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.
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).