The Apostle’s Creed Lecture Series

Decorative ImageWhat does it mean to say, “I believe”?

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

Invite a Friend to Become Catholic!!!!!

Decorative ImageAs 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

Please Get Involved

Decorative ImageThe 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

Happy Rosh Hashanah to our Jewish Brothers and Sisters!

Decorative ImageThe 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.

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A message from Sr. Gabriel

Decorative ImageA 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

Eucharistic Adoration Update

Decorative ImageEucharistic Adoration in the Church takes place Monday to Friday after the 8:00 AM Mass until 9:30 AM. Please note that due to security reasons the Church will be closed at 9:30 AM soon after the Blessed sacrament has been reposed.

St. Peter’s 125th Anniversary Celebration!

St. Peter's Church 125 anniversary celebration. September 18 & 19, 2021

All are Welcome!
Please join us for our Celebration at our Sunday Masses:

Saturday, September 18th, 2021

  • 5:00 pm Mass

Sunday, September 19th, 2021

  • 9:00 am and 11:15 am Mass
  • Discipleship Fair and Open House ~ 12 noon to 4:00 pm
  • Solemn Vespers in the Church ~ 4:00 pm

Limited Seating Due to Covid-19 ~ First Come, First Served

Public Celebration of Mass to resume at St. Peter’s Beginning Wednesday, June 30th at 25% Capacity

Decorative ImageBeginning Wednesday, June 30, 2021, as the Province of Ontario moves into Stage Two of its Re-opening Plan, the parish will be permitted to celebrate Mass publicly with 25% occupancy

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!

Each morning at 7:30 a.m., Cardinal Collins is livestreaming the celebration of Mass, the Rosary and the Angelus for the day. You can access these events live, or watch them at your own convenience, by visiting the Archdiocesan website at: www.archtoronto.org.

There are many other spiritual resources that you can find on television or online. The Canadian Catholic network, Salt and Light, has Mass and many other devotions each day.  Vision Television also has many Catholic and Christian broadcasts. Some may also wish to access the American Catholic television station EWTN—the Eternal Word Television Network. All of these provide excellent Catholic resources to feed us at this time when we are unable to visit our parish church and celebrate the Eucharist with our faith community.

I will post my Sunday homily each week on the website.

Please, also, if your situation allows it, remember the financial needs of your parish during this difficult and challenging time. Contributions can be mailed to the parish, left in the mailbox of the Sisters of Life door, or made online through “Donate Now” at the website of the Archdiocese of Toronto—www.archtoronto.org.  If you donate through the Archdiocesan website, please be sure to select your parish for the donation—St. Peter’s Church – Toronto.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch with me if you wish. Be assured of my prayers for you and your families and I ask you to keep me in your prayers.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch with me if you wish. Be assured of my prayers for you and your families and I ask you to keep me in your prayers.

With Profound Sadness and Heartfelt Sorrow! 

Decorative ImageWith profound sadness and heartfelt sorrow, we the parishioners of St. Peter’s Parish, learned with the rest of Canada of the discovery of another 751 bodies in a cemetery of a residential school in Canada. 

We are deeply sorry that our Indigenous brothers and sisters suffered and died in such a tragic manner in Canada’s residential schools. 

We pray for these innocent children and their families. 

Our community expresses its profound sorrow that this happened in Canada and that members of the Catholic Church participated in this system. 

We are praying for all who continue to suffer because of these tragic events. All will be remembered at our parish Masses.

We pray for reconciliation and healing in our nation and Church.