In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus said: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the good news.”
The time that Jesus mentioned in this verse is not about how much time or what is the time or when is the time. Rather the time here is understood as God’s time, it is an appointed time, a time that is in God’s plan. It is a time when things happen and people move, not by human will or human determination, but by the power of God’s will.
It is said that when it is not God’s time, we cannot force it. But when it is God’s time, we cannot stop it. But how do we know when it is God’s time?
For Jesus, the time had come when He heard that John the Baptist was arrested. It was time for Him to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of God and the message of salvation and repentance. As for us, we should realise by now that we cannot force people to get things done even if it is for their own good. It is just like the egg. If the egg is broken by an outside force, life is ended. But if the egg is broken by an inside force, life begins.
Sure, great things always begin from within, from the inside. Jesus proclaimed the message of repentance, but it is also in God’s time that repentance and conversion happen and it happens from within.
Therefore, as we think about what God’s time for us and the signs are that He is showing us, let us heed the call to repentance and remember that things can only happen with prayer and it must begin from the inside, it must begin from the heart.
Our reflection is: how do we respond to God’s time? How do we answer Jesus’ invitation for repentance and to believe in the Good News?
Mass Intentions for January 20 – 27, 2024
5:00 p.m. +Ofelia Lim, requested by the family
8:30 a.m. +Judy Lorza, requested by V. Rey
10:00 a.m. +James Joven, requested by the family
11:30 a.m. Intentions of the Parish Community
8:00 p.m. +Cesar Liwanag, requested by the family
7:15 a.m. +Emerenciana Lim, requested by the family
7:15 a.m. +Rita Amirthampillai, requested by S. Solomon
- +Amor Maranon, requested by M. Gozun
- Intentions of John and Gisella Marton,
- +Timothy Aseervatham, requested by the Benedict Family
- +Deron Camillus, requested by the family
- +Patrick Xavier Fernando, requested by V. Valetine
- Intentions of the Dunklin family
- Intentions of Linette Martis
- In thanksgiving, Jake’s family
7:15 a.m. +Cesar Guerrero, requested by G. Mantes
7:00 p.m. Intentions of Ajith and Marietta Pillainayagam
7:15 a.m. +Jade Nelly Faller, requested by the family
- Intentions of Timothy Francis
- +Kayumba Claver Pierre, requested by the family
- +Beatrice Kamaraba, requested by the family
- +Tecla Lobo, requested by I. Sheikh
- Intentions of Krisanne and Keegan
- +Josefa Villahermosa, requested by the family
- Intentions of the families of the Serviam Ministry of St. Thomas More, our priests and for vocations to the priesthood and religious life
Friday 7:15 a.m.
Intentions and in thanksgiving
7:00 p.m. +Xavier Richard
9:00 a.m. +Ludger Gomes, requested by the family
VALENTINE’S + LUNAR NEW YEAR’S DINNER AND DANCE
Join us for a fun evening on
Saturday, February 10th
beginning at 6:30 p.m.
in our parish hall as we celebrate our
Valentine’s + Lunar New Year’s Dinner and Dance!
A buffet dinner will be served for your enjoyment along with a cash bar!
There will be door prizes and gifts for all the lucky ones!!
There will also be many raffle draws!
Dinner and Dance tickets are available for $50.00 each.
Raffle tickets are available for $20.00 for 20 tickets
after all Masses each weekend.
If you wish to be a sponsor for this Dinner and Dance to advertise your business,
please call the parish office (416-439-1545).
Sunday, February 11 at 3:00 p.m.
Archbishop Francis Leo will preside at a special Mass to honour married couples on Sun., Feb. 11 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. Couples celebrating a 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th or 60th+ wedding anniversary in 2024 may register for reserved seating. All other seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who are unable to attend at the Cathedral are invited to join the celebration via www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live
Prayers Needed for the Sick
We are praying for the sick of our parish: Merglin Lewis, Victor Lim, Tina Lopes, Corrine Alphonso, Jason Bornstien, Kenneth Colaco, Roberto Huang, Kendrick Mohammed, Victoria Munson, Austin Rosario, Martel Gordon-Tennant, Enza Savatti, Claire Alles, Frank Palmiari, Ana Lisa Patena, Theresa Tomaschek Sr., Sharmi Basnayaha, and Alisha May Lobo. May they be supported by our prayers and pastoral ministry and by the grace of God.
Catholic School Registration
Registration for Catholic schools in the TCDSB will begin on Wed., Jan. 24, 2024. For more information, please call 416-222-8282.
Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Services
Sunday, January 28 at morning Masses
Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Services (operated under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Toronto) will have a representative, Frank Jannetta, to answer any questions you may have in regard to our Catholic beliefs for funerals and burials.