An Excerpt From The Message Of His Holiness Pope Francis For The Thirtieth World Day Of The Sick 2022 - Friday, February 11th, 2022
“Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36).
Standing beside those who suffer on a path of charity
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Thirty years ago, Saint John Paul II instituted the World Day of the Sick to encourage the people of God, Catholic health institutions and civil society to be increasingly attentive to the sick and to those who care for them. 
We are grateful to the Lord for the progress made over the years in the particular Churches worldwide. Many advances have been made, yet there is still a long way to go in ensuring that all the sick, also those living in places and situations of great poverty and marginalization, receive the health care they need, as well as the pastoral care that can help them experience their sickness in union with the crucified and risen Christ. May the Thirtieth World Day of the Sick – whose closing celebration, due to the pandemic, will not take place as planned in Arequipa, Peru, but in Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican – help us grow in closeness and service to the sick and to their families.
I would like to remind everyone that closeness to the sick and their pastoral care is not only the task of certain specifically designated ministers; visiting the sick is an invitation that Christ addresses to all his disciples. How many sick and elderly people are living at home and waiting for a visit! The ministry of consolation is a task for every baptized person, mindful of the word of Jesus: “I was sick and you visited me” ( Mt 25:36).
Dear brothers and sisters, to the intercession of Mary, Health of the Infirm, I entrust all the sick and their families. United with Christ, who bears the pain of the world, may they find meaning, consolation and trust. I pray for healthcare workers everywhere, that, rich in mercy, they may offer patients, together with suitable care, their fraternal closeness.
To all I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing. - Francis
DELEGATION TO ROME March - April, 2022
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCCB), Assembly of First Nations, Métis National Council and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami are pleased to announce that the delegation to Rome to meet with Pope Francis (postponed from December 2021 due to Covid) has been re-scheduled. The Holy Father is scheduled to meet with individual Indigenous delegations the week of March 28, 2022. A final audience with all participants will take place on Friday, April 1, 2022.
Our shared commitment to walking towards healing and reconciliation remains strong and we very much look forward to the opportunity for Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers, residential school survivors, and youth to meet with Pope Francis.
INDIGENOUS RECONCILIATION FUND
Canada’s Catholic Bishops have agreed to establish a new registered charity to support and advance healing and reconciliation initiatives. The charity is expected to manage the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund, which will accept contributions from 73 dioceses across Canada in order to fulfill the $30 million financial commitment made by Canada’s Bishops in September.
The Indigenous Reconciliation Fund will be managed with financial measures in place to ensure transparency and good governance. Board directors and members of the corporation will collectively bring a strong financial acumen and deep commitment to the healing and reconciliation journey. For information regarding the Board members please visit: https://www.cccb.ca/media-release/canadas-bishops-announce-indigenous-reconciliation-fund-to-support-projects-across-canada/
The fund will publish annual reports and will be subject to an audit by an independent accounting firm each year. Any administrative costs will be on top of the $30 million being raised and will not be deducted from this principal amount.
The Archdiocese of Toronto is promising to be a major ($6 million) contributor toward the CCCB's pledge.
“Everything the archdiocese does is the result of generous gifts from our parishioners,” said Jim Milway, Chancellor of Temporal Affairs at the Archdiocese of Toronto. “Through the stewardship of these gifts, the archdiocese will ensure we meet our fundraising commitment.”
In addition to raising awareness and offering opportunities to support the healing and reconciliation fund financially throughout the year, the archdiocese will invite the faithful to participate in an annual special collection held in the fall, near the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The archdiocese will also draw on funds in existing operations and assets, ensuring the $6 million pledge is fulfilled.
A national charitable organization has been established to administer these funds, governed by a board of eminent Indigenous and Catholic representatives. A local committee will determine funding priorities. It is anticipated there will be a focus on supporting projects that further:
- Healing and reconciliation for communities and families;
- Culture and language revitalization;
- Education and community building; and
- Dialogues for promoting indigenous spirituality and culture.
Marriage Sunday Mass
Sunday, February 13, 2022, 2:30 p.m.
St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica
65 Bond St., Toronto
Bishop Robert Kasun, CSB, will preside at a special Mass to honor married couples celebrating milestone anniversaries (25th, 40th, 50th, 60th or 60+) in 2022. Due to social distancing measures, cathedral attendance is limited to pre-registered couples celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries and a maximum of one (1) guest per celebrant couple. Registration is now open and will close Feb. 4th or when the capacity is reached.
Given the limited attendance at the cathedral, we encourage milestone celebrants to register early.
Those who are not able to register may join the celebration via livestream Mass here: www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live.
The broadcast will begin at 2:15 p.m.
HOW DO WE WALK TOGETHER AS CHURCH?
Embracing Pope Francis’ New Call to Synodality
Wednesday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m.
A VIRTUAL EVENT SPONSORED BY NOVALIS PUBLISHING
Join authors Moira McQueen and Massimo Faggioli for a robust conversation on the topic of Synodality and how the faithful at all levels can participate in Pope Francis’ call to solidarity and contribute to a rich reflection on a vibrant future for the Catholic Church. Moderated by Christopher White.
COST: Free POSTER: https://bit.ly/CalltoSynodality
SYNOD ON SYNODALITY 2023
Pope Francis has launched the Synod on Synodality: a two-year global process of listening to the faithful that will help the Church reflect on how we can do God’s will in the world today. The comments of the faithful will ultimately be discussed at a meeting of the bishops in the Vatican in 2023. To learn more about the Synod on Synodality and to share your thoughts, please visit: www.archtoronto.org/synodality.
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.
NEW BEGINNINGS PROGRAMMES
BEREAVEMENT INTRODUCTORY PROGRAM
Wed. February 16 - March 9, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
SEPARATED/DIVORCED INTRODUCTORY PROGRAM
Thurs. February 17 - March 10, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
The Online Bereavement Introductory Program offers both women and men a learning environment which is safe, welcoming and non-judgmental. The program provides 4 weeks of psycho-education, which assists and accompanies the bereaved/separared/divorced in exploring grief, experiencing healing, and renewing faith. The program resources include PowerPoint and time will be allocated for group discussion. The ideal candidate is ready and able to participate in a group setting. Each candidate will be screened, prior to being considered for admittance into the program.
COST: no charge
INFO: Arcangelo Limanni, MRE
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (647) 215-3978
FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
All children born in 2018 are eligible to attend Kindergarten
The Toronto Catholic District School Board invites parents to register their children for Junior Kindergarten beginning January 19th, 2022 at 10:00 am E.S.T.
All applications must be submitted online only at soar.tcdsb.org.
The following documents are required for registration:
- Child's Birth Certificate (or Certificate of Citizenship/Landed Immigrant Status)
- Child's Catholic Baptismal Certificate (or proof of parent's Catholicity)
- Proof of residency in Toronto (2 documents)
- Application for Catholic School Support (completed at the school)
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, February 13 2022
First Reading: Jeremiah 17 : 5 - 8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 1
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15 : 12, 16 - 20
Gospel: Luke 6 : 17, 20 - 26
MASS INTENTIONS OF THE WEEK
Mon. February 7 - Sun. February 13
Monday 9:05 a.m.
Anna Lipinska (RIP)
Req. by The Czajkowski Family
Thursday 9:05 a.m.
Deceased members of the
Dias and Clementino Families (RIP)
Req. by R.C.
Friday 9:05 a.m.
Sick of the World and of the Parish (INT)
Req. by Ann Rooney and family
Saturday 7 p.m.
Manuel Umbelina and Jardelina Melo (RIP)
Req. by Their Children
Sunday 9 a.m.
Intentions of the Parish Community
Sunday 11 a.m.
Intentions of the Parish Community
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, Edward Spiteri, Maria Ruccolo, John Conforzi, Ignacio Juarez Ednet, Dominic Coccimiglio, Winifred Ismail, Mimi Ashton, Ann Baby, Susan Murphy, Marta DiGregorio, Guy Alcamo, and Mike Kudrak.
Please notify the office of any changes to the list.
Weekly, Jan. 23
Weekly, Jan. 30
Thank you for your on-going support!
2022 OFFERTORY ENVELOPES are ready for pick-up at the back of the church.
Please print your full name, address, and phone number on the envelope, when making your first few 2022 donations.
New envelope users/parishioners are asked to fill out a Parish Registration Form (available from an usher) and return it to an usher to obtain offertory envelopes for 2022.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS?
If you moved this year, please inform the office of your new address. Thank you.