Public Celebration of Masses Cancelled in the Archdiocese of Toronto beginning Monday, April 19, 2021

Decorative ImageMy Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I hope and pray that you are all well and safe!

As a result of the COVID 19 restrictions ordered for the Province of Ontario, beginning on Monday, April 19, 2021, and lasting for at least May 20, 2021, there will be no public Masses celebrated in the Archdiocese of Toronto.

Under these restrictions, churches may only admit 10 persons, including clergy, at a time. All publicly celebrated Masses during this time have been cancelled.

During the lockdown, the parish offices are also closed and all meetings in the parish have been cancelled.

Each morning, I will be celebrating Mass privately Monday to Friday at 7:00 a.m. and at 7:30 a.m. on Sundays for the intentions of the parishioners. This Mass will be livestreamed from our parish website.

If you have any need that you would like me to remember at Mass, you may call and leave a message at the parish office: 416-534-4219.  I am still living and working at the parish. If you wish to speak with me, please call. Although the parish offices are closed, if I do not answer when you call, I will call you back as soon as possible.

The church will be open from Monday to Friday at 7:30 a.m. and I will be available in the church from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, the church will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and I will be available in the church at this time. This will also be the case on Sunday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. During these times, no more than 10 persons will be permitted in the church at a time. For this reason, so that others may also visit, please consider restricting your visits to 15 minutes.Continue Reading Public Celebration of Masses Cancelled in the Archdiocese of Toronto beginning Monday, April 19, 2021

“I look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come” (Nicene Creed)

decorative ImageI can remember reading a survey a few years ago that surprised me a great deal. It was published in the Toronto Star and claimed that more than forty percent of Catholics believed in reincarnation.

This surprised me because Jesus offers us so much more through His life, death and resurrection.

The basic assumption behind reincarnation is that we can come back for a second chance. If we do not get it right the first time, there will be another opportunity to do so on the second, third or fourth attempt.Continue Reading “I look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come” (Nicene Creed)

St. Peter’s Church is Now Livestreaming!

Thanks to a generous grant that the parish received from the Family of Faith Campaign of the Archdiocese of Toronto, St. Peter’s Parish has been able to install equipment for livestreaming.

For as long as Mass cannot be celebrated publicly, due to the Covid pandemic, Mass will be livestreamed Monday to Friday at 6:30 a.m. and on Sundays at 7:30 a.m.

Once we are permitted to celebrate Mass publicly, the parish will return to its regular Mass schedule and these celebrations will be livestreamed to allow those who cannot come to the celebration to participate form home.

Thank you very much to the Family of Faith Campaign for this generous grant.

*UPDATE:  Beginning Monday, March 15th, 2021, parishes in the grey zone will be permitted to celebrate Mass publicly with 15% occupancy. For St. Peter’s, this means a capacity of 115.  We will return to our normal Mass schedule of celebrating weekday Mass Monday to Friday at 8:00 a.m., Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15 a.m.

A Guided Tour of St. Peter’s Church!

Every year the parish normally gives a guided tour of the church to the young people who are preparing for First Communion. This is to help them feel more at home in their parish church. This year, because the preparations are online, the tour was pre-recorded for them. You can also download a pdf tour of our stain glass windows here.  If you have been missing St. Peter’s, please join us for a video tour of your parish church. Although the church is open every day for prayer, we are very much looking forward to when we can be back together for the celebration of Mass. Hope to see you soon!!!

A Message from Fr. Michael – Response to Covid-19 Second Wave

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