18 October 2020 – Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We are updating our parish contact information

Please help us by emailing your contact information - especially your current email address - to the parish office,  stceciliatoronto@gmail.com

Please use your current email address and place in the subject line "Email address update."  Be sure to include your name, address, and telephone number in the email body.  For those of you without e-mail, please phone the office: 416 769 8163 with any updates to your contact information.

Thank you!


We have been given permission to celebrate the 2019-2020 Confirmations.  Father Joseph is working with the catechist to schedule the celebrations.  Once the schedule is finalised, the families of our Confirmandi will be contacted with the information.

Thank you for your patience as we work to schedule multiple sacramental celebrations.


Father Joseph is working with the catechists to put together the programme for the upcoming year. The programme information will be shared with the parish and through the parish schools when the programme plans are finalised.

Please note, immediate sacramental preparation is the responsibility of the parish and it is a parish, not a school event.  Therefore, you should register for sacramental preparation at your home parish, (the parish closest to your home whose geographic boundaries you live within or where you regularly worship as a registered parishioner).


We would like to switch from recording the Sunday Mass to livestreaming the Sunday Mass and are looking for a number of volunteers to assist with this.  If you are interested, please contact the office or speak with Father Joseph after Mass.  Thank-you!


With the pandemic closures in March, the Restoration was put  in a holding pattern.   The Archdiocese recently requested the Renovation be split into 2 phases.  They have approved the phases and the architect anticipates phase 1 of the project will be tendered by the end of October!


St. Joseph’s College School Virtual Information Evening and Open House

The Administration and Staff of St. Joseph’s College School cordially invites Grade 7/8 female students and their parents/guardians to the VIRTUAL Information Evening and Open House On Thursday, October 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

St. Joseph’s College School, 74 Wellesley Street West

Please visit their website for registration details https://sites.google.com/tcdsb.ca/stjosephscollegeschool/open-house


First Come First Served
Monday-Saturday 9:05 a.m

Please note that for daily Mass, the church will open at 8 a.m. for the 9:05 a.m. Mass and must close at 10 a.m. for cleaning to take place.

On-Line Reservations Required 

We are using Eventbrite for Saturday Vigil and Sunday Mass reservations.  See our website saintcecilia.ca for details. Link to our event page: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sunday-mass-st-cecilia-parish-tickets-109029688734

Doors will open 30 minutes before Mass and will close once Mass starts.  Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of  Mass.  You must show your ticket (printed or on your phone) to be admitted.

The church must close immediately following each Mass for cleaning.

If Eventbrite is not available to you and you require assistance, please call the office by 2 p.m. Friday.  Your reservation is not confirmed until you receive a call back from the office.  Please leave clearly, your name, number of tickets, date and time of Mass, and your phone number. Eventbrite is the preferred method.

By appointment.  Please call the office.

Physical office remains closed at this time.  Please call or e-mail for assistance.


Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

The office is open to the public on Thursdays,  by appointment.

Please call or email to arrange.


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!

Virtual Archdiocesan gathering of families

Cardinal Thomas Collins is pleased to invite families from across the diocese to our third annual virtual Archdiocesan gathering of families on Saturday, November 28, 10 a.m. – 9:15 p.m. Our family day will include, prayer, praise and worship, games, scripture, teaching, Q&A with Cardinal Collins, family activity challenges, and a parent talk and discussion session with lay evangelist, Patrick Sullivan. Parents and children of all ages are invited to join us for both online Zoom sessions and offline activities.

There is no cost to attend. Registration opens on September 18 and tickets are limited. One ticket per household. To register, please visit: www.archtoronto.org/family.

This event is being hosted by the Office of Formation for Discipleship at Archdiocese of Toronto in partnership with BLD Toronto, Couples for Christ, Focolare and Teams of Our Lady.

Info: Annalisa Parente, 416-934-3400 ext. 569 or email aparente@archtoronto.org.

Dear parishioners,

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,

Father Joseph
Pastor,  St. Cecilia


Happy Easter! Christ is Risen!

I love our parish. Inspired by the Resurrection of our Lord that we now celebrate, I trust that our community of faith, hope and love will make it through this pandemic. When the church was closed for mass, it was the final motivation I needed to do something our family has been meaning to do for a long time – I went to the Archdiocesan website and I signed up for Donate Now credit card giving to the St. Cecilia offertory. It was very easy. I just went to this website (Click the button below) and selected St. Cecilia from the drop-down list. Joining the Donate Now program to St. Cecilia ensures that I can continue to financially support my spiritual home even when I cannot be there physically. I would like to invite you all to do the same. Together, each of us contributing as we are able, can ensure that St. Cecilia will always be there for us. I look forward to the great celebration we will have when we can return to the Eucharist together at the end of this Pandemic!

In truth,

Luke Stocking,
Pastoral Council Chair, St. Cecilia


ShareLife Logo

$34,540.00 towards our goal of $39,300.00
Includes donations made directly to the Archdiocese for our parish campaign

ShareLife: Living the Gospel by providing for those in need.

“Without you, ShareLife could not fulfill its mission to live the Gospel by providing for those in need. Together we are making a real difference! My prayer is that we may continue to respond to God's love by going forth from ourselves to seek the good of others.” — Cardinal Thomas Collins

November 8 is the next ShareLife Sunday. From now through November 8, you can double the impact of your donation. A generous donor is matching gifts up to $500,000. Please give during the special collection or anytime using the ShareLife envelopes at the back of the church.  You can also give securely online at sharelife.org/donate.


CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES TORONTO is one agency that benefits from the assistance of Share Life.

Their New Beginnings support groups have gone virtual in order to continue to provide support.

The online Bereavement Support Group, launched this week and the online Separated/Divorced Support Group launches Wed. October 28th @ 7:00 pm.

For information and to register please contact Arcangelo Limanni: alimanni@cfstoronto.com   (416) 921-1163 ext. 2225

World Mission Sunday

Today is World Mission Sunday.  We are called to offer our prayers and financial support through the Propagation of the Faith for the worldwide mission of Jesus.

NEXT week-end is the World Mission Sunday special collection.  Special envelopes will be available at the back of the church today for next week's collection.

Your gift for World Mission Sunday helps:

  • People in remote villages, towns and cities through the witness and work of missionaries and local priests.
  • Children, the elderly, refugees, the sick and orphans through the service of Religious Sister and Brothers.
  • To bring the Gospel to the poorest of our human family.
  • Catechists proclaim the message of hope and peace that only Christ can give.

Thank you for your generous offerings and heartfelt prayers.

Scripture Readings for
Sunday, October 25, 2020
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Exodus 22.21-27
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm  18
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1.5c-10
Gospel: Matthew 22: 34-40

Mon. Oct 19 - Sun. Oct 25

 Monday 9:05 a.m.
Rev. Michael Murray (RIP)
Req. by The Clough Family

Friday 9:05 a.m.
Anna Laithitran (RIP)
Req. by Frances McKee

Saturday 9:05 a.m.
Maria and Guillermo Recreo (RIP)
Sergia and Rafael Espinos

Saturday 7 p.m.
Charles Ogilvie (RIP)
5 Year Anniversary
Req. by Maureen Ogilvie

Sunday 9 a.m.
Giovanni Nolfi (RIP)
His wife Elena

 Sunday 11 a.m.
Charles Bonnici (RIP)
Req. by Helen and Frank Frendo


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, William (Buddy) O'Hara, Lennox Bigford, Robert Freimuts, Giuseppe R., Mikayla Haswell, Victoria Cooper, Christian Mijares, Anna Solims, Lorenza Varga, Steven McKinney, Krysten Telfer, Natalie Chabane, Edward Spiteri,  Anastasija Broks, Maria Ruccolo, Peter Czajkowski, Angelo Sarris, John Conforzi, Ignacio Juarez Ednet, Bishop Robert Kasun, and Theuma Family Members

Please notify the office of any changes to the list.


Weekly, October 4 2020:  $1,030.00
Taxes and Insurance: $435.00
Pope's Pastoral Works: $1,155.00
Holy Land: $70.00

Weekly, October 11 2020: $915.00
First Communion, October 3 2020: $455.00
ShareLife Sunday: $1,550.00
Donate Now, September 16 - 30: $1,080.00
PAG September: $463.00

Thank you for any offering you are able to make at this time!