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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

Preparing Before Lent Begins

Taking  some  time  to  get  ready  for  Lent  will  ensure  that
we  aren't  going  to  miss  the  first  week  or  two  of  Lent,
because  we  are  just  getting  started.  Lent  begins  on Ash
Wednesday, but we want to be ready to really take off on
that  day,  rather  than  just  beginning  to  think  about  Lent
on  that  day.  Part  of  what  makes  a  vacation  or  a  special
anniversary so special is the build-up to it.

Before we get to Ash Wednesday, we should start asking
ourselves some questions and we should start with some
preparations. "What does God want to give me this year?"
This question may require that I slow down a bit and listen
to  my  inner  spirit.  For  example,  even  if  I'm  very  busy,  I
realize  I'm  hungry

when  I  hear  my

s t o m a c h  s t a r t

"growling."  "What

am  I  going  to  be

d o i n g  o n  A s h

Wednesday?"  Too

o f t e n ,

A s h

Wednesday  is  like

every  other  day,

e x c e p t  t h a t  I

manage  to  get  to

Church  and  get

a s h e s  o n  m y

forehead.  Is  there

anything  else  I  can

do  on  Ash Wednesday?  How  will  fasting  and  abstaining
happen for me, for my family on that special day?
It doesn't need a lot of time to prepare for the beginning
of Lent. It just takes desire and focus. God can do so much
with that. We can give God more of a space to touch our
hearts if we begin to establish some simple patterns. We
could  wake  up  each  morning,  and  for  something  like  a
half a minute to a minute, stand by the edge of our beds,
and just ask the Lord for the grace to let this day be one in
which I long for the beginning of Lent. Perhaps we need
to  ask  for  specific  helps  or  graces  to  get  ready  to  begin
Lent. Whatever  we  try  to  say,  our  Lord  can  understand
the Spirit trying to speak through our simple words. And
all it takes is the time to find and put on our slippers. And
each  night,  in  the  days  ahead,  we  can  practice  giving
thanks to God before I go to bed. This simple pattern, in
the  morning  and  evening  can  stir  our  spirits  to  look
forward to and prepare for Lent, as a season of grace.

May our Lord bless us all on this journey ahead.

ASH Wednesday IS THIS Wed, Feb 10

A Day of Fast & Abstinence

School Mass @ 10:30AM

Parish Mass @ 7PM

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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.”

41. In what way is God the truth?

God is Truth itself and as such he can neither deceive
nor be deceived. He is “light, and in him there is no
darkness”  (1  John  1:5). The  eternal Son  of God,  the
incarnation  of  wisdom,  was  sent  into  the  world  “to
bear witness to the Truth” (John 18:37).

42. In what way does God reveal that he is love?

God revealed himself to Israel as the One who has a
stronger love than that of parents for their children
or  of  husbands  and  wives  for  their  spouses. God  in
himself  “is  love”  (1 John  4:  8.16),  who  gives  himself
completely  and  gratuitously,  who  “so  loved  the
world  that  he  gave  his  only  Son  so  that  the  world
might  be  saved  through  him”  (John  3:16-17).  By
sending his Son and the Holy Spirit, God reveals that
he himself is an eternal exchange of love.

43. What does it mean to believe in only one God?

To believe in the one and only God involves coming
to know his greatness and majesty. It involves living
in  thanksgiving  and  trusting  always  in  him,  even  in
adversity.  It  involves  knowing  the  unity  and  true
dignity of all human beings, created in his image. It
involves making good use of the things which he has
created.

44. What is the central mystery of Christian faith

and life?

The central mystery of Christian faith and life is the
mystery  of  the  Most  Blessed  Trinity.  Christians  are
baptized  in  the  name  of  the  Father  and  of  the Son
and of the Holy Spirit.

45. Can the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity be

known by the light of human reason alone?

God  has  left  some  traces  of  his  trinitarian  being  in
creation  and  in  the  Old  Testament  but  his  inmost
being  as  the  Holy  Trinity  is  a  mystery  which  is
inaccessible to reason alone or even to Israel’s faith
before  the  Incarnation  of  the  Son  of  God  and  the
sending of the Holy Spirit. This mystery was revealed
by  Jesus Christ  and  it  is  the  source  of  all  the  other
mysteries.

46. What did Jesus Christ reveal to us about the

mystery of the Father?

Jesus Christ revealed to us that God is “Father”, not
only  insofar  as  he  created  the  universe  and  the
mankind,  but  above  all  because  he  eternally
generated  in  his  bosom  the Son  who  is  his Word,  “
the radiance of the glory of God and the very stamp
of his nature” (Hebrews 1:3).

HOLY DOORS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF

TORONTO

St. Paul's Basilica

83 Power Street, Toronto 416-364-7588

stpaulsbasilica@on.aibn.com

Weekend Mass times:

Saturdays 4:30 p.m.; Sundays 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Confession times: Saturdays 3:45 to 4:15 p.m.

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 8, 7PM: +Mary Schwanauer /

+Manuel Prodigalida (40 days)

Tues, Feb 9, 9AM: +Maria Schwanauer
Wed, Feb 10, 7PM: +Maria Schwanauer
Thurs, Feb 11, 9AM: +Atilano & Antonio Dizon
Fri, Feb 12, 7PM: Thnksgv: Celia Anacta

Sat, Feb 13, 9AM: +Mary Schwanauer

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Saturday Vigil, February 13

5:15PM: +Melvin Autencio
Sunday, February 14

9AM: Petra Damasco Perlas
12:15PM: +Mary Schwanauer
5:30PM: The Parishioners

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

Saturday 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

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, Jessica Mogmela, and Marc &

Suzanne LaFort

BIG THANKS

Book & Media Event

TODAY Sunday, February 6/7, 2016

Thanks to the various groups for hosting the meals for

today’s event.

Preparing the food and hall, serving, cleaning up, etc.

Saturday

5:15PM Mass—Legion of Mary & 5:15PM Choir

Sunday

9AM Mass—St V d’Paul

12:15PM Mass—Catholic Women’s League

5:30PM Mass—Knights of Columbus

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

Reminders

Grade 8,9,10

Session 4—Wed, February 17 in Parish Hall

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/Confessions

Saturday, 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

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DO NOT BE AFRAID.

If the Lord is calling you to the ordained or consecrated

life, do not be afraid.

Jesus calls and will give you the grace to respond

wholeheartedly. 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

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

A Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance Hosted by St John

XXIII Mission Support Group. Feb 13, 2016

Leaside Gardens Banquet Hall, 1073 Millwood Road.

Tickets $25—On sale in the new year. Semi-Formal Dress.

All profits go to complete chapel for the orphanage

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.

Heaven

A man died and went to The Judgment, they told him ,

“Before you meet with God, I should tell you — we’ve

looked over your life, and to be honest you really didn’t

do anything particularly good or bad.

We’re not really sure what to do with you.

Can you tell us anything you did that can help us make a

decision?”

The newly arrived soul thought for a moment and replied,

“Yeah, once I was driving along and came upon a person

who was being harassed by a group of thugs. So I pulled

over, got out a bat, and went up to the leader of the

thugs.

He was a big, muscular guy with a ring pierced through

his lip. Well, I tore the ring out of his lip, and told him he

and his gang had better stop bothering this guy or they

would have to deal with me!”

“Wow that’s impressive,
When did this happen?”

“About three minutes ago,” came the reply.

CELEBRATE YOUR MARRIAGE

WITH A WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE

ENCOUNTER WEEKEND!

Celebrate your love and take a fresh look at your

marriage! Spend a very special weekend together.

A Weekend of discovery…a lifetime of love! Worldwide

Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps

married couples rediscover themselves as individuals and

as a couple. The Weekend format helps couples

communicate openly and honestly without group sharing,

therapy or marriage counselling. Upcoming Weekend:

February 19-21, 2016 (Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre,

Mississauga) For more info www.wwme.org or contact:

Gerard & Marge McCauley (905) 792-1925

DIVINE RETREATS—FEBRUARY 2016

Led by Fr. Joby Kachappilly VC, Director & Divine Team.

1) Divine Youth Retreat ( Youth Ages 14 +)

Date: February 13, 2016 Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fee: $ 20/- Holy Mass, Talks, Confession, Group

Discussion, Eucharistic Adoration,

2) Deliverance Retreat

Date: Feb 19 - 21, 2016.

Note: Attendance must be strictly observed for all 3 days.

Time: Friday 19, 6.00- 9.00 pm Sat 20, 9;00 am - 7.00 pm

Sun 21: 9:00 am - 2.30 pm Fee; $ 50/-

Venue: Divine Retreat Centre Toronto, 69, William Street,

Toronto ON M9N 2G6

Pr-registration required for all retreats,

call 647-949-4932/647-660-1314

or email: retreatdrct@gmail.com

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St  Josephine  Bakhita,  Virgin,  Monday,  February  8—For
many  years, Josephine  Bakhita  was  a  slave  but  her  spirit
was always free and eventually that spirit prevailed.
Born  in  Olgossa  in  the  Darfur  region  of  southern  Sudan,
Josephine  was  kidnapped  at  the  age  of  seven,  sold  into
slavery  and  given  the  name  Bakhita,  which  means
fortunate. She was re-sold several times, finally in 1883 to
Callisto Legnani, Italian consul in Khartoum, Sudan.

Two years later he took Josephine to Italy and gave her to
his friend Augusto Michieli. Bakhita became babysitter to
Mimmina  Michieli,  whom  she  accompanied  to  Venice's
Institute of the Catechumens, run by the Canossian Sisters.
While  Mimmina  was  being  instructed,  Josephine  felt
drawn  to  the  Catholic  Church.  She  was  baptized  and
confirmed in 1890, taking the name Josephine.
When  the  Michielis  returned  from  Africa  and  wanted  to
take  Mimmina  and Josephine  back  with  them,  the  future
saint  refused  to  go.  During  the  ensuing  court  case,  the
Canossian sisters and the patriarch of Venice intervened on
Josephine's behalf. The judge concluded that since slavery
was illegal in Italy, she had actually been free since 1885.

Josephine  entered  the  Institute  of  St.  Magdalene  of
Canossa in 1893 and made her profession three years later.
I n  1 9 02 ,  s h e  w a s

transferred  to  the  city

of  Schio  (northeast

of  Verona),  where

she  assisted  her

religious  community

through  cooking,

sewing,  embroidery

a n d  w e l c o m i n g

visitors  at  the  door.

She  soon  became

well  loved  by  the

children  attending

the  sisters'  school

a n d  t h e  l o c a l

citizens.  She  once

said, "Be good, love the Lord, pray for those who do not
know Him. What a great grace it is to know God!”
The first steps toward her beatification began in 1959. She
was beatified in 1992 and canonized eight years later.

Comment:  Josephine's  body  was  mutilated  by  those  who
enslaved her, but they could not touch her inner spirit. Her
Baptism set her on an eventual path toward asserting her
civic  freedom  and  then  service  to  God's  people  as  a
Canossian sister.

She  who  worked  under  many  "masters"  was
finally  happy  to  address  God  as  "master"  and
carry  out  everything  that  she  believed  to  be
God's will for her.

Quote:   During his homily at her canonization Mass in St.
Peter's Square, Pope John Paul II said that in St. Josephine
Bakhita,  "We  find  a  shining  advocate  of  genuine
emancipation. The  history  of  her  life  inspires  not  passive
acceptance but the firm resolve to work effectively to free
girls  and  women  from  oppression  and  violence,  and  to
return  them  to  their  dignity  in  the  full  exercise  of  their
rights."

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.

THIS WEDNESDAY IS ASH WEDNESDAY—

A DAY OF FAST AND ABSTINENCE

SAINT OF THE WEEK

A CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE

Marriage Sunday—2016

In 2016, the Archdiocese of Toronto will celebrate

Marriage Sunday at the parish level on the weekend of

February 6/7.

Cardinal Collins has also announced a special

Archdiocesan-wide gathering to honour married couples

that will take place on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at

4:30PM at St Andrew Kim Parish in North York.

His Eminence extends an invitation to all married

couples, in particular those who will celebrate their 25

th

,

40

th

, or 50

+

wedding anniversary anytime throughout

2016 to join him for Mass and a reception to honour their

fidelity and faithfulness.

Loved ones and family members of those honoured are

most welcome to attend. To ensure special reserved

seating for honoured couples, pre-registration is

required. Visit www.archtornto.or/marriage to register

and to find more information about Marriage Sunday and

our archdiocesan celebration. Questions can also be

directed to Anne & Dane McCarthy: 416-964-8694

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Notes on the Gospel

Why did Jesus perform the miracle of the great

catch  of  fish?  No  doubt  the  great  crowd  of

people  who  had  pressed  upon  Jesus  had

something  to  do  with  this  miracle.  They  were

very hungry for God and were eager to hear his

word. Jesus wanted to use this occasion to teach

his  disciples  an  important  lesson.  Although

Simon was wearied from a night of fruitless toil,

he nonetheless pressed upon Jesus for his word

of command: “At your word I will let down the

nets.”  When  you  meet  disappointment  and

failure, do you press upon the Lord, like Simon,

to  hear  his  word  and  to  receive  his  command?

This  incident  tells  us  an  important  truth  about

how God works in and through us for his glory.

God expects of us greater things than we can do

by ourselves. When we cooperate in His works,

we  accomplish  far  beyond  what  we  can  do  on

our own.

When people respond to God's word with faith

and  obedience  they  are  changed  and  made  "a

new  creation"  in  Christ  (2  Cor.  5:17).  God

chooses ordinary people, like you and me, as his

ambassadors  and  he  uses  the  ordinary

circumstances  of  our  daily  lives  and  work

situations  to  draw  others  into  his  kingdom.

Jesus speaks the same message to us today: we

will "catch people" for the kingdom of God if we

allow  the  light  of Jesus Christ  to  shine  through

us. God wants others to see the light of Christ in

us in the way we live, speak, and witness the joy

of  the  gospel.  Paul  the  Apostles  says,  “But

thanks  be  to  God,  who  in  Christ  Jesus  always

leads us in triumph, and through us spreads the

fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

For  we  are  the  aroma  of Christ  to God  among

those  who  are  being  saved  and  among  those

who are perishing.” (2 Cor. 2:15).

Do you witness to those around you the joy of

the gospel and do you pray for your neighbors,

co-workers, and relatives that they may come to

know  the  Lord  Jesus  Christ  and  grow  in  the

knowledge of his love?

- From a reflection on the Gospel by Don Schwager, founder of the Daily

Scripture Readings and Meditations website

“…They Left Everything And Followed

Jesus”

St Luke

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Question:

Who is the woman referred to in Genesis 3:15: Eve or Mary?

Full Question

I've heard it said that the woman referred to in Genesis 3:15
is Eve, not Mary. What does the Church teach?

Answer

Pope Pius IX, in his dogmatic bull Ineffabilis Deus, says the
following:

These  ecclesiastical  writers  in  quoting  the  words  by
which at the beginning of the world God announced
his  merciful  remedies  prepared  for  the  regeneration
of  mankind  .  .  .  saying,  "I  will  put  enmities  between
you  and  the  woman,  between  your  seed  and  her
seed"  taught  .  .  .  that  his  most  Blessed  Mother,  the
Virgin Mary, was prophetically indicated; and, at the
same  time,  the  very  enmity  of  both  [Mary  and  her
Son] against the evil one was significantly expressed.

And Pope John Paul II taught in Mulieris Dignitatem:

It is significant that [in Galatians 4:4] St. Paul does not
call  the  Mother  of Christ  by  her  own  name,  "Mary,"
but calls her "woman": This coincides with the words
of  the  Protoevangelium  in  the  book  of  Genesis  (cf.
Gen. 3:15). She is that "woman" who is present in the
central  salvific  event  that  marks  the  "fullness  of
time": This event is realized in her and through her.

Answered by: Peggy Frye

Full Question

How should senior citizens observe fasting and abstinence
during Lent?

Answer

According  to  canon  1252  of  the  Code  of  Canon  Law,  all
Catholics  are  required  observe  the  laws  of  abstinence
starting  at  the  age  of  14. There  is  no  upper  age  limit  on
abstinence  after  which  the  person  is  automatically
excused,  but  those  who  need  to  eat  meat  for  a  medical
reason  may  be  dispensed  from  the  abstinence
requirement.

The  fasting  requirement  begins  at  age  18  and  continues
until age 59. At that age, a person is automatically excused
from the requirement to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good
Friday,  but,  if  health  permits,  may  participate  in  the  fast
should he choose to do so.

Answered by: Michelle Arnold

Question

What is the Church's position on tithing?

Full Question

I  was  born  and  raised  in  the  Mormon  Church,  went  on  a
mission,  and  did  everything  a  good  Mormon  should  do,
including  tithing.  Since  my  wife  and  I  converted  to  the
Catholic  Church  we  still  have  nagging  doubts  that  we
should  be  tithing  to  our  parish  (as  we  did  when  we  were

Mormons: ten percent of our gross income), except that it's
much  harder  to  do  so  now  that  we  have  several  children.
The Mormon Church taught me that tithing is mandatory.
What's the Catholic Church's position?

Answer

Although  the  Church  teaches  that  offering  some  form  of
material support to the Church is obligatory for all Catholic
adults  who  are  able  to  do  so,  it  doesn't  specify  what
percent  of  one's  income  should  be  given.  Remember,
tithing  was  an  Old  Testament  obligation  that  was
incumbent on the Jews under the Law of Moses. Christians
are dispensed from the obligation of tithing ten percent of
their  incomes,  but  not  from  the  obligation  to  help  the
Church.
The key to understanding how God wants us to give to the
Church is found in 1 Corinthians 16:2, "On the first day of
the week [Sunday] each of you should set aside whatever
he can afford," and in 2 Corinthians 9:5-8,

So I thought it necessary to encourage the brothers
to  go  on  ahead  to  you  and  arrange  in  advance  for
your promised gift [donation], so that in this way it
might  be  ready  as  a  bountiful  gift  and  not  as  an
exaction. Consider this: Whoever sows sparingly will
also  reap  sparingly,  and  whoever  sows  bountifully
will  also  reap  bountifully.  Each  must  do  as  already
determined without sadness or compulsion, for God
loves  a  cheerful  giver.  Moreover,  God  is  able  to
make  every  grace  abundant  for  you,  so  that  in  all
things, always having all you need, you may have an
abundance for every good work.

To  paraphrase:  God  doesn't  demand  a  fixed  amount  of
money  from  us;  he  wants  us  to  give  from  the  heart.  If
people are forced by their church to give a certain percent
of  their  income,  that's  extortion.  If  they  give  freely  and
cheerfully the amount they are able, that's a gift.

Answered by: Catholic Answers Staff

CATHOLIC ANSWERS

Contact

If you have any questions, ideas, prayer requests, or

would like to get involved in Youth Ministry please

don’t hesitate to contact me,

carla.marcoccia@hotmail.com, or come by the

Youth Ministry office!

Please continue to pray for the launch of this

ministry.

YOUTH MINISTRY

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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.

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Volunteers, men and women, are needed to assist those

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

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