World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Sept 27, 2020
The theme announced by His Holiness Pope Francis for the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees is “Like Jesus Christ, forced to flee. Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating internally displaced persons“. In his Message, the Holy Father reminds us that “Displaced people offer us this opportunity to meet the Lord, ‘even though our eyes find it hard to recognize him: his clothing in tatters, his feet dirty, his face disfigured, his body wounded, his tongue unable to speak our language’ Pope Francis (Homily, Feb 15, 2019)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4th, 2-3 P.M.
Keele & Bloor West Intersection
Life Chain is a non-confrontational, peaceful, and silent witness to the evil of abortion and its painful consequences. It is a simple but powerful reminder to our fellow citizens of the sanctity of human life and our duty to defend the weakest members of our society.
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.
PARISH OFFICE HOURS
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.
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!
Celebrate Your Marriage with a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend!
October 23-25, 2020
Virtual/Online Worldwide Marriage Encounter Experience
Live your best life in love. No matter where you are in your marriage journey, the Marriage Encounter experience is a heart haven that helps you listen, share and connect more deeply. There’s no group discussion. It’s just about the two of you learning to be the best, most loving couple you can be. Reclaim your love’s joy. It is based around Catholic values, but couples of all faiths are welcome.
FAMILY AT THE HEART OF FORMATION
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
SUPPORT THE PARISH
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!
Pastoral Council Chair, St. Cecilia
CECILIA SHARE LIFE PARISH CAMPAIGN
$34, 320 towards our goal of $39,300.00
Includes donations made directly to the Archdiocese for our parish campaign
September 27, 2020 - World Day of Refugees and Migrants
Living the Gospel by welcoming newcomers
The Dia Desso family were forced to flee the Cote d’Ivoire due to the civil war. They sought safety in neighbouring Ghana, where they met a team from the Office of Refugees of the Archdiocese of Toronto. ORAT, a ShareLife-funded agency, facilitated the family’s private refugee sponsorship by Good Shepherd Parish in Thornhill. They are now thriving! The father loves his work driving a forklift, the mother cares for their one-year-old son at home, and the daughters are succeeding at school. Thanks to your support of ShareLife, the Dia Desso family is proud to be living in Canada.
October 11 is ShareLife Sunday. Please give during the special
Scripture Readings for
Sunday, October 4, 2020
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Ezekial 18 : 25 - 28
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 25
Second Reading: Philippians 2 : 1 - 11
Gospel: Matthew 21 : 28 - 32
MASS INTENTIONS OF THE WEEK
Mon. Sept. 28 - Sun. Oct 4
Tuesday 9:05 a.m.
Rosaleen Rooney (RIP)
Req. by Frances McKee
Wednesday 9:05 a.m.
Arthur Lennon (RIP)
Req. by The Clough Family
Thursday 9:05 a.m.
Hector Balthazar (INT)
Req. by Frances McKee
Friday 9:05 a.m
Rosaleen Rooney (RIP)
Req. by Lorraine Ostafew
Saturday 9:05 a.m.
Deceased members of the
Dias and Clementino Families (RIP)
Req. by R.C.
Saturday 7 p.m.
Intentions of the Parish
Sunday 9 a.m.
Intentions of the Parish
Sunday 11 a.m.
Guadalupe Castillo (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, William (Buddy) O'Hara, 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, John Conforzi, Ignacio Juarez Ednet, Dominic Coccimiglio, Winnifred Ismail, Hector Balthazar, and Theuma Family Members
Please notify the office of any changes to the list
as of September 13 2020
Weekly, September 13 2020: $ 1,752.00
Sharelife Sunday: 2,575.00
Holy Land: 1,355.00
PAG, August: 313.00
Donate Now, August: 420.00
Thank you for any offering you are able to make at this time!