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

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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.

 

Second Sunday of Lent

ShareLife

Working wonders in our livelihoods…

“The services provided by ShareLife agencies are lifesaving and life-restoring to those who regularly rely on them. Families are working through crisis and are healing. People with developmental challenges are supported as they experience a sense of self-worth and fulfillment in their daily activities. Seniors are living independently, with access to the care and services they need. Refugees and new Canadians are guided toward a stable, productive livelihood in their newfound home. Sometimes the results are obvious and sometimes they’re invisible but, always, they make a tangible difference”.

Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto

 Today is ShareLife Sunday

Please give generously. You can work wonders

Family of Faith Campaign

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 and follow on Twitter: @family_of_faith

Young Neighbours in Action 2015!

High School Students all over the United States and Canada are gearing up to be involved in Young Neighbours in Action in different locations across the continent. YNIA is a weeklong service program for students who have completed grades 9-12. St. Patrick’s will be hosting YNIA July 19 – July 25, 2015. We invite High School Students from the parish to be part of the St. Patrick’s Team for the week. Youth will work at a volunteer agency during the day an d reflect on their experience through games, skits and prayer. To learn about Young Neighbours in Action, visit www.youngneighbors.org. If you are interested in being a part of the St. Pat’s group participating in the program, please refer to the website or contact Fr. Santo at the parish office by March 3rd. Registration information will be made available at that time.

ShareLife Lenten Soup Lunch

Sunday March 8, 2015

Join us in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in need as we share in a simple Lenten Lunch. The cost of this lunch is whatever you typically pay for your lunch on Sunday. Proceeds from this event will go towards the Parish ShareLife Campaign.   Lunch will be at 11:00am following the 10:00am German Mass and continuing at 1:15pm following the 12:10pm Mass. Come and join us in the Neumann Hall (131 McCaul Street), enter near the accessability entrance.

2014 Income tax Receipts

If you have not picked up your 2014 Income tax receipt, they have been mailed out on February 26th 2015. If your address and/or contact information has changed this year, please contact the parish office. Thank you for giving to St. Patrick’s Church. If you would like to sign up or pick up Weekly offering envelopes for 2015, please come to the parish office or email at secretary@stpatrickstoronto.ca Thank you

Wednesday Open Door Lunch

Spring is Coming!

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. Please join us for lunch on Wednesday March 4th after the 12noon. There is no cost, however Donations are appreciated to help defray the costs of food supplies.

Adoration and Holy Hour

Join us for a quiet time of prayer and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament. First Friday March 6th, 2015 immediately following the 12:10pm Mass.

 Stratford Festival Trip

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical

“Carousel”

Saturday May 9th

May seem like a LONG way off but we only have six seats left. Cheques should be made payable to St. Patrick’s Church in the amount of $139.00 which covers theatre, dinner at the New Dundee, and comfortable coach. We have reserved Orchestra seats which are accessible for persons requiring a walker. For more information please call Irene at 416-598-3269 xtn 1211 or email imihaljek@stpatrickstoronto.ca.

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

Ascent to the Pure Love of God

St. Augustine’s Seminary, 2661 Kingston Rd., Scarborough Lenten Retreat Day “Ascent to the Pure Love of God,” led by Rev. Charles Anang, assistant professor in Systematic Theology. Cost is $40 and includes lunch. For more information, call 416-261-7207, ext. 235 or email ioftsas@rogers.com.

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