St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church

Weekend Masses:

Saturday Vigil 5 p.m.,
Sunday 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. 12 Noon

Weekday Masses:

Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.
First Friday 7 p.m. followed by Holy Hour

Reconciliation:

Saturday 4 p.m.-4:30 p.m.,
Other times upon request

During Advent

Saturday, Dec 20 3:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec 23 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Christmas Mass:

December 24: 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m., 12:00 midnight
December 25: 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 noon

New Year's Mass:

December 31: 5:00 p.m.
Jan 1: 10:30 a.m., 12:00 noon

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Sunday 8:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

 

From the Desk of Fr. Tim …

As we draw near to the celebration of Christmas, I encourage each of you to welcome the Christ child into your hearts for…

“God’s sign is the baby in need of help and in poverty. Exactly the same sign has been given to us…God’s sign is simplicity…God’s sign is that he makes himself small for us. This is how he reigns. He does not come with power and outward splendour. He comes as a baby, defenceless and in need of our help. He does not want to overwhelm us with his strength. He takes away our fear of his greatness. He asks for our love: so he makes himself a child. He wants nothing other from us than our love, through which we spontaneously learn to enter into his feelings, his thoughts, his will- we learn to live with him and to practice with him that humility of renunciation that belongs to the very essence of love. God made himself small so that we could understand him, welcome him and love him …Christmas has become the Feast of gifts in imitation of God who has given himself to us. Let us allow our heart, our soul and our mind to be touched by this fact!” - Pope Benedict XVI

Merry Christmas to all of you and your families - Fr. Tim, Fr. Francis, Deacon Greg, Deacon John and the entire Parish Staff!

Please be sure to consult our Christmas and New Year Mass Schedule (which is included in this bulletin). Please keep in mind that our 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass (with the Youth Choir and Children’s Dramatization of the Gospel) is largely geared for families with young children. Our 6:00 p.m. Christmas Eve mass (Fr. Ed Keays, Presider and Homilist) also traditionally quite crowded…the later in the evening the more chance of securing a seat!

We thank our parish choirs for their extra efforts to provide music ministry for the Christmas Masses: Youth Choir will sing at the 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve mass, the Sunday Noon Choir at the 6:00 p.m. mass, the Folk Choir at the 8:00 p.m. mass, and Roger and Pat Brown will be present for 10:00 p.m. and Midnight Masses. On Christmas Day, Claudia Ferro will be with us at 9:00 a.m., the Be #’s at 10:30 a.m. and our Sunday 12:00 Noon Choir at their usual time.

On the weekend of December 27/28, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family (regular weekend mass schedule) and our priests and deacons will be very happy to offer individual Family blessings following the final hymn of the Mass, asking the blessing of the Holy Family upon the lives of our families in the coming year…please plan to take part!

I thank you for your generous support of the recent St. Vincent de Paul Society Annual Collection: $17,627.00 was collected for use in 2015 in addition to the gift cards that have helped 96 families thru Christmas outreach. As your pastor, I have been touched by your generosity not only for these special collections and appeals throughout the year, but also in your sharing in the financial responsibility of this parish, and so, I thank you in advance for your kindness in generously supporting your parish at Christmas. Please don’t forget to consider Pre-Authorized Giving as an option for 2015 by returning the PAG form (along with void cheque) to the office directly or by dropping it into next Sunday’s Offertory basket!

Confirmation Preparation Programme has begun in the parish (we acknowledged and blessed the candidates over the past two Sundays) and will continue with a first Preparation Class on either Saturday, January 17 at 3:30 p.m. or Monday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. - attendance is mandatory! Those Grade 8 students who did not attend the Registration meeting earlier this month should bring their registration form, baptismal certificate copy and $20 offering to the church office asap and attend a special Registration make-up meeting with their parents and sponsor on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the church. Any older youth or adults wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in May 2015 should contact Fr. Francis.

Christmas Mass Schedule and New Year’s Mass Schedule 2014/2015

Christmas Eve: Wednesday, December 24 at 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. & 12:00 Midnight
Christmas Day: Thursday, December 25 at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 12:00 Noon
New Year’s Eve: Wednesday, December 31 at 5:00 p.m.
New Year’s Day: Thursday, January 1 at 10:30 a.m. & 12:00 Noon

*Please note that there will be no 9:00 a.m. Mass on Wednesday, December 24 or Friday, December 26*

Ministers of the Eucharist and Altar Servers are asked to sign up for Christmas and New Year’s masses in the sacristy after mass today.

Our parish office will be closed on December 25, December 26, January 1 and January 2, 2015.

Parish Family Skating Party… Join us on Saturday December 27 as the parish hosts a Family Skating Party at the Erin Mills Twin Arena. We have booked ice time after the 5 p.m. mass (from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.). After that we will return to our Parish Hall for hot dogs, chips, juice and hot chocolate- fun for all ages!!

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