Second Sunday of Lent

Transfiguration

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   The Gospel for the second Sunday of Lent, from Saint Mark, is the account of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus transfigured in front of Peter, James and John, so that they could believe that He is truly God even when they see Him undergo crucifixion.

   While they were there, Elijah and Moses appeared with Jesus. Elijah and Moses are significant figures in the history of Israel. Moses led the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and received the Ten Commandments from Yahweh. In appearing with Jesus at his Transfiguration, Moses represents the Law that guides the lives of the Jewish people. Elijah is remembered as one of the most important prophets of Israel who helped the Israelites stay faithful to Yahweh. Some Jews believed that Elijah’s return would signal the coming of the Messiah for the Jewish people. The appearance of these two important figures from Israel’s history with Jesus signifies Jesus’ continuity with the Law and with the prophets and that Jesus is the fulfillment of all that was promised to the people of Israel.

    Peter, James and John did not understand Jesus’ Transfiguration until after they witnessed Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection.

   How about us? What does the Transfiguration of Jesus mean for us who live in modern society?

Fr. Aegidius Warsito, SCJ

Do You Want to Fast This Lent?

In the words of Pope Francis:
 Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
 Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
 Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
 Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
 Fast from worries and have trust in God.
 Fast from complaints; contemplate simplicity.
 Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
 Fast from bitterness; fill your hearts with joy.
 Fast from selfishness and be compassionate.
 Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
 Fast from words; be silent and listen.

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Lenten Fasting and Abstinence

  • Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence from eating meat for those who are over 15 years of age.
  • Good Friday (April 2) is a day of fasting for adults up to the age of 60 and abstinence from eating meat for those who are over 15 years of age.

Works of charity or exercises of piety can be substitutes for fasting and abstinence. During this time parents should educate their younger children in the authentic sense of penance.

Sacramental Prep News

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

  • First Holy Communion preparations will be available when our Church is open.

CONFIRMATION

  • Due to COVID restrictions Confirmation preparations are postponed until further notice.

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

  • Classes for R.C.I.A. candidates have already begun.

     

Email: stmpsacraments@gmail.com

Mass Intentions for February 27–March 6, 2021

Saturday 5:00 p.m.

In thanksgiving, Rosemary Haswell
Sunday 8:30 a.m.

+Pat Phelan, requested by S. McPherson
Sunday 10:00 a.m.

+Joseph Emmanuel Rajaratham, requested by the family
Sunday 11:30 a.m.

Intentions of the parish community
Sunday 8:00 p.m.

In thanksgiving, Hy Francis
Monday 9:00 a.m.

+Newton Peres, requested by the Breakfast Club
Tuesday 7:30 a.m.

+Gerard Perumal, requested by the family
Tuesday 7:00 p.m.

+Souls in Purgatory, requested by M. Palumbo
Wednesday 7:30 a.m.

+Daniel Lorza, requested by the family
Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

Intentions of Reena Albuquerque
Thursday 7:30 a.m.

+Hernani Yambot, requested by the family
Thursday 7:00 p.m.

+Basil Benedict Sr.,requested by R. Benedict
+FelinoCabuga, requested by the family
Friday 7:30 a.m.

+Philip Coutinho, requested by thefamily
Friday 7:00 p.m.

Intentions of CelyLat
Saturday 9:00 a.m.

+Benito &Amanding Mantes, requested by F. & G. Mantes

Private Prayer at the Parish

Monday to Saturday – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

All Catholic churches in Toronto have been closed to public Masses as Cardinal Collins has directed but are allowed to be open for private prayer with up to 10 persons at a time. At our parish Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This includes weekdays and Saturday. Please come to the parish office, complete a screening form, sanitize your hands and you will be directed to a designated spot for prayer.

  • Saturdays: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (English)
  • Sundays: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (English)
  • Sundays: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 pm. (Spanish)

Please call the parish office to register a time slot for your attendance since Communion is being distributed every 15 minutes. Please be on time as only 9 people are allowed in the Church at a time

We are praying for the sick of our parish: Albino Calderone, Demetria Meneses, Bernadette Timmers, Faustina Odina, Rita de Cruz, Mary Lavrisa, Dr. Frank Browne, Rita Browne, Bill Quinn, Frank Kovacs, Rita Britto, Raj Udayasekaran, Ingrid Pereira, Titus Passanha, Joe Rizza, Ma. Concepcion C. Reyes, John Difalco, Nico Bonifacio, Richard White, Dean Menard, Alex Fernandes, Lee Esmonde, Edward Vella, Leopoldo Presto and those with COVID-19. May they be supported by our prayers and pastoral ministry and by the grace of God.

“O my God, teach me to be generous
to serve you as you deserve to be served
to give without counting the cost
to fight without fear of being wounded
to work without seeking rest
and to spend myself without expecting any reward
but the knowledge that I am doing your holy will.
Amen”
― St. Ignatius of Loyola

Parish Spiritual Statistics

Our annual report to the Archdiocese for our spiritual statistics contained the following information with comparative totals for the previous years:

Registers201820192020
Baptisms1039655
First Communions63389
Confirmations717060
R.C.I.A. (new Catholics)51012
Marriages10124
Deaths222516