The Gospel, for the 4th Sunday of Lent, invites us to reflect about the light. The Lenten season is a time to check and see if we are still believing in and proclaiming in our lives, that the Good News is real and has set us free. The Gospel says: “For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.”
No matter what the sin, none of us likes to have the light shine on us in the midst of our sin. We shun the light because many of us experience the shame of those who would judge us because of our sins. No wonder we stay in the darkness rather than be shamed by the light.
The light we have to offer is that same light that God offers to us through Jesus. It is the light that He offered the woman caught in adultery, the light offered to Peter and Judas after their betrayal of Jesus, the light offered to Bartimaeus as he came down from the tree and the same light that was offered to those who nailed Him to the cross.
Therefore, on the 4th Sunday of Lent the Church invites us to reflect: what kind of light do we shine? Do we shine a light that shames others because of the things that they do? Do we dare to have the “sinner” step up and admit what they have been or are doing? Do we make room in our own lives for our own weakness and sin?
Fr. Aegidius Warsito, SCJ
Estate Planning for Catholics
Saturday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m.
The Archdiocese of Toronto and Catholic Cemeteries will hold a webinar on Sat., Mar. 27 at 10:00 a.m. with estate planning information in accordance with Catholic teachings and traditions. For more information and/or to register, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayers Needed for the Sick
We are praying for the sick of our parish: Brian & Evelyn Rosario, Bradley Solomonsz, Ivan Henriques, Alex and Joy Fernandes, Liny Tjong, Albino Calderone, Bernadette Timmers, Faustina Odina, Rita de Cruz, Dr. Frank Browne and those with COVID-19. May they be supported by our prayers and pastoral ministry and by the grace of God.
500th Year Anniversary Mass
Tuesday, March 16 at 11:00 a.m.
The virtual Inaugural Mass celebrating the 500th Year Anniversary of the Arrival of Christianity in the Philippines can be viewed on Tues., Mar. 16 at 11:00 a.m.at www.ph500toronto.com
Parish Financial Statements for 2020
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.
Sacramental Prep News
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
- First Holy Communion preparations will be available when our Church is open.
- Preparations for the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation are beginning for children in grade 7. Registrations will be accepted from now until April 6th. Confirmation classes will begin in April. Please call the parish office for more information.
R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
- Classes for R.C.I.A. candidates have already begun.
Mass Intentions for March 13–20, 2021
+Hansu Lim, requested by the family
+Philomena D’Souza, requested by the family
+Herbert, Agnes, Mary & Mildred Finney, requested by R. Hassan
Intentions of the parish community
+Emilio & Hernani Yambot, requested by the family
+Souls in Purgatory, especially members of FOSS, requested by A. Myers
+Lawrence Rodrigues, requested by L. Rodrigues
+Rosario Habana, requested by J. Carrillo
+Carmelo Abilay, requested by C. Mantes
+TirsoManadero, requested by F. & G. Mantes
In thanksgiving, Sebastian & Charmaine Arokiam
+Rosario Pacquing, requested by Y. Faller
+Prudencia G. Salas, requested by the family
+Americo Assunta Porretta
+Cesar Liwanag & Magdalena Legayada, requested by the family
+Edward Paboudjian, requested by P. & L. Liew
+Rita Lemos, requested by the family
+Yusuf Patel, requested by the family