A Lenten Reflection

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My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Now by this we may be sure that we know him, if we obey his commandments. Whoever says, “I have come to know him,” but does not obey his commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth does not exist; but whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the love of God has reached perfection. By this we may be sure that we are in him: whoever says, “I abide in him,” ought to walk just as he walked.

Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word that you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is true in him and in you, becausethe darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.

Whoever says, “I am in the light,” while hating a brother or sister, is still in the darkness. 10 Whoever loves a brother or sisterlives in the light, and in such a personthere is no cause for stumbling. 11 But whoever hates another believeris in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know the way to go, because the darkness has brought on blindness.

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36th Annual St. Patrick’s Mass & Celebration of March 2nd, 2014

Thank you to our principal celebrant and homilist, Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto, William McGrattan.  Also, we were pleased to have in attendance Fr. Leo Burns, Deacon Joseph Murphy, as well as our concelebrants Fr. Edward Ewczynski, Fr. Michael Hughes, Fr. Seamus Hogan, Fr. Daniel Sehlapelo, Fr. Gerard Ryan, Fr. Gerard Scott, Fr. Jack Costello and our pastor, Fr. Joseph Tran. Special thank you to our master of ceremonies Hugo Straney.  Sincere thanks to all of you who made our St. Patrick’s Mass and Celebration a tremendous success: Frances McKee, Ann Clough, Hamill Family, Reta O’Connor, Maria Ruccolo, Barbara Mankowski, Annette Beneditz, Lina Geadah,  Mary & Fionnan Kelly, Roseanne Kelly, Marion McLaughlin, Lorraine Ostafew, Ann E. Rooney, Frank Spiteri, Angelo Favretto, Chris Bayley, Lydia Majchrak, Colleen Murphy, Vicky Attard, Antonia Rabasca, Ona Olekis, Sandra Niedra (administrative assistant), and Teame Gebreyesus (our Church Custodian).  Particular thanks to The Johnson School of Dancing, our musical guests, harpist and soloist Eithne Heffernan, Piper Raymond Caldwell, organist Peter Treen, violinist Angelique Toews, St. Cecilia’s Church Choir, and St. Cecilia’s School Choir under the direction of Ivy Buttigieg.  Special mention goes to all those skilled and faithful women who donated the delicious baked goods, and those who prepared the sandwiches and pizza for the reception,  A big thank you to all who assisted at and attended the Mass. Thank you to the St. Cecilia’s Church choir members for their donations of supplies and time making the Irish coffee that made $580.00: Derry & Olive Fitzpatrick, Don English, Colleen Alviano, Carol Houston, Josephine & Paul Zammit, Kyongsoo Kwon and Darlene Treen.

 

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