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  •         Religious Education Program

     
    Nativity of Our Lord Parish
    offers the following religious education programs beginning September 2018:

    First Communion/First Reconciliation Program
    Sacramental preparation for First Communion & First Reconciliation is held for children of registered parishioners who are enrolled in Grade 2 and higher.

    Confirmation Program
    Sacramental preparation for Confirmation is held for children of registered parishioners enrolled in Grade 7 or older.

    Public School Religious Education Program
    Registered parishioners whose children are enrolled in the public schools are invited to register their children in this program.  This program will provide basic religion classes.

    Registration in this program is mandatory for students studying in public schools and wishing to be prepared for First Communion and students wishing to be
    prepared for Confirmation. 


    RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
    Would you or anyone you know be interested
      to be Baptized Catholic, or
      to be Received into the Catholic Church 
    (having been baptized in another faith),
    or
      to receive the sacrament of Holy Eucharist
    (First Communion) or Confirmation?

    The RCIA is the process offered in the Catholic Church for the above purposes.  It is also a process available to practicing Catholics seeking a deeper understanding of their faith.  RCIC is a similar program for children up to 16 years of age who would
    like to be baptized or received
    into the Catholic Church.
     For further information or registration
    in September, please call the Parish Office
    at 416 621 2732.
  •         Canada Summer Jobs Update

    Dear Parishioners:
      On Friday, June 1st, we received a letter from Service Canada informing us that our application for funding for 3 positions for students for the summer had been rejected. This came as no surprise, as we had been informed in advance by the Archdiocese that the federal government had refused to change their insistence that all applicants sign off on an attestation clause that both the nature of the positions and the organization’s core mandate were in full compliance with the government’s stance on abortion rights.
      In fact, 27 parishes or organizations within the Archdiocese of Toronto have also been rejected for the same reason. This will severely affect such projects as Summer Bible Camps and essential Social Outreach services that have been provided over the years.
      In recognition of our need to support our Parish Summer Bible Camp as well as to provide additional support for caretaking  projects around and within the church, we have proceeded to hire 2 students for this summer. The cost of these positions, which includes salaries and the associated mandatory benefits, is $19,000. The Archdiocese of Toronto is mandating all parishes who have been directly affected by the federal government’s position to hold a special 2nd collection. As well, unaffected parishes are strongly encouraged to hold a 2nd collection in solidarity and support of those affected parishes and organizations.
      This special collection will be held in our parish on the weekend of July 21/22, which is the weekend between the 1st and 2nd week of our Summer Bible Camp.
      Further details will be provided
    in the coming weeks.
      Thank you and bless you!
     Fr Michael Machacek
  •                       Sharelife 2018

    ShareLife Update
     On behalf of the 37 Catholic agencies and organizations that are supported by ShareLife, a big thank you to the countless parishioners who donated to this year’s ShareLife campaign. This year’s goal that was set by the Archdiocese of Toronto for Nativity of Our Lord was $74,000. To this point over $83,000 have been contributed by Nativity Parishioners either through the parish
    or on-line directly, to ShareLife!
    Thank you for your generosity!  Fr. Michael.

  •                       Word on Fire

  •                  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 (summer months to 5:00 pm)
    (Closed: 12 noon to 1:00 pm)
    During the summer months (July and August) the office will close at 5:00 pm.
    Friday & Saturday:  Closed
    Sunday:  
    10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  •                  Steubenville Toronto

    Steubenville  Toronto
    Canada’s largest Catholic Youth Conference – Steubenville brings together some of the best Catholic speakers and musicians in North America and provides opportunities for teens to encounter Christ. 
    Who: all those currently in grades 9 - 12
    When: July 13th – 15th, 2018
    Where: UOIT Campus, Oshawa. 
    Cost: $200.00 (Includes: accommodations, t-shirt, all meals &transportation) $100.00 non-refundable deposit before May25th. Forms can be picked up/dropped off
    at the parish office.
    Please contact Courtney for more information.

  •                   YOUTH MINISTRY

                       
    Nativity of Our Lord Parish
    YOUTH MINISTRY

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        Next EDGE:
    Have a safe summer and see
     you in September!
    Grades 7 – 8
    1st, 3rd, & 5th Fridays
    of the month
    7 – 9 pm in the Church Hall

     
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    Next LifeTeen: June 22nd, 2018
    Have a safe summer and see
     you in September!
    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.
  •              Parish News

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    4th Annual Indigenous Mass
    Sunday June 24th, 2018 at 12 Noon

    At St. Bonaventure Parish located at 1300 Leslie St. North York.  Mass at 12 Noon followed by a reception with smudging and drumming. 
    Come and learn the traditions of our First People
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    Thank you
    Our sincere thanks to Rev. Fr. Michael, the parish staff, members of the CWL, the Knights of Columbus and all the parish ministries. We also extend our gratitude to all our parishioners of Nativity of Our Lord parish, for your overwhelming well wishes and prayers. Thank you all for making my 20th Ordination Anniversary a memorable day. Deacon Gerry, Stella and family.
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    Volunteers Needed
    Nativity Summer Day Camp

     We are looking for energetic and fun loving Catholic leaders currently enrolled in high school or in a post-secondary program to volunteer for our Summer Day Camp in July. To pick up a volunteer application from or for more details, please visit the parish office.

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    Ultimate Frisbee
    All high-school students are invited to meet Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the youth office before we head over to the field at Wellesworth together. Come practise with us as we prepare for the annual inter-parish tournament on August 11th! 
    Contact Courtney for more
    info@nativityyouth@outlook.com
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    Summer…
    During the summer months when families avail of well-deserved time off away from the parish, kindly remember that fixed overhead expenses remain the same for the Parish.  One way of remembering the Parish is our Pre-Authorized Giving Plan (PAG). Call the Parish Office 416 621 2732 for details.
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    Annual Mass for the
    Faithful Departed

    Wednesday, August 15, 2018 – 7 pm

    You are invited to the
    Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed
    on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm.
    The two closest cemetery locations for this annual Mass are as follows:

    • Assumption Cemetery, Mississauga.
    Celebrant:  Most Rev. John A. Boissonneau
    • Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Woodbridge.

    Celebrant:  His Eminence
    Thomas Cardinal Collins.

    In the event of rain:  Mass will be held in the mausoleum of both Assumption and Queen of Heaven.  For more information, please refer to the poster on our Bulletin Boards.
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    Missionary Preaching and
    Appeal - 2018

    At the weekend Masses of August 25th/26th, we will have our annual Mission Appeal.
    This year the Archdiocese of Toronto has arranged for a priest from the Missionaries of Africa  to deliver the annual mission appeal.
    For envelope box users, if you wish to make a donation, please use the yellow envelope dated July/August “Mission Co-op”. Your generous support will be much appreciated, Thank you.

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    Renew Toronto Young Adult Conference Saturday October 13, 2018
    (at the Isabel Bader Theatre on the University
    of Toronto campus, downtown Toronto)

    A conference for all Young Adults ages 19-39. It is an opportunity to grow in faith alongside like-minded people at a similar stage of life.The conference will offer unique opportunities for students, young adult professionals, young couples and families, men & women! For more details:
    http://ocytoronto.org/renewto/

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