Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017
January 18-25 2017
Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us (cf. 2 Corinthians 5: 14-20)
This year, we rejoice in the opportunity to pray with the Christians of Germany. They have chosen as their theme “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us,” inspired by 2 Corinthians 5: 14- 20. They invite Christians around the world to celebrate God’s reconciling grace, call us to recognize the pain of the deep divisions which afflict the Church, and urge us to become ambassadors of Christ’s message of reconciliation.
Germany today is home to people of many different cultural backgrounds and beliefs. Of the 81 million inhabitants, 50 million are Christian. About one third are part of the (Protestant) Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), and one third are Roman Catholic and just under one third do not adhere to any faith. 1.7% of the population are Orthodox Christian, another 1.8% are members of one of the free churches, 4.9 are Muslim, and 1% are Jewish.
The Churches in Germany have learned to work together. Living and suffering under the dictatorship of the Nazis brought Christians of different traditions closer to one another, even though some Christians collaborated with the government, while others offered resistance and were imprisoned or sent to concentration camps. Today, German churches cooperate effectively in carrying out the mission of the church and witnessing to the Gospel.
Much ecumenism in Germany occurs at the grassroots level. Ecumenical cooperation also occurs at the level of church leadership. There are also regular meetings between representatives of the Orthodox Bishops’ Conference with the Roman Catholic and Protestant bishops, and between the Association of Free Churches and the Evangelical Church in Germany.
In 2010, during the second Ecumenical Kirchentag in Munich, the ACK established an “Ecumenical Day of Creation”, reminding us of our task in preserving God’s creation. This Day of Creation is now celebrated on the first Friday of September each year all over Germany.
Is God Calling You?
St. Paul tells us that we have been sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be a holy people. Could it be that you or someone in your family is being called to be a priest, deacon, brother or sister?
Fr. Chris Lemieux
Archdiocese of Toronto
Phone: (416) 968-0997
Rosary Apostolate in the Schools
The Rosary Apostolate in the schools is seeking volunteers (male or female) who have devotion to the Mother of God and who are willing to visit our elementary schools to pray the Rosary with the children once a month. Training will be provided.
If you are interested, please call the office at (416) 769 – 8163
Marian Prayer Group
The Marian Prayer Group come together on Mondays in the Church from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome!
Children’s Liturgy Leaders Required!
The Children’s Liturgy classes in our parish community take place during the 11:00 AM Mass. Please call the office if you are interested! (416) 769 – 8163
High School Students requiring volunteer hours!
There are many opportunities for high school students to receive volunteer hours helping in our parish. Please contact the office and let’s help them as they help us!
Moving? New to the neighborhood?
If you are moving or have moved, please inform the office of your new address to ensure you receive an income tax receipt for your 2016 donations. If you are new to our parish and will be attending St. Cecilia’s Church regularly, please consider becoming a registered parishioner. Please ask an usher at the back of the church for a parish registration form. You can also obtain a box of offertory envelopes from the usher upon request, to ensure any donations you make are recorded and receipted at year end!
New Beginnings Upcoming Events
Monday January 16 at 7:00 pm
New Beginnings Talk
1155 Yonge Street, TO, 4th fl.
“Identifying the Innermost Root Source of our Chronic Problems”
Speaker: Dr. Ken Fung M.D., MB FRCS
The evening will be about reclaiming one’s authentic identity as a child of God, “Imago Dei” and uncovering the “root cause” of our chronic problems, praying for inner healing.”
Wednesday January 25 at 7:00 pm
New Beginnings Talk
St. Elizabeth Seton 17955 Leslie St, Newmarket
“Beginning the Healing Journey after Separation and Divorce”
Speaker: Fr. Fred Scinto, C.R.
This event will include some practical input and take-home material by Fr. Fred Scinto.