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The Long, Slow Journey to Holiness – “We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight” (2 Cor. 5:7)
Public Celebration of Mass to Resume at St. Peter’s on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 15% Capacity
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: Sacrament of the Real Presence of God’s Love.
Prayers and Sadness at Discovery of 215 Children Buried at Residential School in Kamloops
Reduction in the Hours that the Church is Open
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The Long, Slow Journey to Holiness – “We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight” (2 Cor. 5:7)

Decorative ImageA few weeks ago, I was called by some old family friends to the hospital in Markham, Ontario to anoint one of their relatives who was dying. As it had been several years since I had last visited my old home town, I decided to drive by the home that I had grown up in and where my family had lived from 1972 to 1992. I could not help but notice in front of the home a beautiful huge Maple tree that was starting to get all its leaves as Spring was advancing. The tree was a huge, beautiful healthy tree that cast shade over the entire front yard of the house. I remembered that tree because I had planted it there with my father almost fifty years ago. It had been my job to water that tree and to help it take root. There were actually a few weeks when it was first planted that I was not convinced that it was going to survive; partially because I may not have watered it as regularly as I should have and the hot summer weather threatened not to allow it to take root properly. The tree had obviously survived those early challenges and was now a thriving and well rooted tree, like one of those that we hear Jesus speaking of in today’s Gospel.Continue Reading The Long, Slow Journey to Holiness – “We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight” (2 Cor. 5:7)

Public Celebration of Mass to Resume at St. Peter’s on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 15% Capacity

Decorative ImageBeginning Friday, June 11, 2021, as the Province of Ontario moves into Stage One of its Re-opening Plan, the parish will be permitted to celebrate Mass publicly with 15% occupancyFor 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.

Confessions will be celebrated in the side chapel Saturday from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. As Fr. Michael is alone, he will need to stop hearing confessions at 4:30 p.m. to prepare for Mass.

For the time being, those who come to Mass ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK. Please remain at home and watch Mass on television or our livestream if you have a fever, have been exposed to someone with COVID 19 or are sick.

In order to keep our parishioners safe, all those who had exercised the ministry of greeting and “safe worship sanitizers”, are kindly requested to resume their duties. THANK YOU in advance to all those who exercise this important ministry at this time.

Let us pray that this is the beginning of our safe return to “normal.”

We look forward to being with you again in church!

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: Sacrament of the Real Presence of God’s Love.

Decorative ImageThese days, during the COVID 19 pandemic, and the state of emergency that is now in existence in our province, many of us have gotten used to doing things “virtually.” We meet with people from work virtually, attend Bible studies and have virtual family celebrations. There is a certain ease to doing things virtually. There is no need to really show up for a virtual encounter. These kinds of meetings are convenient and don’t call for the same kind of commitment and sacrifice that really showing up for an event can require.Continue Reading Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: Sacrament of the Real Presence of God’s Love.

Prayers and Sadness at Discovery of 215 Children Buried at Residential School in Kamloops

Decorative ImageWith many people across Canada, the parishioners of St. Peter’s Parish were deeply saddened and sickened by the news of the discovery of the bodies  of 215 innocent young children buried at the Kamloops Residential School.

As the City of Toronto has had its flags flying at half mast in remembrance of these innocent young children for nine days, during these nine days the parish has been praying at all of our Masses for these young children and their families.

We are very sorry for any and all pain caused to our indigenous brothers and sisters by the crimes committed in these schools.

Linked are two statements on this matter: 1) From the Canadian Bishops; and 2) A Statement from the Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto.

Our entire community prays for healing and reconciliation.

The Parishioners of St. Peter’s Parish, Toronto

Thank you Emanuel Kirabo

For the past few years, Emanuel Kirabo has been the guard at the parish. He has been a faithful and friendly presence in our community and a loved member of our parish family.

Emanuel has been here as the guard working for the Archdiocese of Toronto. The diocese has housed archives and a computer lab in our basement. These will be moving and the parish will no longer have a guard.

Emanuel’s last day working on our site will be Friday, June 4, 2021. On behalf of our entire parish community, I would like to thank him for his service and wish him and his family our best wishes and prayers.

Thank you Emmanuel.

“In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Holy Trinity Sunday

Decorative ImageAs Catholics, every time that we pray, we begin by invoking the names of the three persons of the Holy Trinity, whose feast we celebrate this Sunday. This custom can be so habitual that at times we may do it without realizing how profound the words are that we are saying. Each time we name the three persons of the Holy Trinity, we are articulating a great mystery about God and his proximity to us that has been revealed to us by God Himself. The only way that we know about the Trinity and the names of the persons contained within God is because Jesus Himself has told us about Them. As the Son of God sent from the Father, Jesus has told us to call God “Our Father” and has repeatedly spoken to us about the Father. During His life Jesus promised His disciples that He would send them the Holy Spirit after He had returned to the Father. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the Church by Jesus and His Father in Heaven. That the three cannot be separated is witnessed to in the Gospel passage from Matthew where Jesus commissions His disciples to baptize all people “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”  Everything that we know about God as the Trinity has been revealed to us by the Trinity Himself. We can learn so much about God’s love for us in reflecting upon this great mystery of our faith.Continue Reading “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Holy Trinity Sunday