December 31st 2017: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
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New Year Schedule
December 31 (New Year’s Eve):
- Performing: St. Joseph’s Folk Group
January 1 (New Year’s Day):
- Performing: 9:00 a.m. Choir
- Performing: Senior Choir
- Performing: Celebration Group
Masses for the Week
Sat. December 30
- 9:00 am Intention of Mario & Maria Simao
- 5:00 pm † Simonne Beirne
Sun. December 31
- 9:00 am Intention of Robbins Family 11:00 am For the People of our Parish
Mon. January 1 Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God
Tues. January 2
- 9:00 am † Souls in Purgatory
Wed. January 3
- 9:00 am † Simeon Maristanes
Thurs. January 4
- 9:00 am Intention of Alicia Santos
Fri. January 5
- 9:00 am
- Intention of Mario & Maria Simao
- Intention of Lili’s Family
- † Michael Chin-Leung
- † Martin & Arnolta Raposo
- † Alfred & Matilda Hannah
- 7:30 pm
- Intention of Luzviminda Maristanes
- Intention of Ann Persaud
- † Teresa Manero
Sat. January 6
- 9:00 am † Eva Cochrane
- 5:00 pm † Edward Sebastien Meyers
This liturgical feast has been on the church calendar for about one hundred years, often on different dates. It is a “devotional” or “idea” feast that inaugurated by Holy Family associations. Everything we know about the Holy Family, which is not much, comes from the Gospel accounts read over the three years. It celebrates the unity and love so evident in the family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus. On the surface the Gospel describes the fidelity of the parents to the Jewish custom of presenting their first born male child to the Lord. As they do this in respect to the tradition, they encounter Simeon and Anna who represent that tradition and who acknowledge that new tradition is unfolding in the child Jesus. Their waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem is over; the hope of the past has been fulfilled and the future is at hand.
(Sourcebook For Sundays, Seasons and Weekdays 2018)
Prayer & Life Workshop
St. Timothy’s Parish, 21 Leith Hill Road, Toronto
The Prayer and Life Workshops are a series of sessions that help you learn and deepen your art of prayer. This learning has a very practical character, like a workshop: by praying we learn to pray. Session include prayer methods such as prayerful reading, prayer of surrendering, adoration, and contemplative prayer. In every session, we meditate on readings of the Word and listen to a message from Fr. Ignacio Larranaga, AFM Cap., our founder. The Workshop consists of 15 weekly sessions of 2 hours each and a final one day retreat. Instruction is free and all material have a total cost of $15.00.
Our website is http://tovpil.ca/Ontario
Good Shepherd - Provide A Meal Program 2018
ArchDiocese of Toronto - Win Great Prizes!!!
By participating in the Friars’ Student Writing Award Students aged 14-18 are invited to write a 500 word essay on the theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated January 18—25, 2018.
The theme for this coming year is “Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power” (cf. Exodus 15:6).
Students should read the Scripture passage Exodus 15:1-21 and respond to the following question in the essay:
Just as the Israelites sought deliverance from enslavement, in contemporary society the dignity of all people is threatened by new enslavements to poverty, violence, injustice and addictions. In what ways can Christians of all denominations work together to stave off these assaults to human dignity? Explain.
First prize is an IPad Pro (128 GB), second prize is a Kobo Aura H2O Edition2 and third to sixth prizes are a one year subscription to The Catholic Register and other prizes.Essays will be edited and published in The Catholic Register.
Deadline for entries is January 8, 2018. E-mail your essay to firstname.lastname@example.org or FAX it to 416-934-3409 (please include your full name, email address, phone number and the name of your school on the front page of the essay).
An opportunity you should not miss!
WHAT IS THE NEW YEAR FOR:
“The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul”
POPE FRANCIS ASKS:
“Have we used the past year mostly for ourselves, for our own interest, or did we know to spend it for others too? How much time did we set aside for being with God, in prayer, in silence, in adoration?”
AS YOU MAKE YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTION
“Consult not your fears but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potentials. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do.”
(St. Pope John XXIII)
Relic of St. Francis Xavier
A first– degree relic of missionary St. Francis Xavier is coming to the Archdiocese of Toronto, January 12 to 14, 2018. The forearm of the saint, permanently displayed at the Church of the Gesu in Rome, will be in Canada from Dec. 29 to Feb. 2, as part of a 14 city Canadian visit. In our archdiocese, the relic will be hosted by St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica (Jan. 12); St. Francis Xavier Church, Mississauga (Jan. 13); and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Toronto (Jan. 14) More information about the visit and a full schedule of events can be found at: www.cco.ca/relic
Organizers believe this is the first time the relic has been on Canadian soil. The body of St. Francis Xavier, which is buried in Goa, India, as well as the relic of his arm are incorrupt. They have not experienced natural decay since his death in 1552.
Lord Jesus Christ, who, being made subject to Mary and Joseph, didst consecrate domestic life by Thine ineffable virtues; grant that we, with the assistance of both, may be taught by the example of Thy holy Family and may attain to its everlasting fellowship. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen
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