to 2:00pm. Rosie’s Lunch Buffet boasts crowd-pleasing favourites such as pasta, meatballs, chicken, perogies, potatoes/gravy and vegetables, as well as breads, desserts and beverages. The cost is $12.50/person. Walk in or make a reservation by calling 807-623-3252.

Faith Enrichment and Fellowship for Men: All men of the Diocese are invited to a weekly Morning Men's Group on Mondays from 8:00am to 9:30am in St. Patrick Rectory downstairs meeting room. Through teaching videos, this group assists men to better understand, live and share their faith. All are welcome to come when you can! For more information, please contact Doug McClure at 807-708-4143

TEC Diocesan Youth ProgramThe next Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) retreat will take place February 2 – 4, 2018 at Corpus Christi Church. TEC is for youth at least in grade 11 and at least 16, up to college/university students and young adults. Application forms can be found at www.tec-thunderbay.org, in parishes, and at Catholic high schools. Come and find out why this retreat program just celebrated 40 years! The cost is $60 for students and $70 for non-students. For more information, please contact Debbie DeBruyne, TEC Director, at 807-346-1266 or debdebruyne@tbaytel.net.

Women’s Cursillo Cursillo is a short weekend course that enhances your experience of Christianity and builds Christian community. The next women’s Cursillo is scheduled for February 8 – 11, 2018 at Eagle’s Nest Retreat Centre. It is not too late to apply! For application forms, go to www.cursillo-thunderbay.org or contact anyone you know who has made a Cursillo.



MASS SCHEDULE

SAT. December 9th,, 2017 to SUN. December 17th, 2017

Saturday, December 9th

5:00 p.m. Mass

St. Augustine

Sunday, December 17th

9:00 a.m. Mass

11:00 a.m. Mass

St. Augustine

St. Theresa

Tuesday, December 12th-

Friday, December 15th

St. Augustine/Mass 6 p.m.

Saturday, December 17th

5.00 p.m.

St. Augustine

Schedule for 2017 Christmas masses:

Sunday, December 24th

Sunday, December 24th

Monday, December 25th


10:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m.


St. Augustine

St. Theresa

St. Theresa




Adoration of the Magi