KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS
Outdoor Nativity at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Kingston
photo by Sharon Buffett
THE CHRISTMAS ISSUE
IN PARISHES THIS WEEKEND!
We, the community
of God's People
in the Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Kingston,
united by the Holy Spirit
with lives rooted in the Gospel,
proclaim with joy
the resurrection of Christ
as followers of
the Risen Lord,
under the patronage of
the Mother of God,
dedicate our lives
in Christian service
especially those in most need.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
PRIVATE MEMBER'S BILL (C-356)
The Executive of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has alerted the Canadian bishops to a debate and vote in Parliament concerning a national strategy to combat dementia in Canada.
The Private Member’s Bill (C-356), The National Strategy for Dementia Act, was introduced by Claude Gravelle, the Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, and calls on the Government of Canada to increase funding for research; to promote earlier diagnosis and intervention; to strengthen the integration of primary, home, and community care; to enhance the skills and training of the dementia workforce, and to improve support for caregivers.
I ask you to publicize this initiative in your parish bulletins, encouraging your parishioners to contact their local Member of Parliament if they support Bill C-356.
TREE OF HOPE CHRISTMAS APPEAL
Family and Children's Services (817 Division Street)
Archbishop O'Brien took part in the official launch
The Tree of Hope is one of Southeastern Ontario’s longest running Christmas appeals. Every year, we collect toys and raise money for enrichment activities for deserving kids all year round. Last year, we helped delivered Christmas to 900 kids. These kids need us at Christmas and we need you to make it happen.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
is seeking new Board Members who possess appropriate experience and skills and who are willing to be actively involved in steering this Society to meet the needs of the Kingston community. If you are interested and would like further information please contact Judy Fyfe, Executive Director at 613-546-3333.
HOTEL DIEU HOSPITAL
Volunteers needed to help with winter Coat Drive
Volunteers are needed to help with distribution of coats during the 2014 Hotel Dieu Hospital Coat Drive. The distribution centre will be located ONLY at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, corner of Brock/Clergy Streets. It will operate 1-4 pm, Monday to Saturday, Nov. 17 to Dec. 22 and Jan. 5-17. Any assistance during that time would be most appreciated. Details: Ann Lyng, 613-546-5521, ext. 3 or 613-542-7612.
(by the Pastoral Care Department)
Our crafters continue to make prayer shawls and afghans which are then donated to those in need of comfort. These are always very well received by those to whom they are given. Donations can be dropped off at the Pastoral Care office (room 391 on Sydenham 3) Tuesdays –Thursdays from 8:30 -12:30. Contact number 613-544-3400 ext. 2231.
Providence Manor needs volunteers from parishes in the Archdiocese of Kingston to assist Roman Catholic Residents with their spiritual needs in the following ways:
- A male volunteer to assist a retired priest to attend Mass in the Home.
- Assist residents going to and from Mass at the Manor on Tuesday – Friday (10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon), which includes pushing wheelchairs and walking alongside residents who require assistance/supervision.
- Help coordinate with one of Providence Manor’s residents a Rosary Group that meets daily at 4:00 p.m. to say the Rosary together.
- Be part of the team that serves the 107 Roman Catholic Residents as an Extraordinary Minister for the Distribution of Holy Communion, especially to Residents who are unable to attend Mass.
Please contact Danielle Gowdy, Coordinator of Recreation and Volunteer Services at Providence Manor at 613-548-7222, ext. 3141
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR'S MASS TIMES
CHRISTMAS HOURS AT THE DIOCESAN CENTRE
24 DECEMBER - OFFICES CLOSE AT NOON
25 DECEMBER - CLOSED
26 DECEMBER - CLOSED
29 DECEMBER - OPEN
30 DECEMBER - OPEN
31 DECEMBER - OFFICES CLOSE AT NOON
1 JANUARY - CLOSED
2 JANUARY - CLOSED
NORMAL OFFICE HOURS RESUME
MONDAY, 5 JANUARY 2015