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Masses for the Week

Sat Jan 7 09:00 AM† Laura De Guia
Sat Jan 7 05:00 PM† Gabriel Celestine Van Veen
Sun Jan 8 09:00 AM† Thomas Banks
Sun Jan 8 11:00 AM
Sun Jan 8 07:00 PM† Adam Befetel
Mon Jan 9 09:00 AM† Mary Kyle
Tue Jan 10 09:00 AM† Mary Kyle
Wed Jan 11 09:00 AM† Pablo Adelila Aguilar
Thu Jan 12 09:00 AM† Neal & Rob Farquharson
Fri Jan 13 09:00 AM† Bob Schuler
† Delfin Cuajungco
† Brian Ylagan
† Bot Pham
† Hiep Nguyen
Sat Jan 14 09:00 AM† Ursula Mendoza
Sat Jan 14 05:00 PM† Adrian Montero

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REFLECTION

Today’s feast, older than Christmas, marks the showing of Jesus to the world. This revelation had once been limited to the chosen people of Israel; now it extends to all nations. In the persons of the wise men, the world comes bearing gifts to worship its King. The magi responded to signs, even to the most surprising sign of God’s presence in the world, a little child cared for by its mother. God manifests who he is in weakness and simplicity rather than in power. The psalm brings to mind Jesus’ ministry to the needy; one day all humankind will worship and serve him as God’s son. Isaiah speaks of the presence of God as a great light rising over the city of Jerusalem, drawing peoples from all over the earth out of their darkness. God’s presence makes his people radiant, and praise to him wells up spontaneously . God’s revelation of himself to the world is the great mystery of which Ephesians speaks; all of us without exception are called to be members of Christs body and radiant signs of his glory.

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SHARELIFE CAMPAIGN

We wish to thank all our parishioners for donating to ShareLife. Because of your generosity we were able to raise $90,476 which will allow ShareLife to continue to:

  • help victims of domestic violence
  • ensure isolated seniors are not forgotten
  • deliver food to children in developing countries
  • form priests and deacons who will minister in our parishes 

Your support makes these programs possible, among many others. Thank you for living the Gospel by providing for those in need. 

Celebration of Marriage Mass with Bishop Nguyen

Sunday, February 12, 2023 02:30 PM – 03:30 PM 

St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, 65 Bond Street, Toronto 

Bishop Vincent Nguyen will preside at a special Mass to honour married couples, especially those celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries (25th, 40th, 50th, 60th or 60+) in 2023. All married couples will have an opportunity to renew their vows and milestone anniversary celebrants will be honoured with a special blessing. 

The Mass is open to all, but due to space restrictions those wishing to attend are asked to register online. Milestone anniversary celebrants will be assured of reserved seating. All other seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those who are unable to attend at the Cathedral are invited to join the celebration via livestream Mass here: https://www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live/ 

Please visit www.archtoronto.org/marriage to register. 

ST. VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY

This year our Christmas appeal was a great success. For 60 families their Christmas was a little brighter. We wish to express our appreciation and thanks to all of you for your generous response to the families in need in our midst. Blessings to each and every one of you in this New Year! 

The beauty of life is found in people who care And the goods of life are given only to share And we who are blessed with the ability to give Just remember, not doing so 'may our God forgive’

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PILGRIMAGE TO THE
HOLY LAND
Under the spiritual guidance of the Pastor of St Joseph Parish
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Enrich your faith journey
NOVEMBER 15-23, 2023
9 days $3,850 from Toronto, including taxes and tips
Under the spiritual guidance of the Pastor of St Joseph Parish
fr francis folleh
Enrich your faith journey
NOVEMBER 15-23, 2023
9 days $3,850 from Toronto, including taxes and tips
itinerary

NOV 15

Depart Toronto on a direct flight to Tel Aviv, Israel.

NOV 16

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, we collect our luggage and meet our guide and transfer to our hotel in Nazareth. En route we stop at Cesarea Maritima, one of the most important cities in Roman Empire, built by Herod the Great.

We can explore King Herod’s ancient port and harbor, the city’s Roman theatre, hippodrome, and aqueducts. St Paul the Apostle was imprisoned here for two years, before he went to Rome, where he was executed. We continue to Haifa and Carmelite Church of Stella Maris on Mount Carmel, where we celebrate Mass. We also stop at the Hanging Bahai Gardens, famous garden terraces around Bahai shrine.

Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.

NOV 17

We start our day with a boat ride on the peaceful Sea of Galilee where Jesus miraculously walked on water. In Tabgha (also known as Heptapegon, the Seven Springs) we see the Church of Multiplication with its famous 5th century fish mosaic and the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy.

Later visit Capernaum, home of St. Peter and the site of Christ’s preaching. Celebrate mass on Mt. Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his famous Sermon on the Mount. In the afternoon we stop to renew our baptismal vows at baptismal site on Jordan River, where according to tradition, Jesus was baptized by St. John the Baptist.

Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.

NOV 18

In the morning we ascent Mount Tabor – the Mount of Transfiguration. Continue to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus and the place where he spent the first 30 years of his life. We visit the Basilica of Annunciation, built over the remains of Byzantine and Crusader churches.

It incorporates the cave in which the Virgin Mary received the news from the Angel Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus. The upper part of Basilica is adorned by huge mosaics of the Virgin Mary donated by communities from around the world. We also see Mary’s Well and St. Joseph’s carpentry shop. On to Cana – the site of Jesus’ first miracle, where couples will be able to renew their marriage vows.

Mass. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.

NOV 19

We leave Nazareth in the morning. We drive through the Judean Desert to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

Later we descent to the Dead Sea– the lowest place on earth (423 meters below sea level). Time to enjoy the sun and float on the surface of the Dead Sea. In the afternoon we see monastery on the Mt. of Temptation and finally we arrive in Jericho the oldest city in the world. We stop by Sycamore tree to tell the story of Zacchaeus.

Mass, dinner and overnight in Jericho.

NOV 20

Today our journey takes us to the village Ein Karem, where we will visit the Church of Visitation, the site of the Blessed Virgin Mary’ s visit with her cousin Elizabeth. This is the place where Our Lady said Her ” Magnificat.” We continue to Bethlehem.

First, the visit to Shepherd’s Field where Angels appeared to the shepherds, to announce the birth of Jesus. Later we visit the church of Nativity built over the tomb of St. Jerome. In the Grotto under the central altar, we will walk by the Holy Manger, and touch the spot where Jesus was born, the Silver Star with the Latin inscription Hic de Maria Virgine Jesus Christus Natus Est (Here of the Virgin Mary Jesus Christ was born).

Mass. Dinner and overnight in Jericho.

NOV 21

In the morning, we will head to Jerusalem to visit the Pater Noster Church– site of where Jesus taught his disciples the Our Father prayer. Enjoy the view of the Holy City from atop the Mount of Olives. We then walk down the Palm Sunday Road, the road Jesus followed on his way to Jerusalem. We stop at the chapel of Dominus Flevit where our Lord wept and shed a tear for the city of Jerusalem.

We then proceed to the Garden of Gethsemane and pray at the Church of All Nations also known as the Basilica of the Agony. It was built over the rock on which Jesus is believed to have prayed in agony the night before he was crucified. In the afternoon, we visit Mount Zion, home to King David’s tomb and the Upper Room where the Last Supper is said to have taken place.

We also visit the Abbey of the Dormition, where Mary fell into Eternal sleep and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, built on the site of the House of the High Priest Calaphas. This is where the Jesus spent the night in the dungeon after his arrest. On this site, Peter denied Jesus, three times.

Mass in one of Jerusalem churches. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

NOV 22

In the morning we will enter the Old City and begin with the Church of St Anne built over the house of Joachim and Anne.

Here we also visit and pray at the pool of Bethesda where Jesus Christ healed a man who was crippled for 38 years. We continue with the Stations of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrows). We walk carrying the cross the same pathway Jesus walked from Pilate’s Judgment Hall, where he was condemned to death to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, site of Crucifixion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Mass. At the end of the day, we stop at Western Wall, the holiest Jewish site in the world.

Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

NOV 23

Morning transfer to Tel Aviv airport for our flight to Toronto.

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SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION DATES

21st Annual Friar’s Writing Contest 2023

Oct. 4—Jan. 16, 2023 

High School students (ages 13-19) in the Catholic School Boards located in the Archdiocese of Toronto are invited to participate in the this annual event that commemorates the global Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. 

Write a 500 word essay that explores the 2023 theme. Students are encouraged to explore the resources at https://bit.ly/3AgBy5J and address the focus question found on the poster at https:// bit.ly/3KXgu8m. 

Contact ecumenism@archtoronto.org or call 416- 934-3400 ext. 527 for more info.