Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost SundayThis Sunday, the Church celebrates Pentecost Sunday. It is said that on this day, the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The readings in today’s liturgy give us an overview of the role of the Spirit of God. He is the source of all gifts both spiritual and material and the foundation of the unity of all followers of Jesus, according to Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Galatians (5:16-25). He gives encouragement and strength to those who desire to follow and proclaim Jesus in their lives.
The Acts of the Apostles (2:1-11) narrates how the Spirit of the Lord came down upon the apostles and dispelled their fears and made them firm in their witnessing to the Gospel message of Jesus. The Gospel of John (15:26-27; 16:12-16) tells us that the Spirit is a Paraclete – an Advocate, our guide in this journey called life. He is also the Spirit of Truth who will guide all to the Truth.
As the Holy Spirit’s role was vital in the ministry of Jesus and in the early years of the Christian community, so it is important in our lives as Christians today. He is our guide and light. We must invite Him to come to us and pray that He will truly assist us in our pursuit of the holiness of life. He guided the apostles of Jesus and our Blessed Mother. He has guided the saints and the many leaders of the Church through the years. He will direct us to what is true, good and beautiful.
Many regard the Holy Spirit as the most forgotten person of the Blessed Trinity. Yet, He is the One who makes us experience the love of God. Above all else, the Spirit is the Love that binds the Father and the Son. He is the Love that binds the Church into communion. That is why the presence of the Spirit is always transforming. It transforms all persons.
Therefore, let us pray to the Holy Spirit for our transformation. Let us pray to Him for the renewal of our Church and our country. He alone can guide us to the right path. He alone can usher in renewal in our personal lives, in our Church, and in our country and in the whole world.

Fr. Aegidius Warsito SCJ

Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost

On my knees / before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses / I offer myself, soul and body / to Thee O Eternal Spirit of God. / I adore the brightness of Thy purity / the unerring keenness of Thy justice / and the might of Thy love. Thou art the Strength / and Light of my soul. / In Thee I live and move and am. / I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against Thee. / Mercifully guard my every thought / and grant that I may always watch for Thy light / and listen to Thy voice / and follow Thy gracious inspirations. / I cling to Thee / and give myself to Thee / and ask Thee / by Thy compassion / to watch over me in my weakness. / Holding the pierced feet of Jesus / and looking at His five Wounds / and trusting in His Precious Blood / and adoring His opened side and stricken Heart / I implore Thee / Adorable Spirit / Helper of my infirmity, / so to keep me in Thy grace / that I may never sin against Thee. / Give me grace / O Holy Ghost, / Spirit of the Father and of the Son / to say to Thee always and everywhere / “Speak, Lord / for Thy servant heareth.”

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

O Lord Jesus Christ / Who, before ascending into heaven / did promise to send the Holy Ghost / to finish Thy work / in the souls of Thine Apostles and Disciples / deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me / that He may perfect in my soul / the work of Thy grace and Thy love. / Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom / that I may despise the perishable things of this world / and aspire only after the things / that are eternal, / the Spirit of Understanding, to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, / the Spirit of Counsel / that I may choose / the surest way of pleasing God / and gaining heaven, / the Spirit of Fortitude / that I may bear my cross with Thee / and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, / the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself / and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, / the Spirit of Piety / that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, / the Spirit of Fear of the Lord / that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God, and may dread in any way to displease Him. / Mark me, dear Lord, / with the sign of Thy true disciples / and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit. / Amen.

ShareLife Parish Campaign 2024

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ShareLife-funded agencies turn no one away

Did you know no one is turned away from ShareLife-funded agencies due to inability to pay? This is all thanks to your compassionate and generous heart.
Through your support, ShareLife agencies are helping the most vulnerable in our community and around the world. Thank you for living the Gospel!
Thus far we have raised $21,196.65. Please give at the parish using a ShareLife envelope, online through at www.sharelife.org/donate

Parish Corpus Christi Processions

Saturday, June 1 after the 5:00 p.m. Mass
Sunday, Jun e 2 after the 2:00 p.m. Mass

The parish welcomes everyone to join a procession for Corpus Christi feast day on:
1. Saturday, June 1st after the 5:00 p.m. Mass
2. Sunday, June 2nd after the 2:00 p.m. Mass

Seniors’ Mass and Luncheon

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Wednesday, May 22 at 11:00 a.m.

Our monthly Seniors’ Mass will be held on Wed., May 22nd at 11:00 a.m. followed by a luncheon in the parish hall. All seniors are most welcome!

Coffee Sunday

Table with various cookies, donuts, cakes and coffe cups on dark backround. Top view

Sunday, May 26 after all morning Masses

Come and enjoy a beverage and treats (hosted by our Serviam Group) on Sun., May 26th after all morning Masses while you meet other parishioners and members of some of our groups in the parish! We would love to see you!

60th Anniversary Memory Book

60th Anniversary Memory Book

We welcome the families of St. Thomas More Parish to join our project of a memory book to celebrate our 60th parish anniversary. This memory book will feature pictures of all the families of our parish. Parishioners who take part will receive a free memory book and have an opportunity to purchase their family photos. Please call Emily at 647-465-0821 to book an appointment.

Prayers Needed for the Sick

We are praying for the sick of our parish: Emily Maravilla, Lee Zheyu, Anton Ferdinand, Kayden and Barbara De Silva, Teresita Bruce, Erna Grzincic, Maylene L. Ibale, Victoria Munson, Benjamin Zdesar and Tina Lopes. May they be supported by our prayers and pastoral ministry and by the grace of God.

Catholic Estate Planning Webinar

This is a free webinar to help parishioners learn:

  • How to avoid problems: in your Will, in the Powers of Attorney and through proper Estate Trustee selection
  • How to create your own legacy
  • About our Catholic traditions around cremation, burials and funerals

Ways to register:

  • Click this link:
  • Send an email to development@archtoronto.org and write webinar June 8 in the title line

Mass Intentions for May 18 – 25, 2024

Saturday 5:00 p.m.
+Carlos B. Hernandez, requested by the family
Sunday 8:30 a.m.
+Khalil McDoom, requested by S. McDoom
Sunday 10:00 a.m.
+Harmond L. De Juan, requested by the family
Sunday 11:30 a.m.
Intentions of the Parish Community
Sunday 8:00 p.m.
+Basil Benedict Jr., requested by the family
Monday 9:00 a.m.
Intentions of John and Katherine Longo
Tuesday 7:15 a.m.
+Clyde and Ruby Field, requested by the Kovacs family
Tuesday 7:00 p.m.
Intentions of Joan Gonsalves
+Philip Joe Fernandes, requested by the family
+Maria Santana Furtado, requested by N. Furtado
+Sebastian and Thomas, requested by the Jose family
+Bridget Misquitta, requested by the D’Mello family
+Liwayway Dimalanta, requested by the Bueno family
+Liwayway Dimalanta, requested by T. and L. Camesa
Intentions of Audrey Quadras and Wilma Sequira
Wednesday 7:15 a.m.
+Edward Kelly, requested by F. and L. West
Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
+Doris Gutierrez, requested by D. Uncad
Thursday 7:15 a.m.
+Kevin Edwards, requested by L. Nelson
Thursday 7:00 p.m.
+Deron Camillus, requested by the family
Intentions of Wendy and Brian Rebello
+Anne Gnanapragasam, requested by the Yeo family
+Bert Dessailly, requested by Y. and G. D’Mello
+Bonnie D’Souza, requested by the M. Chaves
+Francis Fernandes, requested by Elizabeth and John
+Deceased members of the Lobo and Fernandes families, requested by the family
Friday 7:15 a.m..
Intentions of Jayden, Jordan and Joshua Rey
Friday 7:00 p.m.
Intentions of the Yeo family
Saturday 9:00 a.m.
+Kayumba Claver Pierre and Beatrice Kamaraba, requested by the family

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