The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Humility in Prayer

Dear brothers and sisters, in the experience of prayer, we often come to the Lord with a list of needs that we require. “Lord, I need this and that because I am this and that.” We almost dictate to the Lord, expecting Him to grant our requests according to our plans. It seems as though we leave little room to surrender ourselves to the will and plan of God. When our prayers seem unanswered, we come to the Lord and say, “Please, Lord, I need this and that. Please answer my prayer.” Yet, perhaps the Lord has already answered our prayer and blessed us in a different form, but we may not realize it.
Beloved brothers and sisters, today’s Gospel teaches us the attitude of humility in prayer. It is related that a man with leprosy came to Jesus, begging Him and kneeling, said, “If you choose, you can make me clean.” Leprosy was not an ordinary illness. Those suffering from leprosy not only endured physical pain but also psychological distress. Leprosy was considered a contagious and impure disease. This Sunday’s first reading illustrates how those with leprosy were treated—they were isolated, marginalized and shunned by society. Even in such a desperate situation, the man with leprosy did not impose his will on Jesus. He surrendered himself to His will and gave Jesus the freedom to choose. And Jesus also had an extraordinary response, saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Jesus truly understood the needs of the person and with His words alone, the man was made clean.
Beloved brothers and sisters, today’s Gospel invites us to reflect: “Do I have humility in my prayers? How am I developing humility in my prayers?”
Bro. Henri Suharyono, SCJ

Ash Wednesday and Mass Schedule

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Ashes will be distributed for Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14th, at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Please note the time change for the morning Mass.

Catholics worldwide will observe Ash Wednesday on Wed., Feb. 14th. This is a day of fast (less food for those who are between the ages of 14 and 59 years) and abstinence (no meat for adults). This begins the season of Lent, a time of penance when we make more time for prayer, works of piety and charity. Some examples include praying the Stations of the Cross, visiting the sick and elderly, praying the rosary, reading the bible and giving alms to those in need.

Free Catholic Estate Planning Webinar

Saturday, February 24 at 9:00 a.m.

Learn:

  • How to avoid problems
  • How to create your own legacy
  • About our Catholic traditions

Ways to register:

  • Follow this QR link: https://QRCO.de/WebFeb24
  • Send an email to: development@archtoronto.org with “webinar Feb. 24” in the title and your name in the message.
Logo/ Slogan competition - St. Thomas More Parish
STM 60th Anniversary

As part of our year-long 60th anniversary celebrations, parishioners are invited to design and submit a logo and/ or a slogan commemorating 60 years of the founding of St. Thomas More Parish. The rules and more details of the contest are available at the parish office and here below. The deadline for submission is February 29th, 2024 at 5 PM. We are eagerly looking forward to seeing your creative talents!

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Parish Lenten Retreat
lent prayer fasting and almsgiving text and white cross lent in

Saturday, February 24: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Please mark your calendars for our annual Parish Lenten Retreat Day on Sat., Feb. 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please bring your own lunch although light refreshments will be available. More details will follow.

Prayer and Life Workshop
A group of young people holding hands in prayer according to God's faith in Christianity

Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Prayer and Life Workshop is a series of sessions that help you to learn and deepen in the art of prayer. This learning has a very practical character, like a workshop: by praying we learn to pray. Sessions include prayer methods such as prayerful reading, prayer of surrender, adoration and contemplative prayer. Participants overcome anxieties through healing and reconciliation, acceptance and surrender. In every session we meditate on readings of the word and listen to a message from Fr. Ignacio Larranaga OFM Cap., our founder. The workshop consists of 15 weekly sessions of 2 hours each, and one final one-day retreat. Instruction is free and the workshop materials have a total cost of $20.00. This current session will be held from Tues., Feb. 20 until Tues., May 28 in the Spanish language. For more information and/or registration contact Betty at bettymagana@hotmail.com or 647-982-3934.

Prayers Needed for the Sick
Praying Rosary

We are praying for the sick of our parish: Thatcher Willifon, Gloria Paraan, Merglin Lewis, Victor Lim, Tina Lopes, Jason Bornstien, Kenneth Colaco, Roberto Huang, Victoria Munson, Martel Gordon-Tennant, Enza Savatti, Theresa Tomaschek Sr. and Ana Lisa Patena. May they be supported by our prayers and pastoral ministry and by the grace of God.

Mass Intentions for February 10 – 17, 2024

Saturday 5:00 p.m. +Alfredo Trono, requested by the family
Sunday 8:30 a.m. +K. P. Joseph, requested by Jimmy and 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. +Teodora Yambot, requested by the Bedford-James family
Monday 7:15 a.m. +Guillermo Maranon and intentions of Lydia Antonio, requested by M. Gozun
Tuesday 7:15 a.m. Intentions of Genie Rey
Tuesday 7:00 p.m. +Jacintha Seidakuner, requested by P. Alexandor
+Sixto and Carina Antonio, requested by M. Gozun
+Norman Gozun and intentions of Marisa Gozun
+Elizabeth Ramsbotham
Intentions of Marie Chaves
Intentions Zenaida Salazar
Intentions of Myrna and Max Hernandez
+Derek De Alwis, requested by the family
Wednesday 7:00 a.m. Intentions McLeod Robin
Wednesday 7:00 p.m. +Kandiah, requested by the family
Thursday 7:15 a.m. Intentions of Sharon McPherson
Thursday  7:00 p.m. +Elizabeth Ramsbotham
Intentions of Robin and Tina Lopes
+Vijay Dharkar, requested by R. & T. Lopes
Intentions of Lilia and Romulo Victorino
Intentions of Lucienne Nelson
Intentions of Pat Knox
+Susan McClean and the souls in purgatory, requested by N. Marin
Friday 7:15 a.m. +Ivan Uribe, requested by the family
Friday 7:00 p.m. +Agostinho Teixeira, requested by the family
Saturday 9:00 a.m. +Timothy Aseervatham, requested by the Benedict family

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