St. Cecilia’s Refugee Sponsorship Committee

As you may be aware from reports in the news media, Christians in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq and Syria, have been  suffering from acts of violence committed against them. Many have sought refuge in neighbouring countries in fear of religious persecution.  Over 2 years ago, our parish agreed to sponsor an Iraqi refugee family of 5, to make it possible for them to leave the Middle East and the religious persecution to live in Canada. Applications were made and submitted on their behalf and the process has taken considerable time to be completed.  Happily, we believe that the family might be arriving in Toronto very soon.  As their sponsors, we have committed to support the family financially and otherwise for one year from the date of their arrival in Toronto.  One of the major needs and part of our commitment upon their arrival, will be to provide the family with accommodations.

In this regard, if any parishioner has, or may know someone who has, an apartment or house available for rent, suitable to accommodate a family of 5, (3 adults and 2 children), please speak to Fr. Joseph or Angelo Favretto or call the office during office hours. 416-769-8163.

In addition, to accommodation, the family will need other basic items such as furniture, linens, appliances, utensils, household goods, clothing, etc.  If anyone is able to help, with providing any of these items, please forward an itemized list, with your contact information on it, addressed to the St. Cecilia’s Refugee Sponsorship Committee.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and support!

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First Friday Eucharistic Adoration Friday, June 7, 2013

On the First Friday, our Parish celebrates Eucharistic Adoration immediately following the 9:05 a.m. Mass until 6:00 p.m.

“The worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass  is of inestimable value for the life of the church. “

-Ecclesia de Eucharistic by Pope John Paul II

Please consider taking time out this Friday, April 5th, in prayer and worship of the Eucharist.  For those who would like to schedule an hour to ‘keep watch’, signup sheets for specific times slots, can be found at the back of the church.story-bar

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the 2013 ShareLife Parish Campaign.

You are helping ShareLife agencies continue the valuable work they do for the poor and marginalized in our region by giving generously. You have made the path to new opportunities much easier for thousands of the most vulnerable in our communities. For those who wish to make a donation, you are still welcome to do so. You can drop your ShareLife envelopes in the offertory basket until July 31, 2013 or donate online at www.sharelife.org. Thank you!

Thank you for your generosity. Together we can work wonders!

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June 2, 2013 (Today)
‘Come walk with Christ’
Corpus Christi Procession

St. Paul’s Basilica
83 Power St. Toronto

      4:30 p.m.
Mass

5:30 p.m.
Procession to St.  Michael’s Cathedral

7:00 p.m.
Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins

For those who wish to go down as a group, please meet at the street level of High Park Station at 3:00 p.m. sharp! (group will be taking the TTC)

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The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large tray of apples. A staff member lettered a note and posted it on the apple tray: “Take only ONE. God is watching.”

Moving along the lunch line, at the other end was a large tray of chocolate chip cookies. A girl wrote a note, which she put next to the tray of cookies, “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.”

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