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Masses for the Week

Sat Jan 14 09:00 AM† Ursula Mendoza
Sat Jan 14 05:00 PM† Angela Rodrigues
Sun Jan 15 09:00 AM† Peter Banks
Sun Jan 15 11:00 AM
Sun Jan 15 07:00 PMIntentions of the Lobo Family
Mon Jan 16 09:00 AM† Rosaleen Neeson
Tue Jan 17 09:00 AM† Serrao Family
Wed Jan 18 09:00 AM† Peter Molina Mitra
Thu Jan 19 09:00 AM† Gilda "Jing" Puey
Fri Jan 20 09:00 AM† Gloria D' Souza
† Lorna Fraser
† Eileen Mary Farquharson
† Vivian Nappo
† Deceased Members of the Riggi Family
Intention of Brenda Muere
Sat Jan 21 09:00 AM† Mario Villacorta
Sat Jan 21 05:00 PM† Maria Sottile

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REFLECTION

What does it mean to be called by God? Today’s scripture readings put before us several of God’s witnesses and explain our own vocation as Christians. John the Baptist did not recognize Jesus until God revealed him; then he witnesses to him as the lamb of God who redeems us from sin, the Spirit– filled person, God’s chosen one. Isaiah speaks of a servant ( or small remnant of Israelites who remained faithful to God), called from birth to lead back God’s chosen people and all nations. Christians have understood this to be a prophecy about Jesus, whose life perfectly glorified the Father. Paul insists that he is called to preach to the Good News ( apostle means ‘ one who is sent’). But St. Paul is not the only chosen one of the community of saints for whom Jesus is Lord. God calls each of us to holiness. The psalm suggests what our response should be: praise, listening to God, witnessing, as did Jesus, the perfect servant of God’s will.

Sunday Mass Book

Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre

Day of ReflectionJanuary 30th, 2023 with Fr. Henk van Meifel, SJ 

Praying with the life of Sr. Faustina Kowalska, OLM 

Suggested offering—$65.00 per person includes lunch and coffee break 

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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. 

GOOD SHEPHERD BEEF & CASSEROLE PROGRAM

Thank you on behalf of the Good Shepherd for another month of your ongoing generosity. This month of January is now complete. Our next drop-off date is Saturday, 4 February 2023, 9:30 – 10:00 am in the west parking lot, after Saturday morning Mass 

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

TORONTO CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

2023-2024 Kindergarten Registration 

Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 10:00 am 

The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) has a long and distinguished history of providing excellence in Catholic education. Our staff work together to provide a safe and caring, play-based environment while delivering Ontario’s curriculum from a Catholic perspective. All applications must be submitted online via the Student Online Application for Registration (SOAR) website beginning January 25th at 10 am. Space is limited in some school locations. Parents are encouraged to apply early.