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Parish Sunday Bulletin

           24th Sunday In Ordinary Time            September 15, 2019 

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150 Gateway Blvd., Toronto, ON., M3C 3E2            

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SAINT JOHN XXIII PARISH 

Pastor: (Rev) Simon deGale; Secretary: Ms Hayde Ayala

To Donate Online to St JXXIII go to: https://community.archtoronto.org/page.aspx?pid=415

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

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

ShareLife: https://www.sharelife.org/Public/Home.aspx

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 Saturday of the month at 11AM and third Sunday 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 Adoration Chapel.

Anointing of the Sick

At any time by appointment. In case of emergency, please ask hospital for Catholic priest. Or see Fr Simon.

Marriage: See Fr Simon before setting a date.

RCIA

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

Catholic Cemeteries:

Head Office: 416-733-8544

Sacrament of Holy Confirmation

Grade 7 & Up:(grds: 8,9,10,11,12)

Registration

Begins September 20, 2019

Parents/Guardians Please call Office for appointment with Fr Simon

Bring to Appointment

Copy of Baptismal Certificate of Confirmandi (if not baptized at St JXXIII)

$34 for YouCat Bible.

Mass attendance

Confirmand must attend mass every sunday

Sponsor

Who will be the sponsor For the Mass of Confirmation?

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

           24th Sunday In Ordinary Time            September 15, 2019 

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150 Gateway Blvd., Toronto, ON., M3C 3E2            

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CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 

THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

“I believe” – “We believe”

1. What is the plan of God for man?

God,  infinitely  perfect  and  blessed  in  himself,  in  a  plan  of
sheer  goodness  freely  created  man  to  make  him  share  in
his own blessed life. In the fullness of time, God the Father
sent  his  Son  as  the  Redeemer  and  Savior  of  mankind,
fallen into sin, thus calling all into his Church and, through
the work of the Holy Spirit, making them adopted children
and heirs of his eternal happiness.

MAN'S CAPACITY FOR GOD

“You are great, O Lord, and greatly to be praised [...] You

have made us for yourself and our heart is restless until it

rests in you.” (Saint Augustine)

2. Why does man have a desire for God?

God himself, in creating man in his own image, has written
upon his heart the desire to see him. Even if this desire is
often  ignored,  God  never  ceases  to  draw  man  to  himself
because  only  in  God  will  he  find  and  live  the  fullness  of
truth and happiness for which he never stops searching. By
nature and by vocation, therefore, man is a religious being,
capable  of  entering  into  communion  with  God.  This
intimate  and  vital  bond  with  God  confers  on  man  his
fundamental dignity.

3. How is it possible to know God with only the light of

human reason?

Starting from creation, that is from the world and from the
human  person,  through  reason  alone  one  can  know  God
with certainty as the origin and end of the universe, as the
highest good and as infinite truth and beauty.

4. Is the light of reason alone sufficient to know the

mystery of God?

In  coming  to  a  knowledge  of  God  by  the  light  of  reason
alone  man  experiences  many  difficulties.  Indeed,  on  his
own  he  is  unable  to  enter  into  the  intimacy  of  the  divine
mystery.  This  is  why  he  stands  in  need  of  being
enlightened  by  God’s  revelation,  not  only  about  those
things that exceed his understanding, but also about those
religious  and  moral  truths  which  of  themselves  are  not
beyond  the  grasp  of  human  reason,  so  that  even  in  the
present  condition  of  the  human  race,  they  can  be  known
by all with ease, with firm certainty and with no admixture
of error.

5. How can we speak about God?

By taking as our starting point the perfections of man and
of  the  other  creatures  which  are  a  reflection,  albeit  a
limited  one,  of  the  infinite  perfection  of God,  we  are  able
to  speak  about  God  with  all  people.  We  must,  however,
continually  purify  our  language  insofar  as  it  is  image-
bound  and  imperfect,  realizing  that  we  can  never  fully
express the infinite mystery of God.

God Comes to Meet Man—The Revelation of God

6. What does God reveal to man?

God  in  his  goodness  and  wisdom  reveals  himself.  With
deeds and words, he reveals himself and his plan of loving
goodness  which  he  decreed  from  all  eternity  in  Christ.

According to this plan, all people by the grace of the Holy
Spirit are to share in the divine life as adopted “sons” in the
only begotten Son of God.

7. What are the first stages of God's Revelation?

From  the  very  beginning,  God  manifested  himself  to  our
first parents, Adam and Eve, and invited them to intimate
communion with himself. After their fall, he did not cease
his  revelation  to  them  but  promised  salvation  for  all  their
descendants.  After  the  flood,  he  made  a  covenant  with
Noah, a covenant between himself and all living beings.

8. What are the next stages of God's Revelation?

God  chose Abram,  calling  him  out  of  his  country,  making
him  “the  father  of  a  multitude  of  nations”  (Gen17:5),  and
promising  to  bless  in  him  “all  the  nations  of  the
earth”  (Gen12:3).  The  people  descended  from  Abraham
would  be  the  trustee  of  the  divine  promise  made  to  the
patriarchs. God formed Israel as his chosen people, freeing
them  from  slavery  in  Egypt,  establishing  with  them  the
covenant of Mount Sinai, and, through Moses, giving them
his  law. The  prophets  proclaimed  a  radical  redemption  of
the people and a salvation which would include all nations
in  a  new  and  everlasting  covenant.  From  the  people  of
Israel and from the house of King David, would be born the
Messiah, Jesus.

9. What is the full and definitive stage of God's

Revelation?

The  full  and  definitive  stage  of  God’s  revelation  is
accomplished  in  his  Word  made  flesh,  Jesus  Christ,  the
mediator  and  fullness  of  Revelation.  He,  being  the  only-
begotten  Son  of  God  made  man,  is  the  perfect  and
definitive Word of the Father. In the sending of the Son and
the  gift  of  the  Spirit,  Revelation  is  now  fully  complete,
although  the  faith  of  the Church  must  gradually  grasp  its
full significance over the course of centuries.

“In giving us his Son, his only and definitive Word, God spoke

everything to us at once in this sole Word, and he has no

more to say.” (Saint John of the Cross)

10. What is the value of private revelations?

While  not  belonging  to  the  deposit  of  faith,  private
revelations  may  help  a  person  to  live  the  faith  as  long  as
they  lead  us  to  Christ.  The  Magisterium  of  the  Church,
which has the duty of evaluating such private revelations,
cannot accept those which claim to surpass or correct that
definitive Revelation which is Christ.

ADORATION OF OUR LORD IN THE

BLESSED SACRAMENT

Takes place in the Adoration Chapel

Every  Friday:  9AM  to  6PM,  concludes  with  evening
p r a y e r

a n d

B e n e d i c t i o n  a t

5:40PM. Come  for  a

few  minutes  or  an

h o u r  a n d  k e e p

w a t c h  w i t h  t h e

L o r d .  P r a y  f o r

others,  the  Church,

y o u r

f a m i l y ,

yourself.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

           24th Sunday In Ordinary Time            September 15, 2019 

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150 Gateway Blvd., Toronto, ON., M3C 3E2            

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CHALICE CHILDREN’S COLLECTION

SUSPENDED FOR REFUGEE COLLECTION

MASS INTENTIONS

Mon, September 16, 7PM

+Francisca Tandingan

Tues, September 17, 9AM:

+Rodolfo Patriarca

Wed September 18, 7PM:
       

Healing of Mary Ylagan

Thurs, September 19, 9AM:
       

Thanksgiving of Emmylou Ebora B-day

Fri, September 20, 7PM
       

+Darelle Moses & +Ellen MacGregor

Sat September 21, 9AM 

Thanksgiving of Stella Garcia Gabriel

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Saturday, September 21
5:15PM: +Pedro Nepacina
Sunday, September 22
9AM: +Jaime Fercadilla
12:15PM: CWL Thanksgiving / The Parishioners
5:30PM: Thanksgiving of Rosalina Gomez

VOCATIONS

God is the Father with the open arms. Who will preach

this Good News of reconciliation?

Consider service as a priest or deacon, brother or sister. 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

VIGIL CANDLES

Saturday, September 20—Friday, September 28

Sanctuary Tabernacle: Healing: Florencio Cruz & Alfredo

Lazaga

Chapel Tabernacle:

INTERCESSORY PRAYER GROUP

Need Prayer Help?

Call Beth at 416-467-6492. Your intention will be emailed

out to this prayer community. Only first name and

intention will be shared.

COMMUNION FOR THE SICK & SHUT-INS

Call parish office and let us know—416-429-4000

PRAY FOR THE POPE’S SEPTEMBER

MISSION INTENTION

The Protection of the Oceans

That politicians, scientists and economists work together

to protect the world's seas and oceans.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Last Sunday’s Offering—$2,370.30

To break even weekly—$3,000 needed.

NIGHT VIGIL

First Friday Overnight Vigil

Fri/Sat, October 4/5, 7:30PM—6AM In Adoration Chapel

DVD LENDING LIBRARY

Please Return DVDs

Do you have a DVD at home which you have forgotten to

return? Lent it out? Please get them back! Many of the

DVDs have been missing for too long.

UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS

Next Youth Ministry Night: Social

Friday Sep 20, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall.

Next Youth Ministry Night: Lesson

Friday Sep 27 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall.

SOLEMNITY OF ST JOHN XXIII

Parish Feast Day

Saturday/Sunday October 12/13

This year is the 5th Anniversary of the canonization of our

patron saint, St John XXIII. To celebrate this event we

host a meal after each Mass for the community.

Can You Volunteer?

Would you and your group like to provide the meal after

one of the Masses this year? If yes, pick a Mass— Sat
5:15PM—CWL; Sun Masses: 9AM—Mission Support/

Children’s Choir, 12:15PM, 5:30PM

Let Fr Simon or the Office know soonest. Thanks.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

           24th Sunday In Ordinary Time            September 15, 2019 

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150 Gateway Blvd., Toronto, ON., M3C 3E2            

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SMILE

SOME NAMES…

Mr. and Mrs. Brown had two sons.

One was named ‘Mind Your Own Business’ & the other

was named ‘Trouble’.

One day the two boys decided to play hide and seek.

‘Trouble’ hid while ‘Mind Your Own Business’ counted to

one hundred. ‘Mind Your Own Business’ began looking

for his brother behind garbage cans and bushes. Then he

started looking in and under cars until a police man

approached him and asked,

"What are you doing?"

"Playing a game," the boy replied.

"What is your name?" the officer questioned.

"Mind Your Own Business."

Furious the policeman inquired,

"Are you looking for trouble?!"

The boy replied, "Why, yes."

L.F.C.P.C. PRAYER MEETING

Wednesdays

The  Living  for  Christ  Prayer  Community  (LFCPC)meets
every Wed after the 7PM Mass in the Church basement.

Welcome All

Open  to  all,  the  evening  is  a  combination  of  praise  and
worship songs, teachings, witnessing and an opportunity
to pray as a community. It is a gathering of Christians to
worship and thank Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, as the
Holy Spirit moves us.

CANADA’S FEDERAL ELECTION

and THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

1,000 Guests & Four Political parties

Join Us October 3, 2019—7:15PM

A Federal Election Debate From A Catholic Perspective.

A  federal  election  will  be  held October  21,  2019. To  help
inform Catholic  voters  through  the  eyes  of  our  faith,  the
Archdiocese  is  hosting  a  debate  from  a  Catholic
perspective on Thursday, October 3 with candidates from
the  four  major  political  parties.  Moderated  by  veteran
journalist,  Don  Newman,  this  free  ticketed  event  will  be
held  at  the  John  Bassett  Theatre  at  the  Metro  Toronto
Convention Centre with an audience of 1,000 guests.

For more information, election resources and to order

your free ticket, visit: www.archtoronto.org/election. —

we hope you’ll join us October 3 as we educate, reflect

and act leading up theOctober 21 election.

SACRAMENT OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION &

CONFESSION

GRADE 2 & UP (Grds 3/4/5/6)

Registration

Takes Place Next Month In October. Parents/Guardians

Please Call Office For Appointment In The Month Of

October With Fr Simon

Bring To Appointment

Copy Of Baptismal Certificate Of Candidate (If Not Baptized At

St JXXIII) & $12 For Program.

Mass Attendance

Families Must Attend Mass Every Sunday

NOVENA TO ST THERESE OF LISUEUX

Sunday, September 22

10:05AM in Adoration Chapel

Monday, Sept 23—6:40PM

Tuesday, Sept 24—8:40AM

Wednesday, Sept 25—6:40PM

Thursday, Sept 26—8:40AM

Friday, Sept 27—6:40PM

Saturday, Sept 28—8:40AM

Sunday, Sept 29—10:05AM in Adoration Chapel

Monday, Sept 30—6:40PM

Tuesday, October 1—Feast Day Mass at 9AM

NOVENA TO ST JOHN XXIII

The 5Th Anniversary Of Our Saint’s Canonization

Begins Friday, October 4 to Saturday, October 12.

Novena begins 15 mins before the weekday Masses. On

Sunday, October 6 the novena will take place during the

Holy Hour to honour St John: 4—5PM.

Transferred Feast Day From October 11 To:

Saturday/Sunday, October 12/13

Come Join Us For A Community Meal After Each Mass To

Celebrate And Thank Our Heavenly Intercessor StjXXXIII

OPEN HOUSE: ST MICHAEL COLLEGE

SCHOOL

Thursday, Oct 17 & Tuesday, Oct 22 at 7:30 PM - 2 hours

We  begin  at  7:30  p.m.  with  a  45-minute  presentation  in
our Centre for the Arts demonstrating how education and
formation  at  St.  Michael's  College  School  provide  a
foundation  for  a  young  man's  life.  Our  student  hosts
introduce  speakers  who  address  the  nature  of  our  faith-
based,  university  preparatory  programme. Topics  include
our  Deep  Learning  Inquiry  model,  our  Constellation  of
Care,  our  Outdoor  Education  Programme,  Admissions
criteria,  and  important  dates.  Student  Ambassadors
provide families with personal tours of our facilities where
parents  meet  Administrators,  Admissions  personnel,
Directors,  Department  Heads,  and  teaching  faculty.
Families  and  candidates  have  the  opportunity  to  engage
in  interactive  presentations  as  well  as  to  meet  with  the
coaches, moderators, and coordinators of our 29 Athletic
and 19 Arts programmes and our more than 50 clubs and
activities.

Given  that  our  model  of  formation  is  founded  on  the
principle  that  education  is  a  partnership  of  the  parents,
their sons, and the members of our school community, we
strongly  encourage  families  to  bring  their  sons  and  their
friends.

REGISTER: APPLYSMCS.COM

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

           24th Sunday In Ordinary Time            September 15, 2019 

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150 Gateway Blvd., Toronto, ON., M3C 3E2            

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SAINTS OF THE WEEK

St  CORNELIUS,  POPE  &  ST  CYPRIAN,  BISHOP,
MARTYRS
—Optional Memorial: Mon, Sep 16.
ST ROBERT BELLARMINE—Optional Memorl: Tuse, Sep 17:
ST  JANUARIUS,  BISHOP,  MARTYR—Optional  Memorial:
Thurs, Sep 19:
ST  ANDREW  KIM  TAE-GON  PRIEST,  PAUL  CHONG
HA-SANG, AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS
— Memorial:
Fri, Sep 20:
The first native Korean priest, Andrew Kim Taegon
was the son of Christian converts. Following his baptism at the
age  of  15,  Andrew  traveled  1,300  miles  to  the  seminary  in
Macao,  China.  After  six  years,  he  managed  to  return  to  his
country  through  Manchuria.  That  same  year  he  crossed  the
Yellow Sea to Shanghai and was ordained a priest. Back home
again,  he  was  assigned  to  arrange  for  more  missionaries  to
enter by a water route that would elude the border patrol. He
was  arrested,  tortured,  and  finally  beheaded  at  the  Han  River
near Seoul, the capital.

Andrew’s  father  Ignatius  Kim,  was  martyred  in  1839,  and  was
beatified  in  1925.  Paul  Chong  Hasang,  a  lay  apostle  and
married man, also died in 1839 at age 45.

Among  the  other  martyrs  in  1839  was  Columba  Kim,  an
unmarried  woman  of  26.  She  was  put  in  prison,  pierced  with
hot  tools  and  seared  with  burning  coals.  She  and  her  sister
Agnes  were  disrobed  and  kept  for  two  days  in  a  cell  with
condemned  criminals,  but  were  not  molested. After Columba
complained  about  the  indignity,  no  more  women  were
subjected to it. The two were beheaded. Peter Ryou, a boy of
13, had his flesh so badly torn that he could pull off pieces and
throw  them  at  the  judges.  He  was  killed  by  strangulation.
Protase  Chong,  a  41-year-old  nobleman,  apostatized  under
torture and was freed. Later he came back, confessed his faith
and was tortured to death.

Christianity  came  to  Korea  during  the  Japanese  invasion  in
1592 when some Koreans were baptized, probably by Christian
Japanese  soldiers.  Evangelization  was  difficult  because  Korea
refused  all  contact  with  the  outside  world  except  for  taking
taxes  to  Beijing  annually.  On  one  of  these  occasions,  around
1777,  Christian  literature  obtained  from  Jesuits  in  China  led
educated  Korean  Christians  to  study.  A  home  Church  began.
When  a  Chinese  priest  managed  to  enter  secretly  a  dozen
years later, he found 4,000 Catholics, none of whom had ever
seen  a  priest.  Seven  years  later  there  were  10,000  Catholics.
Religious freedom came to Korea in 1883.

Besides  Andrew  and  Paul,  Pope  John  Paul  II  canonized  98
Koreans and three French missionaries who had been martyred
between 1839 and 1867, when he visited Korea in 1984. Among
them were bishops and priests, but for the most part they were
lay persons: 47 women and 45 men.

Reflection:  We  marvel  at  the  fact  that  the  Korean  Church  was
strictly a lay Church for a dozen years after its birth. How did the
people survive without the Eucharist? It is no belittling of
this and
other  sacraments  to  realize  that  there  must  be  a  living  faith
before there can be a truly beneficial celebration of the Eucharist.
The sacraments are signs of God’s initiative and response to faith

already  present. The  sacraments  increase  grace  and  faith,  but
only if there is something ready to be increased.
ST MATTHEW, APOSTLE, EVANGELISTFeast: Sat, Sep
21:

REFUGEES—The Latest

Good News, Bad News

Good  News: All  the  paperwork  is  now  completed  and  sent
to Immigration Canada. The Office of Refugees Archdiocese
of Toronto (ORAT) has on deposit from St John XXIII Parish
the  $45,800  required  by  immigration  Canada  for  the
family’s first year settlement costs.

Bad  News:  It  may  take  2  years  from  now  before

Immigration Canada completes the processing of this case.
Immigration  Canada  says  it  will  do  it  in  one  year  but
experience  shows  it  takes  them  2  years  to  process.  This
means  the  family  won’t  arrive  in  Canada  before  the
summer of 2021.

But if we pray, God may decide to speed it up! Let

us pray urgently for this. Reason being the family is not in a
good situation.
Donations:
GTA Iraqi Community: $5,000/Anonymous:
$5,000
Parishioners & Parish Fundraisers: $12,026.15
Parish Bequests: $23,773.85
Parish Funds: $500 (processing fees)
Total: $46,300.00

REFUGEE COLLECTION

Monthly Second Collection

Dear Friends,

As  you  can  see  from  the  above  box  “Refugee  Update”,
the  Parish  has  contributed  from  its  reserve  funds
$24,273.85.  These  funds  were  the  from  the  last  of  our
bequests  from  former  parishioners  now  gone  to  their
eternal rest.

As it stands now, our savings account only has sufficient
funds  to  cover  our  last  renovation:  the  concrete  repairs;
and  the  remainder  of  our  youth  minister’s  2019  salary
(from  the  Family  of  Faith  funds).  Our  checking  account
stands at just over $10,000.

For this reason, I am establishing a once a month second
collection  for  the  coming  year—the  Refugee  Collection.
The  purpose  of  this  collection  is  to  repay  our  parish
savings  so  that  we  may  have  a  reserve  to  fall  back  on  if
we  encounter  any  emergencies:  breakdown  of
equipment, etc. I am calling it our Refugee Collection as
the money it replaces went to our refugee family. In this
way,  we  will  all  have  the  opportunity  to  contribute  to
towards  helping  this  family  suffering  and  expelled  from
their homeland because of their faith in Christ.

I will be contributing to this fund myself so that we are all
doing  our  bit.  The  first  monthly  second  collection  will  be
Sun, Sep  29
. Unfortunately,  we  will  have  to  suspend  our
Chalice Children’s collection for the foreseeable future as
this Refugee Collection clashes with it.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

           24th Sunday In Ordinary Time            September 15, 2019 

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This  Sunday’s  Readings:  1st  Reading:  Exodus
32.7-11,  13-14;  2nd  Reading:  1 Timothy  1.12-17;
Gospel:  Luke  15.1-32  – The  Parables  of  the  Lost
Sheep, the Lost Coin & Prodigal Son

Sharing the Gift of Mercy
The  readings  and Gospel  this Sunday  are  richly
steeped with the central Christian mystery that
St.  Paul  proclaims  in  his  first  letter  to Timothy,
that  “Christ  Jesus  came  into  the  world  to  save
sinners.” This message is the saving grace for all
Christians,  the  lifeline  we  all  hold  onto  as  we
journey  throughout  our  time  on  earth  with  our
eyes  fixed  heavenward. The  forgiveness  of  our
sins  is  the  greatest,  most  transformative,  gift
that Christ bestows on our lives.

This gift of forgiveness, although freely given by
Christ,  needs  to  be  cultivated  with  ongoing
contrition, repentance, and penance. Moreover,
this  gift  should  not  be  held  solely  for  oneself,

but  graciously  shared  in  a  two-fold  manner  to
others. Firstly, as the words of the Our Father so
frequently  remind  us,  we  must  forgive  the
trespasses of others. In doing so, we are sharing
the  gift  of  God`s  forgiveness  with  our
neighbour.

Secondly, we should be an example to others of
the  salvific  power  of  God`s  forgiveness  in  our
own  lives,  so  that  they  may  be  inspired  by  our
witness  and  be  encouraged  to  turn  to  God’s
mercy as well. Perhaps one concrete practice we
could do is to invite others to join us in receiving
the sacrament of Confession. Therefore, as true
grateful  disciples  of  Christ  let  us  continually
seek  His  gift  of  forgiveness  and  ask  ourselves
how are we sharing the good news of this great
gift with those whom we encounter?

Reflection  on  being  a  Good  Steward  of
God’s Mysteries—Archdiocese of Toronto

“Just So, I Tell You, There Is Joy In The Presence Of

The Angels Of God Over One Sinner Who Repents”

Jesus

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

           24th Sunday In Ordinary Time            September 15, 2019 

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My Catholic Life! A journey of 

personal conversion!

https://mycatholic.life/catholic-question-and-answer/

Q. Why did God choose Mary to be the mother of Jesus?
Why was she so young?
A.  
These  two  questions  are  actually  hard  to  answer  with
accuracy. In many ways, the answers remain a mystery. But
here are some thoughts.

From  a  theological  perspective  we  can  say  that God  chose
Mary to be the mother of Jesus because she, herself, was the
Immaculate Conception.   This means that she was the only
fitting  mother  for  God  in  the  flesh.  Mary  was  conceived  in
the womb of her mother in a miraculous way in that she was
conceived  without  sin.    God  chose  to  bestow  upon  her  a
“preservative  grace,”  meaning,  God  preserved  her  from  all
stain  of  sin,  including  Original  Sin,  at  the  moment  of  her
creation in the womb of her mother.   Of course, He did this
so  that  she  would  be  a  fitting  vessel  for  God  the  Son  to
become  incarnate  in  her  womb.  The  grace  that  preserved
her came from the Cross of her Son Jesus, but it transcended
time  so  as  to  free  her  at  the  moment  of  her  conception.
Thus, her Son was her Saviour even though He had not yet
been born in time. If that’s confusing, try to ponder it for a
while. It’s a great mystery of faith and a deep one also.

Additionally, Mary chose to remain free from sin throughout
her life. Just as Adam and Eve were born without sin, so was
Mary. But unlike Adam and Eve, Mary never freely chose to
sin throughout her life. This made her the perfect vessel for
the Son of God. Her body and soul were perfect making her
the perfect instrument.

But  this  only  answers  your  question  from  one  perspective.
You  may  also  be  wondering,  “But  why  Mary?”  This  is  a
question that is hard, if not impossible, to answer. It’s most
likely  a  matter  of God’s  mysterious  will.  Perhaps God,  who
can see all things and knows all people even before they are
born, looked at all women from all time and saw that Mary
was  the  one  who  would  never  freely  choose  to  sin.    And
perhaps  for  that  reason  God  chose  to  gift  her  with  the
Immaculate Conception.  But  this  is  ultimately  a  mystery  of
faith that will be revealed only in Heaven.

As  for  your  second  question,  “Why  was  she  so  young,”  this
may  be  easier  to  answer  from  a  historical  perspective.
Today,  in  the  twenty-first  century,  it’s  uncommon  for  a
fifteen-year-old girl to marry and have a child. But it wasn’t
that way back then. When Mary had Jesus, she was not seen
as being a dependent child but as a young woman ready to
start a family. So it’s always important to try to understand
the  culture  of  the  time  when  considering  questions  of
history.

Q. If God made us to become saints, how can we do so?
A. This is a question we should all ask ourselves every day of
our  lives!    However,  the  answer  to  this  question  is  never
ending.

It’s true, we are made to be saints.   God made us to be one
with Him forever in Heaven.   We call this holiness, sanctity,
or saintliness. But how do we do so?

First, we seek the truth. Truth is discovered by faith. Faith is
not just believing in something we cannot know for sure. It’s
not  just  wishful  thinking.  Faith  is  knowledge.  Certain
knowledge. And we ultimately obtain faith by allowing God
to  speak  to  our  inner  conscience  and  reveal  that  which  is
true.   This  happens  when  two  things  are  present.  First,  we
engage  our  minds  in  the  truth  such  as  in  the Scripture,  the
Catechism  of  the  Catholic  Church,  the  teachings  of  the
saints,  etc.    Second,  reading  the  truth  is  not  enough.   We
also need the “gift” of faith, meaning that when we hear the
truth,  God  needs  to  confirm  this  truth  as  “true”  in  our
conscience.   God’s voice first revealed the truth through the
Scripture,  the  Church  or  the  saint,  but  then  God  tells  us,
interiorly, that this is His Truth. When this happens, we must
believe.  When  this  happens,  we  are  gifted  with  faith.  We
know, with deep interior certitude, that which God revealed.

Second, this process of coming to know the truth in faith is
strengthened by prayer.   When we pray, it’s like adding fuel
to  a  fire. The  fire,  which  is  faith,  grows  in  intensity.    As  it
grows in intensity, we grow in faith.

Third,  we  must  live  what  we  come  to  know  through  faith.
This is an act of our will. When we choose to live the faith we
come to know, we grow in charity, holiness and saintliness.
We become saints.

Though this is a greatly simplified explanation of the path to
holiness, hopefully it points you in the right direction.

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF

HURRICANE DORIAN

Last week Hurricane Dorian devastated the Caribbean

nation of the Bahamas.

The  hurricane  moved  excruciatingly  slowly  across  the
Bahamian  island  of  Abaco,  leaving  most  buildings  and
infrastructure destroyed. More than 70,000 people in the
Bahamas  are  expected  to  need  emergency  assistance,
including  food,  shelter,  electricity  and  safe  drinking
water. A still unknown number of people are missing and
at  least  50  people  dead  —  a  number  that  is  expected  to
rise  quickly  over  the  coming  weeks  as  more  bodies  are
recovered.

In  an  effort  to  support  those  have  been  most  directly
impacted  by  Hurricane  Dorian,  the  Archdiocese  of
Toronto  is  accepting  funds  that  will  be  sent  through  our
Catholic  relief  partners.  Contributions  can  be  made
through  our  parishes  and  through  the  Archdiocese  of
Toronto online portal at www.archtoronto.org.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

• Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website:

www.archtoronto.org. • By phone through the

Development Office – 416-934-3411. • Through the

parish, making cheques payable to: Name of Parish –

2019 Hurricane Dorian – Disaster Relief

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

           24th Sunday In Ordinary Time            September 15, 2019 

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ADORATION OF OUR LORD IN THE BLESSED

SACRAMENT

Takes place in the Adoration Chapel

Every  Friday:  9AM  to

6PM,  concludes  with

evening  prayer  and

B e n e d i c t i o n  a t

5:40PM.  Come  for  a

few  minutes  or  an

hour  and  keep  watch

with the Lord. Pray for

others,  the  Church,

your family, yourself.

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Parish Sunday Bulletin

           24th Sunday In Ordinary Time            September 15, 2019 

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150 Gateway Blvd., Toronto, ON., M3C 3E2            

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