Notices for Week of 17 December 2023

Notices: Advent 3, 17 December 2023

Good day dear friends,

This Sunday we will hear the Gospel story of John’s life and witness “preparing the way of the Lord” by pointing the crowds to Christ. John wanted others to know about the Christ Life, the Life of Divine Love. Our Advent preparations, indeed our life and witness in preparing the way of the Lord is to point beyond ourselves to Jesus who shows us the Christ life, the life of unitive Love.


Father Gerald+

Thank you to all those who organized, shared messages, and participated in my retirement celebration. It was a great party, with great energy, honouring our shared life and ministry together as a community over all of these years, and looking forward in hope to God’s plans for this ever evolving school of Love.

Sunday, Christmas Eve Liturgy Schedule:

11am: No Liturgy

6:30pm Family Liturgy

9pm Candle Light Mass

Sunday, December 31, 11am will be my last liturgy as the rector of the parish. Valerie and I will be providing champaign and finger food after the liturgy, as we bring this chapter of my ministry to a close, with thanksgiving, transitioning into the newness of what the Spirit is inviting next for all of us. 

Thank you to all those who organized, donated to, participated in our annual Christmas online auction. It was a great success. 

Reverse Advent Calendar

Each day in Advent, add a food item to a box. On Christmas Eve, bring the box to liturgy to be donated to the Helping Hand Food Bank. Our donations through Advent will help many in the New Year. 

The Sacrament of Confirmation classes will begin on Sunday, January 14. Register with Carole Saunders at (709) 680-0455 or

Community Breakfast: After feedback and further reflection on our recent increase in the cost of our monthly breakfast, we have decided to adjust the price to $12 per plate. Thank you for your support in this vital parish ministry. 

When making an eTransfer to the parish at, please put in the memo note what the donation is for. 

The Sunday Liturgy is live streamed in real time on our Parish YouTube Channel at 11am on Sunday mornings (and can be watched anytime after that on YouTube).  It can also be picked up on our parish Facebook anytime after 12 noon on Sundays. 

For those joining us on-line, we invite you to use this prayer for Spiritual Communion: 

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament. However, since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself with you, and embrace you with all the affections of my soul. Let me never be separated from you. Let me live and die in your love. Amen. 

Please use eTransfers to to continue to support our ministry. You can also contact our treasurer Calvin Adams to set up automatic deposit. Or simply mail your offerings to Box 142 South River, A0A 3W0. 

“Come and see” (John 1:39). Remember to pray about and encourage your family and friends to share in our community of faith.