The Call to Repent in 2020

“Repent.”

“Repent” is the word that is at the heart of today’s Gospel. Scripture scholars say that when Jesus uses the word “repent,” he used a word “metanoia” that had the intention of a complete change and conversion in the manner and way a person lived. This is why the disciples whom he called were invited to leave everything and begin a new life with Christ.

As we begin a new decade, and I hear this word “repent” in 2020, I cannot help but think that the change in life and conversion that all of us are being called to is in regard to the environment and the way in which we all treat our common home; or what both St. Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis have called, our “sister earth.” There is perhaps no more important issue facing all of humanity today then the environment and the way in which we treat our common home. Continue reading

Social Justice Program

Beginning Wednesday, February 12, the Social Justice Committee will be sponsoring a program of speakers to address us on Catholic Social teachings, street ministry, homelessness and loneliness and human rights. The talks and discussions to be held in the parish hall at 7:00 p.m. See flyer on the Social Justice bulletin board. All welcome!

Humanitarian Relief – Australia Fires

Hundreds of forest fires in Australia have killed dozens, destroyed thousands of homes and threatened many local species with extinction.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org 

  • **By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
  • **Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
    St. Peter’s Church – Australia Fires – Disaster Relief.

Thank you for your ongoing efforts to assist those in crisis.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – January 18-25, 2020

Theme: “They showed us unusual kindness” (Acts 28:2)

Come and join the ecumenical prayer service led by Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox bishops along with Leaders from Christian Churches in GTA on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Young Street, Toronto, ON M4T 1Z9, Organized by (Greater Toronto Area Christian Council of Churches (GTACCC). Refreshments to follow. For further information, please contact The Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs Office at 416-934-3400 ext.344 or ext. 527 or ecumenical@archtoronto.org

Church Bulletin Advertising

Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisements for our church bulletin. The advertising will begin in February 2020 & supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call Liturgical Publications at 905-624-4422.

Workshop for New Eucharistic Ministers

There will be a workshop for new Eucharistic Ministers to the sick and extra-ordinary ministers of Communion on Saturday, January 18th at 2:00 pm in the Church. If you are planning on attending, please call the parish office to confirm your attendance at 416-534-4219.