As we celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend, Father Michael and the parish staff would like to thank all of the parishioners for their support and understanding during this pandemic. We pray that your family is safe and well this Thanksgiving! Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM in the Church. The parish office will be closed and there will be no adoration on that day.
Parish is now accepting 2022 Mass Intentions for all weekday Masses at 8 AM (Monday-Friday) and weekend Masses Saturday 5 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM and 11:15 AM.
Offering: For announced date $20 per Mass and for Unannounced date $10 per Mass. The parish has been given permission to celebrate Mass with multiple intentions every Thursday at the 8:00 am Mass.
To avoid crowds in the office during the pandemic you are asked to call and make an appointment for your visit (416-534-4219)
Normally every thanksgiving the parish has a food drive for the Good Shepherd Ministry. This year we are not collecting canned foods. Instead, if you are able to support the Good Shepherd Ministry, you may donate money to help them feed those most in need. Donations may be sent directly to them at: Good Shepherd Ministries, 412 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1T3. Alternatively, cheques may be made payable to:
St. Peter’s Church – Food Drive and the parish will forward your donation directly to them. If you would like more information about the good work they do, please go to –www.goodshepherd.ca
Thank you for remembering those most in need at Thanksgiving.
For thousands of years, The Creed has arguably been the most recognizable confession of faith amongst Christians. As social, political, cultural, and religious turmoil of all kinds have threatened God’s people throughout the centuries, this confession has stood as a signal fire of the Church’s unique and distinct identity in the midst of an ever-changing world. To this day, Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants alike profess The Creed at Baptisms and Confirmations, during Holy Masses, and even in prayers and songs. More than just a mindless recitation of religious words, The Creed is truly meant to act as a repeated pledge of allegiance, a constant renewal of vows before God, a continual commitment to conform our lives according to all that we claim to believe. And yet, just like so many of the gifts we receive, The Creed can be so easy to take for granted, and we can quickly forget and lose sight of its true worth.
Over the course of 12 weeks this Fall we will dive into this ancient yet ever-present treasure of our faith. Each week we will unpack and explore a particular section of the Creed and wrestle with questions like, “Should these beliefs even matter to me?”, “Are these claims actually true?”, “How would my life be different if I really lived in light of these realities?”, and so many more.
If these are questions you’ve found yourself asking, if you’ve wanted to further your understanding of and deepen your love for our faith, or even if this is the first time you’ve really considered some of these things seriously, we would be delighted to have you join us.
“I believe; help my unbelief!” -Mark 9:24
Join us Thursday Evenings starting at 7:15 pm in the Auditorium. Seating Limited by Covid Protocols, First Come, First Seated. For more information contact the parish office at 416.534.4219Continue Reading The Apostle’s Creed Lecture Series
As Christians, we are invited to share the Good News with others. Today this can be done by inviting someone to consider joining the R.C.I.A. in the parish where they would like to attend Sunday Mass. The “R.C.I.A.” is the Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults. Through the celebration of these rites in their local parish community, individuals become members of the Catholic Church through their local parish community. These rites are accompanied by a catechetical process which educates those who are becoming Catholic in the teachings of Christ and the traditions of the Church that He established to continue His mission and spread the Good News.
Here at St. Peter’s those who wish to become Catholic are invited to begin attending Mass in our parish community each Sunday. As they do this, they are accompanied by the R.C.I.A team and meet on Tuesday evenings to learn about our faith, deepen in a prayer relationship with Jesus, and discover how they can find their place in our Christian community through Sunday worship, service of neighbour and prayer. The R.C.I.A. at St. Peter’s will begin in September. The group will meet throughout the length of the school year. The Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) will be celebrated at Easter (April 16, 2022) and the group will continue to meet until the end of the Pentecost season (June 2022).
For those already Baptized in another Christian denomination a shorter path towards joining the Catholic Church may be possible, depending on their previous faith formation.
Starting Tuesday evening, September 14, 2021 from 7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The R.C.I.A. program here at St. Peter’s invites all non-Catholics who are interested in learning about our Catholic faith. The program will meet weekly on Tuesday evening at 7:15 p.m. The participants in the R.C.I.A. program are called Catechumens, or Candidates. A Catechumen is one who has never been baptized and is considering becoming a Catholic. A Candidate is someone who has been previously baptized in a Christian denomination other than Catholic. Please pray for the success of this year’s R.C.I.A. program. Please call to register with Fr. Michael at 416-534-4219 ext. 211
The parish invites parishioners to consider getting involved in different ministries. The parish needs Children’s Liturgy Ministry, Ushers and Ministers of Hospitality, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Eucharistic Ministers for sick and shut-ins and Altar Servers.
Please consider attending workshops:
- Children’s Liturgy Ministry – Saturday, September 25 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Auditorium
- Eucharistic Ministers for sick and shut-ins – Thursday, October 14 from 2 pm – 4 pm in the Church
- Lectors – Saturday, October 16, from 1:30 pm – 3 pm in the Church
- Eucharistic Ministers -Saturday, October 30 from 1:30 pm – 3 pm in the Church
- Ushers and Ministers of Hospitality – Saturday, November 6 from 1:30 pm – 3 pm in the Church
Please call the parish office at 416-534-4219 to register
The parishioners of St. Peter’s Parish joyfully wish our Jewish brothers and sisters a blessed and good beginning to the New Year 5782. In particular, we extend these wishes to Rabbi Aaron Levy, his family, and the entire community of Makom Centre for Creative Downtown Judaism. Thank you for celebrating these High Holidays with us and for the privilege of your trust and friendship. May the one God who created us all bless all of you and keep you throughout the coming year.
A sincere and heartfelt thanks to all those at St. Peter’s who prayed for my healing, who visited me, made inquiries and sent cards. God bless you and your families for your kindness to me. I am progressing well and hope to return once my treatments are completed.
United in prayer – Sr. Gabriel Mary Riddle, cps