The Solemnity of the Ascension: Disciples Sent to Build the Church in a COVID 19 World

Decorative ImageIn the days following Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples of Jesus locked themselves away in self-isolation for fear that the Romans and Jews might arrest them for being followers of Jesus. This self-isolation was very similar to that which many people today have had to experience on account of the COVID 19 restrictions that are in place. Throughout the entire time of the disciples’ isolation, Jesus appeared to His disciples and strengthened them with assurances of His resurrection, peace, and the gift of the Holy Spirit by which He would always be present in their lives.Continue Reading The Solemnity of the Ascension: Disciples Sent to Build the Church in a COVID 19 World

“I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him” (Acts 10:34)

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St. Peter’s First Communion Class 2019

Normally, at this time of year, in our parish, and in the parishes around the Archdiocese of Toronto, many young people would be celebrating their First Communion. Sadly, this year, due to the restrictions of COVID 19, these celebrations are being delayed until it is safe to have such gatherings in our Church.

Recently, because of parish based catechesis and preparation, the focus at First Communion has been taken off of the school class and put where it belongs; on the family of the child who is preparing to receive the Eucharist. This has brought about a change in our First Communion celebrations that I just love. In the parishes that I have served in, we have taken to inviting the entire family of the young person making his or her First Communion to come up and receive the sacrament with the young person. I think it is so beautiful to see these young people coming forward, to receive Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist, while he or she is also surrounded by the family that loves and cares for this young person so much. Each family is filled with such joy as they witness the reception of First Communion for the young candidate. The experience of witnessing so many different families coming up with their young person to receive his or her First Communion has really emphasized something that all of us share in common, no matter what our backgrounds, and that is love and the desire for happiness for our friends and families.Continue Reading “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him” (Acts 10:34)

Public Celebration of Masses Cancelled in the Archdiocese of Toronto beginning Monday, April 19, 2021

Decorative ImageMy Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I hope and pray that you are all well and safe!

As a result of the COVID 19 restrictions ordered for the Province of Ontario, beginning on Monday, April 19, 2021, and lasting for at least May 20, 2021, there will be no public Masses celebrated in the Archdiocese of Toronto.

Under these restrictions, churches may only admit 10 persons, including clergy, at a time. All publicly celebrated Masses during this time have been cancelled.

During the lockdown, the parish offices are also closed and all meetings in the parish have been cancelled.

Each morning, I will be celebrating Mass privately Monday to Friday at 7:00 a.m. and at 7:30 a.m. on Sundays for the intentions of the parishioners. This Mass will be livestreamed from our parish website.

If you have any need that you would like me to remember at Mass, you may call and leave a message at the parish office: 416-534-4219.  I am still living and working at the parish. If you wish to speak with me, please call. Although the parish offices are closed, if I do not answer when you call, I will call you back as soon as possible.

The church will be open from Monday to Friday at 7:30 a.m. and I will be available in the church from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, the church will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and I will be available in the church at this time. This will also be the case on Sunday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. During these times, no more than 10 persons will be permitted in the church at a time. For this reason, so that others may also visit, please consider restricting your visits to 15 minutes.Continue Reading Public Celebration of Masses Cancelled in the Archdiocese of Toronto beginning Monday, April 19, 2021

St. Peter’s Church is Now Livestreaming!

Thanks to a generous grant that the parish received from the Family of Faith Campaign of the Archdiocese of Toronto, St. Peter’s Parish has been able to install equipment for livestreaming.

For as long as Mass cannot be celebrated publicly, due to the Covid pandemic, Mass will be livestreamed Monday to Friday at 6:30 a.m. and on Sundays at 7:30 a.m.

Once we are permitted to celebrate Mass publicly, the parish will return to its regular Mass schedule and these celebrations will be livestreamed to allow those who cannot come to the celebration to participate form home.

Thank you very much to the Family of Faith Campaign for this generous grant.

*UPDATE:  Beginning Monday, March 15th, 2021, parishes in the grey zone will be permitted to celebrate Mass publicly with 15% occupancy. For 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.

A Guided Tour of St. Peter’s Church!

Every year the parish normally gives a guided tour of the church to the young people who are preparing for First Communion. This is to help them feel more at home in their parish church. This year, because the preparations are online, the tour was pre-recorded for them. You can also download a pdf tour of our stain glass windows here.  If you have been missing St. Peter’s, please join us for a video tour of your parish church. Although the church is open every day for prayer, we are very much looking forward to when we can be back together for the celebration of Mass. Hope to see you soon!!!

A Message from Fr. Michael – Response to Covid-19 Second Wave

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