February 25th 2018: Second Sunday of Lent in Ordinary Time Year B

New to the Parish? Welcome!

You can register only by filling in this online Registration Form.

If you would prefer to fill in a paper Registration Form, these can be found at the Church’s entrances. You can drop off your completed form in an offertory basket.

Don’t forget we have a website that provides information about our parish.

Masses for the Week

Sat. February 24

  • 9:00 am † Bryan D’Sousa
  • 5:00 pm † Vincent Malandrino

Sun. February 25

  • 9:00 am † Arabella Cyncora
  • 11:00 am For the People of our Parish
  • 7:00 pm † Deceased members of Caccavelli Family

Mon. Feb. 26

  • 9:00 am † Holy Souls in Purgatory

Tues. Feb. 27

  • 9:00 am † Jim Malcolm

Wed. Feb. 28

  • 9:00 am † Joseph Emmanuel

Thurs. March 1

  • 9:00 am † Souls in Purgatory

Fri. March 1

  • 9:00 am
    • Intention of Mario & Maria Simao
    • † Martin & Arnolta Raposo
    • † Alfred & Matilda Hannah
    • † Ho Van Huynh
    • † Deceased members of Arca Family
  • 7:30 pm
    • Intention of Francis & Anne
    • Intention for the Homeless
    • † Vito Renda
    • † Myrtle D’Souza

Sat. March 2

  • 9:00 am † Deceased members of Simas Family
  • 5:00 pm † Baby Elise

Reflection

Today we see two sides of Christian life, transfiguration and self sacrificing love. The first reading, from an era when human sacrifice was thought to satisfy an angry deity, presents Isaac as forerunner of Jesus, God’s obedient servant. Abraham is type of that Father who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us. The prayer of Isaac, Jesus, and everyone who trusts in God even to death is heard in the psalm. Every Lent we contemplate the transfiguration, when Jesus took his three close friends to a remote place. There his appearance was gloriously changed. His disciples were awestruck at this glimpse of God, which was a foretaste of the resurrection. During Lent each of us is invited to accompany the Lord to the privileged rendezvous of prayer, there deepen our friendship with that beloved Son who never ceases to pray for us, so that one day we can share that glory which Jesus receives from the Father

(Sunday Mass Book)

OUR PARISH LENTEN ACTIVITIES

LEGION OF MARY

The Legion of Mary is looking to recruit new junior members between the ages of 6-17. It’s not to early for young parishioners to learn and grow in the knowledge of their Catholic faith. Parents, come and see what the Junior Legion of Mary is all about. Meetings take place every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Hall’s basement.

LEGION OF MARY-LENTEN SEASON

Journey through this Lenten season with Mary, the mother of Jesus. Reflect on Jesus’s life while praying the daily rosary with your family. To schedule a home visit of the Pilgrim Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, contact Dawne at 416-284-8699 or any member of our group.

YOUTH MINISTRY

HS Foundations successfully launched on February 4th with the Holy Spirit guiding our prayers, games and studies. Gratitude abounded for the Supper Saint who prepared and delivered a home-made meal.

High School students are invited to join in on March 4th starting at 4:00 p.m.

Parishioners are encouraged to pray for our youth and become “Supper Saints” (dates are filling up!) For more information, pick up a registration form in the Narthex, go to St. Joseph’s website or contact Angie Bernard at 647-242-8429

PRAYER GROUP

In preparation for the Easter celebration, the Prayer Group is or-ganizing Lenten Mission talks by Pastoral Associates.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, March 1 Father Paul - Holy Whispers, God is speaking. Are we listening?
  • Thursday, March 8 Deacon Vinh - Teaching us how to pray

Our service will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the Stations of the Cross followed by Praise & Worship. After this our guest speakers will commence their talk. All are welcome.

INCOME TAX RECEIPTS FOR 2017 CONTRIBUTIONS

Income tax receipts for all 2017 contributions to the regular Sunday Collections, ShareLife, Special Collections and the Building for Growth Fund are available in the Narthex for pick up. If you contributed to the Family of Faith Campaign in 2017 you will receive an Income Tax Receipt for this directly from the Archdiocese of Toronto.

Please pick up your Tax Receipt from the Narthex. The envelopes are in alphabetical order.

Kindly ensure you take your own receipt.

Thank you for your generosity.

SACRAMENTAL MINISTRY - FIRST HOLY COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION

See the Reconciliation & First Holy Communion sacrament page for more details

See the Confirmation sacrament page for more details

SUNDAY 9:00 A.M. CHOIR

God doesn’t call people who are qualified. He calls people who are willing, and then he qualifies them.

If you hear the call and would like to join the choir, we are currently seeking new members for the Sunday 9:00 a.m. mass. All parishioners, high school age and up, whose talent is singing are welcome. There is no need to be able to read music. (Students in high school will earn volunteer hours).

If you are interested in joining our choir please contact the church office or Isis Rebello @ 416-286-0707.

A DAY OF RECOLLECTION FOR EXTRAORDINARY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

All Parish Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers are invited to a time of recollection on this very important ministry. This will take place on Saturday, March 10 from 10:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Following this exercise, they will be re-commissioned or commissioned on Sunday, March 18th

2018 LIFT JESUS HIGHER RALLY

Saturday, March 3rd 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

225 Front Street West, Toronto

The theme of this year’s rally is “Fire on the Earth” (Luke 12:49).

Featuring inspired talks by Ralph Martin Sr., Ann Shields and keynote guest speaker Patti Mansfield. A High Mass (with Sunday readings) will be celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins. A Youth Mass (with Sunday readings) will be celebrated by Bishop Scott McCaig. A separate youth event (13-18 years) with great music, dynamic talks and inspirational skits.

Cost: $25.00/adult; $15.00/youth

Contact: Catholic Renewal Ministries

Phone: 416-251-4255 or 905-270-2510

Email: info@lift-jesus-higher-rally.ca

Website: www.lift-jesus-higher-rally.ca

Posters: http://bit.ly/LiftJesusHigherYouthFlyer http://bit.ly/LiftJesusHigherAdultPoster

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus are holding a membership drive on March 3rd and 4th. If you’re interested in joining a group of Catholic men who serve their parish & community, who live their faith through service & charity, and come together as friends & brothers, meet the Knights in the Church Hall after mass.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

Taking place on Friday March 2, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Dunstan of Canterbury (56 Lawson Road) Speaker will be Bishop Michael Pollesel

All are welcome!

Good Shepherd Refuge - Drop Off Date

Next meal drop off date for Good Shepherd Refuge is Saturday March 3rd between 9:30-10:00 a.m.