Revised Reconciliation Session #3 – Practice Session Sunday, January 20 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, Tuesday, January 22 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s Gospel Theme: God rewards those who use their gifts for serving Him and each other
Youth Group – Our New Youth Group began on Friday November 10th from 7 – 9. We had 15 young people and their parents attend the first meeting and a great time was had by all. Food, refreshments, games and karaoke were the order of the night. Our next meeting is this Sunday November 19th after the 11:30 Mass from 1pm – 3pm. Lunch will be served at this meeting too!!! All students from grade 6 – 12 are invited. There will be separate programs for grade 6 – 8 and grades 9 – 12. Please come out and be a part of your parish community.
Christmas Giving Program with St, Vincent de Paul – The Christmas giving trees are now up in the main vestibule and  the front parking lot doors. Please take one of the ornaments and turn it into the corresponding gift card if you can. The return date is December 9th from 2 pm – 5 pm in the parish hall. Please return the ornament with the gift card. Many thanks for your generosity.
Totus Tuus – We have registered for the Totus Tuus Summer Camp from Monday July 15 to Friday July 19. I will let you know when the registration materials arrive at the parish. Elementary School students in the morning and Secondary School students meet in the evening.
Tree Lighting and Evening with Santa – Our annual tree blessing and lighting will take place on Saturday evening December 2 after the 5pm Mass. The festivities will continue downstairs where there will be children’s Christmas snowflake bingo, food refreshments and music. This year, we are selling tickets to this event so that we know how many people are attending and also to cover the cost of the food. Tickets are available after mass in the vestibule or from the office during the week.
Statue of St. Dominic – The committee who prepare our Sunday refreshments after the 9:30 Mass have requested that we have a statue of St. Dominic in our church. They have been fund-raising for a while now and have $1800.00 thus far. The approximate cost is $10,000.00. They are holding a bake sale on November 26th after both Masses in aid of the statue.
Christmas Concert – In honour of Our Lady, Coro San Marco will be coming back to St. Dominic to perform a Christmas Concert on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Friday Dec. 8. At 8 pm. Tickets are available in the vestibule after and from the office during the week. The cost for this concert is $25.00 for adults and $15.00 for children under 12.  As many of you know, we thoroughly enjoyed their last performance and I am looking forward to this one. Please spread the word and invite your friends and family. Proceeds from this concert are divided equally between the choir and St. Dominic Church.
Enrollment Weekend – Please remember that all students preparing for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion will be enrolled and given their cross at any of the Masses on December 2 at 5 pm or December 3rd at 9:30 am or 11:30 am. All parents are expected to attend this ceremony with their children.
First Reconciliation – please remember that the Sacrament of First Reconciliation will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 5th beginning with Mass at 7 pm and again on December 9th beginning with Mass at 9:15 am.
Advent Wreath Sign-Up Sheets – The sign-up sheets are at the back of the church for families who wish to light the candles on the Advent Wreath this year
Advent Day of Confessions – Tuesday December 12th   from 10:30 – noon, 2pm - 4pm, 7:30 pm, (after 7 pm mass) until – 9 pm.
Advent Retreat – On Thursday December 14th and Friday December 15th we will have an Advent Twighlight Retreat/Mission from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Refreshments will follow in the parish and there is no cost attached to this event.
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal – If you wish to have a part in the Christmas Pageant at the 5 pm Mass on Christmas Eve, please plan to attend the rehearsal on Saturday December 16th at 10:30 am.
Decorating Sunday for Christmas – Decorating Sunday is Sunday December 17th this year. I would appreciate all the help I can get decorating this very large space. As always, Refreshments will follow to thank you.

I wish you all a good week!!

Fr. Phil