December 15, 2019 Third Sunday of Advent Year A

Masses for the Week

Sat. Dec 14

  • 9:00 am Intention of Debbie Fernandes
  • 5:00 pm † Mary Sequeira

Sun. Dec 15

  • 9:00 am † Deceased members of the Cornacchia Family
  • 11:00 am The People of the Parish
  • 7:00 pm † Daphne Footman

Mon. Dec 16

  • 9:00 am † Deceased members of the Serrao Family

Tues. Dec 17

  • 9:00 am † Fr. Sidny Chang

Wed. Dec 18

  • 9:00 am Intention of the Cenacle  Group

Thurs. Dec 19

  • 9:00 am † Bernadette DiNova

Fri. Dec 20

  • 9:00 am
    • † Michael&Margaret Mullane
    • † Vince Moione
    • † Leocadio Sr. & Pacita Osoteo
    • † Pablo & Erico Aguilar
    • † Peter Vaz

Sat. Dec 21

  • 9:00 pm † Martin Coyle
  • 5:00 pm † Dorothy & Samuel Johns

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

For Isaiah the image of wasteland represents the state of humanity unredeemed. But God is coming to save us, and the prophet calls on the wilderness to break into bloom. Just as nature’s beauty reflects the Lord’s approaching splendor, our lives should radiate joy. For God’s people are about to be made whole; he is ransoming (redeeming) us. Everlasting happiness will replace the suffering we experience while exiled from God. In the gospel Jesus applies to himself Isaiah’s words about the Messiah who saves the poor, the ill, the disabled. Jesus himself will bring in the age of joy. But in his prison cell John the Baptist questioned whether Jesus fits the Messiah’s description; John’s message had emphasized vengeance. Jesus’ ministry will perfect our understanding of how God saves: the role of God brings healing, it is not imposed by might or in wrath. Those who witness Christ’s work are even more blessed than John, the one who prepared his way.

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OUR FAMILY OF FAITH COMMITMENT

Please continue to contribute toward your pledge which you made to our Family of Faith Campaign. Your continued payments of your commitment to our campaign has already helped us pay down our parish loan, and will enable us to fund the paying of our parking, our priority project scheduled to be executed next year.

ST. MOTHER TERESA ON ADVENT

“The season of Advent is like springtime in nature, when everything is renewed and so is fresh and healthy. Advent is also meant to do this to us—to refresh and make us healthy, to be able to receive Christ in whatever form he may come to us”

ST. JOSEPH’S 2019 CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S SCHEDULE

OFFICE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

  • Tuesday December 24th
    • 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday December 25th
    • Closed
  • Thursday December 26th
    • Closed
  • Tuesday December 31st
    • 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday January 1st
    • Closed

SERRA'S "VOCATIONAL SEEDS"

"See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you."

Are you one to be sent? I God  is calling you to be a priest, deacon, brother or sister, contact  Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocation Director at the
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

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.

GOOD SHEPHERD 2020 SCHEDULE

Thank you for all your support during 2019! You’re contributions have help many who are in need.

To participate in this program here is how it works:

  1. We provide the casserole container and recipe.
  2. You prepare the same meal once a month.
  3. Drop off the casserole on the dates below between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m.in the west lot.
  4. Pick up an empty container during drop off.
  5. You’re done!

If you’re interested in participating in the program  please contact Annie Alkins at 416-283-7420

2020’s drop off schedule is as follows:

Jan. 4; Feb. 1; Mar. 7; Apr. 4; May 2; June 6; July 11; Aug. no pick up; Sept. 12; Oct. 3; Nov. 7; Dec. 5

ADVENT CONFESSION SCHEDULE

Archdiocesan Day of Confessions:

  • Monday, December 16th 10:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Parish Christmas Confessions:

  • Monday, December 16th beginning at 7:00 pm

YOUTH MINISTRY CORNER

EDGE

Next EDGE Night is on January 10th: Be NAMED!
For youth in grade 6, 7 and 8; registration is still open.

HS FOUNDATIONS

Next meeting is on January 5th 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Come Holy Spirt. Come high school students.

NATIVITY PLAY

There will be a NATIVITY PLAY presented before the 5:00  p.m. Christmas Mass on December 24th. If your child is  between 3 and 13 years of age, it’s not too late to be a part of the second rehearsal: Sat. Dec. 21, 10:00 to 11:30 am

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