December 25 2016: Nativity of The Lord – Year A

Masses for the Week

Sat Dec 24

  • 9:00am Intention of Genna Mandyk Scrivens
  • 5:00pm Children of the World
  • 7:30pm
  • (Midnight)12:00am For the People of the Parish

Sun Dec 25

  • 9:00am Thanksgiving - Martin Family
  • 11:00am For the People of the Parish
  • 7:00pm No Evening Mass

Mon Dec 26

  • 9:00am Joan Williams

Tues Dec 27

  • 9:00am John Rodrigues

Wed Dec 28

  • 9:00am Giovanni & Aquilina Vacca

Thurs Dec 29

  • 9:00am Dennis Pinto

Fri Dec 30

  • 9:00am
    • Intention of Mario & Maria Santos
    • Casimir D’Silva
    • Choleng Escalano
    • Bernardina Padilla
    • Circumcision Lopez

Sat Dec 31

  • 9:00am Thanksgiving - Tat Siu & Maria Fan
  • 5:00pm Louis Figueira

Reflection

Instead of the story of Bethlehem, this oldest of Christmas Masses tells the meaning of the incarnation. St. John recites the pre-history of Jesus Christ: the Word, existing before time, coming from God and equal with God, is made flesh, shares our mortal condition. God speaks his Word: in the man Jesus we encounter God. As perfect image of the Father, Christ makes God’s glory visible in the world. Now we can know and see him! In sharing our life Christ shows us its full meaning. Never before had God done that, the letter to the Hebrews reminds us. This Son shares God’s own majesty now reveals him fully. God-become human in Jesus is the Good News of salvation for a world in today’s liturgy, bids us pay attention to God’s messenger who brings peace, happiness and salvation, and ushers in God’s rule. God has immersed himself in the world to redeem us. We have reason to sing and shout for joy.

Sunday Mass Book

Archdiocese of Toronto Celebrates 175th Anniversary

December 17 marks the 175th anniversary of the Arch-diocese of Toronto, kicking off a year-long celebration of this historic milestone. Originally part of the Diocese of Kingston, on December 17, 1841, Pope Gregory XVI formally created the Diocese of Toronto and named Michael Power its first bishop.

The Archdiocese of Toronto is planning numerous historical and spiritual activities to commemorate the 175th anniversary, including a large-scale celebration at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica on May 30, 2017. In acknowledging this significant anniversary, Cardinal Thomas Collins remarked:

“It is a tremendous blessing to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Toronto. It is always a joy to express my gratitude to those, past and present, who have made incredible contributions to our city, province and country, inspired by their faith. Over the next year, we will honour the past, energize our present faith community and look forward to an exciting future.”

More information on the Archdiocese of Toronto 175th celebrations can be accessed by visiting: www.archtoronto.org.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Blessings and very best wishes for the coming year to all our parishioners!

From The Pastoral Team and Office Staff

2016 Advent, Christmas & New Year Season Schedule

Christmas Eve Masses

Saturday, December 24, 2016

  • 5:00p.m. Nativity Play & Carol singing begins at 4:25p.m.
    • (Sunday Celebration Group) Children can bring their teddy bears and stuffed animals for blessing
  • 7:30p.m. Carol singing begins at 7:00p.m.
    • (Saturday Folk Group)
  • 9:30p.m. Filipino Mass
    • Carol singing begins at 9:00p.m.
  • 12:00a.m. Midnight Mass
    • Carol singing begins at 11:15p.m.
    • (Choir led by Jason Gotera)

Christmas Day Masses

Sunday, December 25, 2016

  • 9:00a.m. (Choir led by Isis Rebello)
  • 11:00a.m. (Choir led by Jason Gotera)
  • No Evening Mass on Christmas Day

New Year’s Day/Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God & World Day of Peace

Saturday, December 31, 2016

  • Masses: 9:00a.m. and 5:00p.m.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

  • Masses: 9:00a.m., 11:00a.m. & 7:00p.m.

The Epiphany of the Lord

Saturday, January 7, 2017

  • Mass: 9:00a.m. and 5:00p.m.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

  • Masses: 9:00a.m., 11:00a.m. & 7:00p.m.

 

Sacramental Preparation - Key Dates 2016 - 2017

First Communion

  • 1st Parent Meeting
    • Sunday, February 5th at 1:00pm in the Church Hall
  • Repeat 1st Parent Meeting
    • Monday, February 6th, @7.00pm in the Church

(You are encouraged to bring your children to this session as we will do a walk-through of the Eucharist Celebration)

  • 2nd Parent Meeting
    • Sunday March 5th @ 1:00pm in the Church Hall
  • Repeat 2nd Parent Meeting
    • Monday, March 6 @ 7:00pm in the Church

(You are encouraged to bring your children to this session as we will do a walk-through of the Eucharist Celebration)

Confirmation Classes

January - May 2017

Class Lists are posted at the Church, on the Narthex Bulletin Boards

Confirmation Retreats: To be hosted by each elementary school

Parish Office - Holiday Hours

Monday, December 26, 2016 Closed
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 Closed
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 9:00-12:30 & 1:30-5:00p.m
Thursday, December 29, 2016 9:00-12:30 & 1:30-5:00p.m
Friday, December 30, 2016 9:00a.m. - 12:00noon
Monday, January 2, 2017 Closed

Good Shepherd Provide-A-Meal Program

Thank you once again from the Good Shepherd Refuge! The casseroles parishioners prepare feed the needy that drop in to the Good Shepherd Refuge on Queen Street East, in downtown Toronto. How the program works: - We provide you the casserole container and recipe. - You prepare the same meal once per month. - Keep some for your family - it's delicious! - Drop off the casserole on the dates below between 9:30a.m. and 10:00a.m. after the Saturday morning mass at the west parking lot. - Pick up an empty container when you do the drop off. - You're done!

Want to participate in this program? Contact Annie Alkins (416)-283-7420

2017 Pick Up dates

  • Jan 7
  • Feb 4
  • Mar 4
  • Apr 1
  • May 6
  • Jun 3
  • Jul 8
  • Aug - no pick up
  • Sep 9
  • Oct 7
  • Nov 4
  • Dec 2