28 February 2021 – Second Sunday of Lent

Parish Schedule

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.
First-come, First-admitted.
No registration required.

Monday - Thursday
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.


  • 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.

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.


This parish video premiered the first Friday of Lent, Friday, February 19th and is available to view on our youtube channel. Visit saintcecilia.ca to link.


Father Joseph is recording a Lenten retreat video to assist the parish community in preparing for Easter.  The video will be posted to our youtube channel once it is completed and will be accessible via our website.


Development and Peace is hosting weekly virtual events,  inviting catholics from across the country to join in conversation with Development and Peace partners from the Global South.

Week 3 - March 2, 2021,  11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Long Term Development

Join Emily Lukasik, animator for Central Ontario; Mary Durran, international programs officer; and Jose Mario Lopez, member of the territorial defense team of Development and Peace's partner, Fundación Eric - Radio Progreso. Find out how this people-led partnership in Honduras is having a positive long-term impact on community development and advocacy in the country, which is one of the poorest and most dangerous for human rights defenders in Latin America.

Registration link:  https://devp.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8c5eb7ffb9447967dc0c247e0&id=b4bd6171bf&e=a5c73ec1ad

Contact: elukasik@devp.org 

Friday, March 5, 2021

The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement which brings Christians of many traditions together to observe a common day of prayer each year. Through preparation and participation in the worship service, we can learn how our sisters of other countries, languages and cultures understand the Biblical passages in their context. We can hear their concerns and needs and can join in solidarity with them as we pray with and for them. In this way, it is possible to enrich our Christian faith as it grows deeper and broader in an international, ecumenical expression.

The motto of the World Day of Prayer movement is Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action. Through our participation in the World Day of Prayer, we affirm that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence on the world.

To learn more visit The Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada: https://wicc.org/world-day-of-prayer/what-is-wdp

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!

Contact: Marge & Gerard McCauley at gerard.marge@rogers.com or Call: (905) 792-1925

Live Virtual 2021 Lenten Retreat
March 6, 2021 - 9:30 am

Speakers & Topics:
Dr. Carrie Gress: Exposing the Anti-Mary and Rebuilding Civilization, One Women at a time,
Dr. Josephine Lombardi: Mary, the Original Expert in Humanity
Gary Zimak: Stop Worrying & Start Living,
Dorothy Pilarski: How to Start a Mothers Group

Registerhttp://dynamicwomenfaith.com/ fee: $40

Tickets on Eventbrite: dwf2021@eventbrite.ca

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.

COST: $100
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: :


lenita.lopes@newmantoronto.com,  www.newmantoronto.com

Sunday,  March 7, 2021
My God, My God
(Psalm 22)

Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 7 p.m.
Lectio Divina  7:30 to 8:15 p.m.

LIVESTREAM:  via www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live

Visit the Archdiocese website for past presentations.


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.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/35SLNOk #catholicTO


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


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!

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


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, March 7, 2021
3rd Sunday of Lent

First Reading: Exodus 20 : 1 -17
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 19
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1 : 18, 22 - 25
Gospel: John 2 : 13 -25

Mon. March 1  - Sun. March 7

Saturday 7 p.m.
Intentions of the Parish Community

Sunday 9:00 a.m.
Antonio Grasso (RIP)
Req. by his wife Theresa and children

Sunday 11 a.m.
Jardelina Melo and Manuel Umbelina (RIP)
Req. by Their Children


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.


Weekly, various Jan 31- Feb 21        2,054.00
Restoration Fund                              1,541.00
Taxes and Insurance                            200.00
PAG February                                       793.00


Donation Tax Receipts for the Year 2020 were mailed out last week.  We  are especially grateful to those who were able to support the parish financially during this most difficult year. Thank you, thank you, everyone!

2021 OFFERTORY ENVELOPES may be picked up at the church during private prayer or you may call the office  to make other arrangements.


If you moved this year, please inform the office of your new address. Thank you.