Bulletin – March 17, 2019


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

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

Fr. Rick Frechette will lead our Parish Lenten Retreat on Saturday, April 6th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The theme of this year’s Lenten Retreat is “Finding Increasing Light: When Right Seems Wrong and Wrong Seems Right.” Fr. Rick gave our Parish Advent Retreat in 2014 and is back with us for an afternoon of inspirational talk that will hopefully shape our Lenten experience and praxis.

Fr. Rick who is a Passionist priest is also a medical doctor who founded St. Luke Foundation for Haiti and continues to serve our impoverished brothers and sisters in Haiti. Paul Haggis, an Oscar-winning writer-director lauded Fr. Rick as “a man who does daily battle with cynicism and hatred” but that Fr. Rick’s works “threaten to make an old atheist,” like Paul Haggis himself to “believe in God.”

Please come and invite your friends and family from other parishes to attend this retreat. It is open and free to everyone.


Saturday, March 23rd and April 6th

Nativity of Our Lord Parish or St. Joseph the Worker Parish,

From 9:30 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.

Please contact Sr. Maria Lucia at the Parish Office by March 19th, 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.


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.


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.


March 18th – March 23rd, 2019

MONDAY – ARMAND OAKIE – Requested by The Family

TUESDAY – LYDIA CECILIO – Requested by her Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren

WEDNESDAY – SHELLA TANG – Requested by The Eucharistic Ministry

THURSDAY – CECILIA MANALANG – Requested by Plutarco Manalang

FRIDAY – SHELLA TANG – Requested by The Rosary Group

SATURDAY – DECEASED COUSINS – Requested by Gloria Flor


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



Living the Gospel by helping young mothers

Anika became a mother at the age of 19. Soon after, her fiancé became increasingly controlling. Feeling isolated, she reached out to a ShareLife agency called Rose of Sharon. She and her son attended almost every program offered, including one called Healthy Relationships. Anika realized she didn’t have to tolerate her partner’s behavior. Rose of Sharon helped her find an affordable apartment so she and her son could move out. “I never thought I could make it on my own,” says Anika. “But with the help of Rose of Sharon, here I am doing it.”

March 31 is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give generously.


As we continue this year’s Share Lent Campaign, please take home a copy of the “Share the Journey” magazine and prayer card which can be found a the Fairtrade coffee table.


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:

1155Yonge Street, suite 101 open on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

245 Fairview Mall Drive, suite 201 open on Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

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


Wednesday, March 20th from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Gabriel Room

Volunteer milk bag weavers will be meeting Wednesday afternoon, March 20th t from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room. All are welcome! Thank you to all who bring in milk bags clean and flattened. This is a big help to the weavers.


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.


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.

Indoor Seed-Planting Event

On March 31, the children who attend the Children’s Liturgy at the 10:30 mass, will participate in a liturgy that connects scripture and their faith with the planting of seeds for our community garden: lettuce, tomato, pepper, kale and cabbage. The seed trays will then be put in locations where they, and you, can watch the germination. Parents may want to consider having the children dress in their “gardening best!”

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.”

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