John the Baptist is the classic image of the Old Testament prophet. He comes out of the desert, he dresses in animal skins, he warns of death and destruction, he experiences visions. Early in the Gospel of John we meet this hearld of the good news of salvation. He is completely dedicated to his life’s purpose, which is to point everyone towards Jesus Christ. His message is clear and unmistakable: The man right here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. John does more than just point out that Jesus is the Son of God. He encourages his own disciples to become followers of Jesus and he dies for this truth.
We can receive this Gospel as a history lesson or the account of a complex and fascinating character. At its heart, however, this scripture continues the mission of John the Baptist, pointing us to Christ today and calling us to recognize and follow him as the Lamb of God.
Through our baptism and continuing life of faith, we are all called and equipped to bear witness to the mercy and grace of God in Jesus Christ, in the places and conditions of our daily lives. That is our privilege as the followers of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. We are the heralds of the good news for today.
Marilyn Sweet, Falmouth, N.S.
Taken from Living With Christ
Rosary at 11:50 a.m.
Tues. January 21st: St. Agnes
12:05 pm: Constancio Gonsalves +
1 Samuel 16.1-13, Ps. 89.19, 20-21, 26-27, Mark 2.23-28
Wed. January 22nd: ferial
1 Samuel 17.32-22, 37, 40-51, Ps. 144.1-2, 9-10, Mark 3.1-6
Thurs. January 23rd: ferial
1 Samuel 18.6-9; 19.1-7, Ps. 56.1-2, 8-9ab, 9c-11, 12-13, Mark 3.7-12
Fri. January 24th: St. Francis De Sales
Please note: No 12:05 pm Mass today – due to priest meeting
1 Samuel 24.2-21, Ps. 57.1, 2-3, 5+10, Mark 3.13-19
Sat. January 25th: The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle
5:15 pm: Herman Leo Cassin +
Acts 22.3-16, Ps. 117.1, 2, Mark 16.15-18
Readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - January 26th, 2014
1st Reading: Isaiah 9.1-4
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 27.1, 4, 13-14
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1.10-13, 17-18
Gospel: Matthew 4.12-23
Rest In Peace
Our Parish Community wishes to extend our sympathy to the family and friends of Kathleen Seaton and all the faithful departed. May they rest in peace. Funeral Service for Kay Seaton will be on Saturday, January 25th at 10 a.m. Heritage Funeral Home - 50 Overlea Blvd. 416-423-1000.
Offertory Envelope Boxes for 2014 are available at the entrance of the church to be picked up
Minister of the Word & Eucharistic Minister
For next weekend –
January 25 & 26
5:15 pm – Fernando Curcione, Anne Marie Cassin
10:00 am – Chiara Gallo, Sister Mary Halder,
5:15 pm – Manuel Mairena, Sheila Spencer
10:00 am – Gilda Benincasa, Ann Gilbride, Steven Hozjan, Myrna Anacta
Information Session for Parents 1st Communion Parents are invited to attend an information meeting on Thursday, January 23rd at 7 pm in Holy Name Church.
CHILI SUPPER & KARAOKE NIGHT
Fun Night for the Whole Family
Saturday, January 25th, 2014
Dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. Please come and support this event. Money raised will help to fund some of our 100th Celebrations during 2014
$10 per Adult
Child under 12 $5.00
or $30.00 per family of 4
Children under 5 free
Come and enjoy a meal with fellow parishioners
Development & Peace
Development & Peace will be selling fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate in the parish hall next weekend. We will also be selling high quality olive oil and soap from the Zatoun, a fair-trade producer in Palestine. Foreign sales of these products are vital to the Palestinian economy given the constraints imposed by the political situation. For more information about Zatoun, please visit zatoun.com. We now accept PayPal and credit card payments.
The African Catholic Community Choir put on a heart warming and successful concert on December 14th. The Parish was able to raise $654.80 which will go towards the Holy Name 100 Years fundraising (making the church more accessible)