March 26, 2017

“Living the Gospel” locally and around the world…

How do we “Live the Gospel” toward others when our daily lives are so busy? For some it is volunteering at a soup kitchen, or it may be caring for an elderly relative. If we do not have the time to actively participate, we can support the many ShareLife funded  agencies within our community that bring the hands of Christ to those in need. Our annual appeal provides resources to 42 agencies, bringing much needed programs and services to those both here in our communities and around the world. Next Sunday is the first ShareLife collection. Over the next week, consider your ability to “Live the Gospel” by helping  those who are vulnerable and in need, and make a contribution to ShareLife.

Next Sunday, April 2, 2017 is ShareLife Sunday. Please give generously.


St. Cecilia’s Lenten Retreat
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 & Thursday, April 6, 2017
7:00 p.m.

Eucharistic Adoration
Readings-Prayer-Reflection-Music –Stations of the Cross

Everyone is invited to participate in the Lenten Retreat!

Please come and join us!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017:
Presented by Rev. Anthony Akpanessien

Thursday, April 6, 2017:
Presented by Rev. Daniel Shelapelo


St. Patrick’s Mass and Celebration of March 12, 2017!

Thank you to our principal celebrant and homilist, His Excellency, Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick, Auxillary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto.  Also, we were pleased to have as our concelebrants Fr. Patrick Fitzpatrick, Fr. Michael Hughes, Fr. Philip Kennedy, Fr. Pat O’Dea, Fr. Dominic Bui Quyen, our Pastor Fr. Joseph Tap Tran, and Deacon Joe Murphy.  This is not to forget Nino Clivio, who assisted so very ably on the altar.

This year we were delighted to have as our honoured guests: Minister Simon Coveney from Ireland, his Aide, Catriona Fitzpatrick, Irish Ambassador to Canada James Kelly, Deputy Minister of Mission Michael Hurley, as well as Tressa McMaster.

Special thank you to our  Ceremonial Co-ordinator, Hugo Straney.  Sincere thanks to all of you who donated your time and talents in various ways to make our St. Patrick’s Mass and Celebration a tremendous success:  Maria Ruccolo, Frank Spiteri, Colleen Alviano, Barbara Mankowski, Janine Mitsuki, Vicky Attard, Annette Beneditz, Mary & Fionnan Kelly, Roseanne & John Kelly, Marion McLaughlin, Reta O’Connor, Lorraine Ostafew, Ann E. and John Rooney, Andrew Rooney, John Joe Rooney, Angelo Favretto, Antonietta Rabasca,  Chris Bayley, Lidia Majchrzak, Colleen Murphy, Vanessa Vreeland, Norma Singh, Pat Chetcuti, Ruta Niedra, Greg Furmanczyk, Norm McNeil, Dan Shine, Sandra Niedra (administrative assistant), Alex Niedra and Adrienne Wong, (our photographers), and Teame Gebreyesus, (our Church Custodian).

Particular thanks to The Johnson School of Dancing, our musical guests, harpist and soloist Eithne Heffernan, Piper Raymond Caldwell, Organist Peter Treen, and the St. Cecilia’s Church Choir.  Special mention goes to all those skilled and faithful women who donated the delicious baked goods, those men and women who helped with the setting up and decorating of the hall, all who prepared the sandwiches and pizza, and all who acted as hostesses for the reception.  A great big thank you to each and every one who assisted at and attended the Mass.

Thank you to the St. Cecilia’s Church choir members for their time spent setting up, making and serving the Irish coffee: Peter Treen, Don English, Christine McGoldrick, Colleen Alviano, Carol Houston,  Josephine Zammit, Kaaren Stuss, Fionnan Kelly, Olive and Derry Fitzpatrick, and Marie Niggenaber.

We wish to thank and acknowledge our sponsors: Irish Cultural Society of Toronto, Topper Linens, Lynett Funeral Home, Irish Travel Bureau Inc., John C. Kelly Renovations Ltd, and the Daughters of Isabella.

Lastly, many thanks to our fine musician, Michael Kelly, who provided the musical entertainment at the informal reception in the hall.

Go Mbeannai Dia Duit.       May God Bless You.

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