Bulletin – May 5, 2013

In this week’s bulletin, registration for the Children’s Faith Program, Catholic Education Week and casseroles for the Good Shepherd Centre.


Congratulations to the following young people of our Parish who were confirmed on Sunday, April 28th, 2013 by Most Rev. William McGrattan.

  • Shania Aglosolos
  • Nicole Agviar
  • Krestine Mae Aquino
  • Kathryn Aubrey Claudia Azouri
  • Albert Bae
  • Khadijha Bawa
  • Vanessa Bernardo Milo Biel
  • Illiyannah Brown Chylsia Cabradilla
  • Danielle Calderone
  • Victoria Chan
  • Robert Choi
  • Alexander Corelli
  • Philip Dennis
  • Nicole de Ocampo
  • Ralph Philip Dizon Julia Dominico
  • Kurt Freudenberg
  • Emilie Fung
  • Jordan Gowan
  • Keira Gowan
  • Allegra Gracile Sabrina Guzzo
  • Joseph Hagerty
  • Elise Heit
  • Catherine Hong
  • Ever Imafidon
  • Andy Jackson
  • Desiree Junio
  • Jung Sun Kim
  • John Junghwan Lee
  • Samantha Lee
  • Thomas Lychy
  • Hannah Medwecky
  • Kevin Meharchand
  • Robert Mele
  • Daniel Naccarato
  • Bruno Nardi
  • John Ngai
  • Shihyun Park
  • Sarah Palmiere Charles John Perry
  • Alejandro Penafiel-Diaz Angeli Pineda
  • William Sinclair
  • Jacqueline Smith
  • Olivia Spencer-Guirgis
  • Brenden Tam-Witt John Adrian Valenzuela
  • Luke Wu
  • Heather Winter-McIntyre
  • Patrick Yau


May 6th to May 11th, 2013

MONDAY – JOHN HONG Requested by the Family
TUESDAY – DOMITILTA LEE Requested by Cecilia Ham
WEDNESDAY – CATHARINE & ANN COSGRIFFE Requested by Margaret Anne Leckie
THURSDAY – MOLIN CHAN HO Requested by the Family of Cynthia Yao
FRIDAY – TERESA HO Requested by Wai Chin, Paul Hwang and Family
SATURDAY – MRS. KWAI YING MO Requested by the Jim & Diana Wharton


As some of you may recall, our Iraqi refugee family left Damascus amidst heavy fighting last July, and arrived safely in Toronto.

Through your amazing generosity and support, and the hard work of our refugee committee, they have settled in extremely well. The youngest of the family, Reta, will be completing Grade 6. She loves school. The progress in her spoken English is truly impressive. Kharam and Athear, her two uncles and her mother have been working very hard on their English as well. They are still attending ESL classes, with Athear reaching already Level 4 in proficiency. The family keeps telling us how grateful they are for the opportunity to come to Canada and for your support, and what a difference that has made to their lives.

The time is coming, however, when our financial commitment to the family will end. Once again we are asking for your help. It is very important that Athear and Kharam find jobs so they can be responsible for their family’s support. Both men have worked in construction, and as stone masons; they have also done ceramic tiling. The men are eager to work; they are ready to consider working in any job available. If you are hiring or know of a friend who is, could you please contact Fatima Lee at the parish — (416) 221-8866 or email at fatimalee@bellnet.ca.


Registration forms for the Children’s Faith Program for next year are now available in the Parish Office. Please note that all registrations must be returned by June 30th, 2013.


Tuesday, May 14th at 7:30 PM or
Thursday, May 16th at 10:30 AM

Topic: An Overview of the Old Testament – now known as the ‘Hebrew Scriptures’. For information please call Mary at 416-293-3760.


Celebrating Excellence in Catholic Education
May 5th to May 10th, 2013

We invite all parishioners to join in celebrating Catholic Education Week 2013, which runs from May 5th to May 10th. For more than 160 years, Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic schools have been integrating our faith into all aspects of school life, empowering one another to serve as faithful disciples. We celebrate the distinctive contribution that Catholic schools make, giving thanks and offering our prayers for all those who diligently nurture this precious gift. For more information about Catholic Education Week or to find your local school board, visit goodnewsforall.ca or the Archdiocese of Toronto online at: www.archtoronto.org.


Thank you to the volunteers who prepared 61 casseroles for April. For May, your prepared casseroles (frozen please) will be collected at the Masses on the weekend of May 26th/27th for delivery to the Good Shepherd Centre. There are now 3 different recipes available in the Parish Office or online at the Church website. More volunteers are encouraged to become active in helping to feed our less fortunate sisters and brothers. Please contact Irene Albrecht at 416 221-2791 if you require more information or would like to get copies of the recipes and a casserole pan.


Weekend of May 11th & 12th

The Society for St. Vincent de Paul will hold their annual Bundle Up Collection on the weekend of May 11th/12th. Bring your gently used clothing and household linens to share with others. A St. Vincent de Paul truck will be in the Church parking lot to receive donations. We will donate or sell these donations to support our outreach efforts. Thank you for your continued support. The truck will be open on Saturday, May 11th from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM and all day Sunday, May 12th until 4:00 PM. Volunteers will assist with the loading before and after each Mass.


Working wonders for our faith…

Men from all walks of life have decided to respond to God’s call to dedicate their lives to His service and the salvation of souls. They come from different backgrounds, skill sets, ethnic communities, ages and economic situations. At ShareLife-funded agencies such as Serra House, Redemptoris Mater, and St. Augustine’s Seminary, they undergo extensive theological education and practical field training. Through ShareLife, you are helping sustain the vocations for priesthood and inspire discernment for God’s call. In 2012, ShareLife helped support over 70 priests and seminarians in their formation studies.


Through the ShareLife Community Challenge, a generous parishioner in the Archdiocese of Toronto will match all new or increased gifts to the 2013 ShareLife Campaign up to a total of $800,000! Together, as a Catholic community, we have an opportunity to respond to this challenge and make a significant impact on the work of our agencies.

ShareLife Total for 2012: $208,317
Share Life to Date: $83,655.60

Third ShareLife collection – May 26, 2013. Please give generously. You can work wonders


Our operating expenses average $14,550 per week.

Collection for April 28th, 2013

Envelopes (420) – $8,148
Loose Change – $824
Weekly Portion of Pre-Authorized Giving (186) – $3,555
Total – $12,527

Please remember to put your full name(s) on your Offertory envelopes.


For those who have lost a loved one through Death, Separation or Divorce.
May 7th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Archdiocese of Toronto Pastoral Centre –
1155 Yonge St., 4th Floor

Come and join us for an informative evening: Our Facilitator is Father Brian Clough J.C.D., topic: “Annulment: Healing the Wounds of Divorce” Pre-registration is NOT required. For more information, please contact Deacon James Shaughnessy, MSW., RSW., Psyn.D. at 416-921-1163 ext 2227 or email jshaughn@cfstoronto.com .


5km Fundraising Walk and Hug
Saturday, May 11th, 2013 Beginning at Fort York
8:30 AM to 12 Noon

On Saturday, May 11th, the twelfth annual Meagan’s Walk: -Creating a Circle of Hope will take place. Registration opens at 8:30 AM at Fort York and the Walk begins at 10:00 AM. The Walk concludes at SickKids with the “Hug”, followed by closing festivities, a brief stage presentation and a BBQ at SickKids. All proceeds will be split between the Meagan Bebenek Endowment Fund and awareness, research and treatment of paediatric brain tumors at SickKids.

Register, Pledge, Donate at www.meaganswalk.com


Saturday, May 25 – 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
St. Bonaventure Parish, 1300 Leslie St., Toronto

If you’ve been confirmed in the past year and are wondering where the Holy Spirit might be leading you, this is the perfect opportunity to explore how God continues to guide us through our faith and the Church. The event will be led by special guest, Friar Eric de la Peña. It begins with a welcome BBQ and ends with the celebration of our Sunday Vigil Mass. This retreat is free and open to everyone in the region, so bring some friends and continue the search together. Sponsored by the Office of Catholic Youth and the Knights of Columbus as a Year of Faith initiative. For more information and to register, email jonathan@st-bonaventure.ca or call 416-447-5571, ext. 258.