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Spiritual Adoption of an Unborn Child

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We are getting closer to the Sunday preceding the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, when in our parish we will undertake the adoption of a newly conceived child, so we can stand up for the life of the unborn and already endangered children. These are the least of our brothers, of whom Jesus said, “just as you did it to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40). This effort of spiritual adoption made because of Jesus bears fruit that changes reality forever!

The prayer that we will pray daily for nine months is a prayer that promotes the protection of human life. It is a short prayer to the Lord Jesus for the transformation of the hearts of the parents of a child in danger, and one decade of the Holy Rosary. Even in these exceptional and difficult times, we can save human life by prayer, which is not limited neither by time nor space.

Our prayers and other pious practices will bear many fruits, for our God is a generous God and gives abundantly. Not only do we save the smallest and most vulnerable people, but we save their parents from the grave sin of abortion. If we pray together in the family, we strengthen ourselves, we learn to respect life and cooperate with God’s will.

Thus, for us, for our families and for the parish family, spiritual adoption brings peace, liberation, joy and love. By saying our “yes” in defense of life, we open a protective umbrella of prayer, fasting, and sacrifice over an unknown and God-chosen child. God himself chooses this child and He knows who this child will really be.  Therefore, let us stand for the sanctity of human life and through this, thank God for the gift of our own life.

For more information, see our Spiritual Adoption page.

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Traditional Door Inscription Ceremony of the Feast of Epiphany

Gold and frankincense were blessed on the Feast of the Epiphany in the 15th/16th centuries. Blessing of chalk was first introduced in the 18th century. This beautiful tradition is carried out in many countries, including Poland. The blessed chalk is used to inscribe the first letters of the names of the Magi and the current year on the front door of Catholic homes. Following Mass, a small piece of blessed chalk may be taken home and the following is said with family and friends gathered at the front door:

K+M+B 2021 (or C+M+B 2021)

Leader: And the Word was made Flesh.

All: And dwelt among us.

Leader: May Christ dwell in our midst.

All: Amen.

Christmas carols may be sung to conclude the ceremony

 

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New Year Prayers at the Manger

Individual prayers will be possible on December 31st from 7:00pm to midnight and on January 1 from 2:00pm to 5:30pm. Registration for a 15 minute time slot will be required through Eventbrite.

 

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Prayers at the Manger

Individual prayers will be possible on December 25th from 3pm to 9pm and on December 26 from 10am to 4pm. Registration for a 15 minute time slot will be required through Eventbrite.

 

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Church Closure

Dear parishioners,

As you have probably heard, Toronto and Peel Region are moving into lockdown as of today Monday, November 23, 2020. With these measures in place, public Masses are cancelled. For more information, please read the message from Cardinal Collins.

You will be able to watch Masses live through Parish TV as well as on our parish YouTube channel (links to both are in the menu bar above).

Confessions are currently available by appointment only. Reserve through Eventbrite.

Remember, despite the churches being closed, we are praying for you all and thinking of you always!

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New Restrictions in Peel – Reminder

Thank you, dear parishioners, for taking quick action and communicating your concerns to the Region of Peel.

We’re pleased to report that the region has revised their guidance for places of worship as of this morning. The Archdiocese of Toronto has confirmed that Peel parishes that have social distancing and other safety measures in place “can continue to operate liturgical celebrations (Mass, Weddings, Funerals, Baptism, etc) at 30% capacity.”

We remind you that 30% of our church’s capacity is 270 people.

We therefore ask you, once again, to please consider your attendance at the 11:00 am Sunday Mass for children. If you are not coming to this Mass with a child, we urge you to attend a different Mass. There are Masses available at 8:00 am, 9:30 am (English), 1:00 pm, and 6:00 pm on Sundays. Remember, its not about which Mass you attend, but about attending Mass at all. Priority admission to the 11:00 am Mass will be given to families with children, and once we are at capacity, we will unfortunately have to turn others away.

It would be a shame to turn you away, but also a shame to lose this battle after fighting so hard to be able to keep our permitted capacity at 30%. Yesterday’s experience showed us how close we are to tighter restrictions. We therefore remind you, also, not to linger outside in large groups before or after Mass, and that social distancing must be observed at all times.

We really appreciate you adjusting your schedules and all of your hard work to keep our parish safe and open.

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