THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Masses for the Week

Sat Dec 16 09:00 AMIntention of Maria and Sandro Iannuccilli
Sat Dec 16 05:00 PM† Felicitas Ellazar
Sun Dec 17 09:00 AM† Clifford D'Souza
Sun Dec 17 11:00 AMPeople of the Parish
Sun Dec 17 07:00 PM† Maria Ciampaglia
Mon Dec 18 09:00 AM† Kenneth & Lillian Murrell
Tue Dec 19 09:00 AM† Bernadette Dinova
Wed Dec 20 09:00 AM† Sotero Raymundo
Thu Dec 21 09:00 AMIntention of members of the Serrad & Da Silva families
Fri Dec 22 09:00 AM† Giorgio Civello
† Segunda Soriano
† Anthony Martins
† Isabel Innes
† Mateo Tanuan
† Vinzi Mione
† Susie Tzogas
Intention of Jocelyn and Rene Bernardo
† Steven Alexander Bonnar
Sat Dec 23 09:00 AM† Augustine & Piedade Fernandes
Sat Dec 23 05:00 PM† Angelo H. Nepomuceno

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HOLY EUCHARIST

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REFLECTION

Joy permeates our liturgy today as the commemoration of Christ’s birth nears and the promise of his final coming takes deeper root in our hearts. Our life should be a continuing Advent liturgy of joy. As John the self-effacing witness leads us to the one God has sent, we prepare our hearts for this happy encounter. We read Isaiah’s prophecy as referring to Christ in its first section; then we respond joyfully to our saviour, the Spiritfilled servant of God. When we recognize that we are poor, enslaved, broken-hearted, God is most able to intervene with power and love. The joy and renewal we experience is echoed in our psalm: it is Mary’s canticle of praise, her Magnificat. The fruit of the Spirit is joy; this inspires unceasing prayer and gratitude to God for everything that happens, easy or difficult. We must not stifle the Spirit, St. Paul tells us, but wisely discern good from evil. The apostle prays that we will all become saints; God himself will achieve this in us. Then we shall rejoice!

Christmas & New Year Schedule 2023

ADVENT CONFESSION SCHEDULE

THURSDAY DECEMBER 21, 2023 from 10:00 AM

Please note: confession session will end when no one else is waiting.

ADVENT MISSION ON THE INFANCY NARRATIVES

St. Benedict Church, Mon-Wed, Dec 18-20 7:00 to 9:00 PM

For three evenings, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB will help us reflect on the great biblical stories of this holy season and take deep dive into the Infancy stories of the Gospels of Matthew & Luke and the Word made flesh from John’s Gospel.

Check the poster on the bulletin board for more info.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: 2023 TAX RECEIPTS

Please note that ONLY Donations received at the parish office by December 29th, 12 noon qualifies for a 2023 Tax Receipt.

2024 DONATION ENVELOPES

The 2024 donation envelopes are available for pick up in the Narthex. They are alphabetized within each tray.

Please be patient and ensure you are taking your own box. Please help us return those boxes that are not yours to their original spots to save everyone’s time.

We thank you for your generosity and for following and respecting this guideline.

Do you feel called?

There was a man named John, sent by God, who came as a witness to testify to the Light, so that through this person all people might believe. Is it possible God could be calling your name to witness to the Light of Christ in our day?

If you think God is calling you to be a priest, religious or deacon, call Fr. Matt McCarthy, Director of Vocations, Archdiocese of Toronto at 416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org or check www.vocationstoronto.ca.

REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN!!!

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION FOR CHILDREN

Who should register?

  • Children in grade 2 and 7 of the school year 2023-2024
  • Children in public schools in grade 2 and 7 of the school year 2023-2024 or children who have missed a Sacrament at the usual time. Note: they must register for both Sacramental Prep and Sunday School

Please register using the buttons below.

FIRST RECONCILIATION & HOLY COMMUNION

The first parent meetings for First Reconciliation will be on Sunday, 15 Oct 2023 OR Tuesday, 17 Oct 2023.  Please register BEFORE these two dates

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Children in non-Catholic schools or who have missed a Sacrament at the usual time must register for Sunday School.

Announcement to All Ministries by the Parish Office

BULLETIN DATEDEADLINE
December 17th, 2023Wed, Dec 6 by 5 PM
December 24th, 2023Tues, Dec 12 by 5 PM
December 31st, 2023Thurs, Dec 14 by 5 PM
January 7th, 2024Thurs, Dec 29 by 5 PM

Edge Youth Ministry

EDGE Youth Ministry 2023—2024 has opened its registration for youth in grade 6, 7, and 8.

EDGE will meet on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month, starting from Oct 13th, 2023.

COME DISCOVER HOW THE WORD CREATES!

We grow in our relationship with God & one another through various activities: obstacle courses, escape room puzzles, team crafting & more.

Please contact Jeremy Tanuan for more information: JTanuan@archtoronto.org or 416-282-0370 ex. 213.