18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Weeks Readings:  Isaiah 55.1-3; Psalm 145; Romans 8.35, 37-39; Matthew 14.13-21.

The Lord pleads with us to come, buy, eat, delight. He is invitational and promises to make an everlasting covenant with us. He discourages us from indulging wasted efforts to procure food that does not last, drink that does not quench. The grace of God sustains and changes everything. There are absolutely no real obstacles to knowing the love of Christ. Decidedly nothing has the the power to separate us from God. Jesus retreats to grieve the loss of John the Baptist. But soon he sees the hungry crowd and is once more invitational, hospitable. Again, come, buy, eat, delight at the table of the Lord; it is enough! Jesus provides all the nourishment we need. There is more than enough left over for us to share this abundance to all who hunger and thirst for righteousness, that is right relationship. Come, join the banquet!  

Next Week's Readings: 1 Kings 19.9a, 11-13; Psalm 85; Romans 9.1-5; Matthew 14.22-33.

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Immaculate Conception Icon

A painting of the Immaculate Conception is visiting St. Patrick's Parish from August 14 - August 19, 2014. The painting is a copy of the original that is housed in the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Quebec, celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Church in Quebec and North America.

Regenerated 2014 Catholic Conference

Branches Catholic Ministries, who recently sponsored film screenings of the new epic motion picture Mary of Nazareth in Southwestern Ontario, will be hosting a fall conference on September 27-28, 2014 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Canada.

Regenerate(d) 2014 will feature dynamic talks from renowned Catholic speakers including Jeff Cavins, Michael Coren, Matthew Leonard, Father Mitch Pacwa, and Ken Yasinski as well as musical performances by Marian Grace and the Glory Collective. Early Bird Registration and Group Discounts available. Register online at www.go2branches.com. Come. Live the Story.

 

Backpack Sign-Up

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