The Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
Preparation Program & Registration
Registration packages for the preparation of the Sacraments can be found at the back of the church for those who do not attend St. Cecilia’s or St. Rita’s School. Grade 2 students of St. Cecilia’s & St. Rita’s Schools will have registration packages mailed to their homes via the school.
FIRST COMMUNION – REGISTRATION DEADLINE and COMPULSORY MEETING:
Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m. in the Church Hall
PROGRAM BEGINS: Sunday, November 11, 2018
The preparation program is a home based program, and parents are expected to assist their children in preparing for each scheduled Sunday review class. The scheduled review classes will take place Sundays from 10:00-10:45 a.m., after which, the families are to attend the 11:00 a.m. Mass together as a group. A commitment to full participation is required to be considered ready to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion the following spring.
The Sacrament of Confirmation
Preparation Program & Registration
The Archdiocese of Toronto has lowered the grade for students to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Students entering grade 7 in the fall are now able to receive the Sacrament. Registration packages for the Sacrament of Confirmation Preparation Program can be found at the back of the church. For grade 7 students of St. Cecilia’s & St. Rita’s School, the registration packages have been mailed to their homes via the school.
Mandatory Registration Meeting (and deadline date for registration in the program):
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m. in the church hall.
PROGRAM BEGINS: Tuesday November 20 2018
Candidates must make a commitment to:
- attend every scheduled Tuesday evening classes from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.,
- attend the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass with their peers each weekend, and
- must successfully complete their volunteer hours, to be considered to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Spring of 2019.
Humanae Vitae Conference – Faithful to God’s Design
Saturday, November 10, 2018 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
9 a.m. – Mass with Cardinal Collins at St. Basil’s Parish,
50 St. Joseph St., Toronto 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Conference
Sam Sorbara Auditorium Brennan Hall, University of St. Michael’s College
81 St. Mary St., Toronto
All are welcome to attend a one-day conference marking the 50th anniversary of Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical letter Humanae Vitae. Mary Eberstadt, Dr. Maria Wolfs, Steven Mosher and Fr. Raymond de Souza will speak on the prophetic and enduring wisdom of this encyclical. The day begins with Mass with Cardinal Collins at St. Basil’s Parish, followed by a full-day conference at the University of St. Michael’s College.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and free for religious and clergy.
9th Annual Mass to End Woman Abuse
October 18, 2018 7 p.m.
St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church
75 Churchill Avenue, North York
For event information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Bishops Issue Document on Minors and Vulnerable Adults
On October 4, 2018 the bishops of Canada issued new national guidelines for the protection of minors in Canada. Entitled Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation, this document first and foremost, focuses on minors and vulnerable adults, whom Canada’s bishops wish to protect from sexual violence. The document can be found at www.cccb.ca. Since 1989, the Archdiocese of Toronto has had an extensive safe environment policy in place, including a procedure for allegations of abuse or misconduct. That document can be found at https://archtoronto.org/about-us-safe-environment.
HOSPICE: MORE THAN JUST A PLACE TO DIE
A PRACTICAL DISCUSSION ON WAYS OF PROVIDING HOSPICE CARE IN THE COMMUNITY: A CALL TO ACTION
Bob Parke, Bioethicist
James Beingessner, Chancellor
St. Jerome’s University
Judy Nairn, Executive Director
Hospice of Waterloo Region
October 17, 2018; 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Room “Alumni 400”
Muzzo Family Alumni Hall
121 St. Joseph Street (at Queen’s Park Circle)