To Be Faithful Servants Walking God's Talk
This Weeks Readings: Ezekiel 2.3-5; Psalm 123; 2 Corinthians 12.7-10; Mark 6.1-6.
Do we live in Ordinary Times? Are there prophets among us who are spokespersons for the Lord? Do we have hearts and ears to hear the messages of truth? Like Ezekiel and Paul, we too are sent on a mission of proclaiming God's truth through the witness of our lives. We live in turbulent and skeptical times where obstacles occur at every bend and we feel weak. Jesus himself felt powerless at times and was rejected by his own townspeople. Through every hardship, the message is clear: "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness."
Next Week's Readings: Amos 7.12-15; Psalm 85; Ephesians 1.3-14; Mark 6.7-13.
Here we are at the time of year when we look forward to all those outdoor activities we associate with summer – BBQ’s and picnics, leisurely walks, sports, maybe even a family vacation. Looking back, I can certainly say it has been a very full year that speaks to the faith and vibrancy of our parish.
We continue to seek to be faithful servants, walking God’s talk, by reaching out to the scattered and feeding the gathered. Our community underwent a spirit-filled renewal during the parish mission when we returned to the roots of our faith and rejoiced in the grace of God working through Fr. Maurice Nutt CSsR and all who participated in the mission.
Child poverty is a serious issue affecting thousands of children in York Region, across Metro Toronto, and throughout the province of Ontario. Success at school is important to break the cycle of poverty for these children, but the lack of appropriate educational materials, caused by lack of family income, creates a barrier to their success.
For the last 11 years, St. Patrick’s Parish Community has walked God’s talk by supporting over 4,900 children through our Social Justice Backpack Program.
Homework packs filled with basic school supplies have been provided for children attending St Paul’s School in downtown Toronto. Backpacks filled with school supplies, healthy snacks, and toiletries, have been distributed to children through St Martin de Porres Parish in Scarborough, Native Child in downtown Toronto, through the Friends of Dismas Ministry to children of women on parole, and through the St. Vincent de Paul Society here at St Patrick’s.
If you missed the sign up and would like to contribute to this project, you can sign up in the church office to provide a homework pack or a filled backpack for a needy child.
Thank you for considering this worthwhile project.
Please be aware of the change in the age of Confirmation as noted in the directives from Cardinal Thomas Collins.
“Now, as a result of the consultation, I have decided for the Archdiocese of Toronto to change the elementary school grade for the candidates for Confirmation from 8 to 7. This will take effect September 8, 2015 in terms of the sacramental preparation.”
If your child is currently in grade 6 or grade 7, please check the bulletin and our parish website, regularly for information on preparation for and celebration of this important sacrament. The process of immediate preparation for students entering Grade 7 and 8 will begin in September 2015. Further announcement will be forthcoming to better inform you of this process.
For a full letter to the Parents/Guardians please click here.