To Be Faithful Servants Walking God's Talk
This Weeks Readings: Isaiah 22.15, 19-23; Psalm 138; Romans 11.33-36; Matthew 16.13-20.
Prophets like Isaiah are spokesmen for God, so to ignore them in arrogance or disdain, is to reject the divine. With whom shall we place our trust, in the worldly figures of power and greed, or in the anointed ones of God? Paul, the Lawyer, wrangles with the disbelieving ways of his Jewish brethren, and submits to the ways of the Lord. He moves beyond his own logic and training to embrace the wisdom and ways of the Lord. The questions to the apostles, “who do people say that I am,” and then “ but who do you say that I am? “ echoes the struggle of our humanity mixed in with divine revelation. Both Peter and Paul through the grace of God begin to recognize Jesus' true identity and mission. They go beyond that which could be naturally known, and begin to realize the divine element of their vocation to be leaders of this Jesus movement.
Next Week's Readings: Jeremiah 20.7-9; Psalm 69; Romans 12.1-2; Matthew 16.21-27.
On behalf of the Knights of Columbus Council 7689, a painting of the Immaculate Conception will be brought to our parish and will be on display from Wednesday, August 13 - Tuesday, August 19, 2014.
To celebrate this special occasion, the Immaculate Conception Icon will be placed on the right side of the altar during its stay at St. Patrick's Church. A special prayer will be said daily following the morning rosary. In addition, a limited number of commemorative prayer cards will be made available for distribution.
As parishioners, we are blessed to welcome the Icon of the Immaculate Conception at St. Patrick’s. This wonderful painting is a copy of the original artwork which presently hangs in the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Quebec. What is particularly significant is that the Church is celebrating its 350th anniversary of the Catholic Church in Quebec and North America. Please remember the Catholic Church in all of North America has its roots in Quebec.
We invite and encourage all members of our Ministries to attend, visit and pray after mass. A special thank you to our Knights of Columbus Council for allowing this visitation of the Icon of the Immaculate Conception to enter the doors of our parish. We are truly blessed.
Iraqi Christians – Statement from Cardinal Collins and Other Initiatives
Attached you will find a copy of a statement from Cardinal Collins regarding the tragic situation impacting Iraqi Christians. It will appear in full on the Globe and Mail website Thursday and in the newspaper on Friday. In addition to the statement, Cardinal Collins would like to draw your attention to the following initiatives:
- Please continue to offer prayers for peace, especially for those Christians suffering in Iraq, as outlined in the July 21, 2014 memo from our office. To that end, Cardinal Collins will also be hosting an inter-faith “Prayer for Peace” service that will take place on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Basilica in downtown Toronto.
- For those parishes or individuals wishing to offer financial support, the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) has launched an emergency aid appeal. Those wishing to contribute 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:
• Name of Parish – Iraqi Christians
(Parishes may use humanitarian relief envelopes and are asked to gather funds and send one parish cheque to the Development Office, made out to: Archdiocese of Toronto – Iraqi Christians)
- As noted last week, a group of Catholic, Orthodox and Assyrian churches are organizing a peaceful protest that will take place on Sunday, August 10, 2014 beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the corner of Front & Bay St. in Toronto. This is another opportunity to show our solidarity with those who have been persecuted. A copy of the poster sent last week is attached and may be distributed as appropriate.
- We are also sharing with you a fact sheet that provides some basic background on the situation in Iraq for those not familiar.
- A copy of Pope Francis’ August 7 statement on Iraqi Christians is also enclosed.
We continue to pray for all those who are suffering in the Middle East.
For the last 10 years, the Social Justice Ministry has collected backpacks filled with school supplies, toiletries, and healthy snacks. They have also collected homework packs filled with school supplies.
When backpacks and homework packs are collected every year, they are distributed through the St. Vincent de Paul here at St Patrick’s and at St. Martin de Porres Parish in Scarborough. Backpacks are also supplied through the Dismas Ministry to children of women on parole who are working to keep their family unit together. Needy children are assisted every year at St. Paul’s School and through Native Child in downtown Toronto.
Sign-up will be available all throughout the summer, in the Parish Office.
Backpacks can be returned to the Parish, in St. Brendan's Room on the weekends of August 16/17 and August 23/24.