Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18-24 2015

Jesus said to her: “Give me to drink” – John 4:7
2015 theme for the week of Prayer for Christian Unity

This year we rejoice in the opportunity to pray with the Christians of Brazil.  John the evangelist is recounting the story of John 4:7 when Jesus on his way through Samaria asks a woman ‘Give me a drink,’ challenging the traditional conventions of sharing with the ‘other’ and very much challenging us about the divisions in the Body of Christ.  Be a part of the praying, be open to the challenge, and be with your sisters and brothers of the whole Body of Christ.

“The four hands coming together from four directions are a sign of unity despite sometimes opposing differences.  The circle reinforces the idea of unity.  The act of Christians coming together is a sign of the times, evidence of Christ in action in the World. Therefore we see the cross between the hands. The different colored hands, without gender, remind us that in Christ there is neither slave nor free, neither man nor woman, for we are all in Jesus Christ (Gal 3:28).”

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St. Cecilia’s Church Preparatory Programs for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation

Preparing our youth for their Sacraments can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience.  It is also an eye opening experience; those leading the programs come to learn and understand their own faith better as they are challenged by their ‘pupils’ to explain and define certain aspects of what they teach through further investigation and their own real life experiences.

It is not an exaggeration to state that it does take a community to raise our children in the Catholic faith. It is only through dedication and sacrifice that our programs have continued to successfully prepare our youth and are getting weary.  Just as we have a pool of lectors and ushers, we need a pool of catechists willing to share in the experience of raising our youth in our faith. Please consider how you might assist in this very special and rewarding ministry! Please contact the office for more information: 416-769-8163 .

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Pizza Sunday of January 25, 2015 and 50/50 Draw!

Mark your calendar and come out to enjoy a slice or whole pizza on Sunday January 25, 2015.

50/50 Tickets on sale after all weekend Masses! 1 ticket for $2.00 / 3 tickets for $5.00.

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Are you wondering  how the Canadian Catholic Church responds to global issues like climate change, mining, food shortage and migration? If you are interested in finding out, come to the Development and Peace (the official Canadian Catholic Development Organization), Orientation Session on Janaury 23 2015 at 6:30 PM in St. Cecilia’s Church basement.  Every one is welcome!

If you have questions, your may get in touch with any of the following:
Luke Stocking: luke.stocking@devp.orgDolly Ducepec: dolly_ducepec@yahoo.com

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Oratory Marriage Preparation Course

Registration takes place at the first session.  Cost is $150 per couple.  For more information contact the Oratory at 416-532-2879 or mail@oratory.org .

Beginning Monday January 26, 2015
Seven Consecutive Monday evenings 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Holy Family Parish Hall 1372 King Street West, Toronto

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2015 offertory envelopes are ready for pick-up at the back of the church!

If you are a new member of our parish, and have taken a numbered, unlabelled offertory box of envelopes, please follow a few steps to ensure that your donations will be properly recorded in 2015!

Please print your full name, address, and phone number  on the offertory envelope, when making your first 3-4, 2015, donations. This will ensure that the office staff correctly record your personal information, (to ensure you receive an income tax receipt at the end of the year.)

New envelope users/parishioners and/or unregistered parishioners are requested to fill out a Parish Registration Form and return it.

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Come and See Weekend January 31 2015 at 6:30 PM, and February 1 2015 at 2:30 PM
St. Augustine’s Seminary 2661 Kingston Rd., Scarborough

The Office of Vocations is hosting a Come and See weekend retreat for men, 18 years and older.  This weekend offers a away for men discerning a possible call to priesthood to meet seminarians, hear a number of vocation testimonies and to receive first-hand experience of seminary life.  For more information, please call us at 416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org .

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Home Stay Opportunities

Holy Name of Mary College School is looking for families interested in hosting international students in their home.  These girls come from good families and have basic English language capability.  Compensation is provided.  If you are interested, please contact Gisell Fernandes at admission@hnmcs.ca to find out more.

 

 

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