April 23rd 2017: Second Easter Sunday – Year A

Masses for the Week

Sat. Apr. 22

  • 9:00 am Intention for Clifford D’Silva
  • 5:00 pm †Rosalia Florio

Sun. Apr. 23

  • 9:00 am †Pacifico Andal
  • 11:00 am For the People of the Parish
  • 7:00 pm †Carmen Skiba

Mon. Apr. 24

  • 9:00 am †Martin Coyle

Tues. Apr. 25

  • 9:00 am †Dennise Ward

Wed. Apr. 26

  • 9:00 am †Hollaham & Stapleton Family Members

Thurs. Apr. 27

  • 9:00 am Intention for Martin Family

Fri. Apr. 28

  • 9:00 am
    • Intention for Rene Roncesvalles
    • Souls in Purgatory
    • †Vera Hobbs
    • †Rose Marolt
    • †Casimira Sanchez

Sat. Apr. 29

  • 9:00 am †Mary-Lou Crochet
  • 5:00 pm †Maria Covi


During Easter’s fifty days of rejoicing we have time to savour the meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection. The gospel tells of the disciples’ fear (they still did not understand) changing to great joy when suddenly Christ stands among them. He brings the forgiveness won by his wounds and gives the young Church, in the power of the Spirit, his mission: to make available his forgiveness and peace.

On Easter the disciples were slow to believe; later, Thomas demands the concrete proof which faith does not require. But his scepticism gives way, when Christ appears, to the strongest expression of faith found in the gospels. His confession evokes our faith, who have not seen and yet believe. The first two readings show the effects of the risen Lord’s presence; the community formed at Easter stands out for its common prayer and mutual love, while the individual believer looks forward in glorious joy to seeing the risen Lord.

Trails cannot wipe out the joy of those who believe. One day we will see fully!

Sunday Mass Book For Canada

Divine Mercy Sunday - April 23rd

Seventeen years ago, Pope St. John Paul II established a new feast day, Divine Mercy Sunday, to be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, in response to Jesus’ request for this to St. Faustina in the 1930’s. Jesus said that it would be a day when “I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who will approach the fount of My mercy.”


  1. Novena begins on Good Friday. If you wish to pray it with others, meet at the Divine Mercy image (beside the confessional) after ANY service on that day and after 9:00 a.m. Mass during all of Easter week.
  2. Acts of Mercy—word, deed and prayer.
  3. Make a Good Confession

Information and Novena Pamphlets are available at church exits. See the bulletin boards for details of the special Hour of Adoration and Benediction on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23rd.

For more information, please call Bonnie Washer at 416-284-5772

Good Shepherd Provide–A-Meal Program

Sacramental Preparation - Key Dates

Congratulations to our First Communion recipients this Sunday.

May you always feel the love and presence of the Lord as you receive Him.

C.W.I. Reminder Notice

St. Michael’s College U of T Scholarship—$3000.00

Eligibility: Any woman of Catholic faith applying to St. Michael’s College as their first choice for post secondary education. The applicant must be entering the Faculty of Arts and Science in one of the following areas of study: Commerce, Computer Science, Humanities and Social Sciences or Sciences.

Applications can be found online at www.cwltoronto.ca.  Click RESOURCES then RESOURCES DOCUMENTS.

Or contact Hyacinth at hyacinth.fernandes@tcdsb.org

Or 416– 287-1231

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ,  in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world

The New Evangelization Summit: Learning to Share the Good News

Friday May 12th @ 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. & Saturday May 13th @ 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Live streamed from Ottawa to Holy Family Church,

91 Ribblesdale Drive, Whitby

Go to www.newevngelization.ca for ticket information

2017 Annual Charities Lottery

July 13, 2017

Over 500 prizes to be won

  • 1st Prize: $200,000.00
  • 2nd Prize: 2017 Ford Mustang Convertible
  • 3rd Prize: 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

Tickets: $5.00 each

All proceeds are raised for Special Olympics and Arthritis Society (sale begins weekend of April 1st)

Call for Conscience Campaign Update

Close to 30,000 letters were sent to our elected officials as well many calls were made. Thank you to all who have been involved.

On April 11, the Ontario Liberal majority on the Bill 84 committee voted to defeat amendments to protect the conscience rights of doctors and nurses. Therefore no such protection will be in the legislation. The campaign also seeks to establish a system where patients could access a “telehealth” line where they can be informed on end of life services including palliative care, pain management, home care and if they so choose, assisted death. This model will eliminate the need for physician referral in most cases.

We will continue to advocate for conscience protection moving forward and encourage you to share your concerns in any interaction you may have with your own MPP. Please continue to pray for all those impacted by issues of conscience and for all those who are sick and suffering among us.

For more information, please visit our website www.canadiansforconscience.ca

Once again, thank you for your support!

Catholic Education Week April 30 to May 5

Walking Forward Together

We invite all parishioners to join in celebrating Catholic Education Week 2017. For more than 165 years, Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic schools have been integrating our faith into all aspects of school life, nurturing the gifts and talents of every student. We celebrate the distinctive contribution that Catholic schools provide, giving thanks and offering our prayers for all those who faithfully journey with our young people each day.

For more information visit www. goodnewsforall.ca

Canada 150 Spring Fling

You are invited to St. Joseph’s  CANADA 150 SPRING FLING  Saturday, April 29th In St. Joseph’s Hall

6:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

$35.00 per Person

Casual red & white or cultural dress

Dining, Dancing, Raffles and Cash Bar

“Let us celebrate the success that is CANADA”

Contact: Bryan Noble (416) 286-6631

Michael McManus (416) 438-8453