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Fittingly, our livestreaming was christened over Holy Week!
Sunday Mass will now be livestreamed on our YouTube channel for you to join us from home! Visit our Youtube channel or website to join us.
Thanks to our Livestream committee for making this possible! Please contact the office if you would like to assist the committee. "Many hands make light work."
Effective June 11 , 2021
(resumes Friday, June 11th)
Monday - Saturday: 9:05 a.m.
No registration required. 15% capacity
(resumes Saturday June 12th)
Saturday: 7 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Eventbrite Registration opens Monday at 2 p.m. and closes Friday at 2 p.m.
CONFESSION BY APPOINTMENT
WEDDINGS AND BAPTISMS
restricted to 15% capacity
including those involved in ministry (priest, cantor, lector etc.)
capacity of 50 people (or 15% capacity with additional restrictions)
per Bereavement Authority of Ontario Bureau
Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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Statement from Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto
regarding Discovery of Children’s Remains
at former Kamloops Residential School
Posted : Jun-03-2021
June 3, 2021
“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it.” (1 Cor 12:26)
In recent days, the country has been shocked, saddened and angered by the discovery of the remains of 215 children in unmarked graves who attended a residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. We pray for the children who died in Kamloops and in residential schools throughout the country – they must not be forgotten. We must also recognize the betrayal of trust by many Catholic leaders who were responsible for operating residential schools, abandoning their obligation to care for young and innocent children.
We all seek the truth and this tragic discovery provides yet another opportunity for us to learn more about this dark chapter in our history and the painful journey experienced by so many of our Indigenous brothers and sisters.
There is much more work to be done. Since the 1990’s, many of the Catholic entities responsible for the operation of residential schools have apologized publicly for their actions and have journeyed together with victims on the path to truth and reconciliation. This includes the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the religious order that operated the residential school in Kamloops, which over the weekend again apologized for its role in the residential school system. Pope Benedict XVI also had the chance to meet with Indigenous leaders in 2009 to personally express his sorrow and anguish.
These actions do not erase our history; they acknowledge our past, force us to face the consequences of our behaviour and compel us to ensure that our sins are not repeated.
While the Archdiocese of Toronto did not operate residential schools, we join with the Indigenous peoples, the Catholic community and Canadians from coast to coast to coast in a period of collective grief for those who are physically, emotionally and spiritually wounded. This Sunday, I will offer Mass for those who died or were abused at residential schools and for all those who deal with the intergenerational trauma caused by this system. We must also continue to build on the tangible initiatives present throughout the country, like the Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, where bishops and priests, women religious, laity and Indigenous peoples are committed to walking together on a path to reconciliation.
As I have stated previously when speaking of abuse in the Church, the real scandal is when evil festers in the darkness. Once in the open, evil can be rooted out. That must happen. Then new life can begin. Let us journey together to find light through the darkness once again.
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us.
Archbishop of Toronto
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 . 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, or Lorraine Ostafew at 416-766-8929.
Father Joseph Tran
St. Cecilia School
Principal: Stephen Dempsey
Phone: (416) 393-5218
St. Rita School
Principal: Waldo Aristizabal
Phone: (416) 393-5216
Hospitality (Ushers): Frank Spiteri
Organist: Mr. Peter Treen
Eucharistic Ministers: Tony Coccimiglio