Bishop Fabbro’s Christmas Message

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I offer you my warmest greetings this Advent season.  We have embarked on a new liturgical year, and we joyfully celebrate our faith, our gifts, and our love for one another.

In churches across our diocese, and in many homes, the Advent candles shine brightly.  These candles, three violet and one rose, mark the passage of the four weeks leading up to Christmas.  With both solemnity and joy, we are reminded of Christ’s nativity, when the Word made flesh brought hope and light into the world.  In Catholic tradition, adventus celebrates the first “coming” of Jesus as God incarnate, and helps us prepare for his promised second coming as Judge at the Last Day.

In a special way, our own baptismal calling sends us out to be witnesses, by our words and deeds, of the light of the Saviour, a light which shines deep within each of us.  Jesus commissioned us to go forth and spread that light to all nations; this is at the very heart of my vision of the Diocese of London being a mission-oriented Church that forms disciples of Jesus.

Earlier this year, at Pentecost, I proclaimed the Year of Prayer for the Diocese.  From June 9, 2019 until the next Pentecost Sunday on May 31, 2020, we are praying for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit as we seek to be missionary disciples of Jesus.  We ask the Holy Spirit, whom we received at our Baptism, to renew us, to transform us, and to help each of us to be a true missionary disciple.

Pope Francis said, “You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. This is how prayer works.”  Inspired by his example, and by the people in our diocese whose faith is evident in action, this year on the World Day of the Poor, I announced the Pope Francis Fund and committed one million dollars to be endowed for the ongoing benefit of people who are poor and needy.  As you know, there are many people in our cities who are struggling to meet basic needs such as housing, food, or clothing.  I announced the Fund publicly so that agencies know about a potential source of funding, to show that caring for the poor is a priority for us, and to invite others to join in this outreach.

The world continues to change at an incredible pace, and people, both religious and non-religious, are struggling to find meaning and purpose in their lives.  As she always has, the Church encounters people where they are and is eager to share the Good News.  Let us be a bright beacon of light that illuminates the darkness with warmth, love, and truth.

Together, as disciples of Christ, we bring his light to the world.  I encourage you to stay closely connected to your parish and faith community and to join us this Christmas to celebrate the birth of our Saviour.  Please pray for each other, for your priests, for Pope Francis, and for Bishop Joseph and me.

May the Lord bless you with peace and love this Christmas, as well as our friends, neighbours, and all the world.

Sincerely yours in Christ

 

Most Rev. Ronald Fabbro, C.S.B.

Bishop of London

Mark Your Calendar: Winter Parish Party Feb 22 – tickets still available January 26th weekend!

The Winter Parish Party for our family of parishes will be on Saturday, February 22 from 6:30pm to 11:30 pm at the Caradoc Community Centre in Mt. Brydges.  Tickets available at each parish.  More details here.

Nursing Home Mass & Sing-Along

Wed, December 18 -10:00 am Oneida Long Term Please join us for Mass at all the Nursing Homes this season, and bring your singing voices. All are welcome!

Register for Advent Wreath Making

Having an Advent wreath in your home is a great way to prepare for Christmas.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Advance registration is required as supplies are limited. Sat. Nov 30, drop in between 9am to 11am at St. Charles Parish (Glencoe)

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Food Drive at OLOL School

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic elementary school in Delaware held a Thanksgiving Food Drive to share their bounty with the less fortunate.

The classes competed against each other to collect the most food items. The total amount exceeded 1500 canned goods!

On Friday , October 11 , the delivery truck was  packed with barely enough room for the driver!

The food was delivered to the Women’s Rural Resource Centre in Strathroy . Tears of joy came from the staff as the shelters’ shelves were empty heading into the holiday weekend!

Many thanks and blessings to the generous school community!

Bible Study

Join us at All Saints on Wednesdays following 9:00 am Mass and discover and learn more about your faith.  This Bible study will run from September 25, 2019 to March 18, 2020.  Call the office to register for this exciting look at how Christ established His Kingdom.  All are welcome!

Lectors Workshop & Eucharistic Minister Workshop

All Lectors:  Saturday, October 5th at 9:30 am at All Saints* note date change

All Eucharistic Ministers:  Saturday, September 28th at 10:30 am at All Saints

Please don’t miss these workshops, as it is very important for everyone to attend.

 

Altar Serving Workshop

Saturday, September 14, 2019

1:00 pm at Sacred Heart (HCCRC) and

1:00 pm at St. Charles Garnier

Adult Alpha

The Alpha program is coming to each parish this fall.  Look for more details to come.  Program starts in October.  You won’t want to miss this wonderful opportunity to explore you faith, with your fellow parishioners.

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