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 email@example.com
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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. – firstname.lastname@example.org \
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.