The Liturgical Season of Lent

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lent-prayer-fasting-giving-works-of-loveAsh Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 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 AM, 12:10 PM, and 7:00 PM in the Church
  • Ash Wednesday Confessions: 5:30 – 6:30 PM
  • Stations of the Cross: A great Lenten Spiritual Devotion held on Friday evenings during Lent at 7:00 PM., or after 7:00 PM Mass on the First and Last Friday of the month in the Church.
  • Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast (one full meal, and two lighter meals a day 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 fast obliges all those from ages 18 through 59 years of age.
  • Lenten Retreat:  March 5, 6 & 7, 7:00 PM.  This lent our Parish Lenten Retreat will be conducted by Father Gilles Mongeau, sj and the Jesuit Scholastics who serve in our parish community. Please mark your calendars to join in this time of Lenten Spiritual renewal.

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 penance should be external and social, as well as internal and individual.

The highest point in the Church’s year of prayer is the Easter Triduum of the dying and rising of the Lord Jesus. We prepare for this three-day period by the season of Lent, and prolong it for the great 50 days of the Easter season.

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

Tax Receipts for 2017

Please be informed that the tax receipts for 2017 have been mailed out the week of February 4. For those who wish to begin to use pre-authorized giving, a authorization form was sent out with the receipts. Please consider this way of supporting your Parish. Thank you very much for your contributions. We appreciate your generosity in supporting your spiritual home.

Reflections from Bishop F. Sheen on the passion

A two (2) evening program on Tuesdays, Feb. 20 and 27 will be offered highlighting the life and sermons of Venerable Bishop Fulton Sheen on the passion and death of Jesus. DVD’s and text reflections will be incorporated into presentations at the Parish Centre in the St Paul’s room at 7:00 p.m.   Facilitator: Sr. Gabriel M. Riddle cps

The Source – Sisters of Life

the sourceThe Sisters of Life will be hosting “The Source” here in our Church on Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 PM. You are invited to come for an evening of Eucharistic Adoration (7:00 PM – 8:00 PM) followed by Christian fellowship (Social at 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM). Confession will also be available during Adoration.

Thank you to Jebriel Abdul

thanks1Jebriel Abdul has worked at the parish as Sacristan for the past 4 years. He is finishing up this weekend so that he can concentrate on his grades and apply to university. The parish is grateful for his years of dedicated service.  Please keep him in your prayers. He is replaced by John Paul Piano.

Lent 2018

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The Kingdom of God is at Hand. Repent, and Believe in the Gospel (Mark 1:15).

The Season of Lent begins with the beautiful practice of presenting ourselves before the Lord on Ash Wednesday for the imposition of ashes on our foreheads. As the ashes are imposed on our heads, there are two formulas that may be said as we receive the ashes. These are either: “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel;” or “Remember, you are dust and to dust you will return.” These two formulas express well the meaning of this season. In Lent, we are called to turn away from all that prevents us from following the Lord. This is what is implied in the first formula that calls us to conversion. We are also to remember that it is only because of Christ’s resurrection that we have been saved from turning back to dust at the end of our earthly journeys. Because Christ has risen from the dead, we too are invited to share in His resurrection and the Kingdom that He has won for us by His life, death and resurrection. The whole purpose of Lent is that we should prepare during this season to renew our baptismal promises on Easter Sunday. Continue reading

Canada Summer Jobs Program – Reach Out to Your Member of Parliament

The federal government has introduced new requirements for employers applying for the Canada Summer Jobs grant. To be eligible for funding, employers must attest that both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect certain “values” as determined by the federal government including the government’s position on abortion, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Organizations unable or unwilling to make this attestation in whole or in part will be deemed ineligible for the grant. This requirement is clearly unjust.

Many Catholic organizations throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto and many other faiths involved in charitable activity at soup kitchens, shelters, refugee welcome centres or summer camps are impacted by this decision. Please take a moment to visit www.archtoronto.org/summerjobs for more information and to find a template letter to send to your MP and the minister responsible for this portfolio.