To Be Faithful Servants Walking God's Talk
This Weeks Readings: Acts 2.42-47; Psalm 118; 1 Peter 1.3-9; John 20.19-31.
Jesus appears to Thomas and the apostles. Jesus reveals himself to those with open hearts to receive him. Many of us are like the doubting Thomas, victims of our pragmatic world of demanding proof. What a gift faith is, to surrender and trust in the designs of the Lord, rather than our own pride and prejudice. Jesus always has so much more of his life to share with us. He is waiting on our receptive spirits. Like the apostles we huddle and hide, until Jesus steps forward and invites to fear not, but believe.
Next Week's Readings: Acts 2.14, 22b-28; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1.17-21; Luke 24.13-35.
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Have you ever found yourself in pitch black darkness? It can be very disorienting can it not? One of its effects is that you feel completely alone, especially if your other physical senses fail to compensate for your lack of sight. Being in complete darkness can make you feel as if there is just nothing else, nothing, nada, void, even if there is actually something or somebody right beside you. Not only can we experience this total alone-ness physically from our lack of sensory input, we can experience being completely cut-off, abandoned in a whole variety of human contexts – in relationships, in our emotions, in our mind, in our spirit, in a particular event, in an illness. read more »
Thank you to all those who wrote letters, made phone calls and/or met with their Member of Provincial Parliament advocating for conscience protection in Bill 84, legislation relating to assisted suicide. Close to 30,000 letters were sent directly to our elected officials and many communities personally met with their local MPP on this issue.
On April 11, the Ontario Liberal majority on the Bill 84 committee voted to defeat Conservative Party amendments to protect the conscience rights of doctors/nurses. Therefore, no such protection will be in the legislation.
The Call for Conscience campaign also asked the government to establish a client care coordinator system allowing patients to directly access a “telehealth” line where they can be directed to information regarding end of life services including palliative care, pain management, home care and, if they so choose, assisted death. This will be taking place. While we pray that patients will not pursue assisted suicide, the model will eliminate the need for physician referral in most cases. The campaign asked for an approach consistent with what has been set up in Alberta (where conscientious objectors are not involved in any way). It appears the Ontario model will be modified and may still require a physician referral if requested, which remains problematic.The Conservative Party has stated that they plan to introduce a private members’ bill in May on conscience rights. However, as the Liberals have a majority government, it is unlikely that the private members’ bill will pass. At present, there is a court case against the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) by four doctors who are challenging their effective referral policy. If they win the case against the CPSO, it could force them to change their policy. We will continue to advocate for conscience protection moving forward and encourage you to share your concerns in any interaction you may have with your own MPP. Please continue to pray for all those impacted by issues of conscience and for all those who are sick and suffering among us. Thank you again for your participation!
Divine Mercy Sunday
Devotions will be celebrated here at St. Patrick's
on Sunday afternoon, April 23rd, 2017 at 2:00 pm.
Banns for Ordination
Rev. Mr. Matthew Joseph Abug McCarthy is to be ordained to the Sacred Order of Presbyter for the Archdiocese of Toronto on May 13, 2017 at St. Michael’s Cathedral, Toronto.
Please remember him in your prayers.
Canon Law obliges Catholics to reveal any impediment to sacred orders to the bishop or pastor
Totus Tuus Registration
Sunday April, 23rd, 2017
Totus Tuus is a great summer one week summer camp that St. Patrick’s is hosting. The children and youth of the parish are invited to join us for Totus Tuus, a week-long parish day camp which runs from
July 9th-14th, 2017 at St. Patrick’s.
Grades 1 – 6 July 10th -14th Cost $75.0
Adult and student volunteers are needed to assist with the program throughout the week. For more information, please contact the Youth Ministry Coordinator, Frank Capisciolto, at frank.capisciolto.@stpatrick.on.ca.
Payment must accompany registration in order to secure your child’s spot.
Please join us for the next Senior's Social on Monday, April 24, 2017 beginning at 1:30 pm, with a Communion Service, followed by a social in the large hall.
All seniors are invited!
National March For Life
May 11th, 2017
Parliament Hill, Ottawa
The theme for this year’s march is:
Life: we stand on guard for thee.
In a recent public letter, Thomas Cardinal Collins reminded Canada’s Prime Minister “that we have no rights at all unless we are afforded the right to life. That decision was made for you and for each one of us by a woman, determined and committed to bring a new life into this world...Money spent on promoting abortion and contraception could be spent on vaccinating millions of women and girls against malaria or other diseases. $650 million could help build a lot of schools or universities, pathways to knowledge for future female leaders of our world.” You too can make your voice heard and reinforce this message to our elected leaders.
Buses are being organized by the Knights of Columbus. Through their generous subsidy the cost per person is only $25.00. You can participate and support the cause by signing up to attend.
Sign-up sheets after all Masses during the month of April will be in the parish office. Final sign-up will take place on the weekends of May 6 & 7. Cheques will be accepted and can be made payable to: Knights of Columbus.
If you cannot attend and would like to participate, then donate towards the cost of transportation. This donation will make it possible for local students and those that are in need to attend. Charitable tax receipts will be issued by Knights of Columbus.
On May 11th, buses will leave from the front parking lot of our church at 7:00 am and return to same location from Ottawa by 9:30 pm.
For more information contact Dan Di Rocco
Tim and Donna met 25 years ago and have made the Friday and Saturday social nights at Our Place a regular part of their lives. Their intellectual capacity is somewhat limited but they do maintain their own independent apartments. While Tim is currently caring for his aging mother following her recent surgery, Donna is able to support Tim by cooking meals and offering caring attention. As Tim overcomes some social shyness in his own life, he also takes care of some of Donna’s daily needs with household chores, and working on the computer. The support role Sharelife plays enables Our Place to be a caring partner to these vulnerable people.
Sharelife funded agencies like Our Place helps many intellectually disabled men and women through compassionate and caring support.
Thank you for your generosity!
We can all work wonders together!
- Praise & Worship - May 19, 2017
- Scripture Studies
- Divine Mercy Sunday - April 23, 2017
- Totus Tuus Registration - April 23, 2017
- Seniors Social - April 24, 2017
- Praying the Holy Rosary on Wednesdays - next time is May 3, 2017
- National March for Life - May 11, 2017
- Deacon Matthew McCarthy's Ordination to the Priesthood - May 13, 2017
- Annual Soccer Challenge - May 19, 2017
- 2017 Special Collections Schedule