“We Are His People, the Sheep of His Flock” World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Decorative ImageIn the last century, one of the great developments in the history of the Church was the development of many “lay movements.” These lay movements often developed as a result of a rediscovery of the importance of baptism and the call that is given to all Christians to understand that they have been saved by Christ and that they are to live their lives as His disciples. One of these lay groups has the name the “Neo- Catechumenal Way.” The members of this community are convinced that their Baptism is one of the most significant moments of their lives and they spend their entire lives trying to respond to their baptismal call. Here in Toronto, we have several parishes that are devoted to this way of living and at St. Augustine’s Seminary there are about 20 candidates for the priesthood studying to serve this community and the Archdiocese. They are an important reminder to all of us of the importance of taking our Baptisms seriously and attempting to respond to God’s love for us.Continue Reading “We Are His People, the Sheep of His Flock” World Day of Prayer for Vocations

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

“I look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come” (Nicene Creed)

decorative ImageI can remember reading a survey a few years ago that surprised me a great deal. It was published in the Toronto Star and claimed that more than forty percent of Catholics believed in reincarnation.

This surprised me because Jesus offers us so much more through His life, death and resurrection.

The basic assumption behind reincarnation is that we can come back for a second chance. If we do not get it right the first time, there will be another opportunity to do so on the second, third or fourth attempt.Continue Reading “I look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come” (Nicene Creed)

Divine Mercy Sunday and COVID 19

Decorative ImageThere is a song that I used to like very much when I was a child. It is one that I am sure many of you will recognize. Its words are as follows:

He’s got the whole world in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands

 

He’s got the itty bitty baby in His hands
He’s got the itty bitty baby in His hands
He’s got the itty bitty baby in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands

 

He’s got a-you and me brother in His hands
He’s got a-you and me brother in His hands
He’s got a-you and me brother in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands

 

He’s got a-you and me sister in His hands
He’s got a-you and me sister in His hands
He’s got a-you and me sister in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands

 

He’s got the whole world in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands

The point of this song is pretty simple. It reminds us over and over again, that God holds all of us in His hands and because of His loving care, we will all be fine. As a child, this song made me feel safe and reminded me that the world was in God’s hands and everything would be alright because of His unconditional love and mercy.Continue Reading Divine Mercy Sunday and COVID 19