5th Sunday of Lent
March 26, 2023
This weekend is ShareLife Sunday
ShareLife Sunday marks the first collection for our parish’s annual campaign. In the words of Cardinal Collins:
“Vulnerable members of our community are relying on you and me to ensure ongoing access to the care they so desperately need. This is why it’s crucial we meet our parish campaign goal. Our goal can be met, but only if we each do our part.”
Please give at the parish using a ShareLife envelope, online through our parish website, or at sharelife.org/donate.
“The Eucharist remains the source and summit of our life in Christ. For Christians, participation in the Sunday Eucharist is the central experience of the week, and that is the foundation for the obligation of every Catholic to be personally present at Mass every Sunday”. Thomas Cardinal Collins
Together with His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins we invite you “to return to physical presence at Sunday Mass, if not impeded for a legitimate reason, in keeping with our basic Sunday obligation as Catholics”.
THANK YOU YOUR EMINENCE FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP
RE-WATCH THE INSTALLATION MASS OF BISHOP FRANCIS LEO
His Grace Francis Leo offered up gratitude to Christ as he was made Archbishop of Toronto in a packed St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica that was equally filled with the spirit of the Annunciation.
Re-watch the installation Mass at www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live
Parishioners are invited to attend a regional Mass of Welcome taking place in the Northern region on Monday, April 17, 2023 at St. Mary’s Parish, Barrie – 7 p.m. A reception will follow Mass in the parish hall. All are welcome. Please continue to keep Archbishop Leo in your prayers as he begins his ministry as our shepherd.
BEGINS MARCH 23
ARE YOU ABLE TO HOST A UKRAINIAN FAMILY?
When hearing reports of the war in Ukraine, and the millions of Ukrainians that have been forced to flee their homeland, many have asked what they can do to help. Over 80,000 Ukrainians have already arrived to Canada through a special visa program created by Immigration Canada. An additional 500,000 have applied to the program and are expected to arrive in the coming months. Many are arriving to Toronto and are without family here in Canada to help them. Among those will be some who are vulnerable to human trafficking, particularly seniors, single women, and women with children. There is an immediate need for families to host for a period of between one and six months some of those who have arrived. If you would like to learn more about hosting a Ukrainian family, please go to Archdiocese of Toronto – Ukrainian Crisis (archtoronto.org) and register for a virtual information session.
HUMANITARIAN RELIEF FOR UKRAINE
Donations to help Ukrainians who are suffering due to this war would be most appreciated.
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. Mary Immaculate – Ukrainian Relief – Humanitarian Relief
The Parish office is fully open with no appointments needed.
Monday to Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Closed daily 12:00 pm–1:00 pm.