Today, Sunday, January 17th, is ‘World Day of Migrants and Refugees’

(Vatican Radio) The theme chosen by Pope Francis for 2016 is “Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us.  The Response of the Gospel of Mercy.”

The tragic stories of millions of men and women daily confront the international community as a result of the outbreak of unacceptable humanitarian crises in different parts of the world,” writes Pope Francis. 

“Indifference and silence lead to complicity whenever we stand by as people are dying of suffocation, starvation, violence and shipwreck,” he continues. “Whether large or small in scale, these are always tragedies, even when a single human life is lost.

The Message also states:

The Church stands at the side of all who work to defend each person’s right to live with dignity, first and foremost by exercising the right not to emigrate and to contribute to the development of one’s country of origin.  This process should include, from the outset, the need to assist the countries which migrants and refugees leave.  This will demonstrate that solidarity, cooperation, international 

interdependence and the equitable distribution of the earth’s goods are essential for more decisive efforts, especially in areas where migration movements begin, to eliminate those imbalances which lead people, individually or collectively, to abandon their own natural and cultural environment.”

Taken from: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/10/01/2016_message_for_world_day_of_migrants_and_refugees/1176013

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WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY


JANUARY 18–25, 2016
Called to Proclaim the Mighty Acts of the Lord (cf. 1 Peter 2:9)

The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins tomorrow and continues with (event)  and concludes Monday, January 25, with (event).

Let us join other Christian churches in our area as we remember the 2016 theme Called to Proclaim the Mighty Acts of the Lord.  (cf. 1 Peter 2:9)

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Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited each weekday following the 9:05 a.m. Mass.

Please consider taking time to join in our Divine Mercy prayers for this Holy Year of Mercy.

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Volunteer Appreciation Celebration February 9th, 2016!

We want to thank all our St. Cecilia`s Church volunteers from all our ministries, who have worked as  coordinators  and volunteers, assisting in programs such as our Rosary Apostolate in the Schools, Eucharist Ministry, Pro-life Fund Raising Team, Ministry to the Sick, Sacramental Preparation, Children’s Liturgy, Choir, Reading, Fundraising, etc. in 2015!  As a special thank you, we invite all our volunteers to partake in our first  ever Volunteer Appreciation Mardi Gras celebration,  which will take place on Shrove Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the church hall!

We are asking that all volunteers who will be participating in our celebration on February 9th, to please sign up on the sign-up sheet in the back of the church by Sunday, January 24th! (We are sorry if you cannot make it; no response is required in that case.)

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Signatures for the Ecumenical and Interfaith Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide 

Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute: bioethics.usmc@utoronto.ca

Dear Friends,

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked CCBI to circulate the Ecumenical and Interfaith Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide and to encourage you to become a signatory to the Declaration.

“The Bishops of Canada, along with our ecumenical and interfaith signatory partners, are circulating the Declaration broadly in their respective communities in the hopes of gathering more signatures indicating our opposition to the legalization of Physician Assisted Suicide.”  Signatures to the Declaration are made on line. The Declaration (see below) and the signatory option may be accessed at the following links:

English-  http://www.euthanasiadeclaration.ca/sign-the-declaration/
French-  http://www.euthanasiadeclaration.ca/fr-signer-la-declaration/

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Christmas Cards & Christmas Cakes

We wish to thank all those who supported our parish Pro-Life effort on behalf of Right to Life and Campaign Life Catholic.  Through your purchases and donations $448.00 was sent to Right to Life for the cards and $1250.00 to Campaign Life Coalition for the delicious Christmas cakes.  Thank you on behalf of the unborn, the elderly, and the disabled.  The sacredness of human life has to be protected for those who have no voice in every age and in every situation.

The St. Cecilia’s Pro-Life Group                               

Pro-Life Initiatives

Throughout the year, Pro-Life initiatives take place, and we encourage individuals, and both the parishes of St. Cecilia and of the Vietnamese Martyrs  to promote these different events in our parishes.

Coins for Life: Lent; March for Life: Ottawa: May; Life Chain: October; Christmas Cakes & Cards: December; Mass for the Unborn: St. Michael’s Cathedral: December

Zelma, 416-762-2528 and Ann 416-769-9749

If wishing to become involved, please contact the above names at the numbers provided.

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Saint Vincent De Paul Society Christmas Star Program 2015

All our Society Members wish to express their sincerest gratitude to Father Joseph and especially to all parishioners of St. Cecilia’s for the great support given to the Christmas star initiativeYour generosity brought the spirit of Christmas to 26 families, 12 teenagers, 36 children, 22 households totalling 48 adults, as well as 17 single adults, in our community!

Thank you!

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2016 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 2016!

Please print your full name, address, and phone number  on the offertory envelope, when making your first 3-4, 2016 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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