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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:                         Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.;
                                                          1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

                                                          Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Sunday Masses:                               Saturday 7:00 p.m.  
                                                           Sunday 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.     
               

Sacrament of Baptism:                    By appointment
                                                           please contact the parish office


Sacrament of Reconciliation:         Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to noon
                                                           or 20 minutes before weekday Masses
                                                           or by appointment


Sacrament of Marriage:                   By appointment
                                                           please contact the parish office


Blessing of Expectant Parents:      Last Sunday of each month
                                                           after all Masses


St. Vincent de Paul:                          Church door collections
                                                           last Sunday of each month 
Announced Mass intentions for Dec 21 to Dec 27, 2020

Monday...............… 8:30 a.m.... + Daphne Fernando – Priya & Chris Belleth
Tuesday...................7:00 p.m....+ David Eckert – Mitzie Eckert & Family 
Wednesday............8:30 a.m.... + Gaetano Garasto – Carmela Garasto 

Christmas Eve ..........4:00 p.m.....Living & deceased members of the parish
                                    7:00 p.m.... Special Intention
Midnight Mass...........12:00 a.m...Special Intention 
          
Christmas Day............9:00 a.m.....Special Intention 
                                    11:00 a.m.... ( LIVE streamed on Facebook page)
                                     1:00 p.m.....Special Intention 

Saturday .................7:00 p.m....... + Robert Denomme –
                                                        Gisele & Peter Denomme 
Sunday.....................9:00 a.m........Living & deceased members of our parish
                                11:00 a.m.......Special Intention
                               ( LIVE streamed on Facebook  Sunday at 11:00 a.m. only) 

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

 

REGISTRATION - DEC 24 & DEC 25 MASS
Due to Covid-19 precautions, to maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe, we respectfully ask you to register to attend Mass at Christmas. Please consider the twelve Masses and your needs prayerfully.

Beginning the first Sunday of Advent, November 29th, registration will be possible by sign-up sheets at Church after each Mass,
or by calling the parish office (519-886-0342 EXT 3)
 or by Email (lourdeswaterloo@rogers.com). 
Thank you for helping to keep our parish safe and open!

Christmas Season Schedule 2020
Sacrament of Reconciliation
(Confession Times)
Saturdays:  11:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Twenty minutes before all weekday Masses
or by appointment 

Mass Schedule
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Saturday, December 19....................................   7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 20.......................................   9:00 a.m.
                                                                               11:00 a.m.
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.
Feast of the Holy Family
Saturday, December 26....................................   7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 27.......................................   9:00 a.m.
                                                                               11:00 a.m.
                                                                              
Feast of Mary, Mother of God:  New Year’s Day
Thursday, December 31...................................   5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 1, 2021...........................   9:00 a.m.
                                                                               11:00 a.m.
                                                                              
Feast of the Epiphany................................. Regular weekend Mass times

Christmas  Parish Office Hours
       December 24...............................Open until 12:00 pm
December 25 &  December 26................. Closed
December 28.............................................Closed
December 31............................................ Open
January 1...................................................Closed
             January 4...........................................Regular office hours

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 will be 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. 

CHRISTMAS FLORAL TRIBUTE: During the Holy Season of Christmas, it is a fitting gesture to dedicate floral tributes to be placed in the church in memory of deceased relatives and friends. These tributes are a sign of remembrance and an expression of faith in Christ’s promise of eternal life. Forms are available at the church entrances if you wish to make such a tribute. The floral tribute sheets will be placed in the sanctuary in a gift-wrapped box. Those loved ones named will be remembered at all the Masses during the Christmas season.
If you are in need of assistance this Christmas or know of a family in need, please contact our parish office at 519-886-0342 ext. 3 or send us an email to lourdeswaterloo@rogers.com anytime to receive more information.  
We mourn those who have gone before us in death
and continue with us in the Communion of Saints.
    + Anne Moriarty ...........Dec 11, 2020    
           + Mark Fedy ................Dec 13, 2020           

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
FORMS Available for pick up at the entrance of the Church or at the parish office. 

Catholic Women’s League Membership Form for 2021

(For women of the parish ages 16+)
It’s time to JOIN or RENEW your Catholic Women’s League (CWL) Membership.
Catholic women today possess immense potential to serve church, community and the world. 
The unique strength of Catholic women is the faith that binds us together.
 We pray for each other, care for the less fortunate, and support our parish and community.  Our monthly events are informative, prayerful and fun-loving.
Please PRINT the information required below, and along with the membership fee of $30.00, place it in an envelope marked “CWL” and place it in the collection basket by December 30th.
Name:__________________________________________________________
Address:________________________________________________________
Phone:__________________     
Email: _________________________________________
(if you wish to receive notifications of upcoming events)
Payment (please check one):   cash _____ cheque _____
(payable to the Our Lady of Lourdes CWL)

Inquires please email ourladyoflourdescwl@gmail.com
NEW 2021 offertory envelopes ready for pick up after each Mass starting on Nov 28-29, 2020 in the parish hall.
We ask you to please memorize your envelope number before coming to Mass and to have only one family member enter the parish hall.
Please observe social distancing and follow the enter and exit signs.
If you are unable to pick up your envelopes in the next couple of weeks in the parish hall after each Mass, please call or email the parish office to make arrangements to pick up the envelopes in the parish office.
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.

                            

"The Kids Bulletin" is a fun way for children to reinforce Sunday Mass and learn more about their Faith. If you would like to please consider printing your own copies. Simply go to www.thekidsbulletin.wordpress.com and either sign up to receive "The Kids Bulletin" via your email or print each week's bulletin directly from the website.

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