Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

ShareLife

Your Contributions at Work

There are many people in our society who suffer from disabilities that affect their daily living. At Silent Voice, the deaf community can access services to help both them and their families cope with their situation.

Tavis was a student who, with his mother’s encouragement, participated in the basketball fun day for the deaf community hosted by Silent Voice, a ShareLife funded agency, Soon after, he joined a sports team for the deaf, and helped host sports clinics and events with the support of our agency. Tavis was eventually hired as a counselor fo the Silent Voice Sign Language Day Camp. Today, he says “I want to be a role model for deaf kids and I’m grateful for how much Silent Voice has changed my life.”

Last year, Silent Voice provide services to over 750 people in the deaf community, helping families to communicate with their deaf child, and improving access to services and creating a sense of belonging among the deaf community.

Your support for ShareLife was helped to make this possible … you have worked wonders!

Needs of the Church in Canada

This weekend September 24 & 25 will be a collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada. Every year, the Bishops of Canada make an appeal for financial assistance to support their work and the work of each diocese/eparchy by means of the Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada. Through your contribution to the Collection, you too can collaborate with the Bishops in their ministry to teach, sanctify and govern, as well as to support the faith and evangelization mission of the Church. If you would like to contribute envelopes are available at the back of the Church.

Praying with Redemptorist Saints and Blesseds

Wednesday September 28th   1pm and 6pm

Bl. Maria Celeste Crosterosa, O.Ss.R.

We have celebrated 150 years of the Mission of the Redemptorists to make her known under the title of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

Come and learn more about the Redemptorists Saints and Blesseds whose lives and commitment to the Good News of Plentiful Redemption continue to speak to the hearts of Redemptorists and the faithful throughout the world.

Join us every month as we reflect and pray through the intercession of Our Mother of Perpetual Help and a Redemptorist Saint and Blessed.

Each 45 minute presentation will take place in the Church on Wednesdays at 1pm and 6pm (in between devotion masses)

YEAR OF MERCY: A Bible Study!!!

 Join us for a 6 week series on to reflect on the Year of Mercy through the lens of Scriptures

 Thursday Evenings: 7pm – 8:30pm

October 13, 20, 27,   November 3, 10, 17

This series will be facilitated by Fr. Ed Eherer C.Ss.R., Associate Pastor and our Pastoral Staff.

These sessions will take place in Neumann Hall at St. Patrick’s Church (131 McCaul Street) enter near the accessibility entrance, more information is available on or web site www.stpatrickstoronto.ca and our brochure marked Adult Faith Formation.

Pre-registration is required, by contacting the Parish Office no later than Monday September 26 at 416-598-3269, or email us at secretary@stpatrickstoronto.ca.

Cost for program and resource: $20.00

Ignite! Young Adult Ministry Presents:

“DUE SOUTH!”

Christian Values in the Face of Political Rhetoric

An Evening at Sin & Redemption

Tuesday October 18th 7pm – 9pm

Presenters: Fr. Ed Eherer C.Ss.R (Associate Pastor) &

                   Matthew Marquardt (CatholicVoice.ca)

The media is full of information and news about the upcoming election south of the border. How are we to filter some of the salient issues through the lens of faith, and the Good News of the Gospel? Let’s talk!

Holy Door of Mercy

We give thanks for all the blessings to the faithful who visited the Door here at St. Patrick’s during this Year of Mercy. The Holy Door will close on Sunday November 13th during 12:10pm Mass. The Holy Door in Rome will close on Sunday November 20th.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2017

Fr. Ed Eherer CSsR will be leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, March 02 – 11, 2017.  Here is an opportunity to walk where our Lord walked.  For information please contact Fr. Ed through the parish office 416-598-3269 ext #1210 or Biblical Journeys Canada, 2508 Silvan Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2J 4K5

Tel. & Cell. # 289 990 9841 & 289 990 5853 E-mail: biblicaljourneyscanada@yahoo.com.

Moving? Or Have you Recently Moved?

Please contact the parish office with your new address and phone number. It is very helpful to have your correct information to insure that you receive your official receipt for income tax purposes. Thanks for helping to keep the office current!!

 

Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

ShareLife

Your Contributions at Work

There are many people in our society who suffer from disabilities that affect their daily living. At Silent Voice, the deaf community can access services to help both them and their families cope with their situation.

Tavis was a student who, with his mother’s encouragement, participated in the basketball fun day for the deaf community hosted by Silent Voice, a ShareLife funded agency, Soon after, he joined a sports team for the deaf, and helped host sports clinics and events with the support of our agency. Tavis was eventually hired as a counselor fo the Silent Voice Sign Language Day Camp. Today, he says “I want to be a role model for deaf kids and I’m grateful for how much Silent Voice has changed my life.”

Last year, Silent Voice provide services to over 750 people in the deaf community, helping families to communicate with their deaf child, and improving access to services and creating a sense of belonging among the deaf community.

Your support for ShareLife was helped to make this possible … you have worked wonders!

“Thrive!”

A New Program for Families!!!!

Sunday September 25th 1:30pm – 4:30pm

A new initiative for the entire family! On a monthly basis families are invited to gather for fun and reflection. Activities and discussion will be done in large group and in smaller group age-appropriate groups for discussion and fellowship. Watch the bulletin and for promotional brochures over the next several weeks! To RSVP or to be added to the family ministry mailing list for future events, contact familyministry@stpatrickstoronto.ca

Praying with Redemptorist Saints and Blesseds

Wednesday September 28th   1pm and 6pm

Bl. Maria Celeste Crosterosa, O.Ss.R.

We have celebrated 150 years of the Mission of the Redemptorists to make her known under the title of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

Come and learn more about the Redemptorists Saints and Blesseds whose lives and commitment to the Good News of Plentiful Redemption continue to speak to the hearts of Redemptorists and the faithful throughout the world.

Join us every month as we reflect and pray through the intercession of Our Mother of Perpetual Help and a Redemptorist Saint and Blessed.

Each 45 minute presentation will take place in the Church on Wednesdays at 1pm and 6pm (in between devotion masses)

YEAR OF MERCY: A Bible Study!!!

 Join us for a 6 week series on to reflect on the Year of Mercy through the lens of Scriptures

Thursday Evenings: 7pm – 8:30pm

October 13, 20, 27,   November 3, 10, 17

This series will be facilitated by Fr. Ed Eherer C.Ss.R., Associate Pastor and our Pastoral Staff.

These sessions will take place in Neumann Hall at St. Patrick’s Church (131 McCaul Street) enter near the accessibility entrance, more information is available on or web site www.stpatrickstoronto.ca and our brochure marked Adult Faith Formation.

Pre-registration is required, by contacting the Parish Office no later than Monday September 26 at 416-598-3269, or email us at secretary@stpatrickstoronto.ca.

Cost for program and resource: $20.00

Holy Door of Mercy

We give thanks for all the blessings to the faithful who visited the Door here at St. Patrick’s during this Year of Mercy. The Holy Door will close on Sunday November 13th during 12:10pm Mass. The Holy Door in Rome will close on Sunday November 20th.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2017

Fr. Ed Eherer CSsR will be leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, March 02 – 11, 2017.  Here is an opportunity to walk where our Lord walked.  For information please contact Fr. Ed through the parish office 416-598-3269 ext #1210 or Biblical Journeys Canada, 2508 Silvan Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2J 4K5

Tel. & Cell. # 289 990 9841 & 289 990 5853 E-mail: biblicaljourneyscanada@yahoo.com.

Moving? Or Have you Recently Moved?

Please contact the parish office with your new address and phone number. It is very helpful to have your correct information to insure that you receive your official receipt for income tax purposes. Thanks for helping to keep the office current!!

Ignite! Young Adult Ministry Presents:

“DUE SOUTH!”

Christian Values in the Face of Political Rhetoric

An Evening at Sin & Redemption

Tuesday October 18th 7pm – 9pm

Presenters: Fr. Ed Eherer C.Ss.R (Associate Pastor) &

                   Matthew Marquardt (CatholicVoice.ca)

The media is full of information and news about the upcoming election south of the border. How are we to filter some of the salient issues through the lens of faith, and the Good News of the Gospel? Let’s talk!

Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word will resume Sunday September 11th (12:10pm). The program is an opportunity for children in grades 1 to 6 to participate in the Sunday readings in a creative manner that is relevant to their experiences and learning needs. The Presider will call the children forth for a blessing before the First Reading, after which the catechist will accompany them to the Choir Room for the lesson.  The children will return to join the congregation at the Preparation of the Gifts. Parents are welcome to attend the sessions with their children.

Please note: Children in Junior and Senior Kindergarten who wish to attend must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver to participate in the program. No registration is required for participation.

Oktoberfest Fundraising

for Ashadeep and Premdham

Please mark your calendars for Oktoberfest September 10th and 11th to be held following the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday, the 10:00 am German Mass and the 12:10 pm English Mass on Sunday. Once more, we turn our thoughts as members of the worldwide church, to supporting the children of Ashadeep, the school and orphanage in Bijnor Diocese, in North India, 215 km north of Delhi.  This is the eighth year of supporting the amazing work being done by the priests and sisters to bring hope to the very poorest of the poor.  This is also the second year we are giving support to Premdham, a home for destitute boys and men who have been living on the street and have no family.  They have been abandoned because of their physical and mental disabilities and some are bedridden. The home is run by three passionately committed priests of the Bijnor diocese and is supported solely by outside donations.

This year our fundraising will go towards continuing the establishment of a small poultry farm at Ashadeep in order to provide eggs for the children and to earn income from selling the surplus. Thanks to our fundraising last year, a poultry house has been built and 450 chicks purchased as a beginning.  Premdham used the funds last year to buy an electric rickshaw, which makes it easier and cheaper to transport children and goods. In his report, Fr. Shibu expressed his gratitude to the people of St. Patrick’s. This year they need funds to purchase 20 beds and mattresses and outdoor play equipment for the children.

Barbara Galbraith visited Ashadeep and Premdham in July and noted the progress of both organizations in their work of serving the poorest people of Bijnor. A group of 5 parishioners will be visiting Bijnor diocese in November and volunteering at Ashadeep.

Bring your family and friends and enjoy hamburgers, veggie burgers, corn on the cob, etc. and the traditional German sausages and sauerkraut.

Cost is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 7-12 years

Family and Children Welcome Party!

Sunday September 11th following the Noon Mass in the Parish Hall and during Oktoberfest!

Summer holidays are over and it’s time to kick off the new year. Meet and reconnect with the families of St. Patrick’s following the parish-wide Oktoberfest lunch. Activities will include ice-breaker games and an overview of upcoming family events that will be happening here at St. Patrick’s for Families, Children and Youth.  Registration is not required for this event. Invite your friends and every new family you see at Mass!

Calling all Parish YOUTH (grades 8-12)

Come check out our new Youth Group Night!  Ever been to one? If not great.  Check it out!

Join us on Saturday September 17th from 6pm – 9:00pm at Neumann Hall, 131 McCaul Street

This is our first of many events and opportunities for our parish youth to get together.  Parent permission and forms will be required for youth to participate in Parish Youth Activities.  Let us know you are coming by contacting Karen at the Parish Office – familyministry@stpatrickstoronto.ca

Annual University Student Welcome Back BBQ

We welcome back University Students to the Parish and the Neighbourhood with our Annual Welcome Back BBQ.  Join us on Thursday September 15th from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM in front the Church steps.  Food, Snacks, Prizes and more!  If you are a parishioner and would like to volunteer your time to the running of the BBQ, please call the Parish Office and leave your contact information.

University and College Student Opportunities to VOLUNTEER!

Get involved in our different Parish Programs and Ministries by volunteering your time!  References for Volunteering in these programs are available during and at the end of your time of service.  Here are a couple of programs and opportunities that you can become involved:

High School Retreat Team!

We welcome high school students from across the GTA to come for one of several day retreats that take place each semester.  These retreats are based on social justice and involve fun and creative activities that help youth reflect on the Gospel and the call to Justice and Service.  If you would like to learn more about the High School Retreat Team and how you can get involved, contact Irene at the Parish Office for more information   imihaljek@stpatrickstoronto.ca   Retreats for first term will begin at the end of September.

Family, Children and Youth Programs!

Our Family and Children Ministry are looking for Youth Group Volunteers, and Family Programming volunteers to assist with programs for mentoring, babysitting, and Children’s Liturgy Leaders.  Contact Karen at the Parish Office for more information. – familyministry@stpatrickstoronto.ca

Thrive!”

Sunday September 25th 1:30pm – 4:30pm

A new initiative for the entire family! On a monthly basis families are invited to gather for fun and reflection. Activities and discussion will be done in large group and in smaller group age-appropriate groups for discussion and fellowship. Watch the bulletin and for promotional brochures over the next several weeks! To RSVP or to be added to the family ministry mailing list for future events, contact familyministry@stpatrickstoronto.ca

Moving? Or Have you Recently Moved?

Please contact the parish office with your new address and phone number. It is very helpful to have your correct information to insure that you receive your official receipt for income tax purposes. Thanks for helping to keep the office current!

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Labour Day

There will be one Mass celebrated on Labour Day Monday September 5th at 9:00am. The Church will close soon after the Mass. The office will be closed and will reopen on Tuesday September 6th.

Pray and Play

Wednesday morning “play-group” style fellowship for parents/grandparents and their young children will resume September 7th. Join us in Neumann Hall, 131 McCaul Street following the Wednesday 9:30 am Novena Mass (approx.10:15 am).

Connect with other families through prayer, informal conversation, and of course play, as we come together to grow in our faith.

Snacks and toys are provided. Registration is not required. Invite your friends!

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word will resume Sunday September 11th (12:10pm). The program is an opportunity for children in grades 1 to 6 to participate in the Sunday readings in a creative manner that is relevant to their experiences and learning needs. The Presider will call the children forth for a blessing before the First Reading, after which the catechist will accompany them to the Choir Room for the lesson. The children will return to join the congregation at the Preparation of the Gifts. Parents are welcome to attend the sessions with their children.

Please note: Children in Junior and Senior Kindergarten who wish to attend must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver to participate in the program. No registration is required for participation.

Wednesday Open Door Lunch

Help Celebrate Labour Day!

Please join us for lunch on Wednesday September 7th after the 12:00pm noon Novena Mass. There is no cost, however Donations are appreciated to help defray the costs of food supplies.

Oktoberfest Fundraising

for Ashadeep and Premdham

Please mark your calendars for Oktoberfest September 10th and 11th to be held following the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday, the 10:00 am German Mass and the 12:10 pm English Mass on Sunday. Once more, we turn our thoughts as members of the worldwide church, to supporting the children of Ashadeep, the school and orphanage in Bijnor Diocese, in North India, 215 km north of Delhi. This is the eighth year of supporting the amazing work being done by the priests and sisters to bring hope to the very poorest of the poor. This is also the second year we are giving support to Premdham, a home for destitute boys and men who have been living on the street and have no family. They have been abandoned because of their physical and mental disabilities and some are bedridden. The home is run by three passionately committed priests of the Bijnor diocese and is supported solely by outside donations.

This year our fundraising will go towards continuing the establishment of a small poultry farm at Ashadeep in order to provide eggs for the children and to earn income from selling the surplus. Thanks to our fundraising last year, a poultry house has been built and 450 chicks purchased as a beginning. Premdham used the funds last year to buy an electric rickshaw, which makes it easier and cheaper to transport children and goods. In his report, Fr. Shibu expressed his gratitude to the people of St. Patrick’s. This year they need funds to purchase 20 beds and mattresses and outdoor play equipment for the children.

Barbara Galbraith visited Ashadeep and Premdham in July and noted the progress of both organizations in their work of serving the poorest people of Bijnor. A group of 5 parishioners will be visiting Bijnor diocese in November and volunteering at Ashadeep.

Bring your family and friends and enjoy hamburgers, veggie burgers, corn on the cob, etc. and the traditional German sausages and sauerkraut.

Cost is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 7-12 years.

Family and Children Welcome Party!

Sunday September 11th following the Noon Mass in the Parish Hall and during Oktoberfest!

Summer holidays are over and it’s time to kick off the new year. Meet and reconnect with the families of St. Patrick’s following the parish-wide Oktoberfest lunch. Activities will include ice-breaker games and an overview of upcoming family events that will be happening here at St. Patrick’s for Families, Children and Youth. Registration is not required for this event. Invite your friends and every new family you see at Mass!

Calling all Parish YOUTH (grades 8-12)

Come check out our new Youth Group Night! Ever been to one? If not great. Check it out!

Join us on Saturday September 17th from 6pm – 9:00pm at Neumann Hall, 131 McCaul Street

This is our first of many events and opportunities for our parish youth to get together. Parent permission and forms will be required for youth to participate in Parish Youth Activities. Let us know you are coming by contacting Karen at the Parish Office – familyministry@stpatrickstoronto.ca

Annual University Student Welcome Back BBQ

We welcome back University Students to the Parish and the Neighbourhood with our Annual Welcome Back BBQ. Join us on Thursday September 15th from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM in front the Church steps. Food, Snacks, Prizes and more! If you are a parishioner and would like to volunteer your time to the running of the BBQ, please call the Parish Office and leave your contact information.

University and College Student Opportunities to VOLUNTEER!

Get involved in our different Parish Programs and Ministries by volunteering your time! References for Volunteering in these programs are available during and at the end of your time of service. Here are a couple of programs and opportunities that you can become involved:

High School Retreat Team!

We welcome high school students from across the GTA to come for one of several day retreats that take place each semester. These retreats are based on social justice and involve fun and creative activities that help youth reflect on the Gospel and the call to Justice and Service. If you would like to learn more about the High School Retreat Team and how you can get involved, contact Irene at the Parish Office for more information imihaljek@stpatrickstoronto.ca Retreats for first term will begin at the end of September.

Family, Children and Youth Programs!

Our Family and Children Ministry are looking for Youth Group Volunteers, and Family Programming volunteers to assist with programs for mentoring, babysitting, and Children’s Liturgy Leaders. Contact Karen at the Parish Office for more information. – familyministry@stpatrickstoronto.ca

“Thrive!” Sunday September 25th 1:30pm – 4:30pm

A new initiative for the entire family! On a monthly basis families are invited to gather for fun and reflection. Activities and discussion will be done in large group and in smaller group age-appropriate groups for discussion and fellowship. Watch the bulletin and for promotional brochures over the next several weeks! To RSVP or to be added to the family ministry mailing list for future events, contact familyministry@stpatrickstoronto.ca

Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Children preparing for First Communion and Confirmation at St. Patrick’s Church

Children looking to celebrate the Sacraments of First Communion, First Reconciliation and Confirmation during the academic year at St. Patrick’s are to be registered for the program by September 2nd, 2016. Brochures are available at the back of the Church and from the Parish Office. Contact the Parish Office to find out more about the program, expectations for participation and eligibility of your child to participate at St. Patrick’s.

Interested in becoming Catholic

Wondering about becoming Catholic?  Do you know someone who might be interested in joining the Church?  The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Program will begin in the Fall.  Please register by September 2nd, 2016 If you would like to know more about RCIA, please contact the Parish Office (416) 598-3269 or email secretary@stpatrickstoronto.ca

Church Bulletin Advertising

Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisements for our church bulletin. The advertising will begin in October 2016 and supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call Liturgical Publications directly at 905-624-4422.

Happening This fall September:

September 7 Open Door Lunch “Labour Day”

September 7 Scapular Enrollment 5pm Mass with Fr. Shijo Meppilly, C.Ss.R.

September 10/11 Asha Deep Oktoberfest Fundraiser

September 15 Welcome to the Neighbourhood BBQ for University and College Students – On the Church Steps!!

September 18 Justice & Service Group – Neumann Hall

September 20 Meditation Group Begins– Choir Room (Every Tuesday)

September 25 Kirchweihfest Festival – Neumann Hall

Welcome Fr. Ed Eherer C.Ss.R., as Associate Pastor!

We welcome Fr. Ed Eherer C.Ss.R. to the Pastoral Team here at St. Patrick’s as Associate Pastor!

Fr. Ed Eherer C.Ss.R. grew up in northern Alberta, the third of five children.  After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Alberta where he obtained a B.A. Honors in History and a Bachelor of Education degree.  Fr. Ed worked in a variety of fields before coming to religious life and priesthood – as an admissions officer at the University of Alberta, a detachment clerk at the RCMP, and as a school teacher in Africa.

After a novitiate year in Germany, Fr. Ed professed vows in 1995, and was ordained in 2000.  Since then, he has worked in the areas of youth and young adult ministry, vocations, and parish ministry in Edmonton, Sudbury, Toronto, and most recently, Grande Prairie.

Some of you will already know Fr. Ed, as he was three years at St. Patrick’s as associate pastor in the English parish and administrator of the German parish.

Oktoberfest Fundraising Celebration!

Join us for our Annual Oktoberfest Lunch and Dinner for Asha Deep School and Orphanage in northern India!

Saturday Sept 10th 6pm – 7pm and Sunday Sept 11th 11 am – 2:30 pm in the Parish Hall.  Admission is: $10 for Adults and $5 for children age 7-12.  Help support this worthy cause while joining together as a parish family as we celebrate this Fall Festival!

Family and Children Welcome Party!

Sunday September 11th following the Noon Mass in the Parish Hall and during Oktoberfest!

Summer holidays are over and it’s time to kick off the new year. Meet and reconnect with the families of St. Patrick’s following the parish-wide Oktoberfest lunch. Activities will include ice-breaker games and an overview of upcoming family events that will be happening here at St. Patrick’s for Families, Children and Youth.  Registration is not required for this event. Invite your friends and every new family you see at Mass!

Calling all Parish YOUTH (grades 8-12)

Come check out our new Youth Group Night!  Ever been to one? If not great.  Check it out!

Join us on Saturday September 17th from 6pm – 9:00pm at Neumann Hall, 131 McCaul Street

This is our first of many events and opportunities for our parish youth to get together.  Parent permission and forms will be required for youth to participate in Parish Youth Activities.  Let us know you are coming by contacting Karen at the Parish Office – familyministry@stpatrickstoronto.ca

Annual University Student Welcome Back BBQ

We welcome back University Students to the Parish and the Neighbourhood with our Annual Welcome Back BBQ.  Join us on Thursday September 15th from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM in front the Church steps.  Food, Snacks, Prizes and more!  If you are a parishioner and would like to volunteer your time to the running of the BBQ, please call the Parish Office and leave your contact information.

University and College Student Opportunities to VOLUNTEER!

Get involved in our different Parish Programs and Ministries by volunteering your time!  References for Volunteering in these programs are available during and at the end of your time of service.  Here are a couple of programs and opportunities that you can become involved:

High School Retreat Team!

We welcome high school students from across the GTA to come for one of several day retreats that take place each semester.  These retreats are based on social justice and involve fun and creative activities that help youth reflect on the Gospel and the call to Justice and Service.  If you would like to learn more about the High School Retreat Team and how you can get involved, contact Irene at the Parish Office for more information   imihaljek@stpatrickstoronto.ca   Retreats for first term will begin at the end of September.

Family, Children and Youth Programs!

Our Family and Children Ministry are looking for Youth Group Volunteers, and Family Programming volunteers to assist with programs for mentoring, babysitting, and Children’s Liturgy Leaders.  Contact Karen at the Parish Office for more information. – familyministry@stpatrickstoronto.ca

 

 

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Children preparing for First Communion and Confirmation at St. Patrick’s Church

Children looking to celebrate the Sacraments of First Communion, First Reconciliation and Confirmation during the academic year at St. Patrick’s are to be registered for the program by September 2nd, 2016. Brochures are available at the back of the Church and from the Parish Office. Contact the Parish Office to find out more about the program, expectations for participation and eligibility of your child to participate at St. Patrick’s.

Interested in becoming Catholic

Wondering about becoming Catholic?  Do you know someone who might be interested in joining the Church?  The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Program will begin in the Fall.  Please register by September 2nd, 2016 If you would like to know more about RCIA, please contact the Parish Office (416) 598-3269 or email secretary@stpatrickstoronto.ca

Church Bulletin Advertising

Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisements for our church bulletin. The advertising will begin in October 2016 and supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call Liturgical Publications directly at 905-624-4422.

Happening This fall September

September 7,  Open Door Lunch “Labour Day”

September 7,  Scapular Enrollment 5pm Mass with Fr. Shijo Meppilly,  C.Ss.R.

September 10/11,  Asha Deep Oktoberfest Fundraiser

September 15,  Welcome to the Neighbourhood BBQ for

University and College Students – On the Church Steps!!

September 18, Justice & Service Group – Neumann Hall

September 20, Meditation Group Begins– Choir Room (Every Tuesday)

September 2,   Kirchweihfest Festival – Neumann Hall

Oktoberfest Fundraising Celebration!

Join us for our Annual Oktoberfest Lunch and Dinner for Asha Deep School and Orphanage in northern India!

Saturday Sept 10th 6pm – 7pm and Sunday Sept 11th 11 am – 2:30 pm in the Parish Hall.  Admission is: $10 for Adults and $5 for children age 7-12.  Help support this worthy cause while joining together as a parish family as we celebrate this Fall Festival!

Family and Children Welcome Party!

Sunday September 11th following the Noon Mass in the Parish Hall and during Oktoberfest!

Summer holidays are over and it’s time to kick off the new year. Meet and reconnect with the families of St. Patrick’s following the parish-wide Oktoberfest lunch. Activities will include ice-breaker games and an overview of upcoming family events that will be happening here at St. Patrick’s for Families, Children and Youth.  Registration is not required for this event. Invite your friends and every new family you see at Mass!

Calling all Parish YOUTH (grades 8-12)

Come check out our new Youth Group Night!  Ever been to one? If not great.  Check it out!

Join us on Saturday September 17th from 6pm – 9:00pm at Neumann Hall, 131 McCaul Street

This is our first of many events and opportunities for our parish youth to get together.  Parent permission and forms will be required for youth to participate in Parish Youth Activities.  Let us know you are coming by contacting Karen at the Parish Office – familyministry@stpatrickstoronto.ca

Annual University Student Welcome Back BBQ

We welcome back University Students to the Parish and the Neighbourhood with our Annual Welcome Back BBQ.  Join us on Thursday September 15th from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM in front the Church steps.  Food, Snacks, Prizes and more!  If you are a parishioner and would like to volunteer your time to the running of the BBQ, please call the Parish Office and leave your contact information.

University and College Student Opportunities to VOLUNTEER!

Get involved in our different Parish Programs and Ministries by volunteering your time!  References for Volunteering in these programs are available during and at the end of your time of service.  Here are a couple of programs and opportunities that you can become involved:

High School Retreat Team!

We welcome high school students from across the GTA to come for one of several day retreats that take place each semester.  These retreats are based on social justice and involve fun and creative activities that help youth reflect on the Gospel and the call to Justice and Service.  If you would like to learn more about the High School Retreat Team and how you can get involved, contact Irene at the Parish Office for more information   imihaljek@stpatrickstoronto.ca   Retreats for first term will begin at the end of September.

Family, Children and Youth Programs!

Our Family and Children Ministry are looking for Youth Group Volunteers, and Family Programming volunteers to assist with programs for mentoring, babysitting, and Children’s Liturgy Leaders.  Contact Karen at the Parish Office for more information. – familyministry@stpatrickstoronto.ca \

“Thrive!”

A new initiative for the entire family! On a monthly basis families are invited to gather for fun and reflection. Activities and discussion will be done in large group and in smaller group age-appropriate groups for discussion and fellowship. Watch the bulletin and for promotional brochures over the next several weeks!

Children and Youth Altar Server

Students older than grade 3 are invited to serve during the Sunday Masses.  Altar Servers receive training and are scheduled for service at the Mass time attended by their family.  Youth and Adult Volunteers are needed as well to assist in the supervision, training and community building of the group of Altar Servers.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

During the Sunday Mass at 12:10 PM, we offer an opportunity for children in grades 1-6 to gather in the Sacristy during the Liturgy of the Word to reflect upon the Word of God for the day in a creative and age appropriate way. Leaders are needed on a rotating basis to plan and facilitate the Sunday Sessions.

Choir Members (Sundays Masses)

The music at each of our Sunday Masses is facilitated by different music groups – each with their own unique sound and style.  New Choir Members are always welcome to lend their voice to the prayer of the Sunday Liturgy.  Other Musical Instruments, like guitar, strings, woodwinds are welcomed with some of the Mass times.  Choirs seeking new members are 5pm Saturday, 12:10 pm Sunday and 5pm Sunday Choirs.  You are invited to talk to the Choir Directors to learn more.

Family and Children Ministry

An outreach ministry to Families and Children to help foster faith life and faith development both at the Parish and in the Home setting. Volunteers plan and facilitate gathered program events at the parish as well as take home activities.  Some examples of these events have been – Thrive!  A new initiative for the whole family, Santa Claus Parade after party, Family and Children Parties, Mom and Child – Pray and Play, Parish Youth Group for grades 8-12

 Legion of Mary

A group of faithful volunteers who dedicate themselves through the intercession of Mary by meeting each Wednesday afternoon at the Church.  Members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, and through collaboration in apostolic and missionary undertakings sponsored by the parish.

Liturgical Hospitality (Greeters and Ushers)

We are welcomed at our door by our greeters and ushers who are ready to assist us with a word of welcome and with the assistance for books and bulletins.  Ushers assist in the taking up of the collection, and are present to assist the Priest and Pastoral Team should any unforeseen emergencies arise during the celebration of Mass.  We welcome assistance at all of our Sunday and Wednesday Masses.

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Children preparing for First Communion and Confirmation at St. Patrick’s Church

Children looking to celebrate the Sacraments of First Communion, First Reconciliation and Confirmation during the academic year at St. Patrick’s are to be registered for the program by September 2nd, 2016. Brochures are available at the back of the Church and from the Parish Office. Contact the Parish Office to find out more about the program, expectations for participation and eligibility of your child to participate at St. Patrick’s.

Interested in becoming Catholic

Wondering about becoming Catholic?  Do you know someone who might be interested in joining the Church?  The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Program will begin in the Fall.  Please register by September 2nd, 2016 If you would like to know more about RCIA, please contact the Parish Office (416) 598-3269 or email secretary@stpatrickstoronto.ca

Catholic Missions in Canada

Today’s collection will benefit Catholic Missions in Canada providing financial support to missionaries working in Canada’s 24 Mission Dioceses. Sixty percent of our funding addresses the needs of our First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. In 2016, $3.7 million is needed to support missionaries

($2 Million), religious education ($1 Million) and building & repairs to churches ($700,000). Find out more at www.cmic.info Envelopes are available at the back of the Church.

Church Bulletin Advertising

Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisements for our church bulletin. The advertising will begin in October 2016 and supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call Liturgical Publications directly at 905-624-4422.

Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed

Catholic Cemeteries – Archdiocese of Toronto wishes to invite all families within the Archdiocese of Toronto to participate in the Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed taking place in Catholic Cemeteries across the Archdiocese on Wednesday August 17, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Served by the Redemptorists