RE-OPENING OF CHURCHES AND PARISH OFFICES IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF TORONTO
The decision to close our parish churches on March 24, 2020, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic was a very difficult one and we recognize the tremendous spiritual sacrifice of the faithful during this time. We also want to do all that we can to minimize the potential spread of Covid-19 in our community.
We know that you have questions and are anxious to return to your local parish. This update will let you know where we are at present and what we’ve been doing to prepare for the days ahead.
Thank you for your continued patience. We join in collective prayer, anticipating the day that we may all be together once again.
For answers to FAQ's visit: https://www.archtoronto.org/media-centre/news-archive/chancery-news/Update-on-Church-Closure-During-COVID-19
We recognize this is a particularly challenging time for all. Thank you for your patience during this period of closure. Know that we are working tirelessly to prepare and create a safe environment for you and your loved ones. We want to welcome you back as soon as it is safe to do so! Please join us in praying for all those who are sick and those who have died during this time of pandemic. We also remember in our prayers those caring for the ill, our health care professionals and the countless front line workers laboring during these difficult days. We will continue to keep you updated as plans evolve.
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Pre-Authorised giving A set donation figure of your choosing is withdrawn from your bank account on the 20th of each month.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!
For the full text of Cardinal Collins' letter, visit: https://www.archtoronto.org/media-centre/news-archive/chancery-news/Cardinal-Collins-on-Pandemic
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
JUST RECOVERY FOR ALL
On May 25th, an informal alliance of over 150 civil society groups, representing collective memberships of millions in Canada, released six Principles for a Just Recovery that will help move us towards an equitable and sustainable future.
The principles, in brief, ask that recovery plans:
- Put people’s health and wellbeing first, no exceptions.
- Strengthen the social safety net and provide relief directly to people.
- Prioritize the needs of workers and communities.
- Build resilience to prevent future crises.
- Build solidarity and equity across communities, generations, and borders
- Uphold Indigenous Rights and Work in Partnership with Indigenous Peoples.
For info: https://justrecoveryforall.ca/
Sunday June 7, 2020
Lectio Divina livestream with Cardinal Thomas Collins
Vespers start at 7 p.m. Lectio Divina at 7:30 p.m.
Reading Jonah's Mission to Nineveh, Jonah 3 and 4
Learn more and catch up on past reflections at www.archtoronto.org/lectio
CECILIA SHARE LIFE COLLECTION:
Includes donations made directly to the Archdiocese for our parish campaign.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to our parish Share Life Campaign. Together we are living the Gospel!
We are receiving donations at the parish office - dropped off or mailed: 161 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6P 1P5.
For on-line contributions to our parish campaign, visit: https://www.sharelife.org/Public/Home.aspx
Catholic Family Services PD works with other partners to run the Safe Centre of Peel. Here, families experiencing domestic violence can access a variety of programs at one location, including legal aid, counselling, childminding and housing support. The centre is needed more than ever during COVID, when victims are forced to isolate with their abusers. Thank you for your support.
3RD ANNUAL PARISH MINISTRY CONFERENCE
Saturday, October 31 , 2020
“Called to be Saints” (1 Cor 1: 2)
This Archdiocesan conference will be a virtual event this year.
Details to come!
END OF LIFE ISSUES
Ethical and Legal Considerations Seminar
Thursday June 11, 2020 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
To register: https:// newmaneolseminar.eventbrite.ca
Scripture Readings for Sunday, JUNE 14, 2020
BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
First Reading: Deuteronomy 8.2-3, 14-16
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 147
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10.16-17
Gospel: John 6.51-59
MASS INTENTIONS OF THE WEEK
Monday, June 8 to Sunday, 14, 2020
The Fathers are celebrating both daily and Sunday Mass and praying for the community as well as requested intentions
Tuesday 9:05 a.m.
Christopher Mankowski (RIP)
Req. by Barbara Mankowski
Thursday 9:05 a.m
Catherine & William Hall (RIP)
Req. by The Rooney Family
Friday 9:05 a.m.
Maurice & Gerard Hall (RIP)
Req. by The Rooney Family
Saturday 9:05 a.m.
In Thanksgiving to St. Antonio de Padua
Req. by Sergia and Rafael Espinos
Saturday 7 p.m.
Jardelina Melo and Manuel Umbelina (RIP)
Req. by Their Children
Sunday 9 a.m.
Germano & Cecilia Cabral and deceased family members (RIP)
Req. by Cecilia Franca
Sunday 11 a.m.
Susan Murphy (RIP)
Req. by Colleen Murphy and family
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, Lennox Bigford, 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, and Theuma Family Members
PLEASE REMEMBER OUR RECENTLY DECEASED PRIESTS IN YOUR PRAYERS
Rev. Frederick Mazzarella, OFM died Fri,, April 10, 2020
Rev. Carlo Della Vecchia, CPPS died Wed, April 15, 2020
Rev. Alphonse A. deValk, CSB died Thrs., April 16, 2020
Rev. Francis I. Hannan died Friday, April 17, 2020
Rev. John Donlin died Tues., April 21, 2020
Rev. Juan Gerardo Trivino Torres died Sun April 26, 2020
Rev. Peter D. Larisey, S.J., died Thrs., April 30, 2020
Rev. Michael John Hawkins,S.J., died Thrs., April 30,2020
Rev. Norman Dodge, S.J., died Sat, May 2, 2020
Rev. Francis Xavier Johnson S.J,. died Sun, May 3, 2020
Rev. Basil O’Brien died Mon., May 4, 2020
Rev. Charles B. Sitter, S.J. died Sat., May 9, 2020
Rev. Robert J. Reddy, died Sat., May 16, 2020
Rev. Michael Morrier Murray, S.J., died May 18. 2020
Rev. Massey Lombardi, died Fri., May 22, 2020
Rev. Richard Colgan, C.S.P., died Mon., May 25, 2020
NEW ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED
Are you a student in gr. 3 or above who has received the Sacrament of First Communion? You are eligible to serve at Mass! The parish is in need of altar servers to serve at Sunday Masses. Please consider sharing your talents in this way. Training will be provided. Contact the office or speak with Fr. Joseph for details. There are registration forms on the bulletin board at the back of the church. Thank-you!