Bulletin – March 10, 2019


“Finding Increasing Light When Right Seems Wrong and Wrong Seems Right”

Saturday, April 6th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Our Parish Lenten Retreat will take place on Saturday, April 6th. It will be led by the prominent Passionist priest working in Haiti, Fr. Rick Frechette CP. Fr. Rick will also preach at all the Masses Saturday and Sunday. Stay tuned for more information.


Saturday, March 23rd and April 6th

Nativity of Our Lord Parish or St. Joseph the Worker Parish,From 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Our parish will be starting a Bereavement Ministry (or Ministry of Consolation). We need some volunteers who would like to consider assisting us in this much needed ministry. The Office of Formation for Discipleship is offering a two-day training session for all who would like to consider assisting in this bereavement ministry. The participants are required to attend both days in order to complete the training. The Bereavement Training Ministry will be held on Saturday, March 23rd and April 6th, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. This training will be offered at the following two locations via video conferencing:

Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 480 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke, or
St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 1100 Mary Street North, Oshawa

There is no cost to attend. Cost of optional participant workbook: $40 (Please make cheque payable to R.C.E.C.)

Please bring your own lunch. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

The program will include live presentations and video-conferencing between St. Joseph the Worker (Oshawa) and Nativity of Our Lord Parish (Etobicoke).

Please contact Sr. Maria Lucia at the Parish Office if you would like to attend the two-day session so she can register you on-line. Make sure to inform her about the location where you would like to attend the training.


March 11th – March 16th, 2019

MONDAY – JOSEPHINE BADALI – Requested by John, Sal & Patsy

TUESDAY – PATRICIA CLYDESDALE – Requested by the Mulhall Family


THURSDAY – IN THANKSGIVING – Requested by Agnes Siron

FRIDAY – ALICE MICHAEL – Requested by Charmaine Michaels

SATURDAY – GIUSEPPE & CLEMENTINA INTINI – Requested by Chiara & Tina Intini


Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday evening during Lent at 7:30 PM.

We also encourage your attendance at our daily Mass throughout Lent.


Ash Wednesday:
Wednesday, March 6th
Mass – 12:00 Noon
Mass – 7:30 PM
No 9:00 AM Mass

Stations of the Cross:
Friday Evenings at 7:30 PM

Parish Lenten Retreat:
Saturday, April 6th
From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Reconciliation Service:
Wednesday, April 10th at 7:30 PM

Individual Confessions: Wednesday, April 17th
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Palm Sunday, April 14th:
Sat., 4:30 PM
Sun., 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Holy Thursday, April 18th:
No 9:00 A.M. Mass
7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday, April 19th:
10:00 AM – Morning Prayer
3:00 PM – Solemn Passion of Our Lord
7:30 PM – Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 20th:
No 4:30 PM Mass
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 21st:
Masses 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Easter Monday, April 22nd:
No 9:00 AM Mass
Office Closed



Interviews for children who are preparing to receive their First Communion are now being scheduled.

Interviews will begin on Tuesday, April 23rd and continue until Friday May 10th. They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday.

Please call the Parish Office at 416-221-8866-to book your appointment with Fr. Brando or Fr. John as soon as possible.

Development and Peace

Share Lent Solidarity Calendar

This year’s Share Lent Campaign is again “Share the Journey” No one should be forced to flee their home.

Experience solidarity on a daily basis in your home throughout the Lenten period with our Solidarity Calendar.

Please pick up your copy at the back of the Church.


Living the Gospel by supporting ShareLife agencies “

As we begin our ShareLife campaign, we are encouraged to live the Gospel in all we do. How do we demonstrate that in our community?

Living the Gospel may mean helping single mothers to care for their newborn children, or being available to families facing difficulties, or welcoming refugee families to our community.

For 43 years, countless individuals have experienced the compassionate care offered by our agencies. Please support our annual archdiocesan appeal during this Lenten season!” — Cardinal Thomas Collins

March 31st is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.


Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city as well as a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs.

Your food donations are more important than ever as the winter continues and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.


Two Locations, Open Tuesdays or Thursdays

Catholic Family Services of Toronto in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Toronto and the Ontario Government offers walk-in counseling services for individuals, couples and families. The single-session consultation is aimed at helping clients set goals and build on their strengths and resources. No appointment or referral is required and fees are geared to income. Clients are served on a first come first serve basis

There are 2 locations:
1155 Yonge Street, suite 101 is open on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

245 Fairview Mall Drive, suite 201 is open on Thursdays from9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

For more information, contact 416-921-1163-or 416 222-0048.


Weekend of March 16th/17th

Fair trade organic coffees will be on sale after all the Masses next weekend.

Regular ground coffee: $5.50
Decaffeinated: $6.00
Whole Beans: $5.50
Chocolate Bars: $4.50 incl. Taxes
Hot Chocolate and Cocoa: $6.00
Teas: $4.25


Women’s Lenten Retreat

Weekend of March 22nd to March 24th

On the weekend of March 22nd to 24th, the Centre team will preach a Lenten retreat on the theme “Every Gift Reveals God’s Love; But No Gift Reveals God’s Love More Than the Gifts of the Cross” For more information, or to register please call 905 278 5229.


John Paul 2 Polish Cultural Centre,

Saturday, March 23rd from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Dynamic Women of Faith will be hosting its 10th annual conference for Catholic women on Saturday March 23rd at the John Paul 2 Polish Cultural Centre, 4300 Cawthra Road. There is limited seating! Register at http://dynamicwomenfaith.com/.

There is also a special event for Mothers and daughters on Friday, March 22nd from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. For more information, please call 416-907-1042 or see the posters on the bulletin boards.



The next meeting of the Garden Ministry will be on Sunday, March 10th at 1:30 PM in the Library. Everyone is welcome.

Workshop – Organic Gardening

Saturday, March 23rd from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the Gabriel Room.

Sunday, March 24th from 1:45 to 4:00 PM in the Gathering Space.

This two part workshop will teach you everything you need to know about organic vegetable gardening, from basic garden mapping skills to planning and planting your vegetable garden. Maintenance, pest management, disease control, seed saving, processing, and composting will also be discussed. Feel free to attend both days or just one and to bring a friend.

For more information on the Garden Ministry and workshops, please contact Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.


The Finance Council wishes to share this with all who come together as our worshipping community …

“The financial burden of the Parish is the responsibility of each and all parishioners to the extent that your means allow.” Our operating payments average $17,000 per week”.

Please consider giving your offertory by picking up Envelopes, enrolling in Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG), or Donate Now (through the Archdiocese of Toronto website). Please come by the parish office if you have any questions