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OUR LADY OF LOURDES PARISH, WATERLOO
173 Lourdes Street
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 1N5
519-886-0342
lourdeswaterloo@rogers.com
www.ourladyoflourdeswaterloo.com

Pastor:                                              Fr. Rafal Tomon
Deacon:                                            Rev. Mr. Phong Hoang
Administrative Assistant:               Mrs. Patrycja Wiecek
Parish office hours:                         Parish Office Closed (Dec 26 - Jan 23, 2021)


Sunday Masses:                               No Public Mass (Dec 26 - Jan 23, 2021)

Sacrament of Baptism:                    By appointment
                                                           please contact the parish office


Sacrament of Marriage:                   By appointment
                                                           please contact the parish office
Announced Mass intentions for Dec 28 to Jan 3, 2021

Monday...............….........+Rosa Ciccarelli – Charmaine & Frank Volpini
Tuesday...........................Special Intention – Olga Perko
Wednesday..11:00 a.m....Special Intention – Earnest & Suja Biber 
(LIVE STREAM)
Thursday ........................+Veronica Voisin – Mary & Dennis Fedy
Friday...Mary, Mother of God .......Special Intention (LIVE STREAM)
                  
Saturday ..........................+Robert Fritz – Doretta Fritz 
Sunday..............................Living & deceased members of our parish
                                11:00 a.m.......Special Intention  (LIVE STREAM)
                             
NO PUBLIC MASS STARTING ON DEC 26 - JAN 23, 2021
LIVE STREAM MASS WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY & SUNDAY AT 11:00 A.M.
PARISH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED
PHONE CALL MESSAGES AND EMAILS WILL BE
CHECKED REGULARLY 
Grace Before Christmas Dinner
Loving God,
on this Christmas Day we give thanks
that Jesus, your Son, has come into our world
bringing us gifts of peace and joy.
Bless us as we sit down together at this table
for our Christmas meal.
Bless the food we share
and help us to remember those who are hungry.
Be with our neighbours and our friends,
and those who are lonely, sick or away from home.
We pray that our departed loved ones
may now sit at your table in heaven.
May the joy of this feast give us strength and light
now and in the days ahead.
We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

May the Prince of Peace and his Holy Mother
keep you in their care
this Christmas and throughout the new year.
Wishing you a Blessed Christmas and New Year.
Fr. Rafal Tomon, Pastor

2020 Christmas Message

Christmas 2020

Dear friends,

As the Christmas feasts begin, I am pleased to send you greetings in the form of an excerpt from the 2019 Christmas homily of Pope Francis:

"A charming legend relates that at the birth of Jesus the shepherds hurried to the stable with different gifts. Each brought what he had; some brought the fruits of their labour, others some precious item. But as they were all presenting their gifts, there was one shepherd who had nothing to give. He was extremely poor; he had no gift to present. As the others were competing to offer their gifts, he stood apart, embarrassed. At a certain point, Saint Joseph and Our Lady found it hard to receive all those gifts, especially Mary, who had to hold the baby. Seeing the shepherd with empty hands, she asked him to draw near, and she put the baby Jesus in his arms. That shepherd, in accepting him, became aware of having received what he did not deserve, of holding in his arms the greatest gift of all time. He looked at his hands, those hands that seemed to him always empty. They had become the cradle of God. He felt himself loved and, overcoming his embarrassment, began to show Jesus to the others, for he could not keep for himself the Gift of gifts. … Dear brother, dear sister, if your hands seem empty, if you think your heart is poor in love, this night is for you. The grace of God has appeared, to shine forth in your life. Accept it and the light of Christmas will shine forth in you!"

Christmas is God who comes to us! Christmas saves us, lifts us up, fills us, and frees us! During this time of profound fear and suffering, I wish you the experience of light, life and love!

Merry Christmas!

+ Douglas Crosby, OMI

(Most Rev.) Douglas Crosby, OMI
Bishop of Hamilton

 

Christmas Season Schedule 2020
Mass Schedule
Christmas
Thursday, December 24...Christmas Eve
  4:00 p.m ( fully booked )
     7:00 p.m. ( fully booked

Friday, December 25... Christmas Day
12:00 a.m....midnight ( fully booked)
     9:00 a.m.
     11:00 a.m.
      1:00 p.m.

NO PUBLIC MASS STARTING ON DEC 26 - JAN 23, 2021
PARISH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED
PHONE CALL MESSAGES AND EMAILS WILL BE CHECKED REGULARLY 

DIOCESAN BOOKKEEPING POLICY:  As we approach year-end, parishioners frequently wish to make contributions to the church that will be credited to their tax receipt for the current year.  Diocesan bookkeeping policy requires that parish books close on December 31.  Contributions made in January cannot be applied to 2020 offerings.
 
HELPING CHILDREN THROUGH OUR BOWING ANGEL:  A long-standing tradition at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is the presence of the bowing angel by the manger scene, who graciously bows her head after an offering is made.  Again this year, all donations received from the bowing angel will be sent to the School Sisters of Notre Dame Children’s Project in Kenya who work with children whose parents have died of HIV-AIDS.  Since the bowing angel cannot digest paper, a plate will be by the angel to accept paper offerings. (Cheques should be made payable to “Our Lady of Lourdes Church”.)

TREE OF LIFE:  It is a tradition here at Our Lady of Lourdes to call the large tree in the sanctuary the “Tree of Life” for the decorations on it reflect two of the great Christian mysteries:  birth and death.  On the tree, there are 39 angels each inscribed with the name of a child baptized in the parish since last Christmas, and 25 crosses in memory of those born to eternal life.  When the Christmas season is over, these personalized ornaments will be available as mementos to family members. 
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY 
to everyone celebrating a birthday in December.

May God bless you on your birthday, and always. Happy Birthday to you! Today I celebrate the life that God has given you, and give thanks to Him for the many blessings you bring to my life. May the LORD bless you on your birthday, and may your day be filled with joy and your year full of many blessings


We Depend on Your Generosity

 

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish depends entirely on the generosity of our parishioners.
We are extremely grateful for your overwhelming support and we would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude for your support to our parish and those who are in need.  

Pre – Authorized Giving: through scheduled monthly or weekly transfers. Forms are available by sending an email or by calling our parish office and we will send the forms to you. Fill out the form, attach a void cheque and place the form in a sealed envelope and put it in the parish office mailbox or scan both and email to lourdeswaterloo@rogers.com
  • Drop off your weekly envelope by putting it in the mailbox in the Parish Office door off of the Parking Lot.
  • Post-dated cheques.  Instead of coming every week, put several post-dated cheques into the same envelope.
  • Electronic Giving: https://hamiltondiocese.com/covid19parishfund/
    and click support my parish now and make your donation automatically using your credit on this secure page.
     
    Monthly Budget Review as of Nov 29, 2020

    Cumulative financial objective – 48 weeks @ $7,500......     $360,000.00
    Weekly contributions (year to date)..................................     $203,717.89
    Pre-authorized giving (year to date).......   $ 133,598.89         $330,369,48
    Over (under) objective......................................................      ($22,683.22)

Pope's December Prayer Intention

For a Life of Prayer
We pray that our personal relationship with Jesus Christ be nourished by the Word of God and a life of prayer.

                            

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173 Lourdes Street 
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