Third Sunday of Advent

This Weeks Readings: Isaiah 35.1-6a, 10; Psalm 146; James 5.7-10; Matthew 11.2-11.

What reasons we have to rejoice at the coming of the Christ! The signs of his arrival and the establishment of his Kingdom surround us. What Good News we have to shout from the rooftops: our God is a God of the living who enables the blind to see, the lame to walk, the dispossessed to find a home in Him. Will he find us lethargic or asleep, or will he find us keen and ready to sign up for his Kingdom which is at hand?

Next Week's Readings: Isaiah 7.10-14; Psalm 24; Romans 1.1-7; Matthew 1.18-24.

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An Advent Message from Our Pastor...

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As I was praying and thinking about the Advent season, my thoughts turned to family memories, specifically my mom giving birth. With 14 siblings this was a regular feature in our family life. I recall my parents breaking the news to us when we gathered as a family in the evening for prayer. I cannot remember what was said, but it immediately caused an atmosphere of expectancy, of excitement! A baby was coming! Would it be a boy or girl? What should the name be?  Who would have to move bedrooms to make room for this new person? Would my dad have to build another bunk bed? In the last weeks of the pregnancy there were special times when my mother would invite us to put our hand on her tummy to feel the movements of the baby. What an amazing sensation it was to feel the life growing within and to know that the baby’s coming was imminent. 

In an earlier address Pope Francis said, “The season of Advent restores … a hope which does not disappoint for it is founded on God’s Word. A hope which does not disappoint, simply because the Lord never disappoints! … Let us think about and feel this beauty.”   read more »

2016-2017 Christmas and New Year Mass Schedule

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St. Patrick's All Choirs Christmas Concert

Please join with us for the sounds of the season!  Free Adminssion!

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9 Day Pre-Dawn Novena Mass

Held daily from

December 16th – 24th, 2016
starting at 5:30am

Light refreshments to follow in the large hall


Day of Confessions

Day of Confessions across the Archdiocese of Toronto.
December 11- 17, 2016

Confessions will be heard at St. Patrick' Parish on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm followed by confessions in the evening after the 7:00 pm evening Mass.

This week, let us make the journey into the heart of our relationship with God. Take a long, loving look at the ways God calls us to grow. Take this challenge and hold it in readiness for the rich blessing that is manifest in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

"Jesus in the confessional is not a dry cleaner: it is an encounter with Jesus, who waits for us just as we are. Is going to confession like a torture session? No! It is going to praise God, because I, a sinner, have been saved by Him. And is He waiting to beat me? No, he waits with tenderness to forgive me. And if tomorrow I do the same? Go again, and go and go and go. He always waits for us.” - Pope Francis.

Prepare your heart for Christmas. Join thousands taking part in the Day of Confessions this Advent. Several priests will be available to hear confessions immediately following the 7:00 pm evening Mass.

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To return to the Lord with integrity, we benefit greatly from celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Preparation for and the celebration of Confession allows us to set aside disruptive ways, to be renewed in heart and spirit, to be reconciled with our God who abounds with gracious, gentle tenderness. 

 


Before Confession

  1. Examine your conscience by reflecting on your sins.
  2. Tips for making a good confession:
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    • Don’t be too general (like, “I haven’t been a good person”), but a lot of detail isn’t necessary either.
    • If you’re unsure if something is a sin, ask the priest.
    • This isn’t counseling, so unless you ask, the priest likely won’t give you advice.


During Confession

  1. Begin: “In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Bless me Father for I have sinned. It has been [length of time] since my last confession. These are my sins…”
  2. When you finish: The priest will suggest something for you to do or pray (penance) as a response to God’s mercy. Remember what it is, because you’ll have to do it after the confession is over.
  3. The priest will then ask you to pray the Act of Contrition out loud, demonstrating your sorrow for your sins
    • "My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen."
  4. When you finish, the priest will extend his hands in your direction and pray the Prayer of Absolution. You respond “Amen.”
  5. The priest will then likely say “God has freed you from your sins. Go in peace.” You can respond “Thanks be to God.”


After Confession

  • Don’t forget to do your penance. If it’s saying certain prayers, it’s best to do it right away in the church before you forget.

 

ShareLife Report

The ShareLife office has released a Report to Donors sharing the results of the 2016 campaign and demonstrating how our support has made a difference.  Copies of the report can be downloaded from the ShareLife website at www.sharelife.org 
Copies are also available by the parish bulletin board.

Once again, we thank our parish community for the generous response to this year’s ShareLife Parish Campaign. Together, we can be a blessing and work wonders in the lives of those less fortunate in our communities.

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New Year's Eve Dinner and Dance - December 31, 2016

Hawaiian Menu 

- Pulled Pork
- Yellow Rice
- Crispy Fried Chicken
- Mac Salad (Hawaiian)
- Green Salads
- Fruit Salad
- Cake
- Coffee and Tea


Tickets
are available through the Parish Office.

Come One, Come All and Join The Fun!

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 Knights of Columbus

Out of the Cold - Men's Clothing Drive                           

December 9 - 11, 2016 

The Knights of Columbus have supported the Out of the Cold Program held at St. Catherine of Siena in the City of Toronto for the last 20 years. Along with preparing food for the homeless at this location, we have provided them with suitable winter clothing. 

To meet the needs of the homeless at this shelter, we are holding a Men’s clothing drive on the weekend of December 9 to 11, 2016.

The following items are needed:

  • Winter jackets (size 40 - 46)
  • Sweatshirts and sweaters (M & L)
  • Jeans (Size 32 - 42)
  • Long underwear (M & L)
  • Warm socks (Preferably new)
  • Boots and running shoes


Drop Off schedule is as follows:

  Friday, December 9

  9:00 am to 8:00 pm

  Saturday, December 10

  9:00 am to 5:00 pm

  Sunday, December 11

  8:00 am to 4:30 pm

 

We thank you for your generosity.


FREE Wheelchairs and Walkers to Our Community!!

The Knights of Columbus currently have a limited inventory of slightly used wheelchairs and walkers available for free.  
If interested please contact KOC by email at kofc7689@gmail.com or by phone at 647-530-5177.


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Mark Your Calendar!

Our former intern seminarian, Matthew McCarthy, will be ordained to the Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Toronto at Our Lady of the Airways Parish, Mississauga

on Saturday, December 17, 2016.  

 Please remember Matthew in your prayers