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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 Jan 11 to Jan 17, 2021

Monday...............….........+Nicholaus & Katarina Schuster – 
                                           Bill & Kathy Steffler & Family
Tuesday...........................+ Alphonsine Richard – Yves & Anna Richard 
Wednesday..11:00 a.m...+ Nancy Dias – Miriam Jayasundera (LIVE STREAM)
Thursday ........................+Veronica Voisin – Ed & Francis Bleskie
Friday .............................+ William Starr – Barbara Nosal & Family
                  
Saturday ..........................+John Conrad – Fritz Family
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 
Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord  - Jan 10, 2021
Almighty ever-living God, who, when Christ had been baptized in the River Jordan and as the Holy Spirit descended upon him, solemnly declared him your beloved Son, grant that your children by adoption, reborn of water and the Holy Spirit, may always be well pleasing to you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Christmas 2020
Dear Parishioners,
Let us not be afraid to welcome our Lord Jesus Christ and share his peace with one another every day and be thankful. 

Thank you to all.  To the following a very special thank you:
 
  The ministers of the Word, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, ministers of hospitality (ushers)
  The music ministry – organists Bruce, April, choirs, cantors
  The “Tree Cutters” who cut the tree for our “Tree of Life” and brought it into the church, and Elisabeth A. who donated the tree
  The craftsman who made the angels and crosses, and the artists who painted them
  The work crew who helped prepare the church on Saturday & Sunday, December 19 & 20, and those who will help take down the Christmas decorations in the new year.
  Those who prepared the beautiful nativity scene
  Msgr Ed. Sheridan, Sister Barbara, Bruce, and Voisin-Sehl Family who prepared a virtual Christmas Pageant 2020, as well as all the volunteers who assisted
  The support for the Notre Dame Children Outreach in Kenya.  This year’s total donation for the sisters, which includes the Bowing Angel, amounted to $3,546.15.
  For the talented ladies in our parish, who came to share their talent and to create the most beautiful Christmas arrangements, which were placed on our window ledges.
 
  The ambassadors of goodwill who delivered the Christmas dinners and the people who delivered the white poinsettias to the bereaved
 
  The many who donated floral tributes in memory of loved ones (the gift box near the altar held their names and they were remembered during the liturgies throughout the Christmas season)
 
  Our deacon Phong and his wife Jocelyn, Sister Barbara, administrative assistant Patrycja, collection counters
 
  The parishioners for your many gestures of kindness, including all those special treats that were brought for the parish staff
 
  The parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and visitors to our parish for your spirit of faith and goodwill and for the joy your presence brought to our Christmas liturgies
 
As we gather in our wonderful church to be one with our Lord Jesus Christ, let us have the courage to share joyfully our faith through this coming New Year.

with prayer, 
 Fr. Rafal 

A Message of Hope from His Excellency, Bishop Crosby

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”
(John 1:5)

Suffering, sickness, loss and death can make the world seem like a very dark place. Perhaps no other year in memory has seemed so dark as the year we are (most happily!) leaving behind us. Yet even in times of profound darkness, we cannot forget that there is light.

One may ask: on what basis would we focus on light at such a time? In the midst of death and sickness; of shuttered businesses and jobs lost; in a Christmas season where we could not gather together to celebrate – how can one focus on the good?

We can do so because, amidst all the strife, what we have witnessed time and time again this year is this deadly virus met head-on by the light of goodness. Illness and suffering have been faced down by the light of healthcare workers, by medical researchers, by families and caregivers. Poverty, isolation, and loneliness have been met with generosity, solidarity, and prayer. At the most fundamental level, this tiny, invisible yet deadly threat has been met – with only limited exceptions – by innumerable sacrifices, large and small, made by ordinary people in everyday life.

The virus has unmasked the pain of loneliness and isolation: let us commit to emerge from this period casting no one aside. The virus has shown how connected we are: let us move forward more attentive to the poor, the marginalized, the forgotten and all those on the “frontlines” of suffering. The virus has shown how fragile, how vulnerable, how precious human life is: let us commit to protecting and nurturing every life, no matter the cost. The virus has shown what can be accomplished when people of good will work together and make sacrifices: let us continue to work together, to sacrifice for the common good, and to face every other local and global challenge with the same urgency with which we have taken on COVID-19.

In Luke’s Gospel, we hear Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, proclaim: “In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79) The dawn has broken; this eternal light has a human face. As we celebrate the incarnation of the Light of the World, let us see His light in others; let us be His light for others.

I wish you every blessing for the New Year: may the light, hope, and love we long for be the very blessing of 2021!

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

An invitation to participate in the upcoming WHY@Breakfast online presentation on Saturday, February 6th, 2021, from 9:30 AM to 11 AM.

The presentation is titled
“Full of Grace,” fingering the beads.

Our speaker Sister Eileen Power, CND, will share her insights on how to relate the rhythm and the focus of each mystery of the rosary to our own lives during her hour-long presentation.  Sister Eileen Power has over 30 years of teaching experience. She was my Religious Education teacher during my year at Notre Dame High School in Toronto!  Sister Eileen was also involved in chaplaincy work during many of her teaching years with the Toronto Separate School Board. Since her retirement as a teacher, Sister Eileen has been offering retreats and facilitating programs for high school chaplains and the wider community. In recent years, Sister Eileen provides spiritual direction to those who wish to seek God with a spiritual companion. 

As we look forward to the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and the World Day of the Sick, let us take this opportunity to pray together and be inspired and rediscover the healing power of praying the rosary.    If you are interested, you may register via the following link.
REGISTRATION FOR FEB 6th WHY@BREAKFAST
I hope you will join on February 6th and gain a new perspective on praying the rosary and get excited about picking up the prayer beads!  Please feel free to pass on the information to friends and family. There is no fee to register for the presentation, but you may wish to consider donating to your favourite charity. You may also find additional information and may register through the website https://whyatbreakfast.com.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY 
to everyone celebrating a birthday in January.

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 Dec 31, 2020

    Cumulative financial objective – 52 weeks @ $7,500......     $390,000.00
    Weekly contributions (year to date)..................................     $232,233.44
    Pre-authorized giving (year to date).......   $ 146,210.88         $378,444,32
    Over (under) objective......................................................      ($11,555.68)

Pope's January Prayer Intention

Human Fraternity
May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all.

                            

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