Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
This Sunday is commonly known as Palm Sunday when we enter into Holy Week. This Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday, and the long Gospel reading recalls the suffering and death of Jesus.
This Sunday prepares us for what is coming up this week: Holy Thursday when we remember Jesus giving us His Body and Blood at the Last Supper, and Good Friday when we recall how Jesus suffered and died for us on the cross and Easter Vigil / Easter Sunday when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
Palm Sunday has quite a bit to tell us about life. Happiness will give way to sadness, fitness will give way to illness, and glory will give way to agony. What we are so certain and sure about will be put to the test: promises, faithfulness, courage and commitment. All that will be put to the test and may be found wanting and lacking.
But Palm Sunday also has a revelation for us. The crowds waved leafy palm branches to welcome Jesus and hailed Him with “Hosanna in the highest.” Then they demanded “Crucify him!” Jesus was mocked and jeered at. The revelation comes at the end, and it comes from an unexpected person. It was the centurion, a pagan, who proclaimed who Jesus really was: “Truly this man was God’s Son.”
So, as we journey with Jesus in His suffering and death during Holy Week, may we also receive a revelation of who He truly is and who we are to Him.
Holy Week Schedule for 2021
Prayers Needed for the Sick
We are praying for the sick of our parish: Leslie Reyes, Sebastian Fretes, Dr. Sanchez, Karen & Peter Wroblewski, Beth Treuer, 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.
ShareLife: Supporting mental health in our community
Our parish’s ShareLife campaign is now underway.
ShareLife Sunday is April 18th.
In this time of Lent, please reflect on the great needs of our brothers and sisters who are helped through your generous support of ShareLife.
Last year, generous ShareLife supporters enabled 21,000 people to receive affordable mental health care through family service agencies across the Archdiocese of Toronto, including our community.
Please give generously.
Thank you for supporting ShareLife!
Mass Intentions for March 27 – April 3, 2021
Saturday 5:00 p.m.
+Evelyn Tucker, requested by M. Holloway
Sunday 8:30 a.m.
+Pablo Enriquez Chia, requested by the family
Sunday 10:00 a.m.
+James Joven, requested by the family
Sunday 11:30 a.m.
Intentions of the parish community
Sunday 8:00 p.m.
+Yvonne Rampersaud, requested by S. McDoom
Monday 9:00 a.m.
+Joseph Chandra Appiah, requested by S. McDoom
Tuesday 7:30 a.m.
+Ann McPherson, requested by the family
Tuesday 7:00 p.m.
+Phyllis Cogliano, requested by S. McDoom
Wednesday 7:30 a.m.
+Maria Luz Ocampo, requested by the family
Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
+Jose & Carmen Carrillo, requested by J. Carrillo
No Mass intentions
No Mass intentions
No Mass intentions
Lenten Fasting and Abstinence
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.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
First Holy Communion preparations will be available when our Church is open.
Contact the parish office for information and registration (firstname.lastname@example.org). Registration forms are due by April 6, 2021.
All students who wish to begin preparations for the sacrament of Confirmation must call the parish office (416-439-1545) for information. Classes begin in April.
R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
Classes for R.C.I.A. candidates have already begun