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    Lent 
    Lent is expected to be a time of genuine faith renewal, one that is grounded in the Word. We emphasize the weight of the task of “listening to the word of God” during lent. We add to this fasting almsgiving and devotions – all grounded to the Word. Intent listening, followed by a more intense commitment to prayer is expected of the faithful. Together, these two dynamics , listening and prayer, bring about a spirit of repentance. 
    Lent prepares everyone to celebrate the Paschal Mystery: the dying and rising of Jesus. It does so in a particular way. It does not prepare us to admire the Paschal Mystery from afar, or to salute it as a distant and unattainable manifestation of God’s glory. Rather…., we draw near to the mystery and actually enter into it ourselves. The whole thrust of the spiritual preparation of Lent is to lead us into the Paschal Mystery of Christ. His pascha, or Passover from death to life, is offered for us, so that we too may experience a “passing over.” Our passage is from sin to the new life of grace.  
      Ash Wednesday,
    1 March, 2017 is the beginning of Lent.
     
    Ashes will be distributed:
       1)  9:30 am Mass in Church and Nativity
                         School will be attending.    
       2)  1:00 pm Liturgy of the Word Service at
                         Mother Cabrini School gym all
                         parishioners  are welcome.
       3)  7:00 pm  Mass in the Church
    Reminder:  Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence as are Friday’s in Lent. 
    The law of abstinence from meat binds those who are 14 and older; the law of fasting binds those from 18 to 59 years of age. 
    Fridays of Lent:  On all Fridays of Lent, we will celebrate the regular 9:30 am Mass; in addition, we will also celebrate a mass at 7:00 pm.  This mass will be followed by the Stations of the Cross, led by the different organizations of the parish.  All parishioners are invited to participate.

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    Confirmation Program 
    Sacramental preparation for Confirmation is held for children of registered parishioners enrolled in Grade 7 and also for those interested in grade 8 or in high school.  The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on: 
    Pentecost Weekend,
    Saturday, June 3rd at the 5:00 pm Mass
    &
    Sunday, June 4th at the 11:30 am Mass. 
    Registration required before March 3rd, 2017.
    Call the Parish office during business hours for full details if you did not attend the Information Meeting.

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    Lenten Reconciliation Evening

    Monday, April 3rd – 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm 
    Beginning at 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm, we will hold our Lenten Reconciliation Evening here at Nativity of Our Lord.  There will be six priests available to her confessions that evening.

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    Fridays of Lent 
    On all Fridays of Lent, we will celebrate the regular 9:30 am mass; in addition, we will also celebrate a mass at 7:00 pm. The mass will be followed by the Stations of the Cross, led by the different organizations of the parish. All parishioners are welcome.

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    2017 Lift Jesus Higher Rally
    Be inspired, encouraged and healed:
    Celebrate the 25th Annual
    Lift Jesus Higher Rally! 
     

    Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9 am – 5:30 pm,
    Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St.W. Hear Ralph Martin, Sr. Ann Shields, Peter Herbeck and guest speaker Bishop Scott McCaig .High Mass (with Sunday readings) celebrated by Cardinal Thomas Collins.  (There will be a separate youth event {13 – 18 years} with great music, dynamic talks and inspirational skits. A bus will be available for parishioners of Nativity wishing to attend the rally.For tickets to the event & the bus, please call Murielle Boudreau at 416 695 0031.
    Rally tickets: adults $25, youth $15,
    and bus tickets $7, The bus leaves Nativity parking lot at 7am sharp!


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    The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
    Bundle Up Collection
    March 11th & 12th 2017
     
    The Society of St Vincent de Paul will be collecting gently used clothing, footwear, bedding and drapes on the above weekend. No mattresses or furniture will be accepted. Please bring your articles to the Society’s truck to the rear parking lot before or shortly after the Masses on the weekend of Saturday, 11th March from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm & Sunday, 12th March 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
    Thank you for all your donations!

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    Feast of Corpus Christi Celebration
    Saturday 17 June, 2017 - 11 am to 8 pm
    www.feastofcorpuschristi.ca
    info@feastofcorpuschristi.ca
    480 Rathburn Rd., Etobicoke

    Our Corpus Christi celebration will be designed to be a community building event in which Nativity of Our Lord Parish together with Nativity of Our Lord School, will reach out to the broader community of our area through activities of various kinds that will be of interest to all ages. We will also provide an opportunity to evangelize the broader community our Catholic belief in the True Presence of the Holy Eucharist through a Eucharistic Celebration and Procession. 
    There is much planning already done for this day, which will utilize both
    the church and school grounds.
    On the church grounds will be a large covered stage, with entertainment up to 4:30 pm, with various musical performances, (including Nativity school choir),
    dj, and Zumba.

    There will also be vendors, and places where food and drink will be sold. A variety of games will be available including a Games on Wheels video bus, dunk tank, pony rides and petting zoo, inflatable slide, inflatable climbing wall, and other Carnival games. The day will conclude with mass at 5:00 pm followed by a Eucharistic Procession through the streets just north of the school.
    Any profits from the day will be split between our parish’s sponsorship of students attending Our Lady of Fatima School in Bethlehem, Palestine and Nativity school’s desire to upgrade the field
    and recreational facilities.
     How can you help for Corpus Christi ? 

    1. By planning on attending on June 17th and informing family members  and friends about this event.
    2. By willing to volunteer. Many volunteers are going to be needed. Volunteer Forms can be picked up at the parish office.
    3. We need sponsors for this event – those who are willing to donate cash or gifts-in-kind. If you are willing to assist our Organizing Committee in approaching sponsors, or if you have a business or can approach a business to sponsor us, please go www.feastofcorpuschristi.ca/contact     Your help is needed !
    4. If you are able to obtain donations of new goods or services for our Silent Auction, please contact Magda Renta at mrenta@rogers.com