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SAINT JOHN XXIII PARISH 

Pastor: (Rev) Simon deGale; Secretary: Mrs. Rose Scarano 

Chaplain @ Sunnybrook & Toronto East Hospitals--in Residence: Fr Montfort Marianayagam 

Office: 416-429-4000; Hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-3PM 

Email: saintjohnxx_iiiparish@outlook.com. Website: http://saintjohnxxiiiparish.ca/

Sunday Mass
Sat  Vigil  Mass:  5:15PM  /  Sun  Mass:  9AM,  12:15PM  &
5:30PM. (Weekdays: Mon, Wed, Fri: 7PM; Tues, Thurs, Sat:
9AM)

Baptism
Baptisms are celebrated on the second Sat of the month
at  11AM  and  third  Sun  of  the  month  at  1:30PM.
Preparation session is required.

Reconciliation (confession)
Before all Sun Masses/Sat Vigil Mass and the Wed Mass or
by  appointment.  Confessional  is  in  Blessed  Sacrament
Chapel
.

Anointing of the Sick
At  any  time  by  appointment.  In  case  of  emergency,
please ask hospital for Catholic priest or call Fr. Simon at
416-737-0760.

Marriage
See Fr Simon before setting a date.

RCIA
If  you  know  someone  who  wishes  to  become  Catholic
speak to priest.

Finance Committee
Mr Pors Canlas, Ms Olivia Dizon, Mr Carlton Paul

Catholic Cemeteries
Mount Hope, Holy Cross, Queen of Heaven, Assumption,
Christ the King, Resurrection, Mount Peace. Head Office:
416-733-8544

Working wonders for those

entering the priesthood…

“I am aware that what is given to me here

is because of the generosity of many

benefactors, including ShareLife, to

whom I am very grateful. Last year, I

graduated from Philosophy at St. Philip

neri Oratory, and this would not have

been possible without the contribution of

many benefactors. I am sure that

whatever is given to me is for the sake of

the mission that the Lord is preparing for

me, and I thank ShareLife for their

generous contribution to the work that

God has prepared for me.”

Simon Ibrahim, Redemptoris Mater

seminarian.

At ShareLife-funded agencies such as

Serra House, St. Augustine’s and

Redemptoris Mater Seminaries,

individuals undergo extensive theological

education and practical field training.

Through ShareLife, you are helping to

sustain vocations for the priesthood and

inspire discernment for God’s call. Last

year ShareLife helped support 80

seminarians in their formation studies.

Sunday March 13, 2016 is

ShareLife Sunday

Please give generously. You can

work wonders!

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CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 
PART ONE—THE PROFESSION OF FAITH 

“I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER ALMIGHTY, 


CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH.”

51. What is the importance of affirming “In the

beginning God created the heavens and the earth”

(Genesis 1:1)?

The significance is that creation is the foundation of
all  God’s  saving  plans.  It  shows  forth  the  almighty
and wise love of God, and it is the first step toward
the covenant of the one God with his people. It is the
beginning  of  the  history  of  salvation  which
culminates in Christ; and it is the first answer to our
fundamental questions regarding our very origin and
destiny.

52. Who created the world?

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the one
and indivisible principle of creation even though the
work  of  creating  the  world  is  particularly  attributed
to God the Father.

53. Why was the world created?

The  world  was  created  for  the  glory  of  God  who
wished  to  show  forth  and  communicate  his
goodness,  truth  and  beauty.  The  ultimate  end  of
creation is that God, in Christ, might be “all in all” (1
Corinthians  15:28)  for  his  glory  and  for  our
happiness.

“The  glory  of  God  is  man  fully  alive;
moreover man’s life is the vision of God.”
(Saint Irenaeus)

54. How did God create the universe?

God  created  the  universe  freely  with  wisdom  and
love. The world is not the result of any necessity, nor
of  blind  fate,  nor  of  chance.  God  created  “out  of
nothing” (ex nihilo) (2 Maccabees 7:28) a world which
is  ordered  and  good  and  which  he  infinitely
transcends. God preserves his creation in being and
sustains it, giving it the capacity to act and leading it
toward  its  fulfillment  through  his Son  and  the  Holy
Spirit.

55. What is divine providence?

Divine  Providence  consists  in  the  dispositions  with
which God leads his creatures toward their ultimate
end. God is the sovereign Master of his own plan. To
carry  it  out,  however,  he  also  makes  use  of  the
cooperation  of  his  creatures.  For  God  grants  his
creatures  the  dignity  of  acting  on  their  own  and  of
being causes for each other.

56. How do we collaborate with divine

Providence?

While  respecting  our  freedom,  God  asks  us  to
cooperate with him and gives us the ability to do so
through  actions,  prayers  and  sufferings,  thus
awakening in us the desire “to will and to work for his
good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).

57. If God is omnipotent and provident, why then

does evil exist?

To  this  question,  as  painful  and  mysterious  as  it  is,
only  the  whole  of  Christian  faith  can  constitute  a
response. God is not in any way - directly or indirectly
- the cause of evil. He illuminates the mystery of evil
in his Son Jesus Christ who died and rose in order to
vanquish that great moral evil, human sin, which is at
the root of all other evils.

58. Why does God permit evil?

 Faith  gives  us  the  certainty  that  God  would  not
permit evil if he did not cause a good to come from

HOW TO OBTAIN THE JUBILEE INDULGENCE

For those able to make a pilgrimage to one of the Jubilee

churches in Rome, that is certainly an option. Otherwise,

there are eight churches within the Archdiocese of

Toronto with a Holy Door of Mercy.

Going through one of these Holy Doors is a spiritual

journey that shows, as the Holy Father said, "the deep

desire for true conversion.” In addition to passing through

a Holy Door, each pilgrim is to:

1. receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation,

2. receive the Holy Eucharist while reflecting on God's

great gift of mercy,

3. make a profession of faith (recite either the Apostles' or

the Nicene Creed), and

4. pray for the Holy Father and for his intentions (an Our

Father and a Hail Mary are recommended).

For those who are elderly, confined and the ill, Pope

Francis said that they may obtain the indulgence:

1. by "living with faith and joyful hope this moment of

trial" and

2. by receiving the Eucharist or by attending Mass and

community prayer, "even through the various means of

communication" (for instance, a Mass offered on

television).

For those in prison, they may obtain the indulgence in

their prison chapels.

Indulgences may be obtained for the dead by the carrying

out of these same acts by the Faithful with the intention

of offering the indulgence for someone who is deceased.

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MASS INTENTIONS

Mon, Feb 22, 7PM: +Gregorio Cabungcal
Tues, Feb 23, 9AM: +Leonardo Tolentino
Wed, Feb 24, 7PM: +Gregorio Cabungcal
Thurs, Feb 25, 9AM: +Gaudencio Dizol
Fri, Feb 26, 7PM: Thnksgv of Blk. Naz. Devts.

Sat, Feb 27, 9AM: Thnksgv for Mia Rose

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Saturday Vigil, February 27

5:15PM: +Loui Comeau
Sunday, February 28

9AM: +Felisa Tolentino
12:15PM: The Parishioners
5:30PM: +Jose Zarate

PARISH

NEXT CHALICE CHILDREN COLLECTION

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Goal: $2,220(cost raise of $48 per child per year)

Payment is made in May of each year for following 12

months. Total to Date: $1141.

YOUTH CHOIR

Rehearsals—Sat Before Singing @ 10AM.

Grade 8 — Grade 12: Contacts: Editha Lazaga:

416-557-3622 or Fr Simon

Sing 2

nd

& 3

rd

Sundays of Month @ 5:30PM Mass

CHILDREN’S CHOIR On Holiday for February

Grade 1 — Grade 7

Contact Amy: 647-878-2534 or Cecille 416-825-0793.

Sing 1

st

& 4

th

Sundays of Month @ 5:30PM Mass

PRAY FOR THE

Adults Seeking The Sacraments Of Baptism &

Confirmation At Our Parish

Lina Lim, Wendy Wang, Liam Dowhan, Perry

Leung, Sharon Marshall, and Marc & Suzanne LaFort

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

Reminders

Parents & Sponsors Meeting

Wed, Feb 24 @ 7:30PM in Church

Reception of Nicene Creed

All Confirmandi—Saturday, Feb 28 @ 5:15PM Mass

SACRAMENT OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Reminders

Second Test—Section Two on Reconciliation

January/February: Call office for appointment with Fr S

First Reconciliation—Sat, March 5 @ 11AM in Church

LENTEN DEVOTIONS

Sundays of Lent--Holy Hour: 4-5PM

With Exposition & Benediction

of the Blessed Sacrament. Come for Adoration of Our

Lord & Meet Him in the Silence

Stations of the Cross

Every Friday following the 7PM Mass

Come and be with Christ in His Passion

GOOD NEWS!!!

This Church Building Finally Belongs to St JXXIII Parish.

After consultations with the City of Toronto, the

Archdiocese discovered it could not change the

designation for our building from an ecumenical worship

centre to a single worship centre. Changing the contract

would mean the city would be able to force us to accept

another church or take over the building for its own

purposes.

With this in mind, the Archdiocese and the Presbyterian

Church have renegotiated their agreement. The new

agreement states that the Catholic Church has sole

financial responsibility for 150 Gateway Blvd. The

Presbyterian Church no longer has any responsibility for

this facility, except that it has one office to maintain its

presence here; this fulfills its legal requirements under

the City’s agreement with both our churches.

Thanks to your prayers and the intercession of St JohnXXIII,

God has granted our request.

BOOK OF GOSPELS

St JXXIII has purchased the Book of Gospels

We begin using it this Lent. This book is placed on the

Altar at the beginning of Mass and then picked up by the

priest or deacon at the time of Gospel Acclamation and

solemnly taken in procession to the lectern. In this way,

we highlight the importance of the Gospel as the Word of

God above all other Scripture.

WELCOME

New Parishioner

Renato Perreas

We hope your time with us will be filled with Christ’s love.

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PETER, JOHN AND JAMES HAD A

MOUNTAINTOP EXPERIENCE WITH JESUS BY

WITNESSING HIS TRANSFIGURATION.

We too can have a mountaintop experience

when we open our minds and hearts to

following God's Will for our lives.

If you think God is calling you to be a priest,

religious or deacon, contact Fr. Chris Lemieux,

Vocation Director, Archdiocese of Toronto

416-968-0997

vocations@archtoronto.org www.vocationstoronto.ca

ARCDIOCESE

SMILE

UPCOMING

DOOR OF MERCY

Pilgrimage To St Paul’s Basilica To Gain

The Jubilee Indulgence

Saturday April 23, 2016

Bus departs St John XXIII—8AM, April 23 for the Basilica.

To gain the indulgence we must (1) process through the

Door of Mercy—8:30AM; then, (2) we offer the Our Father

& Hail Mary for the Holy Father, and his intentions—

8:50AM; then, (3) Holy Mass in which we reflect on God’s

great gift of mercy & profess our Faith through the creed

—9AM; finally, (4) the Sacrament of Reconciliation

following Mass—9:30AM.

For those interested in joining this pilgrimage a sign up

sheet will be in the foyer in February, 2016. Adults $5,

youth $a Twonnie, children $a Loonie

Refreshments in Hall after confession.

MARCH FOR LIFE—OTTAWA

Thursday, May 12—Day Trip to Ottawa

Mass For Life @ 6:30AM; Depart @ 7AM; Return @ 7PM

Approximately 54 Confirmandi from grades 7, 8, and 9

will be accompanying us to Ottawa. Parents/parishioners

who wish to accompany us will have to pay $35;

confirmandi $free; teens $5; children $1.

Bus SignUp Sheet to come.

PARISH MISSION FOR LENT

Next Month

March 13, 14, 15 & 16

Fr Ben St Croix of the Companions of the Cross (Amen!?

Ament!?) will preach at all the Sunday Masses of March

12/13. And on the following Monday, Tuesday, and

Wednesday evenings he will speak to a renewal of our

Faith.

Plan on being there—perhaps God has a particular

message for you at this mission. Bring a friend—perhaps

someone away from the Church and needing to hear

Jesus’ mercy proclaimed to them. Invite your family to

receive the special gift God, the Holy Spirit, has for each

and everyone of them.

On the Wednesday evening—at the conclusion of the

Mission—ten (10) priest will be available for confessions

PILGRIMAGE TO MARTYRS SHRINE

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Daughters of Isabella & the 12:15PM Choir invite you

to come on pilgrimage to Martyrs Shrine this June. We will

celebrate Mass, enjoy a picnic with games for everyone,

and end with the Stations of the Cross.

Bus sign-up in May

Pregnancy

Brian’s stress level was at unsurpassed levels. His wife

Maggie was in labor and Brian was sure it was time to

head to the hospital. Breathing heavily, Brian grabbed

the phone and called the doctor. “MY WIFE, SHE’S

READY, SHOULD WE COME?” The doctor tried to relax

the poor fellow, “just try to relax, now tell me how much

time elapses between the contractions?” “SHIRLEY!”

Brian screamed on the top of his lungs, “HOW MUCH

TIME IN BETWEEN THE CONTRACTIONS? TEN

MINUTES? OK, TEN MINUTES IN BETWEEN!” “And is this

her first child?” Questioned the doctor. “NO YOU STUPID

NITWIT, THIS IS HER HUSBAND!”

LIFT JESUS HIGHER RALLY

“The Unshakeable Kingdom”

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Lower

Level, 255 Front St. W., Toronto @ 9AM.

God's Kingdom is unshakable. In Him, we are secure and

with His help, we will get what we need but, we need to

be rooted sufficiently in Him to stand firm. Join

thousands of others at the 24th annual Lift Jesus Higher

Rally. Our keynote speaker is Deacon Larry Oney, a noted

author, evangelist of Hope and Purpose Ministries.

Inspirational talks from the Renewal Ministries Team:

Ralph Martin, Sr. Ann Shields and Peter Herbeck. Also
includes High Mass (Sunday liturgy) celebrated by His

Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of

Toronto; confessions; Eucharistic healing procession and

uplifting Christian music.

PHONE: 416-251-4255 or 905-833-0360 WEB: www.lift-

jesus-higher-rally.org; EMAIL: ljhr@lift-jesus-higher-

rally.org

COST: Adults $20, Youth (ages 13-18) $15, Children $5

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Optional  Memorial:  St  Polycarp,  Bishop,  Martyr
Tuesday,  February  23—
Polycarp,  bishop  of  Smyrna
(modern  Izmir,  Turkey),  disciple  of  St.  John  the
Apostle  and  friend  of  St.  Ignatius  of Antioch  was  a
revered Christian  leader  during  the  first  half  of  the
second century.

St.  Ignatius,  on  his  way  to  Rome  to  be  martyred,
visited Polycarp at Smyrna, and later at Troas wrote
him  a  personal  letter.  The  Asia  Minor  Churches
recognized Polycarp’s leadership by choosing him as
a  representative  to  discuss  with  Pope  Anicetus  the
date  of  the  Easter  celebration  in  Rome—a  major
controversy in the early Church.

Only one of the many letters written by Polycarp has
been  preserved,  the  one  he  wrote  to  the Church  of
Philippi in Macedonia.

At  86,  Polycarp  was  led  into  the  crowded  Smyrna
stadium to be burned alive. The flames did not harm
him  and  he  was  finally  killed  by  a  dagger.  The
centurion  ordered  the  saint’s  body  burned.  The
“Acts”  of  Polycarp’s  martyrdom  are  the  earliest
preserved,  fully  reliable  account  of  a  Christian
martyr’s death. He died in 156.

Comment:  Polycarp  was  recognized  as  a  Christian
leader by all Asia Minor Christians—a strong fortress
of faith and loyalty to Jesus Christ. His own strength
emerged  from  his  trust  in  God,  even  when  events
contradicted  this

t r u s t .  L i v i n g

among  pagans

a n d  u n d e r  a

g o v e r n m e n t

opposed  to  the

new  religion,  he

led  and  fed  his

flock.  Like  the

Good  Shepherd,

he  laid  down  his

life  for  his  sheep

and  kept  them

f r o m

m o r e

persecution  in  Smyrna.  He  summarized  his  trust  in
God  just  before  he  died:  “Father...  I  bless Thee,  for
having  made  me  worthy  of  the  day  and  the
hour... .” (Acts ofMartyrdom, Chapter 14).

Quote:  “Stand  fast,  therefore,  in  this  conduct  and
follow  the  example  of  the  Lord,  ‘firm  and
unchangeable  in  faith,  lovers  of  the  brotherhood,
loving  each  other,  united  in  truth,’  helping  each
other  with  the  mildness  of  the  Lord,  despising  no
man” (Polycarp, Letter to the Philippians).

LENTEN

FAST & ABSTINENCE

Catholics fast, and abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday

and Good Friday.

The fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

The required fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday

involves eating only one full meal on those days. One or

two smaller meals may be taken on those days, but may

not total one full meal. The required fast does not allow

eating anything between meals.

Abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday

Abstinence on these days from meat does not intend the

omission of eggs or dairy products.

Age Requirements

"All Catholics who have completed their fourteenth year
are bound by the law of abstinence; all adults are bound

by the law of fast up to the beginning of their sixtieth

year.

Fridays of the Year

It is a requirement of our Faith that we abstain from meat

on all the Fridays of the year (except on Solemnities) in

commemoration of our Saviour’s death.

SAINT OF THE WEEK

THE SOURCE

With the Sisters of Life Tuesday, February 23 – 7 to 9 p.m.

St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power St., Toronto

Join us for an evening of prayer and fellowship. From 7 to 8

p.m. in the main chapel, we’ll have Adoration of the

Blessed Sacrament with meditative music. Confessions

will be available. From 8 to 9 p.m., we’ll have refreshments

and fellowship in the hall downstairs.

We hope to see you there!

The Sisters of Life416-463-2722; toronto@sistersoflife.org

PRAYING WITH ICONS

A Reflection on Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Wednesday, February 24 – 1 p.m. or 6 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Church

131 McCaul St., Toronto

St. Patrick’s Church and the Redemptorists throughout

the world are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the

restoration of public veneration of the original Icon of Our

Mother of Perpetual Help in Rome. Join us as we reflect

and pray with the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in

the Byzantine tradition. Bishop John Pazak CSsR, Bishop

for the Catholic Slovaks of the Byzantine Rite, will lead us

in this reflection and prayer. Come and learn more about

this Icon of Love that has been such a part of the spiritual

life of the faithful throughout the world.

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Notes on the Gospel

The report of Jesus' Transfiguration is found

in each of the Synoptic Gospels—Matthew,

Mark,  and  Luke.  The  context  for  Luke's

Transfiguration story is similar to that found

i n  b o t h  M a t t h e w  a n d  M a r k .  T h e

Transfiguration  occurs  after  Peter's

confession  that  Jesus  is  the  Messiah  and

Jesus'  prediction  about  his  Passion.  After

the  prediction  there  is  a  discussion  of  the

cost of discipleship in each of these Gospels.

The  placement  of  the Transfiguration  story

close  to  Peter's  confession  and  Jesus'

prediction  encourages  us  to  examine  the

Transfiguration  in  the  larger  context  of  the

Paschal Mystery.

The Transfiguration occurs on a mountain in

the presence of just three of Jesus' disciples

— Peter, James and John. These are among

the first disciples that Jesus called in Luke's

Gospel.  We  recently  heard  this  Gospel  at

Mass, on the fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Only  Luke's  Gospel,  which  often  describes

Jesus  at  prayer,  indicates  that  Jesus  is

praying as his appearance changes to bright

white.  Luke  indicates  that  the  three

disciples  were  sleeping  while Jesus  prayed.

They will be sleeping again as Jesus prays in

the  Garden  of  Gethsemane  before  his

Passion and death.

In his Transfiguration, we see an anticipation

of  the  glory  of  Jesus'  Resurrection.  In  each

of  the  reports  of  the  Transfiguration,  the

disciples  keep  secret  what  they  have  seen.

Not  until  they  also  witness  his  Passion  and

death  will  the  disciples  understand  Jesus'

Transfiguration. We hear this story of Jesus'

Transfiguration  early  in  Lent,  but  we  have

the benefit of hindsight. In our hearing of it,

we  anticipate  Jesus'  Resurrection  even  as

we prepare to remember Jesus' Passion and

death.

- From a reflection on the Gospel on the Loyola Press website

“…The Appearance Of His Face

Changed, And Became Dazzling White.”

St Luke

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Question:

My  husband  had  an  affair  that  resulted  in  pregnancy.
Should I consider it a blessing?

Full Question

My  husband  had  an  affair  with  a  co-worker  and  got  her
pregnant. We are trying to move on, but I am having a hard
time forgiving and trusting him again. My priest told me to
stop wallowing in self-pity and look at the pregnancy as a
blessing. Now, I don't know where to turn for help.

Answer

The pregnancy is a blessing for the baby—but certainly not
for  you!  Fortunately,  there  is  a  place  to  turn  for  help.  I
suggest that you turn to the crucifix and the Lord’s Passion.
Our crucified Savior is the solution. He knows what it is like
to be betrayed and has given you an opportunity to share in
his Passion in this way. Not only did Judas betray him, Peter
denied  him  three  times  and  the  rest  of  the  Apostles
abandoned him, leaving him quite alone before those who
apprehended  him.  Have  no  doubt,  Jesus  is  very  aware  of
your  plight  and  loves  you.  To  have  difficulty  trusting  a
husband who betrayed you is not "wallowing in self-pity."
It’s a very normal reaction.
While the inanimate sign of the crucifix can help to direct
your  attention  to  the  Savior’s  unlimited  love  for  us,  the
Eucharist  is  the  living  sign  of  it.  The  sight  of  his  blood
separated  from  his  body  on  the  altar  is  enough  to  break
one’s heart if one lets the reality sink in. Such will be your
consolation. There simply is none greater! I encourage you
to  spend  time  each  day  going  over  his  entire  Passion  in
your  mind  and  thanking  him  for  each  suffering. This  will
focus you and give you perspective. You will know his peace
and the ability to forgive your husband—and the priest as
well. You are in our prayers.

Answered by: Fr. Vincent Serpa O.P.

Full Question

Are marital relations not supposed to pleasurable because
they are only for reproductive purposes?

Answer

The  primary  purposes  of  marital  relations  are  procreation
and spousal unity (babies and bonding), but that does not
mean that the husband and wife are not supposed to derive
pleasure from their marital relations. Although pleasure is
not  a  purpose  of  sex,  it  is  important  to  fulfilling  the
purposes of sex.
God  gave  humans  the  capacity  to  enjoy  food  and  sex  in
order  to  encourage  them  to  fulfill  the  purposes  of  those
human needs. A moral problem occurs only when deriving
pleasure from food and sex is put above or in the place of
its  intended  purpose.  Someone  who  eats  solely  for
pleasure, without regard for the needs of his body, abuses
the privilege of eating. In the same way, someone who has
sex  solely  for  pleasure,  without  regard  for  its  intended
purposes  of  babies  and  bonding,  abuses  the  privilege  of
sex.

Question

Does God want us to be wealthy?

Full Question

I have been approached by some friends of mine who are
part  of  a  non-denominational Christian  church  who  claim
that God desires us all to be wealthy and that if we do not
achieve wealth, it is due to a lack of faith.

Answer

Jesus  tells  a  rich  young  man  who  wants  to  know  what  he
must do to gain eternal life: "Go, sell what you possess and
give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and
come, follow me" (Matt. 19:20). Then Jesus says of the rich:
"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle
than  for  a  rich  man  to  enter  the  kingdom  of God"  (Matt.
19:24).
Your friends are only kidding themselves. The Gospels are
full of examples of God’s favor being focused on the poor,
not the rich. Jesus enters the world in a stable and lives in a
working-class family. St. Joseph was a laborer, not a worker
with fine wood. Through the years there have been many
who have preached the gospel of the full stomach. But it is
not the gospel of Jesus. Most of the saints who were born
into wealth renounced it sooner or later.

Answered by: Fr. Vincent Serpa O.P.

CATHOLIC ANSWERS

Youth Night

Thank you to everyone who came out for our youth

ministry social night! It was a cold night but it was

so great to see all the new and familiar faces gather

to reflect on Lent and celebrate Valentine’s Day

together. I pray we have many more social nights

together and make as yummy cupcakes together as

we did on our first joint youth ministry social night.

Next EDGE Youth Ministry night

THIS Fri, Feb 26, from 7PM-9PM in the parish hall.

If we are made in the image and likeness of God,

then who is He and how are we alike?

Looking forward to seeing everyone, remember to

bring a friend.

Please continue to pray for the growth and success of

our youth ministry.

Contact

carla.marcoccia@hotmail.com,

YOUTH MINISTRY

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ADORATION

OF THE

BLESSED SACRAMENT

Takes place in the Chapel

Every  Friday:  9AM  to  6PM,  concludes  with 
evening  prayer  and 

Benediction  at 

5:40PM.  Come  for 

a few minutes or 

an  hour  and  keep 

watch  with  the 

Lord.  Pray  for 

o t h e r s ,  t h e 

C h u r c h ,  y o u r 

family, yourself.

B a m b o o   T r a v e l   &   T o u r s  

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Free Chairside Teeth Whitening for every new patient exam 

& cleaning. Please call for details…

          

Your Fellow Parishioner 

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ABSTINENCE

Fridays of the Year

It is a requirement of our Faith that we abstain from

meat on all the Fridays of the year (except on

Solemnities) in commemoration of our Saviour’s death.

Abstinence on Fridays of the Year

Abstinence on these days from meat does not intend the

omission of eggs or dairy products.

Age Requirements

"All Catholics who have completed their fourteenth year

are bound by the law of abstinence; all adults are bound

by the law of fast up to the beginning of their sixtieth

year.

MARTYRS SHRINE HELLO!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The 12:15PM Choir & the Daughters of Isabella
have volunteered to sponsor our Pilgrimage to

the Shrine next year. This year’s pilgrimage

was such a beautiful experience both in terms

of the spiritual experience and the wonderful
grounds and fine weather that we want to go

again.

Soon we will have to begin preparing for this

event.

WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

Birthright, a pro-life crisis pregnancy service, needs your

help

Counselling, odd jobs, administrative or marketing.

Volunteers, men and women, are needed to assist those

facing an unplanned pregnancy, to provide support and

comfort as well as practical solutions. training is provided.

Please help us to “love them both…mother and child.”

Info: 416-469-111/email: toronto@birthright.org

FROM THE OFFICE OF VOCATIONS

COME & SEE WEEKEND

At St. Augustine’s Seminary from Friday Feb. 26 (7pm)

to Sunday Feb. 28 (1.30 pm).

Provides a time to pray, to learn what seminary

formation is about and time to interact and socialize with

the Seminarians & Priests of the Seminary. The weekend

offers opportunities for Communal Prayer, Mass,

Adoration & Confession. For more information call

416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org

YOUNG MEN’S HIGH SCHOOL (Day)

Pregnancy

Brian’s stress level was at unsurpassed levels. His wife

Maggie was in labor and Brian was sure it was time to

head to the hospital. Breathing heavily, Brian grabbed

the phone and called the doctor. “MY WIFE, SHE’S

READY, SHOULD WE COME?” The doctor tried to relax

the poor fellow, “just try to relax, now tell me how much

time elapses between the contractions?” “SHIRLEY!”

Brian screamed on the top of his lungs, “HOW MUCH

TIME IN BETWEEN THE CONTRACTIONS? TEN

MINUTES? OK, TEN MINUTES IN BETWEEN!” “And is this

her first child?” Questioned the doctor. “NO YOU STUPID

NITWIT, THIS IS HER HUSBAND!”

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