A Lenten Reflection

Concerning Fasting

16 “And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Concerning Treasures

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  (Lk 12)                                                                                                                       story-bar

St. Cecilia’s Lenten Taizé Retreat

This Friday, March 28th, 2014 at 7:45 p.m.

Eucharistic Adoration-Readings-Prayer-Reflection-Music -Stations of the Cross

     Everyone is invited to participate in this Lenten Retreat!  Please come and join us!  If you would like to volunteer to assist,  please contact Angelo at 647-391-4217 or by email at  angelo.favretto@sympatico.ca

     The Taizé prayer service emerged from an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. Brother Roger, Taize’s founder, arrived in the village of Taizé, France in 1940. During World War II, Brother Roger dreamed of creating a community where reconciliation was a daily reality. He began by giving shelter to refugees of the war, especially Jews. Brother Roger recognized that the search for reconciliation was within each individual as well as within the community. Initially, the Taizé founder lived alone, until brothers from various Protestant and Roman Catholic backgrounds followed. Today, as an ecumenical monastic community, Taizé is a sign of reconciliation. People from around the world, especially young people, come to Taizé looking for meaning in their lives as they prepare for responsibilities in their own communities.


Holy Week Schedule

PALM SUNDAY: April 13th
Saturday Vigil Mass: 7:00 P.M.
Sunday Masses: 9:00 A.M. & 11:00 P.M.

Tuesday, April 15th
Confessions: 7:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16th
Confessions: 9:30- 10:00 a.m., 7:30-8:00 p.m.

No morning Mass
Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 6:30 p.m.
Eucharistic Adoration: 11:00 p.m. -midnight Confessions: 11:00 p.m.- midnight.

GOOD FRIDAY: April 18th
Confessions: 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
Divine Mercy Novena: 2:45 p.m.
Friday of the Passion of the Lord: 3:00 p.m.
Followed by: Stations of the Cross

No morning mass.
12:00 p.m. Blessing of the Food
12:15 p.m. Divine Mercy Novena
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Confessions

SATURDAY, April 19th
6:00 p.m.

8:45 a.m. Divine Mercy Novena
9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

Divine Mercy Novena
Good Friday, April 18th at 2:45 p.m.
Holy Saturday, April 19th at 12:15 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 20th at 8:45 a.m.
Mon., April 21st – Sat., April  26th at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, April 27th: Sunday of Divine Mercy

Holy Week Confession Schedule:
Tuesday: 7:30-8:00 p.m.;
Wednesday: 9:30-10:00 a.m.,  7:30-8:00 p.m.;
Thursday: 11:00 p.m. -midnight;
Friday: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.;
Saturday: 12:30 p.m. -1:00 p.m


Third Sunday of Lent March 23, 2014
Working wonders in our community…

     Last year Mary Centre received a call to assist Robert, a client, when they learned that his sister Theresa, who lived with him, had collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. Due to a previous connection with Robert and Theresa, the agency was able to respond quickly. Mary Centre’s respite facility at St. Bernard’s is often fully booked a few months in advance but other families were supportive and changed their plans to accommodate this situation.  Robert stayed at Mary Centre for 3 weeks until Theresa was able to return home and take care of him. He continues to come to St. Bernard’s at least once a month where he has felt welcome and has made friends. Robert and Theresa take comfort in knowing that Mary Centre was there for them. Theresa shared, “To know Mary Centre is to know people who are kind, considerate and thoughtful; thank you for all you’ve have done for my brother and me.” Last year, over 1,800 people with special needs received assistance from ShareLife-supported agencies.

Next Sunday is ShareLife Sunday – March 30, 2014
Please give generously. You can work wonders!


Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 9:00am

Catholic Cemeteries and the Archdiocese estate planning team will share:

  • How to protect your loved ones with a proper Will
  • How to ensure your wishes are legally protected
  • About Powers of Attorney
  • The cost savings of making an estate plan
  •  Finding lawyers and estate planning advisors
  • Our Catholic traditions around wills, burial and funerals

An estate planning kit and DVD will be provided at no cost.

Location:  Assumption Cemetery (6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga)  Refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: Frank Jannetta, Catholic Cemeteries
416.733-8544 ext. 237 or fjannetta@ccat.on.ca


“Jesus in the confessional is not a dry cleaner: it is an encounter with Jesus, who waits for us just as we are. Is going to confession like a torture session? No! It is going to praise God, because I, a sinner, have been saved by Him. And is He waiting to beat me? No, he waits with tenderness to forgive me. And if tomorrow I do the same? Go again, and go and go and go. He always waits for us.”Pope Francis

Archdiocese Day of Confession:
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


The Toronto Oratory Lent 2014

The Oratory * Holy Family Church* 1372 King Street West, Toronto
Tel: (416)532-2879


Wed., April 2nd, 8:00 pm:
Charpentier’s Meditations Pour le Carème, 1 through 5 with selections by Couperin, Du Mage, & Clerambault. Homily: “Crux Fidelis”. Compline, including musical settings by Fournier, Dufay.

Wed., April 9th, 8:00 pm
Charpentier’s Meditations Pour le Carème, 6 through 10 with selections by De Grigny, Clérambault & Couperin. Homily: “Ave Crux Spes Unica”. Compline, including musical settings by Fournier, Dufay


Wed., April 16th, 8:00 pm.
A devotional service of psalms, lamentations and responsories, with Conpline for Wednesday of Holy Week.  Lamentation for the First Nocturn (Tomas Luis de Victoria). Miserere (Gregorio Allegri)


Lenten Retreat for Teachers

March 29 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School
101 Mason Blvd., North York

The Catholic Teachers Guild’s annual Lenten Retreat for Teachers, will be led by Fr. Joseph Pham and is open to anyone involved with education. For more information or to register online for this event, please visit www.torontocatholicteachersguild.com.



Lenten Music to Stir the Soul
SMCS Alumni Choir
(Singing Men Common Spirit)
Friday, April 18th, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
St. James Catholic Church, 728 Annette St.

For further information, please see the poster in the vestibule, or visit: wwwsmcsalumni.com

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