Reflection for the Second Week of Advent
‘Prepare the way of the Lord! And all people will see the salvation of our God!’
During this second week of Advent, as we continue to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ, let us specially consider our homes and families. Regardless, if we live alone or are in the midst of raising a family, Advent, as a time of preparation and a time of renewal takes on many different meanings. As mentioned last week,
preparation of our souls is essential; to be open and ready to receive Christ into our lives. As with any relationship, the stronger the connection, the more effort is required to maintain the closeness; it is no different with Christ. One of God’s greatest gifts, ‘choice’, gives us the opportunity to choose how we will build, maintain and renew our relationship with God.
During Advent, as we near Christmas, we can excitedly prepare for Christmas by decorating our homes, setting up a Christmas tree, purchasing and wrapping gifts for our loved ones, visit with extended family and friends, and participate in all the traditions and rituals that are meaningful to us during this season. We teach our children to feel that excitement and enthusiasm while partaking in these traditions with them.
It is this same joy, this same excitement, with which we are invited to prepare our souls for the coming of Christ. We can choose to prepare with zeal, extending that enthusiasm to those in our family, our children, and friends, while opening a door to another Advent tradition that can be passed down through the generations.
Once again, in this second week of Advent, we are invited to find ways of joyful and enthusiastic preparation for Christ’s arrival, in the pages of this bulletin, and in partaking in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist, as well as in sharing and caring through works of charity!
Could God be calling you to be a priest, deacon, brother or sister in order to help our world of today to truly “prepare the way of the Lord”?
If God is calling you, contact Fr. Hansoo Park (416)968-0997
FEAST OF ST. CECILIA THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS
Thank you to all those who assisted at the Special Mass, particularly the priests who concelebrated the Mass with Father Joseph; to the Lector, Altar Servers, Ushers; and to the organist, choirs and musicians for their beautiful music and singing. Special thanks go to those who donated delicious food and baked goods and helped with the reception following the Mass.
A big thank you to the talented and creative volunteers who decorated the Hall so beautifully for the Reception.
Kudos to Frances McKee for organizing a beautiful celebration and reception!
May God bless you all abundantly for your commitment, dedication,hard work, and love for St. Cecilia. Well done!
2013 SUNDAY MISSALS
New Missals for the coming Liturgical Year are now on sale after all Masses. The cost is only $5.00 each.
THE YEAR OF FAITH CATHOLICISM – THE JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME by Rev. Robert E. Barron
During this Year of Faith, we will be presenting this compelling film series on Catholicism which takes us on a global journey, deep into our Catholic faith.
All parishioners are invited to deepen their faith journey by joining us in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, December 12th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome!
PLEASE JOIN US!
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 Life fruitcakes will be on sale in the vestibule after Saturday and Sunday Masses starting November 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 $24.00
- Small cakes $16.00
- Cards $8/10 pk.
2013 Donation 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 donation box of envelopes, please follow a few steps to ensure that your donations will be properly recorded in 2013!
Please print your full name, address, and phone number on the donation envelope, when making your first 3-4, 2013, 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.)
If you want to start your donations this year (2012), please place your donation in a regular envelope, and print your full name, address and envelope number on it! (Please do not use your 2013 donation envelopes until next year!)