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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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2 SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
JANUARY 18TH, 2009
PRAYERS: We pray for our loved ones who have died and for all those who have
asked for us to pray for them in times of grief and illness.

THE YEAR OF ST. PAUL


“A special year will be dedicated for the Bimillennium Celebrations of the Birth of the
Apostle Paul. This Pauline Year will run from June 28, 2008 to June 29, 2009” Pope Benedict XVI
We will celebrate this Pauline Year with a Parish Mission during Lent. It will be
facilitated by Father Rick Walsh – a member of the Paulist Community in Toronto.
Saul Studied in Jerusalem
Paul was born before the year 10 A.D. to a Jewish family from Tarsus, in Cilicia (now Eastern Turkey). He received
the biblical name Saul and the Roman name Paul (his father, most likely having been granted Roman citizenship,
wished to show his gratitude to the Pauli family). He was educated in Jerusalem.
The Persecutor
During the martyrdom of Stephen, “The witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul” (Acts
7:58) “...Saul was consenting to his execution. On that day, there broke out a severe persecution of the Church” (Acts 8:1).
Saul, who defended with zeal his “ancestral traditions” (Gal. 1:14), could have even been a Zealot (cf. Acts 22:3). His
defense of the tradition of his ancestors would explain his expedition to Damascus to persecute Hellenist missionaries
like Stephen who challenged the Temple, in order to subdue them at all costs, even torture. This would also clarify two
strange episodes: Paul was not at peace with the Church of Jerusalem and he had to escape under the threat of death
(Acts 9:26-30); later, forty Jews would form a conspiracy to kill Paul, who was at the time a prisoner of the Romans (cf.
Acts 23:12-22) and it is very well known that the Zealot party punished all those who betrayed their solemn oath.
(continued next week)

PLEASE NOTE: that Father Proulx will be away this week.


Check the Liturgy Schedule for opportunities to gather as a
parish community praying together.

Parish Directory: This year and in an ongoing way, we will be seeking your co-
co-operation in our
effort to have a photo record of our
our parishioners. This will not be of any cost to you – there will be
no “sale of pictures”. We will however, provide several opportunities
opportunities for you to have your picture
taken. Eventually, our parish data system will include these photographs. We respect your desire for
privacy and assure you that they are exclusively a way of identifying with the Parish Family.
Photographers will be available to take your picture this weekend and next
week
weekend after Masses.

∆ PARISH SUPPER ∆: January 26th at 7:30 p.m. the Parish Supper co-ordinators will gather to begin
plans for our renewed vision of the Parish Supper and Lottery Draw. If you have time you are most very
welcome to join with us in the meeting room after Monday evening Mass.
INCOME TAX RECEIPTS: We thank you for your ongoing generosity to sustaining the ministries
and facilities here at St. Francis Xavier Parish. Any donations received or deposited after December 31st,
2008 will be credited to your 2009 income tax receipt. Income tax receipts for the year 2008 will be
ready some time during the next few weeks. To obtain a receipt, simply put a stamped, self-
addressed envelope in the collection basket and it will be mailed to you.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: January 19 – January 23


Services held at Trinity St. Andrew’s United Church: 12 NOON – 12:30 Reflection time
12:30 – 1:00 soup lunch provided (FREE WILL OFFERING). Please see posters.
LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS
Please carefully note the times of the daily Liturgies

MON Jan. 19 7:00 p.m. EVENING PRAYER


TUE Jan. 20 NO PARISH LITURGY
WED Jan. 21 4:15 p.m. EVENING PRAYER
THU Jan. 22 10:30 a.m. Bonnechere Manor: LITURGY OF THE WORD & COMMUNION
NO PARISH LITURGY
FRI Jan. 23 NO PARISH LITURGY
SAT Jan. 24 5:00 p.m. Bradley Lafleur – P. & J. Spilchen
SUN Jan. 25 10:30 a.m. Urban Agnew – Kathleen Donohue
Intentions of the Parishioners – Father Proulx

LITURGICAL ROLES THIS WEEK AT S.F.X.:


3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time *Mon. Bereavement Group 7:30 p.m.
January 24th/January 25th, 2009 (Rectory Mtg. Rm. 1)

SATURDAY EVENING MASS - 5:00 p.m. SUNDAY OFFERING: $4,062 – Total


MINISTERS OF THE WORD – P. Dowdall; C. Black made up of $3,907 [242 envelope
MINISTERS OF HOSPITALITY – B. & S. A. Holley & Family postings] + $155 Automatic With-
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST – K. Black; G. Curry; drawals [9 postings]).
C. Sulpher; V. & K. Windle
SERVERS – K. & V. Slight; M. Brumm; K. Dowdall JUNIOR & SENIOR KINDERGARTEN
SUNDAY MORNING MASS - 10:30 a.m. REGISTRATION: for the school year
MINISTERS OF THE WORD – N. Saumure; M. Richards 2009-2010 will be held at St. Thomas the
MINISTERS OF HOSPITALITY – R. & L. Wojcik; Apostle Catholic School the week of
B. & M. Charbonneau
February 2nd to 6th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS – M. Campbell;
Please bring a Birth Certificate, Baptismal
G. Denault; M. Charbonneau; D. & M. McIntyre
SERVERS – S. Perry; A. & N. Wright; M. Froats Certificate, Health Card, and up-to-date
CHILDREN’S LITURGY: A. Blackburn; J. Mousseau proof of Immunization. Thank you.

REMINDER: Please pick up your 2009 Sunday collection envelopes as soon as possible. The
envelopes have been moved from the foyer and are now on a table at the back of the church.

C.W.L. MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN


CAMPAIGN:: The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national
organization rooted in Gospel values calling members to holiness through service to the people of God.
Our meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in S.F.X. hall. Please consider joining us. Come
to a meeting or two or three or more. Membership envelopes (in your parish envelope box – Dues:$15)
may be put in the collection basket.
SUBSCRIPTION RENEWAL:
RENEWAL: for the Messenger of the Sacred Heart is now $15.00. Please
remit to Johanna Mathieu. Payments may be put in the collection basket in an envelope
clearly marked “Sacred Heart Messenger Renewal”; please include your name and phone number
with the renewal. New members are encouraged. For info contact Johanna at 432-7622.
THE HOLY NAME SOCIETY OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA PARISH: is holding card parties on the following
Sunday evenings in O.L.F. parish hall: January 18, February 1 & 15, March 1, 15 & 29. Euchre & 500.
Admission: $3. Refreshments will be served.
FAMILIES OF ONTARIO – PEMBROKE: invites you to their 1st Annual Murder Mystery Dinner
BEREAVED FAMILIES
& Silent Auction featuring “Those Phantom Knights” on Saturday, January 24th at 7 p.m. at the Royal
Canadian Legion, Pembroke. Tickets are $50 each and must be purchased in advance. For info or to
purchase tickets please contact Tracy at 613-732-7894.
DIOCESAN YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY: Meetings of young adults (18 – 35) with Bishop Mulhall
will continue February 13th and March 13th from 7 – 9 p.m. at St. Columbkille Cathedral. Exposition of
the Blessed Sacrament, music, talk with the Bishop and discussion.
ST. ANNE PARISH C.W.L.: St. Valentine Dinner Dinner on Sunday, February 15th from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
in the Municipal Hall, L’Î
L’ Î le du Grand Calumet. $12 – Adults; $5 – 12 & under. See posters
TRASH TO TREASURE: For the last 7 years the Knights of Columbus of Renfrew and Arnprior
have been collecting aluminum cans, scrap aluminum and scrap copper. We process about
1,000,000 cans/year. We now collect liquor containers and cash in approximately $50/month.
We encourage our fellow parishioners to donate to this worthy cause. All money goes to
charity. For pick up please contact following: Rick Norman 432-8603, Don Letts 433-9172,
Mike Sul 623-2600, Arnold Smith 623-6109.

CATHOLIC MARRIAGE PREPARATION 2009 (Renfrew Pastoral Area): will be


held on Sat., March 7 & Sun., March 8, 2009 at St. Francis Xavier Parish Hall.
Registration forms (must be returned by Feb. 15th) available from the church or parish office.