LIFE CHAIN 2013
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6TH FROM 2-3 P.M.
OUR LOCATION: BLOOR AT KEELE
CHOOSING LIFE FROM COAST TO COAST
Help Save Moms And Babies From The Horrors Of Abortion
Life Chain is a non-confrontational, peaceful, and silent witness to the evil of abortion and its painful consequences. It is a simple but powerful reminder to our fellow citizens of the sanctity of human life and our duty to defend the weakest members of our society.
Marian Prayer Group
The Marian Prayer Group has resumed on Mondays in the Church from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Everyone is welcome!
Planning Session for St. Cecilia’s Events and Celebrations 2013-2014!
Do you enjoy attending, or volunteering at our Harvest Fair and other events? Have you ever thought of volunteering, but didn’t know where to start? Would you like to get involved at ‘ground level’ in preparing for an event? Do you have an idea for a fundraiser or parish event that you would like to bring to the table? If you answered ‘yes‘ to any of these questions, please join us at our planning session:
This Thursday, September 19th, 2013 in the church hall at 6:30 p.m.!
Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada: September 21-22, 2013
Why is there such a collection?
Every year, the Bishops of Canada make an appeal for financial assistance to support its work through the Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada. As noted by the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton, this collection helps support the work of the Episcopal conference by providing each diocese the means to make its annual per capita contribution to the CCCB. “Any amount exceeding this contribution is then put at the disposal of the dioceses for their own pastoral needs,” Archbishop Smith explains. The CCCB is the national assembly of Catholic Bishops in Canada, including the Eastern Catholic Churches in Canada.
The Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada will be held in our parish on September 21 and 22, 2013. Through your contribution to the collection, you too can collaborate with the Bishops in their ministry to teach, sanctify and govern.
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Syria and the Middle East Humanitarian Relief
Catholics around the world participated in a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria and the Middle East last Saturday at the request of Pope Francis, including close to 1000 people who joined Cardinal Thomas Collins for Mass and a special Holy Hour at St. Michael’s Cathedral. Many more Canadians will take part in events this weekend, as previously planned by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Recognizing the significance of these initiatives, the Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting financial contributions to support humanitarian relief efforts in Syria and the Middle East.
“Leave behind the self-interest that hardens your heart, overcome the indifference that makes your heart insensitive towards others, conquer your deadly reasoning, and open yourself to dialogue and reconciliation,” Pope Francis told pilgrims at last Saturday’s peace vigil in St. Peter’s Square.
An estimated 100,000 people have already lost their lives in the conflict in Syria over the past two years and roughly 2 million people have fled, taking refuge in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and other countries. The conflict in Syria has unleashed a large-scale humanitarian crisis. Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:
- Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
- By phone through the Development office – (416)934-3411
- Through the parish, making cheques payable to: St. Cecilia’s Church – Syria – Humanitarian Relief
Humanitarian Relief Envelopes can be found at the back of the church. The humanitarian donations will be collected together with the regular offertory donations next Sunday.
St. Augustine’s Seminary 100th Anniversary Mass, September 25 – 11 a.m.
St. Michael’s Cathedral, 65 Bond Street, Toronto
Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, Archbishop of Caracas, Venezuela will be joining the Priests’ Alumni Association of St. Augustine’s Seminary as the main celebrant and homilist at a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrating the Seminary’s 100th Anniversary. All are invited to join us as we gather to celebrate this auspicious occasion at the Cathedral. Concelebrating priests who have not already registered should contact
Mr. Frank Vicioso at (416)261-7207 ext. 223.
Children’s Liturgy Leaders Required!
There will be a 2 hour workshop held on September 19th, 2013, in our community, for those interested in assisting with the Children’s Liturgy classes in our parish; (classes occur during the 11:00 a.m. Mass). Please call the office if you are interested in assisting and/or attending the workshop! (416)769-8163.
INTRODUCING MERRYMAKERS, a dynamic afternoon program for 3-5 year olds
Mary, Mother of God School is now registering children for 2½ hours of enriched programs on Monday and Thursday afternoons, 1:00-3:30 p.m. Join us for songs, stories, poems, nursery rhymes, instruments, games, classical music, drama and lots of play. For more information, call the school office at 416-531-7897. Come and make merry with us! Visit us at www.marymotherofgodschool.org .
Clergy Curling, Mondays starting October 21 until spring
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Curl with Protestant ministers, rabbis and Catholic priests (Fr. Bert Foliot and Fr. Bob O’Brien) at the Annandale Curling Club in Ajax. Commute is against the flow of traffic. No experience is required. No equipment necessary. Low fees (about $10 a week). Clergy or lay people of all ages are welcome. Contact Fr. Bert Foliot, SJ at (647)339-1960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moving? New to the neighbourhood?
If you are moving or have moved, please inform the office of your new address to ensure you receive an income tax receipt at the end of the year. If you are new to our parish and will be attending St. Cecilia’s Church regularly, please consider becoming a registered parishioner. Please ask an usher at the back of the church for a parish registration form. You can also obtain a box of offertory envelopes from the usher upon request, to ensure any donations you make are recorded!
A little boy was afraid of the dark. One night his mother told him to go out to the back porch and bring her the broom. The little boy turned to his mother and said, “Mama, I don’t want to go out there. It’s dark.” The mother smiled reassuringly at her son. “You don’t have to be afraid of the dark,” she explained. “Jesus is out there. He’ll look after you and protect you.” The little boy looked at his mother real hard and asked, “Are you sure he’s out there?” “Yes,
I’m sure. He is everywhere, and he is always ready to help you when you need him,” she said. The little boy thought about that for a minute and then went to the back door and cracked it a little. Peering out into the darkness, he called, “Jesus? If you’re out there, would you please hand me the broom?