2020 Offertory Envelopes have been available for some time now. Please do not use any previous year’s envelopes.....2019 Tax Receipts will be available at the end of February

THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



Heeding the Call of Christ

“Come, follow me.” This is the beautiful invitation Jesus extends to His first disciples in the Gospel today. How often do we hear those same words, “come, follow me,” in our own lives? The Lord is constantly calling us to follow Him. By reflecting on today’s Gospel we can learn how we too can heed the call.

Firstly, it is important to remember that Jesus says to Peter and Andrew, “I will make you fishers of people.” Jesus calls them to mission. So too, Jesus calls us to mission as well, the mission of being true stewards of Christ for His glory and the good of the Church . The Gospel records that when the disciples were called, they “immediately left their nets and followed him. They saw in Christ all fulfillment and so followed him immediately. We should strive to imitate this eagerness in following Christ, for the Lord doesn’t want us to delay the plans He has in store for us.

Lastly, whenever we feel unworthy of the call of following Christ as stewards, we can take great consolation in the fact that Jesus chose lowly, uneducated fisherman for His first apostles. It is famously said that God doesn’t call the qualified, but qualifies the called. If the Lord calls us to a certain mission, He will sustain us through that mission as well. So let us strive to heed the call of Christ and begin to follow Him, the one in whom all our fulfillment is found.

SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME




Rite of Enrolment
A reminder to parents of our First Communicants who will be receiving their First Holy Communion in 2020.  You must attend ONE of the following Masses with your child to receive the Rite of Enrolment for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion.
Saturday, February 1st @ 5:00pm
Sunday, February 2nd @ 8:00am, 10:00am or 12:00pm
OR
Saturday, February 8th @ 5:00pm
Sunday, February 9th @ 8:00am, 10:00am or 12:00pm

Bring the completed Rite of Enrolment Form with you to hand in at Mass.  If you have misplaced your form, please drop by the Parish Office for another one.  Without this form we can’t confirm that your child has attended the ceremony.                                                              

FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - BAPTISM OF THE LORD




Baptism of the Lord

Baptism of Jesus was the beginning of his public ministry- and for the rest of us - our own baptism marks the beginning of our lives as Catholic Christians.
Jesus didn’t need baptism but wanted to be baptized because baptism would be the way in which we would begin to share in his life in communion with his Father through the Spirit. Everything we do in the church is done because of Jesus and we are baptized because Jesus was baptized and commanded the apostles to baptize all nations. His baptism is to heal us, to restore our rejected humanity and to recreate a complete solidarity with us.
Now we have the privilege! We are called the sons and daughters of God. If we lead meaningful Christian lives we too can hear the words from above, “you are my son and daughter, my beloved, in whom I am well pleased."