Sixth Sunday of Easter

Love

Dear brothers and sisters, the word that most frequently appears in the readings on this sixth Sunday of Easter is “Love.” The word “Love” appears 19 times in today’s second reading and Gospel. Therefore, let us take a moment to reflect on the meaning of “Love” and strive to practice it in our daily lives. I believe each of us has something we love, whether it be a particular item, a specific person, certain foods or drinks, plants, animals, hobbies, or activities. Love always involves an affection for something we enjoy. Typically, we love something because we receive pleasure, benefit and joy from what we love. However, is this the kind of love that God desires for us?

The word LOVE itself can be interpreted as Loyalty – Obedience – Virtue – Empathy. The love we possess should enable us to be loyal to God and our brothers and sisters. The love we possess should also lead us to obedience to the will and commandments of God. In today’s Gospel, Jesus said, “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love.” The love we possess should empower us to develop virtues, such as kindness, humility, patience, forgiveness and so on. With these virtues, we not only love those who please us but also enable us to love those who have even hurt us. Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you!” (Mt 5:44). The love we possess should lead us to empathy, showing understanding and compassion towards others. In true love, we do not ask what we will receive, but rather what we can give/do for others. Jesus Himself affirmed that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Our role model of love is Jesus Christ Himself. He said, “Love one another as I have loved you.” He willingly sacrificed Himself, suffered, endured and died on the cross to redeem our sins. The question for us is, have we developed a love like the one Jesus Christ has given us? Has our love so far led us to Loyalty, Obedience, the Virtues and Empathy?

Bro. Henrikus Suharyono SCJ

ShareLife Parish Campaign 2024

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ShareLife: Live the Gospel by supporting our vulnerable brothers and sisters

ShareLife Sunday is June 2 and we call upon your compassionate hearts to support ShareLife. Through your love, Catholic agencies bring the hands of Christ to the most vulnerable members of our community.
Please give at the parish using a ShareLife envelope, online through our parish website or at www.sharelife.org/donate

Our Lady of Fatima Procession

Sunday, May 12 after 2:00 p.m. Mass

Our Hispanic Community will be honouring Our Lady of Fatima on Sun., May 12th after the 2:00 p.m. Mass with a procession. Everyone is most welcome to attend.

Archbishop Leo has issued a Message on the Month of the Blessed Mother for all Catholics to read which is available at www.archtoronto.org. A copy is also available from the parish office.

Thank You – Vocations Sunday

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who participated in the celebration of Vocations Sunday. To parents of children who joined, the ushers who assisted, those who provided snacks and those who spoke about their vocation story, we offer our sincere thanks!

Movie Night

Movie Night

Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 6:15 p.m.

Come and join us for Movie Night on Sat., May 11 at 6:15 p.m. (after the 5:00 p.m. Mass). All parishioners are most welcome.

May 5 to 10, 2024

The theme for this year’s Catholic Education Week is “We are called to love”. Archbishop Francis Leo has written a letter to parishioners for Catholic Education Week which is available at www.archtoronto.org.

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. Please call Emily at 647-465-0821 to book an appointment.
For those who ordered a 60th anniversary t-shirt, they are available to be picked up in the hall foyer after all Masses this weekend.

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Program

“Because not everyone can go to Fatima, Our Most Gracious Mother comes to you.”
The Pilgrim Virgin Statue is a blessed replica of our Blessed Mother. It is a traveling sacramental offered by the Legion of Mary to be given to any home wishing to create a prayerful, sanctifying space where family and friends are encouraged to pray the Rosary.
If you are interested in having the Pilgrim Virgin Statue in your home, please call our Legion member, Vicky at 647-808-1853.

Prayers Needed for the Sick

Praying Rosary

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

Mass Intentions for May 4 – 11, 2024

STM Church inside

Saturday 5:00 p.m.
+Ofelia Lim, requested by the family
Sunday 8:30 a.m.
+Raffaelle, Sebastiana & Maria Privitera and Mr. & Mrs. Kennedy, requested by the Privitera family
Sunday 10:00 a.m.
+Guillermo & Amor Maranon, requested by M. Gozun
Sunday 11:30 a.m.
Intentions of the Parish Community
Sunday 8:00 p.m.
+Rita Benedict, requested by the family
Monday 7:15 a.m.
Intentions of Ethan and Melody D’Mello
Tuesday 7:15 a.m.
+Deceased members of the Goodridge family, requested by the Kovacs family
Tuesday 7:00 p.m.
+Joe De Juan, requested by the family
Intentions of our priests and the families of the Serviam Ministry of St. Thomas More and for vocations to the priesthood and religious life
+Selvafernando Rajasegaram, requested by the family
+Kwan–Hin Yeung, requested by the family
+Souls in Purgatory and members of FOSS, requested by M. Colaco
+Rizalino Viloria Sr., deceased members of the family and intentions of the Viloria family
+Kimberly Bernard-Nicholson, requested by C. Peters
+Ka-Lok Ng, requested by the Dessailly family
Intentions of Carmen Muliett
Wednesday 7:15 a.m. 
+Gloria Paran, requested by J. Francisco
Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
+Jimmy and Pamela Yeo, requested by the family
Thursday 7:15 a.m.
+Gloria Paran, R. & D. Acosta
Thursday 7:00 p.m.
+Dolores Walters, requested by P. Patel
Intentions of Anne Simon
+Claire O’Reilly, requested by the Patel family
+Dolores Walters, requested by the Patel family
+Anton Pereira, requested by the family
+Lloyd and Barbara Lowe, Shirley Cupid, Michael Arends and Louisa Gilbert, requested by the Lowe family
+Eileen Cramer, requested by the Dessailly family
Friday 7:15 a.m..
+Doreen Francis, requested by A. Williams
Friday 7:00 p.m.
+Penny Jaroszko, requested by F. and L. West
Saturday 9:00 a.m.
+Claire O’Reilly, requested by the family

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