Sunday Mass at St. Cecilia's Church
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NEW CAPACITY RESTRICTIONS
As you know, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Peel Region, Toronto and York Region has increased significantly in recent days and these regions are now in the “red zone” as identified by the Province of Ontario. Local medical officers of health have also made strong recommendations for places of worship to reduce their capacity in order to minimize potential transmission. To protect our community and out of love for our neighbour, Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, has made the difficult decision that we must temporarily further restrict attendance at our liturgical celebrations.
As of Tuesday, November 24th, attendance at all liturgical celebrations at parishes in the red zone, will be limited to 50 worshippers in the building at one time (excluding clergy and volunteers who are involved in ministry during the Mass). This attendance limit applies to all sacramental celebrations - Mass, Baptisms, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, Weddings and Funerals.
This restriction will result in a reduction to our capacity, therefore, we remind everyone that Week-end Mass attendance is by Registration through Eventbrite. Until now we have been able to accommodate people who have arrived for Mass without registering, however, with the new restrictions this will no longer be possible. EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 28TH, YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND WEEK-END MASS and you must show your ticket (or be on the printed list ) to be admitted. Please visit our parish website: saintcecilia.ca to register. The week-end Masses are scheduled weekly on Monday and are available for registration until 2 hours prior to each Mass. If you require office assistance registering, please phone the office by 2 p.m. on Friday stating your name, phone number, number of spaces you require and time of Mass requested. Your space is confirmed when you receive a call back from the office.
Weekday Masses will remain first come, first admitted.
If you are unable to join us in person you can visit the Archdiocese of Toronto’s website: www.archtoronto.org to see a listing of parishes that livestream the Mass, including St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. The Daily Mass is also televised on Salt+Light TV, EWTN and VisionTV among other locations. Please visit our parish website to link to our parish Sunday Mass recording on our youtube channel: St. Cecilia Parish Toronto.
We recognize these additional restrictions are challenging. So many of the faithful rely on the reception of the sacraments and our churches to find solace, peace and support during this period of pandemic. We will make every effort to continue our outreach to you. We also ask that you find opportunities to assist those who are vulnerable or alone among us.
We pray that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. May God continue to bless you now and always!
The parish office hours remain: Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The office is open to the public on Thursdays only, by pre-arranged appointment. We continue to respond to your telephone and e-mail messages outside of these times.
A letter from our Pastor
I hope and pray that you are staying healthy – both physically and spiritually. Please let me know if the parish can help you during these difficult times.
No doubt you are aware that our parish relies on the support of our parishioners to operate – parish salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.) – are funded through the generosity of our parish community. It will be a challenge for our parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection.
In response to many queries that I have received from parishioners, I offer below some of the ways that you may continue to support our parish if you are in a position to do so. I recognise that many of you, like the parish, are experiencing financial strain at this time and I pray that those stresses are soon eased for you.
For those in a position to continue to give to our parish, the easiest on-line options would be through the SUPPORT THE PARISH https://community.archtoronto.org/page.aspx?pid=416 . Through this link you can give to the parish by credit card. These donations are handled by the Archdiocese. The donation is directed to the parish of your choice. The parish receives a monthly report of all donations made to the parish via this method and tax receipts are issued to donors at year end by the Archdiocese (one-time gifts are receipted at time of giving).
Pre-Authorised giving is also an option. A set donation figure of your choosing is withdrawn from your bank account on the 20th of each month. We have a number of parishioners who give by this method. Please contact the office if you wish to set this up.
Weekly envelopes may still be used - mailed to the parish or dropped off.
Thank you for your many contributions to our parish community. I miss seeing all of you at the Mass and I pray daily that we will be able to gather together again soon.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor, St. Cecilia
SUPPORT ST. CECILIA PARISH
In light of the present situation unfolding before us regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide, our primary concern is the spiritual and physical health and welfare of the faithful and of all those who serve at our parishes, recognizing that we also have a duty to care for the community at large and the most vulnerable among us.
While challenging days remain, we must also recognize the opportunity to be truly present to one another and to care for those who are struggling. These moments of uncertainty call each one of us to renew our commitment to prayer, fasting and almsgiving as part of our Lenten journey, amplified on a broader scale in light of current circumstances. May we continue to pray for all those infected with COVID-19, those caring for the sick and for one another.
May God bless you always.
Daily Mass at St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica
His Eminence Cardinal Collins will be livestreaming daily Mass from St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica at 7:30 a.m. Monday through to Sunday. These Masses will also be archived and accessible on the Archdiocese of Toronto YouTube page for the faithful to view later in the day.
In light of the recent State of Emergency measures in Ontario and the cancellation of all Masses in the Archdiocese of Toronto, Mass will be celebrated and brought to you daily from St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica in Toronto. You can watch the Mass live daily starting at 7:30 a.m. at www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live For more information on our Daily Mass schedule or the Archdiocese of Toronto's response to COVID-19, visit www.archtoronto.org/covid19
Called to Serve
We are seeking altar servers to assist at Sunday Mass.
Are you a student in gr. 3 or above who has received the Sacrament of First Communion? You are eligible to serve at Mass! Training will be provided.
Please contact the office or speak with Fr. Joseph for details.
If you enjoy singing with others and are interested in participating in our music programme, then this is a great opportunity to get involved! All levels of experience welcome.
Our choir rehearses on Thursday evenings and sings during the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass, as well as during other special celebrations.
For more information, contact our organist and choir director, Peter Treen at 416-533-1301 or visit us upstairs after any Sunday, 11 a.m. Mass!
The Rosary Apostolate in the schools is seeking volunteers, (male or female), who have devotion to the Mother of God and who are willing to visit our elementary schools to pray the Rosary with the children once a month. Training will be provided.
If you are interested, please contact Ann Clough at 416- 769-3711, Lorraine Ostafew at 416-766-8929 or Frances McKee at 416-766-6712.
Pastor: Father Joseph Tran, Society of St. Vincent de Paul
St. Cecilia School:
Principal: Stephen Dempsey
Phone: (416) 393-5218
Organist: Mr. Peter Treen
Eucharistic Ministers: Nino Clivio