Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Easter: Salvation and Hope

It is Easter Sunday and from John’s Gospel 20:1-9 we hear of Mary Magdalene discovering the empty tomb. That first Easter morning was filled with “hysterical” moments. There was awe, disbelief, amazement, confusion and lots of running! Awesome, that first Easter morning!
Do we still become hysterical about Easter, or do we look at it as just something historical? Does Easter still bring excitement and joy in our faces and warmth in our hearts? It should. After all, isn’t Easter the central event of our faith? Beyond the hysterical, beyond the historical, Easter must be personal.
The gift of Easter is not only the gift of salvation; it is also the gift of hope. Easter brings with it the promise of a fresh start and new beginnings. What a consolation to know that life does not end in death and that eternity awaits. All our sufferings, deprivations and persecutions lead to something beautiful and enduring. All the good we have done will not come to nothing.
Easter also reminds us that our God is a God of surprises, a God of second chances and a God of constant assurances. With this is mind, our earthly journey through this “valley of tears” is meaningful and so filled with peace, confidence and hope.
So, on behalf of all the priests, the staff and the Pastoral Council of St. Thomas More Parish, I want to say, “Happy Easter”. May His glorious light shine upon you. May His love fill your heart with joy and guide you down the path that is true.

Fr. Aegidius Warsito, SCJ

SHARELIFE 2021

Living the Gospel by sharing our blessings
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 the 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 box 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!

If There Had Been No Cross

If there had been no cross, Christ would not have been crucified. If there had been no cross, Life would not have been nailed to the tree. If he had not been nailed, the streams of everlasting life would not have welled from his side, blood and water, the cleansing of the world; the record of our sins would not have been cancelled, we would not have gained freedom, we would not have enjoyed the tree of life, and paradise would not have been opened. If there had been no cross, death would not have been trodden underfoot, the underworld would not have yielded up its spoils.
How great the cross, through which we have received a multitude of blessings, because, against all reckoning, the miracles and sufferings of Christ have been victorious! How precious, the means of God’s suffering, and his trophy of victory! On it of his own will he suffered unto death. On it he won his victory, wounding the devil, and conquering death, and shattering the bars of the underworld. The cross has become the common salvation of the whole world.

Andrew of Crete (ca. 660-740)

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 and those with COVID-19. May they be supported by our prayers and pastoral ministry and by the grace of God.

Mass Intentions for April 3– 10, 2021

Holy Saturday

No Mass intentions

 

Sunday 8:30 a.m.
+Teodoro P. Tagle, requested by Tessie & Elena

 

Sunday 10:00 a.m.
+John & Lily Finney, requested by R. Hassan

 

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

 

Monday 9:00 a.m.
+Lourdes V Solis, requested by F. & R. Ladines

 

Tuesday 7:30 a.m.
+Marcelina Umayam, requested by V. Umayam

 

Tuesday 7:00 p.m.
+Basil Benedict Sr., requested by R. Benedict

 

Wednesday 7:30 a.m.
+John Finney, requested by R. Hassan

 

Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
+Ignacio Rosales, requested by the family

 

Thursday 7:30 a.m.
+Ed McComb, requested by S. McPherson

 

Thursday 7:00 p.m.
+Mary Shuk Kuen Ng, requested by the Dessailly family
+Sixto Antonio & Dante Gozun, requested by the family
+Souls in Purgatory, especially members of FOSS, requested by E. Myers
+Leslie Pearson, requested by the Francis family
+Anton Haputhantri, requested by the Thambyrajah family

 

Friday 7:30 a.m.
+Claire O`Reilly & Elizabeth Kreidler, requested by the families

 

Friday 7:00 p.m.
+Erwin Tomaschek, requested by the family

 

Saturday 9:00 a.m.
Intentions of the Serviam Group, our priests and parishioners and for priestly vocations

SHARELIFE 2021

Living the Gospel by sharing our blessings

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 the 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 box 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!