Yesterday, November 16, is known as the Feast of St. Margaret. St. Margaret lived in the eighteenth century and was known for her devout piety, religious observance, and her charitable acts. Her charitable acts and caring nature have led her to be called ‘the patron saint of the falsely accused, homeless, orphaned, mentally ill, etc.’ It is a focus on her good work that leads us to our Advent project again this year.
- Our project ‘St. Margaret’s Boat,’ will give us the opportunity to be charitable as well. We are partnering with Daybreak Child and Parent Center to donate books for children ages 2 to 4. New books only, please, in which you may like to write a note or place a card. All items donated will be placed in the boat that is now located in the side foyer. The books collected will be presented to Maureen Bethel, acting Educational Director from the Center, on December 12, at the 11 a.m. service.
- With respect to being charitable, our parish will again help families in need this Christmas by providing Christmas Hampers – hampers that will include groceries for Christmas Dinner, and gifts for the children in the family. All the details of how to help in this wonderful cause are outlined in your Chimes which you received at church, or you can find on the Parish’s website and the Parish’s Facebook page.
- The Online Fall Fair Auction starts on Sunday and will run until November 26 on the Parish Facebook. Please search for “Online Fall Fair Auction – Parish of the Ascension. All successful bidders will be contacted on Friday night, November 26. If you have any perishable items (foods, etc.), they can be dropped to the church side door on Saturday, November 27, between 10 and 11:30 a.m. ALL items will be available for pickup on Saturday, November 27 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the church using the side entrance. Payments can be made by e-transfer to [email protected] using the password church, or by cheque or cash when you pick up your item/items.
- On Sunday, November 21, at 6:30 p.m. the churches of the Ascension and the Good Shepherd will be hosting a joint ministry service at the Good Shepherd. The offering for that evening will be given to the local food bank. All are welcome!
- Confirmation Registration has been extended to November 21. Mrs. Kearley will be available for you to register after the 11 a.m. service. You can also register on our website at ascensionnl.ca. The forms can be found under the CARE button at the top of the page.
- Would you like to help deliver Advent packages/church envelopes to parishioners? They will be available this Sunday coming. If you are available after that date, please email the office at [email protected] or telephone at 368-5693. Your help will be greatly appreciated.
- Today, November 17, this week’s free hot take-out meal will be available from 5 until 6:30 p.m. The mobile truck will be parked at the Motor Vehicle Registration parking lot, 149 Smallwood Drive. Covid protocols will be observed.
- If you plan to enjoy the CLB take-out lunch special this week, remember to call 722-1737 to pre-order by tomorrow, Thursday, at 11 a.m. If you are treating your family or friends, there is free delivery for orders of five or more dinners.
- The same guidelines exist for attending church each Sunday – until further notice is received from the diocese. However, with respect to vaccine passports, once you have given permission for the church to save your proof of vaccine, you will not need to show it each time you attend worship. Of course, children under 12 are not required to show proof of vaccine at this time.
That’s it for another week!
God Bless you all,
Jean (On behalf of the Ascension)