February 19 2017: Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time – Year A
Masses for the Week
Sat Jan. 21
- 9:00am †John Lee
- 5:00pm †Mary Menezes
Sun Jan 22
- 9:00am †Tony Fernandes
- 11:00am For the People of the Parish
- 7:00pm †Alexandre Papadimitropoulos
Mon Jan 23
- 9:00am †John Lee
Tues Jan 24
- 9:00am †Patrick Fernandes
Wed Jan 25 FEAST—CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL
- 9:00am †Kumari Lokugamage
Thurs Jan 26
- 9:00am †Arved Alexander
Fri Jan 27
- †Enrico Aguilar
- †Celia Thomas & Kathleen Killeen
- †Michael J. Murphy
- †Victor Opinaldo
- †Alphonsus Lambe
Sat Jan 28
- 9:00am † Jack Helferty
- 5:00pm †Mary Menezes
From the start of his ministry, Jesus provokes dynamic movement. He goes beyond John the Baptist’s cry for conversion of heart when he invites people in the midst of their work to leave everything and follow him. The first four disciples, simple fishermen, do so without hesitation. They in turn will seek other followers for Christ. The cures Jesus works accompany the Good News as signs that the kingdom of God has come.
Matthew presents Jesus’ ministry in Galilee as the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, for whom the presence of God means happiness and the liberation of a conquered people. If Christ fulfills God’s promise, his followers have no reason to take sides behind other leaders. All who acknowledge Jesus as Lord are united in him. Paul reminds us: they must not continue in serious quarrels.
With the psalmist we can pray to be steadfast followers of the Lord, placing all our hope in him. Those who accept the invitation to be disciples live under God’s rule and in the light of the Good News.
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.
Sacramental Preparation – Key Dates 2016 – 2017
Confirmation & First Holy Communion
(You are encouraged to bring your children to this session as we will do a walk-through of the Eucharist Celebration)
- 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
- 2nd Parent Meeting
- Sunday March 5th @ 1:00pm in the Church Hall
- Repeat 2nd Parent Meeting
- Monday, March 6 @ 7:00pm in the Church
Attention! Members of St. Martin De Porres
An update meeting to discuss the status of the building has been scheduled.
Date: Tuesday, January 31st @ 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hall of St. Boniface Church
Those chairing the meeting will be members of the construction team, the Chancellor for Temporal Affairs from the Archdiocese and Father Tom Moore.
Please pass this message along to any fellow parishioners
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
Archdiocese of Toronto – The World Day for Consecrated Life
ARCHDIOCESE OF TORONTO
On Thurs. Feb. 2nd the Church celebrates The World Day for Consecrated Life.
In the Archdiocese of Toronto we are blessed to have living and serving among us more than 900 religious men and women of 100 different religious congregations. This World Day for Consecrated Life is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank God for the gifts of these religious sisters, brothers and priests and to pray for God’s blessing upon them in their efforts to faithfully live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick will preside at a special Mass on Sunday, January 29th at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Basilica, Toronto in celebration of the vocation and witness of these special men and women who are such a vital and important part of the life and ministry of the Church in our Archdiocese.
All are welcome to attend.
Bereavement Ministry Training
These sessions are designed for the development and training of parish volunteers so they may provide a ministry to the bereaved in a parish setting. Participants will engage in an interactive, faith-based educational and spiritual opportunity.
Please bring your own lunch on Saturday.
- Cost of workbook (optional)
- Saturdays, February 11, 18, 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Saviour of the World Chinese Parish, 30 Bristol Road, West Mississauga
Registration deadline: Monday February 6th
Divine Retreat Centre
First retreat is scheduled to take place on January 28th and 29th.
Pre-registration is required to attend and the registration fee is $50.00 per person which includes lunch and refreshments.
You can contact them through their website at www.divinetoronto.org
Archdiocese of Toronto – Invitation to young men in grades 11 and 12
ARCHDIOCESE OF TORONTO
Invitation to young men in grades 11 and 12
Senior Men’s High School Retreat
Saturday February 11, 2017 @ 9:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Taking place at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 24 Cheritan Avenue, Toronto
Registration Deadline: Monday February 6th
Visit www.vocationstoronto.ca and select
High School Retreat to download the application
Information poster found at the back of our Church
An Evening of Music
Mary Mother of God School has an evening of live music on Sat. Jan. 28th @ 7:30 p.m.
Remembering the 60s to the 80s!
Tickets are $20.00 19 years and older welcome (cash bar available)
For more info: 416-531-7897