March 4th 2018: Third Sunday of Lent in Ordinary Time Year B

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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.

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Masses for the Week

Sat. March 3

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

Sun. March 4

  • 9:00 am † Januario & Mario Noronha
  • 11:00 am For the People of our Parish
  • 7:00 pm † John Lambert

Mon. March 5

  • 9:00 am † Joan Martindale

Tues. March 6

  • 9:00 am † Deceased members of Bihag Family

Wed. March 7

  • 9:00 am † Celia Gough

Thurs. March 8

  • 9:00 am † John & Millie Arsenault

Fri. March 9

  • 9:00 am
    • Reparation for Sinners
    • † Maureen Noble
    • † Cristino Balin
    • † Thomas Gutierrez
    • † Ethel McGillery
  • 7:30 pm
    • † Mrytle D’Souza
    • † Ethel McGillery
    • † Maura Cejo
    • † Mrytle D’Souza

Sat. March 10

  • 9:00 am Intention of Sheligh Wrabko
  • 5:00 pm † Rosario Calandra

Reflection

Do we serve God with an undivided heart? The ten commandments are introduced to us in the first reading as the way God’s people achieve freedom. They have been decreed by the one who liberated his beloved people from slavery. God the liberator demands total allegiance, both in the worship we give him and in our relationships with other people. In the gospel, Jesus acts on behalf of God to restore true worship to his Father’s house and save it from desecration. But he goes further: he declares that he will replace the temple with another sanctuary, where God will be worshipped perfectly. He refers to his own body, for Jesus will be crucified by his enemies only to be raised up on the third day. By his perfect obedience, Jesus restores and perfects our worship of God in his own body. Christ crucified is the sign of complete and undivided worshipful service. To those who do not understand, the cross is a scandal, foolishness, the sign of weakness. But to those who recognize unselfish love, the cross reveals God’s total love for us.

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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.

LIVE CHRIST SHARE CHIRST

You are all invited to the LCSC Monthly Assembly which has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 10th after the 9:00 a.m. mass instead of March 3rd. Learn from Fr. Tony Adusei’s teaching.

PRAYER GROUP

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

The schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, March 8 Deacon Vinh - Teaching us how to pray
  • Thursday, March 15 Father Folleh - Evangelization
  • Thursday March 22 Father Gonsalves- Emotion

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.

THE CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE

The C.W.L., St. Joseph’s Council would like to send a special thank you to all in our parish community, the various ministries, schools and staff for the overwhelming support of prayers for the Ordinandi Spiritual Bouquet.

Our total pledges for this year totalled:

  • 1,499 Masses
  • 1,372 Communions
  • 2,461 Rosaries
  • 228 Eucharistic Adorations
  • 195 Visit to the Blessed Sacrament
  • 141 Stations of the Cross
  • 371 Sacrifices
  • 103221 Prayers
  • 244 Other

A grand total of 109,732 pledges.

Thank you very much for your participation of this annual offering of prayers.

Kim Deans,

Christian Family Life Chair

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.

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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 10th from 10:00 to 1:00 p.m.

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

VOCATIONS

Come and See Weekend-Friday, March 23 (begins at 6:30 p.m.) to Sunday, March 25 (ends at 1:30 p.m.) at St. Augustine’s Seminary. Inviting single Catholic men 17 years and older to cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. Time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming on of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest. Register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca . Registrants 17 years old require parental consent. For more information please contact your Parish Priest or the Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org

SHARELIFE

Living the Gospel by providing for homeless youth On any given night, 6000 people across Canada between 16 and 24 have nowhere to call home. This represents 20% of the total homeless population. The ShareLife-supported Right s of Passage program at Covenant House has been active in making a positive difference in the lives of homeless youth on the streets of Toronto. The program matches adolescents with mentors, who help them build life skills. By supporting ShareLife, you’re helping at-risk youth prepare for life on their own.

March 18 is ShareLife Sunday. Please give generously

PARISH 6 MONTH STATEMENT OF RECEIPTS & DISBURSEMENTS

My Dear Parishioners,

Kindly find included in this week’s bulletin a copy of the Statement of the Parish Receipts and Disbursements for the last six months of the year 2017. This is presented side by side with the account of the corresponding period in 2016.

I cannot thank you enough for your generous contributions that have kept our parish alive and generally well.

May God’s abundant blessing always be yours.

Fr. Oliver Iwuchukwu,
CSSp. Pastor