Congratulations!

We had a successful commitment weekend for our parish’s Family of Faith Campaign! Thanks to your generosity, we collected over $65,000 in pledges! Special thank you to our parish Family of Faith Campaign team: Luke Stocking, Chair; Frank Spiteri, Vice-Chair; Sandra Niedra, Natalie Chabane, Ted Chabane, Teresa Wu, and Jospeh Vu.  Thank you also to Meaghan Leonard for your guidance!

The success of this campaign confirms our parish’s commitment working for the glory of God and assisting in strengthening our Catholic Faith Community.  We all work in different ways, by volunteering, donating, pledging, praying; supporting our parish and the larger Catholic community in many different ways.  May God bless you all!

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ASH WEDNESDAY

Wednesday 18th February 2015

Morning English Mass: 9:05 AM
Evening Bilingual Mass: 6:30 AM
Distribution of Ashes

This is a universal day of fasting and of abstinence from meat.  The law of abstinence from meat binds those who are 14 and older; the law of fasting binds those from 18 to 59 years of age.  Parents and educators are reminded of their duty to introduce children gradually to the understanding and practice of penance.

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World Day of the Sick
February 11, 2015

The ministry of Jesus to the sick is central to the life of the Church.  February 11 (memorial of our Lady of Lourdes), highlights the healing ministry of the Church.  It reminds us that service to the sick and suffering cannot be neglected.  It recognizes the great efforts of doctors, nurses, health care institutions and pastoral care givers to restore health to those afflicted with illness and disease.

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Together we are continuing to work wonders…

“(The common good…) It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about.” – Pope Francis

Pope Francis encourages us to show loving concern for each other, and in so doing care for those who are often forgotten.  As a Catholic community, how does the challenge to show this love for our neighbor manifest itself across our archdiocese? Through ShareLife agencies, we reach out to some of the most vulnerable and needy people in our community, helping our neighbors, friends and fellow parishoners as they work through difficult time.  As we begin the ShareLife Campaign, please consider ways of supporting ShareLife, our annual Archdiocesan appeal, during this approaching Lenten season. – Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto

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St. Patrick’s Celebration

37th Annual Concelebrated Mass
St. Cecilia Church
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Prinicipal Celebrant and Homilist
His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto

Informal Reception to follow in the Parish Hall

Volunteers are needed to help with this event.  Donations of Irish Soda , scones and a variety of sandwiches and baked good are requested for the reception.  Sign-up sheets are available at the back of the church.  Thank you for your support.

LET’S KEEP THE TRADITION ALIVE!

Please contact:
Ann Clough: 416-769-3711
Frances McKee: 416-766-6712

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Annual Knights of Columbus Raffle

The Knight of Columbus will be selling raffle tickets after the Sunday Masses this weekend until Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Big cash prizes of $10,000 to $250,000.00! TVs, laptops cameras and more!

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St. Cecilia’s Church Shrove Tuesday Dinner!
Tuesday February 17th 2015
3:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Mark the date!

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Catholics urged to Support Physicians’ Charter
Right of Freedom of Conscience and Religion

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) in a proposed new draft document states: “Where physicians are unwilling to provide certain elements of care due to their moral or religious beliefs, an effective referral to another health care provider must be provided to the patient.: Catholic physicians believe that a mandate for an “effective referral” is a violation of a physician’s rights, as it compels the physician to violate his or her own conscience by being a participant in the very act, the very procedure to which he or she objects in the first place. The CPSO is accepting submissions from all Ontario citizens until February 20. We are called to inform the CPSO in writing that we reject the proposes “effective referral” mandate for doctors whose Charter right of freedom of conscience and religion must be respected.  The Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) is one Catholic lay group coordinating these efforts.  Go to www.ccrl.ca to find out more and to get involved.

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February 16th is Family Day

There will be no First Communion/Reconciliation preparation classes on Sunday, February 15th.  Classes resume Sunday Febraury 22nd.

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