In this week’s bulletin, registration for sacraments for school age children, Just Coffee and Mosaic Interfaith on funeral customs.
SUPPORTING YOUR SEPARATE SCHOOLS
Please check to make sure that you good people are registered as Separate School Supporters. If you have moved recently, you will have lost your Separate School Supporter status and must apply to be reinstated. If you are not sure, please check your tax assessment form or call the Toronto Catholic District School Board at 416-222-8282. Forms can be obtained online at tcdsb.org or at the TCDSB Offices at 80 Sheppard Avenue one block east of Yonge Street.
ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT
Our journey of life and journey of faith are meant to converge at an early age. For many of us, however, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but remain at a childish level of understanding our faith. The following information is for those who wish to keep growing, to be able to enjoy the Good News of God’s love for us as members of God’s Church.
Monday Nights are R.C.I.A. Nights
R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) meetings begin
on Monday, September 19th at 8:00 PM. These evenings are for persons interested in learning about the Catholic Faith. Because the Parish Community itself is considered the official teacher and guide for potential new members, it is important that some parishioners participate by being present and by sharing their Faith in various ways. It is also an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of the faith. Adult Catholics who wish to celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist and/or Confirmation are welcome. For more information, please call Mary Landry at 416 – 221 – 8866.
SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM
If you have, or know of, school-age children (age 7 to14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office, or Fatima Lee directly, at (416) 221-8866. Classes for them will begin this fall.
AN INVITATION TO LEARN!
In past years, Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings have been devoted to religious topics decided on by those who wish to participate. We have studied and discussed parts of the Bible and Church history, viewed videos, listened to tapes and read short but substantial books about Christ and the Church.
This year we will begin meeting on Tuesday, September 13th at 7:30 PM and again on Wednesday, September 14th at 10:30 AM. You’re welcome to join us at either session.
September 12th – September 17th, 2011
MONDAY – VINCENT HA Requested by Laura, Sylvia & Valerie Ha
TUESDAY – DAVID SHELDRICK Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
WEDNESDAY – HARRY LEUNG Requested by John & Diana Chan
THURSDAY – MARIA CHOI Requested by her Children
FRIDAY – MARTIN SMEE Requested by the Smee Family
SATURDAY – VINCENT GRECH Requested by the Family
REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS
School Age Children
Parish Office October 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th 2011
Registration for children who wish to receive the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation will be held at the Parish Office from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM on the following evenings:
- Tuesday, October 11th,
- Thursday October 13th,
- Tuesday, October 18th,
- Thursday, October 20th.
A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation.
Our operating expenses average $14,000 per week.
Last week’s collection:
Loose Change – $1,268
Envelopes (375) – $8,245
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (160) – $3,156
Total – $12,669
PRE-AUTHORIZED GIVING OPTION
The “Pre-Authorized Giving” Plan (PAG), authorized and supported by the Archdiocese of Toronto, is a direct debit program. It allows parishioners to make their regular offertory donations by automatic monthly bank withdrawal on or about the 20th of each month. Participation in the PAG provides a regular dependable cash flow of contributions to the parish and enables us to better manage the Parish finances. PAG brochures and sign-up forms are available in the Parish Office. We thank you for your generosity and support.
THANK YOU FROM THE LEPROSY MISSION
What an amazing gift! Thank you very much for the stamps you sent to us and for bringing us closer to a world without leprosy. In 2010, we raised over $14,000. Our goal for 2011 is to raise at least $13,000 which will provide a cure and care for 37 leprosy patients. Through medical treatments, education and rehabilitation, your recent gift helps restore dignity and courage to those who have suffered too long.
We are happy to accept any trimmed stamps, with no less than ¼ inch and no more than ½ inch paper border. If you require any additional information, please visit us online at www.leprosy.ca or call 1-888-537-7679.
Please keep on sending us your used postage stamps so that we can work towards the day when leprosy is eradicated. Stamps can be placed in the basket provided in the hallway outside the Parish Office
Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.
- Regular ground Coffee: $5
- Decaffeinated $6
- Whole Beans $5
- Chocolate Bars: $4 including taxes
- Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $4.50
- Teas: $4.00
EAST AFRICAN MISSION APPEAL 2011
Rev. Fr. Benedict Mwangi, a priest from the Muranga Diocese in Kenya will be preaching at all the Masses this weekend. The diocese is facing major financial difficulties. Donations will be used to support two diocesan hospitals and two homes for the aged, to help in the formation and education of seminarians and to pay the salaries of the Catechists.
UPDATE ON OUR REFUGEE FAMILY
Please keep our Iraqi Refugee family in your prayers. We had been expecting them to arrive in June but recent events in Syria, where they are currently, appear to have slowed the immigration process. Our parish has raised $21,800.00 towards our target of $35,000.00 needed to support this family of 4 adults and 1 child for a year. Thank you for your continued support!
NOUS PARLONS FRANCAIS
Do you speak French, even a little bit? The French Conversational Group will be meeting on Thursday mornings from 11:00 to 12:00 AM in the Library. Anyone interested is very welcome.
VOLUNTEER MINISTRIES LEADERS’ MEETING
Wednesday, September 21st at 7:30 PM
The leaders of all the Volunteer Ministries are invited to a meeting on Wednesday, September 21, at 7:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. Notification has also been sent by email.
OFFICIAL ARCHDIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE
50TH INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS
DUBLIN IRELAND, 2012
The Archdiocese of Toronto is organizing a pilgrimage to the 50th Annual Eucharistic Congress that will take place in Dublin, Ireland from June 10th, 2012 to June 17th, 2012. There will be an option for an extended stay in Ireland highlighting the religious and historic sites from June 18th to June 25th.
For package information, registration forms and to view the itinerary, please visit www.archtoronto.org/iec or email the Archdiocese at email@example.com. The pilgrimage is limited to 120 people. The deadline for registration and deposit is November 1st, 2011.
Sunday, September 18th from 2:30 to 5:00 PM
Gursikh Shabha Canada, Scarbourough Gurdwara,
905 Middlefield Road, Scarborough
The third in the series on “How to Be a Perfect Stranger” dealing with the topic of “Funeral Customs” in different faith groups will be held on Sunday, Sunday September 18, from 2:30 – 5:00 PM at the Gursikh Shabha Canada, Scarbourough Gurdwara.
A panel of experts from Mosaic Interfaith will describe their faith’s ceremonies and will answer any questions you might have. See notice on bulletin boards. The two previous segments on rites of initiation and weddings were most interesting. Removal of shoes on entering the Sikh temple and head covering are required.
For more information or to RSVP, please call Nora at
416 218 0680 by September 15.
FAITH CONNECTIONS THEOLOGY ON TAP
The Wonderful Imperfect in All of Us
September 26th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Duke of York Pub
39 Prince Arthur Ave (near Bloor St W & Avenue Rd)
Join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics!
Our special guest will be Fr. Philip Chircop, S.J. Fr Philip considers himself a seeker, exploring and employing new, fresh and creative ways to proclaim the Good News in the hope of helping fellow pilgrims and seekers to embrace real and radical changes that will lead to conversion and transformation.
Munchies will be provided, cash bar available.
Come and bring a friend!
For more information, contact Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt by phone at 416-222-1426, Ext.276 or by email at