28 November 2021 – First Sunday of Advent



Let every heart prepare Him room.
Confession times at St. Cecilia Church on December 14th and 16th:

9:00- 10:30 a.m.
11:30a.m. -12:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Livestream of Mass

MASS LIVESTREAMED - Sunday at  9 a.m. on our YouTube channel: St. Cecilia Parish Toronto. To access our Youtube channel from our parish website, click on "Watch the Livestream"  then scroll down and click on "Subscribe to St. Cecilia Church Channel ", the Mass does not stream directly on our website.


Campaign Life Coalition has moved its office to Hamilton and has cancelled its Christmas cake fundraiser.  It will never cancel the life of the pre-born or the vulnerable.

"There are no human rights if there is no right to life". - Cardinal Collins

Right To Life still has fundraiser items.  A pack of 10 assorted Christmas cards is $10.00.  You may place your order up until December 19th and delivery will be made:  416 769 9749.

Please consider a donation to these most essential charities. Thank-you.


Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Each week, beginning Sunday, 21 November 2021, the CCCB will release a video recording of a Bishop reflecting on the Gospel Reading for each Sunday of Advent.

This year’s reflections were inspired by Indigenous Delegation travelling to Rome to meet with Pope Francis  December 17-20, 2021. Each reflection is based one of the five essential stages of reconciliation: examen, confession, repentance, reparation (making amends), and reconciliation. It is likewise hoped these reflections will assist the faithful  in preparing for Pope Francis’ eventual apostolic journey to Canada.

To access the videos: https://www.cccb.ca/evangelization-catechesis-catholic-education/video-resources/journey-through-advent/


Nov 20, Nov 27, Dec 04, Dec 11, Dec 18
7:30 to 8:15 p.m.

Presented by The Mary Ward Centre, in partnership with: Loretto Sisters Canada, Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, Loretto Maryholme

A five-part series based on the Advent Reflections prepared by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

You may choose the date/s you wish to attend.

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/RegistrationWalking the Path

St. Vincent De Paul Society 'Christmas Star Program'!

This year, due to Covid, we will not have the tree displayed with Christmas Stars, however, because of Covid, the need is greater than ever. SVDP is running the program to meet this need! Please place your gift card or monetary donation in an envelope marked SVDP Christmas Star Program and deposit in the offertory basket after Mass or in the mail slot of the office at 161 Annette.

Please make your offering by: Sunday, December 12th, 2021.

Gift cards may be purchased at any major department store or pharmacy.  Food gift cards can be purchased at all major grocery stores. The pandemic, coupled with inflation, have impacted many in our community.  Thank you for sharing with our neighbours who find themselves in need this year!

Thank you for putting People and the Planet First

A major focus of Development and Peace — Caritas Canada’s People and Planet First campaign is advocating for a law that compels Canadian companies to respect the human and environmental rights of local populations in their overseas operations.

This fall, acting in solidarity with their brothers and sisters in the Global South, thousands of Canadians signed a petition asking the government to enact such a law.

On behalf of all those who struggle to preserve their land, lives, livelihoods and ways of life, Development and Peace-Caritas.

Canada thanks you for your commitment and mobilization. Together, we act in solidarity with the protectors of the Earth. Together, we have the power to change lives.  To continue supporting the petition and to keep up the campaign momentum, visit https://devp.org/en



Sunday, Nov. 28th is the First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of a new liturgical year.

Sunday Missals for 2021-2022 are available for purchase at the back of the church. The price is $5.00

ADVENT RETREAT – A Journey With Mary

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, 1617 Blythe Road
December 4th,  9:00a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $40.00 per person

For inquiries:
Call: (905)-278-5229 or
Email: office@qoa.ca

BEREAVEMENT RETREAT – Journey With Others Who Share Your Experience

Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, 1617 Blythe Road
December 11th,  9:00a.m. -3:30 p.m.

Cost: $40.00 per person

For inquiries:
Call: (905-278-5229 or
Email: office@qoa.ca


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

Scripture Readings for
Sunday, December 5 2021

First Reading: Baruch 5 : 1 - 9
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 126
Second Reading: Philippians 1 : 3 - 6, 8 - 11
Gospel:  Luke 3 : 1 - 6

Mon. Nov. 29  - Sun. Dec. 5, 2021

Monday 9:05 a.m.
Bernice Ostafew (RIP)
Req. by Lorraine Ostafew

Tuesday 9:05 a.m.
Monique Nolan and Micheline Benoit (INT)
Req. by Their Sister

Wednesday 9:05 a.m.
Brooke, Alice, Cassandra, Emerlyn and Markus (INT)
Req. by Their Grandmother

Thursday 9:05 a.m.
Kimberly McClellan and Holly Benoit (INT)
Req. by Their Mother

Saturday 9:05 a.m.
Eduardo Abarta (RIP)
Req. by The Abarta Family

Saturday 7 p.m.
Intentions of the Parish Community

 Sunday 9:00 a.m.
Intentions of the Parish Community

Sunday 11:00 a.m.
Alphonso Gallagher (RIP)
Req. by The Gallagher Family


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,  Mimi Ashton, Ann Baby, Susan Murphy, Marta DiGregorio, and Guy Alcamo.

Please notify the office of any changes to the list.


Weekly, Nov 14                                      $  1, 225.75
Missals                                                           119.25
Shepherd's Trust                                        2, 210.00
All Souls                                                         150.00
Taxes and Insurance                                         25.00
Restoration                                                       25.00

Thank you for your on-going support!

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.