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.

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.

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.