February 2015

1st Lenten Sunday (Note & Bulletin)

​Every morning when I begin a new day, I always have a concrete resolution – this day I will keep God as my focus.  But by the time I get the kitchen for breakfast, I’ve already allowed my focus to shift - thinking about myself yet again!

Day of Confession

Wednesday, March 4th has been designated a Day of Confession throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto. If you are interested or able to, come and celebrate the gift of God’s faithful and merciful love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Ash Wednesday (Updated)

Cross of Ashes

ASH WEDNESDAY is February 18th as we begin Lent with the symbol of ashes, a reminder of our humanness and of the passage of time. Ashes will be distributed during each of our Masses this Wednesday.

6th Sunday (Note & Bulletin)

Today’s Gospel shows us Jesus Who, after having preached on the Sabbath in the synagogue, heals many sick people. To preach and to heal: this is the principle activity of Jesus in His public life. With the preaching He announces the Kingdom of God, and with the healing He shows that it is near, that the Kingdom of God is in the midst of us.

Urging the Faithful to Support Physicians’ Freedom of Conscience and Religion

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) in a proposed new draft document states: “Where physicians are unwilling to provide certain elements of care due to their moral or religious beliefs, an effective referral to another health care provider must be provided to the patient.” Catholic physicians believe that a mandate for an “effective referral” is a violation of a physician’s rights, as it compels the physician to violate his or her own conscience by being a participant in the very act, the very procedure to which he or she objects in the first place. The CPSO is accepting submissions from all Ontario citizens until February 20th. We are all called to inform the CPSO in writing that we reject the proposed “effective referral” mandate for doctors whose Charter right of freedom of conscience and religion must be respected. The Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) is one Catholic lay group coordinating these efforts. Visit their website here to find out more and to get involved.

5th Sunday (Note & Bulletin)

In this week’s Gospel, Jesus gives a confusing instruction.  We read: “And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.”  I have always found it difficult to understand why the Lord often told those he had just healed or freed from demons to be silen

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