Fourth Sunday of Easter

 

ShareLife

This year, Catholics across our archdiocese are being asked to support the Family of Faith campaign, which supports both the pressing pastoral and temporal needs of the archdiocese, such as campus and youth ministry, communication initiatives, and support the help new parishes to celebrate Mass in a new church. The ShareLife campaign provides for the needs of our social service agencies, helps our brothers and sisters in Christ across the world, and supports the education of our clergy. There is no duplication – ShareLife agencies do not receive funding from the Family of Faith campaign. Thus it is important that we continue to support the ShareLife appeal, to provide for the needs of the marginalized both here in our communities and around the worlds.

Next ShareLife Sunday – May 3, 2015

Please give generously. You can work wonders!

Adoration and Holy Hour

Join us for a quiet time of prayer and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament. First Friday May 1st, 2015 immediately following the 12:10pm Mass.

 Pray and Play

Pray and Play fellowship for parents and young children will resume on Wednesday April 29 in Neumann Hall following the 9:30 am Novena Mass (approx. 10:15 am).

Ashadeep & Premdham in INDIA

Orphanges and Centres needing our support as a Parish Community

Bijnor Diocese is located in a remote area of North India, about 215 km north of Delhi. Following a missionary visit by Bishop Gratian in July 2007 it was decided that St. Patrick’s would help to support one of the diocesan projects as part of the Justice and Service outreach.   Since July 2009, St. Patrick’s Parish has been generously supporting the orphanage for the disabled and the integrated school, at Ashadeep. Every year an Oktoberfest BBQ is held followed by a Giving Tree in Advent. These fund raising events have raised approximately $10-15,000 each year for the past six years, for the children of Ashadeep.   This year we would like to broaden that outreach to provide financial support for Premdham, a rehabilitation centre for the bed-ridden mentally challenged, and physically disabled who have been living on the streets. These are men and boys who have been abandoned by their families.   Barbara Galbraith visited Premdham and Ashadeep in January and has brought back photos and updated information on both these projects.

There will be a presentation on Sunday, May 3rd following the 12:10 Mass in the Neumann Hall. The priests and sisters of Bijnor diocese are doing amazing work in caring for, as they say, “the last, the least and the lost”. Come and hear the story.

All are welcome and lunch will be provided.

Join the Parish Pastoral Council!

The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is an advisory body to the Pastor, made up of members of the Pastoral Team and 6-8 members from the Parish Community.

Members of the PPC bring their gifts, skills, talent and experience to the service of the Parish.  Membership is voluntary, and appointed by the Pastor.

The usual term of office is 3 years, beginning from July 1, meeting monthly from September to June each year, along with other committee meetings as required.

The members of the PPC consult on behalf of committees and programs within the parish, raising relevant issues and participate in sub-committees of the Council where necessary.

Serving on the PPC is a wonderful opportunity to be become involved in the life of the parish, community.

If you feel called to serve the community in this way, contact Fr. Santo Arrigo C.Ss.R., at the Parish Office, by FRIDAY MAY 8th, to discern together if this opportunity is for you.

Mother of Perpetual Help Novena Triduum

June 23, 24, 25, 2015

 Please mark your calendars for these special dates.

                                   The Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is on                              Thursday June 25th. A Social in the Parish Hall                                    will follow the last night of the Triduum.

Our Guest Preacher is Fr. Philip Dabney C.Ss.R., from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Church in Boston, MA.

 This year’s feast day will begin the 150th Anniversary of the Mission of the Redemptorists promoting Our Lady under the title of “Our Mother of Perpetual Help”.

“May is for Mary” Family Party

Families are invited to gather in the church hall following the 12:10 Mass next Sunday, May 3, for our final family party of the school year. Activities for children ages 0-12 will focus on growing in our relationship with our Blessed Mother Mary. Please RSVP by Saturday, May 2, if you will be joining us for lunch and an afternoon of songs, crafts, and prayer. Please RSVP by e-mail to familyministry@stpatrickstoronto.ca

Mom’s Night Out

Our next evening out for moms will take place on Friday, May 8, from 7-9pm in Neumann Hall. Invite your friends and join us for wine, cheese, dessert and faith affirming conversation. Please RSVP by Thursday, May 7, to familyministry@stpatrickstoronto.ca.

Donations or cheese/dessert contributions are welcome.

St. Patrick Charismatic Group

Thank you to everyone who attended the Prayer Breakfast in celebration of the 20th year Anniversary of St. Patrick’s Charismatic Prayer group. We are grateful to the generous volunteers, and for all gifts and donations. God bless you and we hope to see you at the next event.

Spaghetti Dinner

Join us for this special event sponsored by the St. Patrick’s Social Justice Group to benefit ASHA DEEP School and Orphanage in India!

Our Chef – Fr. Santo!

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: St. Patrick’s Church Hall

Cost: $25.00 per person / $150.00 Table of 8

Proceeds from this event will be used towards the purchasing of Hygiene and School supplies that will be purchased for the next mission trip taking place this coming summer by members of the parish.

Advance Tickets are available from any member of the Social Justice Group or the Parish Office.

 

 

Third Sunday of Easter

ShareLife

Working wonders in our livelihoods…

“My worst day clean is better than my best day using,” exclaims Suzanne, as she shares the details of her past use of drugs and other substance abuse.” I was on medication constantly to deal with the side effects and was a chronic pain patient for 35 years. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. With the support of Catholic Family Services, I was able to finally kick the habit.” The Closed Trauma and Sister mentoring program were crucial to helping Suzanne get her life back on track. The positive influence of CFS program supervisor Valerie Anderson and encouragement from other professional staff gave Suzanne the courage to try again. She sheds “tears of joy” as she now speaks on behalf of CFS, sharing the detailed differences Catholic Family Services has made in her life.

Over 79,000 individuals received help in getting their lives back on track through ShareLife-supported family services program.

 Next ShareLife Sunday – May 3, 2015

Please give generously. You can work wonders!

Pray and Play

Pray and Play fellowship for parents and young children is cancelled for the week of April 22. We will resume on April 29 in Neumann Hall following the 9:30 am Novena Mass (approx. 10:15 am).

Registration for Fall Sacramental Preparation for Children

Registration for Sacramental Preparation for First Holy Communion and Confirmation is now open for parents with children entering grades 2, 7, or 8 in September, 2015. Preparation classes run in correlation with the school year and children must begin classes in September to receive their Sacrament in the spring. If your child is in this age group (or older) and you wish for them to receive First Communion or Confirmation please contact the parish office for more information 416-598-3269.

Adoration and Holy Hour

Join us for a quiet time of prayer and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament. First Friday May 1st, 2015 immediately following the 12:10pm Mass.

 Get Involved!

Parish Pastoral Council Seeks New Members!

Consider giving your time by being part of the Parish Pastoral Council. Term of Commitment is 3 years. The PPC is a consultative body that assists in planning different parish events and activities. If you feel called to be part of this ministry, please contact Fr. Santo at the Parish Office to see if this role is for you.

Mother of Perpetual Help

Novena Triduum June 23, 24, 25, 2015

Please mark your calendars for these special dates.

                                   The Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is on                              Thursday June 25th. A Social in the Parish Hall                                    will follow the last night of the Triduum.

 Our Guest Preacher is Fr. Philip Dabney C.Ss.R from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Church in Boston MA

                                This year’s feast day will begin the 150th Anniversary of the Mission of the Redemptorists promoting Our Lady under the title of “Our Mother of Perpetual Help”.

St. Patrick’s German Community

Mother’s Day Dinner

Join St. Patrick’s German Community for an afternoon of good company and good food in honour of all mothers, grandmothers, step mothers and godmothers. Sunday April 26th after the 10:00am German Mass in the Neumann Hall. Cost: Adults $15.00 and children under 12 years of age $10.00. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling Maria Luxbacher at the office at 416-598-3269 ext 1205.

Spaghetti Dinner

Join us for this special event sponsored

by the St. Patrick’s Social Justice Group to benefit ASHA DEEP School and Orphanage in India!

Our Chef – Fr. Santo!

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015  Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: St. Patrick’s Church Hall

Cost: $25.00 per person / $150.00 Table of 8

Proceeds from this event will be used towards the purchasing of Hygiene and School supplies that will be purchased for the next mission trip taking place this coming summer by members of the parish.

Advance Tickets are available from any member of the Social Justice Group or the Parish Office.

Fourth Annual Regis College

Used Book Sale April 21-24

Reader’s paradise can be found at the Fourth Annual Regis College Used Book Sale! More than 20,000 gently used (many as good as new) fiction and non-fiction books on a range of subjects, including theology, spirituality, art, history, travel, biographies, cooking, hobbies, business, children’s books and more! Cash, cheque, debit, Visa and MasterCard accepted. Proceeds support Regis College. Admission is free with the exception of $5 entry fee on Day One from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, please visit http://www.RegisCollege.ca/BookSale or call 416-922-5474, ext. 244. Regis College is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto 100 Wellesley St. W.

Volunteer Appreciation Week

April 12 – 18th, 2015 is National Volunteer Week

“To show great love for God and our neighbor we need not do great things.  It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God.”  Bl. Mother Teresa.

Thank you hugs to all the wonderful volunteers at St. Patrick’s Church on this National Volunteer Week. Your generous and faithful giving bring joy, and make this community a home. God bless you!

If you would like to volunteer, or want more information about how you can get involved, please contact the parish office.

 

 

 

Second Sunday of Easter

ShareLife

Working wonders in our community…

“ShareLife supports a large family of Catholic agencies that truly do feed, clothe and shelter people, care for the sick and frail, and befriend the isolated and lonely. Reflecting Catholic charity, they protect the vulnerable, guide and counsel the troubled, visit people in prison and give a voice to the voiceless. Regardless of their religious beliefs or personal background, ShareLife agencies meet people where they are, treating them with the dignity and respect we all deserve.”

Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto

Today is ShareLife Sunday

Please give generously. You can work wonders!

Prayer Breakfast

Please join us in celebrating the 20th Year Anniversary of St. Patrick’s Charismatic Prayer Group on Saturday April 18, 2015 from 9:00am to 1:00pm in the Parish hall. Delicious breakfast, prayer and worship, with Guest speaker, Fr. Shijo Meppilly, C.Ss.R. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. All proceeds go to St. Patrick’s Church. For details, contact Louisa at 416-245-9963 or Irene at 416-598-3269, extn 1211. Come and be blessed!

Pray and Play

Pray and Play fellowship for parents and young children is cancelled for the weeks of April 15, and 22. We will resume on April 29 in Neumann Hall following the 9:30 am Novena Mass (approx. 10:15 am).

Registration for Sacramental Preparation for Children

Registration for Sacramental Preparation for First Holy Communion and Confirmation is now open for parents with children entering grades 2, 7, or 8 in September, 2015. Preparation classes run in correlation with the school year and children must begin classes in September to receive their Sacrament in the spring. If your child is in this age group (or older) and you wish for them to receive First Communion or Confirmation please contact the parish office for more information 416-598-3269.

Mother of Perpetual Help

Novena Triduum June 23, 24, 25, 2015

 Please mark your calendars for these special dates.

                                  The Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is on                              Thursday June 25th. A Social in the Parish Hall                                    will follow the last night of the Triduum.

 Be sure to take home a bulletin. More information will follow in the weeks to come.

St. Patrick’s German Community

Mother’s Day Dinner

Join St. Patrick’s German Community for an afternoon of good company and good food in honour of all mothers, grandmothers, step mothers and godmothers. Sunday April 26th after the 10:00am German Mass in the Neumann Hall. Cost: Adults $15.00 and children under 12 years of age $10.00. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling Maria Luxbacher at the office at 416-598-3269 ext 1205.

St. Mary of the Angels

Toronto Alumni, former staff, parishioners and friends are invited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of St. Mary of the Angels Parish and School on April 18, 2015, 2:00pm. Thomas Cardinal Collins will celebrate Mass, which is followed by an open house at the school from 3:30pm – 5:30pm. The school is located at 1477 Dufferin Street. The church is immediately north of the school, Parking will be available in the school yard.

The Art of Journaling for Inner Healing

Catholic Family Services of Toronto New Beginnings invite you to join us for this New Beginnings inspirational talk. Martez Schembri-Diskey, author, therapist and instructor, will guide us through a unique journaling approach which employs meditations, affirmations, gratitude, intentions and connections to balance the spirit, body, mind and emotions for trauma, stress, pain management and self-care. April 13 7 p.m. Catholic Pastoral Centre, 4th Floor 1155 Yonge St., Toronto Free underground parking available. We are adjacent to Summerhill TTC Subway Station.

For more information, call 416-921-1163, ext. 2235.

Fourth Annual Regis College Used Book Sale April 21-24

Reader’s paradise can be found at the Fourth Annual Regis College Used Book Sale! More than 20,000 gently used (many as good as new) fiction and non-fiction books on a range of subjects, including theology, spirituality, art, history, travel, biographies, cooking, hobbies, business, children’s books and more! Cash, cheque, debit, Visa and MasterCard accepted. Proceeds support Regis College. Admission is free with the exception of $5 entry fee on Day One from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, please visit http://www.RegisCollege.ca/BookSale or call 416-922-5474, ext. 244. Regis College is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto 100 Wellesley St. W.

Kolbe know Your Faith Series Book of Genesis

Join the Kolbe Know your Faith Series as we journey through the Old Testament’s BOOK OF GENESIS and pray Scripture ‘from the heart’. This special 5 week course will use various methods to pray Scripture as we live our faith more deeply studying the fascinating story of Adam and Eve, Cain, Abel and Seth, Noah, the Tower of Babel, Abraham, Melchizedek, Shem, Lot, Isaac and Ishmael, Esau and Jacob, Joseph and his brothers. Location: Holy Cross Parish Hall 291 Cosburn Ave. (at Donlands Ave.) April 28, May 5, 12, 19, and 26. For more information please call 416-421-5225 or email kolbeapostolate.com

 

 

 

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

ShareLife

Working wonders for those entering the priesthood…

Men who have responded to God’s call to dedicate their lives to His service come from all walks of life. Those who enter the priesthood come from different ages and backgrounds, economical situations, skill sets, and ethnic communities. At ShareLife-funded agencies such as Serra House, Redemptoris Mater, and St. Augustine’s Seminary, they undergo extensive theological education and practical field training. Through ShareLife, you are helping sustain the vocations for priesthood and inspire discernment for God’s call. Last year ShareLife helped support 80 priests and seminarians in their formation studies.

Family of Faith Update!

Over the past several weeks, we have continued to receive pledge forms that have been sent on to the Family of Faith Office at the Archdiocese of Toronto. We are pleased to inform you that we are currently at $336,000.00 of our goal of $350,000.00 in pledges! That’s 96% of our target! So we get a grade of A+ at 96%! But we are aiming of course for A++, so that St. Patrick’s can benefit further with the money gained beyond our goal! Thank you for your generosity to the Campaign!

 Next ShareLife Sunday – April 12, 2015

Please give generously. You can work wonders!

Prayer Breakfast

Please join us in celebrating the 20th Year Anniversary of St. Patrick’s Charismatic Prayer Group on Saturday April 18, 2015 from 9:00am to 1:00pm in the Parish hall. Delicious breakfast, prayer and worship, with Guest speaker, Fr. Shijo Meppilly, C.Ss.R. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. All proceeds to St. Patrick’s Church. For details, contact Louisa at 416-245-9963 or Irene at 416-598-3269, extn 1211. Come and be blessed!

Pray and Play

Pray and Play fellowship for parents and young children is cancelled for the weeks of April 1, 8, 15, and 22. We will resume on April 29 in Neumann Hall following the 9:30 am Novena Mass (approx. 10:15 am).

Wednesday Open Door Lunch

Easter Celebration!

Easter is another reason to be thankful to God. Please join us for lunch on Wednesday April 8th after the 12noon. There is no cost, however Donations are appreciated to help defray the costs of food supplies

Registration for Sacramental Preparation for Children

Registration for Sacramental Preparation for First Holy Communion and Confirmation is now open for parents with children entering grades 2, 7, or 8 in September, 2015. Preparation classes run in correlation with the school year and children must begin classes in September to receive their Sacrament in the spring. If your child is in this age group (or older) and you wish for them to receive First Communion or Confirmation please contact the parish office for more information 416-598-3269.

Caring for God’s Creation during the Lenten Season

“Save the Oceans and Feed the World Campaign”

Encourages us to eat the ‘perfect protein’.. small fish eg anchovies, sardines etc. to help return the world’s oceans to levels of biodiversity and abundance. Small fish have high levels of nutrients like omegas, vitamin A, zinc, calcium and are low in toxins.

God said, “Let the waters be alive with a swarm of living creatures, … God created great sea-monsters and all the creatures that glide and teem in the water in their own species … God blessed them, saying, “be fruitful, multiply, and fill the waters of the seas … Genesis

Senior Men’s High School Retreat

The office of Vocations is hosting a day-retreat for high school men (Grades 10, 11 &12) at St. Augustine’s Seminary on Saturday April 11, 2015 from 9:30am – 6:30pm (meals included). This retreat is intended to help young men cultivate a deeper prayer life & relationship with the Lord. Short conferences, prayer, sports and socializing with other participants & seminarians will fill the day and leave those who participate with a renewed faith and greater understanding of seminary life and faith formation. Thank you in advance for your generosity as we work together building a culture of vocations. For more information please call 416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org

Mother of Perpetual Help Novena Triduum

June 23, 24, 25, 2015

Please mark your calendars for these special dates.

                                   The Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is on                              Thursday June 25th. A Social in the Parish Hall                                    will follow the last night of the Triduum.

 Be sure to take home a bulletin. More information will follow in the weeks to come.

St. Mary of the Angels

Toronto Alumni, former staff, parishioners and friends are invited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of St. Mary of the Angels Parish and School on April 18, 2015, 2:00pm. Thomas Cardinal Collins will celebrate Mass, which is followed by an open house at the school from 3:30pm – 5:30pm. The school is located at 1477 Dufferin Street. The church is immediately north of the school, Parking will be available in the school yard.

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

ShareLife

Working wonders in our livelihoods…

When he was presented with a top youth achievement award at a recent gala at The Carlu, Kiwayne was only a short distance from the streets where he had been homeless, and a world away. In the building’s food court a few years ago, he recalls falling asleep at the table – exhausted – trying to avoid having to go back outside. “I was going down the wrong path and didn’t know if I’d live to be 21, “he says. But for the past two years since moving into his own place, Kiwayne has been studying construction engineering at George Brown College and working part-time at the Provincial Advocate’s Office. Kiwayne grew up in foster care and, at 17 he found himself on the street until a friend told him about Covenant House. “Covenant House gave me stable housing that allowed me to go back to school and learn life skills.” Says Kiwayne.

Next ShareLife Sunday – April 12, 2015

Please give generously. You can work wonders!

Office Hours during Holy Week

The office will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday. The office will reopen Tuesday April 7th Masses on Monday will take place at 9:00am (English) and 10:00am (German). The Church will close soon after the 10am Mass.

Caring for God’s Creation during the Lenten Season

The Global Catholic Climate Movement has organized a Lenten Fast for the Climate:

We propose that during this Lent we pray and fast for the renewal of our relationship with creation and with our brothers and sisters in poverty who already suffering the impacts of man-made climate change. And, besides standing in solidarity with the victims of climate change, we urge our political leaders to commit to ambitious climate action to solve this urgent crisis and keep the global temperature increase below 1.5 degree Celsius (relative to pre-industrial levels).

 And when you fast,   be not as the hypocrites, sad. For they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. But thou, when thou fastest anoint thy head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not to men to fast, but to thy Father who is in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret, will repay thee. Matthew 6:16-18:

Family of Faith Update!

Over the past several weeks, we have continued to receive pledge forms that have been sent on to the Family of Faith Office at the Archdiocese of Toronto. We are pleased to inform you that we are currently at $336,000.00 of our goal of $350,000.00 in pledges! That’s 96% of our target! So we get a grade of A+ at 96%! But we are aiming of course for A++, so that St. Patrick’s can benefit further with the money gained beyond our goal! Thank you for your generosity to the Campaign!

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Please note: Confessors are available during the regular schedule from Sunday March 29 to Wednesday April 1st, 2015. There will be NO scheduled times for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday or Easter Monday and Tuesday.

Mass of Chrism

The Diocesan Community of God’s People gather, with our Bishop, at the Cathedral Church (St. Michael’s) for the Annual Chrism Mass. The sacred oils, to be used in celebrating the Sacraments in each parish church, will be blessed at the Mass on Tuesday March 31st at 11:00am

All are invited to participate

 St. John Paul II Day in Ontario

April 2nd will mark the first St. John Paul II Day in Ontario (as declared in 2014). To commemorate this occasion, the City of Toronto will raise the Vatican Flag outside of City Hall in a brief ceremony at 1 p.m. Cardinal Collins will be in attendance and music will be provided by St. John Paul SS in Scarborough. Toronto City Hall 100 Queen St. W.

All are welcome to attend this special event.

Prayer Breakfast

Please join us in celebrating the 20th Year Anniversary of St. Patrick’s Charismatic Prayer Group on Saturday April 18, 2015 from 9:00am to 1:00pm in the Parish hall. Delicious breakfast, prayer and worship, with Guest speaker, Fr. Shijo Meppilly, C.Ss.R. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. All proceeds to St. Patrick’s Church. For details, contact Louisa at 416-245-9963 or Irene at 416-598-3269, extn 1211. Come and be blessed.

Pray and Play

Pray and Play fellowship for parents and young children is cancelled for the weeks of April 1, 8, 15, and 22. We will resume on April 29 in Neumann Hall following the 9:30 am Novena Mass (approx. 10:15 am).

 

 

Fourth Sunday of Lent

 

 

ShareLife

Working wonders for children with special needs

We have always tried to expose our deaf children to both communities. As their parents, we have talked to them and tried to answer their questions when they saw someone using sign language and they had basic sign language books. Then one day our oldest son, Ethan, said he would like to learn sign language. We discovered Silent Voice’s Sign Language Summer camp and enrolled him in the program. The following year Gavin joined his older brother and they both want to go again. We also put our name in for the Family Communication program because we wanted to support our children. These opportunities increased the boys’ awareness of the deaf community and also helped them gain respect for different ways of communication. They enjoyed both experiences as did we. We all hope to take part in the Family program again. Last year more than 600 deaf children received support through Silent Voice’s Sign Language Summer Camps.

Next ShareLife  Sunday April 12, 2015

Please give generously. You can work wonders!

Office Hours during Holy Week

The office will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday. The office will reopen Tuesday April 7th Masses on Monday will take place at 9:00am (English) and 10:00am (German). The Church will close soon after the 10am Mass.

Family Lenten Prayer Chain

Families are invited to add a link to our prayer chain for each day of Lent. Packages containing links and further instructions are available in the lending library basket located near the main entrance to the church.

Caring for God’s Creation during the Lenten Season

 Investigate Local Recycling Centers that take items your Garbage Hauler does not.

Don’t throw away items that are toxic. Recycle batteries, paints. Do not wash paint down the drain nor dispose of it by putting it into the street sewers. A computer monitor has up to 9 pounds of lead and mercury etc.

Are you using chemicals to kill a weed instead of pulling it? Be very careful of any toxic items (fertilizers) in your garden. Birds, cats, other animals and even small children may be at risk. Reducing chemical use is important. Think about where things go when you use them. Straight into the ground water…and then often out to sea.

Read: Rachel Carson, “Silent Spring”. The publication is recognized as one of the signature events in the birth of the environmental movement. Rachel Carson (1907-1964) witness to the integrity of creation.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Please note:

Confessors are available during the regular schedule from Sunday March 29 to Wednesday April 1st, 2015. There will be NO scheduled times for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.

Mass of Chrism

The Diocesan Community of God’s People gather, with our Bishop, at the Cathedral Church (St. Michael’s) for the Annual Chrism Mass. The sacred oils, to be used in celebrating the Sacraments in each parish church, will be blessed at the Mass on Tuesday March 31st at 11:00am

All are invited to participate

THEOLOGY ON TAP

Faith, Finance and Fiscal Responsibility Monday, March 23, 2015 — 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto
Faith Connections invites young adults (19-39) to join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics. Special guest: Quentin Schesnuk, BA, CSC, PFP, Financial Advisor. Munchies provided, cash bar available — come and bring a friend! For more information call John-Paul Markides at 416-467-2645 or visit www.faithconnections.ca — a ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto

Third Sunday of Lent

ShareLife

Working wonders for those in our community…

“When Robert completed high school, there were very few options available to him. Of those options, many were inaccessible due to their remote location and lack of transportation services. We were blessed to find St. Jude’s Academy of the Arts. It has been a valuable life saver for Robert and his family. The positive social interaction at St. Jude’s has allowed Robert to grow and mature as a person. He has become more independent. St. Jude’s educational program has a wonderful, positive impact on Robert and others like him. We are truly grateful for their existence!” Last year, over 43,000 services were provided to people with special needs from ShareLife-supported agencies.

 SHARELIFE PRESENTATION

MARCH 14-15, 2015

Arthur Peters, the Director of ShareLife for the Archdiocese will be here on the weekend of March 14 -15, 2015 to share with the parish community about the ShareLife Campaign and about the organizations that will benefit from your generosity.

 Next ShareLife Collection Sunday April 12, 2015

Please give generously. You can work wonders!

Family of Faith Campaign

A word of thanks once again for your contributions during Commitment Sunday last weekend. We received throughout the weekend a total pledge amount of $127,000.00   We are now at a total of $298,000.00. That is 85% of our goal of $350,000.00. On behalf of the Cardinal, we thank you for your generosity and openness.

Please continue to pray for the success of the campaign, both in our parish and throughout the archdiocese.

Heavenly Father We ask you to be with us as we work together as a family of faith, sharing and following the example of your son Jesus in loving service. May we be inspired by your divine love, as we share our time, talent and treasure to strengthen our family of faith. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Visit www.ourFamilyofFaith.ca

Caring for God’s Creation during the Lenten Season

This year, instead of (or in addition to) giving up something for Lent, the St. Patrick’s Justice and Service Group is asking parishioners to consider taking a weekly step that shows care for the environment. Each week the group will share a green tip to help parishioners reflect on God’s creation and how we can act as its faithful stewards.

 Go meatless on Fridays

Although fewer Catholics adhere to this rule nowadays, the Church’s Code of Canon Law calls on Catholics 14 years and older to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent, unless health reasons prevent them. For millennia, Catholics have seen in this abstinence an opportunity to follow Christ’s example as he fasted and prayed for 40 days and nights in the desert.

It is also an excellent way for Catholics to reduce their carbon footprints and their impact on the Earth.  Pollution from meat production is a leading contributor to climate change!  

The Justice and Service Group

The Justice and Service Group meeting will be held on Sunday March 15th in the Neumann Hall after the 12:10pm Mass. There are a few topics to be discussed. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Family Lenten Prayer Chain

Families are invited to add a link to our prayer chain for each day of Lent. Packages containing links and further instructions are available in the lending library basket located near the main entrance to the church.

Christ and Culture  Ripley’s Aquarium

 Thursday, March 12, 2015 — 7 p.m. Ripley’s Aquarium, 288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto

Faith Connections invites young adults (18-39) to engage culture from the perspective of the nature and person of Jesus! Our first event is at Ripley’s Aquarium. (We’ll meet outside the front doors at the bottom of the stairs.) For more information call John-Paul Markides at 416-467-2645 or visit www.faithconnections.ca — a ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto.

 

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