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  • Catholic Speed Dating

    Catholic Speed Dating – Celtic Edition

    Saturday, May 14, 2016:  6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
    Newman Centre, 89 St. George St., Toronto

    Celtic Ceilidh Dance Social
    9 pm to 11 pm

    Faith Connections and the Newman Young Adult Ministry invite single young adults (18-39) to a Catholic Speed Dating evening!  Tickets:  $35.  Registration is required by May 8:  Call Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt at 416 467 2645 or visit www.faithconnections.ca – a ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, TO.

  • Calendar

    • Thursday, May 5, 9:30 AM
      Thursdays at 10:00 am we pray the Sacred Heart Devotion
    • Thursday, May 5, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
      Low Impact Exercise Classes for Ladies 55+ will be held every Monday and Thursday from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, $3.50/per person/class, Church Hall.
    • Friday, May 6, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
      First Friday (except July/August) Mass at 9:30 am, with silent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 10 am with Benediction at 10:50 am.
    • Sunday, May 8
      Knights of Columbus Communion Breakfast after the 9 am Sunday Mass - tickets $5
  • Catholic Women's League

    Ladies, if you have not registered for the Toronto Convention being held on May 5/6, please contact Pat Dougan at 416 695 4609.
     
    The CWL is sponsoring a mass on Vision TV in honour of the feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel.  It will be taped on Thursday, April 21st at 5 pm at Loretto Abbey, 101 Mason Blvd., North York, and will be broadcast on Vision TV on Tuesday, April 26th.  All CWL members are encouraged to attend.

    Tuesday, May 10 – General Meeting, 7:30 pm. 
    Sunday, May 29 – Spring Luncheon.  Cost $42.  For tickets, please call Alice Mycan 416 621 0689 or Mela D’Cunha 416 626 6485.

  • Catholic Womens League


    Tuesday, May 10 – General Meeting at 7:30 pm
    Saturday, May 21 – Annual Spring Rummage Sale Day at Nativity, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Time to clean out the house and bring those once-loved treasures to the church!!  These items can be dropped off at the church hall on Friday, May 20, 9:30 am to 8:00 pm.  Garden tools, small counter top appliances, toys, skates, ski’s, bikes, kids and adult clothing, books, dishes, glasses, vases, etc…bring them all in!  AND … don’t forget Alice’s Bake Sale Table.  Please label if your baked goodies have nuts.
    Sunday, May 29 – CWL Spring Luncheon will be held after the 9 am Mass at Le Treport Banquet Hall.  Please contact Alice Mycan 416 621 0689 or Mela D’Cunha 416 626 6485 for tickets - $42/person. 
  • Word on Fire

  • Rome Reports

  • Catholic News Service

  • Today's Readings

  • Vatican News

  • National March for Life

    19TH Annual National March for Life

    More than 100,000 preborn children are killed, via abortion, in Canada every year, costing our health care system in excess of $100 million.  You can join a coach leaving from Our Lady of Sorrows Church (3055 Bloor St. W, one block west of Royal York subway) at 6 am on Thursday, May 12, to join political and religious leaders on Parliament Hill.  There will be a police-led procession through the streets of Ottawa, demanding justice and human rights for preborn children, as well as expressing concerns for a new law for euthanasia and assisted suicide – death by lethal injection.  Cost is $50.00.  Reserve your spot asap by contacting Phil Passarelli - phil.passarelli@rogers.com or call 416 219 1814.
     
    Project Rachel

    A weekend retreat for women whose hearts have been broken by abortion:  May 13-15, 2016.  Private and confidential.  Call 416 629 8264 or email ProjectRachel@StMarysRefuge.org

    Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide
    – It’s Time to Act!

    On April 14, 2016, the federal government introduced Bill C-14 – legislation,  that if passed, will amend the criminal code to make euthanasia/assisted suicide legal in Canada.  Thousands of Canadians have contacted their elected officials, respectfully expressing their concerns.  We still need your help.  Visit CanadiansforConscience.ca to urge elected representatives to protect health care workers and institutions from having to provide or refer for euthanasia/assisted suicide.  We are also asking Members of Parliament to expand palliative care & support for the vulnerable. Thank you for your ongoing support!

  • Confirmation Program - Grade 7 Students

    Confirmation Program
    The sacramental preparation for Confirmation for Gr. 7 students is underway.  The dates to remember for this program are as follows:
     

    • May 1 – Enrollment Date, at the 11:30 am Mass
    • May 14 – Retreat/Rehearsal for confirmandi from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Parents and sponsors are asked to join the group at 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm.
    • May 19Sacrament of Confirmation at the 7:00 pm Mass.  Confirmandi to gather at 6 pm.
  • First Communion & Reconciliation Program

    First Communion/Reconciliation Program
    Saturday, April 30 – Group A Sacrament of First Communion.  Gather in the church hall at 4:00 pm.  Mass at 5:00 pm.
     
    Saturday, May 7 – Group B Sacrament of First Communion.  Gather in the church hall at 4:00 pm.  Mass at 5:00 pm

  • Catholic Education Week

    Catholic Education Week:  May 1-6, 2016
    “Opening Doors of Mercy”

    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 faithfully journey with our young people each day.  For more information about Catholic Education Week, visit www.goodnewsforall.ca

  • Fr. Michael's Anniversary

    Fr. Michael`s
    25th Anniversary of his Ordination 
    will be celebrated on
    Saturday, May 14th, 2016.
     
    Mass:  5 pm followed by
    Reception and Dinner Dance
    in our Church Hall

     
    For tickets, please call:
    Theresa Roberts 416 626 5042
    Theresa Smith 416 620 5436
    Arthur Braganza 416 620 1553
    Marie Bueno 416 621 3624
    ($35 per person) 
     
    Sunday, May 15, 2016
    Coffee Sunday
    Reception in the Church Hall

     
    To all parishioners who are unable to join us for the May 14 celebration, we are happy to announce that the following day, is Coffee Sunday.  Fr. Michael will be in the Church Hall after both the 9:00 am Mass and the 11:30 am Mass.  We will all  have the opportunity to congratulate and extend our good wishes to Fr. Michael on  the celebration of the
    25th Anniversary of his Ordination.
     
    Donations of finger food will be much appreciated.  Volunteers will be available to receive them before Mass.
  • Sharelife - May 29th

    ShareLife
    Working wonders for the elderly…
    Elva is a client in her late 70’s who spent her life overcoming the challenges of Spine 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. Because of Adam, Elva’s world has opened up and she is now reconnected to her community. This year, our support for ShareLife will help to expand this volunteer model into the Peel Region to assist seniors in this area. 
     
    This year, with your support, we can do more to help the elderly within our archdiocese.
    Next Share Sunday is May 29, 2016.
    Please give generously.
    You can work wonders!

  • Parish News

    • Knights of Columbus Nativity of Our Lord Council 12735 - May 8, 2016 – Communion Breakfast. Once more, our Knights of Columbus would like to invite all parishioners to a breakfast of Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Toast, Coffee, Juice – all for the price of $5. Only 200 tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Please call Julius Bueno at 416 621 3624 for tickets.
    • A stimulating and compelling exploration of the spiritual, moral and intellectual riches of the Catholic world will be previewed on DVD over ten weeks ending May 9, 2016…Bishop Robert E. Barron presents…A Journey of a Lifetime…Join us on Mondays at 7:15 pm to 9 pm in the Church Hall. All are welcome!. Hosted by the Nativity Bible Study Group.
  • May - June Retreats

    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 fharrison-atell@csj-to.ca

    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 Silenceat 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 aaasalv@yahoo.ca

    Sisters of St. Elisabeth Convent, Minsk, Belarus
    Please calendar this date:  Wednesday, May 18, 2016 -  after the 7 pm Mass, the sisters from St. Elisabeth Convent will be available to sell crafts and religious articles from Minsk, Belarus. 

  • Prayer for Year of Mercy

    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
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