Elva is a client in her late 70’s who spent her life overcoming the challenges of Spina Bifida. Despite her physical disabilities, Elva travelled the world as a music teacher and pianist for the National Ballet in Canada. Wheelchair-bound for the last 25 years, Elva gradually found herself less able to continue playing the piano and doing the things she enjoyed. Last year, the Society of Sharing matched Elva with a friendly visitor, Adam a young university student, with whom she can converse with as though there were no age difference. Adam is seen as encouraging and familiar friend and someone to share ideas with as well as assist her with her cell phone, computer and printer. With his help, Elva is available to go out to the movies or see local sights. Because of Adam, Elva’s world has opened up and she is now reconnected to her community and able to share her incredible gifts of wit, intelligence, and a positive attitude, giving her a renewed sense of meaning and purpose. This year, our support for ShareLife will help to expand this volunteer model into the Peel Region to assist seniors in this area. Last year ShareLife-supported agencies provided outreach programs that met the needs of over 2,200 seniors. This year, with your support, we can do more to help the elderly within our archdiocese.
Next ShareLife Sunday is May 29, 2016
Please give generously. You can work wonders!
Refugee Committee “Free Space” Search
The Parish Refugee Committee, has been busy working to welcome our Refugee Families, and are in need of “free space” to store donated items until our families arrive. If you have space in your garage, or space in your workplace, please contact the Parish Office and our committee will get back to you about using your space! Thank you for your openness and assistance!
Wednesday Open Door Lunch
Sweet April showers to Spring May flowers
Please join us for lunch on Wednesday May 4th after the 12noon Novena Mass. 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 May 6th, following the 12:10pm Mass.
Our Mother of Perpetual Help
150th Anniversary of Making Her Known Anniversary Gift Set Raffle
Tickets: $2.00 Each or 3 Tickets for $5.00
DRAW DATE: Wednesday June 29, 2016
Following the Triduum Novena Mass at the Reception
Prize is one Gift Basket including Prayer books, History Book of the Icon, An Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Video and Giftware as well as a historical picture of St. Patrick’s Church. Tickets are available from the Religious Articles Store or from the Parish Office.
Catholic Education Week
Opening Doors of Mercy!
May 1 – 6, 2016
We invite all parishioners to join in celebrating Catholic Education Week 2016, which runs from May 1 – 6. For more than 160 years, Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic schools have been integrating our faith into all aspects of school life, nurturing the gifts and talents of every student. We celebrate the distinctive contribution that Catholic schools provide, giving thanks and offering our prayers for all those who are faithfully journey with our young people each day. For more information about Catholic Education Week visit www.goodnewsforall.ca
When in Church…
Be aware of your surroundings Keep your belongings safe and with you at all times Report any concerns immediately to the Office. We have seen a recent increase in thefts on Church Property.
Mom’s Night Out!!
Friday May 6th 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Take a break from your busy schedule to enjoy good food and great conversation. Hear from speakers who are passionate about faith and motherhood and connect with other moms in the conversation.
Neumann Hall, 131 McCaul Street, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. To RSVP or to be added to the family ministry mailing list for future events, contact email@example.com with subject line, “Mom’s Night Out”
Procession of the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Thank You! Thank You!
Thank you to all our Parishioners who took part in celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Procession, this past Tuesday. It was a tremendous success. Over 1300 people walked the streets of Toronto from the Cathedral to St. Patrick’s to honour Mary our Mother! We also would like to thank the different groups, the St. Mary’s Portuguese Band, Knights of Columbus, the bus group from Windsor and the Police escort. We couldn’t have done it without your participation. A big THANK YOU goes out to the many wonderful volunteers that took the time and effort to help pull this large and beautiful event together, we couldn’t have done it without all of you. You are a gift from God to the community!