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  • From the Pastor's Desk

     
    My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: 
    Any occasion of a significant anniversary is a time to celebrate and be thankful.
     
    As I consider these past 25 years of priesthood, I am so grateful to God and to the countless parishioners that I have been so privileged to encounter here at Nativity of Our Lord, as well as the other parishes I have served at:  Epiphany of Our Lord, Scarborough; St. Martin de Pores, Scarborough; St. Patrick’s at Markham; and the Newman Centre at the University of Toronto.
     
    Finally, for all your prayers and best wishes and gifts, please accept my heartfelt thanks and prayers.  Let us continue to pray for one another!
     
    FR. MICHAEL MACHACEK
  • Parish News

    • Date: Friday, June 3rd. 2016 Time: 10:15 am Activities: Movie, Bingo, along with our Annual BBQ All men and women are welcome!
    • Crowning of Mary, Saturday, May 28, 2016 after the 5 pm Mass, the Legion of Mary will lead us in a prayerful procession from the church to the statue of Our Blessed Mother. All parishioners are invited to participate.
  • Parish News

    Be a Radio Maria Volunteer
    We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with programming, administration, technical assistance, promotion, fundraising and parish representatives.  If you are interested in becoming part of an exciting ministry to the Church and an apostolate for promoting the message of the Kingdom of God in our world, please contact us at 416 245 7117 or email at info@radiomaria.org 

    Can You Spare One Hour with the Lord?
    St. Clement Parish at 409 Markland Drive invites you to drop in at the Adoration Chapel.  It is open daily from 6 am to midnight.  You are also welcome to sign up as Permanent and/or Substitute Adorers.  For more information, please call Elizabeth at 416 621 4060.

    Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Marygrove Camp Collection:  June 11/12, 2016
    The Marygrove Camp collection will be taken up on June 11th/12th .  1,100 girls from less-fortunate families will be attending camp this summer.  Please remember to support this important work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  To date, Nativity has 13 campers enrolled.  Each and every child’s camping experience is fully subsidized through this collection.  Thank you for your support!

    Papal Blessing Scrolls
    Please note that the Papal Almoner has announced that Papal Blessing scrolls will no longer be sold by stores outside the Vatican and will be available directly from the Office of Papal Charities within the Holy See.  As such, effective January 2016, the Archdiocese ceased to provide this service for parishioners.
     
    Parishioners wishing to order a scroll should visit the Vatican website, www.vatican.va , and click on “Roman Curia” tab, and then the tab labelled “Institutions Connected with the Holy See”, and then go to the “Office of Papal Charities”.  The instructions and form for ordering a scroll are available here.

  • Hawaiian Night

    Knights of Columbus 
    Hawaiian Night at Nativity Church Hall
    Saturday, June 18th, 2016, 6:00 pm
     
    You don’t want to miss this Elvis Tribute Show!
    Come and see Tribute Performer - Kevin Mills!
     
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    Cost:  $35 – includes
    Live Elvis Concert Entertainment,
    DJ. Dinner/Dance,
    Photo Booth,
    And ….. a kiss from Elvis!
     Cash Bar
    Optional – Dress up Hawaiian or as Elvis!
  • Sharelife - May 29th

    ShareLife
    Working Wonders for people
    in our homes and parishes…..

    In 2012, Nadia was brought to Street Haven’s emergency shelter by the police.  She was an immigrant from India and had been locked in a garage by her husband and mother-in-law for two years, rarely able to visit the two children.  Upon her arrival at Street Haven, Nadia thrived.  She slowly built trust with the counselors, participated in household responsibilities, and loved looking after the gardens.  Her counselor set Nadia up with a lawyer and after a year of legal consultations, she received custody of her two children.  Street Haven helped them find housing and Nadia and her children now live in a beautiful, safe home where they have started a new chapter in their lives.
    Today is ShareLife Sunday – May 29, 2016
    Thank you for your generosity.
    You can work wonders!
     
  • Office of Formation

    Office of Formation for Discipleship
    Archdiocese of Toronto

    Laudato Si – On Care for Our Common Home:  All are invited to this introduction to Pope Francis’ letter.  Participants will explore Laudato Si using the four permanent principles of Catholic Social Teaching:  Dignity of Life, the Common Good, Solidarity and Subsidiarity.  Spirituality and prayer with presentation, reflection, and discussion will inspire hope in participants as they discern practical steps toward what Pope Francis calls an “ecological conversion”.  Pre-registration is encouraged.  Please contact Laurie van den Hurk Lvandenhurk@archtoronto.org or Brenda Voisin 416 934 3400 Ext 523. 
    Where:  St. Ambrose Church, 782 Brown’s Line Etobicoke
    When:  Saturday, June 4, 2016 and Saturday, June 11, 2016
    Time:  9 am – 12 pm.

  • Prayer for Year of Mercy

    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
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