February 14, 2021
To Married Couples throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto,
As we celebrate Marriage Sunday in the Archdiocese of Toronto, I wish to congratulate and thank married couples who strengthen our community through their daily witness of love, commitment and selflessness. Your ongoing “yes” provides hope and inspiration for the community, strengthened by God’s grace and the love and prayers of family and friends.
We also extend our loving support to those who have lost a spouse or have experienced the pain and suffering of a broken relationship. If you are in need of assistance during these difficult days, I encourage you to seek out programs and resources in your own parish or throughout our diocese so that we may accompany you through the healing process.
To those assisting couples as they prepare for marriage and for those engaged in marriage enrichment programs or movements to support the sacrament of matrimony, be assured of my gratitude. Your ministry is essential in laying a foundation for healthy relationships and loving families, something so urgently needed in our world today.
A host of resources and additional information on Marriage Sunday can be found by visiting: www.archtoronto.org/marriage or feel free to connect with your own parish community.
Thank you for all that you continue to do to value and enrich the sacrament of marriage in our homes and parishes, extending our love for one another to all those we encounter each and every day. May God continue to bless you now and always!
Sincerely in Christ,
Thomas Cardinal Collins
Archbishop of Toronto
During this time of pandemic and grief, we are pleased to be sponsoring Bereavement Support Group virtual sessions on Tuesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. “Grieving with Great HOPE” is a Catholic faith-based program that consists of a five-week grief support workshop using an on-demand video format that is available on Formed. It offers a prayerful, practical and personal approach for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. These sessions will be facilitated by Sr. Gabriel Mary Riddle, CPS, pastoral assistant at St. Peter’s Parish in Toronto, and assisted by seminarians from St. Augustine’s Seminary of Toronto. There is no cost to attend, but online registration is required. To those interested, please register by Tuesday, February 23 at: http://bit.ly/BS-RegisterMar20.
Link to the Paulists’ Lenten retreat https://paulist.org/retreat/
- -Register now for this virtual retreat on Feb. 27
- -Retreat costs $25 US
- – If there are any problems with registration, contact this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The parish learned the sad news that Mr. Tom Benson died on the morning of Sunday, February 7, 2021. For many years, Mr. Tom Benson served as the parish bookkeeper and was also the bookkeeper for the Paulists Fathers in Canada. He worked tirelessly for the parish and was completely devoted to the community. Mr. Benson retired in 2016. Please keep him and his family in your prayers. A funeral will be celebrated for Tom at Christ the King Parish in Etobicoke. It is limited to family members due to capacity limits in place in the Province of Ontario. Rest in peace Tom.
Cardinal Collins has designated the weekend of February 13/14, 2021 as Marriage Sunday in the Archdiocese of Toronto. This occasion provides an opportunity to honour husband and wife while saluting the faithfulness, sacrifice, and joy that comes with the marriage covenant. To those preparing for marriage, newlyweds, and those that have been companions on the journey for decades, we offer our prayers and best wishes in a special way for the weekend of Feb.13/14. Let us celebrate the tremendous contributions of married couples who continue to strengthen our faith community. Let us also pray and extend loving support to those who have lost a spouse or are struggling from a broken relationship. For more information and resources on marriage, visit: www.archtoronto.org/marriage
In recent days, the Archdiocese of Toronto has received reports from parishioners who have gotten suspicious emails supposedly from our priests or staff members. These emails attempt to start an online conversation or they have a suspicious document attached to the message.
These emails are not from the Archdiocese of Toronto. Online fraudsters are impersonating members of the archdiocese and we ask you to be on the lookout for online scam attempts.
For this fraud effort, it is helpful to look at the sender’s information to determine if an email is legitimate or not. The fraudster is unable to access the email accounts of our priests or staff, so they are using other email services to impersonate archdiocesan clergy and employees. For instance, the name in the “from” line will seem familiar, but the email address listed after the name will not be that person’s usual account. Or the “from” line will list the familiar person’s regular email address (instead of their name), but the email address listed after it will be another address entirely.
If the sender information seems odd or if the message is out of character for the sender, do not reply to the message or download any of its attachments. Please report the email to the sender at a known email address or by phoning them.
If we are vigilant with our online security, these fraud attempts should stop soon.
LENT IS HERE
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 a 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.
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. Arrangements for the celebration of the Easter Triduum will be announced closer to the date according to the Provincial Pandemic Protocols.
LENTEN RECONCILIATION SERVICES
- Fr. Michael is in the church every day to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and distribute the Eucharist (Monday to Friday from 7:30 to 9:00 A.M., Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. and Sunday from 8:30 to 11:30 A.M.). To celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation any day, simply ask to celebrate it. If you desire a longer discussion, please consider booking an appointment for a longer period of time. These times will change if we are permitted to once again celebrate Mass as a community.
The tax receipts for 2020 will be mailed out the week of February 1, 2021. Thank you very much for your contributions. We appreciate your generosity in supporting your spiritual home.
For many years, Mr. Albert Wills (Steven Albert Wills) served our parish community as a volunteer sacristan. He volunteered countless hours over the decades to make our liturgical celebrations beautiful and to assist at many other parish celebrations. I am extremely grateful to him for all that he did for our parish community.
Albert died on the morning of Sunday, January 24th, 2021, surrounded by his family. A Funeral Mass, which only his immediate family and friends may attend due to capacity limits, will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Church on Saturday, January 30th at 11:30 a.m.
Visitation for a limited number of persons will take place in the church on Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:15 am. Due to capacity limits of a maximum of ten at this time, visitation must be booked in advance through Ward Funeral Homes. A visitation time may be booked by visiting: www.wardfuneralhomes.com/memorials/stephen-wills/4507513/index.php
May Albert Wills rest in peace.
Winter Welcome Table offers FREE take away meals each Monday night from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Pick up from St. Peter’s Church, 659 Markham Street (approach from Bathurst St. entrance)