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  • Parish News

    • Sacramental Preparation for First Communion, Confirmation, and Rite for Christian Initiation for Adults Nativity of Our Lord Parish works closely with families and the schools in preparing our children for the sacraments. • First Communion – for children of registered parishioners, who will enter Grade 2 (or older) in September; • Confirmation – for children of registered parishioners entering Grades 7 and 8 (or older) in September. • RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults - Nativity also offers a program for those interested to be Catholics but were never baptized, or were baptized in another faith. Further details of the programs will be announced in the coming weeks.
  • Confirmation Program

    Confirmation Program
    This coming school year, 2015-2016, Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, has mandated that the first grade eligible to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation will be Grade 7.  This means that for the coming year, there will be a double cohort of students, both in Grades 7 and Grade 8, eligible to receive the sacrament.
     
    Grade 8 - To facilitate the extra number of students, here at Nativity, we will hold the Confirmation Preparatory Classes and Retreat Day for our Grade 8 students in October and November, with the celebration of the sacrament at the beginning of December.

    Parents Information Meeting
    For Grade 8 – Thursday, September 17, 2015
    7:30 pm, Church Hall

     
    Grade 7 - For the Grade 7 students, their Confirmation Preparatory Classes and their Retreat Day will begin in April, conclude in May, with the actual celebration of the sacrament in mid-May.

    Parents Information Meeting
    For Grade 7 – Thursday, March 3, 2016
    7:30 pm, Church Hall

  • Vocations

    From the Vocations Director
    What could convince someone to turn to God?  The story that God became human?  The story that Jesus cured the sick?  The story that Jesus forgave sin?  The story that Jesus rose from the dead?  Or, perhaps the story of the witness of your own life!  If you have the continuing inclination that God is calling you to be a priest, religious or deacon, call Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocations Director, Archdiocese of Toronto 416 968 0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org .

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  • Pastoral Plan

    Reflecting on the Pastoral Plan of the Archdiocese of Toronto –
    Catholic Outreach in Justice and Love
    Our pastoral plan challenges us to witness and serve in diverse ways and to be advocates where injustice occurs:  through pastoral care to those who are poor and marginalized, to students on campus, to those who are imprisoned, seeking refuge or suffering physically or spiritually.  We can do this by working with our parishes, lay movements, Catholic institutions, chaplaincies and various pastoral services. 
     
    For more information on the Pastoral Plan, visit www.archtoronto.org/pastoral .  
  • Monthly Mass at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery

    Please join us for a special Mass to be offered on Saturday, September 05th, 2015, at 9:30 am, at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery.  The Mass will take place in the St. Anthony Chapel of the Mausoleum.  For further information, contact the cemetery office at 905 851 5822.

  • Jubilee Year of Mercy

    The Extraordinary Jubilee
    Year of Mercy
    December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016
     
    Saying he has “thought often about how the church can make more evident its mission of being a witness of mercy” the pope announced the new jubilee year during a Lenten penitential service in St. Peter’s Basilica.
     
    Pope Francis – “I chose the date of December 8 because it is full of meaning for the recent history of the Church.  Indeed I will open the Holy Door in the fiftieth anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council.  The Church feels the need to keep alive that event – for she was beginning a new path in its history.  The Fathers gathered in council had felt strong, like a breath of the Spirit, the need to speak of God to men of their time in a more understandable way.  Torn down the walls that for too long had locked up the Church in a  privileged citadel, it was time to announce the Gospel in a new way.  A new stage of evangelization ever.  A new commitment for all Christians - to bear witness with more enthusiasm and conviction of their faith.  The Church felt the responsibility to be in the world, the living sign of the love of the Father.”
  • Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed

    Catholic Cemeteries & Funeral Service – Archdiocese of Toronto – wishes to invite all families within the Archdiocese to participate in the Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed on

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at 7:00 pm.
    Cemetery &  Celebrant
    Assumption, Mississauga    
    Most Rev. Vincent Nguyen

    Christ the King, Markham   
    His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins

    Holy Cross, Thornhill           
    Most Rev. Wayne Kirkpatrick

    Mount Hope, Toronto         
    Rev. Msgr. Paul A. Zimmer

    Queen of Heaven, Woodbridge
    Most Rev. John A. Boissonneau

    Resurrection, Whitby           
    Rev. Msgr. Ambrose Sheehy

    St. Mary’s, Barrie                  
    Rev. Msgr. Lawrence Bordonaro
     
    In the event of rain:  Mass will be held in the mausoleum at Assumption, Holy Cross, Resurrection and Queen of Heaven Cemeteries.  Christ the King Cemetery will celebrate Mass on site in the Reception Centre.  Mount Hope Cemetery to St. Monica’s Parish, 44 Broadway Avenue, Toronto.  St. Mary’s Cemetery to St. John Vianney Parish, 13 Baldwin Lane, Barrie.