April 2nd 2017: Fifth Sunday of Lent – Year A

ShareLife Sunday

Sunday, April 2, 2017 is ShareLife Sunday

Please give generously.

Masses for the Week

Sat. Apr. 1

  • 5:00 pm †Abramo DeAcetis

Sun. Apr. 2

  • 9:00 am †Ercole Raponi
  • 11:00 am For the People of the Parish
  • 7:00 pm Tessy Joseph

Mon. Apr. 3

  • 9:00 am †Annie Meyer

Tues. Apr. 4

  • 9:00 am †Rita Carroll

Wed. Apr. 5

  • 9:00 am †Gil Quenneville

Thurs. Apr. 6

  • 9:00 am †Stephen Maynard

Fri. Apr. 7

  • 9:00 am
    • †Martin & Arnolta Raposo
    • †Alfred & Matilda Hannah
    • †Giuseppe Riggi
    • †Norman Hutton & Family
    • Nicole Ishmael Carolan & Family
  • 7:30 pm
    • †Jessie Gaush
    • †Carmelita Uyhan
    • †Souls in Purgatory
    • †Carmelita Uyhan
    • †Marco Tanel

Sat. Apr. 8

  • 9:00 am In Honour of The Holy Family
  • 5:00 pm †Rosario Calandra


The raising of Lazarus prepares us for Jesus’ own resurrection. He faces his enemies’ hate to go to Bethany, home of his close friends. To Martha he reveals Christianity’s greatest truth: his own person is life-giving, for time and eternity. He is Resurrection and life. There he weeps with emotion at seeing Mary’s tears. It is his gift of life to Lazarus which will bring on his own life-giving death. Through the prophet Ezekiel God had promised life to his people; he gives it in Christ Jesus, who is both Lord and friend, and who poured out his life for us. Our concern should not be how much we love Jesus the Lord, but rather that he has first loved us—so humanly, so unstintingly, that only his death could express that love’s depth. Once Jesus called Lazarus from the grave in response to his friends’ sorrow. If we affirm our belief in Christ as life, his Spirt will live in us and we will be God’s own. The some day Jesus will call each of us by name to everlasting friendship with him face to face.

Sunday Mass Book For Canada

Parish Lenten Confessions

On Monday April 10th at 7:00 p.m. confessions can be heard in our church. (It’s good for the soul!)

Divine Mercy Sunday

Between 1930 and 1938 Jesus appeared to a young Sister of Mercy in Poland, Sister (now Saint) Faustina, and instructed her to remind the world of His infinite love for us and the boundless mercy He makes available to everyone, especially the greatest sinners. He spoke of how much He is hurt when we distrust His mercy and goodness, using that we return to Him now in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion and that we ourselves be merciful always and everywhere to others.

Most importantly, Jesus requested the establishment of Divine Mercy Sunday on the Sunday after Easter. To learn more, be sure to pick up the Information and Novena pamphlets available next Sunday (April 9th) and plan to start the 9th day Novena on Good Friday in preparation for Divine Mercy Sunday, which is taking place on April 23rd

Holy Week 2017 - Schedule

Click here to view the Holy Week Schedule

Sacramental Preparation - Key Dates



Sunday April 23 @ 1:00 p.m.

  • Cardinal Leger
  • St. Dominic Savio
  • Sunday School
  • All other Candidates from associate schools

Sunday April 30 @ 1:00 p.m.

  • St. Brendan
  • St. Jean de Brebeuf


Classes have started. The next class takes place the week of February 19th. All class lists have been posted in the Narthex


Sunday May 7 @ 2:00 p.m.

  • Cardinal Leger
  • St. Dominic Savio
  • St. Jean de Brebeuf

Monday May 8 @ 7:00 p.m.

  • St. Brendan
  • Sunday School
  • All other Confirmandi from associated schools

Theology on Tap East

Our God is Human - A Holy Week Reflection

Faith Connections, the Office of Catholic Youth, and the local parishes invite young adults (19-39) to join us for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a comfortable and relaxed setting, with special guest: Dr. Margaret Lavin, professor Emerita, Reis College, Toronto School of Theology. Munchies provided. Cash bar.

April 10th, 7:00 p.m. @ Boston Pizza (400 Progress Ave.) www.faithconnections.ca

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)

C.W.L. Invitation

Invitation to all CWL Members and Parishioners to come and celebrate Our Lady of Good Counsel Mass  & Ceremony for New Members

Saturday April 22, 2017

11:00 a.m. mass

Luncheon to follow in the Hall

Tickets: $20.00

Purchase tickets from

Ingrid Hart (416) 282-8775

Lucia Vacca (416) 283-3536

Dear Friends, Lent is the favourable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbourhood. The Lord, who overcame the deceptions of the Tempter during the forty days in the desert, shows us the path we must take. May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need.

- Pope Francis

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

Living the Gospel by supporting ShareLife

“The ShareLife campaign provides for the needs of our social service agencies, helps to evangelize the Gospel to brothers and sisters in Christ across the world, and supports the education of our clergy. It is important that we continue to support the ShareLife appeal, to provide for the needs of the marginalized both here in our communities and around the world. Sometimes the results are obvious and sometimes they’re invisible but, always they make a tangible difference in the lives of the people we are helping. Please prayerfully consider how you can be supportive today on ShareLife Sunday.”

Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto