COVID-19 GOVERNMENT RESTRICTION UPDATE
Effective March 21 2022
Mask wearing indoors will no longer be mandatory. You are most welcome to continue wearing a mask if it makes you more comfortable.
Please continue sanitizing upon church entry. Please also continue to self-monitor for symptoms and stay home from church if you are experiencing symptoms. Thank you!
Starting March 21, individuals aged 18 and older, who have received their COVID-19 booster shot and who are asymptomatic for COVID, do not need to self-isolate when they are in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 (including if the sick person is a member of their household.) The self-isolations requirement is also lifted for those younger than 18 years old who are asymptomatic and who have had two COVID-19 vaccine doses. If you meet these criteria, for 10 days you must wear a mask in public, refrain from elective visits to medical settings and avoid physical contact with those who are vulnerable to COVID.
Those who do not meet the above criteria and who have a COVID-19 close contact, must continue to self-isolate according to current provincial regulation.
LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS
On Fridays during Lent, after morning Mass, the Celebrant will lead the Stations of the Cross.
LENTEN SHARELIFE APPEAL
Our parish 2022 ShareLife Campaign is now underway. Our parish 2022 goal last year was $39,300.00 and our parish contributed $51,766.00, surpassing our goal. Our parish goal for this year's campaign will be posted once it is communicated to us by the Archdiocese.
Monthly Pre-authorized Giving (PAG) is a convenient way tp spread your Sharelife contributions throughout the year.
Contact Sharelife at firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 934-3411 if you have any questions.
March 27th is ShareLife Sunday. Please give generously.
HUMANITARIAN RELIEF FOR UKRAINE
Ukraine has been plunged into war after the Russian military invaded the country, resulting in widespread violence and a looming humanitarian crisis. In response to the request of parishioners, the Archdiocese of Toronto has launched a humanitarian relief effort to help the Ukrainian people at this time.
Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian civilians have already fled their homes and are trying to find shelter in neighbouring countries. The United Nations estimates that there could eventually be up to five million Ukrainian refugees, depending on how the war transpires.
The Archdiocese of Toronto will channel donations to support the Office for Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT) and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA). CNEWA is a papal agency with a long history of humanitarian relief; it is currently working in Eastern Europe, providing Ukrainians with food, shelter, medicine and transportation to safe locations. ORAT is Canada’s largest private Sponsorship Agreement Holder, which helps bring hundreds of newcomers to our country each year; it will use donations to bring Ukrainian refugees to Canada as soon as possible.
Your donation will help Ukrainians who are beset by violence in Eastern Europe and it will help some of them find a new home in Canada.
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:
St. Cecilia's Church – Ukrainian Relief – Humanitarian Relief
Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisements for our church bulletin.
The advertising will begin in May 2022 and supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service.
Call Liturgical Publications at (905) 624-4422.
CATHOLIC WOMEN'S LEAGUE LENTEN REFLECTION
Saturday March 19 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (Virtual)
Hosted by The CWL of St. Monica's Parish
Come join the Catholic Women's League of St. Monica's Parish for a Lenten reflection with Teresa Hartnet, Director at Familt Ministry Office of the Hamilton Catholic Diocese.
Rosary will also be prayed during his reflection.
LISTENING CIRCLE FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION
SUNDAY MARCH 6 2022 - APRIL 17 12:30 - 2:30 PM
St. Ann Parish, 120 First Ave. (in-person after the 12:30 pm Native Mass.
Join us for the Listening Circles of Lent, Easter and ST. Kateri's Feast Day. You may join all our selected days. Your presences is a blessing!
These sessions are based on the Novalis guidebook "Listening to Indigenous Voices."
If you wish to order a copy: https://ltiv.ca/orders/ . There will be six sessions, ending with the sunrise service on the Easter Sunday and the celebration of the Feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha. Let us continue to promote Truth, Reconciliation and Healing in our self, our family, our community, our society and all of creation.
In collaboration with the Mary Ward Center and the The Jesuit Forum
COINS FOR LIFE 2022 - CAMPAIGN LIFE COALITION
"The Coins for Life project is a most appropriate way to support the important pro-life efforts of Campaign Life Coalition.” - Thomas Cardinal Collins
Boxes may be picked up at the back of the church beginning THIS weekend, March 13th, and will be collected on Sunday, May 1st.
Make it a Lenten family project! Putting aside your small change can lead to a BIG change in our land!
Livestream of Mass
MASS LIVESTREAMED - Sunday at 9 a.m. on our YouTube channel: St. Cecilia Parish Toronto. To access our Youtube channel from our parish website, click on "Watch the Livestream" then scroll down and click on "Subscribe to St. Cecilia Church Channel ", the Mass does not stream directly on our website.
FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
All children born in 2018 are eligible to attend Kindergarten
The Toronto Catholic District School Board invites parents to register their children for Junior Kindergarten beginning January 19th, 2022 at 10:00 am E.S.T.
All applications must be submitted online only at soar.tcdsb.org.
The following documents are required for registration:
- Child's Birth Certificate (or Certificate of Citizenship/Landed Immigrant Status)
- Child's Catholic Baptismal Certificate (or proof of parent's Catholicity)
- Proof of residency in Toronto (2 documents)
- Application for Catholic School Support (completed at the school)
FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF THE PARISH DURING THIS TIME
Weekly envelopes may be used - mailed to the parish or dropped off: 161 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6P 1P5.
The easiest on-line options:
Archdiocese Donate Now link https://community.archtoronto.org/page.aspx?pid=416 Enables you to give to St. Cecilia parish by credit card. You choose St. Cecilia from a list of parishes and the Archdiocese directs your donation to our parish. The parish receives a monthly report of all donations made via this method. Tax receipts are issued to donors at year end by the Archdiocese (one-time gifts are receipted at time of giving).
Pre-Authorised giving A set donation figure of your choosing is withdrawn from your bank account on the 20th of each month. Please contact the parish office to set this up.
If you have any questions regarding methods of donating, please email or phone the parish office.
Thank you for your many and varied contributions to our parish community!
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 Archdiocese Donate Now link. 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
Scripture Readings for
Sunday, March 20 2022
3rd Sunday of Lent
First Reading: Exodus 3 : 1 - 8a, 1 - 15
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 103
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10 : 1 - 6, 10 - 12
Gospel: Luke 13 : 1- 9
MASS INTENTIONS OF THE WEEK
Mon. March 14 - Sun. March 20
Monday 9:05 a.m.
Req. by Mom
Tuesday 9:05 a.m.
Holy Trinity, in Thanksgiving
Req. by Cilija Misir
Friday 9:05 a.m.
Gil Martin (INT)
Req. by Rosie Po
Saturday 7 p.m.
Intentions of the Parish Community
Sunday 9 a.m.
For blessings and guidance
Req by Mom
Sunday 11 a.m.
Lidia Lucente (RIP)
Req by Emma Fannetta
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK
Hang Sam Lee, Richard Mijares, Drew Fiala, Connie Tari-Kornhauser, Lisa Reardon, Stuart Robson, Rosa Maria Santos, Dory Kashin, Bianca Auriemma, Rosie Po, Frank Ferreira, Antonina Koziara, Julia Collins, Mary Ann Cuschieri, Sebastian Caravalho, Anne Tran Fazzalari, Gabriel Sebastian Romano, Robert Freimuts, Giuseppe R., Mikayla Haswell, Victoria Cooper, Anna Solims, Lorenza Varga, Steven McKinney, Krysten Telfer, Edward Spiteri, Maria Ruccolo, John Conforzi, Ignacio Juarez Ednet, Dominic Coccimiglio, Winifred Ismail, Mimi Ashton, Ann Baby, Susan Murphy, Marta DiGregorio, Guy Alcamo, and Mike Kudrak.
Please notify the office of any changes to the list.
Weekly, March 6 $ 1,260.00
Taxes and Insurance $ 415.00
Humanitarian Relief Ukraine $ 105.00
Donate Now misc. Jan Deposit $ 705.00
Donate Now Feb $ 2,150.00
Thank you for your on-going support!
2022 OFFERTORY ENVELOPES are ready for pick-up at the back of the church.
Please print your full name, address, and phone number on the envelope, when making your first few 2022 donations.
New envelope users/parishioners are asked to fill out a Parish Registration Form (available from an usher) and return it to an usher to obtain offertory envelopes for 2022.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS?
If you moved this year, please inform the office of your new address. Thank you.