WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JAN. 18-25, 2018
“Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power” – (Exodus 15:6).
Every year between January 18-25, Christians around the world are invited to: celebrate a Week of Prayer for the unity of all Christians reflect on scripture together participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services share fellowship The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was first proposed in 1908 as an observance within the Roman Catholic Church. Since the founding of the World Council of Churches in 1948, many other Christian denominations around the world have come to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. For over 40 years, the Canadian Council of Churches and its partners, the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, have supported this ecumenical event in Canada. The resources for the 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by an ecumenical team from the Caribbean, whose members represent various churches and religious organizations. Today, Caribbean Christians of many different traditions see the hand of God active in the ending of enslavement. It is a uniting experience of God’s saving action which brings freedom. The Caribbean ecumenical team chose the song of Moses and Miriam (Ex 15:1-21) – a song of triumph over oppression – as the motif of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Thinking of a New Year’s Resolution?
Perhaps you are not thinking of a gym membership, or giving up on some vices of the past year, as a way to start 2018!
Perhaps you are thinking how you might be able to give of your time and talents as a way to start a new journey in 2018! Our parish is looking for new lectors, (readers), altar servers, and children liturgy leaders! Training is provided!
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 $554.00 was sent to Right to Life for the cards and $2000.00 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
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
If wishing to become involved, please contact Call Zelma, 416-762-2528 or Ann 416-769-9749 at the numbers provided.
Saint Vincent De Paul Society Christmas Star Program 2017
All our Society Members wish to express our sincerest gratitude to Father Joseph and especially to all parishioners of St. Cecilia’s for the great support given to our Christmas star initiative. Your generosity brought the spirit of Christmas to 34 families/households, 7 teenagers and 38 children, as well as 17 single adults!
We all thank you!
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 14, 2018
A good vocation prayer to say every day ‑ from the time we are young until we are in our golden years ‑ is found in today’s first Scripture reading: “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening”. Just try it with sincerity, starting today and, if you think God is calling you to be a priest, religious, or permanent deacon, call:
Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocation Director,
Archdiocese of Toronto
PLEASE NOTE! LAST weekend was the last weekend you could make a 2017 contributions to our parish. All contributions starting this weekend, regardless of the offering date, will be counted to the 2018 year!