COVID-19 Restrictions Continue to Ease as Province Enters Stage 3
For churches in the Archdiocese of Toronto, starting on July 16, this will mean:
- There will be no capacity limit for indoor sacramental celebrations, but two metres (six feet) of physical distancing will still be required between parishioners who are not from the same household. This physical distancing requirement means that most churches will not see significant increases in capacity, but some parishes will use overflow spaces so more people can worship.
- The Bereavement Authority of Ontario will no longer cap capacity numbers at funerals. As with other sacramental celebrations, there will not be capacity restrictions for funerals, as long as two metres (six feet) of physical distancing can be maintained between attendees who are not from the same household.
- Meetings in parish halls or other indoor spaces are permitted in Step 3. Attendance may not exceed 50 per cent of meeting space capacity. Participants must be masked and physically distanced. Contact tracing information should also be recorded. Providing food at meetings is discouraged at this time.
- Outdoor social gatherings and public events (non-religious services) will be permitted with a maximum of 100 people.
- WorshipSafe guidelines remain in place.
- Congregational singing is not permitted in Stage 3.
- Livestreamed Masses will continue to be offered in a number of parishes and the dispensation from the Sunday obligation continues. Those who are vulnerable to COVID-19 are encouraged to exercise caution about any outings, including attending church. Virtual meetings may still replace in-person meetings where appropriate.
Ontario’s COVID-19 data is moving in the right direction and we are hopeful that in the coming weeks more restrictions will be removed.
Mass Schedule & Registration:
Click on the mass you wish to attend and follow the link to register. Registrations end on Thursdays at 5 p.m. to be able to attend Mass that weekend. Weekday Mass registrations must be in the day before by 12 noon.
ShareLife agencies are there for you, too
Please remember that ShareLife organizations are also there to help you. If you, your family or other loved ones are in need of support from the services of a ShareLife funded agency, visit sharelife.org and click on the “Need Help?” button.
For those who are able, please give to ShareLife through the parish office or sharelife.org.
Spiritual Healing Sessions Available
If you have difficulty to pray, to forgive someone, to be healed from trauma and begin a new life, learn skills to build new relationships and change your quality of life, here are some sessions that are being offered:
• Spiritual direction
• Non-violent communications; a language of life
• Creators of Peace Circle and group prayer
• “Quiet time”, listening to the Inner Voice
If you are interested, please contact Mangalam at 647-212-6687 or 416-439-1545 at the parish office.
Private Prayer at the Parish
Our parish is open for private prayer with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily, Monday to Friday inclusive. Entrance to the church is through the parish office.
Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed
Due to the protocols surrounding COVID-19, this year’s Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed has unfortunately been cancelled at our seven Catholic cemeteries.
His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, will celebrate and livestream a special Mass in honour of our faithful departed on Wednesday, August 18, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. The Mass can be viewed at www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live
Virtual Rosary Devotion
The SERVIAM Group” which is the Volunteers’ wing of our Parish Ministries, started the initiative of conducting the Virtual Rosary Devotion last year in the month of April 2020. Several families from our Parish have been gathering in their respective homes every evening at 6:30 pm (except Fridays) to participate in the Prayers by logging onto the link or by dialling the number provided. Our Rev. Pastor Fr. Aegidius Warsito makes time to join on online whenever he can and at the end of the session gives us a Blessing. We would like to invite you all to join us in the hour of Prayer. Please click here for more information on how to join…………..
In Need of Health Care Items?
One of our parishioners has some health care items to donate to anyone in need of them, including a hospital bed with air mattress, a wheelchair, commode and transfer wheelchair. Please call the parish office at 416-439-1545 if you are interested.
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops – Delegation to the Holy See- Healing and Reconciliation – December 17, 2021
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops announced that the delegation to the Holy See to foster meaningful dialogue and healing with Indigenous Peoples and the Holy Father will take place December 17 – 20, 2021. An excerpt of the statement reads as follows:
“Pope Francis is deeply committed to hearing directly from Indigenous Peoples, expressing his heartfelt closeness, addressing the impact of colonization and the role of the Church in the residential school system, in the hopes of responding to the suffering of Indigenous Peoples and the ongoing effects of intergenerational trauma. The Bishops of Canada are deeply appreciative of the Holy Father’s spirit of openness in generously extending an invitation for personal encounters with each of the three distinct groups of delegates – First Nations, Métis and Inuit – as well as a final audience with all delegates together on 20 December 2021.”
More information is available at: www.archtoronto.org/residentialschools
Message for Parishioners for Support of Parish Offertories
We would like to update you of our financial situation as a parish faith community. Since our church is open with limited attendance we have provided a safe space for worship due to the hard work of our volunteers and pastoral team. Due to this lower attendance, our financial health has been impacted negatively. We ask now, if you are financially able, to please consider your financial support of the parish using the following options:
- Drop off or mail your regular weekly offertory contribution to the parish office.
- Visit our Donate Now page by clicking here and select the region for our parish from the map. You will be taken to a page that allows you to choose your parish, amount of your gift – one-time or recurring and payment method – credit card or chequing account.
- You can contribute to the offertory via on-line banking – similar to how you may be paying your utility bills. To do this, we need to send you your unique account number. Please e-mail us at email@example.com. In the body of the email provide us with your name, address, parish name and municipality. We will email you your account information which you can use to set up the Archdiocese of Toronto as a payee in your on-line banking. Your gift will be forwarded to your parish. You can make a one-time or recurring gift to your offertory. This is the most cost effective way to donate electronically
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the parish office at 416-439-1545 for assistance. Thank you so much for your loyalty, ongoing support and generosity.
We encourage you to sign up for our weekly newsletter to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in our parish. After you have signed up you will receive our newsletter on a weekly basis. It includes important announcements and updates on parish activities aimed at serving the spiritual needs of our parishioners.
Keep a Bible close to you for daily inspiration
“Let us make room in our lives for the word of God. Each day, let us read a verse or two of the Bible. Let us begin with the Gospel: let us keep it open on our table, carry it in our pocket, read it on our cell phones, and allow it to inspire us daily,”
– Pope Francis
Our Parish Financial Statements for the year 2020 have been prepared for your information. Please find these copies in the foyer of the parish office entrance and the parish hall entrance. A copy is also available here .
2021 Sunday Offertory Envelopes
The parish office is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for parishioners to pick up their box of Sunday offertory envelopes. Inside the box is a pink form which we ask you to complete for our recordkeeping. Also, please do not use these envelopes until January 2021. For any other inquiries, please call the parish office
R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
R.C.I.A. is a process whereby individuals explore their relationship with God and enter into a faith journey which takes them to a study and reflection on the Bible, the Trinity, the sacraments and the liturgy. We invite those who are interested to call the parish for information.