LUNAR NEW YEAR PARTY
Sunday, February 9th after 12:30 PM Mass
Friday January 31st marked the beginning of Lunar New Year. For many years, the Asian community in our parish has gifted our parish community with a wonderful New Year Party. This year is the Year of the Horse. Our Lunar New Year Party will take place on Sunday, February 9th after the 12:30 PM Mass in the Gathering Space. All are welcome. Don’t forget to mark your calendar! Volunteers and donations are also welcome. Please contact Linda Law at 416-918-8029.
February 3rd – February 8th, 2014
MONDAY – BONNIE SOLMES – Requested by Jennifer Peters
TUESDAY – MURVIN BROWN – Requested by Marjorie Lague
WEDNESDAY – IN THANKSGIVING – Requested by Carolyn Thomas
THURSDAY – STEVEN McDONNELL – Requested by Helen Tackaberry
FRIDAY – CELINA DELFIN – Requested by Kathi Leah
SATURDAY – DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE CHUCHRA & WROBEL FAMILIES – Requested by the Families
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – FIRST FRIDAY
Friday, February 7th from 9:30 AM – 12 Noon
Please see the time schedule on the table inside the Church for sign up.
This Sunday, February 2nd at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room
On the first Sunday of each month, the Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality facilitates a 30 minute reflection and discussion prompted by the readings for that Sunday’s liturgy. The guided reflection brings an ecological perspective to the readings. All are welcome.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR CONSECRATED LIFE CELEBRATION
Sunday, February 2nd at 3:00 P.M.
St. Paul’s Basilica
On Sunday, February 2nd, the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. The purpose of this day is “to help the entire Church to esteem ever more greatly the witness of those persons who have chosen to follow Christ by means of the practice of the evangelical counsels” as well as “to be a suitable occasion for consecrated persons to renew their commitment and rekindle the fervor which should inspire their offering of themselves to the Lord.” – Blessed Pope John Paul II, 1997 message.
In the Archdiocese of Toronto, we are blessed to have living and serving among us more than 1,000 religious men and women of over 100 different religious congregations. This World Day of Prayer 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.
This Sunday, February 2nd at 3:00 P.M. at St. Paul’s Basilica, there will be a special Mass in celebration of the vocation and witness of these special men and women religious who are such a vital and important part of the life and ministry of the Church in our Archdiocese. All are welcome to attend.
MARRIAGE SUNDAY SPECIAL MASS
Sunday, February 9th at 4:00 P.M.
St. Paul’s Basilica
83 Power Street, Toronto
Cardinal Collins has designated the weekend of February 8th/9th, 2014 as Marriage Sunday in the Archdiocese of Toronto. A special Mass will be celebrated on February 9th at 4:00 P.M.
for couples celebrating their 25th, 40th, 50th or 60+ wedding anniversaries in 2014.
The event provides an opportunity to honour husband and wife while saluting the faithfulness, sacrifice and joy that comes with the marriage covenant. To those preparing for marriage, newlyweds and those that have been companions on the journey for decades, we offer our prayers and best wishes in a special way this weekend. All are welcome to join in this celebration
For more information, please visit www.archtoronto.org/marriage/.
CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES, NEW BEGINNINGS
“Presence: Opening Up to God’s Love in Our Experience of Loss.”
Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge Street, 4th Floor
Tuesday February 4th at 7:00 P.M.
On Tuesday, February 4th at 7:00 P.M. Catholic Family Services of Toronto and New Beginnings invite you to an inspirational talk with Maureen McDonnell, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at Regis College, and the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto.
The event will take place at the Catholic Pastoral Centre: 1155 Yonge St (at Shaftesbury Ave. next to the Summerhill Subway station) – 4th Floor. The topic will be “Presence: Opening Up to God’s Love in Our Experience of Loss.” Free underground parking is available. Pre registration is NOT required. For further information, please contact Deacon James Shaughnessy MSW., RSW., Psyn.D. at 416-921-1163 ext 2227 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IS THERE A GOD?
NEW DEBATE SERIES TACKLES LIFE’S BIG QUESTIONS
Friday, February 7th at 7:00 P.M.
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West
This question will be explored at the inaugural event of the Chesterton Debate Series, sponsored by the Office of Catholic Youth and the Archdiocese of Toronto. The debate takes place on Friday, February 7th at 7:00 P.M. at the Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West).
Fr. Philip Cleevely, CO, an Oxford and Cambridge educated philosophy professor at St. Philip’s Seminary, will argue the Catholic position. Representing the atheist position is Justin Trottier, the founder of the Centre for Inquiry Canada and one of the country’s foremost advocates of secularism and skeptical inquiry. Stephen LeDrew, longtime host and commentator of CP24, will moderate the debate.
Tickets cost $10 and can be obtained through online registration at www.ocytoronto.org.
RETREAT WEEKEND WITH FATHER RON ROLHEISER, OMI.
February 7th to 9th
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga
Rev. Fr. Ron Rolheiser will be conducting a retreat at the Queen of Apostles renewal Centre next weekend. The theme is “entering the soul through stories.” Call 905-278-5229 to register.
THEOLOGY ON TAP EAST: WHY DOES A LOVING GOD NOT END SUFFERING?
Wednesday, February 26th at 7:00 P.M.
Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill
580 Progress Ave., Scarborough,
Faith Connections, the Office of Catholic Youth, and the local parishes invite young adults (19-39) to join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics! The special guest will be Fr. Chris Valka. Munchies will be provided and a cash bar is available. Come and bring a friend! For more information: visit our Toronto Theology on Tap web page, or contact OCY by e-mail email@example.com, or phone 416-599-7676. RSVPs appreciated!
GOOD SHEPHERD CASSEROLES
Thank you so much to the volunteers who prepared 76 casseroles for January! For February, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of February 22nd /23rd for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre.
More volunteers are encouraged to become active in helping to feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. There are now 3 different recipes available in the Parish Office or online at the Church website. If you require more information, please contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791.
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for January 26th, 2014
Envelopes 397 $7,895
Loose Change $906
Weekly Portion of PAG 177 $3,307
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR 2014
Please pick up your 2014 Offertory Boxed Envelopes as soon as possible. If you are on the Pre- Authorized Giving Plan, you will still receive a smaller green box of envelopes since these include Initial, New Year’s, Christmas, Easter and Maintenance envelopes. You may contact the Parish Office if you do not have envelopes but would like a box for 2014.
We would like to remind you not to use envelopes from previous years as this number may have been reassigned to another family.