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Fr. Peter Proulx, Pastor Fr. Ryan Holly, Associate Pastor Deacon Don Smith331 Plaunt Street, South; P.O. Box 396Renfrew, Ontario K7V 4A6Tel: (613) 432-5825 Fax: (613) 432-6663
E mail: sfx.parish@on.aibn.com Web Site: http://sfxrenfrew.wordpress.com/
“St. Francis Xavier, a welcoming faith community lovingly sharing the gifts of God.”
PRAYERS FOR THE DECEASED: We pray for our loved ones who have died recently especiallyChristine Sulpher and Genevieve Funicane.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK AND SHUT-IN: “Let usraiseup in prayer those who seek God’s healing love,those at the hospital, hospice and at home especially Sheila Gallagher, Ed Boose and Joan Prince. Mayyour struggle be consoled by Christ’s love“.
CATHOLICISM - 2012 Lenten Series
On Mondays during the season of Lent, Father Holly will be facilitating a series entitled
Catholicism: The Journey of A Lifetime
. The series is based on a highly acclaimed video series that presents throughcinematography the beauty of the Catholic faith as illustrated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of our faith. This series has been filmed in more than 50 locations and 15 countries, revealing the globalculture of the Church.It is hoped that if you are a life-long Catholic, someone who has been away from the practice of the faith,or even a non-Catholic spouse, that all will feel welcome to be a part of this series!
We will actually begin a few days before Lent, starting on Monday, February 20
. The first topic willbe "
 Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man
In order to accommodate the session forthese Mondays we will have Mass at 6:30 p.m. in the Church, followed by the session beginning at7:00 p.m
in the hall
. If you would like to preview this series, please visit www.catholicismseries.com. If youhave any questions please speak with Father Holly or email him at parochialvicar@gmail.com
e have had some challenge of late in our nature of being a people of celebration at our Masses. Thechanges in the new wording at Mass began the journey. The speed at which you picked up on thechanges is commendable. Then came a Mass setting for singing the responses and the Gloria which hasproven to be overly challenging.Now we have a new challenge. Elizabeth Spour, our regular organist, is having some serious medicaltreatments. This makes it too taxing for her to be here regularly. We are grateful to Rachelle O’Neill whois willing to assist for the time being. This week we welcome and thank Nick Walters.Somewhere in all of this are “you people” who are no doubt wondering where is it all going? The parishionersof St. Francis have developed a rich history and tradition of singing at Mass. Recently, however, with all that’sgoing on, we are losing momentum. That is to be understood. Members of the Resurrection Choir are now try-ing to assist us in reclaiming our voices – and we are trying a new Mass setting! I thank the volunteers fortheir every effort.Soon we will begin Lent. Our hymns and traditions will remind us of who we are. I trust that we can use thisdiscipline to recapture our commitment to good Liturgical celebrations of the Mass.
ent is the yearly celebration by the Church of its corporate conversion in Jesus Christ. It prepares the faithful forEaster as they recall their baptism and do penance in preparation for the greatest feast of the year. Lent has twomajor purposes: It recalls or prepares for baptism, and emphasizes a spirit of penance. Through forty days of closerattention to God's word and more fervent prayer, believers are prepared to celebrate the Paschal Mystery. During thisseason we take note of the sober nature of our liturgies, attuning our minds and hearts to receiving God's Word. Youwill notice that we do not sing "Alleluia" until Easter and will not have a recessional hymn, choosing to departin silence at the end of our weekend Masses. The Church also has the long-standing practice of penitentialdisciplines during this season, which are external expressions of our pilgrimage of internal virtue and holiness.
are days of abstinence from meat, but Catholics may substitute special acts of charity or piety on this day.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday
are days of fasting and of abstinence from meat. Christian fasting obtains its fullmeaning when we deprive ourselves of food in order to be more open for the prayer, to share more in the suffering of those who are starving and to offer money to give to the poor. Fasting among Christians is intended to open ourhearts to God and others, a means of purification and spiritual liberation, a witness of the depth of our faith.The law of abstinence from meat binds those who are 14 years and older; the law of fasting binds those from 18 to59 years of age. Parents and educators are reminded of their duty to introduce children gradually to the understand-ing of penance. Adult example will be the greatest influence in this matter.Mass will be celebrated on
Ash Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m

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