MINISTRY SIGN-UP: St. Agatha Parish is in need of NEW volunteers to fulfill various Ministries at our Sunday Liturgies – Servers, Commentators, Gift Bearers, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers and all of the Committees that are needed to run a parish. There are sign up sheets at the back of the church so please consider sharing your time and talents with your parish. We thank those that already volunteer, this sign up is for NEW individuals to sign-up. Questions? Please call the parish office 519-747-1212.
What are Mass Intentions? From the very beginning, the Church has honoured the memory of the dead and offered prayers for them, above all, the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, purified, they may have the beatific vision of God. Indeed, St. Ambrose (d.397) preached: “We have loved them during life; let us not abandon them in death, until we have conducted them by our prayers into the house of the Lord”
It remains the custom of Catholics, on the occasion of death, to request that a Mass be offered for the deceased. Although there is no cost for such a request, the usual offering made to the parish in Hamilton Diocese is $10. The presentation of a Mass card to the bereaved is one of the most beautiful expressions of sympathy we can offer to those who mourn. It is also a powerful expression of our faith in the Lord’s promise of eternal life and a loving gift to the faithful departed. A Mass for the deceased may be requested at any time and is a fitting way to remember our brothers and sisters who have gone before us on the anniversary of their death and on other special occasions.
Sacrament of the Sick: will be on Sunday, November 18th at the 11:00am Mass at St. Agatha Church. If you or someone you know is in need of this sacrament, please contact the office at 519-747-1212. If you cannot make it to this service please let us know if you’d rather have a visit at home. For whom is the Sacrament of Anointing intended? Those with chronic physical, mental or emotional illnesses; the elderly who need strength; those preparing/recovering from serious surgery or medical treatments; those preparing for death.
Chili Fundraiser: Cecilia Weber, invites you to a Chili Fundraising supper on Sunday, November 18th, 4:30-8:00pm, in the St. Agatha Church basement. She is hoping to raise funds in support of her mission trip to Uganda, Africa, January-May 2019. Come out for an evening of food, and fellowship. Good will offerings are appreciated. For more info contact the Weber Family 519-634-9953 or email@example.com
Ecumenical Service: Sunday, December 2nd at 7:00pm, we will be hosting our Annual Ecumenical Advent Service with the St. Agatha Mennonite, St. Agatha Lutheran and the Salvation Army Congregations. Come out with family and friends to enjoy an evening of scripture, song, worship, fellowship, and refreshments, as we continue to build meaningful relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Advent Penitential Service: Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00pm St. Agatha Church.
For parishioners interested in assisting St. Agatha Cemetery: The Catholic Cemeteries and Bishop Crosby has approved a plan to assist Cemeteries. This plan encourages local parishes to raise funds for the benefit of their cemetery (donations are included in your tax receipt). Any funds raised by the parish will be matched with an equivalent donation to the Cemetery Care and Maintenance Fund by the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Hamilton. In this way more interest is earned by the C&M Fund each year which in turn is sent to the St. Agatha Cemetery yearly and is used for the maintenance of the Cemetery. The Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Hamilton will match the funds raised at the parish level to a max of $10,000 for 2018. Please write cheques to St. Agatha Church or use a specially marked envelope please and these amounts will be on your tax receipt. Let us attempt to reach $10,000 again for 2018, the last year of approved fundraising. Thank you to those that donated in 2017! If there any questions please call the church office.
What is a Care & Maintenance Fund? a fund that every Cemetery in Ontario contributes to. When you purchase either a plot (% of sale) or place a monument (a predetermined amount) is sent to this Care & Maintenance Fund. Each year the interest earned from this fund is sent to the St. Agatha Cemetery for use for the care and maintenance of grounds and monuments.
The Hamilton Diocese send out a monthly list of events that parishioners may be interested in. These lists are available by clicking on the black links below and a copy will be posted on the bulletin board at the back of the church. The most local and relevant of these events will also be in the printed weekly bulletin.
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PreAuthorized Giving is HERE! Please pick up the red preprinted form at the back of the church, fill out and return by placing in the collection basket in the sealed envelope.Authorized payments are put through on the 20th of each month or the next business day if on a weekend or holiday. Please ensure that you are a registered parishioner to enable tax receipt creation.
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