Tuesday - Friday 5.00pm - St. Augustine
First Friday - Holy Hour 4.00pm - St. Augustine
Reflection for February 25th, 2018
(8) Second Sunday During Lent (Year B)
Dear people, in today’s gospel the Lord Jesus is privileged to see what is going to come after His passion and death upon the cross. Though He is privileged to see His future promises, the Lord faithfully moves forward to mount Calvary, the place of His sacrifice placing His absolute trust in God. In today’s first reading, Abraham also sees his future promises from God. The author says that God tests the faith of Abraham before revealing His future promise. Even when his heart is troubled, Abraham believes in the unseen promise of God. The promise of God was not revealed to any of the servants who accompanied Abraham to mount Moriah, but Abraham saw what was going to come. The faith of Abraham never fails. The author says that God gives his son Isaac back to him. The faith of Abraham becomes the foundation of God’s promises for him and for his descendants after him.
The servants of God in today’s readings remind us that in our struggles we must keep in mind that God is faithful, and God will lead us in our journey according to His will. In a special way, the Lord Jesus teaches us in today’s gospel that if we faithfully move forward in our call, God will be highly pleased with us, and God will help us to see his promises for us. Let us learn from the example of the Lord, and move forward towards our future promises.
Contact phone number: 807-935-2898
St. Theresa Parish: Mass at St. Theresa's is at 11:00 a.m. Coffee (lunch!) after mass in the parish hall. EVERYONE WELCOME!
The World Day of Prayer Service for the rural churches is scheduled for Friday, March 2nd at 7 p.m. at St. Theresa Church. The theme is "All God's Creation is Very Good". The service has been prepared by the Women of Suriname. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments and fellowship follows the service.
Healing Masses: March 2nd, 2018, First Friday of the Month, 7:00 p.m. at St. Augustine Church. The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated following Mass.
St. Theresa Women's Group Meeting: The ladies of St. Theresa's Women's Group meet every 3rd Sunday of the month, following lunch in the church hall of St. Theresa. They extend invitation to any women who would like to be part of this group.
Stations of the Cross: This Lenten devotion will be prayed all Fridays during Lent at St. Augustine Church at 5:00 p.m.. All are welcome.
St. Augustine and St. Theresa Parish Council meeting : Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 6 p.m. at St. Augustine parish hall following 5:00 p.m. mass.
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 email@example.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.
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Resource: This organization has developed a special call or help line to assist people who are questioning or contemplating the issue of medical assistance in dying or MAID. Of course they are always given the Catholic perspective. This number is toll free and is called the Compassionate Community Care (CCC) helpline: #1-855-675-8749. This is a national service for people who are seeking advice, help and support regarding euthanasia and assisted suicide prevention.
The Sacrament of Anointing the Sick: According to Catholic doctrine, the Anointing of the Sick affects the sick person in the following ways: It provides courage, strength, and peace in the face of illness. It helps the sick person to trust in God no matter what happens. It gives the sick person grace to unite his or her suffering to the passion of Christ. It provides physical and/or spiritual healing according to God's will. It pours out consolation and hope.
Community Parishes Announcements:
Pianist Needed: The Corpus Christi Adult Choir is seeking a pianist to accompany them at the 9:00am Mass two or three Sundays of the month. Please contact Linda at 807-345-9969 for more information.
Home Delivery of the Pastoral Centre Monday Memo! Call 807-343-9313 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org today to request the Monday Memo to be delivered to your inbox each week.
Journey to Easter All parishioners and visitors are invited to enjoy an evening of spiritual awakening every Wednesday during Lent after the 7:00pm Mass at St. Anthony Church. Make these free movie nights part of your joyful journey through Lent!
Men for Spiritual Fitness: All men 18 and over are invited to meet twice a month for prayer, Bible study, faith-sharing and faith discussion. Exercise and build up your spiritual muscles. The meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7:00pm and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at 8:00am in the small meeting room at Corpus Christi Church. Bring a friend! For more information, please call Deacon Dennis (807-767-7420) or text (807-633-2720) with your name.
Drawing Closer to God: Lenten Workshop: St. Martin of Tours Church in Terrace Bay invites you to this Lenten workshop on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. This will include Mass, a painting workshop (visit @paintingpartythunderbay on Facebook), lunch, a spiritual talk and prayer time. The cost is $50/person. For more information, please contact Claire Belliveau at 807-824-3444 or Tracy Barry at 807-621-5310.
Clearing the Unholy Clutter: A Lenten Evening of Recollection: The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secular Carmelite Community will be hosting an Evening of Recollection on Monday, February 26, 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at Corpus Christi Church (downstairs). Join them for a time of quiet recollection and meditation facilitated by Fr. Terry Sawchuk. The evening will conclude with celebration of the Eucharist.
"Share Lent Prayer Gathering , Sunday, March 4th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. St. Peter's Church "Plan to attend an hour of prayer focusing on the Share Lent Theme: "Together for Peace". As part of the service we will pray the Share Lent Way of the Cross. Following prayer join us for refreshment and fellowship. Everyone welcome.
St. Joseph Table: Visit the St. Joseph Table in the St. Dominic Church hall after each Mass on March 17 & 18, 2018. For more information, please call Melina at 807-577-3001.
Knights of Columbus Council 1447 IRISH NIGHT Saturday, March 17th, Join us for dinner and dancing. Buffet Dinner Menu,Tossed Salad~ Turkey & Corn Beef, Cabbage, Mashed Turnips, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans & Mushrooms, Carrots, Rolls/Butter~ Coffee/Tea~ Dessert, Symposium 5:30 p.m. Dinner 6:30 p.m., Dancing from 8:30 PM to 12:00 AM provided by Pro Sound Music. TICKETS $32, FOR TICKETS CALL 807 623-3252 and Reserve Your Table, COLUMBUS CENTRE 301 MAY ST. S.
Diocesan Celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday: This celebration will be held at Holy Angels Church in Schreiber (no, it’s not in Thunder Bay, but keep reading!) on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Beginning at 3:00pm, it will include the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Veneration of the Relic of St. Faustina, Spiritual Talk, and Opportunity for Confessions, and will conclude with a Pilgrim Supper. There is transportation available from Thunder Bay! To reserve a spot on the bus (leaving the Pastoral Centre at noon and returning after 8:00pm), drop in to the Pastoral Centre before Wednesday, March 28 with payment (cash or personal cheque - $30 for adults; $20 for those 18 and under). For more information, please contact Holy Angels Church at 807-824-2010 or email@example.com.
Msgr. Stilla’s Bible Series: Msgr. Pat Stilla will present the seventh in our series of Bible courses, designed to help us better understand and appreciate our faith through our study of the Bible. These talks will be held at the Catholic Pastoral Centre on Thursdays, April 19, 26 and May 3, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. The topics will be: Week 1 – The Book of Jonah: God’s Revelation to Us in Cartoon Form; Week 2 – The Gospel of Luke: The Bible’s Book of Forgiveness; and Week 3 – What Do These Bible Passages Really Mean? Everyone welcome … no need to have attended previous courses!
BINGO Volunteers Needed The Catholic Family Development Centre is a not-for-profit family service agency, and is looking for volunteers for their bingos. They run every month at various times of the day or evening. If you are able to help, please call Debbie at 807-345-7323.
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. Exploring Your Faith: Everyone is welcome to attend an evening with Deacon Andre Nicol every Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Baxter Hall (St. Andrew Church). Bishop Robert Barron brings different topics to inspire conversation and a better involvement in our faith.
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.
Exploring Your Faith: Everyone is welcome to attend an evening with Deacon Andre Nicol February 26th at 7:30 p.m. 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?”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
SAT. February 24th,, 2018 to SUN. March 4th, 2018
Saturday, February 24th
Sunday, February 25th
Wednesday, February 28th
Friday, March 2nd
(Stations of the Cross)
Saturday, March 3rd
Sunday, March 4th