Catholic Women’s League
Sunday, September 11 – Attention CWL Members: CWL is chartering a coach bus to Martyr’s Shrine, a designated Holy Door for the Year of Mercy. Cost: $25/person. Please contact Alice Mycan 416 621 0689 for payment.
Nativity of Our Lord School…needs…
Anyone interested in applying for a Lunchroom Supervisor Position at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School for September 6, 2016, should contact the school principal, Mr. Femia, by June 29th, 2016 at 416 393 5288. Candidates need to be 18 years of age or older. Catholic, and would require a recommendation from their parish priest as well as a police check.
Give Life – Donate Blood
The Archdiocese of Toronto is proud to join with Canadian Blood Services as a Partner for Life organization. Here’s how you can help: (1) Book your appointment today. Visit www.blood.ca and download the GiveBlood App. (2) Join our partners for life team.
Visit www.blood.ca/joinpartnersforlife then register using our Partner ID number ARCH873970. For more information, contact Bill Steinburg by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission Co-Op Offering
Our Annual Mission Co-op Appeal originally scheduled for July 23/24 weekend is now changed to August 13/14. The Mission Appeal raises funds to provide food and medical care for the poor and the education of missionaries. The missionary priest making the appeal will be available only on the weekend of August 13/14. Please note this change in your numbered envelopes.
Ladies Exercise Class (55+)
The last exercise class before summer is on Monday, June 27th. We take a break in July. We will hold a summer session from Monday, August 8th to the 29th – Mondays and Thursdays, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Our fall session will begin Monday, September 12th, with the same Mondays and Thursdays schedule – 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.
Should the renovation work planned for the Church Hall happen during any of the above dates, you will be duly notified and sessions will have to be cancelled.
Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 – 7 pm
The Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Services of the Archdiocese of Toronto will celebrate the Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm. Masses throughout the Greater Toronto Area and Barrie will take place for the souls of the deceased at our Catholic Cemeteries.
The two closest to our parish are:
Celebrant: Most Rev. John A. Boissonneau
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
Jesus is always ready to grant forgiveness and pardon to those who sincerely repent. Are you able to help others to believe and return to Jesus with repentant hearts? 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, or email email@example.com or visit www.vocationstoronto.com .
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.