O, heavenly Father:
We thank thee for food and
remember the hungry.
We thank thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
that thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.
Mass will be celebrated on Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 13th at 10:00 AM
ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS
FEAST DAY – OCTOBER 19th
St. Paul of the Cross was the founder of the Passionists (1720). Born in northern Italy in 1694, Paul experienced conversion at the age of 15 and began a lifetime of devotion to prayer and austerity. At age 20 he tried life as a soldier, but left after one year. Six years later, having had several visions, he determined that his vocation was to found an order dedicated to the passion of our Lord. Officials declared the visions authentic and Paul withdrew to write a rule. He was joined by his brother, who remained with him for the rest of his life. By 1747, the Passionists had three houses and were preaching missions throughout Italy. At his death in 1775, Paul was establishing a congregation for Passionist nuns.
MAKE SURE YOU ARE COUNTED!
Cardinal Collins has requested that a weekend Mass attendance count be conducted annually in all parishes and missions of the Archdiocese.
This year the attendance count will take place on the weekends of October 18/19 and October 25/26. The purpose of the count is to have a more accurate assessment of the number of people attending Mass on a weekend.
As with last year, when you come in for Mass during those two said weekends, you may notice a few “counters” clicking on tally counters at the doors of the church. The counters will be doing their jobs in a way as discreetly and non-intrusively as possible. Thank you for your support.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MEETING
Wednesday, October 22nd, at 7:30 PM
There will be a meeting for parents of children who will be receiving the Holy Eucharist for the first time on Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:30 PM in the Gabriel Room.
October 13th to October 18th, 2014
MONDAY – THANKSGIVING DAY – Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM
TUESDAY – ROSALINA REMENTILLA – Requested by Mercy & Totie Rementilla
WEDNESDAY – SR. FRANCES ORDWAY I.B.V.M. – Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie
THURSDAY – KAREN HO – Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – JOVINA SURPOS SCHULTE – Requested by Vina Cruz
SATURDAY – JOACHIM FUNG – Requested by the Fung Family
R.C.I.A. AND ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT
Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin soon. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church. Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.
As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly. The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith.
If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. You can also contact Fatima Lee directly at ext. 228.
SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM
If you have, or know of, school age children (ages 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office, or Fatima Lee directly, at (416) 221-8866. Classes for them will begin on Sunday, October 19th at 10:30 AM.
THE NEW STORY – A DISCUSSION OF THE WISDOM OF FR. THOMAS BERRY
Tuesday, October 21st at 7:30 PM or
Thursday, October 23rd at 10:30 AM
The Church has had many great thinkers over the years, including St. Augustine in the 5th century and St. Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century. In our time, we have great thinkers too, one of whom is the Passionist priest, Fr. Thomas Berry, 1914 – 2009. He introduced us to seeing God’s creation in a new way and our role as humans within it. He called it “The New Story”. On Tuesdays at 7:30 PM and repeated on Thursdays, at 10:30 AM, Mary Landry will lead a discussion about his “New Story”, the wisdom that ensues and the challenge it evokes. We guarantee an interesting discussion! All are welcome.
THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
For the Good Shepherd Centre and Rosalie Hall
Please help the hungry and homeless this Thanksgiving by participating in the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Urgently needed items include: rice, pasta, pasta sauces, canned tuna or salmon, canned soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, jam, sugar, cookies and crackers, breakfast cereals, tea, coffee, sugar, ketchup, mustard and relish. Please no fresh or frozen foods. We thank you for your generous support!
Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.
Regular ground coffee: $5.50
Whole Beans: $5.50
Chocolate Bars: $4 incl. Taxes
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $4.75
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
October 19th, 2014
There will be a second collection next weekend, October 18th/19th,for the Evangelization of the Nations, otherwise known as “World Mission Sunday.” This is a worldwide collection for the missionary church. World Mission Sunday is our opportunity to assist at-need Catholic communities throughout the world. Thank you for your support of this important work.
Thank you for supporting the Holy Land Christian Families by purchasing their Olive woodcrafts. Your support has made a difference to many families in Bethlehem and surrounding areas. Please keep the Christians in the Holy Land in your prayers as you are always in theirs.
NORTH YORK RETIREES CLUB
Blessed Trinity Parish Hall
Tuesday, October 14th at 2:00 PM
The next meeting of the North York Retiree’s will be feature guest speaker Brock Godfrey from the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre. His topic will be Fraud Prevention for Seniors. All retirees are cordially invited to attend.
MOSAIC INTERFAITH PEACE MEAL
Sunday October 19th from 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Ave
Mosaic Interfaith invites you to attend the annual Peace Meal on Sunday October 19th from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at Temple Har Zion.. The programme theme is Martin Luther’s “I have a dream speech” – 50 years later how far have we come? Representatives of the different faith traditions will speak. Attendees are asked to bring a dish for the vegan supper – with no meat, poultry, eggs, fish, dairy products or alcohol or nuts. Please RSVP to Nora at 416-218-0680 by October 16th or call for more information. See poster on bulletin board.
THEOLOGY ON TAP
Pope Francis; A Pope for the world, a Pope for each of us
Monday, October 20th from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
All young adults (ages 19-39) are invited to an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics! The special guest will be Jack Costello, SJ, President of Regis College. Munchies will be provided and a cash bar is available. Come and bring a friend! For more information contact Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt by phone at 416-467-2645 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
24th ANNUAL MASS OF MEMORY
Sunday October 26th at 2.30 PM
St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street
The 24th Annual Mass of Memory will take place on Sunday October 26th at 2.30 PM at St. Paul’s Basilica. 2.30 to 3.00 PM: Prelude of Sacred /Celtic Music by the Irish Choral Society. 3.00 PM: The Mass of Memory. A reception will follow in the church hall.The Mass is dedicated to the Memory of our Irish Ancestors, victims of the Irish Famine of 1847, many who died here in Toronto and were buried in the school grounds just east of the Basilica, formally the old St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery of Toronto. We remember those who died serving the Irish: Bishop Michael Power, the first bishop of Toronto, doctors, nurses, lay people. We also remember members in the Irish community who have passed away in this last year. For information please phone Norita 905 881 5012 or email email@example.com
MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS 2014 – CAST YOUR VOTE!
A municipal election will be held on Monday, October 27th. All Catholics are strongly encouraged to exercise their democratic right to vote. To help us all get to know the candidates for Catholic School Board Trustee, Cardinal Collins has given permission for candidates to distribute literature to parishioners departing Mass on weekends until October 25th /26th. We hope you’ll take the time to get to know those seeking elected office.
To ensure your vote for Catholic School Trustee, at the polling booth, verify that you are registered as a separate school supporter. If your support status is incorrect ask for an Application to Amend Voters’ List. This form may be completed and submitted at the polling station.
Thank you for your interest and involvement in this fall’s municipal election!
Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.
Collection for last weekend:
Envelopes 405 $8,428
Loose Change $1,070
Weekly Portion of PAG 164 $3,077