Lenten Retreat – April 4, 5 and 6, 2017

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lentThis Lent, Father Zachary Romanowsky will give a Lenten Mission on the evenings of April 4th, 5th and 6th at 7:00 PM in the Church.

The theme of this retreat will be called: “Through Love and For Love : Gospel greatness in the splendour of the ordinary”. The retreat will call us to live our vocations in the ordinary and simple events of our lives.

Father Zachary is a priest of Madonna House and lives at their community in Combermere, Ontario.

The Liturgical Season of Lent

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lent-prayer-fasting-giving-works-of-loveLENT IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER (Ash Wednesday is on March 1st)

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent. 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 period of forty days devoted to inward renewal through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Let us prayerfully consider before Lent how we might make 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.
  • Parish Lenten Retreat: April 4, 5, 6 at 7:00 PM conducted by Rev. Zachary Romanowsky of Madonna House

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.

LENTEN RECONCILIATION SERVICES

  • Saturday, April 1 : 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. There will be several priests hearing Confessions.
  • Good Friday, April 14, after 3:00 PM service commemorating the Passion of our Lord.
  • Private reconciliation every Saturday from 3:45 – 4:30 PM

Fourth Sunday of Lent: March 26, 2017

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sharelifesmall“Living the Gospel” locally and around the world…

How do we “Live the Gospel” toward others when our daily lives are so busy? For some it is volunteering at a soup kitchen, or it may be caring for an elderly relative. If we do not have the time to actively participate, we can support the many ShareLife funded  agencies within our community that bring the hands of Christ to those in need. Our annual appeal provides resources to 42 agencies, bringing much needed programs and services to those both here in our communities and around the world. Next Sunday is the first ShareLife collection. Over the next week, consider your ability to “Live the Gospel” by helping  those who are vulnerable and in need, and make a contribution to ShareLife

Next Sunday, April 2, 2017 is ShareLife Sunday
Please give generously.

Third Sunday of Lent: March 19, 2017

sharelifesmallLiving the Gospel by providing for homeless youth…

On a given night, 6,000 people across Canada between 16 and 24 have nowhere to call home. This represents 20 per cent of the total homeless population. In Toronto, estimates of homeless youth range from 900 to 2,000 nightly.

The ShareLife–supported Rights of Passage program at Covenant House have been active in making a positive difference in the lives of homeless youth on the streets of Toronto. 75 % of these youth have been matched with mentors and have also made progress in strengthening their life skills and family relationships, getting them ready for life on their own. In addition, the ShareLife funded Youth In Transition programs helps youth in foster care to transition to independent living.

Sunday April 2, 2017 is ShareLife Sunday.  Please give generously.

The Eucharist—Our Weekly Encounter with the Risen Lord

transfiguration1The season of Lent is that time in the Church year when the baptized are called to prepare to renew their baptismal promises, and when those who are not baptized enter into the final stages of their baptismal preparation. As we are to prepare to do this throughout Lent on Easter Sunday, today I would like to speak a little bit about what is one of my favorite themes in the Liturgy for Baptism by making particular reference to the Ritual for the Baptism of Infants. Continue reading

Second Sunday of Lent – March 12, 2017

sharelifesmallLiving the Gospel by providing for vocations to the priesthood…

“Living and studying at St. Augustine’s can bring untold blessings into the lives of those entering ministry,” shares Matt McCarthy, a current Seminarian. Matt’s interest in sports and his desire to enter the priesthood and minister to those in his community, gives him an opportunity to serve the Church in a unique way. At ShareLife-funded  agencies such as Serra House, St. Augustine’s  and Redemptoris Mater Seminaries, individuals undergo extensive theological education and practical field training. Through ShareLife, you are helping to sustain vocations to the priesthood and inspire discernment for God’s call. Last year ShareLife helped support 70 seminarians in their formation studies.

Sunday April 2, 2017 is ShareLife Sunday
Please give generously.

Spring Forward 2017

daylight-savings-time-959180This weekend, March 12, is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. We ask you to please remember to set your clocks, watches, and other time keeping devices ahead one hour next Saturday evening before retiring for the evening so that you will arrive on time for Sunday Mass.