Effective until February 10, 2021
Every 15 minutes from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Last service is 5:45 - 6 p.m.
Every 15 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Last service is 10:45 - 11:00 a.m.
8 parishioners per service.
No registration required.
Monday - Thursday
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
COMMUNION SERVICE INSTRUCTIONS/COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS
- First come, first admitted. No registration required.
- 8 parishioners per service
- Line-up will be outside the Pacific door until a spot becomes available
- Contact information will be collected for COVID contact tracing.
- Masks are mandatory for your entire time in the church. Masks need to cover your nose, mouth and chin.
- You will be required to sanitize your hands upon entering the church.
- You will have to stand up for the duration of the Communion Service (approximately 10 mins)
- Proceed to the designated spot in front of the sanctuary, keeping a safe physical distance from each other. Refrain from touching the pews as you walk down the center aisle towards the spots provided.
- Stand on your spot for the duration of the Communion Service.
- Receive Holy Communion. Wait for the final blessing and exit through Aziel door.
- Washrooms will not be available at this time.
- Please, for the safety of all, you are asked to self-assess for Covid before coming to the church.
WEDDINGS, FUNERALS AND BAPTISMS
10 person restriction includes priest, cantor, etc.
By appointment - please contact the office.
THE OFFICE is closed to the public. Staff are working remotely; responding to emails and phone calls during regular office hours: Wed-Fri, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Fr. Joseph is responding to urgent messages outside of these hours.
MARRIAGE SUNDAY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF TORONTO
February 14, 2021
To Married Couples throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto,
As we celebrate Marriage Sunday in the Archdiocese of Toronto, I wish to congratulate and thank married couples who strengthen our community through their daily witness of love, commitment and selflessness. Your ongoing "yes" provides hope and inspiration for the community, strengthened by God's grace and the love and prayers of family and friends.
We also extend our loving support to those who have lost a spouse or have experienced the pain and suffering of a broken relationship. If you are in need of assistance during these difficult days, I encourage you to seek out programs and resources in your own parish or throughout our diocese so that we may accompany you through the healing process.
To those assisting couples as they prepare for marriage and for those engaged in marriage enrichment programs or movements to support the sacrament of matrimony, be assured of my gratitude. Your ministry is essential in laying a foundation for healthy relationships and loving families, something so urgently needed in our world today.
A host of resources and additional information on Marriage Sunday can be found by visiting: www.archtoronto.org/marriage or feel free to connect with your own parish community.
Thank you for all that you continue to do to value and enrich the sacrament of marriage in our homes and parishes, extending our love for one another to all those we encounter each and every day. May God continue to bless you now and always!
Sincerely in Christ,
Thomas Cardinal Collins
Archbishop of Toronto
FEBRUARY 17, 2021
We will hold multiple Communion Services with Distribution of Ashes over multiple days as follows:
Wednesday, February 17th
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. AND 5 p.m.- 6 p.m.
Thursday, February 18th
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Saturday, February 20th
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Services will be every 15 minutes. No registration required. First come first admitted.
Ash Wednesday Mass will be posted for viewing beginning Wednesday morning.
Ash Wednesday is a universal day of fasting and of abstinence from meat. The law of abstinence from meat binds those who are 14 and older; the law of fasting binds those from 18 to 59 years of age. Parents and educators are reminded of their duty to introduce children gradually to the understanding and practice of penance.
FRIARS’ STUDENT WRITING CONTEST 2021
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Theme: Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit
Submission Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2021
Submit essays by E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org, Re: “Friars’ Contest”
416-934-3400 (x 527) or 1-855-441-4077 (x 401)
Details & Resources:
1st Place: Lenovo Idea Pad 3 Laptop
2nd Place: Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch
3rd Place: Apple Earpods
Sponsored by The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement , Graymoor and The Catholic Register
VIRTUAL/ONLINE WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER EXPERIENCE
March 5 – 7, 2021
In these stressful times, give your marriage a booster shot! Restore your loving communication with your spouse and rekindle the romance. The Marriage Encounter experience is a skill-building enrichment program where together, you, as husband and wife, learn how to be the best couple you can be. No group discussion. Based on Catholic values but open to couples of all faiths. Rediscover the love in your relationship!
A Theology and Spirituality of Sexuality
Understanding the Complex Fire Within
Virtual retreat (with Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI)
Fri March 12 - Sunday, March 14, 2021
Sex is too often seen as setting itself against spirituality. Sex seems too earthy to be connected to spirit. Evidence suggests that more people struggle religiously with the issue of sexuality than any other area in their lives. What is sexuality? Why is it so powerful? Does it come from God or does it set us against God? Why has the church never produced a healthy, robust spirituality of sex? This retreat will attempt to articulate a healthy anthropology, theology and spirituality of sex.
DEADLINE: Wed, March 10
CONTACT: Queen's House, Saskatchewan:
www.queenshouse.org 306-242-1916 ext. 226
St Thérèse Of Lisieux Spiritual Life Series
February 22, March 8, 22, April 12, 26 at 7 p.m.
A Virtual Event Hosted By Newman Centre Catholic Mission
All are welcome to join a new spiritual life series based on the book The Story of a Soul by St. Thérèse of Lisieux. The new series will begin on Monday, February 22 and will be presented in several bi-weekly segments by Fr. Peter Turrone, pastor of the Newman Centre. There will be time for group discussion. Participants will need to purchase the Study Edition of Story of a Soul by Fr. Mark Foley for the class.
Info and to register: :
ST. MICHAEL'S CHOIR SCHOOL AUDITIONS
St. Michael's Choir School is a unique and heralded educational experience that is offered jointly by the Archdiocese of Toronto and the Toronto Catholic District School Board. It is consistently ranked as one of the best schools in Ontario and it is one of only six schools in the world to be affiliated with the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music.
The school is now booking auditions for boys interested in enrolling for September 2021. St. Michael’s Choir School offers instruction in Grades 3 through 12.
FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
The Toronto Catholic District School Board invites parents to register their children for Junior Kindergarten beginning Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 at 10:00 am EST. Due to current COVID-19 conditions all applications (including the upload of required documents) must be completed online.
The following documents are required for registration:
1. Child's Birth Certificate (Certificate of Citizenship or Landed Immigrant Status)
2. Child's Catholic Baptismal Certificate (or proof of Catholicity)
3. Child's Immunization Record
4. Proof of residency in Toronto
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
2021 OFFERTORY ENVELOPES
The 2021 offertory envelopes may be picked up at the church during private prayer or you may call the office to arrange pick-up from the office.
Scripture Readings for
Sunday, February 21, 2021
1st Sunday of Lent
First Reading: Genesis 9 : 8 - 15
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 25
Second Reading: 1 Peter 3 : 18 -22, 10 : 31 - 11 : 1
Gospel: Mark 1 : 12 - 15
MASS INTENTIONS OF THE WEEK
Mon. Feb 15 - Sun. Feb 21
Monday 9:05 a.m.
Craig Midghall (INT)
For a fast and steady recovery
Req. by The Reyes-Midghall Family
Saturday 7 p.m.
Intentions of the Parish Community
Sunday 9 a.m.
Christian Mijares (RIP)
Req. by Frances McKee
Sunday 11 a.m.
Irene Pelc (RIP)
Req. by Frances McKee
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, Natalie Chabane, Edward Spiteri, Maria Ruccolo, John Conforzi, Ignacio Juarez Ednet, Dominic Coccimiglio, Winifred Ismail, Hector Balthazar, Mimi Ashton, Ann Baby, and Susan Murphy
Please notify the office of any changes to the list.
Christmas 2020 985.00
Weekly, various 440.00
Initial/New Years 15.00
Taxes and Insurance 25.00
Weekly, various 750.00
2020 DONATION TAX RECEIPTS
Donation Tax Receipts for the Year 2020 will be mailed out this month. We are especially grateful to those who were able to support the parish financially during this most difficult year. Thank you, thank you, everyone!
CHANGE OF ADDRESS?
If you moved this year, please inform the office of your new address. Thank you.