February 19 2017: Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time – Year A

Masses for the Week

Sun. Feb. 19

  • 9:00 am †John Lee
  • 11:00am For the People of the Parish
  • 7:00 pm † Michelina Cea

Mon Feb. 20

  • 9:00 am Ngoc Vu

Tues. Feb. 21

  • 9:00am †Souls in Purgatory

Wed. Feb. 22

  • 9:00am Mario & Maria Simao

Thurs. Feb. 23

  • 9:00am James Fitzgerald

Fri. Feb. 24

  • 9:00am
    • †Souls in Purgatory
    • †Moreno Pascual
    • †Kamala Bai
    • †Francis Riggi
    • †Peter Pinto

Sat. Feb. 25

  • 9:00am †Naphie Tomie
  • 7:00 pm †Rosario Calandra


Today’s reading set forth the holiness which God expects of his people. The ideal of perfect love, which our Old Testament reading demonstrates in his life and death, is based on God’s own holiness. In the words of the psalm we recall how God has forgiven and redeemed us; we must act toward one another with the same spirit of forgiving love. Even our enemies and our persecutors must be loved.

Christ demands of us only what he will practise himself. Christian maturity means that we imitate God in this perfect love. The law of holiness, given to the community by Moses, is explained in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. The believing community is the body of the risen Christ and the new temple of the living God.

It is through our relationship with Christ that we become children of our heavenly Father and through the spirit living in us that we learn that unselfish love by which we imitate the Father.

(Sunday Mass Book For Canada)

Tax Receipts - For 2016 Contributions

Income Tax receipts for all 2016 contributions to the regular Sunday Collections, ShareLife, Special Collections and the Building for Growth Fund are available in the Narthex.

Please note that effective this year, your Building for Growth donations are included in the Sunday collection receipt. Therefore you will receive only one receipt for all the above-noted collections.

If you contributed to the Family of Faith Campaign in 2016, you will receive an Income Tax receipt for this directly from the Archdiocese of Toronto.

When picking up your receipt please ensure you take the correct one.

Thank you for your generosity and God bless.

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!
  • Next pick up date is on March 4th

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

Sacramental Preparation - Key Dates


2nd Parent Meeting:

  • Sunday March 5th @ 1:00 p.m.in the Church Hall
  • Or: Monday March 6th @ 7:00 p.m.in the Church


Sunday April 23 @ 1:00 p.m.

  • Cardinal Leger
  • St. Dominic Savio
  • Sunday School
  • All other Candidates from associate schools

Sunday April 30 @ 1:00 p.m.

  • St. Brendan
  • St. Jean de Brebeuf


Classes have started. The next class takes place the week of February 19th. All class lists have been posted in the Narthex


Sunday May 7 @ 2:00 p.m.

  • Cardinal Leger
  • St. Dominic Savio
  • St. Jean de Brebeuf

Monday May 8 @ 7:00 p.m.

  • St. Brendan
  • Sunday School
  • All other Confirmandi from associated schools

Dynamic Women of Faith Conference

Taking place at John Paul II Polish cultural Centre

4300 Cawthra Road, Mississauga on Sat. March 25th ‘17

Opening mass being celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins @ St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish

Light breakfast, lunch and parking are included

Visit: dynamicwomenfaith.com for more information and the chance to register. Early bird fee is $55.00

Family of Faith Campaign Update

A year ago we completed the Family of Faith

campaign. In total, our parishioners pledged $820,005.00 of which St. Joseph’s will receive $267,500.00 once all pledges are collected. A heartfelt thanks to all the families and individuals that contributed to this campaign.

In order for our campaign to be completed, we need to collect the full amount pledged. As of Dec. 2016 80% of pledges are actively being fulfilled.

There are 20% of pledges that cannot be collected because of missing information, such as credit card expiry, etc. These pledges amount to over $190,000 of which $110,000 is earmarked for our parish projects. This can seriously impact some of the projects underway at St. Joseph’s. If your pledge falls into this category, please contact the Donation Dept. at campaign@archtoronto.org or call 416-934-3400 ext. 555 to complete the transaction.

Many thanks for your attention to this matter and your continued support.

World Day Of Prayer

On Friday March 3rd @ 7:00 p.m.

Taking place at Melville Church located at 70 Old Kingston Road

This year’s service is written by the Women in the Philippines. Everyone is welcome to attend this prayer service.

Knights of Columbus - Family Pancake Breakfast


On Sunday February 26th at 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $5.00 cash which includes 3 pancakes with syrup, 2 breakfast sausages, fruit juice and coffee or tea

Funds raised are for the Spiritan Vocations in South Africa.

Tickets will be available after masses on the weekends of February 11/12 and 18/19

Living the Gospel

We knew there had to be a reason we were not conceiving on our own. We worked with the FertilityCare Toronto doctors and our practitioner for 15 months and I had another surgery shortly thereafter to repair the Fallopian tube. After only two effective cycles, I was pregnant! I was closely monitored through regular blood work during the entire pregnancy. At 38 weeks and 3 days, I delivered our healthy and happy baby boy. Words cannot express how grateful we are to the FertilityCare Toronto and the staff for all their assistance. FertilityCare Toronto treats their patients with the greatest amount of respect and care. I have never felt so in control of my fertility as I do today.

Thank you ShareLife and FertilityCare Toronto!

Development and Peace Caritas Canada - Celebrating their 50th Anniversary!

Did you know that this organization was founded in 1967 by the Canadian Catholic Bishops after their participation in Vatican II where they listened to the concerns of the Bishops from the Global South about poverty, hunger, etc? To find out more about the work of this organization

Visit their website at http://www.devp.org/en/get-involved

CWL Members Invite

Come join the fun with the Line Dancing Classes!

For more information please check out the flyers posted at most of our church’s entrances.