SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER PARISH

Fr. Peter Proulx, Pastor Sr. Sheila Whelan GSIC Deacon Don Smith 331 Plaunt Street, South; P.O. Box 396 Renfrew, Ontario K7V 4A6 Tel: (613) 432-5825 Fax: (613) 432-6663
E mail: sfx.parish@on.aibn.com Web Site: www.sfxrenfrew.blogspot.com

“St. Francis Xavier, a welcoming faith community lovingly sharing the gifts of God.”

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SUNDAY OF LENT MARCH 22ND, 2009

We are beginning our preparations for the celebration of the sacrament of confirmaconfirmation. Parents and candidates should now be registered for our annual time of catachesis. I express gratitude to our parish catechists and to the parents who have committed themselves to this invitation from God to catechists open themselves to the graces of His spirit. Let us keep all these parishioners in prayer. A reminder to all spirit. involved that we are meeting in the Parish Hall next Sunday, April 5th at 9:00 a.m.

R.C.I.A & ADULT LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: These weekly sessions on the sacra-

ments – their origins in scripture, our history in developing our faith through them and a better understanding of how we celebrate them today, continues this Monday at which time we will continue exploring the Sacraments of Commitment, with a look at Holy Orders. Everyone is most welcome to join us in the church at 7:30 p.m.
“CULTIVATING THE SEEDS OF FAITH”: An Adult Faith Formation Program

All parishioners of the Diocese are invited to attend these faith formation sessions on Tuesday evenings 7– from 7–8:30 p.m. This week’s session is at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Hall, Braeside. Presenter: Deacon Don Smith; Topic: Introduction to Scripture. See bulletin boards for a complete list schedule. of the schedule. CHRISM MASS AS PILGRIMAGE: We often speak of Lent as a journey, a pilgrimage.
Pilgrimage is an ancient sign of penance and an act of faith and hope. Whether you go to Rome or Lourdes or Jerusalem, or simply to a local shrine or to your cathedral church, a pilgrimage is a simple and powerful way to pray during the Lenten season. The Chrism Mass is an annual liturgy celebrated by our Bishop, assisted by all of the priests of the Diocese, during which he blesses the sacramental oil used throughout the Diocese for the liturgical year. The Bishop invites the faithful of the entire Diocese to celebrate with him in our cathedral for this occasion. This year, the Chrism Mass will at 7:00 p.m. on April 7th. This is a wonderful occasion for us to make a pilgrimage to our Cathedral with family and/or friends to experience the grace of this beautiful celebration.

♪EASTER CHOIR♪…..Next practice will be on Saturday, April 4th at 3:00 p.m. All eager singers of all ages are welcome. See you there. S T. F R A N C I S X AV I E R PA R I S H L O T T E RY 2 0 0 9
It’s that time of year again! Next week sees the launch of the 2009 St. Francis Xavier Lottery. The 2008 Lottery was once again a success, and netted $8,173.94 for the Parish. We thank every one who helped in any way, those who sold tickets, those who bought tickets, and those who are always ready and willing to respond to our requests for assistance. Your past participation and support is greatly appreciated. We’d also like to welcome Richard Laxton to the Lottery Committee. His assistance will definitely be an asset. ~ Ken Harris 432-3961 Diane Dillon 432-3443 ~

COOKERY CLASSES: Mary Liz Burnett has kindly agreed to facilitate
handsa class on Asian cooking Thursday evening April 2nd. It will be a hands-on so you will need to provide a chef’s knife and a cutting board. There will be a minimum of 8 participants but a maximum of 10. Cost: $60 (taxes incl.) 432per person. All interested persons may contact Nancy Connors @ 432-3207.

LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS
Please carefully note the times of the daily Liturgies
MON Mar. 23 12:10 p.m. 7:00 p.m. TUE Mar. 24 9:30 a.m. WED Mar. 25 4:15 p.m. THU Mar. 26 10:30 a.m. 12:10 p.m. FRI Mar. 27 8:00 a.m. SAT Mar. 28 5:00 p.m. SUN Mar. 29 10:30 a.m. WAY OF THE CROSS Carl Garskey – Diane Garskey Dennis Isaiah Enright – Glenn & Barbara McGahan Nancy Gorra – Linda Vice Bonnechere Manor: Husband, John McGregor & Sons, Jackie & Kenny – Lucy McGregor Intentions of Father Scully – Mary Steele Gladys Gratton – The Estate Arden Hay – Bea & Famliy Chris Cunningham – Mom & Jim Mary Kluke – The Estate Intentions of the Parishioners – Father Proulx
PRAYERS FOR THE DECEASED: We pray for our loved ones who have died, especially Theresa Dolan and Helen Valliquette. PRAYERS FOR THE SICK AND SHUT-IN: “Let us raise up in prayer those who seek God’s healing love, those at the hospital, hospice and at home. May your struggle be consoled by Christ’s love“.

LITURGICAL ROLES
5th Sunday of Lent March 29th/30th SATURDAY EVENING MASS - 5:00 p.m. MINISTERS OF THE WORD – M. Maloney; K. Harris MINISTERS OF HOSPITALITY – T. Lemenchick; J. Mahusky; B. & S.A. Holley MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST – R. Elliott; G. Blanchette; V. & K. Windle; Gladys Curry SERVERS – H. & M. O’Neill; B. Kingsbury. T. Sul SUNDAY MORNING MASS - 10:30 a.m. MINISTERS OF THE WORD – T. Keller; L. Richards MINISTERS OF HOSPITALITY – D. & C. Varrin; V. & A. Dumoulin EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS – M. Campbell; M. Charbonneau; D. Varrion; D. Letts; D. Yantha SERVERS – B. & H. & M. Mahusky; J. Mahusky

S.F.X. RUMMAGE SALE: Saturday, May 23rd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish hall. Items gratefully accepted – Thursday, May 21st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday May 22nd from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pick-up available. Contacts: Gladys Curry 613-432-3864 and Marilyn Campbell 613-432-5735.

C.W.L. MEMBERS: are asked to pick up GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS their membership cards at the front entrance ONLY SON, THAT WE MAY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. of the church the weekend of March 28th/29th. church SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE SOUP KITCHEN: Want to get out of the kitchen, have a great meal, do a little socializing and support a worthy cause all at the same time? Then come to our Soup Kitchen meal after either Mass next weekend. You can sample a variety of delicious soups, breads and squares, including Fr. Proulx’s always interesting contribution. This year all free will donations go to Share Lent. If you want to attend and missed the sign up sheets after Mass you can still register by calling the office 432-5825 or Jane Donnelly at 4322241, by Thursday, March 26th. All visitors are welcome and all contributions gratefully accepted. “REFLECTIONS FOR LENT“: Monday, April 6th and Tuesday, April 7th at 9 p.m. and repeated
at 11 p.m. on VISIONTV “Reflections for Lent” Parts 1 & 2; the National Catholic Mission for 2009. The host of “Reflections for Lent” is the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, the much loved Bishop who launched the first National Catholic Mission in the year 2000.
THIS WEEK AT S.F.X.: *Mon. Bereavement Group (Mtg. Rm #1) 7:30 p.m. *Mon. S.F.X. Book Club (Mtg. Rm. #2) 7:30 p.m. st *Wed. 1 Communion Prep. Mtg. (Church) 7:00 p.m. *Thur. R.C.I.A. (Church) 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY OFFERING:
$3,868.37 $3,713.37 [254 envelope postings] + $155.00 [9 EFT postings]).

CALABOGIE/RENFREW PRO-LIFE ASSOCIATION: will meet on Tuesday, March 24th at 7 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall on Raglan Street South. All are welcome. “FASHIONABLY RAISING THE ROOF”: A St. John Chrysostom Roof Renovation Fund-raiser Spring Fashion Show – Wine & Cheese. Wed., March 25th @ 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Tickets available at the “Gallery” and the Parish Office. Cost: $25 per person. WORLD YOUTH DAY, PALM SUNDAY (Sunday April 4, 2009): Palm Sunday is recognized internationally as the World Day of Youth. Bishop Mulhall invites everyone to join in the celebration the at St. Columbkille Cathedral which will launch the annual WYD theme chosen by the Holy Father, “We have set our hope on the living God” (1tm 4:10). 5:30 p.m. – music, catechesis, Q&A, sharing. catechesis, 7:15 p.m. – Procession and Mass with extended vigil until 10 p.m. Refreshments to follow. Everyone 732welcome. Info FLYMO (613) 732-7933 ext. 208.