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Our parish will be hosting an informal reception after the 7:00 PM mass in our church basement. For those who would like to make a monetary contribution to the celebration, please take a St. Cecilia’s Feast Day offertory envelope which will be available at the back of the church in the weeks to come. For those who would like to contribute to the reception, a sign-up sheet can be found at the back of the church.

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The Shepherds’ Trust ensures our priests can live their retirement years with dignity.

The Shepherd’s Trust collection will take place in parishes in the Archdiocese during the weekend of November 13 and 14. Envelopes will be distributed the weekend of November 6 and 7.

This fund does more than just support our priest’s in their twilight years; it represents a very tangible gesture of thanks for the blessings we have received. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

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ALL SOULS’ DAY
Wednesday November 2 2016

On the weekend of October 29 and 30th 2016, in preparation for “All Souls’ Day”, a basket will be available at the base of the altar for your ” All Souls’ Envelopes”. On the envelope, which you can pick up from the back of the church, write the names of deceased family members and friends and enclose your offering. Place envelopes in the basket. The office staff will enter those listed on the envelopes into the “Book of Souls”. The “Book of Souls” and the basket will remain at the altar for the entire month of November and those names therein will be prayed for at all Masses during the month of November.

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The Sacrament of Confirmation Registration

The Archdiocese of Toronto has lowered the grade for students to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Students entering grade 7 in the fall are now able to receive the Sacrament. St. Cecilia’s Church will be offering preparation studies to grade 7 students in October of 2016, who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the spring of 2017.

Registration packages for the preparation of the Sacrament of Confirmation can be found at the back of the church for those who do not attend St. Cecilia’s School.  Grade 7 students of St. Cecilia’s & St. Rita’s School will have registration packages mailed to their homes via the school.

Mandatory Registration Meeting (and deadline for registration):
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m. in the church hall.

PROGRAM BEGINS:
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016

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St. Vincent de Paul Society “Christmas Star Program” starts next weekend!

Once again, the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be displaying a Christmas Tree in our Church, with dangling stars. Each star represents a gift that can be purchased for either a teen, (gift card), or family, (food gift card). Please take a star, and return it with the appropriate gift card to one of our St. Vincent de Paul representatives, donation box holders after masses by Sunday December 4 2016.

Gift cards can be purchased at any major department store or pharmacy. Food gift cards can be purchased at all major grocery stores.

Thank you for giving to those in our community who are less fortunate!

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Christmas Cards and Cakes

As in previous years, during the months preceding the great “Feast of the Nativity of our Lord”, Right to Life Christmas Cards and Campaign for Life fruitcakes will be on sale in the vestibule after Saturday and Sunday Masses until December 18th. One of the most important fundraisers Campaign Life Catholic does each year, is the sale of the delicious Christmas cakes. This helps to continue the work for the unborn, the elderly and the disabled, supporting life at every stage.

Large cakes: $25.00
Small cakes: $15.00
Cards: $8.00/pack

Thank you.

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Remembrance Day
Friday November 11 2016

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
between the crosses, row on row,
that mark our place; and in the sky
the larks, still bravely singing, fly
scarce amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Sort days ago
we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
loved and were loved, and now we lie
in Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
the torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
we shall not sleep, though poppies grow
in Flanders Fields.

– John McCrae

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