In the Jesus Movement, Every Life Matters


Print by Shanna Winn

Print by Shanna Winn

In the Anointed for Mission programme that the Archdiocese uses to prepare the candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation, there is a game that is played to try and get the candidates to take a stand for justice. In this game, people are told to award themselves points for certain qualities about themselves and to subtract points for certain other qualities. The winner of the game is the person who gets the most points. That person is given a prize of a bag of a large number of small chocolate bars. Some of the things that they are told to award themselves points for are: if their family owns their own home; if they have more than two cars in the family; if they are boys; if they are good at sports; or if they were born in Canada. Some of the things that they lose points for are: if their family does not own their own home, if their family does not have a car; if they are girls; if they are bad at sports; and if they were born outside of Canada. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Food-Drive for the Good Shepherd Mission

Thanksgiving-food-driveThe Good Shepherd Mission in Toronto looks after many of the city’s homeless and helps them find a warm meal all year round. Each year they rely on the generosity of Torontonians who are able to donate food to make their mission possible. This year the parish will be sponsoring a Thanksgiving Food Drive to support the Good Shepherd Mission.. Please consider donating canned tuna, canned meat, canned fruit or vegetables, canned soups and stews, peanut butter, jam, cereal teabags, instant coffee, cookies, rice, and crackers. PLEASE NO FRESH FRUIT OR VEGETABLES OR FROZEN FOOD. Some parishes decorate their sanctuaries with flowers on the Thanksgiving weekend. Let us decorate ours with food to be offered to those in need. Please bring your non-perishable food donations to any of our Sunday Masses on the Thanksgiving weekend (October 8 and 9).

Would you like to know the Bible better?

psalmsThere will be a 7-part Bible study offered at St. Peter’s Parish called Genesis to Jesus. It will teach you the ‘big picture’ of the Bible: the links between Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus. It will take place on Thursdays starting on October 13, at 7 p.m. to November 24. There is a price of $10 dollars to help cover the cost of a participant workbook. Enrollment is limited to 24 people. There will be sign-ups after all the Masses on the weekend of September 24-25. You must be pre-registered to attend. A certificate of completion will be provided to each participant.

37th Annual Cardinal’s Dinner

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

The Cardinal’s dinner is a fund raising event which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to support Catholic Charities. The parish would like to send a group to this event. Tickets are $190 per person. If you would like to buy a ticket or two for our parish table, please call the parish office at: 416-534-4219 to book as soon as possible latest by end of September.

God’s Merciful Plan of Salvation

prodical-sonMany scripture scholars have called the Gospel reading that we hear proclaimed today from chapter 15 of the Gospel of Luke, “The Heart of the Gospel.” I almost think that today’s Gospel passage has the same kind of content as the Christmas stories, as it speaks to us of the extent that God will go to save His people. It would be hard to think of any readings that could better summarize the entire significance of what this Year of Mercy is all about. So beautifully do these readings summarize what the Year of Mercy is all about, that I would like to re-tell a story that I have already used this year in order to speak about what this whole Year of Mercy is about. Continue reading

Rededication of St. Michael’s Cathedral

stmichaelsYou are invited to join in celebrating the rededication of St. Michael’s Cathedral at two FREE public events in September:

– Mass and street party – Friday, September 30, 12 p.m. First-come, first-seated event.

– Sacred Music Concert featuring St. Michael’s Choir School – Friday, September 30, 7 p.m. Free event with tickets available online in September on a first-come, first-served basis. Link for tickets will go live September 6: You must reserve a ticket to attend this event.

We look forward to celebrating this important milestone together as an archdiocesan community!

Please Get Involved


The parish invites parishioners to consider getting involved in different ministries. The parish needs Alter Servers, Ushers and Ministers of Hospitality, Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers.

Please consider attending workshops for:

New Alter Servers – Sunday, September 25, at 1 PM – 2 PM in the Church

Ushers and Ministers of Hospitality – Saturday, October 8, at 2 PM – 3 PM in the Church

Lectors – Saturday, October 15, at 2 PM – 3 PM in the Church

Eucharistic Ministers – Saturday, October 22, 2 PM – 3 PM in the Church

Please call the parish office at 416-534-4219 to register.