March 1, 2020 1st Sunday of Lent Year A

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Masses for the Week

Sat. Feb 29

  • 9:00 am † Aidan Redmond
  • 5:00 pm † Lindolth Johnson

Sun. Mar 1

  • 9:00 pm † Lynn Dias
  • 11:00 am People of the Parish
  • 7:00 pm † Thomas Whyte

Mon. Mar 2

  • 9:00 am Intention of Mario & Maria Simao

Tues. Mar 3

  • 9:00 am † Boy Uy

Wed. Mar 4

  • 9:00 am† Karola Deschl

Thurs. Mar 5

  • 9:00 am † Joseph Coelho

Fri. Mar 6

  • 9:00 am
    • Intention of Transfiguration Langoyan
    • † Michael&Margaret Mullane
    • † Martin & Arnolta Raposo
    • † Alfred & Matilda Hannah
    • † Naseem (Jimmy) Shiekh
  • 7:30 pm Intention of Ben & Clementina
    • † Ron Shields
    • † Deceased members of Suico Family
    • † Deceased members of Arca Family
    • † Louis Santiago

Sat. Mar 7

  • 9:00 pm † Patrick Boyle
  • 5:00 pm † Nick Giocada

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On this first Sunday of Lent we consider the human experience of temptation and sin through literary forms heavily conditioned by ancient Jewish culture. The story of man and woman in the garden is contrasted with the temptations of Jesus in the desert—described in symbolic language—and the relationship between sinner and saviour, Adam and Christ. Jesus, who was fasting as a sign of total dependence upon God, refused to rely on material things, count on miracles, or take the royal road to success. Our first parents relied on themselves; they refused responsibility for their sin and blamed someone else. But, St. Paul tells us, Jesus took the sin of all on his innocent shoulders. He experienced human weakness and yet remained fully open to God’s call. In his own body he reconciled us, making it possible to say no to temptations of materialism in lifestyle, showy rather than simple faith, domination of others. God can change our human failure into victory, just as he raised Jesus to lordship at Easter!


Are available for pick up from the office.
Our hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. We close for lunch at 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.


As we begin this great season of Lent it is important to take some time to reflect on how we plan to best spend this time to grow as stewards of Christ. It is important that if we are going to give something up, we should strive to replace it with something good as well. Let us strive to fast from anything that prevents us from being good stewards and feast on those practices that strengthens us.


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


Friday, March 13, 7:00 p.m. to
Sunday, March 15 1:30 p.m.
St. Augustine’s Seminary, Scarborough

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 one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest.

Register online at Registrants 17 years old require parental consent.

For more information call 416-968-0997; email:


March 7th at 9:00 a.m.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre,
255 Front St. W.

The theme this year is “Jesus, light of the world.”



We invite ALL Parishioners to attend a series of Lenten Talks every Thursday. We have a list of guest speakers and we would want each of you at attend and be blessed this Lenten season.

The Lenten evening begins at 7:25 p.m. with Mary’s Way of the Cross followed with Praise and Worship and the dedicated Lenten Talk.

See details below
Mar. 5 TBA Audrey Johnson
Mar. 12 The 3 R’s for Renewal Deacon V. Tran
Mar. 26 TBA Sharon Marlow
Apr. 2 Lent a season of prayer Fr. Daniel Sehlapelor


Spiritual Bouquet for Ordinandi

The Catholic Women’s League, St. Joseph Council would like to send a special thank you to all in our parish community, the various ministries, schools and staff(especially St. Brendan COOL KIDS, Cardinal Leger andSt. Dominic Savio) for the overwhelming support of prayers for the Ordinandi Spiritual Bouquet.

Our total pledges for this year were: 11, 522 Masses, 9,371 communion, 7,342 Rosaries, 1,164 EucharisticAdorations, 1,297 visits to the Blessed Sacrament, 837 Stations of the Cross, 1,491 Sacrifices, 160,390 Prayers and 5,217 other.

A grand total of 198,631 pledges.

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


Nancy Jane Martineau,

Christian Family Life Chair


7770 Steeles Avenue East, Markham
Saturday, March 7 at 9:00 a.m.

Come and lean about the importance of a Will, Powers of Attorney & Estate Planning as well as Catholic teachings and traditions around cremation. The Archdiocese of Toronto Estate Planning Team and Catholic Cemeteries & Funeral Services will share:

  • How to protect your loved one with a proper Will
  • How to ensure your wishes are legally protected
  • About Powers of Attorney
  • Estate Trustee selection
  • Finding lawyers and estate planning advisors
  • Our Catholic traditions around wills, cremation, burial and funerals

An estate planning kit will be provided at no cost and refreshments will be provided.
RSVP: Frank Jannetta 416-733-8544 ext. 2023


THANK YOU for uplifting our youth in prayers and for your generous support. The youth are VERY, VERY grateful.

On February 28th EDGErs were rooted in how to “Honour your father and mother”

HS FOUNDATIONS and EDGE are going to the LIFT JESUS HIGHER RALLY on Saturday March 7th.

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