Living Mercy – Retreat for Single Women
Session One: Friday May 13 to Sunday May 15
Session Two: Friday May 27 to Sunday May 29
Lake Simcoe, Orillia
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto invite interested single women aged 25 – 55 to join them at their home on Lake Simcoe, Orillia, for a weekend of prayer and contemplation.
Cost: $150 (subsidies available). Final registration must be submitted by Wednesday, April 27.
Contact: Frances Harrison-Atell 416 467 2642, email email@example.com
Retreat for Men and Women
You are cordially invited to spend a weekend with God “Not in the Wind, Earthquake, or Fire, But in the Sound of Silence” at Manresa, A holy ground (The Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering) with the retreat theme: “My Spiritual Bucket List.” It starts at 8:30 pm Friday, June 3, ending 1:00 pm Sunday, June 5, 2016. For information and registration, call Tony Salvosa 416 494 0560 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be a Radio Maria Volunteer
We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with programming, administration, technical assistance, promotion, fundraising and parish representatives. If you are interested in becoming part of an exciting ministry to the Church and an apostolate for promoting the message of the Kingdom of God in our world, please contact us at 416 245 7117 or email at email@example.com
Can You Spare One Hour with the Lord?
St. Clement Parish at 409 Markland Drive invites you to drop in at the Adoration Chapel. It is open daily from 6 am to midnight. You are also welcome to sign up as Permanent and/or Substitute Adorers. For more information, please call Elizabeth at 416 621 4060.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Marygrove Camp Collection: June 11/12, 2016
The Marygrove Camp collection will be taken up on June 11th/12th . 1,100 girls from less-fortunate families will be attending camp this summer. Please remember to support this important work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. To date, Nativity has 13 campers enrolled. Each and every child’s camping experience is fully subsidized through this collection. Thank you for your support!
Papal Blessing Scrolls
Please note that the Papal Almoner has announced that Papal Blessing scrolls will no longer be sold by stores outside the Vatican and will be available directly from the Office of Papal Charities within the Holy See. As such, effective January 2016, the Archdiocese ceased to provide this service for parishioners.
Parishioners wishing to order a scroll should visit the Vatican website, www.vatican.va , and click on “Roman Curia” tab, and then the tab labelled “Institutions Connected with the Holy See”, and then go to the “Office of Papal Charities”. The instructions and form for ordering a scroll are available here.
Office of Formation for Discipleship
Archdiocese of Toronto
Laudato Si – On Care for Our Common Home: All are invited to this introduction to Pope Francis’ letter. Participants will explore Laudato Si using the four permanent principles of Catholic Social Teaching: Dignity of Life, the Common Good, Solidarity and Subsidiarity. Spirituality and prayer with presentation, reflection, and discussion will inspire hope in participants as they discern practical steps toward what Pope Francis calls an “ecological conversion”. Pre-registration is encouraged. Please contact Laurie van den Hurk Lvandenhurk@archtoronto.org or Brenda Voisin 416 934 3400 Ext 523.
Where: St. Ambrose Church, 782 Brown’s Line Etobicoke
When: Saturday, June 4, 2016 and Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time: 9 am – 12 pm.
Lord Jesus, You have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees You sees Him. Show us Your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that You spoke to the Samaritan woman: “If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible father, of the God Who manifests His power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be Your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that Your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and Your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind. We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, You who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen .
PARISH OFFICE HOURS
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
9:00 am – 12:00 noon; 1:00 - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 12:00 noon; 1:00 - 9:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Monday & Saturday
A 6 day fun and exciting
Christ- centered camp experience!
Who: Students who are in grades 5-8
When: August 24-29, 2016
Where: Camp White Pine, Haliburton, Ontario
Cost: $400 (includes food, transportation, accommodations & t-shirt)
Registration is open!
Forms can be picked up and returned
at EDGE or the Parish Office
Who: All those in grades 8-12
When: July 22-24, 2016
Where: UOIT Campus, Oshawa, Ontario
Deposit of $100 due as soon as possible to reserve your spot. The cost includes overnight accommodations, all meals and an amazing conference program including speakers and musicians from the US, Mass and adoration with thousands of youth across the province.
Forms can be picked up and returned at the Parish Office. Contact Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jesus has given us His Body to eat and His Blood to drink so as to nourish us on our journey towards the Kingdom. May we be faithful to Him on our journey as a married, single, ordained or consecrated person. If you think God is calling you to be a priest, religious or deacon, contact
Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocation Director,
Archdiocese of Toronto, 416 968 0997.
If you think God is calling you to be a priest, religious or deacon, contact Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocations Director, Archdiocese of Toronto, 416 968 0997 or email email@example.com or visit the website www.vocationstoronto.ca .
The Extraordinary Jubilee
Year of Mercy
December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016
Jubilee of Mercy in the Archdiocese of Toronto
The Jubilee of Mercy was announced by Pope Francis as a year to be lived intensely in each local Church throughout the world, allowing every person to encounter the mercy of God. The most evident sign of this pastoral care is the chance to open a Door of Mercy in every diocese. These doors, analogous to the Holy Doors of the Papal Basilicas in Rome, will allow people who cannot travel to Rome to make a Jubilee pilgrimage.
After the solemn inauguration of the Holy Year – marked by the opening of the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica on December 8, 2015 – all locally-designated Churches throughout the world will open their own Doors of Mercy in communion with the Church of Rome as part of the Eucharistic celebration of the Third Sunday of Advent or Gaudete Sunday. The Holy Father has asked that special indulgences be available for the Faithful throughout the Year of Mercy (December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016).
Designated churches for the Jubilee with a Holy Door of Mercy:
More information about the Jubilee of Mercy will follow in the coming weeks.
For those able to make a pilgrimage to one of the Jubilee churches in Rome, they certainly gain the jubilee indulgences. Otherwise, Cardinal Collins has designated seven churches within the Archdiocese of Toronto as Jubilee Churches, each with a Holy Door of Mercy. Going through one of these Holy Doors is a spiritual journey that shows, as the Holy Father said, “the deep desire for true conversion.”
In addition to passing through a Holy Door, each pilgrim is to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, receive the Holy Eucharist while reflecting on God’s great gift of mercy, make a profession of faith (recite either the Apostles’ or Nicene Creed), and pray for the Holy Father and for his intentions (an Our Father and a Hail Mary are recommended).
For those who are elderly, confined and the ill, Pope Francis said that they may obtain the indulgence by “living with faith and joyful hope this moment of trial” and by receiving the Eucharist or by attending Mass and community prayer, “even through the various means of communication” (for instance, a Mass offered on television). For those in prison, they may obtain the indulgences in their prison chapels.
And finally, for all Catholics, this jubilee indulgence may also be obtained when a member of the Faithful personally performs a spiritual or corporal work of Mercy.