March 12th 2017: Second Sunday of Lent – Year A

Masses for the Week

Sat. Mar. 11

  • 5:00 pm †Micheal J. Murphy

Sun. Mar. 12

  • 9:00 am †Ercole Raponi
  • 11:00 am For the People of the Parish
  • 7:00 pm †Benito Barbieri

Mon. Mar 13

  • 9:00 am †Presentacion Chua

Tues. Mar. 14

  • 9:00 am Patrick Paraan

Wed. Mar. 15

  • 9:00 am †Mariano & Consuelo Calayag

Thurs. Mar. 16

  • 9:00 am †Deceased members of Bass Family

Fri. Mar. 17

  • 9:00 am
    • †Josephine & Arnel Opinaldo
    • †Laureano & Cardiad Opinaldo
    • Deceased members of DeidrickFamily
    • †Mathi & Rosamma Mathai
    • †Joseph & Anna Joseph
    • 7:30 pm †Marian & Perly Raju
    • †Agnes & Doreen DeSilva
    • Hoa Nguyen

Sat. Mar 18

  • 9:00 am †John D. Gaspar
  • 5:00 pm †Elena Covacich


Last week’s gospel, which showed Jesus fasting in the desert and subject to temptation, revealed to us his full humanity. Today his identity as God’s Son is declared. With three close friends he has climbed a mountain, traditional meeting place with God, and been caught up in glory. Peter interrupts Jesus’ conversation with Moses and Elijah, who represent the Law and Prophets; he wants to cling to this ecstatic experience. Then the presence of God (symbolized by a bright cloud) overwhelms the disciples. They learn to reverence God’s holiness. Only Jesus’ touch quiets their awe-filled fear. He will come down from the mountain of the transfiguration to take the road toward the cross, strengthened by this religious experience for the Calvary that lies ahead. Abram, too, had to abandon everything he held dear to answer God’s call. Hardship is part of Christian living, but the letter to Timothy assures us that God’s power will carry us through. We need only to trust in God’s love for us..

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Our Parish Lenten Activities

Weekly Activities:

  1. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  2. Mass followed by Stations of the Cross every Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  3. Lenten Talks every Thursday beginning with the Stations of the Cross at 7:30 p.m. This has been organized by the Prayer Group and takes place in the Hall. Everyone is welcome.
  4. Christian Life Seminar takes place every Friday beginning at 7:00 p.m. This has been organized by the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life and takes place in the Church basement room. Everyone is welcome.

Other Activities:

  1. Parish Lenten Retreat on Sat. March 18; 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  2. Archdiocesan Day of Confessions on Thurs. March 30; 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  3. Parish Lenten Confessions on Monday April 10 at 7:00 p.m.

St. Joseph's Parish Lenten Retreat

Our Parish Lenten Retreat is scheduled for Saturday March 18, 2017, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Please endeavour to attend this one-day retreat. It is designed to help us make the best of the wonderful opportunities for renewal which this Holy Season of Lent offers us. Rev.Fr. Pat Fitzpatrick CSSp will be our Retreat Moderator.

Father, help me to see this holy season of Lend as a time of Spiritual renewal rather than a time of deprivation.  Motivate me to reach a new level of experiencing your grace.

Come and See Weekend

Fri. Mar. 17 beginning at 7:00 p.m. to Sun. Mar. 18th at St. Augustine’s Seminary.

This is an invitation for single Catholic men 18 years and older, to cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. Time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic Priest.

Please contact Father Oliver or Father Tony or the Office of Vocations at: 416-968-0997 or email

Sacramental Preparation - Key Dates


*** NEXT WEEK ***

2nd Parent Meeting:

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

Society of St. Vincent de Paul “Bundle Up” Weekend

On March 18th and 19th at St. Joseph’s a SSVP container will be in the church’s west parking lot to collect your gently used clothing, footwear and linens.

Drop off times are from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Legion of Mary

Call to all Auxiliary Members to attend the annual Acies ceremony. This is the Consecration to Our Blessed Mother

When: Saturday, March 18

Where: Our Lady of Fatima Church

3170 St. Clair Ave. East

Annual Manresa Weekend Retreat for Men

Taking place at the Manresa Jesuit Renewal Centre at 2325 Liverpool Rd. Pickering. Beginning Friday March 17 @ 7:00 p.m. (registration) to Sunday @ 1:00 p.m.

Suggested offering is $185.00, which includes room, meals and retreat.

Come to renew and be transformed.

Message from the CWL

Spiritual Bouquet for Ordinandi

The C.W.L.’s St. Joseph council would like to send a special thank you to all in our parish community, the various ministries, Schools and staff (esp. St. Brendan and St. Dominic Savio) for the overwhelming support of prayers for the Ordinandi Spiritual Bouquet. Our total pledges for this year were 8,415 Masses, 1,420 Communions, 1,902 Rosaries, 365 Eucharistic

Adorations, 249 Visit to the Blessed Sacrament, 244 Stations of the Cross, 436 Sacrifices, 54,193 Prayers and 165 Other. The grand total of 67,389 pledges.

Thank you so much for your participation of this annual offering of prayers.

Kim Deans (Christian Family Life Chair 2017-18)

Canada 150 Spring Fling

You are invited to St. Joseph’s  CANADA 150 SPRING FLING  Saturday, April 29th In St. Joseph’s Hall

6:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

$35.00 per Person

Casual red & white or cultural dress

Dining, Dancing, Raffles and Cash Bar

“Let us celebrate the success that is CANADA”

Contact: Bryan Noble (416) 286-6631

Michael McManus (416) 438-8453

Living the Gospel...

Living the Gospel by providing for vocations to the priesthood….

“Living and studying at St. Augustine’s can bring untold blessings into the lives of those entering ministry” shares Matt McCarthy, a current Seminarian. Matt’s interest in sports and his desire to enter the priesthood and minister to those in his community, gives him an opportunity to serve the Church in a unique way. At ShareLife-funded agencies such as Serra House, St. Augustine’s and Redemptoris Mater Seminaries, individuals undergo extensive theological education and practical field training. Through ShareLife, you are helping to sustain vocations to the priesthood and inspire discernment for God’s call.

Last year ShareLife helped support 70 seminarians in their formation studies