WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JAN. 18-25, 2019
Every year between January 18-25, Christians around the world are invited to: celebrate a Week of Prayer for the unity of all Christians, reflect on scripture together, participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and share fellowship. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was first proposed in 1908 as an observance within the Roman Catholic Church. Since the founding of the World Council of Churches in 1948, many other Christian denominations around the world have come to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. For over 40 years, the Canadian Council of Churches and its partners, the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, have supported this ecumenical event in Canada.
The theme for the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity comes to us from Indonesia: “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:18-20). The 2019 theme calls us to move from shared prayer to shared action. Drawing on the traditional values of Bhineka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) and gotong royong (living in solidarity and by collaboration), Indonesian Christians invite us to be a united witness, and an agent of Christ’s healing grace in a broken world, by making specific commitments to justice, equality, and unity.
Fr. Tom Orians, SA Associate Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute noted, “Every year, Christians across the world gather in prayer for growth in unity. We do this in a world where corruption, greed and injustice bring about inequality and division. We are called together to form a united witness for justice and for Christian Unity that becomes a means of Christ’s healing grace for the brokenness of the world. Only by heeding Jesus’ prayer “that they all may be one” can we witness to living unity in diversity.”
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.
A pastor and associate are standing by the side of a road holding up a sign that reads “The end is near! Turn around now before it’s too late!”
A passing driver yells, “You guys are nuts!” and speeds past them. From around the curve, they hear screeching tires - then a big splash.
The pastor turns to the associate and says, “Do you think we should just put up a sign that says ‘Bridge Out’ instead?”
Weekday (Monday to Saturday): 9:05 am
Saturday: 7:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am and 11:00 am
First Friday Exposition: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday 4:00 pm or by Appointment
RECTORY OFFICE CLOSURE:
DECEMBER 22nd, 2018 until JANUARY 9th, 2019
Winter Office Hours
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
10:00 am to 4:00 pm