Catholic Speed Dating – Celtic Edition
Saturday, May 14, 2016: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Newman Centre, 89 St. George St., Toronto
Celtic Ceilidh Dance Social
9 pm to 11 pm
Faith Connections and the Newman Young Adult Ministry invite single young adults (18-39) to a Catholic Speed Dating evening! Tickets: $35. Registration is required by May 8: Call Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt at 416 467 2645 or visit www.faithconnections.ca – a ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, TO.
Ladies, if you have not registered for the Toronto Convention being held on May 5/6, please contact Pat Dougan at 416 695 4609.
The CWL is sponsoring a mass on Vision TV in honour of the feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel. It will be taped on Thursday, April 21st at 5 pm at Loretto Abbey, 101 Mason Blvd., North York, and will be broadcast on Vision TV on Tuesday, April 26th. All CWL members are encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, May 10 – General Meeting, 7:30 pm.
Sunday, May 29 – Spring Luncheon. Cost $42. For tickets, please call Alice Mycan 416 621 0689 or Mela D’Cunha 416 626 6485.
19TH Annual National March for Life
More than 100,000 preborn children are killed, via abortion, in Canada every year, costing our health care system in excess of $100 million. You can join a coach leaving from Our Lady of Sorrows Church (3055 Bloor St. W, one block west of Royal York subway) at 6 am on Thursday, May 12, to join political and religious leaders on Parliament Hill. There will be a police-led procession through the streets of Ottawa, demanding justice and human rights for preborn children, as well as expressing concerns for a new law for euthanasia and assisted suicide – death by lethal injection. Cost is $50.00. Reserve your spot asap by contacting Phil Passarelli - email@example.com or call 416 219 1814.
A weekend retreat for women whose hearts have been broken by abortion: May 13-15, 2016. Private and confidential. Call 416 629 8264 or email ProjectRachel@StMarysRefuge.org
– It’s Time to Act!
On April 14, 2016, the federal government introduced Bill C-14 – legislation, that if passed, will amend the criminal code to make euthanasia/assisted suicide legal in Canada. Thousands of Canadians have contacted their elected officials, respectfully expressing their concerns. We still need your help. Visit CanadiansforConscience.ca to urge elected representatives to protect health care workers and institutions from having to provide or refer for euthanasia/assisted suicide. We are also asking Members of Parliament to expand palliative care & support for the vulnerable. Thank you for your ongoing support!
The sacramental preparation for Confirmation for Gr. 7 students is underway. The dates to remember for this program are as follows:
First Communion/Reconciliation Program
Saturday, April 30 – Group A Sacrament of First Communion. Gather in the church hall at 4:00 pm. Mass at 5:00 pm.
Saturday, May 7 – Group B Sacrament of First Communion. Gather in the church hall at 4:00 pm. Mass at 5:00 pm
Catholic Education Week: May 1-6, 2016
“Opening Doors of Mercy”
We invite all parishioners to join in celebrating Catholic education Week 2016, which runs from May 1-6. For more than 160 years, Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic schools have been integrating our faith into all aspects of school life, nurturing the gifts and talents of every student. We celebrate the distinctive contribution that Catholic schools provide, giving thanks and offering our prayers for all those who faithfully journey with our young people each day. For more information about Catholic Education Week, visit www.goodnewsforall.ca
Working wonders for the elderly…
Elva is a client in her late 70’s who spent her life overcoming the challenges of Spine Bifida. Despite her physical disabilities, Elva travelled the world as a music teacher and pianist for the National Ballet in Canada. Wheelchair-bound for the last 25 years, Elva gradually found herself less able to continue playing the piano and doing the things she enjoyed. Last year, the Society of Sharing matched Elva with a friendly visitor, Adam, a young university student with whom she can converse with as though there were no age difference. Because of Adam, Elva’s world has opened up and she is now reconnected to her community. This year, our support for ShareLife will help to expand this volunteer model into the Peel Region to assist seniors in this area.
This year, with your support, we can do more to help the elderly within our archdiocese.
Next Share Sunday is May 29, 2016.
Please give generously.
You can work wonders!
Living Mercy – Retreat for Single Women
Session One: Friday May 13 to Sunday May 15
Session Two: Friday May 27 to Sunday May 29
Lake Simcoe, Orillia
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto invite interested single women aged 25 – 55 to join them at their home on Lake Simcoe, Orillia, for a weekend of prayer and contemplation.
Cost: $150 (subsidies available). Final registration must be submitted by Wednesday, April 27.
Contact: Frances Harrison-Atell 416 467 2642, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Retreat for Men and Women
You are cordially invited to spend a weekend with God “Not in the Wind, Earthquake, or Fire, But in the Sound of Silence” at Manresa, A holy ground (The Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering) with the retreat theme: “My Spiritual Bucket List.” It starts at 8:30 pm Friday, June 3, ending 1:00 pm Sunday, June 5, 2016. For information and registration, call Tony Salvosa 416 494 0560 or email at email@example.com
Sisters of St. Elisabeth Convent, Minsk, Belarus
Please calendar this date: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - after the 7 pm Mass, the sisters from St. Elisabeth Convent will be available to sell crafts and religious articles from Minsk, Belarus.
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
A 6 day fun and exciting
Christ- centered camp experience!
Who: Students who are in grades 5-8
When: August 24-29, 2016
Where: Camp White Pine, Haliburton, Ontario
Cost: $400 (includes food, transportation, accommodations & t-shirt)
Registration is open!
Forms can be picked up and returned
at EDGE or the Parish Office
Who: All those in grades 8-12
When: July 22-24, 2016
Where: UOIT Campus, Oshawa, Ontario
Deposit of $100 due as soon as possible to reserve your spot. The cost includes overnight accommodations, all meals and an amazing conference program including speakers and musicians from the US, Mass and adoration with thousands of youth across the province.
Forms can be picked up and returned at the Parish Office. Contact Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archdiocese of Toronto
Ordinations to the Priesthood
The ordination of
will be taking place at St. Michael`s Cathedral on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:00 am.
The Office of Vocations will also be hosting an Ordination Prayer Vigil at St. Michael`s Cathedral on Friday, April 29, from 6 pm until Midnight.
Vocations…Archdiocese of Toronto
No prophet is accepted in the prophets’ hometown. Do not be discouraged by jeers, when considering religious life or priesthood. If you think God is calling you to be a priest, religious or deacon, contact Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocations Director, Archdiocese of Toronto, 416 968 0997 or email email@example.com or visit the website www.vocationstoronto.ca .
Lectio Divina with Cardinal Collins
As a result of the extensive renovations underway at St. Michael’s Cathedral, Lectio Divina with Cardinal Collins will travel throughout the archdiocese in 2016. On Sunday, May 1, it will be hosted at St. Joseph’s Parish, 5440 Durie Rd., Mississauga. We hope you will be able to join Cardinal Collins and our faith community.
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.