January 28 2017: Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time – Year A

Masses for the Week

Sat Jan. 28

  • 9:00am Jack Helferty
  • 5:00pm Mary Menezes

Sun Jan 29

  • 9:00am Dorothy Elizabeth Gallo
  • 11:00am For the People of the Parish
  • 7:00pm Cristino Balin

Mon Jan 30

  • 9:00am Monica Makhani

Tues Jan 31

  • 9:00am Cecile Eberts

Wed Feb 1

  • 9:00am Michael Gomes

Thurs Feb 2

  • 9:00am Cecile Eberts

Fri Feb 3

  • 9:00am
    • Robert Lanni James Pouze Ann & Dennis Persaud
    • Alfred & Matilda Hannali
    • Martin & Arnolta Raposo
  • 7:30 pm Naphie Tomie

Sat Feb 4

  • 9:00am Susanna San
  • 5:00pm CWL Members both living and dearly departed


Repeatedly the prophets insisted that God protects the poor and the despised; three times our prophet invites his hearers to seek God and take refuge in him. In the beatitudes Jesus expands on this Old Testament insight.

These demanding ideals, which reserve the world’s values, are addressed to all who would be his disciples. The first, about poverty of spirit, sets the tone and sums up all the rest.

Those who do not rely on the world are free to entrust themselves to God. Then Jesus speaks directly to his followers preparing them for persecution—and the joy which can flow from it. For if we suffer with Christ we will share his Joy! The psalm reminds us of the happiness of those “poor ones” who trust in God so as to be filled by him. This looks like foolishness, but St. Paul insists that the gospel opposes human wisdom. We cannot be proud of our own accomplishments; our only boast is God’s grace. Living according to the beatitudes conforms us to Christ and graces us with an anticipation of eternal joy.

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


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.

Legion of Mary

Membership Drive for Children

The Legion of Mary will be running a Membership drive after all week-end masses on February 11th and 12th

All children from the ages of 6 to 17 years are invited to join. Please meet the legionaries in the

Narthex after mass on that weekend.

Parents are earnestly requested to take the initiative to enroll their children.

We need your co-operation. Thank you.

Archdiocese of Toronto - Invitation to young men in grades 11 and 12


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

New Beginnings

This bereavement support group aids those who are having a hard time coping with the loss of a loved one.

Contact St. Maria Goretti Parish for more info.

Phone: 416-261-0076

Christian Unity 2017 Ecumenical Prayer Service

Join his Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins along with other religious leaders.at St. Michael’s Cathedral

Sunday January 29th @ 3:00 p.m.