Fifth Sunday of Lent

Suffering

On the 5th Sunday of Lent, we hear Jesus tell us: “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” Jesus is about to be arrested, punished and killed, but He still talks about His glory. Jesus sees that pain, suffering and difficulties are the way of eternal life. He knew that His suffering and death would restore life to many. He offered His suffering and life to restore a broken covenant and to guarantee eternal life. Hence, He says: “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain but if it dies it bears much fruit.”
This means that we must be ready to die as a grain dies in order to regenerate. We die every day when we stand up for justice and against injustice, when we speak the truth instead of lies; when we give up our comfort for the sake of others; when we say no to sin, corruption and immorality; and, when we stand alone because we refuse to be part of the crimes and evils of our society. These “daily deaths” draw much strength and shrink our physical life. However, the more our physical life shrinks, the more our spiritual life is strengthened and glorified. Only those who walk and follow till the end will be restored to eternal life.
Therefore, as we continue our walk with Christ this season, the thought of His own suffering and death must strengthen us daily. Also, we must constantly remind ourselves that to suffer for others, and for Christ, is an honourable thing to do. This is because, that is where the glory lies. Fr. Aegidius Warsito, SCJ

Statue of St. Joseph

Our statue of St. Joseph has been installed and blessed in this Year of St. Joseph. We thank all those parishioners who so generously donated the amount of $4,930.00 towards the cost of the stand and the statue totalling $1,350.00. Proceeds from this project have been donated to the parish building fund.

Announcing the 2021 ShareLife Campaign

ShareLife Sunday is April 18th. This year we are encouraging you to give at www.sharelife.org where you can make a one-time or monthly gift by credit card and designate it to our parish’s campaign. Monthly giving is a convenient way to spread your ShareLife contribution over the course of a year.

Using a ShareLife envelope simply fill out the form on the envelope and include a void cheque. Submit it to the parish office or drop it in the offertory basket at any time. Contact ShareLife at slife@archtoronto.org or 416-934-3411 if you have any questions about pre-authorized giving.

Thank you for supporting ShareLife!

Day of Confessions

Confessions are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. and from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Please call the parish office to schedule an appointment time.

Mass Intentions for March 20 – 27, 2021

Saturday 5:00 p.m.
+Tom Biordi, requested by the family

Sunday 8:30 a.m.
+Rafaele, Sebastiana, & Maria Privitera and Moses & Lucy Kennedy, requested by the family

Sunday 10:00 a.m.
+James Joven & intentions of Leonora Miguel, requested by the family

Sunday 11:30 a.m.
Intentions of the parish community

Sunday 8:00 p.m.
+William Little, requested by the family

Monday 9:00 a.m.
+Edward Paboudjian, requested by E. Diradour

Tuesday 7:30 a.m.
+Lourdes V. Solis, requested by F. & R. Ladines

Tuesday 7:00 p.m.
+Aline Bourque, requested by the West family

Wednesday 7:30 a.m.
+Mark Tanel, requested by the family

Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
+Caterina Palumbo, requested by the family

Thursday 7:30 a.m.
Intentions of Jordan, Jayden & Joshua Rey

Thursday 7:00 p.m.
+Manuel de Sousa Agrela, requested by the Teixeira family
Intentions of Keith & Aaron Francis
In thanksgiving to St. Anthony, St. Vincent, St. Niño & Mother Mary
In honour of the Blessed Mother
Intentions of the Solomnsz family

Friday 7:30 a.m.
+Deceased members of the Goodridge family, requested by the Kovacs family

Friday 7:00 p.m.
+Teodoro P. Tagle, requested by Tessie & Elena

Saturday 9:00 a.m.
+Prudencia G. Salas, requested by the family

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.

We are praying for the sick of our parish: Edna Singh, Anne Gnana, 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.

Sacrament of Confirmation

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.

Holy Week Schedule for 2021

Palm Sunday – March 28

  • Vigil Mass on Saturday: 5:00 p.m.
  • Masses: 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 8:00 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. (Spanish)

Holy Thursday – April 1

  • NO 7:30 a.m. Mass
  • Misa de la Cena del Señor: 5:30 p.m.
  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 8:00 p.m.
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:  9:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Private prayer)

Good Friday – April 2

  • Spanish Via Crucis: 9:00 a.m.
  • Pasion y Muerte del Señor: 10:00 a.m.
  • Solemn Celebration of the Passion and Death of the Lord::  12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m.
  • Stations of the Cross: 7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday – April 3
NO 9:00 a.m. Mass

  • Vigilia Pascual: 5:30 p.m.
  • Resurrection Vigil with Easter Eucharist: 8:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday – April 4

  • Masses: 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. (Spanish)
  • NO 8:00 p.m. Mass

Easter Monday – April 5

  • Mass: 9:00 a.m. (only)