Decking the Halls!
As we begin the Season of Advent and move towards Christmas, we welcome contributions to our “Flower Fund” which will offset costs for Christmas trees, poinsettias and other greenery. If you would like to contribute, envelopes are available at the back of the Church. Your donations are of course, tax deductible.
When in Church …
Be aware of your surroundings Keep your belongings safe and with you at all times Report any concerns immediately to the Office .
Out of the Cold Wish List!
Our Parish Out of the Cold Program began last weekend and is off to a fantastic start. The program will run until April 6, 2014. As we begin our program, we find ourselves in need of the following items: White Socks, Men’s Underwear, Women’s Underwear, Toothbrushes, small toothpaste, and chapstick. Donations may be given to the parish office during the week, or to the Sacristy before the weekend masses. In welcoming 300-400 people for dinner each Sunday night, the program costs approximately $1500.00 each week. That’s under $4 per person for a well-balanced nutritious meal.
Spiritual Growth in the Second Half of Life
“As we mature our potential for spiritual growth increases.” Join us on our last session:
December 10: We Walk by Faith
The facilitator for the program is Sister Mary Rose Marrin CSJ. This session will be held in Neumann Hall from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.
Philippines Disaster Relief
If you wish to assist the relief efforts, you can make an online donation by visiting http://www.archtoronto.org or by calling the Development Office at: (416) 934-3411. You can also donate through St. Patrick’s Church making cheques payable to: “St. Patrick’s Church – Philippines Typhoon Haiyan”. Donations made through St. Patrick’s should be made before December 1st, to ensure that our donations are sent to the Canadian Government for matching in a timely manner.
If you would like to support the Redemptorists in their work for disaster relief in the places where the Redemptorists are serving in the Philippines, send your donation to “Redemptorists – Typhoon Relief”, 426 St. Germain Ave. Toronto, Ontario, M5M1W7. Donations are eligible for tax receipt from the Redemptorists.
Remember, contributions made up to December 9th will be matched by the Canadian Government.
Candlelight Advent Mass & Young Adult Meet + Eat
Join us for the Sunday 5:00 PM Mass on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, celebrating “Joy” in the midst of our Season of Hope. We invite especially our Youth and Young Adults to this special Mass. Following the December 15th Mass, young adults (18-39) are invited to Meet + Eat ( Neumann Hall). To participate text the word, “ignite” to 393939 and follow the prompt. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Moving forward Together Special Collection for Aboriginal People
A special collection is being taken up this weekend in support of the needs of Aboriginal people in Canada. For Aboriginal people, all standard of living statistics lag behind the Canadian average. The Moving Forward Together Campaign collection will fund local and national healing and education programs to help build a brighter future with our Aboriginal brothers and sisters. You can also give online at movingforwardtogether.ca
Children! Anyone play violin??
Parents, we are looking for a child who plays violin, or another instrument (even rudimentary) to play at midnight Mass on December 24th. If your child plays, please contact Fr. Santo at the Parish Office.
More Repairs on the Go!
During the July Flood, the Parish Hall took on 3 inches of water throughout the hall. The problem is with the weeping tile and drainage along the north wall. We are in the midst of repairs for this issue, and anticipate this expense is above and beyond our current parish repairs budget. We trust that after this project and the replacement of the furnace in the coming months, our need for major repairs will diminish. Your continued support for our repairs and maintenance needs is greatly appreciated.
Finance Council looking for a new member!
The Finance Council is looking for a Parishioner who has an accounting background/CGA to serve on the Parish Finance Council for a 3 year term. This Volunteer commitment requires quarterly meetings and preparation of financial documents for review and presentation. If you are interested in learning more about this important role for the Parish, please contact Fr. Santo at the Parish Office.
2014 Weekly Offering Envelopes
Are now available for pick up at the back of the Church. If you would like to sign up for 2014 Weekly Offering envelopes, please contact the parish office at 416-598-3269 or e-mail: email@example.com. Thank you!