Third Sunday of Lent

Sin and Corruption

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In this Sunday’s Gospel, we can see how angry Jesus was with the people who were doing business in the Temple courtyard. He made a whiplash, driving out sheep and cattle, scattered the money-changers` coins, knocked their tables over and not sparing the pigeon-sellers. But it was not an impulsive act. He knew what He was going to do and He intended to make His actions felt. And He stated His reason for doing this: “Take all this out of here and stop turning my Father’s house into a market.”
Jesus knew that in this market, there was wheeling-and-dealing, cheating, and bribing, injustice and extortion. All that carried out under the pretext of religious requirements and with the knowledge and approval by the Temple authorities. With that kind of corruption in the Temple, Jesus had to do something drastic. Corruption was happening right in God’s house. He had to cleanse the Temple so that the ordinary person could come and truly worship God and offer a worthy sacrifice. Sin and corruption had to be driven out and cleansed before true worship could take place.
Jesus is the Head, and we are members of His Body. He wants us to be His Holy Temple. But He knows each of us and what each of us has in us. Therefore, we have to look at ourselves and acknowledge the sin and corruption that is within us and to let Jesus cleanse us of that sin and corruption. That is why it is necessary to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is a healing Sacrament because Jesus forgives and cleanses us of our sins so that we can be reconciled with. 

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.

Virtual Lenten Retreat

Saturday, March 13 at 9:30 a.m.

 

St. Augustine’s Seminary will hold a virtual Lenten Retreat on Sat., Mar. 13 entitled The Holy Spirit and the Abandonment of the Saints. Info:www.staugustines.on.ca/about/events.

EnCourage Toronto

Do you or does a loved one experience same-sex attraction? Courage and EnCourage provide spiritual support and pastoral guidance in full accordance with authentic Catholic teaching on homosexuality and chastity. For more information on their events, see the following:

 

  • EnCourage: Spiritual support for family and friends of those who experience same-sex attraction; faithful to Church teaching on chastity. Email: encouragetoronto@yahoo.com
  • Courage: Spiritual support for adults who experience same-sex attraction and who desire to develop a life of interior chastity in union with Christ. Email: couragetoronto@yahoo.ca

All inquiries are kept confidential.

Prayers Needed for the Sick

We are praying for the sick of our parish: Liny Tjong, Albino Calderone, Bernadette Timmers, Faustina Odina, Rita de Cruz, Dr. Frank Browne, Rita Browne and those with COVID-19. May they be supported by our prayers and pastoral ministry and by the grace of God.

Communion Services

  • 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.

Mass Intentions for March 6 –13, 2021

Saturday

5:00 p.m.

+Alexio M. Madeira, requested by the family

Sunday

8:30 a.m.

+Deceased members of the Albuquerque family, requested by the family

10:00 a.m.

+Henry, Mary, Wilfred & Winnie D’Silva, requested by R. Hassan

11:30 a.m.

Intentions of the parish community

8:00 p.m.

+Sr. Mary Bruder, requested by B. Little

Monday

9:00 a.m.

In thanksgiving, Lita Bedford-James

Tuesday

7:30 a.m.

+Albert Vella, requested by the family

7:00 p.m.

+Edward Paboudjian, requested by the West family

Wednesday

7:30 a.m.

Intentions of Francis Rodrigues

7:00 p.m.

+Hansu Lim, requested by the family

Thursday

7:30 a.m.

Intentions of Blasco Goes

7:00 p.m.

+Irma GollerRagany, Steve and Rudy Goller, requested by C. Goller

+Felipe Mantes, requested by the family

+Lourdes V. Solis, requested by F. & R. Ladines

Friday

7:30 a.m.

+Deceased members of the Kovacs family, requested by thefamily

7:00 p.m.

+Philomena Phyllis Cogliano, requested by the family

Saturday

9:00 a.m.

+Amante Abad, requested by the family

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.

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.

A quote from Pope Francis:

“Corruption is something that enters into us. It is like sugar: it is sweet, we like it, it’s easy, but then, it ends badly. With so much easy sugar we end up diabetic, and so does our country. Every time we accept a bribe and put it in our pocket, we destroy our heart, we destroy our personality and we destroy our homeland. … What you steal through corruption remains … in the heart of the many men and women who have been harmed by your example of corruption. It remains in the lack of the good you should have done and did not do. It remains in sick and hungry children, because the money that was for them, through your corruption, you kept for yourself.”