Catholic Family Services: Walk-in Services
Our professional counselling staff is trained to offer Walk-In Services to clients who have an urgent need to speak with a counselor. The single session consultation is aimed at helping clients identify and hone-in on plans that will provide them with help with a present concern. Call 416 921 1163 or 416 222 0048.
Planning to be a Catholic Teacher?
It is critical for you to know that to be hired to teach in any Catholic school board in Ontario, as part of your application for employment, there must be a letter of reference from your pastor. If you (or if your adult child) is planning to apply to teach in a Catholic school, it is highly recommended that you contact the pastor. Plan to have a conversation with your pastor early in the process and you will avoid disappointment and stress at the time when applications are to be submitted.
Themed Retreats at
Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre
“Finding God in daily life, in relationships, at work, and at play, in the family, among friends, in success and failure! In the SILENCE which is essential to reach retreat experience.” Retreat Season 2015 – 2016 can be accessed at:
VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER
Sacrament of Confirmation
Tuesday, Dec 1, 7:00 pm Mass
All Grade 8 students who completed the preparatory classes for Confirmation are reminded to assemble at 6 pm in the Church Hall. All parents and sponsors are asked to proceed to the Church while we prepare the confirmandi in the church hall. All parishioners are welcome to come and witness our parish community’s youth receive the Sacrament of Confirmation!
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.
St. Michael`s Cathedral Open House
Meet The Cathedral Restoration Artists
Tuesday, Dec 8 and Wednesday Dec 9
10 am to 7 pm
St. Michael`s Cathedral,
65 Bond St., Toronto
His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, and Fr. Michael Busch, rector of St. Michael`s Cathedral, invite the entire community to experience the beauty, architecture and unique historical journey of St. Michael`s Cathedral. Extensive restoration has taken place over the last several years with the cathedral closed since June 2015 for major work. Two days of open houses during the Advent season will provide visitors with a preview of these efforts. From sculptors to brick layers and stone masons, restoration artists will showcase their expertise inside the church, with diverse exhibits highlighting the incredible efforts to restore the mother church of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Open houses will take on December 8 and 9 from 10 am to 7 pm with a prayer service each day at 12 pm.
Come celebrate our faith in the city and meet the restorations artists of St. Michael`s Cathedral.
Contact: Jane Fleming, Business Manager
Phone: 416 364 0234
From St. Josephine Bakhita Parish
Fr. Mark Villanueva, past pastor here at Nativity of Our Lord, will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of his Ordination on Friday, January 8, 2016. Mass at 4:30 pm, at Saviour of the World Church, 30 Bristol Road West, Mississauga, will be followed by a Reception at Capitol Banquet Hall, 6435 Dixie Road, Mississauga. Cost: $55/person. For more information and tickets, please contact Rita Venantius at 905 824 7223 or email email@example.com
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
On Monday, December 14, 2015, we will hold our Advent Day of Confessions. Several priests will be available from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm. All parishioners are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to come to confession and prepare for the coming of our Saviour at Christmas!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.