Letter from Cardinal Thomas Collins for Marriage Sunday 2021

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

Bereavement Support Group Virtual Sessions

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.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Mr. Tom Benson

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.

Marriage Sunday

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

Email Impersonation Scam Targets Our Parishioners

​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.

THE LITURGICAL SEASON OF LENT DURING A PANDEMIC

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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.

  • Lenten Confessions: Fr. Michael is in the church 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. Confession can be celebrated at those times by simply asking him to hear your confession.
  • Stations of the Cross: A great Lenten spiritual exercise that can be prayed privately in the church. The church is open every Friday from 7:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.—maximum 10 persons at a time.
    Helpful Resources for Stations of the Cross

    1. Stations from St. Alphonsus Liguorihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEIvGC1WsbM(traditional)
    2. Stations of Cross – prayers- Catholic online www.catholic.org prayers – stations (video presentation -taken in Holy Land)

    This spiritual exercise is encouraged especially on Fridays during Lent but can be prayed daily as desired.

  • Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast (one full meal, and two lighter meals a day with no eating between meals), and abstinence (no eating of meat). The law of abstinence obliges those 14 years of age and older, and the law of fast obliges all those from ages 18 through 59 years of age.
  • Lenten Retreat: This year, due to the pandemic, there is no parish retreat in the church. You may find many excellent virtual retreats online. Sister Gabriel is recommending A Lenten Retreat called Journey into the Wilderness by the Irish Jesuits– an 8-session audio presentation of 15 minutes each, with time for personal prayer and reflection. It can be found at:  www.pathwaystogod.org/resources/wilderness-lent-retreat. The following schedule is suggested: start first session on Ash Wed; 2nd session on First Sunday of Lent; 3rd session on Second Sunday of Lent and continue each Sunday of Lent and then conclude on Good Friday. (If you start late then adjust to your own pace.) Sister Gabriel will make herself available to discuss the sessions with those interested on parish phone on Mondays – leave message at 416-534-4219 ext. 231 or by email: gabrielriddle66@gmail.com.
  • The Church recommends that we observe not only Good Friday, but the other Fridays of Lent as days of abstinence, or that we perform some act of charity as an alternative – the choice is yours. Lenten penance should be external and social, as well as internal and individual.

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.

Thank you Mr. Albert Wills for your constant generosity to our parish community, may you Rest in Peace

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.