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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 2015-16

    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.
     
    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.
     
    Further details regarding dates will be in next week’s bulletin. 

  • 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, July 04th, 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.

  • Sharelife 2015

    ShareLife
    Working wonders for people locally and around the world…
    Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the 2015 ShareLife Parish Campaign.   For those who wish to make a contribution, you are still welcome to do so.  You can drop your ShareLife envelopes in the offertory basket until July 31, 2015, or donate online at www.sharelife.org .  Thank you!
     
    Thank You for Your Generosity!
    Together we can work wonders!

  • St. Michael's Cathedral

    St. Michael’s Cathedral Temporary Closure
    St. Michael’s Cathedral, mother church of the Archdiocese of Toronto, is temporarily closing its doors as part of its extensive restoration efforts that have been ongoing for the past three years.  The next phase of restoration will require its closure full-time to allow for work that will preserve the cathedral for years to come.  Daily Mass will continue to be celebrated in St. John’s Chapel, a small worship space accessible  from 200 Church Street.  Nearby, St. Paul’s Basilica will provide additional weekend Masses beginning in July, featuring music from St. Michael’s Choir School to accommodate the cathedral closure.  Please visit www.stmichaelscathedral.com for additional resources.
     
    A timeline has been forecast as follows:

    • June 17, 2015 – mid-December 2015  -  full closure of St. Michael’s Cathedral
    • Mid-December 2015 – January 2016  -  cathedral will open briefly pre/post-Christmas
    • January 2016 – March 2016 -  full closure of St. Michael’s Cathedral
    • March 2016 – September 2016  -  cathedral will open prior to Holy Week and Easter, remaining open while work continues through September 2016
    • September 29, 2016 – goal to complete this phase of restoration.  This date is also the Feast of St. Michael, patron saint of the Archdiocese of Toronto
  • Recreational Badminton

    Recreational Badminton
    It has been proposed that we look into the possibility of offering day-time badminton in the church hall to our Nativity parishioners.  This would be strictly recreational rather than competitive play, so that all ages can be accommodated in a friendly atmosphere.  Before setting this up, we need to have some idea of the level of interest.  Please email Peter Matthews at pjmatthews@rogers.com if you are interested in playing.