COVID-19 GOVERNMENT RESTRICTION UPDATE
Effective March 1, 2022
All capacity restrictions are removed - including social distancing measures. Capacity is 100%.
NO Mass registration is required.
Mask wearing remains mandatory.
Congregational singing is permitted.
Please continue sanitising upon church entry.
Please also continue to self-monitor for symptoms and stay home from church if you are experiencing symptoms. Thank-you!
LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS
On Fridays during Lent, after morning Mass, the Celebrant will lead the Stations of the Cross.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
NEXT Sunday March 13th at 2:00 a.m. clocks are turned forward one hour!
LENTEN SHARELIFE APPEAL
Our parish 2022 ShareLife Campaign is now underway. In this time of Lent, please reflect on the great needs of our brothers and sisters who are helped through your kind support of ShareLife.
Last year, ShareLife supporters like you enabled 21,000 people to receive affordable mental health care through family service agencies across the Archdiocese of Toronto, including our community. Our parish goal last year was $39,300.00 and our parish contributed $51,766.00, surpassing our goal.
Our parish goal for this year’s campaign will be posted once it is communicated to us by the Archdiocese. Please give generously on ShareLife Sunday.
March 27th is ShareLife Sunday. Please give generously.
HUMANITARIAN RELIEF FOR UKRAINE
Ukraine has been plunged into war after the Russian military invaded the country, resulting in widespread violence and a looming humanitarian crisis. In response to the request of parishioners, the Archdiocese of Toronto has launched a humanitarian relief effort to help the Ukrainian people at this time.
Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian civilians have already fled their homes and are trying to find shelter in neighbouring countries. The United Nations estimates that there could eventually be up to five million Ukrainian refugees, depending on how the war transpires.
The Archdiocese of Toronto will channel donations to support the Office for Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT) and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA). CNEWA is a papal agency with a long history of humanitarian relief; it is currently working in Eastern Europe, providing Ukrainians with food, shelter, medicine and transportation to safe locations. ORAT is Canada’s largest private Sponsorship Agreement Holder, which helps bring hundreds of newcomers to our country each year; it will use donations to bring Ukrainian refugees to Canada as soon as possible.
Your donation will help Ukrainians who are beset by violence in Eastern Europe and it will help some of them find a new home in Canada.
Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:
- Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
- By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
- Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
St. Cecilia's Church – Ukrainian Relief – Humanitarian Relief
COME & SEE DAY RETREAT
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 9:00am – 3:30pm
St. Augustine’s Seminary
The office of Vocations invites single Catholic men 18 years and older, to cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. Time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest.
STEUBENVILLE YOUTH CONFERENCE 2022
July 15-17 at Canada Christian College,
300 Water St., Whitby
Group registration opens March 1 at 10 a.m.
Steubenville Youth Conferences bring together some of the best Catholic speakers and musicians in North America and provide opportunities for our high school teens to encounter Christ and experience the Church in a whole new way! Our parish will not be organizing a group this year, but we invite and encourage you to create your own group of high school teens and parent chaperones.
ANNUAL MASS OF ST. PATRICK
Thursday, March 17, 2022, 10 a.m.
St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica
Registration opens: March 1, 2022
Presider: Cardinal Thomas Collins
Homilist: Fr. Seamus Hogan, Associate Professor of Church History
St. Augustine’s Seminary of Toronto.
Registration opens on Tuesday, March 1st at:
All are welcome to participate in the celebration via livestream at: www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live.
COINS FOR LIFE 2022 - CAMPAIGN LIFE COALITION
"The Coins for Life project is a most appropriate way to support the important pro-life efforts of Campaign Life Coalition.” - Thomas Cardinal Collins
Boxes may be picked up at the back of the church beginning NEXT weekend, March 13th, and will be collected on Sunday, May 1st.
Make it a Lenten family project! Putting aside your small change can lead to a BIG change in our land!
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.
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, March 13 2022
2nd Sunday of Lent
First Reading: Genesis 15 : 5 - 12, 17 - 18
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 27
Second Reading: Philippians 3 : 7 - 4 : 1
Gospel: Luke 9 : 28b - 36
MASS INTENTIONS OF THE WEEK
Mon. March 7 - Sun. March 13
Friday 9:05 a.m.
Una Elliot and Holy Souls in Purgatory (RIP)
Req. by R.C.
Saturday 7 p.m.
Jardelina Melo and Manuel Umbelina (RIP)
Req. by Their Children
Sunday 9 a.m.
Antonio Grasso (RIP)
Req. by His wife Teresa and children
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, Feb. 27 $ 1,610.00
Restoration $ 715.00
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.