Thank You to All Of Our Volunteers!

Since our parish re-opened in June, so many wonderful volunteers have worked as hospitality ministers and to keep our church clean. Thank you to all who have made re-opening possible through their generous work and contribution.

As we observe Stewardship Sunday in all the parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto on Sunday, September 20th, Cardinal Collins has recorded a thank you video for all of the volunteers throughout the Archdiocese.

I join with him in thanking all who volunteer at St. Peter’s on this Stewardship Sunday.

Thank you so very much!!!

May God bless you and your families and keep you safe.

Fr. Michael

Please take the time to watch Cardinal Collins gratitude video.

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Stewardship Sunday 2020 – by Cardinal Collins

One person I am always amazed with in history is Lorenzo Medici, the great Italian ruler of the Renaissance. He went down in history as Lorenzo il Magnifico, Lorenzo the Magnificent. Would not that be a nice nickname to have down through history? The Magnificent! He was called this because he was generous in everything he did. He never just simply went for the minimum; he always gave the very best. He did not just dip his toe in the sea of life, but dived right in. And so, he was known as the Magnificent.

Now an Italian ruler of the Renaissance is perhaps not so important to us in our own life but, I think, that spirit of absolute generosity, abundance and magnificence is something that we need to reflect upon in our life in Christ. In fact, that is basically a reflection of the Lord God himself because God does not measure out His mercy to us in little tiny amounts. God always acts with superabundant generosity, with magnificence, in the way in which He gives to us the grace in our lives, and the blessings with which we are surrounded. Continue reading

Welcome Back to Children’s Liturgy!

Dear St. Peter’s families,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 virtual Children’s Liturgy program! Our parish is excited to welcome you and your child(ren) back to our community as we celebrate the Year of Love. We have missed you so very much!

Our parish has been busy preparing virtual programs and activities, so that you can participate while feeling comfortable and safe at home.

We have a lot of new information to share with you about our children’s liturgy in particular, but we highly recommend that families continue to check our parish website to keep informed of the weekly changes that are being made and other exciting virtual activities, contests, and programs for children and families.

We will share more with you in the coming weeks through our website and parish social media platforms. Weekly activity sheets can be found here.

Please ensure that the parish has your correct email address so that you can receive all communication from both the Youth Minister and parish office.

The Freedom of Forgiveness

For most people, the most difficult aspect of Jesus’s teaching is that which relates to the requirement that we must forgive those who have hurt or offended us. This seems to be related to the fact that most of us think that by forgiving someone, we are extending to them a favour or a grace that they do not deserve, given the pain and hurt that they have caused us.

This is certainly how I used to think.

It was only after I discovered how much freedom comes from forgiving another person that I discovered the deeper spiritual reasons for Jesus challenging us to forgive others in the same way that we desire to be forgiven by Him. Continue reading

The Truth Does Matter

In my opinion, the best flavour of ice cream in the entire world is chocolate peanut butter. I love this flavour of ice cream so much that I cannot keep any in the house. When, and if, I do keep it in the house, I am unable to control myself and I usually eat the whole pint in one sitting.

The preference that I have for chocolate peanut butter ice cream is a personal opinion. The fact that I like it, is a truth that is relative only to myself. Others may have different opinions and it does not really affect my opinion or their ability to have a different opinion. My opinion on this matter does not really present a problem for others.

On the other hand, there would be a real problem if for some reason, I believed that my opinion needed to become a truth for all people. If for some reason, I believed that everyone else had to share my preference for chocolate peanut butter ice cream, my insistence on this issue would begin to infringe on the right of others to have an opinion. Worse, still, would be the case if I were to form an alliance with all the other people who loved chocolate peanut butter ice cream and we worked together to lobby for laws that required that only chocolate peanut butter ice cream could be manufactured. We could demand that no other flavours be manufactured and that all people must eat our flavour of ice cream. Taking our efforts to the extreme, we could demand that everyone eat chocolate peanut butter ice cream and perhaps put at risk the lives of those people who have a severe allergy to peanuts. Continue reading

Sharelife Needs You More than Ever!

This year, in the midst of COVID 19, many of the 40 organizations that depend on Sharelife for funding have been busier than ever caring for those in our community who are the most vulnerable. The need this year is greater than ever.

Normally, the Sharelife campaign takes place every year during the season of Lent. As our churches were closed this past Spring, the campaign did not take place and many did not have an opportunity to give.

As the need this year is greater, now that our churches our open again, the campaign will be extended to the fall. There will be additional collections this year in support of Sharelife. These will take place on September 12-13, 2020 and October 10-11, 2020 (the Thanksgiving weekend). If need be, an additional collection will also take place on November 7-8, 2020.

This year, St. Peter’s parish goal for Sharelife is $41,000. We have already collected about $12,500.

To those who have already donated this year—thank you very much!

If the challenges of this year make it impossible for you and your family to donate, please keep these organizations in your prayers.

If you are able to give this year, please consider giving generously.

In the event that you do not feel safe giving at church, you may do so by sending your donation to the parish office (659 Markham Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6G 2M1) or through the archdiocesan website’s “Donate Now” portal at:  www. .

Thank you for your support of Sharelife—through it our community helps to live the Gospel in our local Church.

A Crucified Messiah, for a Pilgrim People

There is a rather simple story about death that I heard several years ago. Because it captures so concisely how I think we as Christians feel about death, I usually tell this story at every funeral I celebrate, either at the funeral home prayers or in the homily at Mass.

The story simply goes like this:

A preacher was preaching to a congregation. He said, “if anyone wants to go to heaven, please stand up now.” Everyone in the congregation stood up. He then said, “if you want to go now, keep standing.” At this point, everyone sat down. Continue reading

The Church, Established by Christ, the Son of God, for the Salvation All of Sinners

If a stranger calls you on the phone, it is very hard to know if what they tell you about themselves is true. They can claim to be tall, when in fact they are very short. They can promise you a free vacation in a dream paradise, when in reality they are simply trying to get your credit card number. They can also claim to be calling on behalf of Revenue Canada and require your soc The same is true for e-mail. We can receive an e-mail from someone claiming to be other then they are and asking us to send them money. Others make outrageous promises to deposit large amounts in our bank accounts if we send them our banking information and passwords.

We can only really be sure that someone is who they claim to be when they come into our presence and prove that they can deliver on the promises that they make to us. Even in the case of people we do know, unless they live among us and show us that we can trust them, it is hard to know if they can fulfill the big promises that they might make to us.

The promises that Jesus makes to us are huge. Continue reading

“My house shall be called a house of prayer for all people” (Isaiah 56:7)

A few years ago, I sat in on one of the parish’s confirmation classes. On that particular day, when I was dropping by to sit in, the class was engaged in playing a rather different game, which I would call the “Injustice Game.” The purpose of this exercise was to attempt to get the students angry about injustice in the world and to motivate them to desire to do something against that injustice as they became aware of it. In relation to the goals of preparation for Confirmation, the exercise was intended to help these young Christians understand that through the anointing they received at Confirmation, they were being called to witness to Christ and the values of His Gospel in their day to day lives. The game was intended to help them see that the adult Christian, who has been anointed in Confirmation, is called to speak up against discrimination and injustice. Continue reading