To Be Faithful Servants Walking God's Talk
This Weeks Readings: 1 Kings 3.5-12; Psalm 119; Romans 8.28-30; Matthew 13.44-52.
For what do we pray: riches, power, prestige; or to know Christ Jesus and his Kingdom? We seek understanding and wisdom in the ways of The Lord so that we may be righteous in discerning his plans for us. The Spirit bestows these as gifts. He calls us by name to work for good. We hold a treasure, wealth unknown, that we receive as a pearl of great price. We embrace the gift and unwrap it to find the kernel of beauty which brings great joy beyond price. We then "pay it forward" as gift to others, for we cannot hoard such a wealth to ourselves. With St. Paul we proclaim, "I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,".
Next Week's Readings: Isaiah 55.1-3; Psalm 145; Romans 8.35, 37-39; Matthew 14.13-21.
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.
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.
The study of the fourth gospel, St John part 2, chapter 13 to conclusion and the three Letters of John will begin on Tuesday October 7, 2014 at 7:15 pm, and an additional section on Wednesday October 8, 2014 at 9:00 am. The study will last for 7 weeks until November 18 & 19, 2014.
In the opinion of the 63 participants from Part 1, newcomers are heartily welcomed to part 2, the feeling being that with a review sheet and input, they can be brought up to speed and will not feel out of place. With this in mind, there will a registration for newcomers in September.
We encourage you to consider taking your first Scripture course. We think you will be amazed at the great spirit of hospitality, and the growth in Faith that is enhanced by study, prayer, and joining this faith community of the Word of God. For more information, telephone Paul at 905-471-1103.
The Biggest Catholic Youth Event Since World Youth Day!
Franciscan University hosted its first Steubenville Youth Coference in Toronto this past July 4, 5, and 6 where over 2,300 youth attended a weekend of prayer, praise, and reflection.
Sergio Vareiro, Youth Ministry Coordinator at St. Patrick's Parish along with 15 youth from the parish attended this event. It was an experience of a lifetime for all of them as they participated in prayer, singing and praise!
Relive or experience for the first time this historic event online at http://saltandlighttv.org/stueubenville/