From the Desk of Fr. Tim…
New Archbishop of Toronto Appointed
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Francis (Frank) Leo, currently Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Montreal, as the 14th Archbishop of Toronto. The archbishop-designate succeeds Cardinal Thomas Collins, who has served the archdiocese since 2007. The new archbishop will be installed at a ceremony at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica on a date to be confirmed in the coming days. During this time of transition in the archdiocese, we give thanks for Cardinal Collins and his service to the Church and welcome Archbishop-designate Leo, who will be joining the community very soon. Please continue to keep these shepherds close in prayer in the days ahead.
Humanitarian Relief Turkey and Syria Earthquake
Two devastating earthquakes and hundreds of violent aftershocks in Turkey and Syria in early February have caused great destruction in both countries. The Archdiocese of Toronto will accept donations and channel funds through Catholic partners (including Caritas Canada, Aid to the Church in Need, CNEWA, and Jesuits International) to support relief efforts underway. Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:
ShareLife Thank You!
A big thank you to everyone for raising $218,029 for ShareLife in 2022!
Here is a letter from Cardinal Collins:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As begin our year with much hope, I am reminded of the enormous challenges we have faced over the last two years. It was a difficult time, but our resiliency as a community showed what we can accomplish if we work together. While I am grateful that our community is slowly getting back on its feet, the reality is our neighbours continue to suffer from the effects of the pandemic, world conflicts, violence, global hunger, and poverty.
Amidst your own challenges, you have always been there for them with open hearts and outstretched hands. As I reflect on your compassion and generosity, the Parable of the Good Samaritan comes to mind. Throughout the pandemic, parishioners like you never wavered in your kindness and support for the poor, the marginalized, and those who have lost hope, with no one else to turn to.
This year, the ShareLife Parish Campaign raised $13.7 million. Despite all the economic challenges, you continued to show your willingness to give. I want to thank you for your dedication and generosity as you shared your blessings with our brothers and sisters in need. May we constantly live by the Good Samaritan’s example of love and compassion by reaching out to those we encounter at the side of the road.
Sincerely in Christ, Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto
Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Saturday, March 11, 2023
Please plan to attend our annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, sponsored by the Catholic Women’s League on Saturday, March 11 in the parish hall, doors open at 6:00 p.m. Lennox Donnelly and his wife Filomena once again will be cooking and serving their traditional Irish fare accompanied with Irish Soda Bread. There will be a cash bar, door prizes and the very popular 50/50 draw. Background Irish music and some Irish comedy will entertain you as you join in clapping your hands and stamping your feet. Tickets are $25 each and will be available in the main foyer of the church on the weekends of
February 18/19 and February 25/26. Don’t forget to wear a hint of green!
Ash Wednesday February 22 Masses at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Lent begins next week with Ash Wednesday Mass and Imposition of Ashes on February 22 at either 9:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. We are happy to welcome Bishop Ivan Camilleri, Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto, Western Pastoral Region as our celebrant and homilist at the 9:00 a.m. mass. Both masses will be livestreamed.
Please note that Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent are special days of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. Please join us either in person or via livestream for either mass.
Lent 2023 at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish
† 9:00 a.m. Mass Monday to Saturday, Regular Sunday Mass Schedule
† 7:00 p.m. Friday Evening Mass followed by Stations of the Cross and which will be led by
different ministry groups each week…on Friday February 24 by the Catholic Women’s League
† Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession - Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
(In addition to Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
† Lenten Parish Mission with Fr Ron Mercier sj, March 25/26 weekend mass homily plus
Monday March 27 and Tuesday March 28 at 7:00 p.m. evening talks. Please mark these
dates in your calendar and plan to attend!
† Lenten Day of Confessions - Wednesday March 29 from 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.,
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
2022 Tax Receipts/Thank you for Your Continued Support
We thank everyone for their support of the parish in 2022. Once again, this year your tax receipts (for those who have contributed over $50 directly to the parish or via PAG) were mailed from the Archdiocese of Toronto directly to you in late January. Thanks for your continued support in this new year via envelope donations, Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG forms available on our website or in the church foyers) or through the Donate Now button on our website. Our parish financial report for 2022 was circulated earlier this month and can be found on our parish website.
Lenten Retreat at Queen of Apostles
Join Fr. Ron Rolheiser as he facilitates a Lenten Retreat on Friday March 3 to Sunday March 5 called “Wrestling with God and With Love: Resistance and Surrender Within Our Spiritual Journey”. The cost is $450 per person or $750 per couple and includes the program, meals, snacks, and accommodation. For more info or to register, please contact Jean, 905-278-5229 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Lift Jesus Higher Rally on Saturday March 4
Come experience compelling speakers, inspiring personal testimonies, powerful praise and worship music, a Divine Mercy Celebration and Mass celebrated by Cardinal Thomas Collins. Adult tickets are $25 and Youth tickets are $15. For tickets and transportation, please call or text Enza, 905-301-3376.
Catholic Women’s Conference
Get inspired and meet like-minded women to discover your mission on Saturday March 25 at
The Old Mill (free parking). Cardinal Collins will celebrate the Opening Mass at 9:00 a.m. followed by the Keynote Speaker from Washington, D.C., Sr. Deirdre Byrne, surgeon, soldier, and servant. Other speakers include Dr. Josephine Lombardi and Dorothy Pilarski. Please purchase tickets through Eventbrite at dwf2023.eventbrite.ca.