Answering God’s call
The theme of this second Sunday’s readings is about answering God’s call. But that would mean that change needs to happen, and that we must be willing to accept this change in order to answer God’s call.
For the young Samuel in the 1st reading, change was going to take place. God was calling out to him to be His prophet. For Eli the old priest, change was also going to take place. At the third call of Samuel, Eli realized and understood that his time is over, and that Samuel was going to take over.
The Gospel tells us that “When John the Baptist was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed: Look, here is the Lamb of God. The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.”
John the Baptist realized that in pointing out Jesus to his disciples, his time was going to be over. He must decrease and Jesus must increase. John the Baptist was open-minded enough to see that Jesus was the Lamb of God and pointed Him out to his disciples. And the two disciples also were open-minded to follow Jesus.
May we be open-minded enough to see the ways of God and open our hearts to the call of God. When we change ourselves to answer God’s call, then what a difference we will make.
Fr. Aegidius W. SCJ
Holy Communion Services
All Catholic churches in Toronto have been closed to public Masses as Cardinal Collins has directed but are allowed to be open for private prayer with up to 10 persons at a time. At our parish Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available daily from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This includes weekdays and Saturday. Please come to the parish office, complete a screening form, sanitize your hands and you will be directed to a designated spot for prayer.
Private Prayer at the Parish
(Weekdays and Saturday)
Parishioners who wish to bring Communion home to their family members in a pyx must first call the parish office. An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion will be assigned to bring Communion to them weekly. Communion will not be given out at Mass in a pyx except to Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
We are praying for the sick of our parish: Mary Lavrisa, Dr. Frank Browne, Rita Browne, Bill Quinn, Frank Kovacs, Rita Britto, Raj Udayasekaran, Ingrid Pereira, Titus Passanha, Wilf O'Connor, Joe Rizza, Ma. Concepcion C. Reyes, John Difalco, Nico Bonifacio, Richard White, Dean Menard, Alex Fernandes, Lee Esmonde and those with COVID-19. May they be supported by our prayers and pastoral ministry and by the grace of God
Please call the parish office (416-439-1545) if someone in your family is very sick or before major surgery so that they may receive the Sacrament of the Sick
The parish is required, by law, to maintain the fire route (which is the driveway leading to and from the main church entrance and the hall entrance) free of all vehicles at all times for the safety of our parishioners. Specific parking information is outlined in the attached flyer 1 and flyer 2. Please read it carefully. Police may fine ($250.00) and/or tow your vehicle.
Our parish is offering Holy Communion services to parishioners for Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. (English)
Sunday: 9:00 am to 11:00 am (English)
Sunday: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (Spanish)
Please register your attendance by calling the parish office at 416-439-1545.
Please be on time as only 9 people are allowed in the Church at a time.
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2021 Sunday Offertory Envelopes
The parish office is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for parishioners to pick up their box of Sunday offertory envelopes. Inside the box is a pink form which we ask you to complete for our recordkeeping. Also, please do not use these envelopes until January 2021. For any other inquiries, please call the parish office.
R.C.I.A. is a process whereby individuals explore their relationship with God and enter into a faith journey which takes them to a study and reflection on the Bible, the Trinity, the sacraments and the liturgy. We invite those who are interested to call the parish for information.
We would like to update you of our financial situation as a parish faith community. Since the closure of our church in March followed by our re-opening in June we have provided a safe space for worship due to the hard work of our volunteers and pastoral team. Due to the limited number of parishioners attending our Masses, our financial health has been impacted negatively. We ask now, if you are financially able, to please consider your financial support of the parish using the following options.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the parish office at 416-439-1545 for assistance. Thank you so much for your loyalty, ongoing support and generosity.
We welcome into God’s family the following children who have been baptized during the months of November and December in our parish: Willmer L. Caceres Samuel, Nathaniel S. Alinan, Ava V. M. Ahovi, Nessa R. S. Vicente, Frankie G. C. D. Barrera, Cornelia D. Magpili, Leia M. Martinez, Luke L. & Brooke L. LeBlanc, Ariyeh A. Damito, Austin C. Jurca and Yuri S. Q. Serrano. May God bless them and their families all the days of their lives!
The Church is blessed with a rich diversity of vocations; all of them are born from God as He calls us to participate in His work of redemption. If you are thinking about God’s call and trying to find purpose for your life, we are here to help you. Maybe He is inviting you to be a priest, a religious brother or sister, to serve the Church with love and generosity. Come and talk to us! We will help you discern your vocation.
Contact: Fr. Antonio Resende Pereira, SCJ
(Priests of the Sacred Heart Vocation director)
St. Thomas More was born at London in 1478. After a thorough grounding in religion and the classics, he entered Oxford to study law. Upon leaving the university he embarked on a legal career which took him to Parliament. In 1505, he married his beloved Jane Colt who bore him four children, and when she died at a young age,
he married a widow, Alice Middleton, to be a mother for his young children. A wit and a reformer, this learned man numbered bishops and scholars among his friends, and by 1516 wrote his world-famous book "Utopia". He attracted the attention of Henry VIII who appointed him to a succession of high posts and missions, and finally made him Lord Chancellor in 1529. However, he resigned in 1532, at the height of his career and reputation, when Henry persisted in holding his own opinions regarding marriage and the supremacy of the Pope. The rest of his life was spent in writing mostly in defense of the Church. In 1534, with his close friend, St. John Fisher, he refused to render allegiance to the King as the Head of the Church of England and was confined to the Tower. Fifteen months later, and nine days after St. John Fisher's execution, he was tried and convicted of treason. He told the court that he could not go against his conscience and wished his judges that "we may yet hereafter in heaven merrily all meet together to everlasting salvation." And on the scaffold, he told the crowd of spectators that he was dying as "the King's good servant-but God's first". He was beheaded on July 6, 1535. His feast day is June 22nd He is the patron saint of lawyers..
"The king's good servant, but God's first"- Saint Thomas More.
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