St. John the Baptist Parish

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Regular Mass Times

Weekdays: Rosary 5pm & Mass 5:30pm

Adoration following Friday Mass

Saturday: 5:00pm

Sunday: 9:30am, 11:30am, 7:00pm

Sacramental Celebration November and December 2021

FMCSD has worked with St. John the Baptist and St Paul parishes to finally begin to make up for lost sacramental celebrations. The first we will offer is 1st Holy Communion for all students who missed in June 2020. These students are now in grades 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9.

There are a few steps to the process and communication is key. The first step is for all students (who are on the parish sacramental list) to attend reconciliation. They are required to go for reconciliation prior to receiving their 1st Communion. In order to facilitate this the priests will visit each FMCSD school to meet with each  student on the list.

For students at Sacred Heart and for Public School Board students. You will need to arrive early for mass on the night of your 1st Communion. Please arrive at 6pm in order to go to reconciliation before mass begins.

The following is the order of events for this sacramental celebration.

November 14- 21st

  • On any day between November 15-19 – Grade 5,6, 7, 8 and 9 teachers will do one short lesson/ review on Reconciliation during a Religion Block.
  • Both parishes will add info to their bulletins, on their websites and share during all mass times
  • Principals communicate with all students and families on their school list.
  • All families must email Elton Jarvis to confirm attendance or with questions.

Reconciliation November 22 – 26th – (Priests to Visit Catholic Schools)

  • November 22nd: Saint Gabe’s students on list – Reconciliation at 10am
  • November 23: Saint Martha students on list will go to reconciliation 10am & Sister Mary Phillips @ 1:30pm
  • November 24: Students on each school list go to reconciliation: Saint Kateri 9-10am, Elsie Yanik 11-12 and Saint Anne 12:45-1:45
  • November 25: Holy Trinity 9-10am, Father Merc 11-12 and Saint Paul 12:30-1:30pm
  • November 26th – Good Shepherd 8:30-9:30am, Father Turcotte 10:30-11:30 and Father Beau 1-2pm
  • Sacred Heart Virtual students arrive at the church early on their 1st Communion Night for their reconciliation.

1st Holy Communion Mass times are as following

Monday, November 29th Father Turcotte and Father Mercredi students at Saint John the Baptist Church (arrive by 6:30pm to register).

Tuesday, November 30thElsie Yanik and Father Beauregard students at Saint John the Baptist Church (arrive by 6:30pm to register).

Wednesday, December 1stGood Shepherd and Holy Trinity students at Saint John the Baptist Church (arrive by 6:30pm to register).

Thursday, December 2nd Sacred Heart and all Public School students with reconciliation before mass at Saint John the Baptist Church (arrive by 6 pm to register and for Reconciliation.)

Monday, December 6thSister Mary Philips and Saint Anne students at Saint Paul’s Church (arrive by 6:30pm to register).

Tuesday, December 7thSaint Gabriel and Saint Kateri students at Saint Paul’s Church (arrive by 6:30pm to register).

Wednesday, December 8thSaint Martha and Saint Paul students at Saint Paul’s Church (arrive by 6:30pm to register).

Thursday, December 9th – Anyone who cannot attend their other night to a max of 40 and MUST communicate with Elton Jarvis before November 29th.

Elton Jarvis: sacramentprep@stjohnthebaptistparish.ca or elton.jarvis@fmcsd.ab.ca

Life Wood Buffalo is Fundraising with Purdys Chocolates!

If you’d like to support our cause by purchasing some very sweet Christmas gifts for friends, family or yourself, please use the following link.  You can also find it on St John’s Facebook page and on Life Wood Buffalo’s Facebook page.

If you run into any issues, please feel free to contact Cathy Arruda, her email address is cathyarruda17@gmail.com Thank you for support Life Wood Buffalo!

Catholic Women’s League Membership Drive 2022

The CWL Membership Drive 2022 is in the month of November.  If you need further information please call Pat at 780-742-1821 or Valerie at 587-452-2522.  New members welcomed!

Life Wood Buffalo 2021 Bottle Drive

Life Wood Buffalo has kicked off their 2021 Fundraising Campaign for Life

In efforts to bring the Truth about the Gift of Life to our community we need your support. We have started a monthly bottle drive with help from  Parishes in the Wood Buffalo Region. Lord willing, we will keep doing this Bottle Drive the first Saturday Mass of every month at the same time and locations, before the Saturday evening masses. Please bring your refundable beverage containers for donation. 

St John’s, 5PM   &   St Paul’s, 7PM

(FIRST SATURDAYS OF EVERY MONTH)

Life Wood Buffalo will be set up with trucks and our banner in front of the garage doors at the Office to receive your bottles prior to mass.  

PLEASE BRING YOUR REFUNDABLE BEVERAGE BOTTLES AND CANS IN A BAG

If you typically do not attend mass at these times or for whatever reason can not drop off your bottles but would still like to help us with a donation or arrange an alternate bottle drop-off, please email: lifewoodbuffalo@outlook.com.

To become a member of Life Wood Buffalo please email us at lifewoodbuffalo@outlook.com and don’t forget to check us out on Facebook or our webpage Life Wood Buffalo!

Thank you for your support of LIFE in Wood Buffalo, God Bless!    

Celebration of the Holy Mass from the Cathedral every Sunday at 11 a.m. will be Live streamed.  YouTube here, or follow on Facebook link  ‘Diocese of St. Paul, AB’ .
To make an electronic funds transfer on-line, in support of your parish

Go to your on-line bank account.

Go to “Interac e-Transfers” and enter the following fields:

Recipient Name:   Diocese of St. Paul  

Recipient Email Address:  etransfer@dostp.ca

Add a Message: St. John the Baptist Parish , Fort McMurray

(If donating for any specific purpose add it to the message, eg. Renovations)

 LE DIOCESE DE SAINT-PAUL is registered for auto deposit, which means the money will be automatically deposited into their bank account and can’t be cancelled. No “security question and answer” are required. A confirmation e-mail will be sent from your bank to your e-mail account.

 

Office Hours Notice

The office is currently open Tuesday – Friday (8.30 am to 4.30pm with a lunch break from 12 noon to 1.00 pm).
You can email the parish office for any inquiries.
Office Correspondence:
office@stjohnthebaptistparish.ca

Prayer against Coronavirus 

Almighty and merciful Father, 

We thank you for the life that is your gift, 

For the providence, that sustains us, 

And for your wisdom that directs the course of our days. 

Forgive our sins against your love, 

Against each other and against your creation. 

The threat of an infection of coronavirus is upon us today. 

This disease causes fear among us and has claimed some lives. 

We humbly beg you, loving Father 

To deliver us from this and other diseases. 

Heal those who are afflicted and stop the spread of the virus. 

Strengthen us in charity to care for each other. 

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, 

Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit 

One God for ever and ever. Amen 

Deacon Raymond Chan’s Sunday Homily

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