The Liturgical Season of Lent

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lent-prayer-fasting-giving-works-of-loveAsh Wednesday, February 10, 2016, marks the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent. The highest point of the Church’s year is the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday evening through Easter Sunday) during which we recount the death and resurrection of Jesus the Lord. We prepare for this three-day period by the season of Lent, and prolong it for the great 50 days of the Easter Season. The celebration of Easter, of being reborn in the Risen Lord to a new life, will only have meaning to the degree that “we die to the old self.” Thus, the Church asks us to live this period of Lent, with Christ in the desert, as a period of forty days devoted to inward renewal through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Let us prayerfully consider before Lent how we might make the best use of this time to imitate the Lord in His dedication to the Father so that His resurrection may take deep root in our thoughts, words and actions throughout Lent and forever.

Ash Wednesday Masses:
8:00 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. in the Centre Chapel and 7:00 p.m. in the parish church.

Stations of the Cross:      
A great Lenten spiritual devotion held on Friday evenings during Lent after the 7:00 p.m. Mass on the First and Last Friday of the month and at 7:00 p.m. every other Friday.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting (one meal and two lighter meals with no eating between meals), and abstinence (no eating of meat). The law of abstinence obliges those 14 years of age and older, and the law of fasting obliges all those from 18 through 59 years of age. The Church recommends that we observe not only Good Friday, but the other Fridays of Lent as days of abstinence, or that we perform some act of charity as an alternative—the choice is yours. Lenten penances should be external and social, as well as internal and individual; meaning they should help us grow in our relationship with God and in charity for our brothers and sisters.

Lenten Reconciliation Services:

  • Day of Confessions: Saturday, March 12, 2016 in the church from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the church
  • Good Friday, March 25, 2016 from after the 3:00 p.m. Good Friday Service until 6:30 p.m.

During the season of Lent, the parish will begin Eucharistic Adoration in the Centre Chapel. Please consider signing up for an hour of prayer each week to spend time with the Lord.

The Year of Mercy— An Invitation to Discipleship!

jesus gpsOver the past two weeks, I was away visiting my parents at what has become their home in the United States. Now because I was born and grew up here in Toronto, and they did not move to the United States until I was finished university, I always feel like I am a visitor when I go down to visit them. In fact, I have never gotten used to the streets in the city where they live and the constant development in the area makes me feel like each visit is a visit to a new place. For that reason, I am very happy that they have GPS in their cars. Whenever I go anywhere on my own, I always set the GPS to my desired destination and rely on the good assistance of the person who speaks to me from that tiny little devise. Now as hard as I try to follow the good directions that I am given by the GPS, my parents live in a place where there are lots of fancy bridges and over-passes. I usually miss a turn here and there and inevitably go the wrong way. In fact, on occasion I am actually convinced that I actually know the correct way to go and ignore the GPS and head off on my own route. Continue reading

World Day for Consecrated Life

World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 and in parishes on the weekend of January 30/31, 2016. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God’s gift of their vocation.

All are welcome to come to a special Mass presided by Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick this Sunday, January 31 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Basilica, Toronto to close the Jubilee Year for Consecrated Life and to celebrate with and pray for these men and women religious who are such a vital and important part of the life and ministry of the Church in our Archdiocese.

World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

On Tuesday, February 2, the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life.

In the Archdiocese of Toronto we are blessed to have living and serving among us more than 900 religious men and women of 100 different religious congregations. This World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank God for the gifts of these religious sisters, brothers and priests and to pray for God’s blessing upon them in their efforts to faithfully live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.

In closing the Jubilee Year for Consecrated Life, there will be a special Mass next Sunday, January 31 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Basilica, Toronto in celebration of the vocation and witness of these special men and women religious who are such a vital and important part of the life and ministry of the Church in our Archdiocese. All are welcome to attend.

A Celebration of Marriage – Mass with Cardinal Collins – February 13,2016

ringsThe Archdiocese of Toronto will celebrate Marriage Sunday in our parishes the weekend of February 6/7, 2016. On Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 4:30 p.m., couples from across the archdiocese will gather for A Celebration of Marriage with Cardinal Thomas Collins at St. Andrew Kim Parish (849 Don Mills Road, North York). A reception will follow Mass.

All are welcome! Couples celebrating special milestone anniversaries – 25th, 40th or 50+ anytime throughout 2016 are asked to RSVP online at: www.archtoronto.org/marriage by February 1, 2016 to ensure reserved seating. Call (416) 964-8694 or visit the website above for more information.

New Parish Office Hours

istock_000014922537xsmallThe Parish office will now be open only on week days. The office hours are Monday to Thursday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. If you need to book a Mass, request a baptismal certificate or make a booking for the Centre or parish hall, please call during office hours to do so through the parish secretary. The centre will remain open on Saturday and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for events. However the reception area is now staffed by a security guard of the Archdiocese. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Lenten Eucharistic Adoration to begin on Ash Wednesday!!!

Eucharistic Adoration-4On Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016, the parish will begin Lenten Eucharistic Adoration in the Centre Chapel. This will take place from 9:00 a..m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In order for Adoration to take place, people are needed to adore the Lord while the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. Please consider signing-up to spend an hour or more with Jesus during the week. The sign-up book is available in the Centre Chapel for those who are able to sign-up. If forty people sign-up to take an hour a week, we will be able to continue this very important time for prayer before the Lord. Please consider making time for the Lord.