Sacramental Preparation Registration is now closed
Thank you to all who have registered to prepare this spring and receive First Communion and Confirmation in 2021. You will receive details from the catechists shortly.
For those who prepared for Confirmation in 2019-2020, we are still waiting for permission to re-schedule your sacrament celebration. You will be contacted directly with updates.
STAY AT HOME ORDER
April 8, 20201 at 12:01 a.m. for 28 days
The church schedule remains the same.
However, the Archdiocese strongly encourages the elderly and otherwise vulnerable to stay home from church during this wave. Those who attend church are reminded to be vigilant in following the Worship Safe protocol and also to refrain from congregating at entrances and exits. Thank-you!
SUNDAY MASS REGISTRATION
To ensure a safe worship environment, you must register to attend Sunday Mass.
Registration opens Monday at 2 p.m. each week and closes Friday at 2 p.m. for phone registrations and closes 4 hours before each event for on-line registration.
Visit our website for the link to register or call the office before Friday at 2 p.m. for assistance.
The Sunday 9 a.m. Mass will be livestreamed on our Youtube channel. Visit our channel: St. Cecilia Parish Toronto (or subscribe via our website) to join us from home. The video will also be archived for later access.
Thanks to Tim Norohna and our Livestream committee for making this possible! Please contact the office if you would like to assist with this very important ministry.
Prayer In Time Of Covid
Gracious God, you who are the author of all life, and who desire the well-being of all people,
during these dark days of Covid 19, increase in us, respect and reverence for all human life.
Grant restored health to the sick,
comfort and hope to the dying,
strength to family members, friends, relatives, clergy & volunteers,
renewed energy to hospital workers, PSWs, nurses and doctors,
and perseverance to all in the health care professions.
Grant wisdom to scientists for the development of effective and moral vaccines,
discernment and right judgment for legislators,
aid to the discouraged, poor and vulnerable,
courage and justice for front-line workers,
and keep always in our minds the vision of the true common good of all the world.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Bishop Robert Kasun CSB
Auxiliary Bishop Central Region
Archdiocese of Toronto
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION WEEK April 18-24, 2021
Today, at the start of Canada’s National Volunteer Week, St. Cecilia Parish would like to recognize the immeasurable efforts of each of you who strengthen our Church community through your commitment to service.
Every day across the Archdiocese of Toronto, parishioners selflessly give of their time and talent to nurture and strengthen the faith experience of the Catholic community and announce the Gospel. From the tireless work of volunteer coordinators, church cleaners, liturgical hospitality teams, committee members, Ministry Leaders, to the faith-affirming contributions of musicians, Catechists, Lay Pastoral Visitors,
St. Vincent de Paul, The Rosary Apostolate, and so many other ministries, volunteers are at the heart of the Archdiocesan call to stewardship, and all we do in our parish.
We acknowledge and applaud the amazing work you do.
You make a difference, and we thank you.
Well done my good and faithful servant. Matthew 25:23
After a long wait, and much anticipation, we will soon start to see visible signs of the Phase 2 renovation!
An exterior fence will be installed around the church to prepare for the much needed water-proofing of the foundation. The washrooms will be demolished and portable washrooms will be available outside for use in urgent situations. The Celtic cross will be temporarily re-situated for protection.
Renovation updates will be reported as they become available.
Thank you for your faith in the project and your on-going support!
2021 SHARELIFE CAMPAIGN
This weekend is the first collection in our parish annual ShareLife Parish Campaign. The ShareLife mission of “living the Gospel by providing for those in need” is at the core of how we are called to live as Christians.
Our Parish goal is $39,300.00.
On this ShareLife Sunday, please reflect on your ability to contribute to our campaign this year.
So many people – here in our parish, in our broader community, and around the world – have been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Agencies funded by your gift to ShareLife are continuing their work to meet the needs our brothers and sisters. With your help, as we emerge from the pandemic, ShareLife will continue to be there, living the Gospel by providing for those in need.
“Vulnerable members of our community are relying on you and me to ensure ongoing access to the care they so desperately need. This is why it’s crucial we meet our parish campaign goal of $13.8 million. Our goal can be met, but only if we each do our part.”
Today is ShareLife Sunday.
Please give with a generous heart. Thank-you!
Archdiocesan Week of Prayer for Vocations Monday, April 19 – Saturday, April 24, 2021
During this week, Fr. Matt McCarthy, Director, Office of Vocations, has asked that we all take some time, as a community, to pray for vocations to the priesthood, religious and consecrated life. At this time, we also ask that you pray for our 6 soon-to-be priests along with all those who are discerning and who are currently in formation. For more information, please contact your parish office, or email the Office of Vocations at firstname.lastname@example.org
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
O God, Who wills not the death of a sinner
but rather that he be converted and live,
grant we beseech you,
through the intercession of the Blessed Mary ever Virgin,
Saint Joseph, her spouse, St. Junipero Serra, and all the saints,
an increase of laborers for your Church,
fellow laborers with Christ
to spend and consume themselves for souls
through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.
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
Liturgical Publications will be setting up the advertisements for our church bulletin. The advertising will begin May 2021 & supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call Liturgical Publications at 905 624 4422
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, April 25 2021
First Reading: Acts 4 : 7 - 12
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 118
Second Reading: 1 John 3 : 1 - 2
Gospel: John 10 : 11 - 18
MASS INTENTIONS OF THE WEEK
Mon. April 19 - Sun. April 25, 2021
Tuesday 9:05 a.m.
Vincent Paolini (RIP)
Req. by David Paolini
Friday 9:05 a.m.
Deacon Stanley MacLellan (RIP)
Req. by Lorraine Ostafew
Saturday 7 p.m.
Samule Kanyingi (RIP)
Req. by Agnes Kayingi
Sunday 9:00 a.m.
Hilaria & Neville Hong Ting (RIP)
Henry Akan (RIP)
Req. by Annette and Ben Beneditz
Sunday 11 a.m.
Shirley McEachern (RIP)
Req. by Paul and Kathleen Foran
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, Susan Murphy, and John Sherman
Please notify the office of any changes to the list.
Envelopes will be reported next bulletin.
2021 OFFERTORY ENVELOPES may be picked up at the church during private prayer or you may call the office to make other arrangements.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS?
If you moved this year, please inform the office of your new address. Thank you.