St. John the Baptist Parish
Love One Another
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:30am, 7:00pm
Weekday: Rosary & Mass 5:15pm
Christmas Day Dinner @ Fr. Turcotte
Preparations are underway for the 23rd annual Fort McMurray Community Christmas Day Dinner. Each year hundreds of guests and volunteers enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Day between noon and 2 P.M. The event brings together individuals and families from all walks of life. It is not just for the homeless or the less fortunate from a material perspective, as it also brings together many people who might otherwise be alone on Christmas Day. In many ways everybody who attends is giving something- so every attendee is considered a volunteer. Volunteers are needed to cook, sing, play an instrument, clean up or simply be a friend – no experience is required. All ages and skillsets welcome, including those who have mobility challenges. Volunteers may register by calling Dan at 780.881.1170.
For questions pertaining to the dinner please contact Chairperson Mike Daley at 780.799.3777.
Cheques payable to ‘Fort McMurray Community Christmas Day Dinner’ may be dropped off or mailed to:
Community Christmas Day Dinner Committee
c\o St John Roman Catholic Church
3 Hospital Street
Fort McMurray AB
2018 Sunday Missal
Now Available During the weekend mass in November.
At the church after mass or at the Parish office during office hours. $5.00 Only!
Thursday’s 7-8:30pm at St. John Baptist Parish Hall.
All are Welcome!
Development and Peace
“Console my people, console them.” We are reminded that our guilt is to be atoned for, as we prepare a way for Jesus. Faithful love and loyalty join together; saving justice and peace embrace. During this sacred time of year, let us be reminded by Saint Mother Teresa: “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” Development and Peace wishes you all a blessed and fruitful Advent season.
Making Christ the Center of Our Lives
December 17-19, 2017- Beginning with the 7:00pm Mass
Presenter: Fr. Miguel Irizar
“Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her’” (Luke 10:38-42).
On the day we were baptized, God called us to be holy, to be saints, to be another Jesus on earth. Where is Jesus throughout my day, while I work and fulfill the duty of the moment? How is my life of prayer? What role does the Eucharist and Confession play in my life? Do I allow Jesus to look at me and do I make an effort to listen to him each day by pondering his Word? Am I struggling to grow in friendship with Jesus, or have I fallen into the “heresy of activism”? Am I aware that holiness involves being a “missionary disciple”?
These and many other questions will be pondered during the parish Advent Mission as we prepare for the Solemnity of Christmas.