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  •                         LENT 2018

     
    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.
      
    Fridays of Lent:  Every person 14 years of age and older must abstain from meat on all Fridays in Lent. During Lent, we will celebrate on Fridays the regular 9:30 am Mass and 
    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 participat
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    Lenten Reconciliation Evening:
    Monday, March 19 from 6:45pm to 8:00pm
    We will hold our Lenten Reconciliation evening here at Nativity of Our Lord.
    A number of  priests will be in attendance to hear your confession.

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    Make Your Abstinence
    a Prayer-in-Action

    As Catholics, we are called to give up something for Lent.  Chocolate, coffee, that extra helping of dinner, one less hour of video games or watching DVDs – whatever it is, you can make what you’re giving up for Lent a prayer as well:  a prayer-in-action.  Whenever you encounter the thing you are abstaining from or the time of day that you would normally enjoy it,
    take a moment to say a prayer in recognition of your wholeness in God even without the thing you have given up. 
    Thank God for the freedom to be wholly yourself without this and, at the same time, acknowledge the gift of its existence in the world. 
  •                  Parish Office Hours


    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:
    9:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    (Closed: 12 noon to 1:00 pm)
    Wednesday:   
    9:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    (Closed: 12 noon to 1:00 pm)
    During the summer months (July and August) the office will close at 5:00 pm.
    Friday:  Closed
    Sunday:  
    10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  •                   YOUTH MINISTRY

                       
    Nativity of Our Lord Parish
    YOUTH MINISTRY

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       Next EDGE: March 16th, 2018
    Grades 7 – 8
    1st, 3rd, & 5th Fridays of the month
    7 – 9 pm in the Church Hall

     
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    Next LifeTeen: 
    February 23rd & March 09th, 2018

    Grades 9 – 12
    2nd & 4th Fridays of the month
    7 – 9 pm Upstairs Rm 1

      If you would like to get involved or have any questions about our Youth Ministry programs, please contact Courtney:  nativityyouth@outlook.com
    416 621 2732 Ext 22
           
     
                   
                           
    YOUTH MASS 
     Every
    Sunday @ 11:30 a.m.
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    Summer Day Camp @ Nativity 
    “Not Just a Summer Camp” 
    We’re incorporating our Catholic faith with fun sports, games, crafts,
    music, baking & more!
    Who: Students currently in grade 1-6
    When: 1st Session: July 16-20,
                  2nd session: July 23-27

    Time: 9am-3:30pm
    (Extended care available 8-9am, 3:30-5pm)
    Cost: $120 (Includes t-shirt)
    Registration forms can be picked up/dropped off at the Parish Office. 
    Registration will begin February 12th. Spots are limited. 
    Contact Courtney @ nativityyouth@outlook.com

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    Altar Server Training 
    We need altar servers! We will conduct a training program for students who are interested in being altar servers and who have received their First Communion.   Training will take place here at church on
    Saturday February 24th at 1:00pm.
    Registration forms are available
    in the Parish Office. 
    For more information,
    please call the Parish Office at 416 621 2732. 

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    Catholic Women`s League
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    Development Day
    will be at St. Roch’s Parish on
    Saturday February 24th from 8:30 to 3 pm.
    Don’t wait too long to register as this fills up very quickly! Please bring a brown bag lunch. Refreshments will be served. Carpooling is available. Please contact Nancy Fenech at 647 802 6832. Payment of $10 is to be given to Alice Mycan. Your $10 will be reimbursed after you attend the day. 
    World Day of Prayer Service will be at on Friday March 2nd at Bloordale United Church located at 4258 Bloor Street West at 1:00pm.
    Membership Fees are due.
    Please contact Alice Mycan at 416 621 0689 with your payment.

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    Bereavement Support Group 
    The next 9 week support group will begin on Thursday, February 15th at 7:30 pm upstairs meeting room # 2.
    The group provides an opportunity to understand the process of grief and helps in reconciling loss. These groups are kept small. All are welcome with no cost
    to the participant. 
    Please call Linda Wisz at 416 620 7662 to register or the parish office 416 621 2732 for more information.
    If you know of someone who has experienced the death of a loved one, please pass this information along to them.
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    Sign-Up Sundays!
    We Need Your Help!
    February 24/25 & March 3/4, 2018

    Cardinal Collins and bishops across Ontario are asking for an email address from every Catholic family in their community, with a goal of 100,000 email addresses collected by the end of February 2018. This information will be used locally by Cardinal Collins and trusted faith partners to communicate periodically (approximately 6-8 times each year) on issues of particular importance for the Catholic community.
    The first campaign of 2018 is the Call for Conscience, inviting our elected Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) and those seeking office this June to increase funding/access to palliative care, to protect health care workers wishing to abstain from any involvement in euthanasia/assisted suicide and to protect faith-based facilities from participation in euthanasia/assisted suicide. The work builds on a similar campaign in 2017. Please visit
    http://bit.ly/SignUpSundayRegistration
    to register yourself for this initiative.
    Thank you for living a faith that acts!

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    2017 Income Tax Receipts 
    Income Tax Receipts for 2017 donations are now available for pick-up at the Parish Hall.
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    Lift Jesus Higher Rally 
    Be inspired, encouraged and healed at the largest single-day Catholic event in Canada.
    The theme of the 26th annual Lift Jesus Higher Rally. “I came to bring fire on earth , and how I wish it were kindled!’ Luke 12;49
    Taking place on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Metro Convention Centre, 255 Front Street
    Hear Ralph Martin , Sr. Ann Shields, Peter Herbeck and guest speaker Patti Mansfield.
    High Mass celebrated
    by Cardinal Thomas Collins.
    Separate youth event [13-18 yrs] with great music, dynamic talks and inspirational skits.
    Rally tickets: $25 adult, $15 youth,
    Bus fee: $7
    For tickets please call
    Murielle Boudreau 416-695-0031

    Bus will depart for the rally
    on March 3 at 7:00 am
    Returning to Nativity by 6:30 pm

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    The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
    Bundle Up Collection
    on March 10th & 11th 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. There is a need for soccer shoes & shin pads please place in a separate bag and label “soccer shoes”.   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 March 10th from 5 - 6:30 pm &
    Sunday March 11th 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

     Thank you for all your donations!

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    Lenten Evenings of Reflection 
    Please mark your calendars!
    On Tuesday, March 13th, Wednesday, March 14th, and Thursday, March 15th,
    from 7:00 – 9:00 pm each evening,
    Fr. Ahil Shivarajah, J.J., of Martyrs’ Shrine, Midland, ON, will be at Nativity to share some reflections on the lives and ministries of 3 of the 8 Canadian Martyrs, Sts. Jean de Brebeuf, Gabriel Lalemant and Charles Garnier.
    Further details will be shared
    in the coming weeks.

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    Come and See Weekend:
    St. Augustine’s Seminary
    Friday, March 23 (begins at 6:30 p.m.) to Sunday, March 25 (ends at 1:30 p.m.)
    Inviting single Catholic men 17 years and older, to cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. Time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest. Register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca.
    Registrants 17 years old require parental consent. For more information, please contact (the Parish Priest) or the Office of Vocations at: 416 968 0997; email: vocations@archtoronto.org

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