Exaltation of the Holy Cross

This Weeks Readings: Numbers 21.4-9; Psalm 78; Philippians 2.6-11; John 3.13-17.

Like the Israelites in the desert, we grumble at the crosses God designs for us. Until his only beloved Son shows us the way of the cross, can we be transformed from suffering into new life. Jesus empties himself and is lifted up in his stark humanity to become the One we gaze upon. He looks upon us not with pity but with mercy. All is utterly changed, as The Suffering Servant is transfigured before us. We are gifted with eternal life.

Next Week's Readings: Isaiah 55.6-9; Psalm 145; Philippians 1.20-24, 27; Matthew 20.1-16.

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Harvest Food Collection

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is holding a special collection of hardy perishable products on behalf of the local food banks on the weekend of September 27 & 28, 2014. Bins will be provided at both entrances for your donations. A volunteer will be at San Lorenzo before and after the 10:15 mass to receive donations at that location.

Items Being Collected:
Squash, Zucchini, Carrots, Onions, Peppers, Radishes, Apples, Melons, Oranges or any other hardy vegetables or fruit.

Social Justice/Friends of Dismas: Out of the Cold Program

Please support our annual program for the Good Shepherd Centre and the Keele Centre Halfway House.  These programs assist men and women who are struggling through homelessness, mental illness, addictions and who have been released back into the community after spending time in jail.  Over the past few years our parish has supported HUNDREDS of people who need assistance.  Thank you for continuing to care! 

The sign up for casseroles and desserts will take place in the large hall the weekend of September 20 & 21, 2014.

 

CWL Retreat: Women of Faith

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Fr. Chris Lemieux
Venue: St. Bonaventure Parish, Toronto
RSVP: Kay Booker, 416-357-5378, kaymax@sympatico.ca

The call of the faithful is to be for others a "means of sanctification"; we the means in which others grow in holiness, as they are for us. Obviously we would most appreciate it if the relationships we had with each other were all very life-giving, enriching, rewarding, nourishing and valued. This is often not the case. Instead, it seems we are sanctified by the patience and virtue we need to have in restraining ourselves, or offering ourselves in the midst of difficult and challenging relationships with others.

For more informaton about this event, please click here.