** Parish Advent Penance Service Thurs. Dec 15 at 7:00 pm
|Christmas Eve Masses||Saturday, Dec. 24 5:00, 8:00 & 10:00pm|
|Christmas Day Mass||Sunday, Dec. 25 9:00 & 11:00 am (no evening mass)|
|Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God||Saturday, Dec. 31 5:00 pm|
|Sunday, Jan. 1 9:00 & 11:00 am (no evening mass)|
|Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord||Saturday, Jan. 7 5:00 pm|
|Sunday, Jan. 8 9:00, 11:00 am & 7:00 pm|
St. Monica Giving Tree
Thank you to one and all for your generous contributions of last year to the St. Monica’s Christmas Giving Tree Program!Our parish was able to provide a well-stocked Christmas hamper to those within our community who needed a little extra help for the season.
TO DONATE: Pick a star from the Giving Tree located in the vestibule.
Donations will be received from Sunday, November 27 through to Sunday, December 18.
Donation boxes will be located in the vestibule and in the parish hall.
PERISHABLE ITEMS: Please drop off from the weekend of the 10th and 11th December due to limited storage space.
To register to receive a hamper please call the parish office at: 613-727-1067
OFFICE RENOVATION: The parish office and boardroom are undergoing a renovation. The boardroom is off limits until further notice. You can use the office door to access St. Monica Parish office as usual, Siobhan has not moved. We hope that our new space will be finished before Christmas. Coffee club & Bible study with Deacon Tom will be held in theparish hall on Thursday mornings.
*** If you would like to remember a deceased friend or family member in a special way this Christmas, please consider donating $10 for a poinsettia which would be used to decorate the church for Christmas. You may use the special ‘flowers’ envelope in the vestibule. Please include your phone number and PRINT the person’s name.
John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea
(and) saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"
It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: "A voice of one crying out in the desert, 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.'"
John wore clothing made of camel's hair and had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.
At that time Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him
and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins.
When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.
And do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you, God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in his hand. He will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
The family: home of love, mercy and joy.
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace…”