December 1, 2019 First Sunday of Advent Year C

Masses for the Week

Sat. Nov 30

  • 9:00 am † Hanorah Fitzgerald
  • 5:00 pm † Leopold D’Souza

Sun. Dec 1

  • 9:00 am † Giuseppe Cornacchia
  • 11:00 am The People of the Parish
  • 7:00 pm † Giovanni Ciardullo

Mon. Dec 2

  • 9:00 am † Norma Billones

Tues. Dec 3

  • 9:00 am † Michael&Margaret Mullane

Wed. Dec 4

  • 9:00 am † Purification Coelho

Thurs. Dec 5

  • 9:00 am † Paul Camilleri

Fri. Dec 6

  • 9:00 am
    • † Souls in Purgatory
    • † Martin & Arnolta Raposo
    • † Alfred & Matilda Hannah
    • † George Chong
    • † Visitacion Faldas
  • 7:30 pm
    • † Cecelia Menon
    • † Pater Vaz
    • † Derek Francis
    • † Greg Low Wyld
    • † Franca Lucente

Sat. Dec 7

  • 9:00 pm † Mark & Daphne Footman
  • 5:00 pm † Rosario Calandra

New to the Parish? Welcome!

You can register 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.

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REFLECTION

Advent is here. We begin our preparations for Christmas, joyful for God’s great gift of Christ the redeemer. We celebrate the beginning of the Christ-event, not simply as a past moment in history but for the future hope it gives us. Although Jeremiah’s prophecy alludes to Jesus’ historical coming, this first Sunday of Advent emphasizes another coming: the glorious arrival of Christ our Lord at the end of time. Luke’s gospel uses traditional imagery—so familiar to our modern world– to picture the end. Luke’s point is not the cosmic catastrophe itself but the people it overtakes. Some are not ready. Others, whose lives have been deeply human and filled with prayer, have nothing to fear and everything to look forward to. They can stand tall; Christ is coming to complete the liberation of the world from sin. On a more intimate note, St. Paul has a special prayer for his beloved converts: that their love for all humanity may be like his great love for them. May we grow in holiness together until that great Day.

(Sunday Mass Book)

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT de PAUL Our 2019 Christmas Appeal

We are beginning our annual Christmas Appeal.Through your generous support, our neighbours in need will have a blessed and joyful Christmas.If you or your workplace would like to sponsor a family, please give us a call for details on a family.Please try to contact us before December 1st, which is the date that we aim to have our Christmas list completed.

Your donation and other donations are combined to buy gift cards from No-Frills and Wal-Mart to match the needs of the eligible families.Early donations are greatly appreciated.Income Tax receipts are provided for all donations received and they will be mailed out in late January.Store receipts are required for donated gift baskets but not required for gift cards.

If you know of any family in the Parish who could use some help this Christmas or for further information, please contact us at 416-282-0370 ext. 217.

SACRAMENTAL MINISTRY

To the families who will have a child scheduled to receive Holy Communion or Confirmation in 2020.

Details for the sacraments can be found here

ST. JOSEPH’S CHRISTMAS BELLS

Family Christmas party on  Saturday December 14th at 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  in the Church Hall.

Food, caroling, face painting, Ugly Christmas sweater  contest, Arts & Crafts, Entertainment.
AND……..
A visit from Santa Claus!

Get your family photo taken with Old Saint Nick!

Fun for the whole family!

ADVENT PARISH RETREAT

Here at our Church Hall On Saturday, December 7th, 9:30 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Pray, Sing, Hear, Contemplate

Deacon Andy Kemp and Fr. Deniel Sehlapelo explain “Advent: The Return to God”

BIBLE STUDY

New Bible Study for 2020!

If you are interested in registering for the 2020 Bible Study—Matthew—the King and His Kingdom. 24 Sessions, January 7 to June 23, 2020.Weekly Small Group discussion and DVD teaching St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Tuesday 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Please contact Pat Wilson for information to register
Contact Info: pwils435@gmail.com
416-997-8303

VOCATION SEEDS

They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.”

If God is calling you to ministerial service, contact Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocation Director, Archdiocese of Toronto at 416-968-0997

FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION WITH GOD

December 31st at 6:30 to 11:00 p.m.

This is a family friendly, potlock, alcohol free event
Tickets are $5.00 and children under  5 years of age are free.

  • 7:00 p.m. the Potluck begins followed by fun games
  • 9:00 p.m. Rosary
  • 9:30 p.m. Early Countdown

And after that until 11:00 p.m. DANCING!

Dance Like David (1 Sam 6:3,5)

Net proceeds will benefit our Youth Ministry

*Children in grade 8 and under must be accompanied by a parent

RIGHT TO LIFE CHRISTMAS CARDS

These are available for purchase.
The cost is $10.00 per package of 10 (mixed design).
Contact Lucia for information at 416-283-3536

ADVENT RETREAT: REFLECTIONS ON THE BLESSED TRINITY

December 14th at 9:30 a.m.
St. Augustine’s Seminary
2661 Kingston Road

Fr. Charles Anang will explore the profound depths of the Christian’s identity and sublime destiny. Through  baptism, he has become the temple of the indwelling Holy Spirit, so as to share in Christ’s sonship of the Father. The new child of the Father is to become a new Christ: “We are no longer two people, Jesus and I; we are just one: Jesus alone”(Blessed Dina Belanger). This reflection offers an opportunity to deepen our relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Holy Mass at St. Augustine’s venerable chapel is included with registration.

Feel free to invite friends and family to join us on this day.
Cost: $50 (including lunch) Contact: 416-261-7207

YOUTH MINISTRY CORNER

EDGE

Next EDGE Night is Dec.6, Let’s Prepare Our Hearts!
All EDGE FAMILIES are welcome to this EDGE night.

HS FOUNDATIONS

On Dec 1st, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Come holy spirit. Come High School students.
Includes free supper. Registration is also free.

NATIVITY PLAY

This will be presented Christmas Eve 4:20-4:45 p.m. All children between 3 and 13 years of age are invited to participate.

  • First rehearsal: Sat. Dec. 14, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Second Rehearsal: Sat. Dec. 21, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Questions? Call Angie: 647-242-8429

More information about the Youth Ministry is available on the Youth Pages or contact Angie Bernard at 647-242-8429